In The Garden

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 The fear of sitting underneath a 150 year old oak tree whose branches are heavy and notorious for randomly dropping at free fall speed soon vanished with the adoption of a new “fuck it” attitude.

The fear of sitting underneath a 150 year old oak tree whose branches are heavy and notorious for randomly dropping at free fall speed soon vanished with the adoption of a new “fuck it” attitude.

Summertime… kicking back, barbecuing, slurpin’ down a few cervezas and singing songs in the garden. It was a magical time. In May of 2018, we had a break from recording and touring and nothing to do. A dangerous liberty for guys like us. Energy without momentum can turn in on itself; idleness can be destructive. Recording Twenty Something Nightmare was exhausting, tracking 18 songs in a month, we wanted nothing to do with the studio. During the tracking it was winter, so the dark little hovel we record in was a sanctuary. But, in the summertime, when the A/C is busted and you can’t find the motivation to sit in your sweat for 12 more hours, that shitty little garden in the yard looks like an oasis. We brought the recording equipment outside and the plan was to record a small album of acoustic songs, in a week. We had no plan, just one rule… EVERYTHING had to be recorded in the garden. A few days before recording, I asked Christine Solomon if she’d like to come hang out, she, of course, said yes. The Album we were making quickly turned into video sessions about an hour after Christine arrived. After a week of filming just Vista Kicks, we decided to invite some new and old friends over to sing in the garden. Lauren Ruth Ward, Brother Sal, Arms Akimbo, The Jacks, they all came over: we drank beer, we sang, we ate, we laughed and we even cried. It was a crazy week, we’d have 3 to 5 artists in the Garden in one day (we also conducted interviews for a podcast that has still yet to surface)! What you see is what you get, all the performances are live and all noises in the background are real.

In The Studio