well, album number 4 - "Degrees Of Existence"...some random, and possibly long winded, thoughts by SHAYNE CARTER
the album was written on the back of some intensive touring - a couple of trips to the u.s, our first forays to australia - probably the most prolific stretch of live performance by the dimmer band -which up until this point had been mostly a studio affair and quite low key performance wise - ever. while the last album also featured a band, that line up had two weeks of rehearsal to prepare. the band that recorded this album has been together 2 or 3 years and we've developed into a hot, and together, unit. sorry but the dimmer band 'rocks'. i wanted to capture that on this record. i felt it was a drag that the dimmer records thus far didn't really represent the roar and the outerspaceness we were/are capable of live. i'm quite happy that those qualities have been captured here.
i also wanted to make a return to the more experimental vibe evidenced on our first album which remains my favourite dimmer record to this point. i liked that record because it was brave and unafraid and because it didn't sound like anything, or anyone, else. while "degrees of existence" is sonically a different beast altogether i think it has that sense of trying things while still dealing in 'songs'. i'm not interested in music that goes from A to B to C in a fashion you've heard a million times before. i'm not interested in pastiche or ripping anybody off. i'm not interested in 'irony'. i'm also not interested in becoming a 'family favourite' , a musician a 'country can be proud of', going on game shows or gradually diluting my music as i weary with jadedness and age. fuck that. i wanna make the kind of music that i'd like to hear - and that involves originality, vitality, and, yes, the sense of trying things.
thank you james, kelly and dino for the soul and effort you guys have poured into this music. and to gary and mikey who stepped up to the drummer plate when dino went to berlin. ( i feel lucky that i had access to three of the finest drummers in new zealand - well anywhere really - people of immaculate taste and execution ! )
every musician on this record knew where the music was coming from and finding people with that level of perception and intuition ain't so easy ..
released August 19, 2009
Recorded in Auckland NZ 2008/09
Produced by Shayne Carter
Engineered by Nick Roughan and Dimmer
All songs Shayne Carter
Shayne Carter - vocals, guitars, keys, bass
James Duncan - guitar, keys, bass
Kelly Steven - bass, backing vocals, flute
Dino Karlis - drums, percussion
Gary Sullivan - drums on 4 & 9
Michael Prain - drums 2 & 8
Tom Watson - trumpet 7
Rebekah Davies, Anna Coddington, Hannah Curwood - backing vocals 10
Mastered by Angus Mcnaughton
Artwork by Kelly Steven
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