The band eventually signed on with Knitting Factory
and began work on its debut with producer Kevin Robinson. The result was the album Alright You Restless, which was released in early 2011. It was followed by a U.S. tour and successful appearances at the SXSW festival in Texas. Their budding progress was interrupted after a string of tragedies affected the collective. They also underwent dramatic lineup changes, with Becca Schultz and Annie Bethancourt joining the outfit, while O'Brien-Clarke, Stringfield, Hunt, and others departed. This shift gave Perry the opportunity to reflect on the direction of the band while on a silent meditation retreat, and he subsequently began work on new material. They entered the studio with producer Tony Lash (Elliott Smith
, the Dandy Warhols
, Eric Matthews
) in 2013 to record their sophomore album, Divisionary, which appeared in 2014. Sticking with their radiant sound, it landed them on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums and Next Big Sound charts.
With a backdrop of gentrification and exploding real estate prices in their part of the world (and elsewhere), Something to Ruin followed in 2016. It was recorded at Isaac Brock's Ice Cream Party studio in Portland, and the Modest Mouse
frontman leant vocals to the track "So Hazy." ~ Gregory Heaney