If there was ever a record that I feel like I played on but am not in the band, it’s Victory of Flight. I met the Diem brothers in the early summer of ’97, they were wide eyed and so full of enthusiasm it was contagious. Seeing their band, Twelve Hour Turn play a few times that summer, I was sold. Awesome! After another year or so, a few singles and a solid split LP with I Hate Myself, Twelve Hour Turn was ready to put to tape what turned out to be Victory of Flight. They had asked me where to record and I suggested Steve (Heritage) in Tampa, as I had just had a great experience with him. At some point I remember committing to go down there with them to the studio, but I ended up on tour, and they ended up having a tough, tough time as you will hear. Part of me always loves adversity – it somehow adds to the finished product. It’s kind of interesting to always have something to gripe about; it definitely made for a great interview. I hope you enjoy this, it is by far one of my all-time favorite records…victory of myself…indeed!
- 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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