Summer 2004, between my junior and senior years of college, I had no plans after graduation so I decided better get a head start on rock stardom. First recorded a wacky punk album (Artillery) step two was to record an overstuffed double album. To celebrate Artillery's 'release' Grayson and I got sushi and rented Robert Altman's Nashville. Some kind of psychedelic stomach flu hit me part of the way through VHS two and I couldn't leave my bed for three days.
During that time I scribbled my wishes for types of songs I wanted on this double album: 'old fashioned radio play' 'marching band' 'cakewalk' 'shoegaze'. Got to work with Conner recording the rhythm tracks right away, wrote lyrics at night. The title of this album came from a line of poetry found in the notebook of a friend who had to leave town suddenly: 'you will look so down on me that you will be afraid of the drop'. The first and only run of this album was 15 CDRs, which was probably the most of any JR album to date. Original artwork (now lost) was by Vanessa Waring.
Produced by Conner Martin
Conner Martin: Drums, Percussion, Backing vocals, Programming
Max Bennett-Parker: Keyboards, Piano, Melodica, Backing Vocals
Grayson Soenke: Guitar, Synth, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Sam Rocha: Tuba, Stand up bass, Banjo
Tyler Martin: Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Horns, Singing
Vanessa Waring: Cello, Flute, Backing Vocals
Megan Elovich: Backing Vocals
Sterling J. Cook: keyboards
Vincent J. Waring: mystery box
Sandra Lindeboom: backing vocals
Alex Warkentin: acoustic guitar
Recorded August-September 2004 Estate Audio Tracks Studio Fresno, CA
Except “Sparks” “The Street Sound” “Light Light Blue” and “Louis Bop” whose rhythm tracks were recorded during the Artillery Sessions, June-July 2004.
Engineered, mixed and reflected upon by Conner S. Martin
Guitar Fangler: Grayson D. Soenke
Art and similar: Vanessa B. Waring
Thanks to: The Franks, Bad Andy and even Evan
Other excellent James Rabbit albums released this summer: Artillery