Thursday, July 30, 2009

Releasing the new EP

The record is done, mixed, just waiting for Krupa to send me the files so it can be posted on the website...

When Jeff got hurt in his motorcycle accident, we realized that the shows we had lined up were going to have to change. Either we had to cancel or fulfill our obligations as an acoustic duo of Brian & Nat. We've been down the road of temp players, and while we met some great people along the way, it's a hard road. So we took a chance and decided to make the acoustic duo format a viable version of Talking to Walls..

This EP is a culmination of those practices and a way for us to show ourselves that we could do this. Especially seeing as the title track from our last album, The Megan E.P., was an Irish punk rock song.

Years ago, before this band was capable of doing all the things it can do now, there was an earlier version of Talking to Walls. Some good friends of mine and I did some recording and put out a record and the song we were pushing was a hard rock tune called "Sleeping with the Enemy". All well and good, except for the fact that I was touring solo. Send a song out to radio stations and then not play the song live? That was a quick realization that the whole thing had to be a more complete package.

I have gone back and listened over the years to old show tapes from way back when I was starting out - before this band, and even in it's earliest inceptions - and I wince when I hear what I was doing. Every musician has those tapes. Recording "A Long Stilt Walk" live and acoustic in the studio is as much a step forward as it is a look back at how things all started - a song and a guitar. I'm so happy to have been able to do this - as raw as it is, it's a testament to growth. And I know that, as far as I'm concerned, my part of the growing would never have happened if it weren't for some people who have become very good friends of mine, who had the patience to let me do what I needed to do. And as proof positive that this is a BAND and not some overbearing Brian Kelly Project, I barely write half the songs anymore. And the ones I do I don't consider mine, especially with how much they change when I bring them in to the group.

I couldn't be happier about that fact.

-Brian Kelly
Bridgeport, July 30

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