Right Away, Great Captain! To Be Revived

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 25, 2014

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Andy Hull’s Right Away, Great Captain! will apparently be making a comeback following the end of a trilogy that was released in 2012. Check out an interview with Hull via On Record Magazine below after the jump.

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POZ Interview: Kevin Devine + Andy Hull (Bad Books, KD, Manchester Orchestra)

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 5, 2013

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Kevin Devine and Andy Hull treat PropertyOfZack better than we could ever ask for, and they always give us incredible interviews. I was able to catch up with the duo at Bad Books' Philadelphia, PA tour stop for one of POZ's best interviews of all time. Kevin, Andy, and I discussed Bad Books' new found cohesiveness and success, all the details you could ask for for Kevin's Kickstarter campaign and two upcoming albums, Manchester Orchestra's reboot with a new split and album, and so much more. We couldn't be more excited about the interview and all the great details within it, so check out all of it below!

So this tour is going really well, it seems. This is the fourth tour for Bad Books right?
Andy Hull: 
Yeah. We did a few short ones so yeah, four. 

How many was it, like a thousand in Ohio?
AH: 
Yeah its nuts, I think we could have done that easily in New York from what we were told; in New York and Philly and Boston as well. Yeah totally nuts. The reception is really cool. Nobody’s asking for anything other than Bad Books tunes. People are actually enjoying the songs. 

You can play a full set now, that’s awesome. No filler. 
AH: 
There’s still plenty of bullshit, but yeah. 
Kevin Devine: It feels like the balance is… there is one. It’s definitely more… the bullshit is an accent, as opposed to potentially being the main thing. 
AH: Half if not more than half of the show…

I know that for the first record, or even for those first shows, there was always talk of, “This is really cool, but it still feels separated between two parties, rather than one band.” 
AH: 
Dude it is so much different now. It feels like a real thing. It feels exactly like a real band. We’re all developing identities. It’s really cool because it’s going to be sweet to see what happens with the next record now that we have an identity. We all have things that we do in the band now. Rather than, “You do this. You play this.” There are members that are doing things. We can only go up from here. 
KD: I think an interesting thing about how that live experience can translate into that next record too is that in carving out those identities, I feel like even though it’s a band it’s been something of a studio project for us in the studio. Like me and you [AH] end up doing a lot. 
AH: Yes.
KD: And I feel like it’s nice to have that as an option. But I also think what this enables us to do in the comfort level we’re reaching here is that the next record can be more like a rock band playing songs; rather than building songs in the studio. 

There’s been some satellite radio play too, right?
KD:
 Amazing response there. Like the number one song the last couple weeks on there. 
AH: Yeah, nuts. 

Especially because it’s four months out since the release. 
KD:
 Yeah four and a half or so. 
AH: There’s two different ways a record can go, you know? You could put a shitload of promotion behind it and then have a really big first week and then everything will trail off, or you can try to do it organically where it will continue to grow and just steady as it goes. It feels like that’s what’s happening with this record. It’s starting to connect more and more the longer it’s been out. It’s cool. 

I assume you guys are going to be really busy this year. If the record’s doing well and tours are doing better than well, is that something that you now want to try to carve out more time for Bad Books?
KD:
 Yeah we were having that conversation last night. Like how it’s kind of…
AH: Short answer, yes we do want to. It’s just about making that decision. And hopefully finding some sort of time for it. It’s a timing thing really. I would love to do it more though, especially since it’s going better. 

Have you found that with this touring and the band being more cohesive, that you actually have wanted to do a record sooner rather than later?
KD:
 We haven’t really talked about that yet. We’ve talked a little bit about doing it, but not about a timeline for it. Because I don’t really know, realistically, what that would look like.
AH: That’s the thing is when we could do it. But yeah, I certianly am in my head, being on this tour like, “Yeah we should be writing and we should go in immediately and go make another record.” 

It’s a good problem to have.
KD: 
Yeah. It’s a luxury problem; it’s awesome. 

In terms of Bad Books as a separate entity, do you think there are people now that are just Bad Books fans?
KD: 
I kind of do. Or I kind of feel like there are people who are more… there are definitely people who like it of it’s own merit. And I think that maybe there are some who even like it more than they like either of our things. Probably not the majority. The majority is probably still kids that are coming from Manchester’s world and my world. But I think it’s built itself into it’s own formidable entity. It’s totally amazing, yeah. 
AH: It helps a lot that the second record is just such a… in my opinion, stronger album than the first record. The first record is kind of your perfect stereotypical first album for a band. It’s rough and a lot of loose ends. It’s going in all directions, we hadn’t really found out who we are. I’m stoked that we started with something that, you know, I’d saw was a three star record. I’d say this one is a four star record. Now we’re going to try to make a five star record. 

Will Bad Books be going to rest for now until there is more time?
KD: 
Yeah I guess we’ll figure out what happens. 
AH: Hopefully going to try to play as many festivals as we can and get some… We’re down to work. And honestly working with Kevin is a lot easier than working on my own. Not that I’m working on my own with Manchester, but just being the sole front guy, it’s just half the work. It feels nice. 
KD: It’s totally noticable. It’s lovely. I feel like Bad Books tour is like… It’s still in a van and a trailer and all that stuff, but the fact that it’s other people doing this stuff sometimes, I’m like, “This is sick. Just hanging out while someone sells the merch… that’s amazing!” 

Are we cool to talk about prospecitve projects?
KD: 
I really wish you wouldn’t… Yeah I don’t care. 
AH: What do you mean?
KD: Like Manchester and me. 
AH: Oh yeah.
KD: But I have to answer all of the Manchester questions and he has to answer all the the…
AH: That would be cool. 

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Right Away, Great Captain! Launches Limited T-Shirt

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 16, 2012

Right Away, Great Captain! has launched a limited t-shirt of merch in support of his final album. Order the shirt here and check it out below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Session: Bad Books

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 7, 2012

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Bad Books' second album is something that we're all waiting for, and Andy Hull was kind enough to play a brand new song off of that upcoming record for PropertyOfZack in a new Session. “Forest Whitaker” is a great track stripped down, and we can only imagine what it’ll sound like on tape. Watch the brand new Session below by clicking “Read More!”

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Right Away, Great Captain! Acoustic Performance

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 20, 2012

Andy Hull of Right Away, Great Captain! recently sat down for an acoustic performance. Check out his performance of the song “I Wait For You” below by clicking “Read More.”

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by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 13, 2012

Right Away, Great Captain! Release ‘The Lost Sea’ LP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 12, 2012

Right Away, Great Captain! has posted The Lost Sea LP online for fans. Stream it below by clicking “Read More.”

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Right Away, Great Captain! Vinyl Update; Plans On Releasing ‘Lost Sea’ LP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 25, 2012

The deluxe packages for Right Away, Great Captain!’s final album have finally arrived. Andy Hull has also confirmed that he would be releasing The Lost Sea for all fans digitally sometime soon. Check out a tweet from Hull below by clicking “Read More.”

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Right Away, Great Captain! Vinyl Shipping Update

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 18, 2012

Right Away, Great Captain! released his final trilogy album last week and has been personally sending out vinyl orders for the album. Unfortunately, Andy has run into some delays with the vinyl and you can read abut it below by clicking “Read More.”

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Right Away, Great Captain! Nervous Energies Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 15, 2012

Nervous Energies Session has released a new video of Right Away, Great Captain! playing “I Am Aware.” Check out the video from the session below by clicking “Read More.”

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Right Away, Great Captain! Adds 2nd Leg To Summer Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 13, 2012

Right Away, Great Captain! has added a second leg to his summer tour. Check out all the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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Right Away, Great Captain! Nervous Energies Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 13, 2012

Right Away, Great Captain! recently filmed a Nervous Energies Session in addition to performing a new Bad Books song. Check out the videos fro the session below by clicking “Read More.”

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Right Away, Great Captain! Album Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 12, 2012

Right Away, Great Captain!’s new album, The Church Of The Good Thief, is officially out. Stream it below by clicking “Read More.”

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PropertyOfZack Review : : Right Away, Great Captain!

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 12, 2012

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The story unfolds with the greatest of ease. The narrator spins a tale of a young man, toiling away on a wooden vessel, sailing into the great unknown, hoping for the grandest of hauls. All the while, his vigilant wife tends to his home, her oath of fidelity testing her fortitude, challenging her heart. Her bed never empty, despite her husband working so far off at sea; his brother’s blood, her miserable secret. Waiting, wondering, and wasting away all that they hold dear…and so goes Right Away, Great Captain!’s story of betrayal and sorrow. Themes of heartbreak, denial, anguish, and anger permeate the chapters of Andy Hull’s grand bargain with the literary gods. And as his final chapter, The Church of the Good Thief, is upon us, listeners and readers alike are reminded that Hull’s side project is much more than just a musical endeavor. 

Right Away, Great Captain! is a stark departure from Hull’s primary focus, Manchester Orchestra. Abandoning the lush instrumentations, aggressive vocal delivery, and bashing structures for a stripped down, earthy, visceral presentation, Right Away, Great Captain! explores a different aspect of Hull’s imagination. Over the course of three albums (2007’s The Bitter End and 2008’s The Eventually Home preclude this offering), Hull has told a tale of a 17th century sailor whose wife cheats on him with his own brother as he is off at sea. And so this review is not so much a keen evaluation of the music but rather a delicate summarization of the story. 

Unique and passionate, The Church of the Good Thief continues the gentle aura of Right Away’s previous two chapters. This chapter deals with the acceptance and repercussions of the protagonist’s actions (although, in an effort to keep the details of the story elusive, only the overall themes of the story shall be mentioned henceforth). Simple guitars, gorgeously gentle melodies, and the occasional ring of a piano highlight Hull’s subtle vocal delivery: all of this in an effort to shine the spotlight firmly on Hull’s brilliant lyricism, the best of his career. Each song, chronologically mixed, serves as another wooden beam in Hull’s ocean-view house. It takes a acute ear and a certain persistence to let Right Away, Great Captain!’s genius become apparent.

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