Cheyenne‘s third and final album, Kings County, was released today.
Kings County has been in the works for six years. Frontman Beau Jennings explains the process, the delay and Cheyenne as a whole:
We began writing songs for Kings County all the way back in 2007, before we released The Whale. The blueprint was pretty simple, in that all of the music for these songs would be written by the band as a whole, with lyrics and vocals to be added later. Up until then, every song Cheyenne had released began as an acoustic song that I would bring to the band to flesh out. We felt that we had made a big progression from record to record, and this new method of writing would be the best way to break new ground. The music was written pretty quickly, most of it originating from guitarist Josh Harper’s riffs and progressions and drummer Heath Fisher’s piano parts. But I did not anticipate how difficult it would be for me to hold up my end of the bargain.
We began recording the music during a break from our 2008 tour for The Whale at Blackwatch Studios in Norman. At the time I only had vocals for two songs, and so the rest became instrumental pieces that I would come back to again and again over the next few years trying to find a way to fit in. I was happy with the new sound, but I felt like I was trying to shoehorn my way into the songs. In the meantime I released a solo album and two solo EPs, all the while thinking maybe the next Cheyenne record just wasn’t meant to be. Still, I hammered away as ideas came until it dawned on me – this would be the last Cheyenne record, and that’s what the songs needed to be about. From there, I was able to fill in the gaps and a finished record emerged, one that surprised me and one that I felt the band could be proud of.
We had a rehearsal loft space in Brooklyn where we all lived for a few years together and wrote these songs. Afterwards we would go to a bar down the street called Kings County and talk about our big plans for the release, all the while overlooking the biggest challenge that would face us, which was simply finishing the record. Here we are now crossing the finish line, all bloodied and wet and grinning. Cheyenne as it appears on this record is the polar opposite of what appeared on the first recordings, and I for one am proud of the growth. Whatever idea the band name Cheyenne encompassed, I feel like it has been seen through to its logical conclusion. What started out quiet and introspective has become confident and aggressive, and while some may like one version or the other, I prefer to look back on the last decade of Cheyenne releases as one long story. We hope you enjoy its conclusion.
1. Bad Times (Get Better or Quit)
2. Bird In The Building
3. Bleed Crimson
4. Leave It To The Locals
5. Measure Twice
6. All You Got For Me Is Nothin’
7. Monster Trucks
8. Kings County