Julia Chirka – clarinet, bass clarinet, bass guitar
Sydney Hermant – acoustic six and twelve string guitar, bongos, chimes, electric guitar, flute, harpsicle, vocals
Josh Wells – synths, programming and sounds
Jason Zumpano – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Wild nights – Wild nights!
Were I with thee
Wild nights should be
Futile – the winds –
To a Heart in port –
Done with the Compass –
Done with the Chart!
Rowing in Eden –
Ah – the Sea!
Might I but moor – tonight –
Silk scarves hung from back pockets, keys under mats, messages in bottles, bells on trees, clacking stilettos, hot wet pavement, and bird song are cruising technologies and transit mysteries, some fleeting, others devouring, and still others remote, proposed in Wild Nights!, Hello Blue Roses’ fourth album and third on JAZ Records.
Wild Nights! was recorded and produced lovingly by Joshua Wells and Sydney Hermant alongside bandmates, Julia Chirka and Jason Zumpano over the course of 2019. The album features special guests, Dan Bejar, Daniel Geddes, Kay Higgins and Carey Mercer. It was mixed by Wells at The Balloon Factory, in Vancouver on the UNCEDED and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh people. The drawing and painting on the cover are by Eden Veaudry. The album was mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago.
Some titles and lyrical phrases are magpied from: Ovid, the film Sweet Smell of Success, Compass by Mathias Énard, and the title from the poem Wild Nights – Wild Nights! by Emily Dickinson.