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Early Day Miners

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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.

Official website: http://www.earlydayminers.com/

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  • MadTinus

    Offshore <3 <3 <3

    3 Apr 8:25am 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 9:00am 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 5:59am 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: http://westernvinyl.com/catalog/WV90.html

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • jimmypepper

    <3

    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
  • badoom_bum

    oh Doriol, I wish you hadn't said that.

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Doriol

    this band makes good music that I enjoy listening to

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • helloimjoshua

    wait a second... i thought these guys broke up. gotta give the new album a listen.

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • DigiDan

    http://www.last.fm/music/Early+Day+Miners/+images/63096963

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • catachresistant

    Well, if Turncoats and Milking the Moon are on there, um, no, not really... Where's that Placer Found reissue (w/ bonus trax) we were promised. :(

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
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