MP3 The Disgruntled Sherpa Project - The Wildwoods
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ROCK: College Rock, ROCK: 70's Rock
Philadelphia, PA (June 26, 2007) -- The Disgruntled Sherpa Projectâs sixth album, The Wildwoods, is a bit of a departure for the band. The disc, which will be released on Tuesday June 26th, does not delve into many genres like past releases, this time out its rock, followed by more rock, and followed by even more rock.
Indeed the shimmering mandolins, acoustic guitars and dulcimers of their previous release Old Hat in 2006, have given way to heavy electric guitars and doomed laden organ. âWe donât have any mandolins this time,â guitarist Joe Boylan confirms, âBut thereâs a lot more piano/keyboard on this one and even some steel drums. Itâs different too because thereâs a lot more percussion and a lot more bass which drives a lot of the songs on this disc which wasnât necessarily the case before.â
The CD opens with an ominous introduction to a song dripping with bitter despair called âNot an Exitâ which guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Dan Perry describes as his favorite track on the album. âThereâs a very dark sound to it and it is full of different dynamics that come together great. Lyrically the song references Judas Iscariot, Midnight Express and the frog and the scorpion fable to drive home images of betrayal, acceptance and ultimately â if not reluctantly - forgiveness.â
The second song on the disc and its first single is entitled âNew Jersey Avenueâ. The track lightens the mood a bit after the darkness of the opener, but just a bit. âItâs a little story of a weekend at the Jersey Shore in Wildwood,â Boylan explains. âAnd like every weekend in Wildwood, it starts with a brutal beating.â
Visitors to Wildwood will note the references to 20 dollar round trip cab fares, Mr. Dâs Cheese stakes, the giant Ferris wheel on the boardwalk and the legendary Mary Anne Motel. âThat song makes the whole project worthwhile,â says Bassist Walt Mamaluy while drummer Wayne Lee is impressed with the tempo of the tune describing it as, âadrenaline in a bottle.â Perry believes the song works on many levels especially for those with a background similar to the Philadelphia-based band adding, âItâs a fast paced, catchy song with a very cool acoustic interlude in the middle. And what Philly kid didnât visit the Wildwood shore growing up?â
The CD encapsulates a more streamlined, focus on rock n roll according to bassist Walt Mamaluy. However, one particular track, âSpring Break: Central Americaâ, veers slightly away from rock to a more Caribbean flavor. The tune, co-written by Mamaluy and Boylan which features a pulsing bass driven beat, exotic polyrhythmic percussion and some politically tinged lyrics concerning Spring Break in a worn torn Latin American nation during the Reagan years. âIt makes me think of frozen drinks, and the impoverished state of the country surrounding those frozen drinks,â Mamaluy glibly describes it.
New Local Collaborations
The band reaped many benefits from collaborating with producer/engineer David Reilly at the Music Box Production Studios in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. âDave was great at capturing the sound we were looking for,â says Boylan. âHe also came up with some great ideas and was able to take ideas of ours and apply them to the songs, such as the steel drums in âSpring Breakâ and the church organ in âNorâeasterâ.â
Perry concurs adding, âHe improved upon our past albums sound wise especially on the drums and vocals.â As a result of going to an outside studio Perry notes the band was forced to work up material before recording, another departure for them, âmuch of the previous albums were written during the recording where most of these songs were worked up before recording.â
Wayne Lee notes that this arrangement leant itself to more collaboration within the band itself. âWe definitely collaborated a lot more this time than in the past. Everyone in the band wrote at least one song on this disc.â
Another collaborator on this release is Lauren MacKal, lead vocalist from heavy metal band Down Hollow, who is featured on three of the discâs nine tracks. âLauren did a great job,â Boylan says. âNot only was her performance great but she kind of opened our eyes to what the songs need as far as vocals go. We never really worked with a legitimate lead singer before and it was a revelation to say the least.â MacKal can be heard on âSuffer in Silenceâ, âAfraid of Meâ and âThe Beautiful Losersâ the latter of which is a song that has been around the band for a while. âThe music I wrote over 10 years ago that somehow surfaced again when Joe put different lyrics to it,â Perry says.
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