The debut EP from Positive No has been a long time in the making but “Via Florum,” which comes out October 1 digitally and November 12 on limited-edition vinyl, certainly demonstrates that it was worth the wait.
Stereogum premiered the first track off the record, “Pocket Park”, calling it “a song that will definitely make your rainy day a little sunnier.”
Positive No formed in 2011 when vocalist Tracy Wilson (Dahlia Seed/Ringfinger) and guitarist Kenneth Close joined with drummer Willis Thompson (Thao with the Get Down Stay Down) to write melodic, articulate pop rock.
Shortly after forming, vocalist Tracy Wilson was hit by a car and suffered a concussion that resulted in memory issues and a traumatic brain injury. The accident left her painfully sensitive to light and sound and unsure if she would be able to remember her own lyrics or handle loud music ever again. Luckily, Wilson has almost entirely recovered and “Via Florum” is a triumphant testimony to her progress and her journey. On the EP, Wilson’s lyrics explore her transition from NYC to Richmond and the process of finally embracing her surroundings.
The band is planning to hit the road for East Coast dates later this fall and will be playing at this weekend’s Fall Line Fest and at Gallery 5 on Nov. 8.