Dayton, Ohio’s The Nautical Theme are set to release their Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed EP on July 30 via digital, CD and 7″ vinyl formats. Formed by Tesia Mallory (vocals, keys) and Matt Shetler (vocals, guitar) in 2017, the group performs a satisfying blend of indie pop and folk.

For their third studio release, The Nautical Theme recorded the release at their own Ready Shet Go studio. The release was mixed by Micha Carli at Popside Recordings and mastered by John Naclerio (American Authors, My Chemical Romance).

This three song EP travels through past, present, and futures while exploring the common thread behind the question “what defines commitment?”

“Is it hope or reliance, pain or perseverance? Sometimes commitment sustains us and sometimes it destroys us.,” says the duo. “Share these joys and struggles with us through these songs.”

This EP follows the release of the band’s Lows and Highs LP in 2020 and Float LP in 2018.

The band’s Mallory had this to say about the cover:

‘Our ‘Something Borrowed’ is a cover of ‘Kill’ by Jimmy Eat World off the album, Futures. This classic song has spoken to so many in a universal language of heartbreak, and through it listeners recognize that commitments made aren’t always reciprocated. The broken bond of love can feel as strong as death.

“Jimmy Eat World has had a huge influence on us individually over the years, and we we’re humbled and excited to be able to interpret it in their harmony-rich TNT-style. When I suggested they take a stab at ‘Kill,’ Matt enthusiastically agreed, encouraging me to put together an arrangement that featured their strengths. Throughout the recording process we sought to honor the original song while collaboratively infusing it with all the things that make our pairing unique: layered harmony, musical chemistry, honest emotion, and cinematic instrumentation. We are grateful to Micah Carli (Popside Recording, mixing) and John Naclerio (Nada Studio, mastering) for bringing the raw tracks to life. Overall, we are pleased with how it came together and are hopeful that they honored the song the way it deserves.”

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Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of and is currently the editor of, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

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