The song entitled '(reprise)' was a jam in which I ran out of things to say. I was sitting next to my tapco thump amp and started to chant its name. I then insisted Andrew Nassab, Ray Saucedo, and Tony Alioto to join in. Hence the birth of an hr of multiple takes and the album title. In the end, I decided to stick with the original take to close the album. I love the ending when Tony says 'I think we should record that, I think that's really cool".
While setting up the equipment the morning of my all day recording excursion, I plugged in a utility amp that has been an important cornerstone of my live musical journeys. I intended to run a keyboard through the amp, yet I never got around to including any analog piano in the session. At the end of the night, while turning everything off, I realized this said amp had been on throughout the entirety of the day. No instrument plugged into it, just a dull hiss from the subtle feedback from the other amps and cables. The name of this said amp is Tapco Thump..
Everything's the same / Everybody's thought to change
A piece of their self they've outgrown
Don't mind the weather I've lost you
You've lost me too we don't care, its all fair
Everything's the same / My body's learnt to make
More than enough, more than enough love
Don't mind the weather I've slowed down
To steady ground now I'm ill, its all real
The deep end of a conversation that will end alarming
So settle down and dedicate your face to the open ground
Open ground, open ground, where I'm open
The song 'Pending' was one of the few tracks that was not created in the garage space, it was actually written before the sessions some months back. I released an earlier, more compressed mix of it under the name 'Murder Your Darlings' after a J.J. Murphy novel that I was reading in the summer. When I came into the mixing process, I decided to add it into the bulk of songs, and originally thought it would be the opener. After a few orderings, it found its way to the 5th slot after the only other song that was not recorded in the garage, 'Siamese Man'. I opted to change the name as I felt the title didn't work with the rest of the tracks. I have since partially regretted it, as with many instrumentals, the initial idea for the name is usually the one to stick with. Until I was satisfied with a title, I named it 'Pending' and it just stayed that way.
Most of Tapco was recorded in my brother's garage in Rohnert Park over a 24 hour period. Special thanks to my brother Andrew Nassab and my homies Ray Saucedo, Tony Alioto, and Will Telfer for providing the vibes, the space, and the backing vocals. Most of my albums are essentially personal, sonic diaries, where this one felt more like a communal experience. Many of the recordings have us talking in the background or making comments before and after takes. I actually edited out quite a bit of humorous banter that I originally intended to be in the final cut. This manifestation of 'Tapco Thump' just felt cleaner and got across its ideals in a more concise way.
Tapco Thump, he's my friend, I met him by the fossil lounge on Kendrick.
Tapco Thump, he's my friend, I told him I was under-found and scorned for
days of green..and sickened greed, 'don't bother the culture' he says 'bother me'.