Sometime in late 2005 Crank was sitting in a bar in Chicago, very drunk. Tim Seeley was sitting next to him, also very drunk, and they were talking about how they could make a low budget movie using local bars, alleys and whoever they could grab to work on it. Several soggy napkins (with scrawled notes and scribbles) later they hit on the idea of using the basic themes and styles of old Italian westerns and adapting them to a modern ghost story set in an alternate Chicago.
Crank also thought it'd be a fun idea to write a soundtrack for the project and he knew just who to contact; Brian Day and Marquis Thomas of the horrorpunk band, 'the Vladimirs'. Longtime friends both, he knew they'd been thinking of doing something 'westernish' so it seemed like a brilliant idea. The main problem being that they were located several states away, Crank hopped into a rental and drove to Cincinnati to broach the idea. They thought it sounded good, so the work began.
Initially the whole thing was meant to be a riff on Morricone soundtracks and all instrumental. Somehow in the course of re-introducing old material and coming up with new the project took it's own shape as some blend of dark western inspired, progressive 70's music and instrumentals based around a loose story from the movie. 2006 through 2007 saw much traveling back and forth between cities and files transferred between computers before the album became coherent.
Unfortunately the movie never made it past the bar, but the album happened.
released December 3, 2008
Brian Day: Guitar, Leads, Vocals
Marquis Thomas: Guitar, Vocals
crank!: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Noise, Engineering
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