Blood Warrior

Animal Hides is the third album by Blood Warrior. It's a collection of songs affected by the anxieties and securities of these times, documented by two friends in their late thirties, Joey Weiss and Greg Jamie (O’Death). Recorded onto tape at Joey Weiss’ studio in the Hudson Valley, Animal Hides was mixed and mastered by Kevin McMahon (Swans, The Walkman, Real Estate) and is being released by Ernest Jenning Record Co. (who also released the band’s 2010 debut) on November 15th, 2019.

The band always describes Blood Warrior as a project that “exists so two old friends can continue to make music and check in on each other”. Weiss and Jamie first met at summer camp in 1994 and have remained friends and music collaborators ever since. They have been continuously recording and releasing as Blood Warrior for over a decade, their albums existing as snapshots of different points in their lives. If Letter Ghost—the band's second album, released in 2015— was an introspective affair, dealing with the dissolution of Greg’s marriage, Animal Hides instead chooses to focus on the cultivation of community and family. The importance of finding a home, no matter how small, inside this strange, evolving world.

The songs on Animal Hides were written and recorded over a period of two years, a stretch that witnessed the birth of Joey’s first child. Accordingly, the band recorded in Joey’s studio in the Hudson Valley town of Rosendale, NY, while Greg, living in Portland, Maine, would make the drive every few months so they could continue working. The sessions interweaved with family dinners, milestones, and first birthdays. Earlier this year, Joey was preparing to mix the album when his studio console caught fire. Seeking help from local audio wizard Kevin McMahon, the two became quick friends and it became increasingly obvious that McMahon should mix the album at his studio—Marcata Recording—in New Paltz, NY. This combination created the most spacious and developed sound the band has yet produced.

Blood Warrior - Animal Hides
November 15, 2019
Ernest Jenning Record Co.
Blood Warrior - Darling Eyes
September 1, 2010
Ernest Jenning Record Co.
Blood Warrior - Blood Warrior
January 11, 2011
Ernest Jenning Record Co.