Bub Pratt-guitar/vocals, Aisha-vocals/dancing, Diana Webb-bass/smiling & Brent Argovitz-drums/vocals are the four main components of a new high energy, pop quartet born from the jungles of Puna, Hawaii. You're invited to join in the excitement with an invitation to a party. It's a pre-release listening party where you can bring your favorite beverage, order some pupus, kick back with your friends & listen to the birth of a collection of music that may very well do something to help change things but doesn't need to tell you that that's the plan. The birth of something that will challenge you at an emotional level to dance in ways you've never danced before & dare you to be absolutely real with that voice in your head. ---------------->
So many amazing things needed to (as if magically), line up for this recording to have gotten where it is. First there are the songs. All of the music on the record is a Bub Pratt original composition except "Lament for Joy" which was composed by Tim Carey with Bub writing the lyric & arranging it with an old school soul groove. Many of the songs where penned in Seattle & some, (when you close your eyes) actually sound like the city of Pratt's birth. Slow Picky & Birthday Song where composed after he moved to the Island of Hawaii & in a lot of ways (some more obvious than others), this is one of the aspects of this project & band that give it a strong flavor of a world music vibe.
Meeting Brent Argovitz was another huge bit of magic that has come to be an almost everyday occurrence on this Island of intensely beautiful vibrations. Pratt has explained it like this, "I was asked to play guitar in this classic rock cover band & there, behind the drums, happened to be this amazing producer with real credentials." Brent was excited to make a record when he & his friend (& Bub's next door neighbor) Andrew heard the originals, jammed on them & picked out the tunes that they wanted to record. With the bass playin' daughter of the bass player in the classic rock band (Diana Webb) & back up singer in the same band, (Aisha Decosta) they started rehearsing & playing gigs around East Hawaii all the while looking for that perfect place to make a recording.
Brent met Damon Williams while recording with a blues band at Damon's studio in Kea'au (Kay ow). When the Smack Dab met up for the following rehearsal, Brent explained how Damon's studio was going to be where we wanted to do this record. We scraped together some money to get us going & after a few days of recording, Damon started believing in the potential of this project as much as the rest of us-- engineering the whole record while co-producing with Brent. They've really developed an amazing musical rapport. Once the tracks where recorded at Damon's studio, Brent would take the files home with him to tweak with the sounds & arrangements by adding percussion or inverting a vocal harmony for example. Then he'd bring it back to Damon & they'd work it over some more. Every sound you hear on this record was thoughtfully massaged & placed for optimum aural pleasure & with the message of the lyric in mind.
So the hard part's already done, we're out of the studio but need to pay the Engineer to get it out to mastering & duplication. To your right, there are some added incentives for helping sponsor this project. Of course we're willing to negotiate on anything, so if you see a reward level that you would like to give at but would rather negotiate the actual incentive to fit your needs better, by all means, we'll make it work for you. Much of the incentives that require the band to travel will have to coincide with tour scheduling.
Each of the ten tracks on "Memoirs of a Lemon Squeezy Kid" is influenced by music from all over the world, from 1950's Southern California (Curlz for the Girlz)-- cross the Caribbean to Brazil circa 1978 (Lovely)-- jump the Atlantic to South Africa (In da Bush)-- to a modern, Euro-pop movement in (Flying)-- (Ode to Brandi) could be considered an eastern European drinking song if you blur your ears & imagine an Accordian playing a polka in the mix. Freeze frame to Iceland at the (Same Time)-- back stateside with an Eastcoast, neo-soul number (Lament for Joy)-- catch some Midwest pop in a (Birthday Love Song)-- then you'll stop in Seattle where your gonna take your time with (the Lemon Squeezy Song)-- before you sail back to Hawaii with us & (Slow Picky). Not in that order but it sounds like fun huh? Hear's the Pre-mastered mix.
Support this project
- (30 days)