Sadly, I never worked with the band
directly. My roommate at the time, Ryan Hall (see Psychobabble and
Cranium), had made contact with their bass player, Billy Gould,
when they were searching for a new guitar player after their “King
For A Day” record so Ryan got to submit an audition tape.
Billy sent a 4-track cassette tape with rough mixes of drums, bass
and keys on tracks 1 and 2 with tracks 3 and 4 for Ryan to overdub
parts. I borrowed a friend’s 4-track recorder and set up Ryan
in the basement of our house for him to start writing parts and
recording. When he finished, I took the machine and tapes to Studio
C in Granny’s and gave it as good a mix as possible, considering
As I always am with Ryan, I was very excited about what he had come
up with and felt he really had a chance for the gig. Turns out he
made it to the final round, but didn’t get the gig. They loved
what he did, but hired someone who lived in the Bay Area already.