Dallon Weekes, long-time Panic! At The Disco bassist and one of the songwriters/lyricists behind that band’s certified-Gold release ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die!’, announces a global recording agreement between his project I Don’t Know How They Found Me (IDKHow) and Fearless Records. Caroline represents Fearless Records for Australia.
First up is the official release of the double A-side single Choke and Do It All the Time. In its initial 2017 social media and TuneCore limited release, Choke accrued an astounding 5.7-million YouTube hits and 5.3 million Spotify streams, based solely on fan reaction and word of mouth; Do It All The Time makes its worldwide debut today.
Dallon: “The hard working people at IDKHow are pleased to align with Fearless Records to unearth and uncover the rare and forgotten recordings of I Don’t Know How They Found Me. We look forward to rediscovering this long-forgotten music together and giving IDKHow a second chance. For the first time!”
The duo (Dallon Weekes/vocals, Ryan Seaman/drums) are set to play Reading & Leeds festival’s Pit stage this weekend followed by a further three sold out headline UK shows next week.
The band name is taken from a piece of dialogue from the ’80s classic sci-fi film Back To The Future, and it is a musical entity with a conceptual backstory: a band from the early 1980s that performed on a popular cable access show only to have its songs and music videos completely disappear for three decades, and then fading into obscurity. And now, thanks to the Internet, IDKHow is seeing its performances and recordings being discovered – for the first time – by a world that finally just might be ready for them.
“I was in the middle of making a record when I came across this series of old cable access talent shows from thirty years ago,” Weekes explained. “It was this bizarre, low budget parade of the strangest people, and I couldn’t stop watching it. I wanted to be on this crazy show, which was of course impossible. That’s when the concept of ‘I Don’t Know How But They Found Me’ began.
Do It All The Time, a send up of the “entitled” attitude that has permeated our society, is a brand new track, never even performed live, that was recorded in Los Angeles last month. Choke was recorded at Weekes’ kitchen table in 2016 and subsequently remastered for today’s release on Fearless. With a nearly non-existent budget, the recording was forged in large part by friends who made necessities like recording equipment available to Weekes. IDKHow live performances followed with Weekes enlisting drummer Ryan Seaman to play several “popup” shows around Los Angeles, each one supported by a single Instagram posting and all near-instant sell-outs. With an initial seeding of the project to Weekes’ half-million Instagram followers, IDKHow has accumulated a combined 8-million + views on the IDKHow YouTube channel and 7.5-million Spotify combined plays.