This is the first show Obadiah will have played together in about five years. When the offer came through (not a week before the show), we all figured, “why not?” I don’t think any of us were certain as to what exactly was going to happen at our first scheduled session / rehearsal. That being the past now, I would say that it feels as if we never stopped in the first place. I won’t say that, though, because I feel we are all actually much better musicians now with a more mature sound then what it was when we left off.
This is likely going to be a rare one off as drummer, Josh Russell, will be shipping out to Oregon in just a few weeks. So come on down and see what Obadiah has become. You will not be disappointed.
Click to download the tracks:
“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
Produced by Obadiah
Mastered by Arrison Kirby
Edited by Josh Lunsford
Josh Lunsford – organ
Aaron Shugart-Brown – guitar
Arrison Kirby – keys, electronics
Nathan Brown – bass
Josh Russell – drums
Dustin Basalla – auxillary percussion
Artwork by Arrison Kirby
Recorded in 2005 at El Studio, Knoxville, TN.