With the exception of one track, *I'm Assuming You're All In Bands: Tris McCall In Brooklyn* was recorded live at Grisly Labs in Jersey City and later mixed by Mike Flannery at his house in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The conditions of its production mean that synthesizer mistakes and flat notes abound. What makes it an outlier in this group of albums, though, is its nasty tone. Where *Bottles* is blithe and *Shootout* is focused, *I'm Assuming You're All In Bands* is angry and chaotic, and propelled by a person (me) who could not have been very much fun to be around. If you were there, I'm sorry. If you weren't, this probably isn't the best place to start with Tris McCall.
Yet I really like it, and I don't want to dissuade you from hearing it. Rough as it is, I think it's good historical fiction. The turn-of-the-millennium Williamsburg I'm describing here is now a distant memory, and most of the people I knew who were involved in that scene have moved elsewhere. But even during the freewheeling era, I felt that we were trapped in a realtor's portfolio, and that the squeeze was getting tighter with each gig. I further suspected that many of us were being encouraged to become professional drunks and drug addicts in order to provide the zany local color that the city planners and marketers were counting on. So call this a protest album and forgive its sins -- because when I holler about my love for Brooklyn at the end of "Remember The Nineties", I'm not being facetious. I really do; enough to dedicate a thirteen-track harpsichord-rock meltdown to it.
Try these: "An Ass Of U And Me," "Nobody Wants Your Shit," "An American Tourist In Brooklyn"
released December 10, 2015
Some of the musicians involved in the project:
Drums: Robin Van Maarth
Bass: Sasha Alcott
Electric violin: Karen Meehan
Organ: Marisol Fuentes
Singing: Regan Solmo and Rachel Fishman
Harpsichord, synthesizer, and lead vocals: Tris McCall