Sean Na Na is the guitar pop project of Sean Tillmann (a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar). It started as a solo outlet for Sean's songs that didn't quite fit with his noise band Calvin Krime in 1998. Since then, the project evolved into a full band with a rotating cast of characters from all over the musical map. The masses really started to take notice when Mary Lou Lord and Sean teamed up on a split EP for Kill Rock Stars in 2000. Family Trees: Or CoPe We Must (2007) is the third full-length outing of the band. The title of the album reflects the familial nature of Sean Na Na's group of friends. FYI: the title is also a blatant drug reference. "CoPe We Must" is actually short for Coke-Peppered Weed Mustache. Childish? Yes. Radical? Indeed.
The album was a labor of love spanning many sessions at The Bubble (Austin, TX), Jackpot! (Portland, OR), and Hangar 1018 (Los Angeles) with Sean producing all of the sessions. When all was ready for mixing, John Goodmanson was enlisted, and the two headed into the Magic Shop (NYC) to put the finishing touches on. The band on this recording is a diverse bunch including long-time collaborator Lucky Jeremy, Tony Bevilacqua (The Distillers, The Drips), Patrick Costello (Dillinger 4), Ben Webster (Attack Formation, Total Sound Group), and Dave Hernandez (The Shins). Maria and Kate Taylor, Greg Dulli (Twilight Singers, Afghan Whigs), and many more friends stopped by the studio to lend an extra voice or hand clap when necessary.
Sean Na Na has an extensive touring history. They have shared the stage with The Strokes, The Hold Steady, Ted Leo, The Rakes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Like, and a long, laundry list of others that most of the band can't remember. The memory loss is most likely due to the fact that the band plays a lot of it's shows historically wasted... which is an extension of their party hard/work hard ethic. It's all for your entertainment. The line-up changes tour to tour, but most of the album's collaborators show up on stage and new members Denver Dalley (Desaparecidos, Statistics) and Justin Chearno (Panthers, Turing Machine) have joined the rotation as well. Most recently Fab from The Strokes joined the band on a worldwide mission to share the Na Na Noise.
And the Na Na Noise is…? Sean Na Na, when pressed to find a likeness to their sound the band, would probably say they sound like early Elvis Costello and The Replacements throwing up on tape the morning after an all-night bender.