I used to file rather a lot at dwelling on my Tascam 8-channel cassette recorder. At any time when I recorded, I all the time began with the drum monitor, then I might construct the guitars on prime of it. After realizing neither Dave nor I might be in the identical room lengthy sufficient to write down songs collectively, not to mention file, I got here up with the thought of a East Coast / West Coast long-distance collab by way of the postal service. We’d strategy it the identical means… with none lead from me, Dave would go within the studio and file drum tracks, based mostly solely on improvisation. Then he would ship me the drums and I might add my components to no matter it’s he got here up with. Today with straightforward dwelling recording & file sharing entry, this is not an enormous deal, however on the time it was a semi mind-blowing idea. No actually. It is advisable to put it within the context of the time, round 1999. Individuals flipped out after I informed them how we have been doing this album. I am certain comparable efforts existed previously, however in our scene, it was one thing largely unprecedented.
Dave recorded drums to 16-track 2″ tape again in New Jersey, then he despatched the reel to me in San Francisco, and I recorded guitars, bass, noise, and vocals in Oakland with Bart Thurber. This was a time in my life after I was attempting to department out and work out what my “subsequent factor” was going to be. I nonetheless liked hardcore, however I used to be looking for one thing to push the boundaries. In listening to this album, it is clear I used to be incorporating a great share of Agata / Soften-Banana worship into these tracks. This album was within the can in 2000 and was launched alone Slap A Ham label, on CD-only, as a result of folks had stopped shopping for vinyl at that time (and really quickly after, stopped shopping for CDs as properly).
Total, did we succeed? Probably not, but it surely was a valiant effort. It is a quick album, possibly too quick. It is an album that might have used a little bit one thing additional. We experimented, however after it was accomplished I knew I hadn’t pushed far sufficient. Any shortcomings about this album could be attributed to me 100%. Regardless of that, some folks actually appreciated it.
This album was re-released a number of years later by Relapse, with barely up to date art work, and at that time we agreed to correctly identify our mission EAST WEST BLAST TEST. We maintained the Blue Be aware artwork vibe, a bit extra efficiently this time.
A number of years later, we launched a second album on the Ipecac label. It is rather more diverse than the primary, but in addition arguably rather a lot much less centered, and considerably random. Not a hit by any means, in reality most followers of the primary album did not even know the 2nd album existed. It was written and recorded throughout a really odd and turbulent level in my life, which was each thrilling and soul-crushing. Extra about that one other time.
The primary album continues to be in print by way of Relapse, so out of respect I am not posting it for now. However earlier than I went to file my guitars within the studio, I made a cassette of Dave’s drums and fleshed out some demos on my trusty Tascam at dwelling. Listed below are four songs from the house recordings, heard by nobody however Dave and myself till now:
EAST WEST BLAST TEST – dwelling demos (2000)