we have been recording together since this date, initially using a 4 track, a few really cheap microphones, our delay, distortion, and phaser pedals, and, of course, our voices, doing whatever we could to sound okay given our limited resources.
though we were always mainly interested in recording, we made it a three piece for a while (under the name hot cocoa).
hot cocoa played a few times in alabama, and recorded a demo tape using our 8 track.
needless to say, hot cocoa disbanded due to a conflict of musical interests.
the songs on friends of sound rock-ola were recorded late august through september 1999 in 16 track ADAT format.
we are currently in the process of recording for our next cd--we've greatly improved our chances of sounding good by investing in a yamaha AW4416.
as mentioned, our primary focus in on writing and recording.
however, friends of sound has played live, using our rhythm king as the basis of the entire show, which plays the entirety of the show.
it is our goal to develop a show which is unique and memorable without attempting to reproduce the sounds heard on the record.
we refer to ourselves as indie pop, but it is still difficult to determine who will like us.
our influences are luna, galaxie 500, yo la tengo, the magnetic fields, and the velvet underground, so we assume that we would be best received by those who share this mucical taste.
we have adopted simplicity as our general rule of composition. it is rare when a song of ours has more than three chords.
we test the quality of our songs by determining which ones would be great songs with nothing more than a guitar or piano as accompaniment.
we select lyrics with rich subtexts, and we avoid hot licks, modulation, finger tapping, drum solos, and ballads at all costs.
if we were to have a slogan for the record, it would be something like,"hear these songs? don't they seem simple?"
2. Chocolate Cake
3. Dallas Palace
5. Billie Holiday
6. Don't Tell Me
7. Dressed For Tea
8. 4:42 A.m.
9. Think It Over
10. Stay Here
11. T.v. Shows
12. 4 + 4
14. N.s. Xavier
16. So Mean