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Chris Staples

Chris Staples recorded his latest album, , in his garage late at night all throughout 2018. About this period in his life, he writes, "I quit drinking in 2018 and it sort of re-sensitized me to life. It reminded me of being a teenager. I used to write lots of songs and poems as a kid. It was how I coped. In my thirties, drinking sort of kept me from having to be inquisitive. Writing wasn't as important. Since I quit drinking my evenings are full of thoughts and questions. Writing became more frequent and automatic as I engaged with ideas in this way. There's a popular notion in the arts that alcohol makes you creative, but I've found the opposite to be true. Being sober put me back in touch with a creative energy that I'd been hiding from for a long time.

"I would work on [Holy Moly] for a few months and walk away. I did this several times. Every time I came back I would have a fresh perspective and find that some of the songs were great and some of them I never wanted to hear again. I would pick the best songs of each two month period and eventually I had a record. Holy Moly, as an expression, communicates a sort of disbelief. I feel like I see and hear a lot of things these days that I can barely believe. I find myself saying Holy Moly often."

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bark186: Chris Staples / Holy Moly
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bark164: Chris Staples / Golden Age
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