Space Bar

by Great Magnet

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about

This album represents, for us, the end product of over two years of creative growth and carefully-nurtured creative telepathy. What began as a stripped down set of demos...laid down one instrument at-a-time by frontman Adam Sullivan, his bassist buddy Nathan, and their drummer pal Paul Bertolino...began to morph into something much, much more when Adam and Nate decided to "make it a real band" by requesting the permanent services of guitarist Jason Reed and drummer Jef Piehl.

Jason's masterful playing encompasses so many techniques (slide, fingerstyle, flatpicking) and genres (blues, psychedelia, rock, folk) it's hard for him to NOT add depth and dimension to each Sullivan-penned initial composition. And Jeff? The guy's just a fucking badass. 'Nuff said.

Jason and Jeff's unique creative approaches led to an ongoing program of compositional enrichment over the next two years of jamming, playing live, and recording...done entirely at Adam’s eponymous Great Magnet Recording, which doubles as our rehearsal room. The band’s musical wheelhouse expanded exponentially and our ability to read each other’s musical minds went through the roof.

The resulting stew is at the same time thickly psychedelic and satisfyingly poppy, with imminently accessible songwriting floating on top of layer upon layer of delicious sonic nuggets. Yet despite the obvious craft and detail that constantly bubbles up from these tunes, it at all times retains a quite obvious live-in-the-room aesthetic which is both intentional, fostered, and very real. Most of what you hear was played, improvised, and captured on-the-spot...four guys in one room playing their asses off.

Thank you for listening.

credits

released 22 January 2013

Produced and mixed by Great Magnet. Engineered by Adam Sullivan and Jason Reed. Tracked at Great Magnet Recording, Santa Rosa, CA. Mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx Studio, SouthSan Francisco, CA.

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Great Magnet began in 2006 as a recording project of frontman Adam Sullivan, tracking songs with bassist Nathan Alfaro. In 2009 they enlisted guitarist Jason Reed and drummer Jeff Piehl. Great Magnet's first album, Space Bar, was released in January 2013. The band is already at it again writing new songs every week, only this time it's a group effort. ... more

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