Put this together today. It's everything Troublemake released between 2006 and 2009. (Though - with the exception of a vocal or guitar track or two - everything released in 2009 was recorded in 2008).
When I posted it this morning, the tracks weren't sequenced chronologically or even grouped together by album, but I rethought it and decided that it'd probably be better to give a little bit or reason to the track order. After all, I like the more recent songs, but if I were listening to a record and something like "Operation: Enduring Bullshit" started playing, that'd probably turn me off (and I wrote it!) So now the newer stuff is all towards the front. It's still not in perfect chronological sequence, but I think I like it the way it is now. I can stand by the first half of the collection, but somewhere between 7 and 9, you're on your own.
Recorded in July/August* 2008:
Dirt Cult Mix Tape, Vol. II [cassette] (released sometime in '09)
Dangerous Intersections V [four band split 7-inch] (released August '09)
Turkish Techno / Troublemake [split 7-inch] (released May '09)
*["Rhetoric of Hope" recorded March '08]
Recorded in August 2007:
Feral [CDEP] (released December 2007)
Recorded sometime in Spring or Summer 2006:
Staying Afloat in Florida [CDEP] (released around the same time '06)
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All of this info is also listed in the credits for each track, but...
Brent Henson (guitar on 4 songs; 2007)
Chris Hembrough (drums on 3 songs; 2008)
Dave Dillon (guitar on 1 song; 2008)
Noelle Stolp (guitars on 4 songs; 2008)
Pete Scheip (guitars on 10 songs; 2006-07)
Pete Stolp (drums on 7 songs; 2006, 2008)
Ryan Switzer (drums on 4 songs; 2007)
Sam North (bass and vocals on 14 songs, guitar on 1; 2006-08)
*In 2008, Alex Heil sang some parts on 1 song and Brett Wensel recorded drums for 1 song that Pete ultimately did the drums for, but I mixed in some of Brett's cymbal tracks.
Lyrics by Sam.
Brent (1 song)
Brent w/ Sam (1 song)
Noelle w/ Sam (1 song)
Sam (7 songs)
Sam w/ Brent (1 song)
Sam w/ Noelle (1 song)
Sam w/ Noelle and Chris (1 song)
And regarding the six shows that Troublemake's played (June/July '08)
Chris (bass), Noelle (guitar), Pete (drums), Sam (vocals)
I forget some of the other bands that played, but...
Brooklyn w/ The Steinways, Full of Fancy, and Peelander-Z
Minneapolis w/ Banner Pilot, Strait A's, The Manix, Amen and the Hell Yeahs, Rational Anthem
Indianapolis w/ Dear Landlord, Off With Their Heads, The Copyrights, Rational Anthem, Kepi: The Band, Flamingo Nosebleed
Hayesville w/ Rational Anthem
Atlanta w/ Rational Anthem, Die Benny
Tallahassee w/ Rational Anthem, Saint Sweetheart, Best Friends
A note on "influences"...
Sometimes I hear something that I like enough to want to rip it off. Since I have no musical ability though, the best I can do is fumble around until I find something KINDA similar. It's never close enough that anyone can tell that I'm a thief though. Cool, right?
If I ever made any money, I might owe some of it to Rivethead (#2), Shorebirds (#3), Environmental Youth Crunch and The Potential Johns (#6), Green Day (#13).
There were other bands that I (at the very least) got ideas from, but I don't remember at the moment. I know I tried to kind of imitate a North Lincoln song at one point, but I couldn't figure out how to make my instrument sound a god damn thing like theirs and I gave up.
And if you're looking for anyone to blame for my doing any of this in the first place, I'd say it's mostly the fault of Operation: Cliff Clavin, though Crimpshrine and Aaron Cometbus definitely owe the world an apology for it as well. And so long as I'm pointing fingers, let's add Minor Threat, 7 Seconds, Snuggle, and Dillinger Four to the list. Although all of the bands mentioned in this paragraph would be better described as "inspirations" than as influences, insofar as I wasn't trying to sound like any of them. In 2006, I wasn't really trying to sound like anything because it was all I could do to string three or four chords together to write a part. From 2007 on though, I think I was going for something along the lines of Rivethead, Ringers, and just a little bit of Chinese Telephones. As noted though, I've never had the ability to actually pull any of that off. Especially in 2007, since those kids had never (and probably still haven't) heard any of those bands.
In 2008, a fifth song was recorded that's yet to be finished. The music was written by Drew Fleming, who played lead guitar on it as well. Pete Stolp played drums, I played bass and wrote the lyrics.
In 2009, I decided that Troublemake should record a 7-inch called "Wohl Whips," which would be covers of songs by bands Cometbus played drums for. I chose one song each from Crimpshrine, Pinhead Gunpowder, Redmond Shooting Stars, Cleveland Bound Death Sentence, and Astrid Oto. After drums were recorded though (but before anything else), we decided that instead of a Troublemake EP, it'd be a split with No High Fives to Bullshit. We kept our Pinhead, Cleveland Bound, and Oto tracks. They decided to do Crimpshrine, but chose Sweet Baby instead of Redmond. I can't remember how far along they got before their band (and my entire life) fell apart and the plan was scrapped. Troublemake, on the other hand, got everything recorded except for the back-up vocals. For that yet-to-be-finished record (which exists only on my hard drive), the line-up was: Dave Dillon (guitar), Jim Gies (drums), Kyle Wolak (bass), Noelle Stolp (lead guitar), and Sam North (vocals).
Just for fun... members of Troublemake band connections/nonsense!
Chris and Noelle have played together in Rational Anthem since early 2008. Alex, Dave, and Pete Stolp never played together, but have all also been in Rational Anthem at different times (Pete still is).
Pete Scheip, Chris, and I played together in Extra Day For Riots in 2003 and 2004. Chris quit in the summer of '04, and was replaced by Brett. Brett also did the cover art for the Dangerous Intersections V 7-inch.
Kyle played in Like Bats until fall of 2010. Their next bassist was Dave. Kyle has also played in Grown Ups.
Pete Stolp and Drew have also played together in Saint Sweetheart and Cassolette.
Jim used to play in Goat Bell, but is now in Boilerman.
Noelle also plays in Weaknights.
With the exception of their debut LP in 2012 - all of Rational Anthem's records were on my label, Traffic Street.
In 2009, I sang all of the back ups for one song (and most of the back-ups for three others) that went on Rational Anthem's sides of their split 7-inches with Strait A's and Apocalypse Meow.
In 2010, Noelle was sick the day of their show in Manhattan. Though my last tour with them was in 2009, I was in New York for the summer, so I got to sing their whole set that night (which was pretty awesome!) They've also let me sing "You Tell Me" at a few of their shows, "Slightly Used Girlfriend" at (at least) one show, and on a few occasions they've spontaneously started playing "Dammit" by Blink-182 while I was still holding the mic, so I've gotten to sing that with them too.
Just like Rational Anthem, all of Like Bats' records (except for their debut LP in 2012) have been on Traffic Street.
In 2009, I put out a split 7-inch for Saint Sweetheart (with Unwelcome Guests) on Traffic Street.
In 2010, I released a CDEP for Boilerman on my other label, Moonquake.
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