For the purposes of BandCamp banter, I’ve trimmed the piece I started yesterday for my blog and put in the key detail of how this all began. In short, last year I had started chuckling away to myself after calling the cinematic legend, Walt Disney a total “radge” and passed comment saying he that he should have been called Malt Disney as he must have drinking some amount of booze to be drumming up the kind of nonsense I had just read in an article.
It was then I stopped and thought, hold on the now…that’s actually a reasonably no bad pretty braw idea for a concept album idea.
So that was that…on the 21st of March, with a fridge still chalk full of beer from the weekend just passed, I sat down at 11:42 and began to write what would turn into this album.
There’s no real secret as to how I approached it all…the first thing I tackled was fleshing out the structures I had been mucking about with a few days earlier and then began the process of wailing like a castrated raccoon until a melody began to form.
Once I had a couple of tunes and basic melodies, I then started reading a heap of articles regarding where Walt had taken inspiration from for his characters and then started researching into those backgrounds a bit more; they’re based on some pretty gruesome tales if truth be told.
Over the next few days, my schedule was more or less as follows, wake up, line my stomach with a bacon and egg sandwich and then start heavily drinking, researching, writing and then when my vision began to blur, I would take a nap and then review.
The results were five songs based on Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty / Cinderella, The Hunchback of Notre Dame / The Frog Princess and finally, The Little Mermaid.
Of course, when you begin a project like this, you can only really vibe off the ridiculous nature of the original idea; it is only after a couple of sessions that you can begin to really drive yourself forward with the craziness that has presented itself.
Anyway, it took ten months to complete and by Jove am I proud of what we’ve achieved; the whole process has completely opened up my mind that any idea, by anyone of any level can be fully visualized with just the right amount of effort and madness.
So here is Malt Disnae which is my concept album that is loosely based on the grim origins of Walt Disney princesses; it’s a journey that should be listened to in one sitting with head-cans on, in the dark (or at the very least, not in the light) with either a decent sized mug of strongly brewed tea (perhaps the kind you get free with an easter egg) or some sort of tankard of well-aged spirit that is normally reserved for high octane ceremonies, and finally, perhaps you should have some sort of dog by your side to periodically pat on the head; I’ll leave that up to you though.
I truly hope you enjoy listening to my music, my friends : )
released January 8, 2017
Tomas Bird - Basic music + Lyrics + main VOX
Michael Brennan - MINTIT music & BARRIE producer + mixer
Liam Saunders - The Supreme Commander of the piano + keys on Bones Dusting
Rachel Wright - Cello + haunting backing VOX
Rory Buchanan - Swell hitting of drums with sticks + bass on Bones Dusting
Pete Maher - The MASTER of mastering
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