This EP got its name from the now-closed bowling alley on Summer Avenue. The only other name under consideration was Slow Numbers, but since four of the songs were not slow this title seemed misleading.
Not that Imperial Lanes is any better…none of the songs are about bowling.
The cover is my cat, Dot, and a skull my girlfriend and I bought at Garden Ridge last October but didn’t actually get around to hanging up in the window. I was being goofy and put it on the wall, and Dot was checking it out.
Mastering was taken care of by Carl Saff. When we asked Harry who he used for all his other releases (which made sense…you sort of want someone who knows the nuances of the producer making the record), this was who he sent us to. Carl got it nailed down pretty quick, only making adjustments to the first and last songs to bring the bass EQ to a point consistent with the other tracks.
Audiographic Masterworks here in Memphis did the duplication. They were very easy to work with and turned it around quicker than expected.
As for songs, we had considered recording two other tunes before calling this one an EP. Those songs were “Girl, Disappear” and “Lost In the Fire”…actually slow numbers. Maybe we’ll get around to using that name eventually.