It really shouldn't work; two former punk-pop stalwarts, Jeff Caudill and Francis Garcia,
choose to showcase their development into Americana singer-songwriters by covering songs
from each other's back catalogues.
As a way of laying the past to rest, it's certainly more inventive than most.
Former front-man of California based Gameface, Jeff Caudill, has already earned his spurs
with acclaimed 2005 release, Here's What You Should Do.
Frankly, Caudill could choose
to sing the telephone directory and make it sound full of hooks, but he nevertheless
chooses wisely. Stand-out track, Minutes Turn To Miles, taken from the debut album
by Garcia's Drive Til Morning, sees him transform the arrangement into another
trademark killer power-pop tune.
For his second selection, Caudill reaches further back to Garcia's earlier incarnation,
pop-punk band Yuck, and again zeroing in on the hook, Gone hits the bulls-eye.
Arguably, Garcia has the more difficult task, as he is effectively charged with finding a fresh angle
on Caudill's melodic back catalogue. His first selection, Greentree, is a coming of age tale taken
from Gameface's mid-1990s breakthrough release, Three To Get Ready.
With an uplifting brass-section and sixties sounding organ, Garcia successfully finds something
new in the song. Stop Writing Songs, taken from Caudill's solo release is stripped bare,
with a closer look to the lyrics.
In the hands of Caudill, it's another rocking tune,
but Garcia delves deeper into the story and successfully taps into its melancholy
to make it the most inventive re-reading.
The EP neatly finishes with the co-written and performed title track.
A simple, country-tinged number, it has a warm feeling that fully fits the feel of the release.
Harking back to the days of photocopied flyers and coloured vinyl, the song affirms
their belief that 'although the memory is fading, the fire still burns inside.'
The sound may not be as urgent or exuberant as before, but it's as every bit heartfelt,
and more fully realized.
It really shouldn't work, but it most certainly does.
The two punks from the 1990s have developed and grown, as they rightly should, and
developed new sounds and fresh ideas.
I Was The Lead Singer is a neat way to wrap the past up and focus in on what is to come
in the future.
Jeff and Francis kindly agreed to speak to me about the release:
The idea behind 'I Was The Lead Singer' is fairly unusual. How did it come about?
Jeff:: I think we were just looking for an excuse to make a record together.
We've collaborated in small ways in the past and made appearances on each others albums
but never something as concrete as this.
We were both out doing some shows on the west coast last year and met up in San Francisco.
I had been tinkering with the basic verse/chorus of the song I Was The Lead Singer for
about a week and I wanted him to hear it.
Francis and I always commiserate together about being stuck in the punk scene where
we started and I thought the song would make a nice "one last hurrah" to the small
musical universe we met in well over a decade ago.
I had written a verse and the chorus and just gave it to him. A few weeks later he had
his verse and a bridge written and it was done.
We thought that best way to punctuate this idea and make a record out of it would be to
take a shot a covering a song from each other's back catalogue, and just to round things
out, do one of each other's recent tunes as well. It's nostalgic as hell and I think it's awesome.
Francis: As the EP started to take shape, we took the concept of being an
'ex-lead-singer' and just ran with it for the CD; kind of poking fun at this idea of
former glory, while being sentimental about it at the same time.
We thought reworking our old songs into a modern context would be a good way to further
convey the theme of connecting past to present.
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With my copy of Kate Millet's Sexual Politics open, I sit down to type
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Contact Steve on email
for the address to send your CD, CV and photo to.
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