did it that way is so gratifying from the creative standpoint. It made it very special and endearing to know that we did it that way as opposed to the way most people traditionally do records, which is obviously, I you know a very long and involved process. I come from jam, improvisational background. When I was growing up playing guitar in the 60s and early and mid 70s it was basically what I did. The bands that I was in improvised, that’s what we did most of the time. I’m so comfortable with that and I think that it’s somewhat of a lost art in the rock genre. I mean even the jam bands that I listen to are not purely improvisational in the truest sense, I don’t think. I’m sure there’s exceptions but from what I’ve heard from everything from String Cheese (Incident), Government Mule to Fish to Moe and Umphrey’s McGee. I mean their are arrangements that are rehearsed in that music. And there’s nothing wrong with that. They’re beautiful. Umphrey’s McGee being my favorite but they’re not improvisational bands in the true sense that say, jazz bands are, or rather were. It’s a matter of CAPTURING the creative moment rather than CREATING the creative moment, two completely different things.
Exactly! And I think the success of that genre of music in the 90s started attracting the attention of the industry which invited and ultimately imposed preproduction and label approval and those sorts of things on those bands before they could even start to “improvise” which is a sort of contradiction of form I suppose.
Definitely! I agree,
So shifting gears again, the new LYNCH MOB -Sound Mountain Sessions EP, which was recorded at the same place obviously as shadow train. It’s a collection of songs brilliantly structured and composed. The messages were pleasantly surprising to me it seems as though there are some social messages there. Particularly in the song CITY OF FREEDOM. You’re back in the Los Angeles area now and you can feel that atmosphere in the references to living under bridges and cardboard boxes and feelings of hopelessness and struggle and yet there’s kind of overwhelming feeling in the chorus that there are undefined and perhaps undiscovered possibilities for change. Not your average message coming from a hard rock band.
Yeah well I think it’s a utopian-esque message that is maybe taken two ways, one literally, and one, sort of, you know, the “utopia in the mind” like new age sense where people could potentially evolve to a better place spiritually and mentally and then the physical would follow. I wrote those words, it’s not one of the highlighted songs on the EP, it’s not the one getting the attention, right now slow drag is, but my job I feel in the band is, among other things, to hopefully create a deeper sense of message so that the band has depth rather than just music, not that music isn’t valid enough reason, it exists, but I come from an era again in the 60s and 70s where music was a product of revolution and uprising and social consciousness, the civil rights movement, Vietnam