Country Smokers was my 3rd band after Soylent Green (1995-1996) and Year Zero (1996-1997). I borrowed Chris Lundsford from Year Zero for drums and Adam Mullin from Capgun Suicide on bass. We eventually decided to get a second guitar player who could also sing. That's when we got Steve O'Hara. Steve still kind of sucked back then, but he was a chick magnet, so we let him on.
The band played several shows around Las Vegas including one very special event in the old Benway Bop record store on Maryland Parkway (pictured). After BG and Chris got in a fist fight on stage during a show at the old Presidio, the band broke up and Chris went on to form Cobra vs. Mongoose, Adam and BG formed Penetrator, and Steve O'Hara formed The Humanoids.
released September 5, 1998
The songs on this album were all recorded in BG's garage on 4-track cassette.
1-6 were recorded live on a Tascam 424 by BG, and mixed to mini disc through an Alesis MEQ230 around 1998. 2-6 were then bounced down to 2 tracks of the 4-track, which opened two new tracks for BG and Steve's vocals. Crime (7) is the only surviving version with lyrics.
8-24 were tracked through an 8 channel analog mixer to two tracks of tape by Mike Lavin in BG's garage. We had no monitoring system so 8-13 have distorted bass because that shit was turned up too loud. we were literally mixing to the VU meter and listening after the takes. Once we played it back and heard the nastiness, we were able to make a few adjustments before taking tracks 14 - 24.
After the final take of Just What I Needed, Lavin had to bail. So, we put it up for the night with plans to return within the week to redo most of the songs with a tighter mix. That never happened.
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