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This was our next to last rehearsal for our performance on July 7th at Checkpoint Charlie’s in New Orleans, LA. This entire act was set up specifically for this show. First it was booked (under the name “El Deth Music”) with help from, Jak Locke. Then I set out a call for people who wanted to come along and contribute. Dustin Milotte (Deep Green, Star Mountain) and Grant Parker (Deep Green, Big John and the Nationals) answered that call to perform. Astrid Dees also came along for logistical and moral support…and to shop and have a good time and stuff. Dustin and Grant and I fleshed out material and rehearsed for about a month and a half before the show. This particular session was recorded on June 26th. It’s highly likely that we will record this material more formally (i.e. tracked out without all the wounds showing) and releasing it in the near future, most likely under the name The Mighty Whites.
This is the exact set we did at Checkpoint Charlie’s, without random stage banter, of course…but we did keep “Crick.” “Bomb” was one I used to do during acoustic sets years ago. Dustin remembered it from those days and suggested we bring it back out. (I changed the word “president” to “congressman” since it was initially written when George W. Bush was in office. I’m still not sure about the Sadam Hussein reference staying in there). We also covered a Freddie Mercury song, “Living on my Own,” that was introduced to me by Josh Lunsford when we recorded in Shiver Me Timbers together. We closed with “Single Politician,” which was originally performed by Never Sorry.
I want to mention that, in addition to setting up the show, Jak Locke also performed with the Jak Locke Rock Show. We saw him play music at a burlesque show at the Allways Lounge the night before, too. It was all quality and I implore you to check out his stuff.
New Orleans really is a magical place. The staff and patrons at Checkpoint Charlie’s were all warm and hospitable. Really, pretty much everyone we encountered in Orleans Parrish was. No complaints at all, other than the fucking heat.
Arrison Kirby – vocals, beats, acoustic guitar
Dustin Milotte – electric guitar
Grant Parker – bass
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It’s been a minute, but this is the Never Sorry rehearsal for our show that occurred at the Pilot Light in Knoxville, TN on March 23rd, 2012. It’s actually a selection of takes from three different sets that occurred between two sessions on March 21st and 22nd. Most of these songs had never been played live or even put up on the website from former sessions.
A lot of punk and rock opera type influences seem to seep through here. We were very fortunate to have Jay Allen joining us on drums for this one. It’s also very likely this session may get remixed, remastered and formally released as a proper album at some point in the future of the El Deth discography.
A good handful of this material is but a small portion of the cathartic discharge of a highly sadistic, disturbing, romantic relationship that dominated my 2011. A lot of the sour blood spillage from that relationship ended up splattering on to some of my deeper friendships. That aspect is where “Silver and Gold” comes from. “Rachel and Dee Dee” is also about two friends of mine taking issue with some aspect of our friendship, but it was written back in 2010.
“Train to Nagano” reaches back to my solo album, Part 3. Though strangely, Dane began playing this progression at one rehearsal, without ever having heard the previously published version. On the playback, I realized it was the exact same song. So here it is with the full band treatment.
The closing track, “Randy Scouse Git” is a cover of a Monkees song. We had this in the works when Davey Jones died, making it particularly, but sadly, suitable for the set. As far as songs from that era go, this one is pretty forward thinking.
Arrison Kirby – vocals, guitar, keys
RJ. Hill – vocals, omnichord
Dane Hill – bass, vocals
Jay Allen – drums
This version of “Cute Little Echo” is from the immediately aforementioned Pilot Light Rehearsal session. The video was recorded the day after Moogfest 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina. Hence the clipping of the wrist bands, and also Tapeface, my carefully crafted Halloween costume.
I feel this video gives insight into Tapeface’s real life. Just because he has tape on his face, doesn’t mean he doesn’t practice good hygiene. It does apparently make him emotional, though.
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“Afraid of the Ghost”
“Anemone” (Brian Jonestown Massacre)
“House of Satan”
“Cute Little Echo”
“Reading Rainbow” (Horelick, Kleinman & Weir)
Sorry it took a minute, but this is the rehearsal session from two days before our show at the Pilot Light. This is almost exactly as we played and what we said but for a small edit before “Tender” due to things said and done that I’m best not to repeat, lest I would not have removed them in the first place. It was actually a really enjoyable moment, but a name was said in a context best left private.
Anyway. Holly Denman was hanging out at that night’s session. She’s the Holly referenced in the inbetween talk. Remy is my dog. Also, Dane didn’t actually eat any LSD. I was trying to be funny…or something.
There are a few aural differences between this rehearsal and the live set. They are as follows:
1. You can hear the flute.
2. Samuel Williams is not playing at the rehearsal, though he did join us on banjo for the “Reading Rainbow” finale.
3. At the rehearsal, we took Reading Rainbow into the weird Ghostbusters tease at the end. It was considered for the show, but ultimately not used.
4. At the show, I used a much more organic guitar sound on “House of Satan.”
5. The ghost (played by Jonny Andrews) played beam theramin at the show, but not on the recording unfortunately.
Katie Collins – omnichord
Megan Driscoll – flute, vocals, harmonica, tambourine
Dane Hill – bass, drums
Rachel Jae – auxillary percussion, vocals
Arrison Kirby – guitar, keys
Nathan Brown – keys, electronics