The Moneyshot is one of my favorites. It's slightly too long, and some of the vocal-takes are a bit crackly. But It's a beauty, and I'm quite proud of it. And still one I would gladly recommend, despite the major sound flaws and blips and creaks. Russell Murray- December 2011
An 80 minute cd produced, written and performed within 3 months in autumn-winter 2009. Genres included are Hard Rock, Power Ballad, mid-tempo Acid Fusion, Space Rock, High Tempo Drum & Bass, Mexican Psychothrash, Alternative vocal scat, Electro psytrance, Trip-rock.
The record was becoming difficult to piece together, I had too much material and no real direction in terms of overall feel or album art worked out, UNTIL I discovered the Patty Hearst photograph. Such is the importance of that surveillance camera snap, that it molded this album together & almost single-handedly, chose the entire tracklist by itself. It very nearly didn't happen, as I threw the newspaper clipping into the waste paper bin & couldn't remember the name of the woman, in the photograph I had kept.
Bank robbery, Firearms- Bank= MONEY
I averaged 5 tracks per month during the beavering process, and boy did I beaver, I done so much god-damned beavering, I nearly built a dam.
'The Pharaoh's Curse' took about 2 weeks to finally get right. There were 5 vocal tracks to try and mix right and live drum parts amongst the studio drum tracks to level out. The guitar solo at the end was improvised in one of the upstairs rooms at no.52 Polwarth Gardens, whilst (fairly vigorously) twisting my head from side to side. I'm still not sure how I'm able to play like this, whilst doing that. It could be that, all those notes have already been chosen or mapped out in the subconscious mind & that another mind alternating state, from the shaking head, which in-turn, renders an almost out of body sensation. Which then allows me to complete the guitar part, in one take, without error.
The exception being 'You're a Heartbreaker', which needed several re-takes with the 'squawk-phrased' guitar parts, before I was happy with the final outcome. Also the multi-layered rhythm guitar tracks on 'City O' Despair' were very hard to nail down. With the slightest mistake, I was back to the start again. I had no idea how that song would turn out, whilst writing it; as my natural speaking voice did not match the way I'd written the words.