The "EmuChicken" project started out only as an musical outlet after splitting from the last band, "Underdox464+".
Being an English teacher living out in Japan for public schools, summer break free... So every summer since the last band broke up (2012), I intended to create an album. Great idea, sure- but the amount of distractions is intense. The perfectionist also came out, so with each song recorded- it was inevitable to go back to the other tracks and re-record with new equipment, techniques.
Late 2014, a friend back from school, Martin Crawley asked me to collab with him- the idea was skapunk with accordion- and something "piratey". I agreed and it eventually became the track "Losing the Great Wonder". There was a point in the song that needed desperately filling- someone who could rap would easily fill that void.
It wouldn't be until May 2015 that I got a message in FB from Jeremy Jackson. - He told me that he did some rap, and then like a shovel to the face - the realization that he was one of the team in said group. The next thing I knew he offered me to be on his album the next week. Since then he made me has helped me move into a more positive view of the music I had created. JJ then agreed to rap for another tune... Nothing but admiration to this guy. He can pull lyrics together and make incredible art at a flick of the wrist.
2016... Brass was onboard! YES! Local friends Pachiko (Black Insistence) and Kino (Too Much Too Young) came over for a beer and were willing to play for my track "Freeze-Frame". Having music with brass like this was like a dream since first seeing Less Than Jake back on their "Hello Rockview" tour. Pachiko then brought her band mate, Hannah to record another, "Superstar" - a song I wrote way back in 2010 for a band project.
To pull the whole album together, the acoustic song "At Bay" was recorded. A mix was 70% finished, but that was when another buddy Swedish Ronny asked me if he could mix one of my tracks. --- Why not? Handed him the stems. This showed me that sometimes it's WAY better to hand over your work to others. We don't all have the same ideas, and when there's a spark... Amazing things can happen.
So... After much re-re-re-recording, and re-re-re-re-re-re-mixing. New equipment, microphones, interfaces... Vito pulled out his quill and threw together some album art... He also drew the album art for my first band in Japan "Bird-Flu".... This guy is magic.
AAAAND... Time for a release.
To everyone that has helped in this project. From the heart, thanks guys.