This album was recorded at Engine Studios and Clava Studios both located in Chicago. We had much help from local Chicago musicians, some were called in, others just happened to be in the studio at the time. Jake Westermann engineered and co-produced this album along with Justin Jahnke. Jake's credits include work on albums by Iron and Wine, Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Gomez. Jake put a lot of himself in this album and nearly drove himself bonkers mixing this thing.
For my part, I'm really happy with the playing and results. Doug Gay (once again) was flown in from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and killed it behind the drum kit. Ryan Juravich (Dirty Pigeons, Will Phalen) also beautifully banged the skins on half the tunes. Ryan will be playing on my upcoming recording, due to start in February 2013.
Mike Meske, sturdy and willing as always, came in and played some of the most subtly funky bass lines yet. Check out the weirdo, inverted slide part he plays in "Modern Gods"! Rusty LaRue's playing explored textures and territories I did not know lay within him, but I'm truly grateful he was a key part of the journey. I'm also grateful to count all these wonderful people and musicians as friends and to be apart of their journey through music and life.
What most of these songs represent to me, more than anything, is memories.
I get a lot out of making this music so I hope you get something out of listening to it. Enjoy!!
released 14 January 2014
Justin Jahnke: guitars, vocals, LaRue Box, songwriting
Mike Meske: bass, backing vocals
Rusty LaRue: keys, synth, piano, Fender Rhodes
Doug Gay: drums, percussion
Ryan Juravich: drums, percussion
Jake Westermann: engineer, vocals, 12-string guitar, percussion, organ, knobs, soundcraft
Doug Corcoran: piano, trumpet
Marqueal Jordan: sax
Dan Smart: synth, piano,
Joshua Abrams: upright bass
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