Hot on the heels of a split 7” with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, The Black Swans and Misra Records are releasing Don’t Blame the Stars — May 31, 2011. The band formed awhile back in Columbus, Ohio, where frontman Jerry DeCicca developed his sound and built up a capacious knowledge of popular music. The Black Swans have five records, and Don’t Blame the Stars is their 4th LP; their previous records have received high-marks from a wide-range of music reviewers for Pitchfork, Dusted, Popmatter, The Onion, SPIN, and more.

Don’t Blame the Stars was recorded live in a garage in Columbus, Ohio in May of 2008. It is a batch of songs about being agnostic and finding meaning in friendships, identity, and music instead of a higher power. Often with spoken word introductions, the album models itself after Willie Nelson’s Yesterday’s Wine, but whereas Willie is speaking to God, Black Swans’ frontman Jerry DeCicca is talking to the listener, or himself, or no one. The making of the album stalled out when Noel Sayre, founding member and violinist, died that July in a swimming accident. The Black Swans returned to this recording several years later with the subjects of the songs taking on a more profound resonance.

Misra has been following The Black Swans for many years and we truly believe they’re making some of the most wildly unique + beautiful music around today. We’re continuously floored by the band’s uncompromising creativity + refusal to make the same album twice. Don’t Blame the Stars is no exception to that rule. This record is an absolutely amazing piece of art and Misra is so proud to be associated with it.

You can purchase the album here – after all, the arts cannot survive without your support.  Stay tuned for lots more exciting news, including updates on the Misra Records Living Room Tour Jerry DeCicca (TBS frontman) is doing with Adam Remnant (Southeast Engine frontman).

Black Swans Links:

  • Magnet-premiered video for “I Forgot to Change the Windshield Wipers in My Mind”
  • American Songwriter-premiered video for “Don’t Blame the Stars”
  • Recent Aquarium Drunkard feature
  • Recent Muzzle of Bees feature