Death Poncho "Chopper: Soundtrack To The Motion Picture" c25
Back in the 20th century (long before the why-two-kays and nine-elevens), Kevin and I started a band in middle school; albeit, at that time it wasn't so much a band that wrote music and recorded demos, but more like a band that obsessively filled floppy disks with hundreds of near-identical documents which painstakingly outlined all the makings of a band, without any of the actual music-playing stuff that we felt typically bogged them down.
For two years, we stockpiled lyrics alongside endless paragraphs describing intended instrumentation and arrangement. Volumes and volumes of extensive addendums were dedicated to charting the guiding principles, along with exhaustive process-documents outlining the four different demos we'd undertake simultaneously for these theoretical songs. Every sound, emotion, and inflection was thoroughly annotated. What we lacked in jams, we made up for in pure ambitious vision, biting off far more than we could ever chew. As small-town brass players, we lacked the network and resources to refine them, so they were built 100% dynamically adaptive for whatever we could assemble. Hell, one tune was arranged for a marching band (which we hear is still played by the youngins of a neighboring school districts to this day).
Years later in high school, we eventually joined another band that actually wrote songs and played gigs, but always continued to refine these floppy-disk visions on the side. This release is narrowly based on the themes of one such track.
In the 20-someodd years since, Kevin and I still continue to sit down occasionally at a bunch of keyboards and make a day out of it; but nowadays, it's often without a reading assignment. The band name and instruments have changed a couple dozen times since, but the guiding hands have not.
released April 1, 2018
Kevin Jackson & Jesse DeRosa - Synthesizers
Recorded live at First Church of Synthesis, 2017.