Careers

by Chamber Band

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    releases 06 October 2015

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1.
Baker's Boy
2.
Victory Tour
3.
Careers
4.
All Propo
5.
6.
Love Left
7.
In the Colosseum
8.
The Nut
9.
Old Enough
10.
Abernathy
11.
Avox
12.
Ignite

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Written and recorded by Chamber Band in 2014 and 2015, in equal parts capitol and country.

Music by Anthony Cerretani, Chris Littler, Sam Monaco, A.Sarr, and Ellen Winter, with additional parts below. Mike Flannery workshopped and arranged all of the songs and did the remix of "Old Enough." Ellen & A.Sarr arranged the horns on ”Victory Tour”, “All Propo”, “Careers”, “In the Colosseum” & “Avox." Lyrics by Chris Littler & Ellen Winter, with the exception of “In the Colosseum”, which was written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan, and “One Headlight”, which was written by Jakob Dylan. Kelly Tieger gave us a lyrical assist on “Old Enough."

Anthony Cerretani performed the bass guitar and the Grendel Drone Commander; Chris Littler sang vocals, played acoustic and electric guitar; Sam Monaco performed the drums and other various percussive devices; A.Sarr performed electric guitar, acoustic guitar, Rhodes, & piano; Ellen Winter sang vocals and played piano; Mike Flannery performed violin, addtl. guitars, synths, bells, tambourine, clapped, added noise, and sang backup vox. Eric “the Tait” Tait performed that wack-nasty trumpet, with Pete Creekmore on the flute and saxophone, and Rafael Davila on tuba.

Tracked by Eric Tait and Mike Flannery at The Farm Studio in rural Pennsylvania. Essential guitar advice came from Stephen Maxwell. Solid vibes and long nights of M:tG provided exclusively by The Tait. Additional tracking by Mike Flannery at Bass Hit Studio, in NYC.

Mixed by Mike Flannery. Mastered by Michelle Mancini at The Mastering Palace, in NYC. Original cover image is by Jason Alexander Byers, with a few tweaks by Sam Monaco & Chris Littler.

Produced by Chris Littler & Mike Flannery. Co-produced by A.Sarr, w/ Chamber Band.



This album would not have been possible without the financial and moral support of our Kickstarter backers, with Thomas Littler, Margo Dittmer, Max Teicher, Aaron Levitz, Harlan Muir, Kelly and Danny Tieger & Gene Wulff deserving special notice. (Thank you, thank you — a million times thank you.) Chris Atkins demo’d this album with us in a toxic Bushwick closet and for that we owe him our lives. Greg & Annie welcomed us into their home and barn to see what barn life was like before we committed, and made us many amazing breakfasts. Brittany Wilson is the most dependable and loving manager we could have asked for. Thank you Brittany!

Our families and friends and fans have been incredibly supportive during this whole process, with too many people to name here, but we’d like to particularly call out the following souls: Rachael Clarke Hendel, Ken Breese, Aaron Nestor at Death to All False Metal, Mark Scheppe, Ieva Urbaite, TJ Dumser (for some much needed Farm advice), the Stinnett family, Charles Wanless, Patrick Foss, George Bronos, and Zack Akers (for giving us the gift of sight). On that note: we owe Dave Darlington some kind of blood debt for allowing us into his studio while he wasn’t looking.

This album also would not be what it is if Suzanne Collins hadn’t penned such an amazing series of novels. And, of course, another big thank you to Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, and Jakob Dylan for allowing us to repurpose their incredible lyrics.

Anthony would like to dedicate this album to his father:

Dad, from that first bass you gave me to all the concerts we went to, I'll never forget your love for music and the love you gave me. You showed me the dream and never doubted my vision. My playing on this album is dedicated to you. I miss you every day. Keep on rockin' in the free world and stay forever young. Love, Anthony   

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releases 06 October 2015

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Track Name: One Headlight
written by: jakob dylan

so long ago, i don’t remember when
that’s when they say i lost my only friend
they said she died easy of a broken heart disease
i listened through the cemetery trees
i’ve seen the sun coming up at the funeral at dawn
the long broken arm of human law
now it always seemed such a waste
she always had a pretty face
i wondered how she hung around this place
hey, come on try a little
nothing is forever
there’s got to be something better than in the middle
but me & Cinderella
can put it all together
we can drive it home with one headlight
she said it’s cold
it feels like Independence Day
and i can’t break away from this parade
there’s got to be an opening somewhere here in front of me
through this maze of ugliness and greed
I’ve seen the sun up ahead at the country line bridge
saying all there’s good and nothingness is dead
we’ll run until she’s out of breath
she ran until there’s nothing left
she hit the end
it’s just her window ledge
this place is old, it feels just like a beat up truck
i turn the engine, but the engine doesn’t turn
well it smells of cheap wine & cigarettes
this place is always such a mess
sometimes i think i’d like to watch it burn
i’m so alone
i feel just like somebody else
man, i ain’t changed, but i know i ain’t the same
but somewhere here inbetween the city walls of dying dreams
i think her death, it must be killing me