ELEVATOR - The Headquake tapes (2001)

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05:15
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02:53
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01:17
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03:57
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04:25
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01:53
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02:45
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05:05
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03:11
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03:27
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07:06

about

In December 2000, after releasing and touring for our album "Taste of Complete Perspective", Tara and I had to leave our house in Riverview N.B. We stashed what we could with family and friends, packed as much as we could into our old 72 Dodge Dart, and moved to Toronto for work. Mark stayed home in Moncton.

Without any of the studio gear we had back home, I set up a reel to reel 1/4 inch 4track machine in the living room of our new apartment space and soon begun working on more demos for a possible next Elevator album.

One of the last recordings made at the old house was of the band rehearsing, recorded live to 4track cassette. When we were done i asked Mark to just improv a good beat that i could try and write something around after. He ended up playing a whole structured piece that he made up on the spot.

I dubbed this drum recording onto the 1/4" 4track and wrote a song to fit it. After recording all the tracks and Tara adding her bass, this song ended up being called "FISHBOWL" and though the recording sounded kinda lofi, the process of writing like this was intriguing. It caused me to write in a way that i normally wouldn't. The way Mark plays, the way he structures the songs with drums only, made me almost hear what needed to be added. Its not like he just gives me a straight 4/4 count thing that i could easily write anything to fit, he conducts the whole thing. This method of creating also does a good job symbolically representing the fact that Mark and I were seperated now.

I called Mark from Toronto and asked him to make up a few more drum tracks, record them on his 4track and mail me the tape. He did, and once i got the tape, I dumped all those tracks onto my 4track and worked on making what you hear on tracks 2-6. A few months later, i got a 2nd tape in the mail from Mark, and from those drum tracks came tracks 7-13.

These songs began as demos for a next album but the depressing nature of our mood and times in our life led me to wanting not to release another album with a record company. I chose to start my own independent release of handmade CDR's and most of these songs ended up being compiled along with other live songs and covers as the CDR only "LOST DURING HEADQUAKE" in late 2001 and "THE SIGHTSEER PROJECT" in 2002. This version of "The Bloom" is unreleased but the song was re-recorded for our next album called "DARKNESS-LIGHT"

Looking back now, i wish these 13 recordings were originally kept all together in one release because together they represent an important time to me and seem to fit together naturally. Its probably the lowest i've ever been, and some of the darkest music ive ever recorded, i still find these tapes to be quite haunted and though never too popular, i'm glad i have them.

These wave files have been remastered from the original tapes, and sound as good as possible. Here they are, "THE HEADQUAKE TAPES".

RICK WHITE - voice+guitar+bass+keys
TARA WHITE - bass+voice
MARK GAUDET - drums

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released January 9, 2013

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