The first to join the discography and the first to mark the start of a solo adventure. So, a little backstory on this album. I was in a band that I started with a couple of dudes called Barcodes & Stripes a couple of years ago. Everything went well, we came out with an album that didn't really sound too good and was only popular with our friend group and then some. We were working on a second album, but over time, we all got busy with either school or some other musical/art projects that we had going on. This was around the time that I was toying with the idea of making a solo album and going solo to escape the creative chains of being in a band. Maybe two years after starting an album that would never be finished, BCAS stopped being a thing so, that gave me the chance to do whatever the hell I wanted. So, that's how this album was born.
It's my first album that I mostly made by myself, letting myself do anything I wanted. Since I didn't have the equipment to give these songs a full sound, it came out as just guitar and vocals for the most part. Maybe I'll remaster this album, who knows?
Vocals/Guitar done by me, Elisia Song.
Drums for that one song was done by John Doland.
A TALE OF AN IF:
Written in literally one minute at 2 in the morning one day. I was panicking because I was approaching my own deadline and just decided to churn songs out that night because, hell, I wasn't going to sleep anyways.
YOU WERE RIGHT:
Probably one of the more sadder songs I've written: making it one of my least favorites. This song was originally going to be a Barcodes and Stripes song, but that kinda didn't happen because BCAS had died at that point. So, I decided to make it my own song and put it on a solo album cuz, fuck, I really wanted this song done at the time.
CAN I ASK A QUESTION?:
This song was one of those songs that just instantly came to me one day and I had to write it down. But because I didn't have a drum machine and couldn't figure out how to record bass guitar properly, it came out really bad. Oops.
A WALL OF GUITARS:
Oh boy. This fucking song. Originally it was a song that spawned in the early days of BCAS when it was called 90 Degrees North. It originally had drums, guitar with a phaser effect, and piano. The whole nine yards. Also, it was called Intro. I bet I could find it if I asked John to dig around in his computer somewhere.
The first song I wrote for this album and the first song I ever wrote that wasn't for a band. I say it's pretty good.
TO SUE (A LETTER BACK):
Another song that was originally for BCAS that ended up not working out. The title and the lyrics kinda say it all for this song.
ANY BETTER OFF:
This song was made when my best friend, Justin Liberty, came over one day and just jammed out in my stuffy closet of a room. It was originally for his band, but he scrapped it and said that I could use the lyrics if I wanted to. So, I took the lyrics, changed them up a bit to make them less....depressing (yes, they were way more depressing than they are now), and, viola, here's the song.
HAPPY NEW YEARS:
This is an old song. Really old. The idea of it started off when I first picked up my guitar in middle school and stayed an idea until BCAS came around. It went through a lot of changes and scraps until we decided to just scrap it. I found the drum file that John had made on my computer one day and thought 'What the hell, why not make it a song?' " And so I did and here it is. Mediocre as can be.
released December 21, 2015
Matilda Loughmiller for album art.
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