The Basement Tapes Volume 1 By Steelesque? Why They Chose To Release These Tracks


The quality of the recordings are sub par.  The performance has many perfect mistakes but by no mean is ‘perfect’.  Commercially it makes no sense.  So why did we decide to make this rehearsal available to the public?  Well for me it was simple.  I have historically been self-critical of my music and performances.  Back when I was gigging the New England circuit, with The Spring Heeled Jacks VT, it was about discovery and being communal.  Playing shows was a celebration of the music and bringing family and fans together to share the art.  We worked on our craft and rehearsed incessantly to bridge the musical message to ourselves and fans.

Obviously the onset of technology has changed the game.  Phones and portable recording and video devices catalog everything now.  Your digital fingerprint can be front page news.  The pros outweigh the cons in my opinion but there is an element of disconnect that rears its ugly head.  The pay to play phenomena seemingly has woven itself into the fabric of the music scene.  The high profile gigs are now contingent on how many fans you can drag out or the amount tickets you have to sell to secure the gig.  Younger and inexperienced bands now count on Daddy’s credit card to earn the supporting slot to the Sum 41 show.  Promoters could care less.  Honestly, nor do I, which in a roundabout way has led to this release.  I think some of the best performances are occurring in rehearsals spaces all over the country. Another reason house shows are becoming more and more popular.  Musicians, bands, songwriters and the fans are slowly, and sometimes subconsciously, taking back the music scene.

I try to record all musical moments at this point in my career.  Otherwise the gem performances disappear into the lost song abyss.  I encourage all musicians to do the same.  Video recording are also invaluable.

The Basement Tapes Volume 1 is the first of hopefully many releases I intend to throw out into the public arena.  These four songs offer a sans synthetic appeal. I believe they capture the collective goal this line-up was chasing.  I want to personally thank Kevin Koch, Craig Larson, Bruce Cody and Sam Baldigowski for their willingness to perform my songs.  All these guys are very talented players. I should also should mention Matt Gibb who normally would be handling the bass guitar duties.  He was unavailable that evening.  I am very grateful for their investment.

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Tracklist:

Written by Rob Eldridge

lyrics

VS1
Lets gather round that burning wood…and smell the mud upon the shoes
on the steep banks of the Mon River and sing them paddleboat blues
I got my harp in my hand.. where my hope lives…in my chest…behind my heart
acoustic anthems dance with stars…on country roads…with horse drawn carts

Chorus-
i say …hey…..I don’t care that youre gone…. I never knew we wouldnt atone

VS2
lets do up the town…like we should and do our part
down at the lake we both shiver…i brought my lover and chased her heart
i got my head in my hands where my thoughts live…where my brain fights my heart
acoustic anthems dance with stars…on country roads…with horse drawn carts

Chorus 2
Bridge
VS3
Lets gather round that burning wood…and smell the mud upon the shoes
on the steep banks of the Mon River and sing them paddleboat blues
I got my harp in my hand.. where my hope lives…in my chest…behind my heart
acoustic anthems dance with stars…on country roads…with horse drawn hearts

Chorus outro

G- this game that we’re playing (A-G lick) seeking n hiding all day (A-G lick)
-G- i carved my initials in your oak tree (A-G lick)- theyre still there today (A-G lick)
-C- there’s no peeking round the corner (A-G lick)- your shadow gives you away….
-G- you know i really dig your smile (A-G lick)-you got my heart in a crate (A-G lick)
-D- sometimes you carry it for miles -(C)- dont let the handles wear away
-D- sometimes your hands are as rough files -(C)- but you bring a band aid
-D- let me breathe….. let it be -(C)- no need to -(G)- plead my case
(chorus-)
-D- A – Bm G – G- D A -Bm G
well it’s all right along the way….and i’m ok when i’m alone
G -D- A -Bm G – G- D A -Bm G
well my mind goes but my heart stays….and i’m ok when you condone

-G- you never hear what i’m saying (A-G lick) you prefer it that way…(lick)
-G-you know you’ll starve what you wont feed (A-G lick)-empty pockets never pay
-C-such a treasure never found(A-G lick)- the “x” mustve blown away….
-G- no need to look in other towns (A-G lick)-there’s no real estate (A-G lick)
-D- sometimes your lost and never found -(C)- a search party is on its way
-D- sometimes the jewels are underground-(C)- see the sparkle and use your spade
-D-plant the seed and set it free -(C)- and soon you’ll need a-(G)-vase

Price Of Your Toll- RIE 7.9.14
In Open G- VS’s are in G (A7 form to G chord)
Chorus is A A# G

dont even know whats right or what’s real
if you add all the years you start seeing cracks in the seal
but the look in your eyes- don’t say wrong
so you do your sidestep- and walk along
ya got your shield up like tough boards on a barn
walking through life leaving hearts ragged and torn
maybe one day you’ll take a look behind
and keep tough in your pocket and dole out a little kind

(Chorus A A# G)
yea the price of your toll this time cost you one (2xs)

one step in your woods felt like ten
got called home for dinner not knowing when
I got sore legs climbing north to south
i thought i finished up strong but you put cotton in my mouth
ya got your shield up like tough boards on a barn
hiding your nest with a magpie spinning yarn
maybe one day you’ll take a look behind
and keep me in your pocket and call it one of a kind
(Chorus repeat 4x’s)

I know it may seem a little rude now-
i’ve never been the kinda guy that waits –
So if your momma’s waits up late- –
i’ll take you home just another day
We’re goin down to the apple orchard-
catching something rotten in the core
if you’re staying after I leave here
won’t you dust up my wooden floors

so waive it, waive it, waive it….right down the middle (4x’s)
(mini solo)

since yer into a little bit of romance
i’ll pick you up around 9 o’clock
yer sister’s sad cos your leaving
and your Momma seems solid as a rock
ain’t a person that you’re really fooling
she knows i’ve been coming around
and yer Daddy I can tell he ain’t happy
cos he’s wearing that bearded frown
(chorus)
(solo) (bridge)
Chorus outro

One night, the spring of 2014, five guys played some good music in Sonic Planet Studios, Pittsburgh PA. I decided to set up a room mic (Rode NT1a) , guitar mic (Shure 58 Beta) and hit record. I eventually went back to have a listen and the moment was there. Big-brash-rock and roll drums that I couldn’t really EQ, tasty and free flowing slide guitar, mando licks and lockdown piano. A great sonic canvas for songs I wrote last year. It was a different interpretation of each of the songs but it worked this night. It certainly wasn’t a perfect performance by any means but the emotive appeal supersedes the perfect mistakes. Download and drag these songs into your iTunes Library. I mean……they’re free.

credits

released 01 April 2015

Songs written by Rob Eldridge.
Rob Eldridge- Guitar, Harp and Vox, Bruce Cody-Keyboards, Backing Vox, Craig Larson- Slide Guitar, Kevin Koch- Drums, Sam Baldigowski- Mando