When Brad and I were deliberating over names for this project, concepts ranged from "Titletown" to "Allah and the Single Ladies". And ya know, maybe it was a blunder the magnitude of the Iraqi invasion to forfeit a name as rich and relevant as "Allah and the Single Ladies." (While we are on the topic of US foreign policy: for the next record I'm putting together a song that views modern hookup culture through the lense of Operation Iraqi Freedom. You think I'm joking. You'd be mistaken.)
So then why Salinger? After all, I hated Catcher and the Rye, and Brad read the SparkNotes (and yet managed to secure a better grade on the test for the book than I did). Yet, that sort of event characterizes me and Brad's four-years-and-counting friendship, a freefall through a sonic vacuum that has seated us at the feet of the indie rock gods.
Here is an assortment of songs spanning two years and several heartbreaks. There truly is something for everyone here - a saccharine piano ballad about religious sectarianism, an electro-pop lament of a lost love, an emo song swiped from the Elliott Smith collection, and a modern rock banger (heh) compliments of Brad. Four songs, about 12 minutes. I don't think a second of it is wasted. We emptied our coffers into this, and we hope you'll saunter your way to Zoe's Cabaret.
Special thanks to
Caitlyn, Ken and Seth (the weekend warriors of Salinger) for lending their talents to these songs
Our parents for not murdering us when we came home to our respective houses at 2 AM on several occasions after recording
Our friends for putting up with our shit and inspiring some of these songs (you know who you are)
Cory Kinchla for the years of laughs
John #1 who is always ready to help at a moment’s notice
John #2 who is apparently making us a video
Aromantic Comedy for sitting this one out.
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