Joey Cape is no stranger to the music scene; frontman of Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut and guitarist of Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, the man has been a staple since 1989. The sound his new solo album, Stitch Puppy, seems like a department from his past ventures however it is not. Joey has been releasing folk music under his name since 2004. Stitch Puppy is an outlet dealing with the pains of growing older; which includes facing the permanent departure of loved ones. The lyrics are a tad dark-maybe even a little sad, but don’t let that become a deterrent, this punk gone acoustic is worth a listen. Let’s let Joey explain:
“I’m excited to be announcing the release of my new solo album Stitch Puppy. It’s been almost 5 years since the last solo full length was released so it feels long overdue. Stitch Puppy was inspired by a doll my daughter made me a few years back. It’s a sort of Victorian mourning doll. Stitch is my most prized possession. Put it this way, if my house were to burn down, after my family and the animals, Stitch would be top priority. My idea to wear his costume stems from years of thinking of him as some representation of purity, loss and the strength that follows. Stitch Puppy seems to be alone, which is the way it feels to mourn the loss someone you love or to be abandoned, stood up. We are all disappointed by life’s disloyalties and losses but somehow the wiser for them. We transform from victim to guide. We are witness to these things and the beauty in between. That’s it. That’s how I see Stitch Puppy. Not defeated. Simply the wise witness I aim to be.”
Watch Stitch Puppy come to life below in This Life is Strange.
Stitch Puppy is out on September 4 from Fat Wreck. Be sure to catch Joey Cape on tour this fall throughout the US and Canada. Learn more about Joey Cape here.