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XVIII. All Kinds of Singing – Memphis Flyer Mentions

Joe Boone with the Memphis Flyer posted about last week’s Otherlands show on the Sing All Kinds blog (link), and had this to say:

“Imperial Lanes is a varied mix of pop. It was recorded by Harry Koniditsiotis. ‘A Team of Bumblebees’ has a Manchestery reverberation to it: drony guitars, drums so lush they sound like their coming from next door. ‘Girl of My Dreams’ has a wonderfully tweaked guitar solo. The whole record sounds pure and unforced, even as the sounds evolve from track to track.”

Thanks to Joe and the Flyer for the write-up!

XV. Praise For Imperial Lanes…

…from our friend Richard Lester, who had this to say:

“Imperial Lanes is the debut effort from Memphis band, The Pneumatic Girls. The band mixes numerous influences such as Bowie, Orbison, and even shoegazing to create a unique sound. Mixing modern rock n’ roll sensibilities with a bit of ‘Wall of Sound’ technique, The Girls have created a sound that is both large and intimate. The songs are personal and emotional, though vague enough to allow every listener to connect with the material.

This is a great record just waiting to be discovered by music fans in the know.” 

Taken from the Amazon.com page for Imperial Lanes. Thank you, Richard!

VI. April Shows Bring May Flows (Or Something)

We played a great set at Otherlands on Saturday, April 19th, opening for the recently reborn Black Max. It was our first performance promoting the CD. We performed five of the six songs from the EP, omitting “A Team of Bumblebees” as it’s generally better when played loud and fuzzy!

The set list was: If This is Forward/Near Misses/Lost In the Fire/Girl of My Dreams/Sunday, Drunk, and Dumped/(If I Held You) Close To Me/Fall (though possibly not in that exact order)

 

 

V. The Story of Imperial Lanes

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.