A community makes no effort to escape it's own demise -- wallowing in self-pity, complacency, and consumerism, whilst worshipping the false idols of reality TV and the rich and powerful. Something begins to change. Voices of the anonymous begin to rise up and question the entire structure of their supposedly free society. This is their story, these are their songs.
Some notes on the making of this album:
These songs were written during the years 2004 through 2009. What was intended to be demos for a film idea have turned into a full-length album. The tracks were recorded from 2004-2011 in three different apartments, two drum rehearsal studios, and two professional studios.
A few words about audio:
Given the wide variety of locations where tracks were recorded, there will be some variation in sound and atmosphere from song to song. In addition, the tracks on this album are mastered for less overall loudness than is typical for albums these days in order to preserve a more live and three-dimensional feel to the music. Please enjoy.
Jason Pharr -- drums on 1, 2, 8, 9, 11 percussion on 1, 7
David Berger -- drums on 3, 5 background vocals on 11
Aaron Thurston -- drums on 4, 7
Pete Smith -- electric guitar on 2, 3, 4, 5 acousic guitar on 4, 5, 6 background vocals on 4
Lee Nadel -- electric bass on 3, 5
Dan Fabricatore -- electric bass on 4
Adam Crystal-- violin on 8
Yair Evnine -- cello on 8
Shelley Rosenberg -- background vocals on 2, 5, 7, 9
Matt Furstoss -- background vocals on 7
Karlie Bruce -- background vocals on 8, 11
Paul Brill -- background vocals on 8, 9
Carolyn Leonhart -- background vocals on 5, 7, 9
Jamie Leonhart -- background vocals on 5, 7, 9
Heather Christian -- background vocals on 5, 7, 9
Queen Esther -- background vocals on 11
Sachal Vasandani -- background vocals on 6
all other instruments and vocals by Matt Ray
Producer -- Matt Ray
Recorded by Matt Ray at various locations in New York City. Additional tracks recorded by Craig Dreyer at Mighty Toad studios, and Robert Smith at A Bloody Good Record.
Mixed by Matt Ray except #4 mixed by Nancy Hess
Mastered by Matt Ray
Artwork and design by Geno Valle
all songs written by Matt Ray (Matt Ray Music/BMI)
©2012 Matt Ray. All Rights Reserved.