This record took a long time to make. Producing in collaboration with Leff Lefferts (www.lazlo.com) who had been an engineer on quite a few major releases (Satriani, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica, and more), Eli spent the better part of 7 years making the record you're about to hear. Why did it take so long? Between being a new father and working in the coverband Notorious (where he had an opportunity to back up George Clinton, Vince Neil, Dee Snider, Corey Glover, The Sugar Hill Gang and more) kept him busy.
This record was one of the last to have basics recorded at the famed Record Plant in Sausalito. Drums were played masterfully by Jeremy Colson (Steve Vai, Billy Idol) and the bass was beautifully laid down by Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake, Lyrics Born).
The idea behind this record was to make a short one. Eli realized that all the records he loved (the ones made on vinyl) were only about 40 minutes long. That seemed to be the right length to listen to. So he set out to make a short inspired rock instrumental record with no filler.
The musical ideas behind this record was to focus on melody rather than shredding. Too many instrumental records are a showcase for techniques developed in the woodshed. These are songs, not backing tracks for 128th notes. It's as if the vocalist couldn't make it to the recording session, and the guitarist played the melodies.
Eli says" Music should make you feel something, have some kind of reaction. Whether it is joy, happiness, disgust, or whatever. I hope this album will bring you something."
Eli's 5 year old son Django says "Papa, this song wants to make me do Kung Fu!" A pretty stunning endorsement. You figure out which song.