It's been eight years since Scott Kannberg aka Spiral Stairs (founding member of Pavement and Preston School of Industry), released any new music. Yet second album Doris and The Daggers is well worth the wait, showcasing the most personal and emotional music Kannberg has ever written and reflecting the life changes that occurred over those years. During that stretch, Scott weathered the loss of friends, treasured the joys of fatherhood, and lived life as an Australian – experiences that inform these warm, sweetly melodic and soundly honest songs.
Doris and The Daggers was recorded over a series of short sessions at Exactamundo studios in Eagle Rock, CA. Long-time low-end foil Matt Harris returned on bass duties, while the drum-stool was adopted by Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff. The trio cut 30 songs in all, while a number of Scott's close musical friends stepped in to make some key contributions. Peroff's Broken Social Scene cohort Kevin Drew sang on "Emoshuns," Kelley Stoltz lent guitar to the summery chime of "AWM" and The National's Matt Berninger lends vocals to the bittersweet, zephyr-light "Exiled Tonight."
Along with the lyrical wit and Scott's unerring knack for tuneage as embraceably familiar as a beloved sweater; these songs are full of life, stories engagingly told, and a sense of affection for everything that happens within them. You'll keep returning to them again and again, and hope that Scott doesn't wait so long to cut his next batch.