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Gardening Not Architecture Biography
Gardening, Not Architecture is an American electronic music project created by Sarah Saturday and based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Sarah recorded original demos that would become songs on 'First EP' before relocating to Los Angeles after the break-up of her pop-punk band, Saving Face. Demos were recorded in producer Beau Sorenson's apartment in Madison, Wisconsin, but never released.
First EP (2007-2008):
Sarah returned to Madison in 2007 to begin recording four songs for the 'First EP' with producer/engineer Beau Sorenson at Smart Studios.
The EP was released in the fall of 2007 and included four songs 'If You Only Knew', 'Jabberwocky', 'Nevermind', and 'The Great Unraveling'.
In 2008, Sarah recruited Hunter Burgan to play drums with her for the first-ever Gardening, Not Architecture shows in Los Angeles.
On March 10, 2009, the band's first-ever tour launched in North Hollywood, California. The three-week tour was sponsored by Macbeth Shoes and included shows in Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City and beyond.
On April 3, 2009, Sarah released the official music video for 'If You Only Knew' directed by Evan Glodell.
First LP (2009-2010):
In the summer of 2009, Sarah began recording the first full-length album with producer Beau Sorenson at Albert Court Studios in Portland, OR. The 'First LP' was released on September 8, 2009.
On September 9, 2009, Gardening, Not Architecture launched six-week US tour alongside Gavin Castleton.
On September 28, 2009, the official music video for 'Stop I Get It' was released.
In 2010, Gardening, Not Architecture joined Crazy Diamond for a two-week tour of Canada before taking part in the entire Vans Warped Tour for shows from June 24 through August 15. A US fall tour from October 1 through November 27 then followed, including performances at Indie Week in Toronto, CMJ Music Festival in New York City and the Halifax Pop Explosion Festival.
In 2011, Sarah moved from Los Angeles to Seattle and began writing songs for a second full-length album while launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording.
'Saboteur' was released on November 22, 2011. A fall tour with Chris Staples followed the release from November 25 - December 10.
The Florida Sessions (2012):
In 2012, Sarah released a series of demos recorded in isolation in Northwest Florida over the course of two weeks called 'The Florida Sessions', released for free online via Bandcamp. Later that year, Sarah relocated to East Nashville, Tennessee.
Sarah began writing songs for a third full-length album in 2013, along with assembling a new live band with Bryan Feece on drums and Jackson Parsons on guitar.
In October 2014, Sarah entered Big Light Studios in Nashville, TN, with engineer Logan Matheny to begin work on the new full-length album, to be released in spring 2015. The album was completed on May 24, 2015, and released on July 10, 2015.
Fossils Film (2015):
For Gardening, Not Architecture's third album, Sarah Saturday decided that instead of doing traditional music videos she wanted a feature-length film to pair with the album. Saturday was adamant about doing something where she was not the focal point, and put out a post on a listserv reaching out to the Nashville filmmaking community. Saturday received recommendations to contact Dycee Wildman. The two met and formed the idea to section the album into thirds and have three short films together creating an anthology film, each part with their own director and treatment. Wildman introduced Saturday to Jennifer Bonior, who stepped into the role of Producer on the film. Shortly after, Saturday brought on Jonathan Rogers and Motke Dapp to direct the other two-thirds of the film.
On April 25, 2015, filming began for "Fossils," a collaborative three-part feature film that paired with the "Fossils" album. The film has three parts: "A Delicate Decay" directed by Motke Dapp, "Of Imprints" directed by Jonathan Rogers, and "And What Remains" directed by Dycee Wildman. Each part has its own storyline; however, the films are connected by a central theme and imagery. The most prevalent images seen throughout the film are: water, yellow flowers, clouds, and a series of dance movement choreographed by Nashville choreographer Rachel Tolbert. The cloud imagery was brought to life by Nashville artist L.A. Bachman, who was commissioned to paint her "Cloud" series for the film. This series of paintings were hung at The Rymer Gallery in Nashville, TN, on June 27, 2015, as part of the Fossils Fundraiser Gala, and remained on exhibit through the end of July 2015. A selection of these paintings can be seen throughout the entire film.
"Fossils" screened in East Nashville to an invite-only audience at The Crying Wolf on July 11, 2015, as part of the "Fossils" album release party.
The creators of the "Fossils" film hope to submit the film to festivals for 2016.
It is anticipated that the film will premiere in early 2016 and be available for purchase shortly thereafter.
"A Delicate Decay" directed by Motke Dapp Part One of "Fossils" consists of the first three songs on the album: "Stay the Course," "Hunting," and "The Light." "A Delicate Decay" revolves around a girl taking a bath and reflecting on her past relationship that ended severely, and her subsequent choices that led her down a path of confusion and loss.
"A Delicate Decay" is the only part of "Fossils" that was partially filmed overseas. Some scenes were filmed in Iceland and France. Gardening, Not Architecture makes a small appearance during the song "Hunting" in this part of the film.
"Of Imprints" directed by Jonathan Rogers "Of Imprints" consists of only two songs from the album: "Interior" and "Exterior." Rogers wanted "Exterior" to be a very masculine, external piece filmed entirely outdoors with one main male character. In contrast, "Interior" is intended to be feminine and internalized, and is set entirely indoors revolving around one female character. The male and female character interact between the two songs in "Of Imprints," tying both pieces together.
Sarah Saturday and other members of the band make a very small cameo as extras in the beginning of "Of Imprints."
"And What Remains" directed by Dycee Wildman The third part of "Fossils" is entitled "And What Remains." It is the most traditional narrative of the three parts, and tells the story about a couple who slowly drift apart as they become absorbed into each of their life's passions, one being a botanist and one being a painter. This part consists of the last three songs on the "Fossils" album: "Let it be Gone," the title song "Fossils," and "Didn't Know Love."
Wildman loosely based "And What Remains" on her own relationship, she being the artist and her partner a scientist. She also had the pleasure of working with worms for the first time on the set of the film.
TV, Film & Advertising Song Placements:
Gardening, Not Architecture songs have been used in the television shows Parenthood and Jane By Design, indie film 'Mutual Friends Film' and in online advertisements for Patagonia.