Everything Changes is the long-awaited third album from Mesa, Arizona’s AUDRA. Recorded over 10 days during the summer of 2008, Everything Changes features 10 killer tracks produced by Grammy-nominee, Robb Vallier, and guest backing vocals from Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms.
Based out of Mesa, Arizona, Audra is Bret Helm (vocals, bass), Bart Helm (guitar, piano) and J. DeWolfe (drums, percussion). Audra broke out onto the national scene in 2000 when they signed with indie label, Projekt Records. After two well-received albums and well-over 300 live performances, the band decided to leave Projekt and go back to the ‘do-it-yourself’ approach that started their career in the mid-90s.
Everything Changes is Audra’s first release in 7 years and was recorded in Tempe, AZ at Uranus Recording (owned by Robin Wilson, lead singer of Tempe’s Gin Blossoms), and produced by Robb Vallier (Dave Stewart, Paul McCartney, Wailing Souls, Peter Murphy, R. Kelly).
Much like other ‘family’ bands such as Oasis, The Black Crowes and Jesus & Mary Chain, Audra is fueled by the unique chemistry that is generated from brothers Bret and Bart Helm.
Other points of interest:
• The band gained the attention of Davey Havok, lead singer of AFI, who chose Audra’s 2002 album Going To The Theatre as one of his top 10 CDs of the year.
• The next year, AP Magazine selected Audra as one of the top ten bands on the scene.
• 11 songs from their first two albums were featured throughout three seasons of MTV’s The Real World and several independent films.
• In 2008, their first music video premiered for the track Cabaret Fortune Teller.
Another interesting side note is that the recording costs of Everything Changes were partially-funded by fan donations from across the globe. The names of all contributors are printed inside the CD booklet.
CD comes in a beautiful, glossy digipak with a 16-page booklet, including lyrics to all 10 songs.