Release Date: May 2, 2006
Record label: Pattern 25
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
On his first full-length solo release, Posies frontman Jon Auer delivers more of the melodic, heartfelt pop that longtime fans have come to expect. Harking back to the pristine and deliberate Baroque pop of the Posies' Dear 23 with a bit of Frosting on the Beater's epic rock thrown in for good measure, Songs from the Year of Our Demise is a deeply thoughtful and obviously personal album. Tracks such as "Bottom of the Bottle," "The Likes of You," "My Sweet Unknown," and "You Used to Drive Me Around" find Auer ruminating over such dark topics as alcoholism, strained parent/child relationships, and failed romances.
It wouldn’t have felt right had 2005 passed without Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow (the only mainstays in Seattle’s melancholy power-pop outfit the Posies) missing another chance at big success. The two of them have played with Big Star legend Alex Chilton for years now, and those shows have always gone as smoothly as could be expected. In Space, the ’05 Big Star album with Auer and Stringfellow on board, could have been great.