THE 9-SONG DEBUT SHIP SHAPE ALBUM (five tracks hidden until you download them), TRACKS 1 AND 2 ARE FREE DOWNLOADS.
Please Ask Before Stealing was recorded in the same room where the band rehearses, at Arran Fisher's Acoustikitty studio in Calgary. The first session for the album, tracking the Japanese-Western suicide lament "The Ballad of Rikyu and Hideyoshi," was set up as a surprise to the rest of the band and by the end of the evening, the song was finished. Almost all the songs on the album were recorded live to 8-track analog tape, including lead vocal and harmonica, with minimal overdubs done after the fact. The recording process was amazingly smooth - the version we hear on the album was usually captured within the first three takes. The sound breaks at the edges and pulls at the seams of what a studio album is supposed to feel like. You can hear the snare drum rattling from the guitar amps and Fisher singing out of breath after a harmonica bit. This album is the sound of friends making art together, not some kind of audio simulation.
Lyrically, the songs on Please Ask Before Stealing deliver insights and ruminations on the inevitability of death, the profundity of love, insurgency, laziness, heartbreak and mystery. Weighty stuff, for sure, but a sense of humour pervades throughout the album, making the trip easy.
released January 1, 2013
1. The Sun's My Heart 4:06
2. Let's Fall into the Roles We Play 4:29
3. Stir Our Stormy Hearts 6:33
4. The Ballad of Rikyu & Hideyoshi 7:37
5. Eyes Blinking 3:26
6. Whisky & Blankets 4:00
7. Drum at My Door 3:52
8. The Lightness in the Choice I Made 2:48
9. We Can Live in the Open Air 8:16
10. BONUS: Blue Christmas (Elvis Cover)
Total playing time: 45:09
Written by Arran Fisher
Dedicated to Yasuhisa Inaba Shihan
Brent Crosson - lap steel, vocal
Arran Fisher - lead vocal, harmonica, guitar left
Sean Grier - guitar right, vocal
Scott Moffat - drums, vocal
Joel Tobman - bass, vocal
Paul VanKampen - piano on "Stir Our Stormy Hearts"
Luke Colborne - vocal on "The Sun's My Heart"
Recorded and mixed at Acoustikitty, Calgary by Arran Fisher from August 2011 to October 2012 www.acoustikitty.ca
Played and sung live to 8-track analog, with overdubs (b.g. vocals. percussion etc.) recorded later with non-analog technology
Mastered by Jamey Harrow
Art by Jenny Conway Fisher
Thanks to the inspirators and co-conspirators: Clinton St. John, Luke Colborne, Mark Hamilton, Stephen VanKampen, Laura Leif
©2013 Arran Fisher