ThreadSpinner

ThreadSpinner

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Expressive female vocals and piano fused with atmospheric guitars and powerful rhythms create a lush soundscape that is sure to connect with audiences on an emotional and visceral level.

Biography

‘Trouble is in the making,’ she sings.

Leaving everything and everyone you know is one of the hardest things a person can do. And when she resigned herself to the passenger's seat for a cross-country drive from a forgettable Midwestern town to metropolitan California, the unknown was all she had left. While her husband and future guitarist attended graduate school at Stanford University, her necessary unraveling began. The fear and restriction that held her life into such a small space had to be released. She was meant to spread out her words, her voice, and her music. To love people in ways they aren't used to being loved.

At this same time, her future drummer was starting a new life in San Francisco, after playing in numerous metal bands on the shores of Hawaii. And her bassist had given up Army life in favor of living in a tour bus in Los Angeles, stealing food from grocery stores and washing up in restaurant bathrooms between gigs with his Canadian bandmates.

Just a few years later, after Sarah Ziebarth and her research scientist husband Jon released the first collection of ThreadSpinner songs (The Firefly Lawnchair Parade), they met Warren Crone (bass) and Jesse Cardin (drums) in Santa Barbara. Despite the wide-ranging backgrounds, the ex-heavy metal drummer, the military man-turned rock star, and the former members of a mega-church worship band have quickly bonded – with the common purpose of creating music that truly connects with others.

ThreadSpinner’s Night Chorus EP is the first collection of songs from this ragtag family. Spanning four days in the studio, these recordings were captured with great skill and care by Jay Ferguson - a successful frontman (Spirit, Jo Jo Junne, Jay Ferguson), keyboard player (Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills and Nash) and composer of television/film scores (The Office-US) and mastered by Brian Gardner (The Killers, Linkin Park, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple). The purpose of these sessions was to simply record attention and honesty. With just a few takes for each song, the motivation was to capture something real and raw, rather than something made perfect and lifeless through manipulation and studio trickery. The intimacy of the lyrics, and the piano-driven chord progressions call for attentive listening. Ambient guitars and a dynamic rhythm section plot together to create a large complex sound. Above it all Sarah’s big, yearning voice creates an experience that is deeply felt by the listener.

The EP is a snapshot though – ThreadSpinner is most alive when performing. Although they have been together for just a year, they have shared the stage with artists like Nico Vega, Eleni Mandell, and The Submarines, playing shows from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and have begun to taste that connection with the audience that they long for. Happyland.com describes the live sound as ‘raw, haunting, and unabashedly romantic.’

It's no small thing to find a girl who is willing and able to front a rock band, but Sarah is not interested in being a solo artist - instead allowing the entire band’s creative energy to weave together and breathe a more complex life into the songs she has conceived. It is all about honesty and an overwhelming love for the ones listening and taking part in the exchange.

‘Trouble is in the making – my love is for the taking’ she sings.

Go on. Take it.

Lyrics

The Unmaking

Written By: Jon and Sarah Ziebarth © 2008 ASCAP

Sorting through what’s left from where I slept
Not a single shade of blue in what I kept
Looking far away and I am on my knees
Good intentioned rivers from polluted seas

Sorry, I’m afraid I mistook
Barricades for sheets of gold
Deconstructing turns my hands to ice
But I’m so far from cold

Nothing you could say could change my mind
Except every phrase that follows and unwinds
I will not be shaken from this shifting sand
I’m going down so willingly
Don’t offer me your hand

I’ll be finding pieces of this broken glass
In the folds of whispered prayers that it’s the last

This won’t wash itself away
Too close to my own skin
Wonder how I’d look without it, but then
Where would I begin

Six Keys to Walking Safely

Written By: Jon and Sarah Ziebarth © 2008 ASCAP

Was your face really so hidden
Or was I not paying attention
This common thread pulled tight now
I can follow its direction
From one end to the other
Reaches all the way around
Over and over and over

It has not kept me safe
Against the storm
It has not made me love or kept me warm
Though my skin is broken
And my senses fail to tell
I will learn to walk again

Many turns I’ve taken
Since the day I shook your hand
Your limbs would not grow tired
Shadowed everywhere I ran
Ringing true to ears unmended
Persistence at its best
You said it over and over and over

Summer Storm

Written By: Jon and Sarah Ziebarth © 2008 ASCAP

What looks like desolation
Feels like home to me
When I need consolation
I look for dying leaves
It’s gonna take a little deeper digging
This time

How was I to know
In warm September nights
Speeding in my fury
All that was left behind
This summer storm has found me
After the longest chase
And it’s giving way to a distantly familiar taste

And I don’t know how to get over this
I don’t know how to get over this
This love of forgotten things

Out on the empty farm roads
I try to get it back
But the quiet land before me
Only tells what I lack
And the ghosts of home still taunt
When the west wind lifts me up
But only for a moment
Because it knows it’s enough

And I don’t know how to get over this
I don’t know that I would if I could
Cause there’s a sweetness in this love
Of forgotten things

Discography

Night Chorus - November 17, 2009
The Firefly Lawnchair Parade - April 26, 2008 - Available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon.com, eMusic, Rhapsody, Amie Street, and Napster.

Set List

Our set list varies from night to night and we typically play 45-60 minutes of original material.

Original Songs:
30 + 1
The Unmaking
Left Off
Follow
Six Keys to Walking Safely
Summer Storm
Take You Home
Waking World
Running Away
Night Chorus
Where the Game Begins
Liar's Chair
High Notes