I called this thing My Best Human Face not only because that’s one of my favorite lines on the album, but because I sometimes don’t know who I am, or if I’m as kind and generous and happy as other people. The title speaks to the vague theme of identity-confusion that is loosely woven into the songs — a reoccurring theme I recognized only after the writing was done. It’s a confusion which I think exists for most of us, sure, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the campfire in the middle of our circle; we don’t have to stare into the flames. It’s simply not that important. At end of it all, these are good-time songs, meant to inspire good times in the listener. They were made joyously, with a stubborn love of music at their centre. And while some of the content might be dark or sad, the memories of making these songs brings only gladness and gratitude, and it’s their construction, not deconstruction, that I want to celebrate now.
1. The Nightclub Artiste
2. Risto’s Riff
3. Them Call Themselves Old Punks
4. Ugly Flower Pretty Vase
5. City Wrecker
6. Prairie Boy
7. The Queen Of Both Lightness And Dark
Spencer also wrote about the track Risto’s Riff, which you can hear below:
This song originated with a pleasingly simple riff from guitarist Risto Joensuu, hence the name. For a long time it had a down-tempo, nitty-gritty-rock’n’roll kind of vibe that ultimately left us unable to finish it in a way that we liked, though we weren’t exactly sure why. It was like maybe we were making a song for our dads, not ourselves. But then in the recording studio we changed the beat and started playing it really fast instead, and within an hour the music was finished and put to tape. And then we had a round of high-fives. Not literally, but emotionally. Like with our eyes. Eye-fives.
You can also read about the creation of this record in
a long journal post Spencer wrote throughout the process.
Moonface and Siinai do have some tour dates planned in Europe but nothing in North America at the moment. Spencer will be performing a one off show in Chicago in April and a few others in British Columbia:
04-14 – Lantzville, BC – Tiger Mountain
04-15 – Vancouver, BC – The Lido
04-17 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (Moonface solo)