It occurred to me when I sat down to write this that the Language of Termites might be a pop band. I wanted some sort of cool hyphen-rock or witty portmanteau to use in the description but I’m coming up short and I think that’s ok. More than anything, what is important to understand about the Language of Termites is the narrative of the group. Between conception, writing, recording and the various other tasks that were woven together to make this happen the members of Termites spanned four continents, various states and a handful of cities. Recordings were passed via dial-up connections in Romania and Egypt; studio time was borrowed in Denver; home recording rigs were constructed in DC; this description is being written from Baghdad, and the members never once found themselves all in the same room at the same time. The time it has taken to make this happen has also played a role. Inevitably, the three years brought more than their fair share of life altering events. The geography and chronology certainly translate on the recordings and while it would have been easier for all of us to be in the same place at the same time, the music would have suffered. The music is sometimes ethereal, sometimes frantic and at times even playful but it is all a reflection of the story that created the band. Farrell - October, 2008 [+]
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