The Tisburys are a Philadelphia band with addictive heartland-style songs. The group have steadily put out new work over the last full years, recently culminating in the six-song release Wax Nostalgic in 2019. Singer Tyler Asay answered a few questions on their new single, “Fading Light,” and their forthcoming record Sun Goes Down.
“Fading Light” is the first track from your new album, Sun Goes Down. How does it fit in with other tracks from the record?
“Fading Light” actually was written towards the end of finishing up our last record, Wax Nostalgic, but I saved it in my back pocket for a future release. It ended up inspiring the rest of the writing for the record and it’s where I got the title (Sun Goes Down). Where Wax Nostalgic found us reflecting on the past, the songs on Sun Goes Down relish in the present and are about enjoying those times before they fade away. It’s about appreciating what you have and enjoying the little moments as the settings and people around you change.
How did “Fading Light” come into being?
“Fading Light” came along when I was strumming the chord progression and doing a bad Bruce Springsteen impression. It’s a song about the day-to-day aspects of an interpersonal relationship, and holding onto someone you care about. Originally, I wanted it to have a saxophone solo (like Bruce Springsteen!), but John threw this incredible Thin Lizzy-inspired harmonized guitar which I love even more.
In the final verse you sing “Took the last train to Philadelphia/just to find my love.” What were your thoughts behind including your hometown as the destination in the track instead of a more distant city?
I love when songs use specific locations and Philly was the obvious choice to fit in with this one. A sense of place is super important to me when it comes to music, as it is with film and television too.
It’s less of a shift in sound and more just focused songwriting. The same influences are still there for me, especially when it comes to storytelling (Wilco, Strand Of Oaks, The National), but we are also upping our production value and working tighter as a band. I’ve also been listening to a ton of early R.E.M., so that’s where that jangle-pop comes from.
There is more of a driving pop sound to “Fading Light” compared to some of your previous tracks, which are strongly influenced by jangle pop. Is there a conscious shift in your sound on Sun Goes Down?
It’s less of a shift in sound and more just focused songwriting. The same influences are still there for me, especially when it comes to storytelling (Wilco, Strand Of Oaks, The National), but we are also upping our production value and working tighter as a band. I’ve also been listening to a ton of early R.E.M. so that’s where that jangle-pop comes from.
Is there a timetable for the new record?
Well originally I wanted it to come out this summer and it was going to be 7 songs. But with the pandemic going on, I’ve decided to add a couple more and take advantage of this time to make it a more fully-formed record. So the new plan is to release a couple more singles throughout the summer and put the record out in the fall.
You’ve been able to release new work in the old music environment and you are now putting out music in the Coronavirus-era. How does it feel to be a band with material, but without the live audience you are used to playing for?
It’s definitely tough, but we’ve been finding ways to work around it. It probably would be impossible without the Internet, since we’ve just been emailing tracks back and forth with our friend Justin who’s been putting final mixes on the record. Quarantine is a rough time, but as long as people continue to support local art and small businesses, we’ll make it through and be able to go to shows again. And those first shows back will be the best!