Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, National Convention’s brainchild and songsmith Eric Poulin set out to make a record that would paint a more upbeat portrait of the oft downtrodden indie rock scene of Massachusetts. He called upon a cast of many of the area’s premiere talents to graciously lift these songs from a simple acoustic foundation to the massive, horn and piano laden pieces that you hear here. At times, National Convention will recall the lost AM radio crackle of giant 70’s fare such as King and Goffin and The Carpenters. At other times it will blast the rock polishings of 70’s giants Steely Dan. Lyrically, Eric spins a web of half fiction, half non-fiction through various characters that help relieve demons and also help the listener yearn for a lost and sweeter youth, all set within the backdrop of a wonderfully small New England setting. Recorded for well over a year in the basement of Cranberry Fields Studios in Easthampton, MA the full sound that was originally in Eric’s head when he set out with a pen and paper and six strings has been fully realized in this short and strikingly lush record.
All songs written by Eric Poulin.
Recorded by Eddie Downey at Cranberry Fields Studios.
Jose Ayerve (Spouse)
Mark Schwaber (eponymous, Spouse)
Matthew Hebert (Haunt, Ware River Club)
Matt Cullen (Haunt, Ware River Club, The Sighs)
J Johnson (National Carpet)
Anne Pinkerton (Nuclear Waste Management Club, Mark Schwaber)
Ken Maiuri (Spouse, Mark Schwaber, Young at Heart Chorus)
Eddie Downy (Storm the Ohio)
Jim Elliott (Red Door Exchange, Storm the Ohio, Harper)
Lori Shine (Verse Press)
Michael Wyzik (Red Door Exchange)
Stefan Cressotti (Talmo)
The Wondermints, Baby Lemonade, Lambchop, Apples In Stereo, Belle and Sebastian, The Polyphonic Spree