On July 24th, 2010 - I booked a Nophest appearance under the name “Esoteric Drift.” As The Emancipation video and release was secret until the day it came out (literally the day before). I wanted to do something different while Tricil made it’s big debut. I performed the entire Esoteric Drift EP live in order with an “encore” of How Hard We Fall, a track I wrote for Nerd Parade.
I wrote this song while on tour with Nerd Parade for A Delicate Bashing on the long roads from St. Louis to Chicago.
The song is called North Arc because St. Louis’ famous metal monument and our direction of travel. Here I am working on it below probably.
What is Mine?
The third and final Skeletons track on this album, there’s a bit of an old Severed-era track called Fade at the end. The intro noise drums are a Reaktor ensemble thru Guitar Rig.
You May Notice That You’re on Fire or Possibly Dead
Probably the best title i’ve ever used, this was unfortunately another Skeletons track where a 2-track mixdown is all i’ve got. The middle part calls from my Celldweller remix with Andre 3000 on top of it and was originally just in the live version.
One of three songs from the EP that were meant to go on an album i was working on called Skeletons in late 06/early 07. My laptop at the time was stolen and i didn’t back up then like I do now, so this is as far as I’ve got with this track.
Some of my best guitar and vocal work in this with interesting doubling techniques for both.
The title track, Esoteric Drift, was written as a new live track to be played at Nophest 2007. You can actually hear bits of the song before, Emagine and the song after, RCC6 in the track. My buddy Matt Simpson from The Secret Life came up and jammed with us later in the set and I intentionally left some of his plugin settings on the drums at the end.
Mushy Thangs was a small guitar piece I wrote while on tour with Nerd Parade for our album A Delicate Bashing. The Track was written in the back of this van. I borrowed a bit of live Reclamation to make the crash even louder.