What a great feeling to share this news which has been brewing over the past few weeks. The gist is that my four EPs, Slug Comparison IIa, b, c, and d will be compiled and released on CD later this year with some new material added in. I thought I was going to take a break for the rest of the year–Not so!–I’ve now got studio time booked in August and preparations have begun for the new recordings.
Click here for the official press release, and to see what musical company Rock Company has put Slug Comparison in.
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IIc (these are the rock songs): http://slugcomparison.bandcamp.com/album/iic
IId (these are the fluffy ones): http://slugcomparison.bandcamp.com/album/iid
The reason I’ve split the songs into two EPs is they don’t feel right together, so you’ll have to download them separately–sorry about that—artistic license! If the site gives you trouble, send me your email address and I’ll send you the tracks directly.
If you like the songs, please do me the favour of sharing the links or posting a quick review on bandcamp or wherever. That’s more valuable to me than money.
Huge thanks to all who contributed their talent to the project: Dave and Mike Young, Doug Fury, Scott Young, Jeff Caron, Randall Stoll, Jeremy Tardif, Scott Archibald, Nando Polesol, Tatyana Dobrowolski, Sam Levin, Rob Clark, Jason Froese, Shauna and Bonnie.
And thanks to everyone for giving the songs a listen.
Click here for the new EP.
These songs are dedicated to the memory of Eric Rose—roommate, friend, and creative accomplice. He was around a lot when Fen was getting started. His leg appears on the cover of the first album (2000), right next to the meat creature. He painted a Fen flag to hang up during shows, and his design became the band logo. The song “Dragonflies” (2003) was called “Eric Song” before it was released, because he was drumming when the main riff was born. His maniacal laughter can be heard in the fadeout of “Cockroach Eyelids” (2006); he couldn’t laugh on demand, so with the mic in front of him, he insisted I jab my fingers into his ribs as hard as I could, while he sat in a chair like a person interrogated, in the parking lot storage room where we were recording. In the lyrics of “Summer ‘99” (2016), Eric is remembered as “a friend with head in hand,” which recalls again the photo shoot for that first Fen album: while Sam and I were in his aunt and uncle’s kitchen in Fruitvale, figuring out how to stitch together the animal parts we’d brought from Vancouver, Eric showed up at the end of the driveway with a still-warm chicken head from a neighbour’s farm, this after swearing to us days before that he wanted nothing to do with the project. Now almost six years after his death, Eric is still part of my life and my music, and I don’t think these songs will be the end of his artistic visitations. I miss him all the time.
The Ringmaster is a rare kind of reviewer who puts everything he’s got into the language of his writing. Read his thoughts on Slug Comparison’s latest recording IIa. You can still download it for FREE from Bandcamp. Help yourself, and please share the link with whomever.
It’s called IIa because it’s the second Slug Comparison recording, and because it’s the first of a series of EPs.
Go to bandcamp and download the three-song EP for FREE before I change my mind.
Timeless thanks to Fen guitarist Sam Levin for learning all my parts and writing some fantastic solos. Thanks also to Doug Fury at Fortissimo Sound, Randall Stoll, and Mike Young. It was a privilege working with all of you. Matt McCallum (wherever you are), thanks for those jams ten years ago that led to “Becoming.” And thanks to all friends, family, and faraway strangers who’ve helped keep my inspiration and motivation alive.
Trying to recoup the cost of a recording with sales revenue from that recording has proven to be laughable. Moaning about it is even more laughable, yet it’s surprising hard to quell those pathetic lamentations. The best cure is to apply for grants. I’ve got an application in for Slug Comparison, and Fen‘s got one in as well. In about ten weeks the decision-makers at FACTOR will share their lordly ruling.
It’s time I explained my lack of updates about new music. Back in April, tendinitis started bugging my arms again, so I put the guitar aside. Unfortunately, without it I can’t work on the material I’d intended for the next Slug Comparison album. My plan is to wait as long as it takes for my tendinitis to become manageable again. That could be a while–I can say for sure there won’t be an album in 2016, despite what I’d promised earlier. Right now, all I can say is that I’ll get it done as soon as my body allows. In the meantime, thanks for checking in.