The lead single off the Walkmen-affiliated Maine artist’s lost solo LP is a tribute to an unorthodox mentor
After languishing for 15 years in cold storage, Milan McAlevey of the Maine-based rock band Coke Weed finally sees his 2008 solo debut Admiral of the State of Maine available for public consumption at long last.
The record was recorded 15 years ago on an old four-track cassette machine and shipped back and forth from Maine to Brooklyn, where producer Walter Martin (of The Walkmen) gave notes and helped the album along.
“Admiral of the State of Maine is a collection of songs I began writing in the fall of 2007,” McAlevey said in a statement. “I was living in a small town in midcoast Maine where I was able to spend most of my time writing. The songs were by and large reflections on my youth spent in New England.
“I would demo the songs on cassette, which I’d send in batches to my friend Walter Martin (The Walkmen) in Brooklyn. Eventually we enlisted the help of our other old friend, Nick Stumpf, and recorded for five days at a small studio in DUMBO in April 2008.
“I always had a feeling the resulting record was special, but back then I didn’t have the means or inclination to find its audience. I moved on with my life, but I’ve been holding onto these songs like a secret for the past 15 years, so it’s a relief to finally be getting them out there.”
Featured in the record’s official trailer, it is a pleasure to premiere the record’s focus track, “Me & the Griz,” today on the site.
“‘Me and the Griz’ is a song about finding my way as a young teenager among the lawless milieu that I gravitated toward growing up in rural New Hampshire,” McAlevey explains of the single. “The Griz was a cool older guy who took me under his wing and schooled me in the ways of backwoods latter-day hippiedom. By the time you get to the end, it’s also become a song about outgrowing those kinds of social environments.”
The Admiral of the State of Maine is out now via the Fortune Tellers imprint.
Check out “Me and the Griz” below.
VIDEO: Milan McAlevey “Me and the Griz”