Comet & the Well of Souls
A little story: The teenage nephew of Romeo (lead singer) had guests in his classroom who were professional musicians there to talk about music. One of the musicians was a guitarist for The Steve Miller Band, and he asked if anyone in the class personally knew anyone in a band. The nephew raised his hand and said his uncle was in a band. When asked the name of the band he replied, 'Rhyming Polanskis.' The Steve Miller Band guitarist then asked if that was the same band with that phenomenal lead guitar player Nathan. The nephew, with his jaw dropped wide open, nodded and said yes. The guitarist then said the Rhyming Polanskis is a great band with a great CD. Granted, this story arrives here through double hearsay word-of-mouth, but given that the nephew was not expecting this answer there seems no incentive for the kid to make it up. We have a theory as to how the guitarist from The Steve Miller Band may have heard our music since we know a few copies of our 30,000 Little Adventures CD floated around in the vintage guitar trade circles in the Seattle area (also Steve Miller spends time in the Northwest). Anyway, it's an interesting little story about how you never know who may hear your music and publicly comment on it. Song-by-song: "Comet" (5:05) - It's a little odd to open an album with a long, depressing acoustic guitar break-up song, but here it is. The hero recognizes that the relationship must end and hopes to someday run into each other again. For the cosmologically-challenged, a comet passes by the sun anywhere from tens of years to thousands of years. Get it?? "King of No One" (4:10) - Another fun, happy, uplifting song, NOT. Regardless of the theme, the performance and the songwriting are excellent. This song is immensely popular among the fan faithful. "Fear" (5:35) - Another fan favorite, this song is a tad more positive than the first two tracks if you ignore the title. Basically, it's about fear of the unknown and overcoming it. A very uplifting concept, really. "Human" (5:13) - How come when people are victimized, or otherwise somehow fail at something, they're only human? When someone breaks a record for some physical feat of strength are they not also human? Why are they called superhuman? Anyway, these questions have little to do with this song, except for maybe the first one. "Know You" (4:38) - Attractive woman, nervous man. This poor guy's brain just shuts off whenever he talks to this woman. Oh, did we mention the guy is married? And not to this woman? Hmmm ... "Paul" (4:41) - Guess who this song is about? If you answered "some guy named Paul," then you are correct. This character just doesn't seem to be content with his station in life as he approaches age 30 and takes it out on everyone else, but really is taking it out on himself. "Black Day" (4:05) - Slightly funky, grungy social commentary about those less fortunate; the humans, if you will. "Easy to Know" (4:54) - This one's a foot-tapper for all those who like to tap their foot to music where half the band is playing in a different time signature. Oh, how pretentious are we! Actually, we've yet to figure out exactly who's playing what in what time signature, and, frankly, we're just happy it didn't end in a train wreck. "In Terminal" (3:57) - Let's dance! Churn and grind to this, you hippies! Enjoy the maniacal double-piano duet in the middle. All kidding aside, I dare you to keep still during this song. "Blood and Sand" (3:38) - The band demanded that the lead singer reveal what this song is about, but it was futile. Upon careful listening, however, it could be an anti- Gulf war song. Upon casual listening, however, it could be a song about a night of rough sex. Some of us think it's both. In any case, the song has a driving, high-energy pulse. A great rock song all around. "Let Go Louise" (4:04) - A very fast modern punk song with some grandmother's name in the title. Are there any Louises under the age of 50 out there? Regardless of the questionable name, it certainly works in this song for alliteration purposes. Try not to sing along with the "la-la" chorus, and then tell us Louise doesn't work. Someday, we're writing a song about Eleanor and Betsy, too. "I Over You (single version)" (3:44) 'As Long As I'm With You (single version) (2:38) "Dry (single version)" (3:17) - The full-length versions of these are on the 30,000 Little Adventures album. Perfect for a high-quality seven-inch vinyl single spinning at 45 revolutions per minute, or for radio programmers wanting to squeeze as much music as possible in a day. "BHT (Making More Room In Our Hearts)" (11:50) - A fully-improvised instrumental featuring an anchoring bass line over which guitars soar, drums cascade, and synthesizers fly low to create a psychedelic experience where mind-altering substances are not required (but also not discouraged, either). Personnel: Nathan: lead guitar, harmony vocals, mountain dulcimer ('I Over You'). Brian: Ken Smith fretless bass ('Dry,' 'I Over You'). Monica: bass guitar, harmony vocals. Romeo: lead vocals, guitars. Jay: drums, percussion, lead and harmony vocals ('Comet'), acoustic guitar ('Comet'), synthesizers ('BHT'), sampler ('Comet'). Track 1: Recorded, mixed and produced by Jay. Tracks 2-11: Recorded by Jay with Wes. 2-8 Mixed and mastered by Lance. 9-11 Mixed and mastered by Jay. Tracks 12-16: Recorded, mixed and produced by Jay. Mastered by David. Disc length: 72 minutes, 11 seconds. 'This band knows how to put a song together and the talent in the group shines out and drives it. The singer has versatility, knows his range and works it all exceptionally. He delivers a powerful and emotional performance and that, honestly, is refreshing to hear.' - Fran in Tempe, AZ.