Tuesday was the release date for Sailed To Break‘s debut album “MAINSTREET.”
I have been extremely fortunate to have been working with Jarrett, Karl, Dustin and Ty to make this album a reality.
Recorded in July 2012, we set an initial release frame of Fall 2012 for the album. When autumn came and went, we decided to try for mid-December, as I stated before. As December 2012 approached, it became clear we weren’t QUITE going to make that deadline either. So we took a look at the calendar and set ourselves a January 15 deadline with no exceptions.
Recording & engineering wizard Marty Meyer finished the master tracks by the last week of December and I got the first batch of 100 CDs ordered from CDBaby.com. I was very pleased with the transaction and will probably be using their CD/DVD Duplication Services in the future for later projects, including “The Veterans Town.”
As if helping these guys make their dream come true wasn’t enough, at the last minute I was able to piece together a 30-minute behind-the-scenes mini-documentary about the album. So last minute was this that for people who preordered the album & paid extra to get the program, the DVD didn’t even have a proper cover or a label! AUGH!
I would say that the highlight of the album would have to be “Crash,” the 5-minute epic finale, which started out in the studio as, what seemed to me, a very basic rock ballad, but with the addition of an organ, turned into a gospel-rock anthem on par with songs like “Bridge Over Troubled Water” or “Let It Be.” I’m not even exaggerating. It’s an interesting perspective: young adult men’s view on what they see as wrong with the world: threats of nuclear attacks, prostitution, abortion, alcoholism, rape, urban violence, deforestation, poaching, and religion – the lyrics are broad enough that you could take that last one as either a call for us to find hope in it, or a criticism of people who abuse it… very weighty stuff that you wouldn’t expect from an album that starts with a song about summertime partying and whirlwind romance.
The second track on the album, “Time,” is a fast-paced ballad that’s the thematic equivalent of Hanson’s “MMMBop,” and equally as catchy.
Of course I also have to mention “The Call,” the band’s tribute to active duty military, police, fire, and emergency responders. This is the song that I helped directly produce and will be featured in “The Veterans Town” later this year. The song hits its peak near the end when a string section (my idea) eases its way in behind the bridge. Beautiful stuff.
That’s all for now. I will be keeping you all updated as additional projects come to light!