"Chris Buckridge is Brooklyn's best-kept musical secret. Dreamy pop, spikey rock, demented glee...he does it all--often in the same song. Some say he's Frank Black's long-lost kid brother; I say Mr. Black better watch his back."
--Andrew Hultkrans, author, "Forever Changes" (33 1/3 series)
The Ne'er Do Evers began making music together in the summer of 2003. Mostly performing the music of frontman Chris Buckridge, writer of missing songs, the Ne'ers are on the whole a personality party. Each member a member of their own band, and most likely someone eles's, too. Good friends. Gig veterans. Old buddies not afraid to embarrass each other or themselves in the name of the SHOW. Or in this case, to make each other proud in the name of the RECORD.
Idiot Garden is the second Ne'er Do Evers record, the first available on Make Friends Hour (along with Buckridge's "Vessels" EP, still available through CDBaby, iTunes, and most digital retailers). The album was mostly played by Buckridge. "Saved time on practice," he says. He started by going into Brad Craig's Fretman Studios (where "Vessels" was recorded) and recording all the drums, without a backing track. He then put all the drum parts on a cd, played the cd on his portable listening device into his 4 track, and played along and sang live all on one track. Buckridge then went back and did backing vocals and bass on another track, and thus basic tracks were born.
All that was left were some new partners in crime, so Buckridge called in Pascal from Balthrop, Alabama, Kyle Fischer from Rainer Maria, Tavo Carbone from 2/3 Skeleton, Ne'ers alum and frequent collaborator Josh Kaufman,and steady collaborator and constant cohort Mike Quoma. Guitars were played, keyboards pounded, amps killed, They Might Be Giants were covered, and now here we are... presenting IDIOT GARDEN by the Ne'er Do Evers.