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Williams Shift “The Heads And The Bodies”

Burnt Toast Vinyl is proud to debut a new song from Williams Shift’s forthcoming album We Were Wonderers.

“The Heads And The Bodies” is an energetic track that bridges Matthew Stone’s instrumental work as a member of Saxon Shore, which was also utilized in the initial Williams Shift preview track “Dock Ellis Spirit Animal,” and continues to layer vocals, synths, and strings to the soundscape. Shimmering female vocals, provided by vocalist Jill Purdy, were an essential requirement to Stone’s idea for Williams Shift and serve to balance Stone’s vocals. It borrows a bit of sunshine in the form of Brian Wilson-esque harmonies, linking to the summery scene of Ted Williams remembering his last at bat in Boston. Stephen Roessner’s masterful drumming and production add the final glue which holds the palpable sonic landscape together.

Lyrically, the track introduces the apocryphal story of Williams’ cryonically frozen head. When his blood was exchanged for the cryonic fluids, his severed head was placed on a small metal tuna can to prevent it from being frozen to the case where it was stored. Ultimately, the can froze to the head and proved difficult to remove. Thusly, an opportunistic worker in the facility used a wrench to knock the tuna can off, missing the can on the first strike, and instead bashing the frozen head of Mr. Williams.

Stream the track through the embedded bandcamp link below, pre-order the digital release through the band, pre-order the 2xLP /cassette package, the 2xLP, or cd of We Were Wonderers from btv, and order the We Were Wonderers Instrumentals cassette from our good friends at Flannelgraph Records in Bloomington, IN or directly from btv. The instrumental cassettes are shipping now to all who order separately or the 2xLP/cassette package!


Williams Shift “Dock Ellis Spirit Animal” Premier

Williams Shift has been a long dream for Matthew Stone even while he was touring with Saxon Shore. “Dock Ellis Spirit Animal” represents a touchstone and transitional point from his work as guitarist in Saxon Shore and the more pop elements captured in We Were Wonderers. A track like “Sustained Combustion” from the Saxons’ It Doesn’t Matter was a Stone-penned melody initially conceived as a proto-Wiliiams Shift track. On “Dock Ellis,” Stone’s instrumental pop melody continues on that spectrum with Stephen Roessner’s production mixing in various guitar arrangements to heighten the pure pop energy. Thematically, Dock Ellis’ no-hitter story ranks high in the canon of crazy baseball stories and links back to some of the Ted Williams baseball themes on the album. Stream the track through the embedded bandcamp link below, pre-order the digital release through the band, pre-order the 2xLP /cassette package of We Were Wonderers from btv, and pre-order the We Were Wonderers Instrumentals cassette from our good friends at Flannelgraph Records in Bloomington, IN.


Williams Shift : We Were Wonderers

This has been a long time coming, but now we’re ready to announce Williams Shift  We Were Wonderers

Williams Shift is a new project from Matthew Stone (Soporus, Saxon Shore) and Stephen Roessner (Saxon Shore, Small Signals).  We Were Wonderers was recorded in various home studios, produced and mixed by Grammy award winning producer Roessner in conjunction with Stone, and features the vocalist Jill Purdy. Williams Shift comes to life as an outgrowth of the poppiest elements incorporated in songs recorded as members of the instrumental band Saxon Shore combined with the concept of the “Williams Shift” where defenders would align themselves to better field naturally pulled hits from Boston slugger Ted Williams. The band blends soaring synth pop influences with an ever-expanding and spiraling Williams mythology and weight of the Cosmos. Captivated by theories of human cryonic suspension and the cagey details post-Williams mortem, the band embraces an actively dreaming suspended head and an alternate future of Williams’ awakening. His frozen head orbits the earth on a satellite with other cryonically frozen beings, a tragic Greek chorus echoing Williams’ thoughts through Brian Wilson-esque (musician, not reliever) melodies. This is an ode to melody, baseball, and the universe with a hefty dose of artistic license and imagination.

We Were Wonderers is available for pre-order as a 2xLP / cassette package. The 2xLP features a 4th side etching from John Ringhofer (Half-handed Cloud). The vinyl is pressed on blue vinyl with white marble veins and white vinyl with blue marble veins and presented in a gatefold jacket. The cassette is a limited edition instrumental version of Wonderers and released in conjunction with our good friends at Flannelgraph Records. The cassettes are also available directly from Flannelgraph by themselves. Cds are also available for pre-order and the digital version will arrive in conjunction with release to stores in March 2015. Cassettes will ship separately from the 2xLP when they arrive in mid-December and the 2xLPs should ship out in early 2015 for all pre-orders.



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