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Such is the tendency for us to put out these particularly brief, but pointed, sessions every time we skip up to the next evolution of the Never Sorry project. It’s always a loose view of something vaguely resembling the next evolution of our sound.
“Moments” has popped up a few time in sessions past. This is easily the best version we had done at this point. “Archway” is a beat oriented song that we’re still developing. The beat is recycled from Flashmob, which was recycled from my album, Part 3. “Valley Call” was a true improvisation, and a beautiful little end to the session.
Dane Hill – bass
R.J. Hill – omnichord, auxiliary percussion
Arrison Kirby – guitar, keys, vocals
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A new year had just begun, so it was time to get back on the Never Sorry train. We wanted to return to live drums for our next phase. On this day, the lovely Taurus, Carissa Stolting (Jackboots) stopped by to fill that role.
We’ve been eager to move forward with new material, but decided to stick with mostly older songs since there was someone new in our midst and we had been rusty, ourselves. (The holidays do that to you.) In these cases, we sometimes let Carissa start with the beat and the other three of us would play the song around her.
There’s an impromptu Green Day cover, of all things, as well as some extensive but interesting improvisational jams. One of these, “Satan Reprise,” is an instrumental re-imagining of “House of Satan.” Much more upbeat, with traces of joy.
Arrison Kirby – vocals, guitar, keys
RJ. Hill – vocals, omnichord, auxiliary percussion
Dane Hill – bass, vocals
Carissa Stolting – drums
In our ongoing effort to reissue as much as the El Deth catalog as we can to the major digital retail outlets, this one was next.
Originally released in 2004, this was one of the earliest projects to come out of El Studio. I had met Hamilton at an open mic type of night at the now defunct Blue Cats in Knoxville’s Old City. We kept in touch and he gave me a DIY cassette release of something called The Common Cold EP. I absolutely loved it and we’ve passed through several musical doors together since.
This album features a track with Dire Con backing him up in full. (Of course I’ll take this moment to plug the upcoming, self titled, Dire Con release that El Deth will be throwing into the universe in a few months.) Also, note the additional lyrical stylings of The Illiest on that same track.
The chick on the cover, playing the part of Sara Lewis (who is named similar to that chick from Jag Star), is actually Melissa Fagan of The Melissa Fagan Band.
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I’m not entirely sure why I put these things together. I LOVE the original American Panda track, “Panda Travels to the Center of the Arctic Circle.” As for Flo Rida’s dance classic, “Low,” well I just can’t believe that song is over four minutes long. Ridiculous.
But hey! The Panda song is actually longer, albeit less grating for sure. I sped it up as a result, matching it to the vocal speed, rather than the vocal speed to it. That kinda wrecks the magical feel that “Arctic Circle” essentially has, replacing it with whatever this is.
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This is the second half of our holiday session. Matt Zingg and Jeremy Law join us here. Chip Pennington was also present, but he stayed quiet. The music is a little more unhinged now, as the libations were flowing through us good and steady by this point of the evening.
I stepped away from the drums to run beats and electronics instead. Matt ended up taking over the drums later.
Nathan Brown – keys, electronics
Aaron Shugart-Brown – guitar
Arrison Kirby – beats, keys
Matt Zingg – bass, drums
Jeremy Law – words