David Davis seems to be doing pretty well these days. He lives in Los Angeles and works at EastWest Studios. He worked hard to get where he is, deserves it fully, and will be forever well wished by his friends at El Deth.
The man is a recording machine (wait…isn’t that just, like, a tape deck or something?), having tracked a slew of other people’s material, as well as his own. To explore his humble beginnings, however, one must indulge in his 2006 full length disc, Persons. It was recorded under the moniker, the red cloud, and produced by MiAH (Beware: The Gentlemen, Cutthroat Shamrock) at Knoxville’s Sound Lair.
And now you can sink your ears into it once again.
You read right already. Persons by the red cloud has now been digitally reissued everywhere!
There have been several people hitting me up about that album in the past several months. So to you people, I’m sorry it took so long. But now you can get it, digitally, pretty much everywhere.
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“Welcome to the Show”
“Anemone” (Brian Jonestown Massacre cover)
“House of Satan”
“Untitled as Yet”
“Action Medley: a) Hard Times b) Pronounced Veins c) Haunted House d) Company Tab”
“Golden Trust of the San Juan Valley, Diarrhea, California”
My guitar had been shorting out more and more. It was causing too many issues, so I decided to finally have it repaired. With the guitar in “the shop,” I was limited on musical resources. The result was a much heavier use of keys on this session. It all culminates into something somewhere between driving electro and plunky jazz. David Davis joins us again on a couple songs.
“Welcome to the Show” – This is a happy little instrumental based around three simple chords. I think that’s Megan stating those chords at the beginning. I’m particularly fond of Rachel Jae’s sparse, but consistent use of an old pot for a percussive detail toward the end.
“Anemone” – I think this is the third version of this Brian Jonestown Massacre cover that I’ve put up here. It’s certainly the most unique. We actually worked this version up at the prior session. I initially wasn’t going to post it because I wanted to break it out at our upcoming show at the Pilot Light on March 25th. (Yes. We have an upcoming show at the Pilot Light on March 25th.) However, there is ultimately no way I can prevent myself from withholding it. It sounds great and it’s only going to get better.
“House of Satan” – This song again. It’s so easy, but effective. I can’t resist it. David Davis is playing the acoustic guitar on this one. Katie’s hitting the bongos. Megan’s hitting the flute. Dane and Rachel were not present for this one. Obviously, as on the song before it, we’re keeping in some electro territory.
“Single Politician” – I absolutely love this version. It’s loose and gruff. It reminds me of a car falling apart as it drives hard down a shitty road. That’s Katie on the drums, sounding like they’re about to fall over as the rest of us lose control of our knees and elbows.
“Dead” – I wrote this song back in the days of Obadiah and actually have a few recordings of Obadiah playing it. Rachel worked the vocals into something new and it works far better than my original cadences ever did. Two things here are unfortunate, though. The first is that Katie’s ukulele is barely audible and the second is that, at the end of the song, we get feedback from the new mic we were using to try to make it audible. We did other takes where she played bass, but as far as the musicianship of the rest of us on the other takes, none beat this one.
“Untitled as Yet” – We hadn’t pulled this one out in a while. This is another track with David Davis on acoustic guitar and without Dane and Rachel. I feel it lacks something without electric guitar, but it’s not bad. David does some badass flamenco guitar work in the faster part of the song. It’s mixed kind of quiet though. I might should fix that one day.
“Action Medley: a) Hard Times b) Pronounced Veins c) Haunted House d) Company Tab” – This is some more of that, uh…musical comedy (?) that just pops up sometimes. There’s little to explain about this ever-changing odyssey.
“Golden Trust of the San Juan Valley, Diarrhea, California” – I’m playing drums on this one. Katie is on the bongos and Megan the flute, of course. A nice meditative, percussive end.
Katie Collins – omnichord, ukulele, bongo drums, drum kit
Megan Driscoll – flute, vocals
Dane Hill – bass, drums
Rachel Jae – auxillary percussion, vocals
Arrison Kirby – keys, beats, vocals, drums
David Davis – acoustic guitar
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First legitimate session of 2011. We were lucky to have Davis Davis (the red cloud) join in on the bass guitar.
I called it Loose Roots because this session made me feel like we were getting back to some low down, junky roots that we probably never really abandoned in the first place. Also, the name feels appropriate considering that this one feels like a macabre ol’ time gospel session (except for “Wok it Out / Sarabeth”). This may have the most to do with the lyrical content. Heaven, hell, the devil and all that.
The picture is my cat, Quinn, when he was a kitten. His roots are in New Orleans where I picked him up from a group of kids on the side of the road. However, now in Knoxville, he’s addicted to the cold weather for some reason.
“Afraid of the Ghost” – We play it soooooo much. It’s an easy one for people to remember, though, so it works well with session guests (such as the present David Davis). David’s bass alongside my deep synth makes for some good tonal ground punching.
“Tender Anomalies” – This began as a jam between Dane and David. I joined in and we became a three piece. The girls were all in the room doing something else. I’m not certain what, but their dialog in the background seems to fit right with the jam.
“House of Satan” – I could not resist resurrecting this one. I changed the lyric I was not fond of the last time we did it. Unfortunately, we lost the theramin for this version, but we did gain the bass. I feel like I should have sung “the chous” one more time maybe. Who cares, though? I love this ballad ass shit.
“Wok it Out / Sarabeth” – I’m not sure how this came to be, but we all felt really really good about it as it did. That’s Dane rapping. The beats come from a song called “Sarabeth” that I’ve performed live, and we’ve tackled as a band, but don’t have a solid recording of for some reason. Because of the source of the beats, we decided to interpolate elements of “Sarabeth” into this song. It’s great, because “Sarabeth” includes the primary lyrics, “Eight sixteen,” which I wrote in reference to the title person’s birthday. However, in weaving it into “Wok it Out,” Dane places the numbers into the completely different context of hours and minutes. Ah, sweet expansion!
Katie Collins – omnichord, bass
Megan Driscoll – flute
Dane Hill – drums, vocals
Rachel Jae – auxillary percussion, omnichord
Arrison Kirby – guitar, keys, beats, vocals
David Davis – bass
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David Davis (the red cloud, Mar) has been hanging out around the studio recently. We haven’t really pushed a session yet, though we did end up shitting out this cover of the Radiohead standard. We did use the session set up to record it. Unfortunately, so much usual pre mixing was neglected because of the spontaneity of this track. The iffy result is a few vocal lines mixed a bit too quietly. (We can’t fix it because it’s mic’d with the omni.) It’s especially evident at the beginning, but the projection increases into form by the end of the song. All in all, it’s a tolerable flaw.
David is singing and playing guitar. I’m accompanying on Katie’s omni. It was my first time actually joining in on a full song with the omnichord.
David Davis – vocals, guitar
Arrison Kirby – omnichord
the red cloud
“A Static Murder”
“Stars and Stripes”
“Core of the Down”
Produced by David Davis and MiAH
David Davis – guitar, vocals, bass
Sarah Davis – vocals
Ian Morrison – drums
Artwork by David Davis.
Recorded at The Sound Lair, Knoxville, TN.