WITH is about togetherness -- and in that spirit, we wanted to find a way for people to enjoy the film with their friends. Thus, our idea for watch parties. Using the twoseven service, it’s just a few simple steps ’til you’ve got your own private watch party room ready for the premiere of WITH.Instructions Official Program (PDF)
Visit twoseven.xyz and click “Login” in the upper right corner.
Sign in with Gmail, Facebook, or create an account. (Gmail and Facebook are easiest/fastest!)
Once logged in, click the “Start Watching" button.
A new window will pop up, allowing you to create your own private room! Click “Just me," which will take you to your private viewing party.
Once the new page loads, click the “YOUTUBE” button at the top of the window.
Below the video that comes up by default there's a box that says 'YouTube URL' - just copy/paste the link below, and hit ‘Enter’ on your keyboard:
And voilà! Your own watch party is set up and you're ready to go! To share the link with your buds, just copy/paste the URL at the top of the page and send it to whoever you'd like to join your watch party. You can turn your own webcams on and chat in real time, or use the "messages" function in twoseven. It's really up to you.
Two quick tips for the best watch party experience: limit the parties to 10 users, and use a pair of headphones to cut down on noise feedback.
This tour existed only to exist, not to promote a new album or celebrate a milestone. No, Sylvan Esso simply wanted to do something fun. For themselves, for their fans, and for us, their friends, who got easily roped into being in the ten piece band. We were all sent the song list in advance, with just a few written ideas of what some of us could do on each song, but largely it all remained open for interpretation and when we convened in the house to rehearse in Durham for the first time. On the first day we played the song “Wolf,” checking the pulse of the band, how would we sound together, how would we arrange together, and how much homework did everyone actually do? The first take of that song put everyone immediately at ease and also turned up the temperature. Because it went really well. We knew how good this could sound, how different it could be from the original recordings and how special that would feel for the crowd, and for us. “Wolf” ended up being the first song in the set. “Wolf” became the anchor, before the rocket ship would take off each night. Yes I know I made a boat analogy early. And now I’ve shifted to space. That’s an accurate representation of how this show ended up.
The first four days we would just keep chipping away at songs, written on a large piece of butcher paper on the wall in fat marker, and we’d cross them off one by one as we hit them. The first day was a dream because we learned five songs and they all sounded great. The second day was impossible, because we had to learn five more songs, and then suddenly the songs from the first day weren’t so perfect anymore. That’s the big problem with getting better. Your ceiling goes up, the standards rise, and the goods can always keep improving, which means, in more pessimistic terms, it can always also keep sounding worse. There were twenty songs to learn, so there was a lot of bucking and bobbing back and forth between feeling over-confident and supremely challenged. Sometimes that had to do with how hungry we were.
After the family style rehearsals concluded, we headed to Los Angeles for tech rehearsal. To get there involved thirteen of us, band and crew, flying on an airplane. Thirteen people each checking three bags. Thirteen people moving through the airport together is insane. It’s like a school trip. Sometimes, you know, you’re flying alone you’re at a gate and realize there’s a school trip there too, and you think “oh fuck, a school trip!” This was like that, except the kids on the trip don’t think “oh fuck”, they think “fuck yeah, a school trip, fuck yeah a Hudson News it’s peanut m&m time” and so on, and that’s exactly how it was for us. The airport is almost great with that many friends. Almost.
After the tour was done Nick and Amelia remarked on how ridiculous it was that we didn’t do any warm-up shows, how insane it was that we jumped into the fire at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a Frank Gehry designed space for the LA Philharmonic where a portion of the audience sits behind you. But we did it. For over two thousand people on night one, we did it, and we did it surprisingly well. We had our expectations set to cautious, because sometimes the first show can be a true disaster, it almost is supposed to be, but everyone cared so much and worked so hard and the stakes felt so high that somehow a meltdown just didn’t happen. Somehow there were zero disasters. Some nights the band felt more on than others, but we knew that the caliber of the show was always at a high enough level to be proud of, and so we’d go to sleep with the songs looping in our heads, and try it again the next day.
The spaces were wild. I’d never been a part of a show in such beautiful rooms, for such large and welcoming audiences. The Beacon Theater was a dream, the Ryman Auditorium even more so. We could really feel the shape of that room when we played there, and afterwards we rolled out the back door into Robert's Western World to watch the best living country musicians do it right and proper and we would while we were awake enough to dance. That was the very best night of tour, from start to finish, without a doubt.
The last two shows were homecoming shows in Durham, at the very large and official-feeling DPAC, which is short for ‘Don’t Play A Crappynotethisisbeingfilmedforofficialrelease’. This was a proper performing arts center, a little different feeling from the classic theaters, and these were the shows that were filmed for what you’re seeing here and now. I’m excited to watch it just so I can see the light show from the front. We were so sad when it ended but there wasn’t a formal goodbye. Folks trickled off to go home, and a bunch of us watched a movie the next day. It’s implied that we will be together again, we’re just not sure how or when. Those of us who don’t live in North Carolina feel ourselves threatening ourselves to move there, but I don’t see it happening for me. I like being called to serve and being swept into the vortex, then returning home to wait for the next vortex to assemble. See how I've moved from space to vortexes? It’s like I don’t know how to describe my feelings properly anymore. Or maybe it’s just time for this to end, for now.
Play It Right
Meg Duffy - guitar
Dev Gupta - synths, keys, electronics
Matt McCaughan - drums, electronics
Amelia Meath - lead vocals
Nick Sanborn - bass, synths, keys, electronics, vocals
Molly Sarlé - vocals
Alexandra Sauser-Monnig - vocals
Adam Schatz - woodwinds, electronics, vocals
Jenn Wasner - bass, synths, keys, vocals
Joe Westerlund - drums, percussion
Engineered by Jay Demko
Mixed by Zach Hanson
Mastered by Huntley Miller
Art direction, photography and collages by Graham Tolbert
Layout by Christopher Leckie
Directed by Josh Sliffe
Lighting Design by Zach Sternberg
Thank you to Noamme Elisha, Megan Chesley, Rusty Sutton, and Gretchen Klein, without whom we would have never gotten where we were going. Thank you to Jay Demko and Shane O’Hara who molded all the sound beautifully. Thank you to Tom Wincek, and Chip Auchincloss who saved us in all sorts of different ways every night. Thank you to Bird and Sam, who surrounded us with incredible light and wonder. Thank you to Graham for documenting the whole thing. Thank you to Martin and Jax, whose idea this was in the first place, for everything. And thank you to the band, who made this wild idea feel and sound better than we could have ever dreamed.
This was our shared playlist that we passed around as a band on tour- everyone added jams, now it's here for you to enjoy!