Okay, this is the truth.
Electric Abdomen is about being uncertain and Driving in California is about being invincible. They are two sides of one big complicated coin, alive and on edge about what has happened before and what is about to happen beyond the right now.
The interior of Electric Abdomen is the present tense of how uneasy it can feel inside your own skin. My own skin, your own skin, our own skin. It manifests constantly but it can come out the most when it is time to dance. Sometimes it is so clearly time to dance that the hairs on your skin are trying to pull it in different directions in order to guarantee some movement. But the brain says no as the brain often does, because of what others think, because of what appearances look like, because of how you think things are even though they mostly aren't. Electric Abdomen is how mostly all of that doesn’t matter in the right now. And how shaking a limb in the right now can maybe be the only thing that really gives the brain a rest. Electric Abdomen is about tangible hypnosis. How that uncertainty can lead to invincibility.
Driving In California came out of me on an airplane, which is unfortunately off brand for the song title, but I decide to come clean in the final verse. This is a real classic Landlady choose your own adventure. Each member of the band can make different improvised movements and raw inflections in multiple parts of the song, it keeps us limber, it keeps us happy, and it gives the music an honest flexibility that makes me want to never stop. So this recording, this version, is just one of many. Not quite infinity, but close. Infinity minus one. This version and this nearly infinite song lets me be myself, even when I change. I can aim high to be universal and broad reaching, while still being specific and truthful. I can seek out fresh air and admit when I am afraid. I can take risks even when I am uncertain. I can feel invincible, even when I know I can't possibly be.
from The World Is A Loud Place
released January 20, 2017
Written by Adam Schatz and Landlady
Produced by Adam Schatz
Recorded at Figure 8, Black Lodge Recording, Spaceman Sound and home, by the incredible Jake Aron
Horn arrangements by Adam Schatz
Mixed by Jake Aron and Adam Schatz at Doctor Wu's, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering, Brooklyn, NY
Guidance by Sara Padgett Heathcott & Adam Heathcott, Endless Endless + Hometapes
Art and animations by Jesse Jacobs | jessejacobs.ca
Creative Direction by Endless Endless | endlessendless.com
Driving In California:
Adam Schatz - vocals, Moog, Farfisa, piano, tenor sax
Will Graefe - guitar, vocals
Ian McLellan Davis - bass, vocals
Ian Chang - drums, vocals
Booker Stardrum - percussion
Kevin Moehringer - trombone
Aaron Rockers - trumpet
Alec Spiegelman - tenor sax, bass clarinet