The Electrical Banana Album hac164
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Whilst waiting for his main outfits The Gloomchasers and The Sticker Club to record albums, Nic Dalton spent all of May and June of 2015 recording a psychedelic pop album under the name of Chewee. Most songs were recorded on the spot - words and music - and the domineering wah-wah solos throughout are all first takes.
Disillusioned with modern recording technology, he went back to where it all started - the Tascam 4-track recorder, which Nic has used extensively over the years on projects ranging from Love Positions and Godstar, to Sneeze and Gloomchasers. He went a little bit modern using a Tascam studio CD recorder to build up backing tracks, creating a full band sound. These were then played through a late 40s mono speaker box and recorded back into the 4-track machine to layer further instruments and vocals on top with a Roland Space Echo the only effect used on the whole album. Phew!
Ten new songs and two from the late 90s with subject matters ranging from Chupa Chups, the cover of the Velvet’s Live 69 Album, sculptor Tom Bass, a dream about Smudge leaving Half A Cow and an answering machine message from Evan Dando. Double phew!
All songs written and recorded by Nic Dalton at The Nook, Summer Hill May-June 2015 except I Believe You Liar 1998 and In The Morning 1996. Flute by Clementine. Extra vocals by Tandarra, Tom and Evan. Mixed by Nic and Tim Kevin at Grey Nurse, Marrickville July 2015. Mastered by Ben Whitten. Thanks to Mark Sequeira at Matrix Vinyl. Cover by Nic, Tandarra and Austin (back cover picture). Dedicated to Mr. Cool, Peter Fonda.