*Let The Night Fall* was assembled like a giant Lego robot from its component parts at Melody Lanes in Brooklyn by Jay Braun, and mixed at Water Music in Hoboken by Jay and James Frazee. It is, for me, an unusually autobiographical album. A few of these songs are candid-sordid tales from my life: "You're Dead After School" is a true story, "The Throwaway" is a real confession of a loss of faith in New Jersey, and "Sugar Nobody Wants" is accurate in spirit if not in letter (at least as far as the local cops know.) Other songs are narrated by characters who aren't me, but who I can identify with: I don't eat fast food or run for political office, but the cranky, defiant narrators in "First World, Third Rate" and "The Ballad Of Frank Vinieri" have my sympathy. All of these stories are set in New Jersey -- except for "Midnight", which is a dark fantasy of New York under siege, and "Let The Night Fall", a Philadelphian fantasy about renewing the contract with the original American revolutionaries.
Since this was a personal set, I felt it was mandatory for me to get contributions from members of the bands I've played with. Musicians from Palomar, Overlord, My Teenage Stride, Cropduster, the Negatones, the Vitamen, Japan Soul, Kapow!, and the Consultants were torn from the comfort and safety of their usual outfits and forced to submit to my mad-scientific experiments. Just kidding; everybody had a great time. I think.
Try these: "First World, Third Rate," "You're Dead After School", "Sugar Nobody Wants".
released December 12, 2015
Some of the many musicians involved in this project were:
Drums: Matt Houser, Nick Heller, Brett Whitmoyer, Josh Fleischmann
Percussion: Jesse Wallace
Bass: Lelan Estes, Justin Braun, Michael Hollitscher, Matt Hyams, Daniel Flannery
Guitar: Jay Braun, Marisha Chinsky, Jed Smith, Jun Takeshta
Singing: Sarah Hallie Richardson, George Pasles, Amy Jacob, Angela Hamilton
Piano, synthesizer, lead vox: Tris McCall
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