This EP is up for "Name Your Price" which means we're accepting any amount of money- even zero dollars, for the thing. Mostly we just wanna live in your digital music boxes.
These are songs of intimate betrayal, anxious devastation, psychedelic hedonism, desperation and degeneration. Sometimes it feels like the whole world has turned on you, and even your apartment is hostile. What could be a better catalyst for creation and adventure?
The players on this EP are some of the best musicians and friends I've ever had the pleasure of knowing and sharing stage with. I'm still bowled over with gratitude that when I called them to ask if they'd play with me they agreed.
Linden Reed is one of the most grounded, skilled, nimble and hardworking drummers this world has to offer. His versatility is insane. I met Linden at shows where we were both playing in singer songwriter bands (check out his work with David Luning) and I was glad to have an opportunity to tell him how much I liked the melodic post rock and metal bands I'd seen him in (check out his most recent wildness with the band Sloth and Turtle). He's the type of guy who does what he wants, does it well, and approaches the world around him with empathy and irreverence simultaneously. Linden is a beast.
Kalei Yamanoha and I have a long and storied history I couldn't fit in one paragraph if I tried. We've toured all over together, we've lived together in weird places, and we've nearly died together. We've played maybe a thousand shows together. His portrait is hanging over the head of my bed. He writes wild balkan, klezmer, cajun, and bluegrass inspired musics and leads the phenomenal band the Oddjob Ensemble. He's an accordion, banjo and trombone player who grew up in punk bands, and I knew he'd be perfect for this project. I got a telecaster into his hands just long enough to make this EP and play out a few places, and I'm glad he let me twist his arm into making some rock and roll.
This EP was recorded to cassette tape at Gremlintone Studios in Santa Rosa by a long time personal hero of mine (hey, I'm Josh) John Courage. I remember the first time I saw John perform- I think he was opening for the Devil Makes Three. He was maybe 7 feet tall, counting the enormous ginger afro above and around his face. He was a folk singer at the time, and goddamn, I wanted to be one too after that. Fast forward a handful of years, and American folk led my friends and I to gypsy jazz, led us to balkan horn bands and funky New Orleans street bands, funk, gospel and klezmer. Meanwhile, John was making some of the sickest records anyone has ever heard, slinging guitars like a street pharmacist, preaching the lost gospel of Rock n Roll, and turning his home into a tape studio- Gremlintone. Inspired after a few sessions with the Crux (a band who's story is to wild for this particular paragraph) at Gremlintone I twisted Kalei's arm to put down the accordion, banjo, trombone, tuba and pump organ long enough to reunite with his ol' six string. Then I placed a fairly painless call to Linden, and few short months later, the three of us were in John's living room inscribing wave forms on plastic polyester tape. What you hear has no comping, no pitch assist, and all the plugins had cables running out of them and knobs on their faces.
Speaking of plugins- I'd also like to say that having Aaron Triggs master this thing was a blast. Aaron and I met in high school, when we had congruent appetites for delinquency and his quiff and green leopard print went well with my rude boy two piece suit. Now he makes electronic music so trippy that there's not even a name for it (unless it's "futurebass"? hell if I know) and I play mostly acoustic instruments in folk, country, rock and jazz bands so the two of us haven't worked on anything together since the psychobilly band we had at 14- The Fallopian Swim Team. Its always great to catch up with him and swap airplane and van based stories respectively, but it was a special treat to share a common goal for a few hours.
Here's the music Aaron makes: soundcloud.com/bleep-bloop
And John's: johncourage.bandcamp.com
and Kalei's: www.oddjobensemble.com