MONDAY Q&A 11/12/18
Q: I just received my CD of ‘finding beauty in chaos’ which I am really enjoying. Can you tell me what the liner note ‘No animal harmed and no synthesizers used in the making of this album’ mean?
A: I am thrilled you like the record, that certainly means the world to me. As for the liner note, I’m glad you caught that as I am not sure how many notice or read that stuff (sadly) anymore. The part about animals is simply my nod to being a vegetarian and that animal rights are really important to my family and I. The ‘no synthesizers used’ is something that has always stuck with me since I was a teenager and reading the notes on the early Queen records. We did go into the recording this album with the self-imposed ‘limitation’ of not using any synths or keyboards … instead relying on my electric guitars and a wide array of pedals and other manipulation devices to create all of the textures heard on FBIC. I think Michael Rozon and I did an admirable job with this, as I think many would think the sounds heard on ‘Memory Of Love’, ‘The Long Goodbye’ and ‘Look Up’ to name a few songs are certainly keyboards … but I promise you they are not! That said, ‘beauty re-envisioned’ and the following new BIC record will not be subject to this ‘rule’ … but I’m sure I’ll find another limitation that will push the creativeity envelope!!! MC x