Creative Adult (USA) / Mere Women / Skin Prison / 13.09.16
Tuesday 13th September // 7pm // All-ages
Supported by the Eunoia Collective, Poison City, Cooking Vinyl and Run for Cover
CREATIVE ADULT AUSTRALIAN TOUR
After many hiccups and delays and a painstaking half-year writing and recording, The Bay Area’s Creative Adult have put the finishing touches on their sophomore Run For Cover LP Fear of Life, which they call a mix between abstract art and pop music. During that time, the quintet – vocalist Scott Phillips, guitarists Michael Bingham and Anthony Anzaldo, bassist Mike Fenton, and drummer James Rogers – pieced together 15 songs in the studio, with only 9 making the final cut. “We spent less time practicing songs over and over and more time just forming rough skeletons so when we went into the studio we had a ton of material to play with.” The album was recorded fully analog with instrumentation produced, engineered, and mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Comadre, Punch) at The Atomic Garden in Palo Alto, California and vocals with RJ Phillips at Grizzley Studios in Petaluma, California.
The band likened making the record to building a house: everyone has a different preconceived notion of what color each room in the house should be painted. During the recording process, tensions started to grow between members as each had a different product in mind, including producer/engineer Jack Shirley. At the end of the day, the band was able to put aside their differences and realize that the record was “a house we’re all living in,” resulting in Phillips venturing to a different studio with a different engineer to track the vocals, without the input of those who were previously clouding his vision. This separation of the various parties allowed everyone full creative input and the outcome turned out better than any of them could possibly imagine.
Fear of Life is made up of nine tracks influenced by the likes of Oasis, Spaceman 3, and Explosions in the Sky and the songs – two of which clock in at over eight minutes – build slowly and are full of texture with an emphasis on payoffs and heavy guitars. The band’s five members have known each other their whole adult lives, and grew up playing in bands together and working together in a Tailor Shop, altering clothes for many years, resulting in the record’s non-musical influences: “Brutal Punishers, The San Francisco Bay, Design, Friendships and Awkward Conversations.” While the album has no overarching theme, each song’s lyrics were treated as “an attempt to delineate how it feels to be alive at the moment with respect to all emotions.”
Creative Adult will spend the rest of 2016 touring behind Fear of Life as well as working on each of their respective other projects.