These 5 songs were picked from sessions we did in November of 2009 after the band was mentored by the legendary soul man, Bill Withers. Bill taught us important lessons about nuance, dynamics in arrangements and helped strengthened our sense of groove. An unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience to say the least. More of the tracks from those sessions will be appearing on the upcoming full-album release.
During those sessions, we spent 2 weeks taking over our friend, Ben Skerker’s house in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles. Brandon Duncan brought together a bunch of vintage recording equipment and setup shop; running cables through all parts of the house and engineering the whole 2 week session. The band all set up in Ben’s living room with couches turned over to lower the mic bleed and guitar amps in the coat closet. It was raw, guerilla recording at it's best. An amazing experience for all of us.
Our good friend, the amazing Dan Rothchild, took over production duties after the tracking sessions and helped put everything together and add any extra overdubs. We brought in Adam MacDougall, Arlan Schierbaum and Bill Purdy to lay down keyboards, along with Dawn Thomas and Sky Nicholas on backing vocals.
What we got was the first chapter of the Wreckards story. We hope this is only the beginning of a long journey with much more music ahead. Enjoy...
released May 15, 2010
Joel Eckels - vocals/guitar
Mark "Babyhead" Corben - upright bass/electric bass
Tamir Barzilay - Drums/Percussion
Shawn "Chinky Binks" Eckels - guitars/keys
Adam MacDougall - keys on Mr. Mojo and Bad Blood
Arlan Sheirbaum - melotron on Little Brother
Bill Purdy - piano on The Joy, The Pain
Dawn Thomas - backing vocals on Mr. Mojo
Sky Nicholas - backing vocals on Little Brother
Dan Rothchild - backing vocals on The Joy, The Pain/additional percussion
Engineered by Brandon Duncan
Produced by Joel Eckels, Dan Rotherchild
Arranged by Joel Eckels, Mark "Babyhead" Corben, Tamir Barzilay and Dan Rothchild
Special thanks to Bill Withers for his wisdom and direction