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August 5, 2011 at 10:36am
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The Last Performance

The Whiskers will be playing one final time, at 8pm sharp, in the Flying Squirrel in Rochester, NY, on Saturday, August 13th.

Be sure to attend.

July 27, 2011 at 12:09pm
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Rough Track #7: Ornithopters

A few days after The Distorted Historian was released, Jim and I started shaping some of Jim’s riffs and progressions into a fast-slow-fast song. It was 8 or 9 minutes long but it seemed right. So once that structure was finalized I spent a while writing lyrics and a melody and recorded this:

ornithoptersROUGH1.mp3

There might have been something that came before this, but let’s just say this is the very first version, and it’s dated May 7th, 2008.

Then five weeks later after some additions, but still no drums, we had this:

ornithoptersROUGH3.mp3

Which is pretty much the same thing, but denser—not necessarily bigger. I wanted it to be bigger, but couldn’t find the right sound and the proper way to accomplish it. So instead, we added even more things, made it more dense, and came up with this:

ornithoptersROUGH8.mp3

And we sat on that for a few months until we got together to play some live shows and that helped a bit in discovering the weak spots.

Jim said:

This song used to be my favorite and right now it is my least favorite. So, I propose we redo this song much faster, maybe even a little faster than the live version we did.

So that’s what we did. We murdered a year and a half of recordings and mixes and started over completely, and it turned out much better: pretty close to the album version.

On a whim, I changed some lyrics around and added more. It is perhaps a superbly lame thing to say, but the breakdown/intro-to-the-coda portion involving the girl with a scar and a car and a dress and such was stuck in my head, exactly as it is now written and recorded, right after coming out of a dream. Luck. That’s all. Or: I could be remembering something subconsciously and just stealing it. If I am doing that, let me know.

June 13, 2011 at 12:12pm
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One Final Show

The Whiskers (nearly every official member and some new people—TEN total) will be performing a single show in Rochester, NY. It will take place the evening of August 13th.

Details soon.

April 20, 2011 at 7:55pm
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April 14, 2011 at 11:35pm
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Thanks, bye!

Music is no longer being made by the band called The Whiskers. War of Currents was their final release.

Though: members of The Whiskers will continue to make music, and you can find them in several bands on a soon-to-be-updated thewhiskers.com.

A one-for-the-road show is being considered and planned. We’ll let you know. It would be in Rochester, NY.

Thank you for listening.

April 13, 2011 at 12:27pm
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Rough Track #12: Roses

I don’t know why, but on December 1st of 2006, I spent my evening writing a song called Roses. I programmed the drums and synth in a few hours and wrote the lyrics and melody in about a half hour. I recorded a bunch of takes and mixed it and thought it was good, but it needed bass.

So I posted it on the internet to perhaps find a bassist who could record something and send it to me and I’d mix it in. That happened, and more people and instruments followed. And so it was. We didn’t change the process much from that point on.

This is that first mix that nabbed the rest of the band and started The Whiskers:

rosesROUGH1.mp3

So that’s it. That’s all the “premixes” we have for you.

BIGBIGBIG announcement tomorrow.

April 9, 2011 at 11:03am
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Rough Track #11: Heat Death

Full disclosure: this song was started by a chord change randomizer on the internet. Those chords were then rearranged a bit and then assembled into this mix, underneath the only vocal take ever recorded for this song:

heatdeathMIX1.mp3

I don’t know.

Next week: very first Whiskers song and some important news!

April 6, 2011 at 7:51pm
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Birds of Paradise, Remixed

On April 16th, a remix—in the truest sense, as Thom Stylinski, who mixed the album track, also mixed this one—of War of Currents’ Birds of Paradise will be released on something called: AWKWARDCORE COMPILATION #1.

Several other Whiskers-related bands will have tunes on it. More info will arrive from Awkwardcore soon.

April 5, 2011 at 9:19pm
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Rough Track #10: Sails

Back in college, I hung around this music venue in a basement.

One of the bands that opened a show there did a little number called, “The Old Ship of Zion.” Well, that old spiritual never sounded so defeated and dirgey and I loved it, all while they went on playing it for too long, and then they just kept on singing: “Is that the ooooooooooold… ship of ziiiiioooooooooon… I seeeeeeeeeeeeee?” for a good three minutes and oh boy was that a showstopper.

Welp: that became a bit of an inside joke at this venue. Audience members in the know would find opportune and inopportune times to start a good “Is that the ooooooooooold… ship of ziiiiioooooooooon… I seeeeeeeeeeeeee?” chorus. It was similar to that movie trope of the one person clapping, and then others in a crowd joining in, swelling into a triumph. It was a way of letting more and more people know they were welcome at this basement performance space. It was a way of holding communion and finding commonality amongst the diverse crowd: white nerds from the northeast, white nerds from the northwest, white geeks from the northeast, white nerds from the midwest, and dinguses.

I had planned to sing this chorus in the second half of the Whiskers song Sails, in a sort of tribute to that practice, as I felt it to be the appropriate song to do so.

For whatever reason it didn’t work out, but here’s Sails with the bit that could have been something more, had I not grown up and out of that basement.

sailsROUGH6.mp3

March 29, 2011 at 8:05pm
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Rough Track #9: Cogs

This is just an earlier mix with a different vocal take in the middle and some synths pushed forward. Jim prefers it to the album version.

cogsMIX3.mp3