(original linear notes from 2008, addressing the studio fire that consumed all of our equipment and the master tracks to what would have been this album)
This is the surviving material of all that we worked on throughout 2007. The rest was lost and is now forgotten. The music here captures a moment in time during the summer/fall of 2007. Since the time of these recordings the dynamic of our band has changed drastically. We have: had a lineup change, been reinvigorated, lost our equipment and our practice/recording studio in a fire, had a two month involuntary sabbatical, adjusted to a new space, worked OT to replaced some of our equipment, wrote a sets worth of new material and etched out our new sound and approach to our music. You can hear this new dynamic and new material in our current live shows. You will only be able to hear our new songs at our live shows until we successfully seize the means of music production once again.
Send all hate mail to: Death Squad
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Washington DC 911666
We would like to thank: The entire Magic Twig Community. Your impromptu benefit raised twice as much as WROV’s did, even as they advertised constantly on their airwaves and website. This is just another example of the disconnect that ClearChannel creates. It always comes off as distant even in a small city like Roanoke, or even when someone inside the machine (JD) has good intentions. Your Magic Twig has grass roots and people respond to sincerity and innovation over vast amounts of capital and the repetition of banal music every time. Okay, well not everyone, but those people are sitting in the wrong tree and they would swallow whatever nonsense is forced into their heads.
That being said, thank you JD for your good intentions and the money that you helped to raise. It has helped us to get back on our feet.
Thank you to Shawn and James for reaching out when you found a comfortable place for all of us to share so we could retain our little community. Also thank you for the use of your equipment Shawn, as we rebuild. You have been generous and you are a good friend.
Thank you to The Bastards of Fate for being friends, good studio companions and for pushing the envelope.
Thank you to ----‘s Not Here, you know who you are and what you did!
Thank you to Peter from Sun King for giving me your guitar! I hope you understand the magnitude of your actions. If it were up to me I would grant you safe passage in the next life no matter what you do from here on out.
Thank you to Charles Cullen for your drum set, Smith for the bass, Jason Martin for your contribution, The Bishop for stuff, Todd Cooper at Flat 5 for drum hardware and thank you Tad Dickens at The Roanoke Times.
Thank you to Bob Capper for your mad lock picking skills, your interest and your support.
Thank you to Elise for being my grammer coach throughout these exhausting liner notes, you are my muse and I love you.
We would all like to thank our families and close friends, although all of those individual thanks have already been extended personally.
To anyone I have left out please do remember that I am often frazzled and forgetful, but we thank you too.
So we lost some of what was planned for this album in the fire. I was simultaneously recording a side project to be titled; 'Mustapha Monde & The Controllers' This is a reference to 'Brave New World.' My project was to be mostly noise and soundscapes with samples built around the one structured instrumental song 'Destroyer of Worlds.' The song features samples from Robert Oppenheimer after witnessing the first nuclear explosion. “We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”
Tracks 3, 5, 8 & 9 were taken from that album to produce this one.
We had just started out recording songs individually when we accidentally became a band.
released April 4, 2008
*All songs were recorded by The Situationist at Black Hole Studios, Roanoke, VA 2007. Except for tracks 3, 8 & 9 which were recorded in “The Box”
*Todd Lee played lead guitar on 1,2,4,7, bass on 4 & noises on 5, 6 & 7.
*Jason Wells played bass on 2, 3 & 5 and accents on 1.
*Jordan Rivers played the saw on 9.
Artwork and layout by Lucid Press
Artistic input and CD assembly was done by the band. All packaging was handcrafted by slave labor in the good old U.S.A.
All Music Copyright 2008 The Situationist
*However we do encourage bootlegging, sharing, trading, distributing, turning others on, stealing, creative sampling (and giving props), borrowing, giving back and supporting your local low budget independent underground music.
Music, It’s a habit worth supporting.
*Although harmful if swallowed!Geoff Conley: vocals, guitar, electric jellyfish, samples
Doug Shelor: guitar, bass, keys, drums on 'Destroyer of Worlds'
Paul Thompson: drums
Gene Senter: bass, guitar
Todd Lee: guitar