PRAISE FOR CAREERS
"It’s so rare in the modern age of over-stimulation and content-overload to find something truly unique. I found that special uniqueness in Deities, but Careers bumps it to the next level on all fronts. The music is experimental, breaking out of the “indie rock” mold and into a mature and stunning piece of musical literature." - Alec Stutson, @padawanovelist
"From start to finish, frantic guitars, stirring piano, pounding drums, driving bass and witty, yet insightful lyrics seep love and passion into every second of music produced." - Lauren Furze, Nerdy Show
"...easily one of my favorite releases for the year. It actually had me before I reached the end of the first song and just continued to deliver, song after song... It actually makes me want to go read the books (or at least cheat and watch the movies) so I can grok the songs even better. - Chad Walker, Fandomania
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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