Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: December 12, 2015 Trans-Pecos

December 21, 2015

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Over the past couple years—and 2015 especially—this site has developed quite a rapport with Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, resulting in six separate recordings in 2015 alone, plus a pair from 2013 and 2014. So it was only fitting that we booked this year-end engagement at one of the few clubs Forsyth & co. had yet to play: Trans-Pecos.  I’m happy to report that the show was a raging success and that all were rewarded with what is truly the standout set of the year. Having recently announced the second proper album with The Solar Motel Band on No Quarter, The Rarity of Experience (preorder it here!), the band graced us with not only a pair of newer tracks we hadn’t heard before (the impeccably titled “The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues,” and “Boston Street Lullaby”), but played some older ones we hadn’t heard in a while either. The set’s centerpiece is a sprawling three-parter, consisting of the older “Paranoid Cat” into a transitional jam that takes us into “Solar Motel Part II.” A twenty-five minute epic that left the room spinning. Easing us out of 2015 with the quiet closer “Boston Street Lullaby,” we look forward to what 2016 has in store for Chris Forsyth. And no doubt, we’ll be there to capture more exciting shows to come.

I recorded this set with the mics set up at the stage lip, combined with a board feed from Trans-Pecos FOH, Ned. The results are outstanding. Enjoy!

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Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
Queens, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Ned) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [1:06:15]
01. Anthem I
02. Anthem II
03. The Ballad of Freer Hollow
04. Paranoid Cat > Jam >
05. Solar Motel Part II
06. The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues
07. Boston Street Lullaby

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2 Responses to Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: December 12, 2015 Trans-Pecos

  1. Patrick W.
    December 21, 2015 at 11:52 am

    “The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues” and “Boston Street Lullaby” are both on Forsyth’s Kenzo Deluxe:

  2. EricPH
    December 21, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for the tip. I was vaguely aware of that. Both tracks will also appear on upcoming album, The Rarity of Experience in full-on Solar Motel Band versions.

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