This was the first album I did with real guitars, vocals and drums. Up until now, I had been doing mostly instrumental songs with sample guitars, but now I took the big leap into full-fledged song-writing -- and also, very nervously indeed, took lead vocals on all the tracks, despite the fact I that I can't hold a note to save my life.
I was really chuffed when the drummer of my favorite Danish hardcore-band, The Psyke Project, agreed to play drums on "The Modern Rebellion". I remember that cost me my student job at the library, because we had a few beers after the session, it was a very hot summer day and, consequently, I almost passed out while stacking books, but in retrospect, it was totally worth it.
Most of the drums, however, were programmed -- which I'll confess I hated doing, because drums really are my primary instrument. Only "The Modern Rebellion," "We the People" and "The Battle is Lost" feature real drums. Owing to my complete lack of experience, the drums were miked up with three vocal-mic's, so most of the live drums are also overdubbed with programmed drums.
This was also the first time I'd ever played guitar, let alone tried tuning one -- which I tried to compensate for by overdubbing tons of guitar tracks on top of each other. Also, none of the tracks have live bass: that wouldn't come until "Practically Sentient", two years later.
Anyway, the album itself is a concept album of sorts. At the time, riots were breaking out in Denmark concerning the closing and eventual demolition of a youth-house in Copenhagen. A radical right-wing Christian organisation had purchased the house behind the backs of the youths who used it, and, caught in endless bureaucratic red tape and lies, the youths saw no other recourse than to set the streets of Copenhagen on fire and throw bricks at police officers.
I was watching all of this while having constant flashbacks to the now-romanticized student riots of the sixties, and decided to write an album correlating these two time periods of civil, youthful dissent.
The album is mainly written from the point of view of a young and naïve little shit who is 'recruited' by cynical orators to 'fight the power', and ends up on the flaming barricades in the middle of a street riot, wondering how the hell he got there in the first place.
released June 1, 2007
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Troels Pleimert.
All guitars, keyboards, live drums, drum programming and vocals by Troels Pleimert, except:
"Surburbanite Insurrect" - lead vocals by David Warmind
"The Modern Rebellion" - live drums by Rasmus Sejersen
"Tired" - ambience and guitar solo by Thomas Arnt Jensen
Cover design and layout by Troels Pleimert.