Tracks from Salt March originally released as "Swan" Sep 2010,
some no longer available anywhere...
Give Up the Ghost
Salt March is an album that I produced, performed and wrote everything. I played all the guitars, most bass (that's Doug Elliott on "Fortune" and Aaron Grant on "Make You Mine") sang all the vocals, played keyboards, basically did everything except play drums. I recorded all the guitars at various home studios, rehearsal spaces, wherever I could scrounge up a decent mic and amp combo.
It was interesting how the whole thing came together. It’s an album that realistically was probably over six or seven years in the making. It was more about compiling ideas, and experimenting while trying to capture something musical and interesting. A lot of the material on this album was first take attempts that were created while in the act of experimentation. Many times I got lucky and managed to capture that first take magic. So it’s an interesting album in that it was written, recorded, and created entirely off the grid, off the musical radar if you will, and is kind of a pure representation of what it was I was trying to achieve with little to no outside input or opinions. There were no managers, label reps, A&R or anybody standing by during the process to offer guidance or input, or to help shape things to “fit the market” of the time. The only changes that were made because of outside input was when the whole thing was finished and I signed with an indie label based out of Toronto called Pheromone Recordings. The head of that label, Kim Cooke, had some ideas about remixing, so we went back into the Armoury studios in Vancouver to remix a couple of the tracks.
The two co-writers who are on the album are Craig Northey and Lance Lapointe. Craig helped out with some lyrics and the bridge in Unfamiliar and Lance wrote the riff that became the bridge for Behind Closed Doors. Lance was actually in the band for a while and was my bass player when the whole Seeds thing happened. We’ve been close friends since the mid-90s.
And Paul Silveira was a huge part of this album seeing the light of day. He recorded all the drums at Armoury Studios and also mixed a few songs and oversaw / co-mixed the rest. We worked together in the studio as a mixing team; he would start the song, get the drums going, then I would mix everything else around that, and he would come back at the end to adjust what I had done and thats how it all got mixed.
Enjoy the March!