Story of a Band
Transient Songs is a Seattle based band formed in 2007. The band was started as a solo project by Jon Benjamin Frum after moving to the Northwest and leaving his bandmates and home state of Texas. Soon after starting to write songs for the first EP Frum met a Kansas transplant Andy Gassaway (ex Pomonas) that shared the same affinity for psychedelic rock and roll and the two began writing and recording the first batch of songs in Frum's basement. The output was the first Transient Song EP - "Plantation to your Youth" with Frum on Guitar, Vocals and drums and Gassaway on bass. The fuzzy hazy songs that comprise Plantation are are an early indicator of the bands sound.
After a few months, Frum started to write another batch of songs and planned on putting out the next release on his own. He began recording in the basement again. However, sometimes life takes strange turns. Craig Keller of Seattle psychedelic pop stalwarts The Purrs had recently departed the band. Going back a few years as acquaintances, Frum heard of the departure and asked Keller if he would be interested in recording some songs. During trips back to Seattle, Shunk would also play tracks on what was intended to be the next release in Frum's basement. With a batch of songs recorded primarily with Frum on drums. When Keller arrived so did the news that Shunk was moving back from Luxembourg and would be interested in playing more. The fortuitous events of Keller joining on drums and Shunk returning stateside with his unique guitar style prompted Frum to contact Dayna about possibly playing again. With the right pieces in place, she agreed. Frum scrapped the idea of mixing the basement songs and instead used them as demos for the band. The band began rehearing the songs and the result is the strongest batch of songs from the Transient Songs catalog.
The album pulses with vibe and the songs vacillate from mellow interwoven guitar interplays to reflections of 90s indie rock. There are a couple of acoustic and cello songs to the album with cello by Barb Hunter (Afghan Whigs, Rusty Willoughby). It's an album that takes you deeper with each listen and inhabits a world of its own. The excellent rapport with recording engineer Don Farwell in his studio Earwig (both locations) give the album a spaciousness but the songs are rich melodically. "Lyrically and musically they are the best songs I've written in my life. My head and heart were in these songs in ways I didn't think they would be again." says Frum. The upcoming album "Stealing Sand" is in final post production processes and with a release date slated for June 2017.