"Dark" is our second album. Check out what CDbaby customers had to say about our first album, "Is It?" at cdbaby.com/breadbox. ** This is the first album ever available anywhere with the new eco-friendly "Pentagami" (patent pending) CD packaging.** If you want to rock this joint when the kids are around, there are clean versions available for the two songs with PAL notices. ----- Bbox songwriter, organist and vocalist John Freund writes: Q. Why does a band put out a great album and then basically disappear? A. Who cares! As long as they eventually do another one! And that's what we did, no thanks to the forces of life, circumstance and time. Alright, I take that back, sort of. No lie, we've had a bit of rough ride. Hey that's ok. And uh, well, when things get dark, then that's the name you give your album. If you expect me to tell some kind of People/Us/Tripe magazine tale of why "Dark" is the name of this album - Congratulations! You lose. But it wasn't all bad. Even some of the bad stuff wasn't really bad. Hell, in a way, some of the bad stuff was actually GOOD. Go figure. It's just what it is. But to encapsulate: There was, murder, birth, illness, jail, divorce, unemployment, catastrophic finances, catastrophic fire, disappearances, oh, that's enough for now. The Light needs The Dark. Sun goes up, sun goes down. And it's the dusk and the dawn that are the most beautiful because (I feel) that's when we are most keenly aware that life is in the balance between the two. Bitter and sweet sometimes go pretty well together. I gotta say, I really miss this band. We haven't broken up so much as we're not together anymore. As Bigger Than a Breadbox, Jay and Andy and I were doing something a little different. We weren't avant garde, or vanguard or cutting edge or off the deep end or even around the bed, really. We kinda stood down the street and pointed around the corner - you know, "Hey, there's something interesting and different over here - Come check it out with us". In Jay Gogan (guitar) and Andy Sanesi (drums), I could not have asked for a better couple of cronies to play my music. I've never been in a band of such like-minded people, musically. It was groupthink in the best possible way. The only artifice we had was the conscious decision to not have a bass player and have me cover it on the Hammond. Other than that, we just tried to make the songs I wrote sound the best that we could with the three of us. We had a foundation of rock (music) held together with the mortar of many, many influences and styles. It seeped out. We couldn't help it. This album is a celebration of The Dark - the stuff we don't like to face. It still sounds like the same Bigger Than a Breadbox that gave you "Is It?" But "Dark" is different. There's still plenty of wise-ass but not as cheeky as the first one. More direct. More manic. Less dense, sonically. Still tastes great, but not less filling. None of the songs were specifically WRITTEN for the album, but they were all CHOSEN for it. We recorded 14 songs. The 4 we left off were great songs too, but we whittled it down to the 10 that made the best album. LIVE TO TELL - I know what you're thinking: "What the...a Madonna song? And you open the record with it?" We rotated covers into our live set - songs like The Zombies "Time of the Season", Pantera's "Walk" and this one. We always liked the song musically. But I thought the epic stride of the Madonna version undercut the urgency of the theme - the desperation and struggle to keep something hidden until it can be revealed. I think it was hearing Jay play the opening descending chords on guitar that reminded me of another song of desperation: Zep's "Achilles Last Stand". Thus, Live to Tell became a gallop. By the way: my favorite Jay Gogan solo ever - kept from take #1 of the tracking session! LEARN TO LOVE - Acceptance. Continuing with the wacky thematic comparisons, you might say that it's "The Greatest Love of All". I wouldn't, but knock yerself out. Inspired by a real person. I'm not going to tell you who it is. Now that I think about it, it's actually sort of a twisty spin on the Beatle's "She's Leaving Home". We used to call that climbing part that serves as the pre-bridge and outro "the Tool Part". LUCKY - Grace. No matter what kind of miserable plate of slop life cooks up, the irony is that there've been moments of filet minion, bon-bons, chicken wings and beer too. With much effort, I wrote a nice little pop tune for my wife for our wedding. This isn't it. This is the dark twin that magically birthed itself after the pop-tune post-partum. Andy's the only one in the band who can honestly say he plays jazz. 2LOW2FUNK - Self Reliance. I wrote it when I was broke and living in my friend's parents' attic. It's a subtle, efficient funk. Efficifunk. I tried to rent a real Theramin for the middle section. I shouldn't have said anything. You probably couldn't even tell. That's my living room piano on the outro. Nice sounding box, right? SECONDS - Ego cancer. I sincerely hope you aren't offended by the f-word because it's the hook in the chorus. Sorry. "Muck", "mess", "screw" and "dork" just didn't cut it. Hence, the PAL notice. A clean version is available. MY GREATEST MISS - Too much time squandered not doing what's important and meaningful. So cook as if you were painting pictures, paint pictures as if you were playing the piano, play piano as if you were making love, and love each other as if you're going to die tomorrow. If I had learned these concepts earlier, I never would have written this song. LITTLE GIRL I'mIm/Maturity. I've got two young daughters but I'm the one that has to grow up. What's with that? Yes, that's a toy piano in there. Oh, and I sing the line "she my girl, boy, she's ain't yer piece of ass". Ahem. PAL notice, part 2. Clean version of this one available, too. NIGHTLIGHT - Keeping secrets from yourself. If this song seems like it could have been a pop song there's an entertaining reason for that. Let's just say ad agencies don't do "dark" for ad campaigns. Lucky for me - I got to keep the song, and my soul. DARK - Thank Jay for the heaviest-riff-in-the-world. "Thanks Jay!" Thank stunt-singer John Alden for answering the question, "What would Dio do?" "Thanks John!" Thank the Darkness and the Cops and broken headlights and serendipity and midnight creeping for delivering the first verse as fast as my hand could write it. "Uh thanks". The organ sounds HUGE on this. Thanks Hemi! BREATHING - Impermanence. Nothing last forever. Although it seemed like it might take that long to finish making this album. But it does end, and with this song. I wrote the string duet chart by stealing (with permission) these gorgeous, soaring guitar riffs played by my good friend Kevin Chisholm when we were jamming this song into existence. My cousin and his wife played cello and violin for the recording and absolutely killed it. By the way... my other favorite Jay Gogan solo ever. It's impossible to separate the crap we go through from the people we are. It was five long, hard years to finish this. We went through it and came out with another album that we're damn proud of. Plus, almost enough material for an additional EP. The Light and The Dark each have their charm. Thanks for listening. John Freund - June 2010.