Monday, May 1, 2017

The story of Spooky Jets At A Distance


In 2015 Earwig was hard at work on our most experimental, frustrating album yet and I had pinned my hopes to its release. That album, ”Pause For The Jets”, was based around my experience a few years earlier when I was hospitalized due to complications from a life-threatening illness.  While I wouldn't wish that on anyone, I wouldn't trade that time either. Being alone in mind for so long was an experience that changed my life. While I was sick I was taking a slew of perception-altering prescription pharmaceuticals I kept a journal that tracked my wild dream-world adventures through parallel dimensions in search of the “Enigma Guitar” and lost love. Every night was a new adventure. The continuing storyline from those dreams was filled with bizarre intrigues, mad musical battles and a cast of fantastic characters. That journal provided the basis for my unfinished novel “My Own Secret Service”. Meanwhile mixing the Earwig record took way longer than I had anticipated and I started to sink into depression. Often when I'm working on a new project that gets hung-up, that's the way it goes. For better or for worse everything is pulling me toward a bright-white vanishing point on the horizon and that's all I can see. I needed the Earwig album mixes to be finished so that I could move on. Frustrated by the delays and having no completed songs to send to my friends, I had the idea to record a quick and dirty solo version. On the night of the September Blood Moon I set up minimal gear in my bedroom and recorded each song in one pass using just an old acoustic guitar and a single microphone. These takes turned out stark, rough and un-produced. I wasn't interested in the settings and levels and because of that attitude these versions turned out very immediate and personal in a lo-fi sort of way. You can hear technical mistakes but these's a lot more burning beneath the surface. It's a very intimate personal version of the record. I'm singing directly to you with no reservations. I think that with this alternate version of the album the songs take on new character and reveal new meanings that are semi-obscured by the full album's production. I live in an amazing secluded spot deep in the woods. That night I also recorded the crickets and other night noises outside in my yard and blended those sounds in with the final mixes. These recordings were not intended to make it beyond the ears of a few close friends but I've decided to release it as my first solo album. This is the very same unmastered, untouched, unchanged version that I recorded that night. There is a theory from Einstein regarding non-local entanglement called “Spooky Action at a Distance”. This solo record is relative to that theory and stands alone as a distant, affected super-interpretation. Spooky Jets at a Distance, nine songs about obsession and entanglement…an intimate, ethereal, solo-acoustic version of the Earwig album “Pause For The Jets”.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Evidence

Can I erase my mind?
present my murdered heart as sacrifice
this poison arrow isn't hard to find
and i've been saving all my sorrows just for you

Because what is love without the evidence?
if I can't prove it in my own defense
I invested all my pride in suffering
so I can say here is the evidence
...of my love for you

You let me down, you let me down
and I've been kicking against the pricks
just to find the evidence that you ever cared

I've been kicking against the pricks
just to find the evidence

Because what is love without the evidence?
if I can't prove it with this argument
I invested all my pride in suffering
just so I can say here is the evidence

Saturday, August 27, 2016

My Own Secret Service




This is a true story. From a very young age, I was estranged from my father. After his death my mother confided in me something that she had never told another living soul. She told me that she had been visited multiple times by aliens who conducted frightening examinations on her and that these procedures aligned with and were related to her pregnancy with me. Over the years, the possibility of my alien/human hybrid-DNA revealed itself in strange physical and mental anomalies. In 2011 I was hospitalized due to complications from a severe, life-threatening illness. I spent two months in the hospital and underwent multiple surgeries. In the lead-up to this episode I had been taking a slew of perception-altering prescription pharmaceuticals. My dreams became as real as my waking life and I experienced wild adventures in a dream-world called The Unreal. I kept a detailed journal of my nightly excursions to this alternate reality on a quest to locate the Enigma Guitar. Along the way, I communicated between parallel dimensions and strategized with other members of team Mega-Earwig via a magical rotary phone. I battled a squad of bass guitar wielding assassins known as the Joy Division Cobras and pitted myself against a cast of nemeses including Silverheels, Metatron and a shadow organization known as Dyslexia Society. 

The remarkable experience of my search for the Enigma Guitar provides the basis for the unfinished novel “My Own Secret Service” and this fantastic story is told through the songs on Pause For The Jets.   

~ Lizard McGee, August 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Religious Music

You might not have noticed, but Earwig’s album cover is an homage to a well known creepy, bad album cover from Ira North’s religious album “If I Were A Woman”. The idea for this album tribute cover originated with Earwig drummer George Hondroulis and was brought to life in a photo shoot with photographer extraordinaire Ryan Miller. The final album cover design was done by the fabulous Suzie Wilson. Check out the fan-favorite cover art deviations on our Facebook page... https://www.facebook.com/Earwigtheband