ANDY FITTS IS RELEASING HIS SUPER-FANTASTIC SMOKY WILDS LP TODAY ON UNDERTOW MUSIC. HEAR (AND POST/SHARE, IF YOU ARE SO INCLINED!!) “ROLL MY CHAIR” HERE: http://andyfitts.bandcamp.com/ !!
Andy has played in Aqueduct, Rosie Thomas, David Bazan, The Long Winters, and Say Hi, who, in Andy’s words, “gave Alex Westcoat (drummer) and I the title ‘The Barkline’ because we were the rhythm section for…Barsuk bands.”
Andy had a rich but culturally isolated upbringing in Hawaii where he was surrounded by his parents’ secular-folky record collection (Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, etc) and, as he explains, “it wasn’t until I’d take summer vacations on my own over in southern California in middle school that I’d discover The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young in my Uncle’s record collection.”
After moving to Seattle eleven years ago and promptly starting to play shows on his own and then in the aforementioned folks’ bands, he met Yukki Matthews (Shins, Crystal Skulls), who produced & mixed Smoky Wilds. Richard Swift did the artwork for the record. TW Walsh masterfully mastered it.
In Andy’s words: “These songs are ideas that help me close the gap between the life that I want and the one that I am living.” He elaborates on what he’s found to be true re: themes he explores on the record: “Stop envying everyone else’s position and assuming that it is supremely desirable. This causes you to sink. Work through the sweet and the salty and the smooth and rough. Make deposits, and carry on. Bazan’s work ethic has been a tremendous inspiration, especially as many of his peers have gone on to be hugely successful. He maintains his dedication to what he can uniquely bring.”