TRACK   1    DIE A HAPPY MAN
TRACK   2    YOUR MOMMA' DONT LIKE ME
TRACK   3    WHEN SHE RUNS AWAY
TRACK   4    WICKED WAY
TRACK   5    BACK AT THE START
TRACK   6    COME MIDNIGHT
TRACK   7    DOWN AND OUT
TRACK   8    DIGGIN' A HOLE
TRACK   9    RESTLESS SOUL
TRACK 10    EVEN IF I FAIL
TRACK 11    TIPPED OVER MY JUG
TRACK 12    NOTE TO THE BARTENDER






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Its actually a concept album...
Our debut self titled album is actually a linear story from start to finish. A connective plot thread holds each song together, telling the story of a man who's bad luck finds him eventually executing a bank robbery and on the run from the law.

Song one, "Die A Happy Man" begins the story with our unlikely hero pining for the love of a woman whom he feels will make his life complete. After a rocky romance he asks her to stand by his side, but eventually she "Runs Away" and he is left analyzing what went wrong. Plagued by insomnia and his own heartache the man eventually decides he's had enough when he loses his job due to bad luck and car trouble, and he makes the choice to rob a bank. Once he does he quickly realizes it doesn't help his heartache but instead only causes him more trouble and pain. His "Restless Soul" eventually decides "Even If I Fail" I shall take a risk and start over to find happiness in Mexico. After one last failed attempt to drink away his heartache in "Tipped Over My Jug", he finally makes a run for Mexico, but not before unexpectedly needing some help to make his final escape as described in the last song on the album called "Note To The Bartender".

The album has a guest artist!
Mark T Johnson performs the keyboard riff on "Come Midnight". He wrote and recorded his piece after the recording was completed.



We recorded our self-titled album with vintage old school analog gear, live in the same room, and on 1/2" reel to reel tape. We chose this method in an attempt to recreate the feeling and sound of all our favorite classic rock records we each grew up on.

The rock records that came out in the 70s had an amazing sound. Thick, creamy, amazing bass, and an unparalleled drum sound. When things began to go digital, rock & roll lost a lot of that crucial sound.

While digital is forgiving, analog is not. You have to keep recording until you get the best take. No tricks in editing will save you, because analog reel to reel is 100% honest. You don't get 2 hours to nail a solo. You have to nail it live, and that challenge appealed to us. We found an amazing and talented recording engineer Mark T. Johnson of Bluejay Productions who was able to find the vintage gear we needed and who had the right ear for what we were trying to re-create. The music was recorded in three days under the guidance of Mark and the advice of local musician and legend Sandy Ficca of Firefall fame. The album was recorded in winter of 2012 and was released early the following year.


The First Album/Studio Experience Blog Post:
Friday December 7th 2012 we entered the Use Your Gift Foundation's "Flabby Road" studio to record our full length album. The specially constructed studio is owned and operated by Sandy Ficca of Firefall and we cannot even begin to tell you how truly amazing this room sounds.. We chose Mark T Johnson of Blue Jay Productions to be our engineer. This was based on Matty's past experiences working with Mark on his solo albums as well as Mark's knowledge of reel to reel recording. He is also a good solid genuine dude - which we highly appreciate.

Friday was our day to setup, play with mic placement, drum mics and guitar tones. We ended up using the entire day developing a mighty sound! We left completely exhausted but ready to rock the recording sessions scheduled for the following day.

We arrived early on Saturday, so we took a little drive to um..clear our heads..and then returned ready to lay down the grooves on reel to reel on 1/4 tape. This is the way rock and roll was done in the 70's. We recorded everything live, as opposed to tracking each instrument separately. This is daring, because you have to play the songs perfect. One little slip up can ruin a great take. With reel to reel you simply cannot hide. Your true playing ability is shown for better or worse.

After imbibing a fair amount of whiskey, we conquered our nerves and set out to track as much as we could in a single day. At 9pm on Saturday we left the studio with 7 tracks finished. This was far beyond what we had hoped for. We had originally booked three solid days to record. We were ahead of the game.

Exhausted but still energized by the music we came back early Sunday and by 4pm had tracked the remaining 5 songs. Our recording engineer tells us we were the fastest band he has worked with as far as how quickly we were able to properly play the songs and get good takes.

We decided to take another celebratory drive (after a four way fist bump between us and Mark our engineer) and  passed around the remainder of our bottle of bourbon and sat down for a full listen through the entire album. When we listened we consistently found ourselves getting goosebumps. We can only describe this as if we were hearing better musician than ourselves playing our songs. It was truly surreal to now hear these songs immortalized in this way.

The analog sound is perfect. Our record will truly sound as if it came from the 70's - huge and creamy. The results are far beyond our highest hopes. It's still sinking in but our recording experience was a dream come true. We are so lucky to have the talent we do in Mark as an engineer.

What we left the studio with was an experience that we feel will permanently change our band. For the first time we truly heard what our audience hears. This gives us more confidence in our abilities, and more so in our band as a unit. We were amazed at how cohesively we played these tunes, tracking many of them within 2-3 takes. We each were able to hear abilities in each other that we normally cannot while all three of us are focused on our own instrument.

We feel that this experience will re-energize our shows and our drive to continue living this dream. This record means more to us than any other work we have each been a part of. We firmly believe that this is our best work as musicians, and we are humbled and grateful for the experience and the ability to live this dream. Long live the Goodtimes!


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