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The song that we’ve just posted, the “Sleepy Bear Hop”, is a part of a kind of experimental (for us, anyway) album that we recorded back in February. We wanted to see if we could write and record a full-length LP in a month, and because we like the genre, we decided that it should be a pure rockabilly album. We came out with something much greater in scope and creativity.
I love this album. Some of the songs are perfectly rockabilly, one is absolutely epic, and a few could be called fierce, raw or just plain crazy; there’s even a little country ballad (and don’t knock it before you’ve heard it because we rocked that shit). Some of my best vocal performances are on this album and, lyrically, it is stark, honest, absurd and maybe even disturbing at times. However, democracy has brought us to a short stand-still. As a band, we haven’t all been able to catch up to what we’ve created. That is why you haven’t heard it yet.
Typically, we take an agonizing amount of time writing songs and honing them live until they’ve reached what we'd like to think is perfection (which is ridiculous, yet we still think it). So, back in January, we had a little meeting and we decided that it would be a fun idea to just say, "Fuck it, boyos. Let’s write a bunch of songs then record the little devils like right quick-ish”. We assumed that if we did this, we could avoid thinking too hard about our art. Also, we just wanted to see if we could do it.
In theory, the album would end up being more organic, vibrant, jagged, etcetera because there would be much less time between writing and recording for our brains to attempt to put in order the complexities of our hearts and our secret hearts. It was a difficult, maddening month for me--spent thinking deeply about lyrical themes, guitar solos, song arrangements, titles, overall feel, whether we can get away with putting out a rockabilly album--but I am very proud of what this band has made. I hope that you all get to hear the album in its entirety. In all likelihood, you will. It would be borderline criminal to me if we cut even one song, whether we understand it as a band yet or not.
I am positive that if you like Philo-san, you will like this album. “It is so choice.”
Salaciously yours, A Ralph, of sorts