One Smith EP
We came into Squid Hell recording studio and the engineer said there was a death-cry early in the morning. His cat had died. We got to work. Four days, four songs - recorded, mixed, and mastered. On the fourth day, when the last notes were mixed, John, who is the brilliant fix-it-man and microphone inventor, came into the control room and started to cry. His cat had just passed. It is fitting that Eric Schmider chose to change the name of the band from Mollycoddle, (which you will find here on CDbaby) to The One Smith. It must mean something that the EP session was book-ended by the deaths of two very cool cats. The music is taking a new route with simple structures and horns while still focusing on melodies and simple lyrics about how we all work in the world, while we are here at least. If you want songs about what happens next, I have some friends on CDbaby that write songs about death. The tunes on this EP are a taste of what's to come. We have horns, a slightly melancholic vocal timbre boosted with some harmony, and a solid band. The drums sit back ever so small giving even the rootsy tune, Watering the Plants, a touch of groove that comes from as drummer who used to only play funk. Like most of what you find here, this is a DIY project. Stay tuned for the complete record due out in the summer of 2010. The tunes will be more expansive and diverse. Perhaps a touch of Pink Floyd mixed with some Kings of Convenience. Who knows.