It's loud, noisy, lo-fi, rambunctious, youthful, angst filled, frustrated, far-from perfect, and over two years old.
For myself, this material predates my earliest official release (an instrumental album called "A Birthday Present For Rachel) by around six months, occurring around a year after my work with Boxy Moron and The Othership while predating my work with Charles Ramsey.
All of these instrumental tracks were initially intended to feature the vocals of a local emcee. Many of the tracks also featured vocal samples ripped from the documentary "Scratch", as I found it highly inspirational at the time. The record's introductory track "6" features a quote from Billy Jam taken from the aforementioned film.
Again, these tracks are (as far as Matt and I are concerned) old as dirt and, moreover, not at all indicative of our current musical direction. While analog modeling synthesizers, raw, snarling bass, granular delays, and loud lo-fi production techniques will always hold a dear place in our hearts, we don't do this anymore; don't expect us to. For well over a year we were convinced none of these tracks would ever even be heard by anyone.
*The remastering took place on September 21st (tracks 5, 13, 15, 18, 22, 23), September 23rd (tracks 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 14, 19, 20) and September 24th (tracks 6, 8, 21).
released September 25, 2012
The Ticket is James Matthew Diffendal on electric bass and occasional guitars and Grant Wescoat Livesay on drum machines, synths, guitars, occasional vocals, and Ableton Live, unless otherwise indicated.
The cover photograph was conceptualized, taken, and edited by James Matthew Diffendal, and features some of the hardware utilized in the recording of the album (specifically the bass and SM57, which were used on every single track with bass, and the drum machine, which was used on every single track).
The album was mixed and mastered by Grant Livesay.
polo road swag. is, at its core, a tight knit family of currently north carolina artists of all forms and fashions, shapes,
sizes, sentiments, and sexes. the group derives its name from a nearby street in winston salem, across from wake forest university....more
Splash and from the wine glass are semi-transparent prints; labyrinths with no distinction in direction, and the chosen corridor was yours.
Track Name: 14
Sex with you that night and thank god no xanax bars, marijauna or mushrooms were involved...
No cheap blue vodka in your mother's martini glasses or cigarette grunge to match your greying pupils and elaborate eyeliner...
When your virgin body was not yet tainted by a martinet mother who kept saying to some Budweiser doctor, "Up her dose... up her dose."