As some of you aware I have a small band(ette) that plays live weekly. We call ourselves The Stragglers.
One of the reasons I’ve been revisiting some old tunes recently is because they are infact versions we cover. We’ve decided to release a CD; songs originating from my past stuff, Shayne’s “Glasspuppets” project and some of the past collabs I did here under the name “Cybase” . The recordings are based on the way we play the various songs live - just polished up in the studio for general consumption. Many have been turned upside down and inside out compared to the original version, tempos have increased on most. In a live context this seemed to work much better and was a welcome contrast I think to other performers we play alongside - sometimes watching consecutive lone singer/songwriters with acoustic guitars can get a little ‘sleepy’ for the audience so we try to wake them up!
We’re going for a slightly grungy, garageband sound - based around acoustic guitar -and Shayne too often plays acoustic bass also. He has a somewhat manical bass style which suits the vibe and I think it will be most evident in these songs:
She Wants It Over
(lyrics by Kevin Evans)
(remember this one Lenny?? )