It started in March when P.O.S released “sleepdrone/superposition," a nine-minute statement of purpose featuring Allan Kingdom, Astronautalis, Eric Mayson, Kathleen Hanna, and others. Then came Cecil Otter’s Dear Echo EP and Paper Tiger’s In Other Words EP in April, and more P.O.S songs have debuted online since.
The signs seem to point to something new in the works from the Doomtree crew. But as we gaze unknowingly into the digital abyss, what does it all mean?
Are they building hype for a mysterious new record? Or is the Twin Cities' favorite seven-member hip-hop collective — who you can catch for free Sunday outside Sociable Cider Werks — just banging out new tracks for the hell of it?
Turns out it’s a little of both.
“I got really tired of not having new music out. I’ll be putting out a song that may or may not be on that record every six to eight weeks,” P.O.S explains. “I have a huge pile of songs and a lot of them would fit on a record — but not on the same record."
It’s not a detailed marketing plan, but, after all, the punk-rock spirit of Doomtree doesn't lend itself to one. Four years removed from his latest full-length, We Don't Even Live Here, P.O.S — who's now fully recovered from a 2014 kidney transplant — says he's just eager to keep teasing tracks.
“For me it’s more exciting to put stuff out right now,” he says, adding that a new solo album is tentatively scheduled for early 2017. “And think about the record as something that is perpetually close to done instead of rushing it together. I’m spending the rest of this year rebuilding solo vibes.”
Sims, on the other hand, has a new full-length set for release this fall. He’s taking the opposite approach than his bandmate: zeroing in on the the final mixes, planning to share his new material all at once.
“We set all this up so the members of Doomtree can do whatever the hell they want in whatever fashion they want,” he says.
And the seven collaborating artists that compose the squad have a plethora of new music in the works, Sims adds. In additional to the the forthcoming LPS from Sims and P.O.S, producer Paper Tiger has a four-EP release plan in progress and Dessa's working on a new single and book.
“[Doomtree producer Lazerbeak] is pretty much wrangling all these projects. He’s huge in both the creative side and the business side,” Sims says. “And Mike [Mictlan] is working on a record, too.”
So as the collective hints at new projects, keeping tabs remains a challenge.
“There’s only seven of us and I don’t know what’s coming up next,” P.O.S laughs.
When: 3 p.m. Sun., July 10.
Where: Sociable Cider Werks.
Tickets: Free ($5 at door); more info here.