So this is where we are folks……and decisions need to be made soon which will require some feedback from YOU! Below is the tentative artwork for the vinyl record. I was able to add a lot of you to the liner notes on the back sleeve of the LP. I certainly wouldn’t be here without you guys!! “Rooms Full Of Gardens” is set for digital release July 1st. You will be able to stream through iTunes Radio, Spotify and Shazaam after July 1. The EP can be downloaded through iTunes and Bandcamp. Upon research I have read that Bandcamp has higher quality download files. Which means the songs might sound a little better to a trained ear. This means the download link you will receive from me will most likely be through Bandcamp. You can easliy add the EP to your iTunes library by doing THIS.
Q and A…..
Would you like a download code emailed to you the first week of July or would you rather receive it in your Reward Package?
I’m adding a sticker to the $25 Reward Package and tee shirt/sticker to the $50 + Reward Package.
Timeline or Vinyl Production Breakdown:
Recording of EP: done
Mastering of EP: done
Artwork Design: done
Merchandise Design: tee-shirts in production, stickers ordered
Cut Mastering at Capitol Records/Studio: in production now and should be done by next week.
Pressing of Record on Vinyl: Once United Record Pressing (Nashville TN) receives the lacquer/metal parts from Capitol they will begin the pressing process. They have indicated that this usually takes about 8 weeks. So if all goes well then you all will receive your vinyl copy by mid September. I am so pumped to send these records out to people!! Just keeping you all in the loop.
Performing “Reign Of Rain” with Rob Eldridge Group-Steelesque.
See review from Pittsburgh City below.
“Rob Eldridge, known for his band Steelesque, departs a bit from his classic-rock roots to present Rooms Full of Gardens. One might guess that in preparation for this solo effort, Eldridge has been listening to more Wilco and The Kinks than The Rolling Stones. The vocals are soft, the lyrics introspective and poetic, and while the percussion is primarily of the machine variety, it adds an edgy element rather than cheapening the experience. Definitely worth a spin or two. “
– Seth Pfannenschmidt – Pittsburgh City Paper
A special thank you goes out to PMM’s CEO Alan Welding. See PMM’s review below.
Rob Eldridge may be a transplant from Vermont to the Pittsburgh area, but he has the roots of rock n’ roll that translate so universally to this area and beyond. His influences clearly lie rooted in classic and folk rock, but they extend outward into modern thoroughfare quite effortlessly. Eldridge has been pumping out creative work like a prolific Stephen King, but with mad blues guitar skills. His full band Steelesque has been making a heavy mark on the music circuit in Pittsburgh lately, but his experience reaches back to The Springheeled Jacks who tore it up in the Northeast.
Eldridge takes his talent for a spin on his own this time with an EP entitled “Rooms Full Of Gardens”. Aptly titled since there are so many varieties for the senses to sample on this mellow mix of trippy tunes that drip like syrup and pulse with the purpose of 4/20. Beginning with “Reign of Reign”, it is clear that Eldridge spent considerable time working on the blend of instrumentation and the significance of the lyrics, “the advice from me is arrowed to you-the tension of bow the sky so blue-some days so different-the weeks the same-pulled all together-by the reign of rain”. Following up with “Life’s Commercials”, Eldridge shows a different side of his work by juxtaposing the folk-blues with a drum tracking that is purposefully ‘machinist’. The double tracking of vocals and throwback chorus atmosphere is an excellent commentary on the modern world, “frequencies and dials and transistors radios- government satellites and corporate videos I have no TV set at all cos I make call yea I make the call”. The third track, “Reverse The Sun”, takes these elements much further and is a stellar track reminiscent of Brad (Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam’s side band). The tempo, phrasing, and wording come together with a destined combination giving textures of afternoons on vacation, stoned couch philosophy, and chilling with your favorite adult beverage. Eldridge spins the yarn again, “got life behind us- got living ahead- but what’s within us- we’ll take to our beds- you seem so lost- so what’s the rush- may be the only way – that we’ll find us- no need for power- when it’s paired with fear- guess that’s just the way that it’s flowing- you know some trails are best made- on our cheeks by our tears,” giving us insight and relation to our own personal lives, touching us where it matters most: mentally and emotionally. The tale of a woman falling in love with a man with multiple personalities fleshes out the structure of “A Man With Three Names”, “I found out – that I love you three times— it’s gotta mean something right?” There’s a bit of humor and compassion that throws hints to psychedelic undertones and Doors/Manzarek-like playfulness to accent with a tongue in cheek attitude. It’s this type of wistfulness that is a pleasant surprise to Eldridge’s lyrical work here as it works with the music back and forth like a sumptuous food and wine pairing rather than just an icing on a cake. ”Feed The Wolf” follows up with one of the most upbeat tracks with hints of Elliot Smith and Nick Drake influences, intended or not. The vocal layering that ensues produces a solid song that has a great drum track that guides the listeners ears to subtle lines like, “I’m considered rich with my wants being cheap,” providing some chew-able chunks to ponder. The closer of the EP, “White Off Rice” has the raconteur in Eldridge tell us of a miner and his pocket full of gold, “no urge to discern life’s tempting spice- but a knock at the door can scare the white- right off rice”. Here Eldridge culminates in a down on the bog rock tune with cryptic lyrical content rich with double entendre abounding over a juicy rhythm and sparse guitar that accentuates like a well placed spice.
Clearly this has been a passion project for Eldridge that he poured his heart, soul, and mind fully into so that the disc spilleth over with his recognizable signature styling. While his full band Steelesque offers more of a Stones/Faces ripping blues rawness, his solo piece is a more refined showing of an artist who knows when to put the shine on and when to let the frays lay open. ”Rooms Full Of Gardens” scores highest honors for being an honest yet refined sample of his work in various vignettes of style. The EP plays like a storybook of life’s wanderings, the people we encounter along the way, and the affect it has upon the soul. With each effort Eldridge gets more interesting as he opens up his Pandora’s box of ideas and tales. Hopefully his restless spirit will keep spitting out gems like this as often as possible.
Read more here – PMM
The process of transforming studio recorded songs to the live setting is very expressive. Part of you wants to replicate the songs in rehearsal and on stage, and the other part of you wants to let the song take form and breathe. I think the key is that the listener should identify with both versions of the song: live and recorded. The Room Full Of Gardens EP was written in my studio track by track. The stems were taken to Yellow Couch Studio and completed. So these songs actually have never been played by a band or group of players. Interesting how different the recipe can be when writing songs. Occasionally, songs are crafted in a live rehearsal environment and sometimes they take shape over the course of years. The most important aspect is completion. Ideas To Art is the concept of taking an idea and making it art. I try not to leave ideas hanging around. I want to go through the A to Z process and finish a song so people can hear it and evoke emotion. Sometimes photographers take hundreds of photos to get that special one.
I’ve been using my iPhone to video record ideas and it’s been a very valuable tool. I use reference comments on the video (guitar in tuned to open E, capo placed …etc) this way I can go back and see finger placement. This is easier than going back to an audio recording and re-learning the progression.
Last night I had great session with some great players from Pittsburgh. I am very excited about the prospects of this group. The intangibles are in place and versatility won’t be a problem. Below are a couple shots of Bruce on keys. He had his first rehearsal with us last night. It was great!
Classic quotes from one the best American writers to walk our lands. Enjoy!
Track 1 from Rob Eldridge’s Upcoming EP “Rooms Full Of Gardens”. Track title: Reign Of Rain
Live performance of Cuts and Scars in Sonic Planet Studios