This song was a part of a project Butcher Bear participated in right before he passed on. Although this is the first recorded output from Graham Reynolds aka Golden Arm Trio and the Bear, they knew each other for over 10 years ever since Graham first moved to Austin. The title "Velvet Coffin" is a slang term used to describe our City of Austin. The message being, 'don't get too comfortable, you could wake up dead'.
"In late 2012, we put out a call to the city, asking, “What does Austin sound like to YOU?” We received almost 100 sonic submissions, ranging from bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge to tamale making to rowing on Lady Bird Lake. (You can hear all of the sounds here.)
We passed the submissions along to some of Austin’s most adventurous musicians and gave them just two weeks to create original compositions incorporating the sounds.
Those songs debuted at a live performance event in December and we’ve just released a small batch of albums (with cover art by Dana Falconberry) that we’ll be giving away over the coming months.