Joseph LeMay's Trailer Trash EP is a good indication of what's to come from the Tennessee bred songwriter. The live
EP, released via Noisetrade, gives us a barebones glimpse of three songs from
his upcoming debut album Seventeen Acres performed in the same
room in which they were written.
"A few less square feet than we thought it might be, but we
give it our damndest and sink in our teeth," sums up the making
of Joseph LeMay's Trailer Trash EP quite nicely.
The 24 year old singer/songwriter gathered up his most talented friends
and hauled them from Nashville, TN to his shabby little abode, an abandoned
single-wide trailer in the woods on the outskirts of his hometown of Dyersburg,
TN. After arriving at Single Wide Farms, the travelers set up their gear
and a few mics, hit record, played some tunes, and let the camera roll.
The "living room" they crammed into boasts six-foot ceilings
and is smaller than most walk-in closets. This closeness resulted in a
noticeable intimacy in LeMay's and the rest of the band's delivery.
"We did the whole thing live, with no headphones or
monitors," Joseph recalls of the recording process
for Trailer Trash, "So, we all had to be entirely present and
intentional with our playing and listen to one another. As
simple as that sounds, people don't do that like they used to. Taking away the
option of 'fixing it later' forced us to focus on our performance and dial it
all in on the front end."
For Trailer Trash LeMay used the same
lineup of musicians from his upcoming debut LP Seventeen Acres due
out in May 2014. Molly Parden graced all three tracks with her background
vocals. Caleb Hickman switched between keys and lap steel in addition to
singing background vocals on "You Still Do It". Juan Solorzano
played electric guitar and bass pedals, while Noah Denney kept everything in
order on drums. Nashville producer Seiji Inouye engineered, mixed,
and mastered the project.
Filmographers Alfonso Sjogreen and Kern Ducote were
present-cameras in hand-for the entire recording session. They captured
the performances for the rest of us to see, and Dillon Bock served as video editor. See the videos as they are
released by subscribing to his YouTube channel following Joseph on twitter @josephlemay, Liking his Facebook
page, and joining his email list.
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