After releasing The Tells of Parallels, I felt we were onto something, and that it was time to leave Company of Thieves to start writing the first full-length Mutts album. Bob was still playing with Big Science and Empires, and Chris Faller was touring with Company of Thieves. So we had to approach recording a little differently.
As with the first two releases, we were all super busy with our “main” projects and we just wanted to hit the studio to kick out a few jams real quick for the fun of it. Chris and I were touring heavily in Company of Thieves and preparing to track their 2nd record. Bob was playing with Big Science and Empires and doing session work for some Chicago artists.
I met drummer Cory Healey while I was living on the couch at the IV Lab in 2008. He drummed on my solo gigs and I had always wanted to do a recording with him. He’s a jazz player with crazy chops and polyrhythms, and he hits hard like a rock drummer. Along with Bob, who had recently parted ways with Company of Thieves, we started jamming on a few of my new ideas.
Bob and I met in 2009, when we were on tour playing in Company of Thieves. After a show in Florida, we were drinking at a Nautically-themed bar, listening to old records on the jukebox, and he said he’d love to hear me do a record with less production than my solo album had. And I was wanting to make something a like more gnarly as well.