Portland-based band Corvair share new single ‘Green (Mean Time)’

Corvair press photo
Photo credit: Mel Suchowolec

Portland-based indie rock band Corvair has shared the video for Green (Mean Time), the latest single to be lifted from their self-titled, debut album out February 19 on Paper Walls in the US and WIAIWYA in the UK (pre-order). Directed, filmed and edited by Brian Naubert of Corvair, the video was shot in the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon over New Year’s weekend 2021. Check out the video via YouTube below.

About the song Corvair’s Heather Larimer says, “The song was written deep in the eerie spring of 2020 when COVID was first hitting hard.” She adds, “Things were sprouting to life but the world was shutting down. The title alludes to that tension, and also to Greenwich Mean Time, the standard time zone for the globe, as the singer declares that no matter where she runs, she will be setting her clocks to one specific place and person forever.” 

The single is available on all streaming platforms now.

Green (Mean Time) follows a series of track releases from Corvair’s forthcoming release. Singles Sailor Down and Sunday Runner are available to stream now at Bandcamp and Spotify. Corvair is the husband / wife of Brian Naubert and Heather Larimer, who are seasoned musicians having performed in bands such as Eux Autres, Ruston Mire and The Service Providers. Naubert and Larimer’s decades of separate music making have finally combined, culminating in this tour de force from two formidable songwriters. Corvair sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard and everything you’ve always loved. The duo’s debut album charts a starcrossed love story over three decades, five cities, and six continents. Spanning from atmospheric pop to jangly confessional, 70s AM to 90s FM, this work is laden with stunning lyrics and prodigious melodies, two voices leaping to meet in the ether. The album was largely created during the COVID pandemic shutdown of Spring 2020. It includes work with drummer Eric Eagle (Jesse Sykes, Wayne Horvitz)and engineer Martin Feveyear (Brandi Carlile, Mark Lanegan, Mudhoney), who also mixed the record.

Larimer explains, “Being stuck in a house together with very little outside influence made us more emotionally raw, definitely weirder, and also more patient and intricate in developing the songs. And because we were in a bubble, cooking dinners from paranoidly-disinfected groceries and listening to old records, really disparate references from some of our favorite music ended up colliding in odd ways–an emotional Judas Priest bridge, an anthemic Pixies outro, a spacey keyboard sound from Steve Miller, Jeff Lynne’s acoustic guitar tone, a Carpenters-style lush harmony. I think it’s a wonderfully weird record, but also very in-your-face pop because what else are you going to do when the world feels like it’s ending?” 

Separately, Naubert and Larimer have created or appeared on more than 20 records. Heather’s musical mainstay was the garage pop band Eux Autres, broadly hailed as a “veritable cult classic” band, radio-debuted by the legendary John Peel, and featured in many shows, movies and commercials. Brian is a longtime fixture of the Northwest rock community, having played in vital bands such as Tube Top, Pop Sickle, and the critically-lauded Ruston Mire since 1993. More recently, Brian released his first solo record, Hoffabus and a record with the Pacific NW Supergroup, The Service Providers. 

Corvair cover artwork

Corvair’ track listing

1. Oceansided
2. Paladin
3. Sailor Down
4. Daily Double
5. Sunday Runner  
6. Green (Mean Time)
7. Focus Puller 
8. Tied Island