The new Sly Digs album almost never happened. It seemed like the recording gods were against them. After 2008's "Eee Pee," Sly Dig started work on new recordings for an EP trilogy. But they were forced to start from scratch when the producer of the project had all but disappeared with the master recordings in hand. With nothing but raw mixes of only three of the four planned songs, there was no choice but to abandon the project...
But the band knew it wanted to push on and decided to start afresh. Writing completely new songs, it became obvious that the music was going in a different direction--different from those lost recording and from their first album. They were taking risks. A decision was made to go all the way and record a full length album. Two songs from the abandoned EP made it to the new album, “Steak Knives” and “Head Down,” both songs being rearranged dramatically from their original incarnations to match the new direction the band had taken.
Writing and rehearsing at Mike Martt’s Greenhouse Music Studios in Signal Hill, California, the band evolved the sound that would become the genre "Sly Fi." Mike approached Tommy (guitar), Greg (drums), and Josh (bass/vocals) about recording in his studio in the back. After a year of dedicating themselves to recording the new songs, they completed tracking the album "1000 Voices and a One Track Mind." To flesh out the new sound, friends and family were invited in to add some extra flavor on a few of the tracks including Josh’s uncle Mark Lopez and nephew Chase Hettig. While playing a show at the famous DiPiazza’s in Long Beach with Banyan, Tommy connected with renowned trumpet player Willie Waldman who also contributed tracks for “Steak Knives” and “Only For a Time” from a studio in Chicago via the internet. Other notable guest appearances on the record are infamous guitar and amp tech Larry Melero playing lead guitar on “Drunk Dial” and returning from the “Eee Pee” is Carlos Fernandez on keys on “Steak Knives”.
On invitation from Willie Waldman, the band went to Hollywood Way Studios in Burbank, California and met Dave Aron to mix the tracks. Dave listened to the rough mixes the band brought in and booked the project. Always the pro, Dave polished those rough mixes quickly. During mixing sessions on “Got Away,” Hollywood Way regular Harold “Hal” Henkel contributed guitar tracks for the song. The project was then taken to Mark Rinewalt in Dallas, Texas for mastering. Mark, known for his mastery in mastering as well as years of experience in electronic music, carefully created masters to wow the masses.
Completing "1000 Voices and a One Track Mind" was a challenge for the band--but one that it has overcome. And the music is that much better for it.
The Sly Digs
1000 Voices and a One Track Mind
Tommy Horchata – Guitars – Backing Vocals
Greg Zuniga – Drums
Josh Lopez – Bass – Lead Vocals
All music written collectively by The Sly Digs
Lyrics by Josh Lopez
Larry Melero – Lead guitar on “Drunk Dial”
Harold “Hal” Henkel – slide and chicken pickin on “Got Away”
Willie Waldman – trumpet on “Only for a Time” and “Steak Knives”
Chase Hettig – Additional trumpet on “Only for a Time”
Carlos Fernandez – Keys on “Steak Knives”
Mark Lopez – Keys on “Only for a Time”
Scott Wimmer – Drunk dials on “Drunk Dial”
Recorded by Mike Martt at Greenhouse Music Studios Signal Hill, CA
Mixed by Dave Aron at Hollywood Way Studios in Burbank, CA
Mastered by Mark Rinewalt
Produced by The Sly Digs
Album art and layout by Weird Beard 72
Original inlay artwork by Norton Wisdom painted live on stage with The Sly Digs at DiPiazza’s 6/23/2012