On September 17th, 1999, ROCKET PARK released its first album by the time-honored tradition of the CD release party. Though the result of less than a year of recording (in fits and spurts), it felt to me like the culmination of years - nay, decades - of preparation, for though I'd been recording in various contexts for many a moon, I'd never really buckled down and produced a cohesive, album-length work. Eric Moore provided the kick up my ass, the cash and - last but not least - a bunch of awesome drumming to make it happen, and I thank him for all three.
Although Rocket Park would quickly become more of a band and less of a studio project, the free reign Eric gave me throughout the recording of this project made it a virtual solo album, albeit prominently featuring a drummer and lead guitarist who could bring the goods more readily than I. John Sebben, although pictured and credited, didn't really join the band until after the rhythm parts had been laid down, and by the time we recorded our next album, he was replaced by Dave Harris, whose arrival really helped define Rocket Park as a band (and whose departure led to a slow but decisive death for the group).
The music? Well, I suppose I was working towards a different ideal then. It's dense with sound, layered and highly produced, perhaps a bit too glossy and shiny for my current tastes, but I can't help a surge of pride and emotion when I listen. I was twenty-eight years old when the sessions began, impatient for my music to be heard, ready to go for broke. I think I did alright. Thanks again to Mike Martin (a great engineer who delivered exactly what was requested), Eric Moore (without whom...) and "Manik" Myk Thompson (not just for his blazing guitar lines, but for his wonderful cassettes that helped nudge me towards my current DIY approach to music).
released September 17, 1999
Brian Andrew Marek - bass guitar, acoustic and electic guitars, keyboards, drum loops, percussion and all vocals
Eric Moore - drums and percussion
"Manik" Myk Thompson - lead guitar
John Sebben - bass guitar and keyboards
extra percussion on "Just a Tool" by Mike Martin and Jessica Watts
a (subliminal banana) production
produced and mixed by Mike Martin and Rocket Park
engineered by Mike Martin at the Broom Factory
mastered at Cry Rock Mastering, Memphis, TN
all songs written by Brian Andrew Marek except "A Celebrated Villain in Heaven" (Marek/Alleman/Moore) and "Autumn" (Marek/Hanlon/Bess)
all songs copyright (c) 1999 (subliminal banana) music
interludes conceived, written and performed by Myk and Brian, featuring Andrea Busch as the Rocket Man's sweetheart
art direction by Andrew Alleman and Brian Andrew Marek
photographs by Michael Draga
graphic production by Kiwi Creative Inc. St. Louis, MO
special thanks to Bob and Sherri and all our groovy pals at the Way Out Club, Andrew Alleman, Andrea Busch, The Highway Matrons, Beatle Bob, Guitar Joe, The Phonocaptors, Michael Draga, Dan "Stuvie" Stuvland, Bob (the band), Liana Marek, Jerkwater Junction, Mike Martin, Roger Holloway, Jessica Watts, our families and friends, all our old bandmates, everybody at Rooster Lollipop and all the ghosts, villains, sirens and superstars that inspired our songs (you know who you are)
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