No. 6 Records, 1996
down Houston Street and the furies are after me
It’s the type of night
where I don’t give a damn if the rent is paid, this
life ain’t so bad"
from “Flyin’ High"
long after I dissolved St. Johnny, in the Fall of 1995, Mercury
Rev drummer/pianist Jeff Mercel and I found ourselves making
the trek from Manhattan to SUNY Fredonia in Western New York,
where Mercury Rev had recorded Yerself is Steam.
Dave Fridmann, who had worked on Let it Come Down,
St. Johnny’s final album, produced and played bass and
keyboards on the record. I played all the guitars. Carmen
Quinones sang back-up vocals (she previously appeared on Let
it Come Down and also on Mercury Rev’s See
You on the Other Side). The songs were recorded and mixed
at break-neck speed; there was not much money and Dave was
(as always) in great demand. He sandwiched G.Mal in between
Verbena and Weezer sessions.
The recording came
out on Terry Tolkin’s label No. 6 Records.
J. Spacemen told
me that he liked this EP. It was nice to hear. The tracks
I like the best are “Crawling through the Glass”
and “Flyin’ High”, “Hard to Beat."
to Beat MP3
3. Crawling Through The Glass
4. Kill Yer Pain
5. I Didn't Know
6. Don't Mean Nothin'
Bill Whitten - Guitar,
Carmen Luz Quiñones - Vocals
Dave Fridmann - Bass, Engineer, Piano, Producer
Grand Mal - Main Performer
Jeff Mercel - Drums
Nitin Vadukul - Photography
Pete Ciccone - Design
Recorded at Sweet Fish, Fredonia, New York.