I recorded this album in 2003 in the back rented bedroom of the house we called 805. I was in my early 20's, living in a major city and on staff with a doomed new church that ultimately died two years later. But it was a fun album - made quickly. It represents a good season of life, full of creativity - made in a house where I had countless great memories with friends and roommates.
I borrowed my friend Paul's Yamaha MT4X 4 Multi-Track Tape Cassette Recorder Mixer. It was supposed to be a loan. I never got around to returning it. Paul has since passed away, so you could say that I inherited it (which I know he would feel good about). Paul was one of my greatest supporters - always encouraging me to keep recording and touring and to try new things. I would not have had any of the touring experiences I did if it weren't for Paul pushing me out the door to go do it. I am so grateful.
After making the album "Mediation, Contemplation & Prayer" the previous year, which had a very specific focus of helping people in their spiritual disciplines (outlined in the obvious title of the album), I wanted to make something fun and indulgent. So, I made this.
I had a tiny pedal board full of gear that was half broken. I used a C-1000 mic that ran through the pedal board and out of my amp. I used it for everything - guitar, percussion, vocals. I even played a kid's toy organ on one track.
On the song "Sleep Well" I feel like I finally perfected the drone sound I had in my head and that I had attempted to learn over a couple of years. Open tuned guitar leaning on amp with a fan from the early 1900's turned on high blowing on the guitar - vibrating the strings as it ran through a mad scientist's concoction of effects. Plus, typically my voice grates my nerves. I can actually stand to listen to myself on that song.
My friend Ron sang on "Jesus Saved My Soul". Ron was a good friend to me in Philadelphia and remains one of the most talented people I've ever met. I met Ron while he was still grieving the death of his longtime girlfriend who died in the World Trade Centers on 9/11. Though he did not like the melody ("It sounds like old black music - like something my grandma would sing."), he was nice enough to sing it anyway with enthusiasm and soul. On the outside, Ron and I appeared to be dramatically different people - but we connected deeply on the most important things in life - our Christian faith, creativity and the desire to go deep in our conversations.
This album represents a lot of good memories. I hope you enjoy it.
released May 1, 2003
Jesse Eubanks: Guitars, Drones, Percussion, Vocals, Sonic Destruction
Ronald J. Shariff: Vocals on "Jesus Saved My Soul"
Recorded at 805, Philadelphia, PA in 2003 on the Yamaha MT4X 4 Multi-Track Tape Cassette Recorder Mixer.
Mixed and Mastered at Ear Candy Studio, Louisville, KY.
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