Throw in tracking sessions of grown men making Velociraptor noises, shouting non-sequiter soapbox religious rhetoric through a megaphone, and about 50 tracks of handclaps, and I’d have a hard time deciding whether my recent studio experience or being Miles Davis during the recording of Bitches' Brew was the more enviable position.
Excuse the hyperbole, but the session that will soon yield two great songs (with a full album to come shortly thereafter) has been the most enjoyable music making experience I’ve had to date. I’ve recorded two albums before these sessions, and while both past experiences have been positive, this was the first time I decided to let go of any expectations around having these songs be “successful.”
In short, my first two albums I made for someone else to sign off and say I was cool. Blogs, radio stations, college kids that dig around sound cloud to find the next Grizzly Bear or Deer Tick. But after two PR pushes and support tours on albums I made for the cool kids. I had a realization.
Nobody knows whats cool….wait, scratch that…
I don’t care anymore.
I don’t care about being the cool kids' click bait. I don’t care about being talked about in the over-analytical, soft whispers of public radio. I don’t care about showcasing at an exclusive wine party at an overhyped industry-festival-turned-tech conference.
I care about cranking an amp and singing as loud as I can while my buddies play their hearts out. I care about the listener grabbing onto that energy and bringing them to the same level of excitement that my band has when we’re playing these songs. I care about the Raptor noises scaring the shit out of everyone.
Oh right... the first single is about a Raptor. A divine Raptor that when you hear the song you’ll have no choice but to fall to your knees and believe in the Raptor. And in the power of sweet, sweet Rock and Roll.
The new single is called Velocirapture and drops Tuesday, May 5th everywhere along with a bonus b-side track. Thanks to Andy Valenti, Mike Douaire, Erik Estrada, John Daise, and Adam Ashforth for making some killer music with me. There’s much more to come.
Can’t wait for you all to hear it.