“Months Pass By” began with a trip I took to Seattle less than two months before we recorded the EP. I got to experience a new place with some of the people I love most. By the end of the trip, I left having made some new friends with some incredible people—people I now love. Originally, the trip was supposed to end in Seattle, but one of my new friends easily convinced me to take a small road trip to Portland before returning home.
While in Portland, I was able to spend some time with the girls in the band Joseph. They told me they would be passing through Waco on tour the following month, and I really wanted to play the show with them.
I decided to work out an acoustic set for the first time, which meant writing some new songs that would fit well in that setting. It was an approach to song writing that I had not taken before, and I found myself wanting to record an EP to document the time remembered in these songs.
My friend, Stephen, at the Busy Box Studio in Dallas, agreed to the idea of tracking, mixing, and releasing the EP in the course of two weeks; a fast, almost impromptu project, but that was what was right for these songs and this different approach. I was also able to work with my good friend, Keith Young, who helped me develop the concepts for the artwork of the EP.
In the studio, we did a lot of live tracking, and got to work with some great people who added violin, cello, and trombone. We loved working on this project, and our hope was that the end result would feel very natural and organic, not fussed-with or over analyzed. We hope that you enjoy it: the small product of a spontaneous idea.
I’d like to give special thanks to:
Ben Mitchell for writing these songs with me, being an incredible brother, and a man I look up to | Ashton Mitchell for giving us never-ending support, and being at every single show | Ben Mitchell, Jaxon Willis, and Evie Pace for making music with me | Stephen Hudson for recording and mixing the EP | Keith Young for designing and creating the artwork for the EP and Laine Young for additional help | John & Kate Sterchi and Jaxon & Leslie Willis for living out “Months Pass By” with me, and being some of the most dear friends I’ve ever had | Christian and Saayeh Anderson for getting married, being the wonderful people they are, and bringing together a group of such amazing people to Seattle | Steph Untz for going to Portland and asking me to tag along | Natalie, Allison, and Meegan Closner of Joseph for encouraging and inspiring creativity | Jaco Cronje, Vincent Ramirez-Boyce, and Jon Cook for adding violin, cello, and trombone to the EP | Always and forever Nana, Dad, Mom, Jenny, Katie, Ben, and Matt for being my family and making me a better man |
released October 1, 2013
Recorded and Mixed by Stephen Hudson at The Busy Box Studio
Mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion
Album Art by Keith Young
Paul Mitchell: Vocals, Guitars, Pump Organ
Ben Mitchell: Drums, Piano
Jaxon Willis: Bass
Evie Pace: Piano
Jaco Cronje: Violin
Vincent Ramirez-Boyce: Cello
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