In 2008, Matt Sheehy took a job as a forester in the rainy and iconic logging town of Aberdeen, Washington. His new home – a remote and run-down cabin in the woods – was supposed to be the perfect place to reflect and write songs about a recent breakup and the devastating loss of his mother. But things have a way of taking unexpected turns in Aberdeen and it would take almost a decade for those songs, and the stories behind them, to be heard.
Aberdeen is now the third studio album by Lost Lander – the first in 4 years – and the band will play headlining shows in support. These full band shows come on the heels of Sheehy’s 2019 US tour of his critically acclaimed one man show of the same name that culminated in a New York premier at the Public Theater.
Sheehy acted as producer on the album and pulled together friends to resurrect songs from journals and demos from a period 10 years ago when lived in Aberdeen, Washington. It features performances by bandmate Sarah Fennell and longtime collaborators Drew Shoals (Train), Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Dave Depper (Death Cab For Cutie), Sean Flinn (Flinn), Sam Vance-Law, Scott Magee (Ural Thomas and the Pain), Dana Bouy (Akron/Family), and Justin Miller.
The songs recall his attempt to restart his life, record an album, and his entanglements with the Floods, an eccentric local family living near his isolated cabin in the woods. Casey, the family’s young mother, is a logger and the family’s primary breadwinner. Her husband, Andy Flood (or “Flood” as he prefers to be called), is obsessed with proving his worthiness despite his fragile disposition and increasing paranoia about mysterious events occurring in Aberdeen. Matt’s efforts to help the couple reveal terrible hidden motives and lead to discoveries about the nature of the multiverse.
The National’s Matt Berninger describes Aberdeen as…
“…a trip. Every time I thought I had it’s number it pulled out the rug and surprised me. Beautiful songs and a truly unbelievable story. Apparently all true.”