*Shootout At The Sugar Factory* was recorded and produced by Jay Braun at the old Stanton Street location of Melody Lanes. At the time, I was living in Union City, New Jersey and traveling into Manhattan to make music. The lyrics reflect this: most of the songs are sketches of North Hudson County, and a not-unsympathetic look at the Wall Street commuters who lived alongside the Latin Americans whose center of gravity was our own Bergenline Avenue. Consciously or not, all my neighbors were consumed with politics -- local, national, and international -- and they had strong opinions about the appropriate use of urban space.
Chances are, if you know my music, this is the Tris McCall album you're most familiar with. I had a really good band behind me -- the New Jack Trippers -- and we were playing shows as often as we could. Most of these songs were fitted for that band, and since these musicians were punk rockers from the Brooklyn garage scene, I tried to apply that aggression to the topics that were obsessing me. The *Shootout* was designed to be loud and immediate and easy to play in a basement setting. Because of this ease of animation, these songs have never quite fallen out of the repertoire.
Start here: "The Night Bus", "Dancing To Architecture", "The Man From Nantucket"
released December 11, 2015
Some of the musicians who played on this project:
Drums: Robin Van Maarth
Bass: Sasha Alcott
Guitar: Martin Nienstedt
Electric violin: Karen Meehan
Singing: Rachel Fishman and Regan Solmo
Brass: The Porn Horns
Wurlitzer, synthesizers, lead vox: Tris McCall
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