Westerns, a multi-discipline project founded by producer and songwriter Josh Meer, is set to release a first single “Wanted Your Love” digitally on December 15th. Produced by Meer and Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Wet, Emmy the Great), the song’s expansive and sonically rich palette is a backdrop to Western’s focus on the sights, sounds and styles of 90’s San Francisco—an era particularly meaningful to Meer. Meer sees Westerns as more of a concept than a straight ahead “band,” conveying an overall feeling of a particular time and place. Adding a vital element to Meer’s songwriting and production are photographs and design elements by Elliot Bamberger—evocative visuals that heighten the particular reminiscence for that era in SF. The project focuses on the aesthetics of SF through the lens of relationships, personally iconic locations in the city, as well as art and fashion. Its sound is grounded in the experiences of growing, weaving nostalgia and intimacy into a modern portrait. Western’s first single is “Wanted Your Love.” Westerns makes big sounds from California dreams.
An excerpt from Westerns’ bio reads as a snapshot of a moment in the life of the founder: “I let my front door swing behind me, shutting inside the voice calling for me to stay safe and be home by 11. My gold 49ers Starter jacket shimmered with the street lamps as I scrambled out to the hum of the city and the overhead electric MUNI lines crackling. My friends were calling, they had just racked the handle from Safeway and it was time: dusk was our cover when we hit the streets. Fog was creeping ‘round Sutro as I hopped off the 33 at 18th and Church to meet them. Those nights were alive, the meandering freedom, comfortable and sweet with potential.”
Meer’s thoughts on “Wanted Your Love”: “We didn’t know love the first time and mistakes were made along the way. I stumbled in, some nights crooked, and you told me about your past too soon. I still remember the soft twilight at China Beach.”
“Wanted Your Love” is the first in a series of singles which Westerns will roll out in the first half of 2018 in addition to more photographs, art, style and fashion elements.