Back in the olden days (late ’90s), Destroyer’s Dan Bejar hooked up with July Fourth Toilet bandmates Robert Dayton and Julian Lawrence to produce the album Offshore, under the name Points Gray. But they never got around to officially releasing it. A campaign is afoot to change that. On the IndieGoGo website, the band is asking for donations (with a rewards system) to manufacture 500 vinyl copies of Offshore, including artwork by Dayton and mastering by Josh Stevenson.
“It’s quite a brilliant document of this sort of turn-of-the-century music,” Lawrence told the Straight. “I think it really captures the feeling that was going on at the time with Y2K and the whole millennium thing coming down. When Robert originally did it, he was calling it downer folk, but it ties into a whole history of folk music that goes back to the ‘60s.”
Lawrence mentioned that Points Gray might have its roots in Dayton’s affection for the cracked folkedelia of the Fugs and the Holy Modal Rounders, “but darker”. “They had almost a positive edge to them sometimes, but every song on this album is just down. There’s a song called ‘Frowny Frown’, and I guess it’s an answer to Brian Wilson’s ‘Smiley Smile’.”