In August of 2008, Mark Scheer decided to record some new music. He asked brother, Mike Scheer (of the Blues Junkies and Jumpin`Jack Flash) if he would play guitar. He also asked friend, Steven E. Adams if he would play bass. Happily for Mark, they both agreed. The result is another pop gem. A mixture of pop, hard rock, country and even a touch of R&B.
`I never liked making narrow minded records. I always enjoyed albums that challenged me as a listener. I view it as an opportunity as a songwriter to switch gears and try and keep the listener guessing what may be next`, says Scheer.
And he succeeds at this endeavor. The opening track is a mid-tempo pop/rock tune called, `Misery`. As if inviting his audience back, Mark`s first line is `Here we are again, what matters is what matters`. Mike Scheer supplies tasty slide riffs throughout the song.
The second track, `A Shaken Martini` shifts into high gear with great guitar work by brother Mike. `This one was recorded back in 2005 around the time I did Roller Coaster Falls. Mike came over and we just jammed something. It was unfinished and nearly forgotten. I wrote some words one day and laid it down. It is my favorite on the record`.
`Runaway Rock and Roll` is a bombastic piece of harder edged rock. With an Alice Cooper-esque vocal styling, Mark delivers his view on the pitfalls of rock and roll. `That was just Steve and me on that song. He played the guitars and bass and I did the drums and vocals all in one night. I had the basic tune and Steve had a wonderful middle eight that fit just perfect. It was a blast to record and you can tell because we`re laughing on the track`!
Up next is the instrumental track, `Car Trunk Hustle`. Mark describes the song as two shady characters haggling over merchandise being bought out of someone`s car trunk. `That song evolved from a jam we fell into. Mike overdubbed a second guitar. Both guitars sound as if they were two people arguing back and forth`Ã�Â¦or it could be Frank Zappa dueling with Robin Trower`!
`Moon and Stars` closes out side one with a midnight moody feel. Says Scheer`That was a song I wrote for Logan Klemm. He was just a baby and had a hole in his heart. There were surgeries and it seemed it was rather touch and go. I knew he`d make it through. Just a song about being thankful for the present moment we are fortunate to be experiencing.
Side two opens up with a pop bang classic sound. The title track,`Car Stereo` has a summertime sound. `This one just reeks of summertime fun`, says Mark. `I was trying to write a song that would be great to hear at swimming pools and field parties`.
Track #7 is called `Belfry`. A mid-tempo rocker about killing your girlfriend when you discover she is really a vampire. `A true story`` adds Mark.
An R&B number called `Baby Come Back` is next. This is new territory for Mark Scheer. `I was listening to Ronnie Wood`s NOW LOOK album. He wrote a lot with Bobby Womack on that record. I tried to incorporate some sounds and grooves from that and `Baby Come Back` is the result`. Complete with saxophone (courtesy of Todd Bushyager), smooth R&B rhythm guitars from Mike and a great bassline and blistering guitar solo from Steve gives this song a lazy Sunday morning feel.
`I couldn`t do a record without adding a country song`, laughs Scheer. `Dirty World BluesÃ�Â¢` offers up a country feel a la the Rolling Stones `weet Virginia`. Great resonator guitar bits by brother, Mike, give this toe tapping tune a drunken swagger.
Rounding out the collection is `The Soberest Place (Is My Heart)`. Fuzz bass and a mega distorted guitar and vocals deliver like a throbbing, well, you know. J As for the last line in the song, Scheer says: `I heard a little boy say: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Stench of America! I just thought it was brilliant`
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