Goodbye to Analog is the third conceptual album in the band’s growing catalog. The premise originated with the thought that maybe Snow White was perfectly happy sleeping and uses this fairy tale as a jumping off point to tell the story of three addicts trying to make their way and uses drugs as a metaphor for everything that constrains us. The album was written as if it were the first act of a rock musical and comes with a companion “script“. A second act is likely at some point.
Work started on this record back in March of 2009 with massive research into musical theater, character sketches, story outlines, thematic brainstorming, musical brainstorming, and lots of other work that may or may not have been a complete waste of time. One old document describes the project as, “Snow White meets My Own Private Idaho meets Hansel and Gretel. One character was assigned Anarchy/Faith/Palestine. Another was assigned Peace/Atheist/Israel. There are lots of notes on parasites, specifically the wasp that can take over the brain of a cockroach. There was discussion about The Iceman Cometh and Death of a Salesman and Eugene Oneal’s idea that the things that keep us going are really just pipe-dreams. “There’s a limit to the guilt you can feel and the forgiveness and the pity you can take!” The sign outside of Goatfeathers was an inspiration, “Goatfeathers are the distractions, sidelines, and deflections that take a man’s attentions from his own business and keep him from getting ahead.” - Ellis Parker Butler 1918. The constant crutch of tomorrow. Nihlistic Zen. So drugs were used as a metaphor for everything that constrains us.
Musical ideas were explored, drawing from things like the requiem form, idée fixe, and menheim rocket… Musical theater was delved into – Porgy and Bess, The Pirates of Penzance, and of course Tommy, Hedwig, and Rent. There was an eagerness to land somewhere musically between 70′s crotch rock and The Boards of Canada.
But the biggest challenge was this. All of the songs had stand on their own as pop songs too.
Once we got that all of this nonsense out of our system, Angelo threw it all away and wrote the record. After fits and starts, long delays and short bursts of heavy lifting – the songs were pretty much done and demo’d by November 2011. By Christmas, Angelo had driven Tony to bail from the project – and I quote, “Dude, I can’t work with you anymore.” No blame there. But this threw all sorts of wrenches into the machine and caused lots more delays. Angelo enlisted the help of an incredible drummer he played in a jazz band with in high school named Beaver Bausch as well as scoring a couple of tracks from Stephen Russ from The Fire Tonight. Then Heidi bailed on cello – which was kind of okay since there had been an incident over learning a cover of Always on My Mind which had already relegated cello to “ten percent” on the new record. This, combined with Angelo being sick of having to write cello parts just to write them led to Ang only writing cello parts where they would accent – and ex-Treadmill-cellist Katie Hamilton was brought in to record cello for Treadmill for the first time since Only This in 1996.
With Mr. Mike Mills as the lone survivor on bass, Angelo felt it was okay to bring in some other guest players like John Furr (Buck Stanley, Blightobody, The Tantrums), Jesse James (The Fire Tonight), and John Hennessey. And Kenny McWilliam’s added some killer guitar parts as well.
Finally – 3 years after work started- Goodbye to Analog was completed. Thank freaking God.
The Short Version:
The goal is to make a Treadmill album every couple of years until the day I die. I love the idea of creating music with a community behind me, with the end goal simply being the creation itself. We've made 3 records this way so far (download them for free here). I need your help to keep doing this!
The Long Version:
I realize that people are sick and tired of Kickstarter and crowd-funding in general. But I believe that giving music away for free and paying for its creation in some way other than selling it makes for better, more pure, more honest music. Unfortunately there are some obvious problems with this business model!
No money raised through this campaign will be used for anything other than the next record. Recording, mixing, mastering, art, graphics, packaging, online distribution costs... and that's it. Not one cent goes into anyone's pocket. Ever. That goes for income outside of this campaign too - shows (if we ever play live again), merch, iTunes sales... it all goes into the pot. If by a miracle we get pledges of over our goal, we'll use that for more time in a real studio - which would rule. Rinse, repeat... until the day I die.
We've gotten very good at making high quality records for cheap. "I Belong to Me" cost $13,000 in '07 and I thought that was cheap as hell (especially compared to the 85k we [they] blew on Only This in 97). The last two albums have come in between 5 and 6 grand. We do not waste a penny, but we truly need about 5k to make a decent record that sounds as good as it needs to sound to be worth making. And the more resources we have, the more we can do. Truth.
Because we need the money before the record comes out so we can pay for everything, this is the plan. If you pledge, you'll have access to the stream here at Patreon. I'll keep you up to date on songwriting and progress for the next project. When I have all of the songs for the next project written and demo'd - I'll release those demos as the content that will trigger the pledges to actually go through so that we then use the cash to make the record which we'll give it to you as soon as it's ready to go.
You only actually pay when we're ready to record the record, which is only going to happen every couple of years - so pledge with that in mind! And you can cancel at any time. I need 270 people at $18.88 to make this happen. (Or 1 at $4,888.88.) That seems completely impossible. I don't know 270 people! Pledge boldly. Pledge recklessly. Pledge knowing that you're only going to actually pay what you pledge every 2 years or so!
On my end - I swear to the Lord above that I will work my ass off to make you the most interesting and best record I possibly can... every couple of years... until the day I die.
And man - use those little privacy invading icons at the top there too. Sharing is caring and that is some powerful stuff. It really REALLY helps.
Thank you ~ Angelo
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching. It unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. The money powers preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me & the financial institutions at the rear, the latter is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed." -Abraham Lincoln, (letter to William Elkins, Nov 21, 1864)