This EP was written almost entirely while riding public transportation.
Anyone who has ever relied on public transportation for their everyday travel knows it is largely an exercise in waiting. Wait at the bus stop. Wait in line to get on. Wait for the bus to move. Wait to get to your destination.
Those familiar with public transportation will also tell you there is an element of chance involved as well. Once in actual transit you really only have so much control over what happens along the way or where you’re actually going, save for the intention of reaching your original destination.
And if you’ve never been to where you’re trying to get to, there is always the chance that you’ll end up somewhere else instead.
The Metro started off as something else entirely. More songs. More musicians. More instruments. I don’t want to say it was overwrought, but I probably should. So, it was overwrought. I had a vague idea of what I wanted, and that was about it. I asked my friend Ross to produce and help record it. To “get behind the wheel”, I guess, while I navigated from the back seat to a destination that, in all reality, I barely had a clear vision of in my head in the first place.
We originally planned to do the record over a few months; just a leisurely summer drive. Yet due to countless unforeseen detours, varying wildly in cause, length, and severity, it eventually turned into a full blown cross-country road trip that lasted over two years. During which, there was a lot of waiting. But much like with public transportation, waiting is just part of what’s needed to inevitably keep moving forward.
Somewhere along the way, the driver/passenger exclusivity disappeared as we both took turns figuring out where we were going. Toward the very end, it honestly felt more like a collaboration than just another Led by Monsters EP, just with somebody helping me record this time. I definitely would not have gotten here on my own, and I can’t fully express how grateful I am for Ross's friendship on this strange, wandering journey, as well as him ultimately getting us to this point. And while we never got where we were originally trying to go, we’ve arrived where we are now.
And this seems like a good place to stop.
released March 22, 2017
All recordings for this record took place over the course of January 2015 and January 2017.
Vocals, guitar, slide guitar, and self-oscillating fuzz drone on ‘Banshees’ by Led by Monsters.
Rhodes piano on ‘Cold Water’, ‘Banshees’, and ‘5th & Wacouta’ by Ross McEwen.
Area recordings done by Led by Monsters and Ross McEwen.
Recorded, mixed, and produced by Ross McEwen.
All songs written by Led by Monsters.
Mastered by Apurv Agrawal.
A very special thanks to Inspirus Records.
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