UPDATE2: Our 4-way split on Enjoyment Records is out; listen over here at their page: enjoymentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bonjour-invalids-nai-harvest-reno-dakota-split-7-vinyl
Update: I've added the instrumental tracks (invalids.bandcamp.com/album/eunoia-instrumental-version
) to this album as hidden tracks so if you purchase this, you'll also have the instrumental as well. I've also stuck the different cover in the download package so you can keep them separate (the instrumental cover is blue and says "instrumental" in small letters).
"I've been both amazed and annoyed with Invalids, as just when I think I've got my brain wrapped around the time signature, these Fuckdicks fucking change things into a completely different direction using a completely different location for the 1 in any given measure."
"Quite possibly the best new math rock act on the planet: Invalids. The Oregonian/Pennsylvanian duo play a blazing brand of finger-incinerating math rock that is completely accessible and downright fun to listen to for even the most casual of listeners."
I (Pete) started writing these songs after hearing Maps and Atlases' "Every Place Is a House" for the first time. I was so blown away and enamored of the guitar technique that I had to figure out how it was done. That was some time in 2008. The first demo recordings were done at my mom's house in New Jersey back in 2009.
I met Nick (bassist) through an online forum of musicians many years ago. He asked if he could take a shot at the basslines in the demos, which, at that time, were done synthetically through VST (the bass parts were too hard for me to play myself). I said sure, what the heck, let's try it out. He sent me the first track, "And Was It Worth It in the End?", and I was really (REALLY) impressed, especially because he was like 18 at the time.
Since then I've been writing the bass lines with him in mind; I tab everything out in a tablature program (including bass and drums), send him the files, he adds his bassist touch, and records it and sends it back.
We've never actually met in real life. He lives in Pennsylvania, I lived in Oregon when we made this. I now live in New Jersey.
No picks were used in the making of this album.
All guitars are in open tuning (example, low to high, open E: E B E Ab B E). Bass is in standard tuning
Ursine Valor is the only song in which both guitar tracks do not use the same capo placement (left guitar capo 5 in open E; right guitar none, detuned to open D). The bass on Ursine Valor is detuned to D-standard.
Every song has some sort of allusion or Easter egg referencing another song, be it from popular music or from friends of mine.
We are nice and approachable and will teach you how to play the songs if you want; i.e. -> TABS (www.tabit.net/tabs/list.php?f=5655
); everything is tabbed using a wonderful program called Tabit, which is needed to open the files in the link above. Get Tabit, know our secrets.
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released 31 January 2012
All music written by Pete Davis except track 9, written by Stephen Navarrete and arranged by Pete Davis.
All lyrics by Pete Davis.
Guitars, Vocals, and Drum programming performed and recorded by Pete Davis
Bass performed and recorded by Nick Shaw
Additional vocals on track 8 performed and recorded by Nick Steinborn.
All music mixed and mastered by Pete Davis.
(c) 2012 Invalids