At some point or another I decided to record an album of music, doing as much of it on my own as I could. This is the result of that decision. All of the music and all of the lyrics I wrote alone in my bedroom. All of the guitar, bass, drums, and keys I played and recorded alone at my childhood home in Livermore, California.
Meredith Snyder, of the band Zilla, lent her voice to nine of these ten songs. I have her to thank for them being as good as they are. We recorded all of these vocal parts at her apartment in Boston with a microphone draped over a coat rack, dangling amongst an assortment of highly fashionable clothing. I expected the resulting sound to be unimpressive, but I no longer believe that any lack of gear could ever keep Meredith's voice from sounding great. She is incredibly talented and wonderfully easy to work with. I will always be grateful for her contribution.
Daniel Gensel, a former band mate of mine from the days of our hip-hop group, Multiple Organisms, completed all of the mixing and mastering at Whiskey Dick Studios in Fremont, California. He not only succeeded in camouflaging my shortcomings as a producer, he is to be credited entirely with pulling this project back from the brink after its numerous brushes with death. Thank you.
My best friend, Justin Remy, with whom I’ve been playing music for a decade, lent his voice to track number seven: “Worse”. His presence gives the song a perfectly different vibe. Thanks, dude.
Another former band mate, Laura Neusel, provided crucial back-up vocals for the first two tracks of the album: “Conversations Underground” and “Falling Leaf”. Her voice was a missing puzzle piece of sorts, and for that I thank her.
My wonderful sister, Jamie Dole Schuster, is responsible for this album's cover art. Thank you, not only for the album art, but for having such positive influence on me since day I was born.
The featured photograph is of me, grumpy as hell, on a long drive to Victoria, British Columbia, as a wee lad.
Special thanks to Deshawn Alexander, Andrew Ellington, Jeremy Gertz, Collin Leeds, Chance Hargrove, and Sara Montero for letting me couch surf in Boston throughout September of 2013 while I recorded vocals with Meredith.
Making this album would have never been possible without the support of my parents, John Schuster and Lisa Wallerstein, and my grandparents, Perry and Jennifer Wallerstein. I love you all.
Time to play music with other human beings again.
1. Naive, simplistic, and superficial.
2. Dry and uninteresting.
released October 16, 2016
Malcolm Schuster - music, lyrics, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, back-up vocals (#2-3, #5-9)
Meredith Snyder - lead vocals (#1-6, #8-10) and backup vocals (#1, #4, #8-10)
Justin Remy - lead vocals (#7) back-up vocals (#1)
Laura Neusel - backup vocals (#1 and #2)
Mixed and mastered by Daniel Gensel at Whiskey Dick Studios in Fremont, California.
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