One Christmas I received a two-track recorder and a pair of beginner’s condenser microphones. This was enough to trigger a deep spiral into the world of studio recording, where evenings after classes yielded a number of piano riffs and spotty (but enthusiastic) Beach Boys covers. The following summer, I enlisted Coale Henderson to work through some ideas; before long, we had our first, small pile of original productions.
These are a handful of songs we recorded in between college semesters in 2010–2011, inspired by our favorite 20- and 50-year-old rock and roll. Sunny, spacey, dark, and punchy, I produced all four in my home studio, while we jointly performed all the instrumentation and vocals. Our first songs, boyish at times — but the start of something fun.
Tracks 1, 2, and 4 written by Heller/Henderson; “She’s Leaving Home” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.