It’s been over 35 years since a group of four kids grew up across Kansas and Missouri who all held individual dreams of making unruly rock and roll in the face of a constantly changing musical landscape. Eventually, they found one another and formed A Picture Made, working ceaselessly in the ensuing years to make their collective craggy rhythmic hopes a reality. After building a considerable buzz in the Midwest, they were tapped to open for bands like The Replacements, The Connells and The Call, displaying a knack for roughed-up rock and finding their own way to cut through the synthetic scenes of the ‘80s.
Their debut release (and up to this point, their only release) was an EP called “Past,” which was distributed through Mammoth Records in 1988. Their forthcoming debut LP, “Heal,” decades in the making, will finally be shared on May 17 via Gooodspeeed Records. Incorporating old and new songs, the record will deliver on the promise of that early EP and reveal the complexities which the band has been refining since they first began playing together. Lo-fi burners, anthemic rockers and more introspective moments sit comfortably alongside one another, creating an articulate atmosphere where emotion and experience entangle and submerge themselves within the subconscious of their audience.
With their latest single, “Come to Me,” the band evokes longing and hopeful love in a way that feels present and inescapable and is tinged with a wistful ache. They disregard their ragged rock impulses for a few minutes to channel The Jayhawks and build a twangy, folkish shuffle filled with shivering organ and acoustic guitar that washes away into a gentle melodic rush. The track allows them to widen their musical scope, blurring the lines between specific influences and integrating different sounds into their home-brew DIY aesthetic. It may have taken 35 years for us to hear “Come to Me” the way the band wanted us to (and “Heal” as a whole, for that matter), but the wait has most definitely been worth it.