FREE: New Slug Comparison EP

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.

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The Process – lyrics

In January I started writing lyrics for 19 new songs. On April 18 I fbooked that I was done the first drafts. For me, first drafts are not very far along in the process of finding the right words, but by then I have an idea of what each song is about. Since then I’ve been revising over and over (cycling alphabetically by title from song to song) until I’m either satisfied or feeling so helpless at fixing the problems that I move on. Today I’m relieved to announce that apart from a few lines that I’ll eventually go back to fix, I’m done the lyrics for what could be the next two (?) Slug Comparison albums.

As evidence of my process, which unfortunately is not a magic beam of inspirational light that enters the top of my head and refracts onto the page in the form of well-crafted song lyrics that happen to match the vocal melodies I’ve long ago committed to, I’m providing a jpg of a song in progress. Each song requires 5-20 of these marked up pages to reach a state of almost-doneness. That’s my process.

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I’d be a jerk if I didn’t include an excerpt of a done-ish song. So here’s one:

 

in the boiling ocean people float up and die

you can hear the blisters going pop in the night

when the planet’s nothing but a morsel of char

see the moon drift in the darkness

kind of lonely, but alright with it

 

armageddon fantasies help me unwind

a little stress won’t matter at the end of time

let the secret service fear I’m hatching plans

yes I dwell on our extinction

but I’m harmless as a kitten most of the time

 

I get along with those around me

at my job they like me well

in the realm of normal conversation

certain thoughts I know not to tell

Observations from Jester Prog Blog

France-based Jester Prog Blog posted a review here. One observation made by reviewer J-Yves is that though many of the songs on the Slug Comparison album are short–around 4 minutes–they go through several transformations which make them seem more developed, like an 8-10 minute song by Haken or Pain of Salvation.

First Review from France

Bad Ass from France’s Rock-Station has written the first French language review of Slug Comparison, and has called Long Live the Night “le chef d’oeuvre de l’album.” In an email to me, he jokingly admitted to have listened to the song upwards of 8000 times already. That’s roughly the same number of times I listened back to the song as I was writing and recording it, so it’s great to know that someone else had been through the same experience. Read the review here.

Melancholy Database Includes Slug Comparison

There is a little known website in The Canary Islands that focuses purely on sad, melancholy or emotional music. These descriptors, according to the website, are “subjective and in our case strict. Unfortunately, for inclusion in InannaNaked.Com it must be emotional or melancholic for us… not for you…THERE IS ALSO EMOTIONAL AND MELANCHOLIC MUSIC WE DON’T LIKE…” Reading that, and the rest of the SELECTIVE CRITERION AND MUSICAL CONCEPT, you can imagine with how much trepidation I submitted Slug Comparison.

Well, this morning, I am pleased to say that Slug Comparison has been included in the database, the music having been deemed sufficiently sad, melancholy or emotional. Further to this, the site describes the album as “a gloomy but rich example of elegant, dark and emotional rock/prog.” Peruse the full review results here. Thanks to Hector for giving it a listen, and for keeping such a unique database going.

Five Stars From Sea of Tranquility

Sea of Tranquility (Music for the New Intellectual) has given Slug Comparison a FIVE STAR album review, calling it “a tremendous piece of work that’s enlightening and dark and dank all at the same time.” The author of the review, Butch Jones, has also written about Fen’s Trails Out Of Gloom and Of Losing Interest. Thanks Butch!