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High Lonesome Releases New Album ‘Get Some Young’


Fayetteville-based band High Lonesome are finding their place among the most unique and talented bands in the Fayetteville music scene.

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Led by former Memphis Pencils frontman Martin Bemberg, the band is barely a year old, but has already put out its second collection of songs with their recently released full-length album, Get Some Young.

The band’s name comes from a short story collection by author Barry Hannah, and the debut full-length record is named for the first short story in that same collection.

The new record, which includes 11 tracks, was released digitally on Bandcamp, and is available to download for $7.

We got in touch with Martin from the band to talk a bit about the new record and some other things they’ve been up to, and he was nice enough to answer some questions for us.

What have you been listening to lately?

Well actually, Arkansas Times asked us to do a ‘guest mix’ a couple weeks ago. Here was the track listing:

1. “Only Son of the Ladiesman” – Father John Misty
2. “The Mindeater” – Bonnie “Prince” Billy
3. “Time Will Break The World” – Silver Jews
4. “Awaiting On You All” – George Harrison
5. “Carmensita” – Devendra Banhart
6. “When You Awake” – The Band
7. “Baby Bitch” – Ween
8. “Thinking Bout You” – Frank Ocean
9. “Happy Days Are Here Again” – Kansas City Bear Fighters
10. “Magic Mirror” – Aphrodite’s Child
11. “I Will Dare” – The Replacements
12. “Let Her Go” – Mac DeMarco

Otherwise, I know Dick’s had his whole library on shuffle for a week or so, and Sean’s really getting into Flamenco. The two of them are always actively changing their listening habits, it seems. I can’t keep up with them because I obsess over a handful of well-crafted tunes, capital ‘S’ Songs. It’s like studying. Most recently I was dragging my trash to the curb and Fiona’s “Not About Love” up and blows my mind. I put it on repeat and took her pain out on a month’s worth of cardboard boxes.

Tell us a bit about how (and when) you guys started playing together.

Not soon enough, that’s for sure. After Memphis Pencils decided to call it a day after five years together, I went two years without a band.

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I hear no one wanted to play with me because the songs are too difficult and I was like ‘But Zack Wait’s stuff is way harder!’ I set up a show at Nightbird Books, August 2013, as a deadline to form a band, and somehow ended up with the perfect guys for the job.

What are some other bands you guys have played in?

Dick also plays drums in Comfortable Brother and played in a worship band for years as a kid. I played in Memphis Pencils, and this is Sean’s first band.

The new album sounds great. Tell us a bit about the recording process on Get Some Young. Any happy accidents in the recording to listen for?
Not that this was accidental, but right when we were about to give up on tracking “Why So Easy For You,” a group of six or seven cute girls showed up at the studio. It goes without saying we nailed the next take. More like happenstance, I guess. Rock n roll in a nutshell.

I’m sure everybody in the band can pick out their own little happy accidents, I know I can, but there’s nothing that really sticks out unless you know the songs like the back of your hand. The process was pretty simple. We set up some mics and played the songs until we got them perfect, and then we took our sweet time mixing and whatnot.

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Dustin Bartholomew is the co-founder of Fayetteville Flyer, an online publication covering all things news, art and life in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007. A graduate of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas and a lifelong resident of the area, he still lives in east Fayetteville with his son Hudson, daughter Evelyn, his wife Brandy, and his two dogs Lily and Steve. On occasion, he tickles the ivories in a local band called The Good Fear.

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