Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: February 5, 2015 Union Pool

March 11, 2015

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

It’s hard to believe that Chris Forsyth’s second outing with the Solar Motel Band, Intensity Ghost, is merely four months old. So even as the album’s songs hardly feel worn-in, it’s exciting that the band has already begun airing new material live. “High Castle Rock” is one such new song, but also one we’ve heard before. The band has been playing it live since even prior to the release of Intensity Ghost and the long gestation period has proven fruitful. Charting its progress over the last few months, each performance burns a bit hotter than the last. This version of the song from last month at Union Pool is an unforgiving, relentless jam. Playing for a packed crowd convinced to brave the cold by a New Yorker writeup, the band airs a second new song, “The Rarity of Experience, Parts 1–2.” That one, along with their standout cover of Richard and Linda Thompson’s “The Calvary Cross,” illustrates Forsyth’s increasing comfort with vocals. From Intensity Ghost the band plays the title track, the album’s standout jammer “The Ballad of Freer Hollow,” and closer “I Ain’t Waiting.”

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Horse Lords and Mind Over Mirrors sets from the same night: with the AKGs clamped to the balcony combined with a board feed from Union Pool FOH Leah. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Leah) + AKG C480B/CK61 (FOB, PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, EQ, mixdown) > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [56:55]
01. The Ballad of Freer Hollow
02. [banter/tuning]
03. The Rarity of Experience, Parts 1–2
04. High Castle Rock
05. [banter/tuning]
06. The Calvary Cross [Richard & Linda Thompson]
07. [banter]
08. Intensity Ghost
09. [banter]
10. I Ain’t Waiting

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One Response to Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: February 5, 2015 Union Pool

  1. TerrapinJess
    April 18, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I absolutely love these guys and I really appreciate your work with this (as always)… Going for a hike today and will be jamming to this on the ride up and back!

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