" Beyond the Ruins of my Mind"
consists of 11 songs by Tim Garrigan, who sings, and plays a variety of instruments on the recording: acoustic and electric guitars, bass, organ, and percussion.
The songs were recorded and mixed by Charles Burst in NYC in a total of 8 days between late 2003 and early 2004.
Garrigan benefitted from the help of Burst, at the time, a member of the NYC band The Occassion, who was generous enough to play drums, percussion, and bass on a number of tracks, and recruited several friends, including, Marlon Sporer, also of The Occasion, who played bass on several tracks; and Jim D'amico, who played bass or keys on many of the tracks. Garrigan also recruited Dianna Martin for harmony vocals, Britta Steiner, on violin, at that time, a member of Edison Woods, for several tracks, and Hank Shteamer, of STATS, who played drums on several tracks.
The songs span a range of styles from folk, country-rock, rock-n-roll, modern rock, dirge waltz, to high-energy blues rock – all containing lyrics of strong poetic quality
From the joyful yet yearning country-rock of the first song “Oh, Baby it’s You (Can’t You See)” to the pastoral chord movements of the “personal is political” confessional of “History,” to the urban folk-rock of “Mama and Papa” with its Jerry Garcia-like guitar work, to the wistful waltz of “It All Comes Back to You,” to the reflective, transcendental spirit of the title track “Ruins of my Mind”; … to the bar-rock howl of “Rock-n-Roll Shuffle,” the urgent call for solidarity in “Let’s Get Along,” “Red Balloon”’s playful and hypnotic violin/guitar passages, the minimalistic fast-paced blues sound of “Remember When”; … to “Burning Star”’s haunting ode to dreamers, to “Maybe, I’ll See You Tomorrow”’s quizzical lament on fading love and friendship; … this set of songs and performances explores a rich variety of musical expressions, influences, and moods.
PRESS QUOTES for Tim Garrigan’s solo work
“On Beyond the Ruins of My Mind, local singer-songwriter Tim Garrigan tips his hat to Gram-era Byrds and country-era Dylan, with warm results.”
— Time Out New York (June 2005)
“Thanks to René Saller for hooking me up with this brilliant ex-St. Louisan.” (regarding Beyond the Ruins of My Mind).
— Roy Kasten, contributing editor to No
Depression magazine (March 2005)
“Tim Garrigan’s To Be And Not To Be remains a classic of fractured glory… it is the urban folk for a generation weaned on equal parts punk rock and outlaw literature.”
— St. Louis Riverfront Times (May 2004)
“Garrigan has found hearfelt expression in Dylanesque Americana folk.”
— Village Voice (April 2003)
“I’ve listened to this song (Looking Around the Garden) dozens of times this week. For me, it was like discovering some unheard outtake from Blood on the Tracks: loose, terrifying, and grand.”
— René Saller, Radio KDHX, St. Louis (December 2003)
Before moving to New York City in 2000, Tim Garrigan lived in St. Louis where he was active in the local music scene. He has had musical collaborations in Chicago, and toured the country as a performer several times. An accomplished guitarist, in the early ’90s Garrigan played with the band Dazzling Killmen, whose Steve Albini-recorded In the Face of Collapse album (1994) was dubbed the “number one heavy record of the decade” by one writer at Alternative Press. Garrigan was also one third of the more experimental You Fantastic!, who released numerous albums for Chicago-based Skin Graft Records in the mid to late ’90s. Since then, Garrigan has been focusing primarily on writing, recording, and performing as a solo artist, and has released 2 full-length CDs and several Eps including: To Be and Not to Be (1999), Tim Garrigan (2000), Looking Around the Garden (2003), and Beyond the Ruins of my Mind (2005).