at the moment...
What started as a break from power pop band the inevitable breakups led to three years of sporadic writing with no specific purpose, direction or style. Just the feeling at the moment. Once the song was written it was put away, not thought of or listened to.
Time, experiences and songs accumulated. Evenually, I reviewed the material and realized that there was a tone and vibe that evolved naturally, tying the songs together. I began sharing these songs and found people were really connecting with the material. "…honest and vulnerable in the best sense of the word…" is my favorite quote from feedback received after sharing these songs with friends and musicians.
After hearing my demos, Steve Schiltz (Hurricane Bells, Longwave) signed on to produce three songs for what would become the "Monte Carlo" EP. Steve suggested we record the songs live to capture the feeling of the original demos. We recruited Benjamin Cartel (Kaiser Cartel, The Benjamin Cartel) to play drums, Steve played bass and I played acoustic guitar. Steve and I shared overdub duties to complete the recording. Everything was recorded at Olé Recording in Jackson Heights, NYC.
It seems fitting that the songs on "Monte Carlo" were some of the first written during my hiatus. They represent the beginning of this collection of songs that were written at the moment and in the moment.
- Daniel Stampfel