We've known Mike Troubleman for a while,
and when he found out we'd started a band he was very supportive
from the start. He had us play his night AEROSAL BURNS at Boogaloo
a couple times in the early days of Battletorn. In the summer,
when we were playing the Vice Party "Downtown for Democracy"
thing, he and Dennis were there, and right after our set they
asked us if we'd want to do a single on their new vanity label,
Mega Blade. I think Mike's exact words were "Yeah, like a
2 song thing that's like 2 minutes long- sort of like the DWARVES
"She's Dead" 45 on Sub Pop. It sounded like a good idea,
so we said yeah- of course!
We ended up recording the two songs for
it ourselves, well, William did it on his 4-track tape machine
in our rehearsal space in the Music Building on 8th Ave. It was
laid down in few hours, with I think two takes of the guitar/drums
tracks, and Beverly did her vocals in one shot. We tried to have
a couple people master it, but weren't happy with the way anything
came out- so we just took it to the vinyl mastering place and
had them master it straight from the mix we had done ourselves.
The place that mastered it was Frankford Wayne, they're awesome
and this guy Duncan did a great job. It's raw and true, like we
The cover was done by my friend Juan Fierro,
who I've known for about 20 years... we met in elementary school
and bonded over the fact we liked KISS and both wore KISS iron-on
shirts to school. I went down to Viriginia for his brother's wedding
in October, and he pulled out a KISS tourbook to show me from
when we saw them together in the 80's. Out of it fell the drawing
that became the front cover of our single, he had done it back
in like '89 or something. It's incredible, and we felt itwas a
perfect match for what we'd done musically.
Lino did the killer etching for the b-side,
went with me into Frankford Wayne and etched the laquer on the
spot. Unfortunately, the pressing plant put labels on the b-side,
so the etching didn't show up that well where the label is....
but they said they couldn't press it without a label so we had
to do it.
As far as the two tunes on the single,
well here's stories behind those too. "Villians" is
the only song so far that Beverly and I shared any writing ideas
with each other about. What happened is that one day last spring
I was talking to Lino (who is one of my best friends) about problems
with a lady... and he was like "Man, fuck that bro!!! That
shit sounds weak, and I gotta tell you man, get yourself out of
that situation. No love for villians." And I said to him,
"wow.. that rules, what a saying- can I use that for something?
It sounds great!!" He said sure, so I called Beverly immediately
and told her the story and quote.
The next week at practice we wrote that
song, she had come up with lyrics for it. It's pretty much about
exactly what he and I were discussing... sick and unhappy people
who infect others and spread their disease... and how it's not
worth fighting for. Just have to cut it loose. Funny thing is,
Lino ended up calling his new band VILLIANS too (and they're sick
by the way!), which is a cool twist!! The lyrics to this song
are great, hopefully they may surface on a lyric sheet sometime.
"Reversed"... well that song
is about images...vulnerability... pictures and such. Beverly
wrote the lyrics and it wasn't until recently that after a year
of being a band that I actually saw the lyrics to most of our
songs! It's a more midpaced rocker, definitely influenced by the
UK metalcore bands of the 80's. I was listening to ENGLISH DOGS
non-stop for a while when this one was written.
"No use for villians, this time means