At This Very Moment:

300 copies of Lindby’s next album, Erikson, are being duplicated/pressed and will arrive in less than one week’s time!

Six Years Ago (Senior Year of High School):

We find my good friend Matthew and myself in AP (Advanced Placement) Psychology: loving the class for its GPA-enhancing multiplier (our high school graded on a scale of 120 instead of 100, and AP class grades were multiplied by 1.2 while “normal” classes were only multiplied by 1.0) and loathing it for its numerous projects.

Both suffering from “senior-itis,” we resorted to our standby project plan: make a video instead of following the normal project guidelines. Earlier in the year, in AP Government, we made a 20 minute short film about an act of legislation that would replace the country’s current military with pirates.

While the video only contained about 20% of actual legislation and other government-related content, the other 80% of fluff and pirated-related action was entertaining enough to score us both an A and have it shown to every other government class for the next few years.

Back in psychology, our teacher wasn’t too fond of this video-in-place-of-a-paper idea. Fortunately, we had the pirate video to persuade her.

Our project? Make a video about Erik Erikson and his Stages of Psychosocial Development.

Long story short, we made a scene (some rather odd and involving adult diapers and the like) for each stage of development, but we lacked a method of summarizing it all into a nice, neat package.

We needed an Erikson montage: a musical, Erikson montage.

So I sat down and came up with what I thought an absurdly basic and silly song but was still somewhat catchy.

I pondered recording it and putting it on the blog, but I think I’d run the risk of giving the wrong impression about the upcoming album. Instead, I’ll just share the lyrics:

Erikson, oh my Erikson

You Made up the Erikson

Stages of Psychological Development

You really had to sing psychological development quite quickly (not to mention that we didn’t even realize that the word was actually psychosocial – our research was not that of academia caliber), and it certainly wasn’t a wordsmith wonder either.

Nonetheless, the first incarnation of Erikson was born. Now it would sleep – undisturbed for almost four whole years.

Roughly Two Years Ago (The Beginning of Lindby’s next album):

Lindby had just finished up an EP, For The Love of Sven and Porgy, at the UTA recording studio. It had turned out alright but was essentially just a revamping of five older songs.

We were ready to make something new.

Of course, the ironic bit is that we made something new by returning to something rather old.

One day, Goodrich and myself were perusing and sifting through old material in the hopes of finding something worth revamping/rehashing.

As luck would have it, we came across Erikson. Goodrich knew about Erikson but hadn’t been in the class with Matthew and myself (otherwise he certainly would have been part of our group and would have assisted with both the film and song). Upon hearing it again – for the first time in years – he commented on how it was decently catchy.

After a bit of discussion, we were both struck with the idea of researching all of the famous Eriksons of the world and creating a song for each of them in a different genre. We would keep the same chords/structure (for the most part) and use the individual’s life story to help assist in defining the genre and lyrics.

From that very moment, we knew the album would simply be:

Erikson

The Next Two Years (Recording the album):

For the next two years we did the following:

  • Wrote new songs
  • Revamped old songs
  • Discarded many songs
  • Transformed old songs in a new songs that were so different that they were almost unrecognizable
  • Explored a number of different genres including (but not limited to): reggae, fugues, bossa, electronic, and more
  • Lost a vocalist to Seattle
  • Lost a drummer to Houston
  • Gained a drummer
  • Said drummer also makes beats, remixes, and is also trained in recording (which means an additional set of trained ears during the tracking and mixing process of an album)
  • Recorded in a number of different rooms while Goodrich continued to build and expand his studio
  • Hired brass players for the first time to play on two songs
  • Goodrich spent countless hours mixing and mixing
  • Our painter friend, Stuart, and Goodrich’s wife/graphic designer, Katie, created all of the album art
  • We took the album to a professional mastering house for the first time (this basically  means making the album sound better [ie deeper, punchier, and clearer] instead of just making it louder)

But after all of that (and a few other small items like college graduations, a number of moves, a marriage, and an engagement) we find ourselves back at this very moment – where 300 copies of Erikson are current being pressed/duplicated.

Early Next Week:

The albums will arrive, and this is what we shall see upon opening the box:

 

I won’t spoil what the cover means. It’s a mystery best solved by you, the listener.

Friday, June 22nd at the Cellar (The Album Release Show!):

After six years, the night has finally arrived: the release of Erikson.

Here are the details:

Location: The Cellar

Time: 10PM-1:30AM

Cost: Free

Album Cost: $10 (includes a free sticker of the album cover!)

Lineup: Lindby will play straight through Erikson; Riyad will play an acoustic set; Lindby will then go back on for a full set of originals and covers

Further information: Facebook Event, Lindby Facebook Page

I hope to see all of you on the 22nd for a night of rock and roll, jazz, classical, and much more!

-Spurrier

Live music: the venue, the crowd, the energy, the ridiculous volumes, the performance, the vast difference in emotion when compared to a recording… In other words, the vitality and soul of music.

There’s nothing quite like going to see a live musical performance. It doesn’t matter if it’s a symphony or a blaring rock concert. When you find yourself in the same room, be it a massive arena or a smokey bar, with flesh and blood musicians, unique energies manifest that can never be achieved with a set of speakers and a recording.

Before delving into the Panda Bear concert, check the following link (and accompanying video) out if you don’t believe me. The world is taking more and more notice and working towards a day where we may always get to experience music in a “live” setting.

Dr. Walker: Making Dead Pianists Come Alive

Now back to the concert:

I have been quite lucky in my concert experiences: Paul McCartney, The Who, Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, Jack White, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.

However, you may notice a pattern: rock ‘n’ roll all the way. If you don’t count the symphonies and other classical events, every concert I have ever attended would land in the world of rock ‘n’ roll (if you zoomed out far enough and ignored sub-genres of course).

So when I saw that Panda Bear would be performing at the Granada Theater in Dallas, I jumped at the opportunity to branch out in my live music experience.

For those of you unfamiliar with Panda Bear, he is one of the founders of the experimental band Animal Collective. If that doesn’t ring a bell either, do yourself a favor and try out Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion – their newest, most accessible, and best album (in my opinion).

Panda Bear, AKA Noah Lennox, specializes in using all sorts of beats, samples, and other effects to create a whirlwind of hypnotic sounds that would seem to go on and on and on if it were not for his gift with melody.

Take “Comfy in Nautica,” one of his biggest hits, for example: the entire song is one chord played over and over again, but the sincerity and evolution of the melody keeps the listener ensnared from beginning to end.

Now we arrive at the concert itself. Normally, when entering a venue, one of my first actions is to analyze and take in all of the gear onstage: the amps, the guitars, the keyboards, the effects, the setup, etc.

Panda Bear has a slightly different setup than your standard guitar, bass, drums, and mics.

From where I was standing, I saw a bunch of effects pedals, a single guitar, a bizarre mixer of sorts, and a number of other unidentifiable items strewn out on a table all held together by dozens of different cables flowing to and fro all over the stage.

Last but not least, I’m proud to say that I own the exact same synthesizer as Panda Bear: the Moog Minimoog Electric Blue Voyager:

The iconic blue lights caught my eye, and there’s no doubt that it was up on stage rocking hard and true.

As far the show itself, I have two main words: hypnotic and loud.

Let’s start with the former: for all I know, the show could have been a few minutes or a few hours. Once it got going, you found yourself along for the ride. You might have no idea as to what words were being said or where you were at in a song, but it didn’t matter since the melody, as mentioned before, would carry you along up and above the beats and the madness as though you could look down upon it from high above.

And the latter: those beats I just mentioned? So incredibly loud – as in making your whole body shake and resulting a difficulty breathing. I will never go to an electronic show again without ear plugs. Why would one guy on stage be louder than an entire band you ask? I have three theories:

1) No acoustic instruments: with the exception of the guitar, everything was some form of synthesis or samples, therefore everything could just be turned up and up and up in volume and intensity.

2) Harmonics: the timbre, or tone, of every acoustic instrument (including our voices) comes from something called the harmonic series of overtones. By activating different groups of these harmonics, we get different types of instrumental sounds. It’s the reason a trumpet sounds like a trumpet and not an oboe. However, in the world of electronics and synthesis, you have control over these harmonics, and, if you feel so inclined, you can turn them all on, thus creating walls of huge, deafening sound. Effective but so loud.

3) Making up for not having a band: part of the joy of seeing a full group is their stage presence. Seeing a group of people rock out and totally lose themselves in the experience is incredibly powerful. When you’re one guy, alone on a stage with some gear, you need some extra oomph and power to convey the same feelings and message.

All in all, a swell show to be sure. In general, I’ll happily take my rock ‘n’ roll bands, but variety is always welcome.

And, last but not even close to least, who was at the Granada that same night? The Flaming Lips frontman: Wayne Coyne. If you don’t know him, this picture will give you a good idea of his awesome personality.

People would see him in the crowd and run after him in a frenzy. They would return moments later and scream in utter joy (to whoever would listen) that Wayne had hugged them and told them that he loved them. You don’t find many people who command such a wonderful effect on those around them.

That said, Panda Bear and The Flaming Lips: now there’s a concert waiting to happen.

-Spurrier