Until We are Missing
You know that tendency to scribble mental notes about people at the corner or a couple in the back booth, 2 am diner? Songwriter Kenny Childers does just that. As Gentleman Caller he manifests morsels of human nature, those spider-web corners, into songs exploring the obsessive qualities of gutted and love-bitten emotions. With an evolving cast of musicians, Childers builds stunning story-line tension of whodunit and whodid with arrangements echoing the chamber qualities of Galaxie 500, Big Star’s complex build, and the aching truth of contemporaries Okkervil River or Rilo Kiley.
Until We are Missing is Gentleman Caller's second album, the one begging for further exploration and scrutiny. Each song is layered in unforeseen meanings (all the birds mentioned are buzzards) and characters fighting, dying and already dead – Leonard Cohen would surely approve. "Summer Dresses" is where you realize what a love has meant to you only as the car door closes and the tail lights disappear. Childers shape-shifts from song to song, mourning and assessing with the ménage of guitar, drums, organ, piano, and percussion. Each story is crafted in shades of beautiful pop – chiming guitar lines and interweaving harmonies – with minor, ramshackle edges. “Mascara Lines” is sung from 6-feet under by the murdered lover to his villainous killer. "Well you reached but not for me. Bang bang bang!!" "Shut that thing off ¬ – it's your smile that I can't take." And you know, that thing could be the life-support machine ¬– he sees her smile and realizes she's not going to miss him. And then there is the dead honeymoon couple in "Time to Get Carried Away" who are caught in the nether world. Childers is their medium.
During the past two decades Childers has been a member of Mysteries of Life, Velo-Deluxe and currently Brando, three of Indiana's most significant lyrical and soma-like gushing groups. Gentleman Caller was formed in 1999 with multi-instrumentalist Derek Richey (Brando), who lends his guitar, keyboards and drums here and the debut Ice Water was relesaed a year later. The rest of Until We Are Missing’s musical cast, as directed by Childers, is Chris Kupersmith (Uvula, Fabric), Freda Love (Blake Babies, Some Girls, Mysteries of Life), Jim Robertson (Brown Betty) and contributors Richard Edwards (Margot and the Nuclear So & So's) and Dale Lawrence (Gizmos, The Vulgar Boatmen, Mysteries of Life).
Affirmation Records is Paul Mahern’s resurrected imprint which has issued The Master Tapes, 1983’s notorious Midwest hardcore comp, and recent recordings from John Wilkes Booze (Kill Rock Stars), Courtney Kaiser and Those Young Lions.