Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The Mooninites - Let's Melt Snow and Rebuild New York City (2003)
The Mooninites, yes The Mooninites. Ah the follies of youth, naming one's band after silly cartoon characters from a silly cartoon show for stoners. You can really only do that with credibility before you are of drinking age, which is okay because when this track was recorded on the day after thanksgiving 2003 the members were 19 (Travis and I) and 18 (Zach), so I hope you will forgive our frivolities.
Anyhow, this track was recorded on that day because, since we all attended separate colleges, it was the only day we would all be in Fayetteville to record. We had already recorded our (as yet unposted) first record over the previous summer and planed to record our second album that Christmas. This track was a sort of preview/single or something and now, six years later I think it is one of the best things I've ever worked on.
Back then we were fully trying to sound something like a post-rock, experimental, Yes meets Neu! supergroup. The songs were neither collectively improvised nor pre-composed and each part was recorded separately on one of those old Boss digital eight-track recorders(I think it was this one). I mixed it that day and burned it to CD and what you hear now is exactly as it has always been.
Note the three distinct movements, we were really psyched about that.
Note all of the additional and perfunctory post-rock "knob twiddling" that we all thought was so avant garde at the time.
Note how sloppy my drumming is in the first part (we never used a metronome and drums were always recorded first) and yet Travis still plays his bass to it perfectly.
As far as what everybody played and/or what exactly all of the sounds are, I can't exactly tell you that but as best as I remember:
Zach Smola: plays most, if not all of the guitars and probably the wammy-pedal stuff and some of the percussion.
Travis Knowles: plays bass, probably some kind of keyboard and delay pedal or something as well as percussion.
Ben Collins: plays drums, sounds like theremin, probably some other kind of pedals
Produced by: The Mooninites
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Post Script: the photo is from the only Mooninites live show to ever occur, at WUOG is Athens Georgia. There is a recording, but I will need to clean it up a bit before I can post it, someday I swear.