Recording duo Typsy Panthre (Allison LaBonne and John Crozier) is gearing up to release our sophomore LP entitled Hell, and we hope you’ll be part of it! Pre-order the album now or purchase one of our original photos to help with home stretch expenses, and follow us on instagram, facebook, and twitter to catch details of pre-release events and offerings coming up. We’ve put a whole lotta love in and are excited to share Hell 9.9.19!
The title comes from a photo John snapped of a Shell station near Winona where the “S” had fallen down. I was delighted by the idea that the entrance of hell could be so unceremonious. I was flooded with associations, like Rodin’s The Gates Of Hell and Dante’s Inferno and how countless artists have come up with dramatic and ornate imaginings of hell. This mundane version John captured spoke to me because of the humor and how it intertwines hell with everyday life. I think we both wondered was the title too dark? But it feels cathartic to acknowledge the hellishness of our lives. Our divisive political landscape, the harrowing outlook for our environment, but also the little hells of heartbreak and human frailty, juxtaposed with how life always manages to thrust merrily and absurdly onward. Without hell, can there be heaven?-Allison LaBonne
Typsy Panthre began in 2008 when Crozier asked LaBonne to write lyrics and sing on the instrumental song which was to become “Paper Winter.” Crozier subsequently opened a treasure trove of his adventurous pop creations, some with lyrics, some without, for LaBonne to collaborate on. Their efforts were collected in Typsy Panthre’s self titled debut LP which was Minneapolis cooperative label Korda Records’ first release in 2012. The sound is melodic and full of sonic surprises; like a second cousin of Nick Drake and The Smiths with electronic drums and gentle female vocals.
LaBonne (who sings and writes songs with The Starfolk and The Owls) was already a fan of Crozier’s songwriting in the likes of Ninotchka, Ninian Hawick, and Muskellunge; and of his guitar work in a host of Minneapolis bands from the garage punk Wahinis, to the bossa-pop Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, to the lush, sixties-inspired Hang Ups.
That first Typsy Panthre song came together easily, at least on my end. I added some unsolicited harmonies because I thought it sounded pretty minimal. I didn’t realize how much John would transform songs after the lead vocal was added. Often radically. He’s super adventurous in his arrangements. Back then the music was our only contact, and felt to me like a secret world, really different from anything I’d done before musically. During the years-long making of our second album, Hell, John and I kinda became, like, best friends. Or best fiends? -Allison LaBonne