Feb. 3 2015 06:03 PM

Bit Maps frontman to release The Shepherd's Journals' in March

DrewAndrews
Drew Andrews
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There's about to be another published novelist in the San Diego music scene. Drew Andrews, the singer and songwriter behind Bit Maps—and former member of Via Satellite and The Album Leaf—has announced that he's releasing a novella this spring. The book is called The Shepherd's Journals, and it'll be released on March 15 via Portland-based Blue Skirt Productions.

Andrews tells CityBeat that the book has been a long-term project that came together piecemeal between musical projects.

"I've been ticking away at it for a number of years," he says. "It's not like I've been sitting at my computer every night working on it. But as it kind of developed, I'd work on it for a while, and then I'd go on tour, and then on long van rides I'd use that time to kind tick away at it some more."

The book is written as a series of diary entries by a character known as The Shepherd. Andrews describes it as an "urban prophet's descent into madness." 

"The big thing for me was to capture the authenticity of this person," he says. "I tried to make it like this is the voice of this character as much as possible."

There'll be a release party for the book in Portland on March 15, and Andrews says he's planning a local event as well. The release of The Shepherd's Journals also coincides with Bit Maps' debut album, which will come out a few weeks later. It's looking like it'll be a busy spring for Andrews, but he's excited about finally realizing a longtime goal.

"I'm already neck-deep in getting my album released, so this is exciting for me," he says. "For a lot of people, getting a book published is something to put on their bucket list. Being a published author for me is the bucket list."

Email jefft@sdcitybeat.com or follow him at @1000TimesJeff

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