Them Ray Guns" is a side project that became a release. Heather Matarazzo,
star of "Welcome to the Dollhouse", asked us to back her up on
stage for a punk rock performance. Beatniks George and Tom were joined by
guitarist Mike Bifulco to complete the band they called 'Crash Course'.
We had so much fun backing Heather that when she went back to making movies
the core band continued to play together. With the success of our last CD,
"Danger Bongo Crossing", we set out to make the sequel but thought
it would be fun to do something completely different in between. We decided
to do an album with this line up in the tradition of some of the great Rock
Œnš Roll albums of the past. A kind of garage band approach in the classic
guitar, bass, and drum ensemble. We rehearsed a bunch of songs, performed
them once in a club, and recorded them the next day. All the drum tracks
for the body of the album were recorded in one session; most of them in
one take. No click tracks were used. When the minimal over dubs were finished
we set up and recorded "Bad Little Baby", live, in one take and
included it as a bonus track.
What happened next was most remarkable. We called
our engineer friend, John Tabacco, to mix the tracks only to find that
he had just entered into partnership with Bob Ball to form Sound Archeology.
Bob has invented a new way of mastering recordings that widens the sound
stage and adds depth to the recordings. He was able to put back the warmth
and ambient sound lost in today's stark digital masters.
We always knew the 21st Century would bring great new technological advances yet; who would have dreamed it would happen so soon.