Today is our last tomorrow:
"This song is about our obsession, both as a culture, and within the media, with doom and gloom,Ē says co-founding member Ed Jurdi. ďIf you're watching the network news channels, it seems like the world is literally going to end once or twice a week. They're constantly fanning the flames of our divisions and shortcomings, with hardly a mention of the daily triumphs and victories."
The album title references the famed existential Albert Camus novel and Robert Heinleinís sci-fi classic Stranger in a Strange Land, but it also touches on the "strangers" who make up the bandís loyal fan base and who continue to support the band during this period with all touring canceled. In lieu of live shows, the band has been spending four nights a week live-streaming personal private concerts to fans, and one night a week publicly live-streaming with the whole band "Zooming" in from their respective homes in California, Texas, North Carolina and Tennessee. Co-founder Gordy Quist notes, "At first it seemed very strange until these walls started coming down and we realized how connected we are by the fabric of music."
With Martine at the helm, Stranger emphasizes songcraft and intricate arrangements set in a spacious sonic landscape that reinvents the bandís sound. The songs teem with the emotion borne of personal experience, as has been The Band of Heathensí method from the very start. Stranger moves off into a new place, but still echoes the groupís artful songwriting and multi-layered narrative observations. Martineís influence amplifies the unique voice that The Band of Heathens has created throughout their celebrated career, making Stranger their most engaging release thus far.