From Rob Shipley:
I write everything in essay form, so please stick around ; )
The Album "Think, Feel, Live" has been almost five years in the making. In fact, its been over 20,000 miles, a couple of guitars, a few broken hearts, about a million pounds of graphite and ink, and a small group of friends in the making. So be able to say I'm "thrilled" to be able to share this with you is an understatement.
I started writing in December of 2006 on my first deployment to Baghdad, Iraq. I began writing music to old letters I wrote in high school. When I got home from Iraq I instantly set out trying to find just the right people for the band. I stumbled, shortly after, into a powerhouse of weirdo musicians just like me. We found common ground in the Alllman Brothers and anything before their time. We just wanted to play fantastic music. Unfortunately, I had to answer America's call again and I deployed, yet again, to Tikrit Iraq. I came home in July, and we began recording the album in December of 2010.
I know you will find at least one song you can relate to. Isn't that the reason you came here? Not to be pigeon holed into one genre of music, we wanted to break out and even celebrate our eclectic tastes for all sorts and styles of music. Your ears will find soul, R and B, Pop, Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin, and just about everything else in the tonal palette showcased in "Think, Feel, Live". I called on some friends to help me broaden that eclecticism even further.
I enlisted in "Rear View Mirror" one of my idols of guitar playing, JB Tenney. He plays an awesome Allman Brothers' style Slide Guitar solo in the song, and I was absolutely thrilled to have him in the studio to help us. He has a CD "Far From Home" out, and I strongly encourage you to check him out. Throughout the whole album you will find cameos from my friend Colin Wood, whose passive, out-of-the-box, and complex performance of the saxophone have taken him around the world. And finally, I showcased Donatus "Tryumph" Okeke to infuse a rap into our r and b driven tune "Slow Down."
You will also find that the application of the instrumentation is very well executed in the album. We aren't going to gloat about how well we play our instruments, (in fact we are all very harsh critics of ourselves) but we are very proud to present you with this album. We have worked very hard to produce what we feel is a superior product. I have to sing the praises of my fellow band mates.
Chris Cottrill is the bands Drummer and Co-founder. You will find a style in his playing that resembles his musical idol, Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band. Cottrills style is front and center throughout the whole album....
Rob Palmay is one of the weirdest people I have ever met..of course thats why we humbly asked him to join RSB. When he plays his bass guitar, you cant help but take notice. Jaco Pastorius is his musical Idol. You can find Rob's solo in the first song "More Than Friends (Less than Lovers)"
Finally, my friend Devin Coleman shines the brightest in this album. As a guitar player, he is a crazy, scatterbrained, unorganized soloist....and he captures that style perfectly in "What About Me", Slow Down, and "Empty Accusations." But I love about his work on the album is how he pulled back on my favorite solo on "Let's Be Together." He also doubled as the organ player on "Think, Feel,Live", drawing from his Allman Brothers Inspiration to really beef up the album. His double-threat brings so much to the table and I'm proud to have him with me. I'm proud of all the guys in the band.
About me? I just shrill and screech on the album....hooooowwwwllll
On behalf of the band, I just want to thank you for reading and being a part of the beginning of our journey. We hope "Think, Feel, Live" resonates well with you, and please look for more to come!
Be good to one another,