By: Jennifer Ortega
When Sean Lamborne, also known as TMULE, started work on his first solo EP release since mid-2000s, May 26th’s Wordless Lullabies, he found himself reflecting on his youth and the affect it had on him in the present day. “It’s more than just working through stuff,” he says. “Growing up means you’re going to work through your childhood the rest of your life in one way or another no matter what happens.”
He worked with producer Justin Roth and the result, companion to his poetry book, Book of Dawn / I, The Iceberg, is an EP of biographical storytelling. Wordless Lullabies is a collection of tracks about Lamborne’s upbringing with cycles of abuse, alcohol, drugs, codependence, and love.
Growing up with an alcoholic father, Lamborne was able to step away from the harsh realities of his youth and seek comfort in the sound of his acoustic and electric guitar. His playlist as an early teenager consisted of alternative and grunge rock bands, finding their intensity and inspiration all throughout his middle school and high school days where he dabbled in songwriting. After college in 2002, Lamborne started playing open mic nights almost everyday of the week where he began to find his own voice and create songs that weren’t loose concepts anymore.
He traveled across the country from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Boston to Boulder and then Fort Collins pursing music. “Fort Collins is my favorite. It was hard to meet people coming from the Midwest to Boston to collaborate. Everybody was kind of in it for themselves,” he says. “But I feel like Fort Collins is definitely the most collaborative place to play music that I’ve been to. Everyone is so supportive.”
Over the years after fronting the band The Longest Day of the Year, he came to realize that the pressures of keeping up with a full-time job, his son, and marriage was becoming too difficult to do while maintaining a consistent position in the band. Deciding to scale back, Lamborne realized branching out was a good decision for everyone considering two members of the band had also moved to another state. “This was an outlet for me to write music and to fit it into my schedule and not try to squeeze everything in and force everybody else into whatever box was accommodating to me,” he said.
With this solo endeavor, Lamborne could collaborate on the folk-rock EP with some of his friends from Michigan. He simply emailed the tracks over and then the EP was worked on by musicians out there.
The title, Wordless Lullabies, is a lyric from one of the four tracks on the EP called “Six.” It’s the song he wrote for his wife on their sixth anniversary. It’s about the moments before falling asleep when laying down next to a loved one. Lamborne focuses on the imagery associated with stillness, darkness, and the quiet consuming the room. “‘Six’ keeps everything grounded in the fact that the present is pretty awesome,” he said.
Music and Poetry Book Release Show:
May 26, Downtown Artery. Justin Roth 7:30pm, Matt Mahern (Duo) 8:30pm,
TMULE 9:30pm, $5 at door, $8: door & CD, $18: door, CD, book.