"And on your deathbed before you die/If you remember one thing/Will it be his love or will it be mine?/Oh let it be mine, oh let it be mine."
On Wake Up Captain Kevin once again reunites with producer Ellis Clark (Epicycle, June & The Exit Wounds, Chamber Strings, Nikki Sudden) and delivers his most stirring album to date. Balancing clever insights, extreme wit, and tender frailty into a cinematic - nearly visual - song cycle that mines themes of the paralyzing insecurity and the boundless safety found in love and life. The duality of strength and weakness, sentimentality and sarcasm are presented with honest, intimate realism, a sense of humor, and gorgeous vocals echoing myriad influences. We've heard folks claim that Kevin's classic style reminds them of everyone from Terry Hall and Todd Rundgren to Elliott Smith and Harry Nilsson. The common thread here might simply be Kevin's terrific voice and direct approach. As far as we're concerned all of these supposed influences are starting to sound more like Kevin than the reverse. The mind is a tricky thing after all. Like Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers, Scud Mountain Boys, Chappaquiddick Skyline) and Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Twin Princess), Kevin Tihista is one of the great indie pop songwriters of our era.
"This is an offering, it's not a handout/I'd give you anything if you'd come with me now/You and I are many things/But we're nothing without each other now."