In November of 2014 Woody Goss (Vulfpeck, Honey) came to LA to help me record a group of songs that I had been writting over the past several years. We teamed up with David Celia (F-Spot Records, Beat Mosaic) to record the tunes at his small apartment based studio just up the road from my place.
Over a weekend we recorded twelve tracks. Ten of which, after a half a year of mixing and additional production, have become the album, Locus of Control.
Locus of Control is the first Lou Breed album created as a document of a fully live band. Bass, drums, guitar and lead vocals for each song were recorded together live to an 8-track tape machine. We decided to take this route to achieve the raw energy that was captured by bands that we have admired who have created songs with great emotion, humanity and that have tapped into that secret and mystical currents of rock and/or roll that has coursed through all living things since time immemorial.
A few inspirations in no specific order: John Prine, The Baptist Generals, George Harrison, Howling Wolf, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Cate Le Bon, Cass McCombs, Captain Beefheart, The Velvet Underground (duh) and so many more.
We had a lot of help from friends who sang backup on the album (Kristen Cook, Eric and Erica, Christine Hucal) who played Trumpet (Greg Zilboorg) and who let us borrow their guitars and amps and harmoniums. It felt like a community project.
The songs, though written as singular objects, taken together cohere in a way I am still figuring out how to talk about. Love, loss, anger, nostalgia and acceptance of reality are all themes that seem to repeat throughout the album, but really, it's just rock music, I'm not trying to think too hard about it.
released January 8, 2016
Jeremy Daly (writing, vocals, guitar, mixing, various)
David Celia (drums, guitar, mixing, engineering, various)
Woody Goss (Bass, Keys, Guitar)
Greg Zilborg (Trumpet, 4)
Kristen Cook (bg vocals 1,2,5)
Erica Fink (bg vocals 5, 10)
Eric Kuhn, Christine Hucal (bg vocals 10)
Recorded at F-Spot
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
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