"The Lesser-Known Tristan Omand"
AVAILABLE APRIL 8th, 2016
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news - january 25th, 2016
Greetings, people! Thank you for taking a moment out of your day to check up on my whereabouts. I know it's been a few weeks, and for that, I apologize. Or maybe that's not too long of a period between updates...I suppose I have checked out other websites that haven't been updated in ages, and they have the equivalent of digital tumbleweeds blowing through, and a vacant feeling that gives you the chills. Sort of like a hotel parking lot after you've checked out and walk out to to the lot to see that you are the last one to do so, and only your car and the hotel employee vehicles are left... Isn't that a lonely feeling? I think it is. There is something so desperate about temporary things if you look at them with the right eyes.
I have been a madman at updating content on here, and re-vamping my web presence a bit. Because lets face it - I needed it. No one else is going to do the things that need to be done, unless those people actually exist, or you ask them. I've always been a DIY type of dude, willing to try most things before I pay someone else to do it. If the hinge on the door squeaks - grease it. If my glasses break, well, I will pilfer old screws off of an old pair to fix them. If my truck isn't running right, I'll open the hood and investigate the problem. You get what I'm saying. The feeling of hopelessness is an unwelcome guest. I've always tried to be prepared in life, in some way or another. Never been too good at keeping up with doctors visits though...I should get to that. I change the oil in my car religiously, but my body - hey, that bastard can wait! Ha, not a good plan. Gotta take care of the things you need to take care of, or they will fail you when needed most.
The new album The Lesser-Known Tristan Omand is getting very close to pressing at the vinyl plant. They have made the cutting masters, and should be sending out test pressings to yours truly very soon. To all the pre-order folks - THANK YOU! I will keep you updated on the status of the vinyl, and when I have them, I will ship them out to you ASAP. Even before the release date of April 8th (that is the plan behind pre-orders; to get in line and receive your order before the official release date! It feels cool, I've done it before. Give it a shot!) Pre-order at www.thelesserknowntristanomand.com
My spring 2016 tour is coming together nicely, though I still have some holes to fill. Dates have been confirmed in New Hampshire (Special show announcement coming soon. I'm psyched. Can't wait!) New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and tentative dates in Tennessee, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, and New York City. I have posted some of the more "confirmed" dates, and will be updating the TOUR-DATES page as the dates get checked off.
That's it for now, folks. I hope you are doing well, and trying your hardest to be happy. That shit requires some serious work, and is not an assumed guarantee. It takes a lifetime to truly know yourself. The road goes on forever.
P.S. - I recently had the pleasure of being the first guest on my buddy Miketon Graton's new podcast, "Northeast Sound & Story" Check it out, it was a lot of fun. I shared some stories that some may consider embarrassing, but hey, they are stories and I had a good time telling them. No shame. I also played a few new songs, one of which will be on the new album. Click here to listen!
news - january 10th, 2016
Well folks, it looks like we made it to another year. Surprised? I kinda knew things would be OK. I had that little feeling in the back of my mind that keeps me going through the darkness sometimes. I hope all is well with you, and as always, I appreciate you coming here to check on my whereabouts. You may be exclaiming to yourself "Holy crap, he finally posted the cover artwork to his new record! I wanna pre-order that thing!" Well, you are right in your assumption, and the pre-order madness has begun.
Why pre-order? Here's the answer - You get the record before the official release date of April 8th 2016, as well as a few extra goodies in the order, like all good mail-order should (at least in the creative world...) and you will be playing a role in helping to get this album out to the masses. I'm not going down the Kickstarter route for this one, with fancy rewards and handwritten lyrics sheets, because I figured we could just cut to the chase and buck the trends. That's what level-headed people do, right?
Well, another little tidbit about the pre-order is that when you do initiate said order, you get immediate download of a few tracks from the record.
Of course, before pre-ordering (shit, I've said that a lot in this post so far...) you get to listen to two songs from the album! Should I stop all this babbling and display the link? OK, I will do that, here it goes. Click the link below, if you'd be so kind!
news - Dec. 21, 2015
Sometime in early December 2015, I sat down and wrote three songs, and this was the third one. It's called "One For The Reindeer" It is sort of a tongue-in-cheek spin on the whole Christmas thing. This recording is a slightly re-mastered demo from my iPhone. I did what I could to make it presentable. And after writing it, I still enjoyed playing it, so here it is. Click here to LISTEN AT BANDCAMP
In other news, the cover artwork for the new album, The Lesser-Known Tristan Omand, is finished. I have to admit, it looks pretty awesome and I can't wait to share it with you folks. Expect the unveiling of the cover, and a pre-order link very soon. (I know I have said that a lot...)
With 2015 coming to a close, I have no choice but to reflect on it a bit, and more-so than usual. Reflection can come in many forms. Sometimes it's a skewed version of what really was and is, and other times it is a staunch recollection of all the experiences, images, feelings, and emotions that have populated a span of time. Yeah, that sounds about right. This year has been just that. A year. Another one is coming, and they will just keep piling up the older we get, and I assume we are supposed to learn from mistakes, log them in the old memory bank and just move the f*%k on. Yep, I just did that symbol thing to spell out that four-letter-word. I went there. OK, here I go just rambling off like a man on some strange mission...
To everyone who is kind enough to follow what I do, and anyone else in between, I'd just like to say thank you. Thank you, and good luck, cheers, congrats, and let's take 2016 by storm, alright? No more self-doubt. no more wishing things were better. We alter the world around us by the choices that we make, and things happen as they happen. Take it easy, and love who you love. I think it's gonna be OK.
Happy Holidays. Yes, I said that too.
news - Dec. 9th, 2015
My viewpoint on a lot of issues is usually rather pessimistic, but lately it appears some compassionate daydreaming has changed that. I have been toying with the idea that we are just caught in a transition period, though it may be a long one, and that all the rhetoric and hate-speech and Trumpisms are just some of the junk to deal with along the way.
And maybe after this transition period, the collective consciousness of the world will change so much that World Peace may become an actual possibility. This may not be in my lifetime, or yours. Perhaps I should just keep dreaming, but thinking about the prospect of World Peace feels better to me inside than the prospect of We're All Fucked...'cause I don't think we are necessarily. There's just a lot of work to be done.
Day-dreaming has been my go-to for quite a while, and I was constantly in trouble for it in school. How could they blame me? There are far more interesting things outside the brick walls of the Public School System than what is generally taught, and the places you can go in your mind can be quite impressive if you allow them to be.
There are some great teachers out there, and a lot has changed in education in the last twenty-plus years. Sometimes I wish I grew up on Walton's Mountain, or some kind of place like that. One room schoolhouse, potbelly stove in the middle. Does that even exist anymore in the United States? Probably not. Schooling shouldn't stop when you graduate, and should be continued throughout life as a self-education of sorts.
Sometimes I feel as though I should have been born in another time, and I do believe in past-lives. But maybe that feeling of being born in the wrong time is just a reaction to being overwhelmed in your current life. It's hard to keep it all going, to stay 100%, and to be true to yourself all the time. Some people appear to be able to do it, but I think they might be faking it 'til they make it. That is a hard thing for me to do. I'm not a very good bullshitter, though sometimes I am overly polite in social situations to which I mostly feel strange in, and as a result that politeness hides my true self, and after encounters like that I feel a guilt and an inkling of disservice to my soul. That shit hurts. I can't help it that I'm in my own head most of the day, and don't get much interaction with people because I am writing, or working on a project, or practicing guitar, or applying liberal coats of self-loathing upon myself when I am feeling anxious or depressed.
I remember assuming at one time that the older you got, the more you figured out. That old adage of "the more I see, the less I know" is kind of true. Sure, you get better at certain things and hopefully learn the difference between right and wrong, but if you are to spend any considerable time pontificating and theorizing and dealing with your emotions, then you are starting to explore how vast and unexplained and amazing the human mind is. I have learned how complicated my emotions can be, and I am still learning about it. Some of that may be due to environment, diet, sleep habits, coffee consumption - who knows? Maybe I was born this way. I sometimes think back on certain times in my life, and on the music I was making, and I wonder what the hell I was doing. Like, who is that guy? That's not me. Sometimes even two years time can pass, and it feels like light-years. I suppose that when it all comes down to it, the key to living a decent life is just being decent, and letting yourself grow and move about the world with wonder and amazement that we are all still here. Mistakes are part of the job.
Well, if you have gotten this far by reading my rants, than maybe you'd like an update on my music. The album is still under-way, and the cover artwork is almost done. I swear, a pre-order for the record is coming soon, as well as an announcement of album release shows.
I have been writing songs, as usual, but only a few of them have stuck. The rest are stinkers, or just exercises in writing in order to get to meaningful work. To be honest, I have been going through a bout of excess anxiety, which makes it hard to do anything, so I am thankful for what I have written. I have been staying fairly busy lately, though not as busy as I'd like to be with shows and performances. A lot of times, I am the guy in the corner at a restaurant or bar, playing from 7-10, or 8-11, or 9-midnight as the hired entertainment. These gigs slip under the radar sometimes, and I don't want to relegate myself as background music, but at the same time I am thankful to be able to play music and get paid. It's taken me almost twenty years to get to the point of being paid regularly for performing. Remember that anecdote about learning from mistakes? Yep. It hasn't been easy, and it might be a struggle for quite some time, but struggles are worth it if you love what you do.
I hope you are all happy and well, and sometimes I wonder if anyone is even reading this stuff...If you are, feel free to go to my contact page and say hey, or ask a question about something you've been wondering that I do. Who knows. I admit it, I kind of suck at social media, and apologize if you feel that way too. It's hard to be a businessman and an artist at the same time. But you should rest easy knowing that this website isn't going anywhere, and for the last nearly six years, it has been my home on the web and the best way of getting info about what I do, though it has seen many face-lifts and changes over the years. I like this layout the best. Take care, folks.
news - Nov. 9th, 2015
Once again, upstate New York proved to be quite beautiful at this time of year, even with most of the leaves down from the mighty trees.
I was making my usual twice-a-year trip to play at the Black Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe out in Angelica, New York. I had brought my Canon A1 film camera with me, but only managed to snap off a handful of shots at several side-of-the-highway vistas. That is, I put on the blinker and get in the breakdown lane, roll down the window and snap a few shots and then it's back on the road again...
I had the good fortune of driving into the sun as it was being obscured by all kinds of loosely formed clouds which resulted in all different shades of orange, red, yellow, purple, and blue, if you looked hard enough...It was a beautiful day. And every once in a while, after that beautiful sight with all the different cloud colors, there would be a large, grey and ominous mass and the clouds would spit some rain at me, only to cease and go back to sunny skies after some minutes pass. It made me appreciate each thing. The duality of dark and light, good and evil, stormy and sunny, happy and sad. All meaning different things to everyone.
The show was very good, though attendance was easily counted on two hands. No toes were needed. Sometimes shows like that remind you of who you are, and you just own it and make the best of it, and most of the time it's a whole lot of fun. I really enjoyed myself, and the folks that were there, if you are reading this - thank you.
Album update: The cover art is being done by a really great artist, and will be an interpretation of a photo of me from a recent session and will be done in either oil paint or charcoal. I can't wait to see how it comes out! Mastering shall begin soon on the raw studio tracks, and the vinyl plant has been contacted. So in other words, my stress level has dropped considerably, and I am looking forward to getting this thing out there. Special guests on the recording include: Brian Coombes, Delanie Pickering, Jay Psaros, and Will Kindler - They all did fantastic work...
I also have a few other future projects up my sleeve and will roll those out when the time is right. Here's a glimpse: an in-depth live album, and a book of fiction. More to come. Stay tuned.
-New album planned for release, Winter 2016
-Feature article in Howl Magazine 9.14.2015
-8/5/2015, opened for John Fullbright at Prescott Park Arts Festival, Portsmouth NH
-2014 Spotlight On The Arts Awards - Best Singer/Songwriter & Song Of The Year
-2015, Tristan Omand “Eleven Dark Horses” accepted to Pandora.
-Second album, ”Wandering Time” available on vinyl in black, gold, white.
-Featured on NHPR’s “Word Of Mouth” 2012
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