by Roman Candle
Roman Candle is an indie rock band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, composed of Skip Matheny, Logan Matheny and Timshel Matheny. They have released three studio albums, several touring EP’s, toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, and played in various other bands/live acts. The band, who all attended UNC-Chapel Hill, recorded and performed in Chapel Hill for 10 years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2008.
In early 2011, after finishing touring behind their last album, O Tall Tree in the Ear, Roman Candle began writing ideas for a new record. Skip and Timshel packed their family (with their three little boys) into a tour van and drove across the country to work on lyrics and play house concerts. Logan spent the summer playing drums for The Rosebuds and working on musical ideas from his laptop in the back of the van. They began recording that fall in their home studio in Nashville (Big Light Studios). For the first time since their initial recordings the band was engineering and producing every song and sound on the album themselves. Working around day jobs, new marriages, and family life, most recording sessions began around 9 pm. Children slept on pallets on the floor of a sound proof booth. Friends and family came and went for meals and collaboration. Over a series of collected nights throughout the next several months, the 11 songs of Debris became a record.