Here you go -- album title, cover art and release date! Let's begin with the facts: the new album is called Start It Over. The cover art is by our very own Kevin "Solid" Goldman. The release date is October 9, 2007.
Start It Over is a lyric from one of the 11 songs on the album. On many levels we felt like starting from scratch on this album. From the 192 (soon to be 200 - update: MARC7s sold out) MARC7 members that rallied to fund the album and returning to our Seattle recording roots with Steve Fisk and Stuart Hallerman, the makers of Subtle Ways & Khronos. There was quite a bit of personal upheaval that occurred between the time when we hatched the plan up until the actual recording session. Starting over is how we managed to pull it all off and keep our musical brotherhood fresh and creative. The album was written and recorded at Avast! Studios in Seattle, WA, May 6 - May 12, 2007. This itself was an adventure, terrifying at moments, but definitely the most rewarding recording experience we've had together. We feel we laid a golden Maktub egg and are excited for everyone to hear the results.
How's it sound? In a word, great. But describing music in words is like singing the taste of chocolate cake: interesting but totally not chocolaty. I can tell you that we didn't use any fancy tricks. The album is almost exclusively live tracks (as in very few overdubs) and early or first takes with all of us playing together in the same room. Thaddeus used the same guitar and amp for most the album and not a single effect pedal. Kevin & Davis sat 3 feet from each other the whole session. Reggie sang right along with us, making up words on the fly -- and we ended up using many of these live vocal tracks. Crazy!
What else? The album will be released and pressed on demand by our friends at Kufala with recycled chipboard packaging and edible/smokable shrink wrap (no joke). Start It Over will also be release on iTunes so you can get your digital music fix via the interweb. MARC7 members will be listed in the liner notes and will receive a signed-copy of the album a week before it releases.
You can pre-order Start It Over and we'll mail it to you when it releases. We've got 8 remaining MARC7 memberships available (update: MARC7s sold out),so get on in there before they're all snatched up. When we reach 200 we're closing the speakeasy doors and drinking hooch 'til the crack of dawn. One last thing -- we're selling sweet Maktub t-shirts for $9 (shipping included). Scroll to the bottom of the store page and wear it proud.
P.S. allow for a little wiggle room on the release date -- there's a chance it'll land on Oct. 2 or Oct. 16. We're riding by the seat of our pants on this one. Go team!