Band Promises Song Each Week, Full Album Each Month For Free Download
In addition to a song a week, they will also be releasing a full-length album a month, on the first Monday of each month, starting with "The Cretin Chronicles Vol.I: Almost Normal" released in January. All downloads will be available via his website, here
"Traditionally release days are on Tuesdays, So I wanted to release the songs and the albums on Mondays," comments Gary Reynolds. "My first song released is 'Be Your Man,' a hot little number that was lyrically inspired by the Beatles' song 'Run for Your Life' and musically inspired by The Who's 'Can't Explain'."
His reason for releasing "The Cretin Chronicles Vol.I: Almost Normal" first is simple. "It's one of my earliest recordings," he says, "so I wanted to get it out first. Not everything will be chronologically released, but I felt like this should go first."
"Early last year I finished a new record with Jack Endino. I didn't do anything with it other than give a few digital downloads away to friends," Reynolds explains. "I immediately started working on another record with Justin Armstrong, which is still in progress. This has been a pattern with me over the years. Recording a record and then moving on to another one thereby placing the previous one on a shelf to collect dust."
"That is why I'm doing this. I'm clearing the slate and finally getting my entire catalogue out where it belongs," he continues.
It began when Gary Reynolds was going to college and his father purchased him an eight-track reel-to-reel tape recorder and an eight-channel mixer. "I set up a makeshift studio in my parents' attic and proceeded to record lots and lots of music. I had this idea that one day, when I got signed, I'd be able to re-record all those songs.
"Well, as time went on, I moved from my parents' house to New York City, got a twelve-track system and my whole musical direction took a radical change. I recorded three albums while I lived in New York. Then I moved from New York to Texas where I got a sixteen-track system, and then on to Seattle, growing my studio into a full-on facility that I now run full-time, Electrokitty Studios."
It wasn't until Seattle that Gary Reynolds, with his band Brides of Obscurity, released his first album, "Instant Happiness," in 2006. He quickly followed that up in 2007 with an EP, "Extended Play," and then 2007's full-length, "Santiago's Vest." While recording his next full-length, and planning to finally release something as the official follow-up to "Santiago's Vest," Reynolds visited his parents in Texas, and picked up twenty six reels he'd previously recorded when he was younger. This is the bulk of "The Cretin Chronicles Vol. 1-3," with "Almost Normal" being the first to be released from the collection. It was then that the idea for a song a week and a full-length a month began to develop.
"Originally, my only intention was to transfer the songs to digital, strictly for my own enjoyment," he recalls. "However, upon listening to the tracks I realized that they were actually much better than I had remembered them being. So I got this idea to release a song a week for a year as a good way to get all these tracks out for the world to hear nifty little tunes on a CD."
"Then," he continues, "while watching the movie 'Julia and Julia' on a plane, I was inspired to do the yearlong project. I got this idea to release a song a week for a year as a good way to get all these tracks out for the world to hear nifty little tunes on a CD."
During the digitizing process, he counted all the other records he had hanging around that he'd never done anything with. He had four from the early years, three from his time in New York City, and two unreleased ones that he recorded recently in Seattle. "I added it up," he says, "It totaled nine records in all. Plus, I'm recording a new one now, which makes ten. So all I have to do is record a children's record and either a Christmas record or a batch of my favorite all-time cover songs."