*If One Of These Bottles Should Happen To Fall* was produced and mixed by Scott Miller of Game Theory and the Loud Family. Some of the basics were tracked in New York, but most of the recording was done in his San Bruno, California living room. He was extremely generous with his time, his insight, and his guidance -- more generous than I deserved. It's been three years since he died. I still can't believe he's gone.
The album's subtitle is *Jersey Songs By Tris McCall*, and the original CD version came with a roll call of Jersey artists I respect and a two-page glossary of all the Garden State references I make in the lyrics. While the tone of the album is lighthearted, a few of the heavier themes that would later obsess me are apparent here: geography as destiny, gentrification, the pathos of the politician, capitalist activity as a glorified gambling addiction, distaste for drugs and alcohol, long looks askance at the big city across the Hudson.
I think it was Donald Fagen who once said that every artist only has one idea. The trick is to obscure that predicament by repackaging that idea in as many ways as possible. This album is probably the sweetest, most palatable version of the Tris McCall pill it's possible for you to swallow. For that, I think I've got Scott Miller to thank -- and the guitarist David Schreiber, who was my principal collaborator during these sessions, and who accompanied me on my trips to the Bay Area to make this record. (Couldn't get him to go to a Giants game, though.)
If you're new, try first: "A Girl With A Gun", "Hung By A Jury Of My Peers", "I Can't Get Up Out Of My Chair"
released December 9, 2015
Some of the musicians who helped make this album:
Drums: Jens Carstensen
Bass guitar: Martin Nienstedt and David Schreiber
Guitar: David Schreiber
Piano: Dan Madinabeitia
Singing: Rachel Fishman and Regan Solmo
Synthesizer, lead vox: Tris McCall