A lifetime ago, three flunked Canadian art college students decided to take up playing music together. Grand manifestos were drawn up and forgotten, fourth members were auditioned and let go of, and much music was jammed, composed, shaped and rehearsed, all with the plan of performing entire albums of original music as set lists, with the occasional classic rock album set list thrown in for fun. This dream never came to pass, despite a number of attempts over the years to realize it. But we made some recordings of original music that I'm still pretty proud of, warts and all.
Etcetera were Derrick Rose (1993-1998, 2006; drums, vox), David Bedard (1993-1998; bass, vox), Gary Falkins (1994-1998, 2006; guitar,vox), Dori Downie (1993-1994; keys) and myself (1993-1998, 2006; vox, keys, guitars, bass, drum programming) recorded several albums' worth of demos over a five year period under far less than ideal circumstances.
Truthfully, most of the old recordings are pretty rough, but as I am still making music, and am the band's self-appointed curator, I've been keeping the dream alive in one fashion or another. What you will hear in this collection is demo music old and new. The old stuff was mostly recorded on a Fostex X-18 four track with no EQ and hardly any noise reduction, so the sound is pretty muddy, playing aside.
The new stuff is largely recorded and performed on a digital 16-track by myself, joined occasionally by Gary on guitars and vocals, under the guise of Thesis (1995-present). Eventually, there may be guest musicians involved as well. I''ve finished recording and remixing The Whole Other Half, the second half of Etcetera Thesis' first official album, Bisecting a Circumference, and both are now available on Bandcamp.
Thank you for reading. Enjoy.