Graduation Speech Premieres “Destined”

*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Part Time PR*

Graduation Speech “Destined” Premiere

New Jersey alt-indie group Graduation Speech have premiered a second single from their upcoming EP titled Controlled Burn. The project is fronted by Kevin Day of Aspiga and includes a rotating cast of musicians. “Destined” is a mellow acoustic track that wrestles with the idea of mortality and it’s currently streaming at BrooklynVegan. The song will appear on Controlled Burn, which is set to be released via family-owned label Jetsam-Flotsam on Friday, May 13th. The entire EP was tracked in one session at New Jersey’s Gradwell House with almost all of the instrumentation played by Day. The end result is five songs dealing with isolation, change and looking ahead that are captured beautifully by Dave Downham’s (Beach Slang, Pet Symmetry, mewithoutyou) masterful production. Last month, Graduation Speech released the folk number, “Patterns“, which is currently available for streaming. Pre-orders for Controlled Burn are live and include a “listening pack” with an exclusive candle from Uncle Ron’s Candle Co., a medium roast coffee from Essex Coffee and a copy of the CD. “Destined” will be available on all digital platforms as of Friday, April 15th.


Tour Dates:
6/10 @ Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company – Croydon, PA w/ Big Nothing, Wild Pink, Iron Chic and Screaming Females


Day, who also fronts the pop-punk band Aspiga, has always considered Graduation Speech a solo project and his previous releases demonstrate this. 2017’s Quiet and Calm features just Day with his acoustic playing spacious, somber songs; on 2019’s Maintenance Required, he adds additional layers—streaks of guitars, daubs of piano, percussive textures—but the final result still feels like a solo album. 2021’s Private Anxieties, shows the project shedding that designation; though the songs still center around Day’s acoustic guitar, a full band is brought into the fold, transforming these emotional, intimate songs into something more alive. Controlled Burn is the fourth EP under the Graduation Speech moniker and leans heavily on the singer-songwriter approach. 

FFO: Matt Pryor, John K. Samson, Sundowner, Dashboard Confessional

Release Date: May 13th, 2022
Label: Jetsam-Flotsam
Formats: Digital | CD
Graduation Speech: Bandcamp | Instagram | Linktree
Jetsam-Flotsam: Bandcamp | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

Album Credits:
Kevin Day – Guitar, piano, and vocals.
David Downham – Piano on “Collar Bone.”

Recorded at Gradwell House on November 24th, 2021
Engineered, mixed and mastered by David Downham. 

Album Art:
Brian Mietz

Press Photo:
Julie Day

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