The idea for a Title Tracks session at WAMU 88.5 hatched way back in August of 2015, when the D.C. band tested out several new songs while opening for Beach Slang at DC9. We loved what we heard. As things sometimes go in the music world, though, it took the band a year to line up those tracks for an album release. That LP, Long Dream, is out Friday on the Ernest Jenning Record Co. label, which also released Title Tracks’ two other albums, 2011’s In Blank and 2010’s It Was Easy.
Singer/guitarist John Davis (Q And Not U, Georgie James), bassist Michael Cotterman (Kid Dynamite, The Loved Ones) and drummer Elmer Sharp (Roofwalkers) handled their WAMU session with consummate ease: The songs “I Don’t Need To Know” and “Low Cool” sprung to life with all the immediacy that might be expected from a band with new material simmering for so many months. (If you’re a longtime WAMU 88.5 listener, you might already be familiar with Title Tracks’ sound — an instrumental version of “Every Little Bit Hurts” was the opening theme for the station’s now-retired Metro Connection show.)