Write-up by Sundials' Carl Athey

Within seconds of their debut full length, The Future Kings of Nowhere singer and songwriter Shayne Miel mentions "twenty pages of words that don't say half of what you mean." That describes, a little bit, how I feel writing this now. Words can't describe the love I have for this band and for Shayne. This is probably the hardest thing I have ever written, because it means so much to me and I know that no matter what I say it won't justify what I really intend.

First of all - the record itself, it's catchy. Like, you can't help but think that it's catchy, because it's so damn catchy. It's got hooks. It's got harmonies. It makes you do that thing where you can't stop tapping your foot when you listen to it, and then, hours after you are done listening to it, you are still tapping your foot. And humming.

Shayne is one of my favorite lyricists out there. His lyrics have a raw honesty to them that makes you feel more connected to his music. It is hard to deny some of the emotions and experiences his words call up: "And when you get drunk, do you come home and expect to find me sleeping in your bed? "Cause I do all the time." The experiences he describes in many of his songs are too universal to ignore.

So now, let's talk a little more about why you should download this album, and why you should donate some money when you do so. Last year, soon after moving away from Durham, NC to Brooklyn with his fiancee, Rebekah, Shayne was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He's been fighting it ever since. He had to move back to North Carolina, and he and Rebekah have been managing an amazing blog that's documented their journey at www.thismachinekillscancer.tumblr.com. It's worth reading, go check it out.

Cancer is not cheap. The stress of paying for medical bills, accountants, hospital parking, and all the other little things that add up when going through an experience like this are the last thing that anyone who is going through chemotherapy should ever have to deal with. If you would like to help Shayne and Rebekah get through this, please take the time to donate something when you download this album. $5-10 is recommended, but anything helps. Thanks so much, and enjoy the music!


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