Written and recorded between 2/1/15 to 5/1/15, at homes and practice spaces around Chicago. (No professional studios were harmed in the making of this album.) These songs, along with two others, began life as an impulsive FAWM project: fawm.org
FAWM is wonderful, and if you write songs, you should do it. Meeting the schedule did not permit attachment, self-doubt, backing off of personal material, or any other form of autodestruction.
Facts: Joshua, John, Ben and Steven provided outstanding singing, playing, and overall humanity to this project. Julie Key was my second set of ears, and is someone I want very much to impress. Andrew Neher invited Steven and I to play at Louder House in the first week of February, and I don't know what this album would have come out like without that show---"Animal Spirits" materialized the next day, more or less in one piece, full of energy and Extravision-esque rhythm guitar. So that one is for Louder House, with thanks to Andrew, Ryan, Mitar, Vivian, Michael, and everyone else who helped make that show happen. Yet more unadulterated fact: If FAWMers aren't careful, they're going to ruin the Internet's reputation for hostility; to all of you that listened to early mixes and left support and feedback, thank you so much. I'm looking forward to being a better listener in '16. Finally, thanks are due to my dog, Bessie, who not only puts up with me, but made her serendipitous turn on percussion exactly as it appears on the album, with no punching in.
released May 3, 2015
The Flat Sevens are EC (guitars, bass, keys, drums, etc.) along with:
Joshua Jones, backing vox on 1, 2 and 9; lead guitar on 10
John Saller, backing vox on 2 and 9; harmonicas on 5, 9 and 10
Ben Saller, lead guitar on 4
Steven Gilpin, backing vox on 5 and 12; guitar loops on 12; percussion on 5
Bessie, long black dog percussion on 9
Track 1 samples the NASA recordings "Mercury 7: Liftoff" and "Quindar: Sound #1", which they have kindly made available to the public despite years of budgetary abuse at the hands of the American people, who frankly won't appreciate them until all of the corn left in the universe is growing in space. soundcloud.com/nasa
Written/produced/recorded by EC. All songs © 2015.