Many years ago, in a makeshift home studio not far from where I type, a then unknown Michael Chabon began work on his first novel. All full of Pittsburgh, Pulitzer pipe dreams and enough hubris to recognize that, “the English language…it and I had something going…”. Surely, It would have been impossible for Chabon to imagine he was T-minus seconds away from supersonic launch into rarefied air. That novel, of course, was The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, and the rest is literary history.
We are fascinated- we mere left-brained mortals-by artists. We harbor a ubiquitous envy of destinations unknown- their mind’s journey. It is no matter to us that, for the artist themselves, the creative process is often a maddening one. We continue to try to understand, unsuccessfully, that period of gestation between conception and birth. Our unrequited romance will continue, because it should.
Today, in a makeshift home studio not far from where I type, the band Steelesque continues the dynamic process of completing their first album. Given the members’ collective, hyper intrinsic drive to deliver greatness, it would be disingenuous to suggest the evolution of Toro Toro Sessions has been unencumbered by its share of hand wringing. But, the syncing of shared experience, the transference and acceptance of individual insecurities -this vibrant weaving of individual threads into a rich tapestry of sound and aesthetic resonance-define the making of Toro Toro Sessions. This (damn-the-cliche) band of brothers is setting the stage for a knockout.
The evolution of the songs throughout the rehearsal/recording process has been nothing short of miraculous to witness. That week by week, without fail, the methodology and collaborative dimensions of the band could be measured with each track sounding just that much tighter. Of utmost importance to the band: how to marry the improvisational nature of the rehearsal process-the unspoken lyrical language of artistic soul mates, the gesture, the of-the-moment vibe- with the technical nature of the recording process. As lead singer and resident producer, Rob Eldridge, has gone on record as saying so masterfully, “The perfect mistake always outweighs the pristine polished cut.” This observer couldn’t agree more.
Although never derivative, the Steelesque sound is…….read more here