So I’ve worked at No Idea for a long time, as has my partner Dave. One of the things that happens when you are involved with the same place for a length of time is you see people come and go, bands start and break up, trends and fads start and stop.
I think I met John Massel in another life because it was like we were already friends the day we met. After the demise of North Lincoln in 2009, his first No Idea venture, I started to hear wisps of him playing in another band, the quote to me was, “dude, it’s totally different.” Now I hear that a lot from people and more often than not it’s not the case – you know just ‘cause you tap a delay pedal, it’s still the same riff and doesn’t really fool me. But with Shores we are talking 180 degree flip. I’m pretty sure I heard the demo at some point, but it wasn’t until I got the test press for Coup de Grace that I got it, and I was pretty blown away. Getting a chance to go track by track with John on their debut LP reminded me that its really cool when your friends make music that moves you. Enjoy a look into the product of a cold winter and dank basement.
- Matt Sweeting
About The Top Shelf
Dave Drobach and Matt Sweeting can talk about records. They have experience that can only come from combined decades of touring in numerous bands and working at a record label. No Idea’s finest bring in the creators of great albums we have all come to love, to sit down,reflect and reminisce on these recordings.
There are three pieces to a Top Shelf interview. The interview team of Dave and Matt, a band member and the vinyl record itself. The record is played in its entirety, stopped in between songs to discuss the writing, recording and touring that happened around the record. Top Shelf session interviews are recorded live in the Grow Radio studios during the weekly show they run called “2nd Avenue Shuffle.”
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