This album is a representation of the mundane becoming profound. The brush strokes are minimal. Some of the content is light and some of it, dark. I see myself at the blackboard marking out my lines only to have the song break from what’s expected, either lyrically or musically, causing my hand to shoot off diagonally. Each song contemplates a story about life. I want the listener to “see” the songs. The listener experiences “Kids are gone I might get tired, I might get fat” or “I waited for your fall, I waited just to catch you” through their own unique lenses. This is no screenplay. These are snapshots of my soul realized in song and I invite you to put yourself in these songs, too.
Here’s a little bit about the Australian version of Super XX Man: I have the great fortune of recording and performing with Peter Joseph Head and Hannah O’Keefe. I couldn’t be luckier to have met such truly wonderful musicians and quality human beings. One need only hear the recordings to understand what I’m talking about. Peter’s talents are not limited in any way. He plays cello with a bow, his fingers and he practically makes the thing feedback like an electric guitar. That’s not all either. He also brings a new flavor to Super XX Man – a Japanese instrument called the koto. You can hear this beautiful instrument on tracks “Best friends” and “Sorta heavy metal.” Hannah O’Keefe contributes her voice and her voice is a thing of beauty as she harmonizes on standout tracks “To the water” and “Away I go now,” among others.
Each song was constructed around a live vocal, guitar, and cello performance. Peter and I then overdubbed additional instruments by co-producing and engineering each other’s work. Hannah added her parts after the songs were nearly complete. My good friend Dave McNair of Dave McNair Mastering put the finishing touches on my mixing job and the results are spectacular. I really want you to hear this Australian debut album by Super XX Man. I also want you to see it as you hold it in your hands. The artwork is by my good friend, Shawn Camp. He and I have played music together in my old band, Silver Scooter. He’s a tremendously gifted painter living in Austin, TX.
released 07 December 2012
Scott Garred - singing, guitar
Peter Joseph Head - cello, guitar, koto, piano, bass
Hannah O'Keefe - singing