"Brimming with short bursts of power-pop energy, but spiced with the residue of resentment due to the loss of time and opportunity, Putting The Days To Bed is a grande-sized mug of Roderick's best songwriting. There's craftsmanship to burn on Days, and a breezy confidence that's eluded him until now." (Paste)
Ultimatum is a spare six-song snapshot of the oblique and poetic-minded side of astounding songwriter and Winters bandleader John Roderick. At times sparse, at times warmly lush, this collection of songs is always intensely beautiful, stretching from simple vocal-and-guitar folk balladry to orchestral grandeur to band-driven electro psych-pop and largely leaving aside the guitar pop rave-ups with which Roderick is equally comfortable. The band's first release since 2003's When I Pretend to Fall, the EP is an enticing set-up for the band's upcoming '06 full-length and that rarest of things: an EP that stands on its own as a great record from a band that has already set a high standard for themselves.
John Roderick has already established himself as one of the best young American songwriters around, based on the strength of The Long Winters' debut record and their handful of US tours last year. On this new album, the band ups the ante and delivers an astounding record, chilling in its unrelenting excellence. Co-produced by Roderick, Ken Stringfellow (Posies, Big Star), and Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie), When I Pretend to Fall features guest appearances by Peter Buck (REM), Scott McCaughey (Minus 5), Sean Ripple (American Analog Set), and many others.
Simply stated, The Worst You Can Do Is Harm is one of the finest debut records in recent memory. From the subterranean menace of "Give Me a Moment" to the Gothic country of "Samaritan" to the kitchen table post-mortem "Unsalted Butter", the collaboration delineated by John Roderick's lyrical/melodic sense, Sean Nelson's lush harmonies and Chris Walla's totally messed-up production hits its mark almost too many times to be believed.
Guest players include Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, REM), Joe Bass (Sky Cries Mary, Sunny Day Real Estate), Jim Roth (Delusions, Built to Spill) and other friends.
Split 7" with one song from Spiral Stairs, and one from The Long Winters. Only 500 copies were pressed on limited edition, clear vinyl. All singles come with a download code for free mp3's with purchase.