|Having already exceeded the shelf-life of the average indie rock band by a few years, a series of tours, and a handful of albums, Brandtson could have used the departure of original bassist John Sayre as their moment to shake hands, congratulate each other on a race well run, and ride off into the Cleveland sunset with their reputation and legacy intact. But just as a brush with death can cause some people to live their lives with a newfound purpose, Brandtson found a new bassist, regrouped, and agreed to shake off all of the trappings of comfort and complacency that can cripple a band that has been writing songs together for eight years, creating their boldest, most immediate, and most dynamic album in the process. Brandtson demoed nearly 50 of the most electronic-infused, yet soulful songs theyé─˘ve ever written for what was to become Hello, Control. They went into the studio, inspired by Violent Femmes, Depeche Mode, and the idea of breaking out of the norm and challenging whaté─˘s comfortable. Welcome to Brandtson's second act.
||Produced by Ed Rose and Brandtson.
Mixed by Chris Fudurich.
Recorded by Ed Rose, David Chutka, Brandon Hilkert and Brandtson.
Mastered by Mike Fossenkemper.
Brandtson plays Curt Mangan Strings.
All songs written by Brandtson.
Copyright 2006 Bookhouse Boys Music (SESAC).
Myk Porter: Vocals, Guitar
Jared Jolley: Vocals, Drums
Adam Boose: Bass, Synthesizer, Laptop
Matt Traxler: Guitar
Art direction by Brandtson, Matt Traxler, and Randall Jenkins.
Design/Layout by Randall Jenkins or Grassroots Covert Comm for the Coalition (wearethecoalition.com).
Control International logo by Matt Traxler (mteedesign.com)