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Salad Days Magazine | February 26, 2024

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Grist Mil shares new single ‘Shadow’

Grist Mil shares new single ‘Shadow’
Salad Days

Announces dreamy, hyper-gaze EP,’Midheaven’, out June 23rd.

The EP was recorded over two sessions, with Sherman performing vocals, guitar, and bass and Amalfitano on drums, synthesizer, and additional guitar work. Gary Cioni (Hot Mulligan, Free Throw) engineered and produced ‘When I Run’ and ‘Shadow’ at Sound Acres Studios, and Brett Romnes (I Am The Avalanche, The Movielife) engineered and produced ‘How To Dissociate’ and ‘Wearing You’ at Barbershop Studios. Legendary producer Mike Sapone (The Front Bottoms, Oso Oso, Grouplove) mixed and added additional production to all four songs. ‘midheaven’ will self-release digitally on June 23rd. Grist Mil will hit the stage in Long Beach with Oso Oso at Bright Eye Beer Co. on June 14th and opening for Balance And Composure’s reunion shows in Philadelphia on June 16th and 18th.

‘Midheaven’ tracklist:

1. When I Run

2. How To Dissociate

3. Wearing You

4. Shadow

Photo Credit: Tan Halen
“Dreamy, hyper-gaze for indie kids” is how Derrick Sherman (Sainthood Reps) describes the newest iteration of Grist Mil. First started in 2020 for his solo-output, Sherman is now joined by collaborator Nick Amalfitano (Family Dinner) and the pair have created midheaven out June 23rd. Across the four songs on the EP, the duo have taken their indie and alternative roots and built them into a shoegazey fever dream laced with electronic elements. Today, Grist Mil share “Shadow”, a four-minute long track that builds off sprite guitar work into a floaty, questioning state as the lyrics beg “if you want me, then tell me.”

The entire EP is told from a main character’s point of view, as Sherman expands:

‘Midheaven’ begins with the main character asking “who’s gonna save him from himself” as he openly laments about his drug use. You then follow this character through a depressive episode, meet some of his multi-personalities, watch him struggle through a break-up, and then find some resolve, although perhaps a bit worse for the wear, the character is stabilized and self aware. The musical intros and outros were meant to feel drug-like, or in a depressive state.”

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