In November and December of 2009, Darling Waste met up in a small spot in Pittsburgh, PA to work on some new songs. In January 2010, we took the tracks to New York to work with Jason Lustig. From that session we got the rough versions of “Samsara”, “Those Beautiful Words” and “When The Ball Drops”. In February, I wrote “Hannah Bond”, “Tonight Might Save My Life” and “A Last Retrospect” and demoed them out quickly.We took what we had to England in March 2010 and recorded all six songs at Yellow Fish Studios in March-May while touring the UK. When we got back to the states I wrote the “Angels” songs in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina over a weekend. In August, we went back to England and turned a boat in the English Channel into a makeshift studio. We recorded “Please Lie to Me” as well as most of the vocals and keys for the album right there on the boat. I also redid a 12 minute demo I had called “Shelf Life”, Shortening it to a little over 7 minutes and added percussion. I left England in December for sunny Florida where I wrote “Inhale/Exhale” and rewrote the lyrics to “When the Ball Drops”. In Jan 2011, I decided the album was done and flew back to New York to wrap up vocals with Jason. We put the final touches on it in February and Jason mixed and mastered in March.
All told we spent about seventeen months on the album and recorded it in basements in Rochester,
bedrooms in Pittsburgh, dining rooms in Myrtle Beach, recording studios in England and a boat at sea.
I've never had such an adventure in writing and recording an album.
We really gave this our all and a ton of people worked very hard to get it in your hands.
I hope you enjoy the record.