Mike Parish recorded "Me and the Machine" June 2015 @ 424 Recording (424recording.com
Dan Coutant mastered "Me and the Machine" January 2016 @ Sun Room Audio (srmastering.com
Timbo Lampasona - Artwork
All songs written by Mike Parish except:
"Time" written by Mike Parish and Sean Cunningham
Be Cool Cowboy is Mike Parish, Patrick Fitzgerald, Timbo Lampasona, and Chris Walker
released February 12, 2016
"“Me and the Machine” further expands upon the fuzz rock foundation created by Be Cool Cowboy’s first single, “Little Wiser”, utilizing Linn 9000 drum samples and exploring territory in additional sub-genre rock directions. The opening track, “Time”, co-written by Sean Cunningham of west coast folk rockers, The Wilder Society, is a good introduction to the album which follows, an anthem deriding mall fucked towns of America and the culture they perpetuate, while acknowledging whether you participate in society or not, the world continues moving on. The 8 songs which make up “MatM” are originally from a batch of 18, marking a transitional period of Parish moving away from past post-punk sensibilities of earlier projects and settling into a 90’s indie rock domain. Clocking in in under 15 minutes, “MatM” is more of a mini-album than anything else, but in being such it never overstays its welcome, leaving a want for more, while simultaneously allowing for many prompt repeated listens.
There’s a lot of musical styles presented here by Be Cool Cowboy but all contain the same instrumentation and overarching theme and sound: the anxiety-ridden “Doom Squad” falling somewhere in the territory of early rap-rock a la Beck, to “Crimes”, a blues-based jam confessing the desire to commit crimes with the person you love, referencing the 1991 action thriller, Point Break, (starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze), to set the mood, and ending with “Street Lights”, a Broken Social Scene influenced tune about new and innocent love. Over the course of the album, “MatM” never takes itself too seriously. The title of the album could have meanings ranging from the quite literal, “Parish and the drum machine”, to the more figurative, “person vs. society” style dramatic conflict, with society and all of America’s corporate pitfalls represented by “the machine”. All in all, “MatM” sounds like Parish trying to come to terms with reality, hoping to find a way to coexist or rail against the things we grapple with in our day-to-day lives."
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