From The Knee Benders,
This EP has been years in the making, with Pleasure and Pain having been recorded in 2011, followed by the other four tracks starting in Fall 2012, continuing into Spring 2013. While half of the band headed west to set new roots in California during the of Summer 2013, final vocals were recorded during Fall 2013. Mixing started shortly thereafter, continuing into early 2014.
These five songs are by no means a comprehensive exploration of a sound that constantly evolved over the years as we played show after show in Albany. However, they each formed the roots of which the began to branch and were fundamental to each set we played, each song offering a distinct flavor of what developed into the complex palate The Knee Benders would satisfy night after night.
The Knee Benders as you knew them are no longer. The core of the band, Sam Pine, Tom Casey, and Kyle Hanson, are now living and performing in California under a new name, The Hectic Eclectic. Alex Gallina is pumping out funk all over New York with Ladies Drink Free. Jeff and Greg have uncertain musical futures, but have worked hard to keep this project alive when it could have easily fallen by the wayside.
Ultimately, these tracks are not a promise of an upcoming reunion tour, or the first of more to come. We won’t be seeing you at the Hudson River Coffee House this weekend. But we do hope that while you are there enjoying an egg sandwich and a large coffee after a crazy night down on Lark Street, you can plug some headphones in and always have a part of The Knee Benders anywhere and everywhere you would like.
From Sam Pine,
When asked as a child, "What do you want to be when you grow up?", the response has changed over the years. It went from fireman to a New York Ranger to an aerospace engineer to "something in the realm of politics" to a writer. There was always the humorous answer that I would lead off with though: "I want to be a rock star". This dream that I am living in California was always just a dream; I never took it seriously because of the realities of society, until recently. In the fall of 2012 (when most of my peers were graduated and entering the workplace) I took a long look at my life. In the midst of withdrawing from college, fighting my parents, being broke, twisting up my romantic life and suffering the emotional peril (or numbness) of being a millennial, I discovered that performing my songs with The Knee Benders was the most fun I could think of. To me, being on stage was better than sex, better than any experience with drugs and alcohol, even better than the two combined. As a rational thinker with irrational passion, it only made sense to change the dream into something tangible. These past five years have been filled with strife, discovery, and achievement, and it has all led me to where I am now.
This EP is not a culmination of those years. It is a reflection of those years. These are five old songs (relative to my entire catalog) that were pieced together much like the aspects of my being were pieced together. It is a mechanism to saturate the brain with nostalgia so that we never forget where we started, and to see just how far we have come. It is for the fans that loved us even when we were too drunk, for my parents who gave me that white Ibanez RG that I was too inept to handle when I first received it, and all those who played alongside me: Chris Vergara, Sean Case, Adam Robinson, Rulon Feeney, Chris Bernal, Matt O'Neil, Tom Casey Blane DiGiacamo, James Kiernan, Greg Halzack, Alex Gallina, Jeff Brauner, and Kyle Hanson. Most of all, it is for this message:
Do as much as you can until you find what you love more than anything else, then do THAT as much as you can. You will have to make sacrifices just as I have sacrificed time, money, and relationships. But if you're doing that one thing, it's all worth it.
Special thanks to Dan Bokser, Anton Pasquil, Tony Potente, Will Schuster, and Dylan Watton.
Shout out to Ryan Muncan, John Small, Vinny Giandalone, Connor Heid, all the 146's, Nine Votes Short, Eva Petkanas, Chris Towler, Gang of Thieves, Ladies Drink Free, Krack Rock Krew, Bountiful Bread Crew, Justin Wax Jacobs, my Aunt Penni, and my brother, Jacob Pine.
released March 3, 2014
Sam Pine: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Greg Halzack: Vocals
Tom Casey: Drums
Kyle Hanson: Bass (For all except Pleasure and Pain)
Jeff Brauner: Trumpet, Gang Vocals
Alex Gallina: Lead Guitar, Trombone, (Bass on Pleasure and Pain)
Crowd Vocals on Colour By Numbers: Dan Bokser, Dennis Syzmanski, Liam Gordon, Ben Breiten
Recorded at WCDB Studio, Albany, NY with Dan Bokser
Post-production mixing and mastering by Crazy Daisy Productions- Beaverton, Oregon
(Post-production mixing and mastering for Pleasure and Pain by Dan Bokser and Blane DiGiaccomo)
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