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Bloomington IN, United States

The Bloomington, IN, group Early Day Miners is a self-described “musical cooperative.” The group’s core members are Daniel Burton, Rory Leitch (both formerly of Ativin), and Joseph Brumley, but the trio enlists a revolving cast of friends for recordings and live performances. Early Day Miners spin American rural music into richly cinematic, experimental textures that contain a prominent streak of melancholy (and some slowcore tendencies). The combo’s first release was the seven-song, 49-minute Placer Found, which emerged in 2000 on Western Vinyl. The 2002 LP Let Us Garlands Bring, on Secretly Canadian Records, boasted richer and more fleshed-out landscapes to underpin the vocals of key member Burton. Early Day Miners continued on with 2003’s Jefferson At Rest and 2005’s All Harm Ends Here out on Secretly Canadian. The next year, the six-song Offshore, which was originally conceived to be a part of Let Us Garlands Bring and featured the production work of Tortoise’s John McEntire, was released.

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  • Dmorpheus_

    lmao there name sounds like an obvious red house painters imitation..

    5 Mar 12:44pm Reply
  • catachresistant

    I mean lets be real, nobody is checking for this band.

    17 Jan 4:25pm Reply
  • catachresistant

    "We seriously need a reissue of both Placer Found and Let Us Garland Bring." <- Dan Burton said they planned to reissue Placer Found. That was back in like 2006, though, so

    17 Jan 4:24pm Reply
  • not_helen

    sounds lil bit like american music club?.....

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • BushmanBeats

    Have they split up? Santa Carolina is incredible.

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MadTinus

    Offshore <3 <3 <3

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Uniontrade

    One of my alltimes fav bands...Comfort/Guilt - Placer Found - We know In Part - Santa Carolina - McCalla - The union trade ufff amazing really

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    there are times when this band leaves me in complete awe. tonight was one of those times, courtesy of "henshaw" from the first acuarela songs compilation.

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • nemafrozon

    East Berlin At Night <3 i fall in love with this one. how can i get their cd's? :(

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Gas_chamber

    We seriously need a reissue of both Placer Found and Let Us Garland Bring.

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Jasonorous

    They sound a lot like The Black Heart Procession now. Perhaps a little more upbeat though.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Jasonorous

    I refuse to acknowledge the name change. Still scrobbling the new album as Early Day Miners. Not near as good as the old stuff, but still listenable.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • catachresistant

    Eh, I liked the album better than The Treatment. Then again, not saying much, I fucking hated The Treatment. I'm glad they changed their name, it's easier to judge that stuff on its own terms. It's not GREAT, but it's pretty good imo. The "bar" songs are great, and How To Fall is an EDM song circa 2006. The only really embarrassing mis-step is Turncoats, I figured they would have changed the lyrics at the very least before putting it on record, but, uh, nope.

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ABlueRogue

    How does everyone feel about this EDM thing? I kinda feel the new stuff they make is less...genuine?

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • 3rdparty

    The next chapter:

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
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    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Istabclowns

    Most underrated band (along with Idaho) ever!!!

    14 May 2012 Reply
  • helloimjoshua

    A Common Wealth is still one of the most perfect songs ever :')

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • catachresistant

    I'd almost forgotten how great of an album Placer Found was. Probably top ten 4 life.

    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • nickvb

    bedroom, houston is a great track. just sayin'

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
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