The band commented:
These are a collection of songs that span the last couple of years. Instead of just letting them sit around until civilization inevitably comes to an end, we’ve decided to share them with the world.
“Department of Unnatural History” was originally planned to be on a split 7″ with the band The Most Dangerous Animal. We dragged our feet on this for a while and ended up backing out for no real good reason. They released their side as a cassette called “Money/Time”. This track was recorded during the same session that we recorded our cover of “Jet Black” for the Jawbreaker compilation we were a part of.
“Nameless/Faceless/Thoughtless/Brainless” was supposed to be a track on The Sea of Trees. It was recorded during all of the same sessions that were split between Chicago, IL & Holland, MI. We ran into time constraints for the LP version and were deciding whether to cut this song or “Montauk”. I don’t know why “Montauk” was ever on the table because that has ended up being one of our favorite songs released. Listening back now, this song does seem a little out of place compared to the other songs on The Sea of Tress so I’m glad we cut it. BUT, also listening back now, I like this song a lot more than I ever had in the past.
“My Birthday in Lansing v2” is obviously a full band rerecording of a song that previously was just me and a guitar. Kameron and I had been throwing around the idea of doing a full band version of this and finally figured out an arrangement that we liked. His acquisition of a Roland SPD-SX and my headfirst dive into synthesizers seemed to come at the right time. Tyler joining the band and being able to record this also was nice.