Goodbye July is the (almost) solo project of Paul Rijnders of Anything Box, an American Synthpop group that has toured all over the U.S. and have gone to South America four times in the last two years for shows. Along the way, they've sold records on Epic/Sony and their own indie labels, Orangewerks and Endpop. Penthouse Magazine featured Anything Box in a six page article and called them "The Beatles of the 21st Century". He is joined by his friend Cheryl Amalfitano (formerly Kunkel) on backing vocals.
After Paul recorded the first Goodbye July album (Basura Blanca-available here, too) in 2004, he put down the synths and recorded a punk album under the name The Lamented (only available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and Napster) in his home studio. He added three traditional musicians to take the outfit live and they had several shows in Los Angeles including the Viper Room and House of Blues in Orange County. Sadly, his bandmates in the Lamented faced a host of problems including feuding, jail stints, and drug addictions. Paul was not immune to the turmoil – his mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer just when the outfit was beginning to shine.
After the unravelling of his punk band and the loss of his mother, Paul slipped into a very dark spell. His only solaces were his faithful synth roots and even more faithful bandmate, Chery, who was now married and pushing him to sing his way out. Paul attacked the abyss and emerged six months later with fully produced songs, many of which were chronicled as online demos on social networks. A few tracks were also culled and reproduced from the long abandoned "second" Goodbye July would-be album "i after e". The bonus track (How Could You Not Be My Friend?) was only re-mastered and added at the urging of Anything Box and Goodbye July fans.
This all cardboard ecopak is designed to mimic the look of old vinyl record sleeves. The artwork is provided by Baltimore artists S. Philip G. (SPGville.com) and makes this piece truly worth having. The album is meant to be listened to as a whole with most songs fading into each other or connected by sound effects. Paul considers this his best work to date. Only you can tell.