It’s been over a year since we released our last EP, Martyrs and Prisoners. The intervening months have been stagnant: practicing sporadically, if at all.
Deirdre moved to Portland, OR. Tia’s been recording and touring with Fellow Project (and playing drums in Trifles and Way Harsh). Brian’s been dealing with family and its accompanying disasters. I’ve been trying to get my shit together with stalled projects and life in general.
It’s in that murky milieu that Brian and me started getting together on Tuesdays to hang out and write songs. We’ve been armed with around a dozen songs that Rations was working on, plus and a handful of new songs (more like riffs, idea, unfinished lyrics, etc.) we’d each written during the lull.
It’s been slow going but I think the songs are good. And we’re determined to will a full length album into world. We’re arranging, writing lyrics, culling stuff, trying new stuff, etc. As such, we wanted to release a couple rough and demo tracks to get some momentum going.
“Mr. Pitiful” is an Otis Redding song from the 1965 album The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads. It’s been stripped down, truncated, and recorded into a gizmo for smartphones by Brian.
“Torch” is a song we were playing as a full band and that Brian and me are working out for the full length. This is a rough recording from a band practice intended for a tape compilation that never materialized.
“Mr. Pitiful” probably won’t be re-recorded or appear elsewhere. “Torch” is slated to be properly recorded – with the full band – for the eventual full length.
So for those that care, Rations is rides (or maybe lurches?) again.