Patric Fallon recently spoke with label co-owner Tim Owen about Jade Tree’s past, present and future. The interview appeared in Spin today.
Now that the label is ramping up its release schedule again, what's on the horizon?
The first new band on the label is called Dark Blue. We know two of the three guys from the past: Andy [Mackie] the bass player was in Paint it Black, and the drummer Mike [Sneeringer] we've actually known even longer because of his band Trial by Fire from D.C., who Jade Tree worked with years ago. They're right here in Philadelphia, so it's kind of been a perfect match. They have a 7" coming out in July [available digitally now], and literally just finished their album this weekend, which is going to come out in October if everything goes as planned. And from there we're going to reissue some of the bigger records, like Promise Ring and Jets to Brazil, probably in 2015. Evan [Patterson] from Young Widows has a new solo side project that he's going to start debuting live, called Jaye Jayle. It has a lot of weird instruments and sounds, acoustic guitars, and all that. He's doing a bunch of 7"s with different labels, and we're going to do one of those probably in September. We're working on a lot of other things now, but it's a bit too early to say who it's going to be or when it's going to come out. We're actively talking to people and meeting people, and now that people are hearing what we're up to, they're coming to us. It's cool to have that new dialogue with people we've never met whose music we've known about or just recently discovered.