With aging comes the remembrance of who you were and what you'd like to become. Looking back on this record, amongst others, I've been able to see a subconscious narrative through-out my last 16 years of recording. Lying Through Dinner is a record that embodies, my alcohol and drug fueled state at that time, as well as my sense for discovery, yet trapped within mid twenties pride. At that time, I had about a few hundred dollars to my name and it was my second trip to SXSW; this time I was playing quite a few shows. While arriving on my birthday to Austin, Tx, Danny Malone, a friend of a friend picked me up at ATX, we proceeded to go back to his place, smoke a joint, song trade mid-afternoon, and proceed to party all night at Sidebar before all of the SXSW madness kicked in. SXSW came and went, like the blur it so frequently becomes and my time in Austin wasn't up. I began writing a lot, and Danny offered to produce an EP of mine at his all analog studio with business partner/engineer Matt Smith.
In 2007, I had just played Lollapalooza, CMJ, SXSW and garnered quite a bit of critical praise for it, a lot of it was due to my bandmates at that time. We were a 9 piece band at the core, ranging from singing saws to cello's amongst a full rock line-up. With the band in Chicago - my efforts were to make a minimal EP and originally title it "La da da." After a title change, 6 week recording session with incredible gear, the record was completed with the help of many Austin musicians contributing to it. Almost 8 years later and looking back, I'm most proud of the fact that such am important time of my life was captured; I followed my instinct, left for a new town, created with strangers, and made many life long friends amongst all of it.
So friends, embrace your past, the good, the bad, and dream relentlessly. You never know what an uncertain pursuit of following instinct may bring you.
Lying Through Dinner...