At Rest: Out Now!

Honey Bee

So…this record finally comes out on Friday!

Check out the first single HONEY BEE

Yer pal,


Matt Bonham | Consider Collective

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A few months ago some of my best friends in the world came to town and brought with them an immensely talented photographer Matt Bonham.

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Matt took some great pictures of Spooky and I, as well as of our great friends The Floorboards at Ortlieb’s here in Philly.

Thanks Matt! Can’t wait to see you again soon!

Yer Pal,


Wetland from Sound and Fury on Vimeo.

Awhile back, I was asked by FringeARTS to play at New York based artist Mary Mattingly’s Wetland Exhibit. Wetland is a self sufficient house-boat installation that was docked on the Delaware River here in Philadelphia. It was a cool experience and the guys at ANI New Media put together a neat video with bits and pieces of On The Cooling Board in there.

Take a look!

Yer Pal,

ps. No Spooky. He was on his own house boat at the time. More information to follow.

Coming Soon

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Spooky and I are glad to announce that coming this summer is a full length On The Cooling Board album!

Stay tuned for details!

Yer pal,

Bourbon and Branch 6-16

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Great show coming up with some good buddies When Ships Collide and Old Arrows at Bourbon and Branch.

If you wanna save that $3 of beer Money and purchase an advance ticket you can do that here.

Can’t wait to see y’all Philly!

Yer Pal,

Sketchbook: 3-21-2015

It’s time to shake the dust out of the dark.
Fill my coat with the ashes of oak,
and hold the nightingale’s beak

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Interview With Spooky: Part 1

Possibly the most integral part of On The Cooling Board is the mysterious Spooky T. Chain.

Many people have asked over the years for more information about Spooky, and he has finally agreed to allow me to briefly expound upon his life and travels thus far.

Clark Park

This is a picture of Spooky and I as On The Cooling Board, taken at Clark Park Fest by our good friend Dani from Lover’s League

Spooky Theodore Chainsbottom was born in Saginaw, Michigan in the Spring of 1983. Theo, as he was referred to by his family, was a quiet child born to an upper-middle class home. His father Marley Chainbottom was part of the big brass of the General Motors factories located in Saginaw, who helped oversee the sweeping layoffs in the mid- to late 1980’s. His mother is said to have died in childbirth along with a younger brother when Spookywas only nine years old.

Suffering the loss of his mother defined most of his adolescence. Spooky began to feel as though he could not relate to his peers and became increasingly introspective. Spooky’s father, who dealt with the death of his wife with the abuse of prescription pain killers, began to fear for teenage Spooky’s well being as the two grew more and more distant. In 1999 Spooky Theodore Chainsbottom joined his first band, Dumb Blood.

Dumb Blood were a mix of Sunny Day Real Estate era Emo and DIY Hardcore a-la Minor Threat. Spooky initially joined the band as a roadie and after becoming a more proficient percussionist than the string of high-school junkie drummers previously hired, he played his first show in September of 2000.

Well folks. The man is getting restless so thats about all we have for today, but I look forward to sharing more about the interesting life that has begat my friend Spooky till now.

Yer Pal,

Make Music Philly 2014

Last weekend me and Spooky took part in Make Music Philly, a free all-day festival that took part all over our surrogate hometown.


The first show we played was out in West Philly in beautiful Clark Park. It was a great lineup with plenty of our friends like Commonwealth Choir, Lover’s League , and Former Belle.


Later in the night we took the train on down to The Institute Bar, a favorite bar of ours to get beers. Spooky took some well needed rest while I stomped and hollered with an acoustic guitar.

We had a great time and can’t wait for more shows (hopefully in your city soon) and we will definitely be out at Make Music Philly 2015.

Yer Pal,


Big things in June y’all.


Playing two, count em, two shows on the 21st! One around 1:30 PM at this super cool festival in Clark Park and one around 6:30 PM at The Institute Bar

Not to mention co-headlining a KILLER show with Saul Conrad on the 18th at Kung Fu Necktie put together by my buds at The Susan Drangle House.

Remember to check out the tour page, and to follow us on all the social media linked on the left there.

See y’all there!

Yer Pal,

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