I’ve had the next full-length Sci-Fi Romance album written for over a year, but as it happens, newborn twins slow down recording schedules. The itch to record and get new music out has been terribly strong.

Poe Mug
Hot tea for my voice in a thematically appropriate mug? Check!

And here we are in October. The best month. Every year at this time, my wife and I watch as many old horror movies as possible. Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Béla Lugosi, Roger Corman, Edgar Allan Poe, Val Lewton, and, in a concession to the still-living, Tim Burton. As we sat down to watch the first movie this year, I got an idea. It is undoubtedly a terrible idea, but God loves ugly children, too.

Here it is a week or so later, and I’ve written songs inspired by each of the first half-dozen movies we watched this year. Since the movies are classics, I’m recording the songs in the quickest, dirtiest way possible — on a 20-plus year-old four-track tape recorder I haven’t used since probably 1996. Everything is analogue, and with very few exceptions, each part is recorded in a single take. No computers. Just a few guitars, drums, an old Casio keyboard, some random things that go bang, and me.

Tascam PortaStudio 424.
This is serious lo-fi. The instructions are dated 1990.

Half of the songs are recorded and finished, and by next week the whole thing will be done and available as a free download.

I figure, I made a concept album, why not a concept EP?

Cassette tape and lyrics.
Remember these? Never opened until now.

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