Release date: Monday 15th May, 2006
Producer: Ben Lloyd
Engineer: Ben Lloyd
Label: Xtra Mile
Nigel:Tarrant, Ben and I met Frank on April 15th 2005 at Leeds Josephs Wells when Dive Dive were on tour opening for the awesome Reueben. Frank was selling their T-shirts between Million Dead tours. We got to know him during the course of the dates we did and offered to help out recording some solo stuff he was planning.
I must admit looking back I'm surprised at the amount of time that elapsed between us meeting and this EP seeing the light of day. In my mind it was much closer, but damn you reality, you win this one. We gathered in Dive Dive's rehearsal space (Tarrant's basement) to arrange and rehearse the songs Frank had brought in. In my (now proven to be imperfect) memory it was all pretty quick - we had a couple of afternoons rehearsal I think, and then recorded it all in a day or two not long after.
This is one of the products that makes me snigger whenever I read a Frank 'purist' going on about how they prefer the early records when he was solo. This was his first solo release entirely on his own (there had been one split 7" before this) and the first thing that happens is the entire band kicks in.
The intro to 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For The One Of Me' is a shuffle riff on 'Rock and Roll' by Led Zeppelin, which is the song I had played in soundcheck at Leeds Josephs Wells; that apparently caught Frank's ear and got us into this whole mess in the first place.
Tarrant:Nigel, Ben and my association with Frank started in 2005 when we met him on tour with Reuben (Dive Dive were supporting on a UK tour). At the time he had just started doing solo shows and I guess we must have got talking about the studio set up we used with Dive Dive. Whatever the kernel, he got in touch soon after the tour and asked if we would be up for playing on and recording his debut release. From memory the whole process took about a week. We rehearsed up the tracks in the rehearsal space we used for Dive Dive (the basement at my parents house) and recorded the tracks in much the same way we had done 'Tilting At Windmills' with the exception that we used a Pro Tools system rather than the crotchety Studer A80.
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