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The Other Side

by Speed the Plough

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This was written by John last summer, based on a piano pattern that had been percolating for a while. It seemed like it might be a nice framework for a choir approach to vocals that intoned a series of slightly shifting lyrical lines. That meant reaching out to a “choir” of friends that we’ve shared a lot of music with in recent years.

Our Campfire Flies bandmates Deena Shoshkes and Jon Fried came to mind immediately (and came through beautifully), along with singer-songwriter Rebecca Turner (who adds the perfect flight-of-fancy on the second verse). We knew we needed to add our bass and production guru Dan Francia because he has a great voice that we didn’t use nearly enough during his time with the band. Including Toni and John, we think the six voices seem to achieve the desired effect.

Toni’s flute parts were added early, then Michael’s guitars as summer led to fall, and finally, as winter set in, John Demeski’s sublime work on the drums, highlighted by some shimmering cymbal work.

Lyrically, the notion of getting to “the edge” and stopping at “the edge” and falling over “the edge” will conjure the obvious references. As well they should.

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released April 2, 2021
Players:
John Baumgartner – piano, vocals
Toni Baumgartner – flute, vocals
Deena Shoshkes – vocals
Jon Fried – vocals
Rebecca Turner – vocals
Dan Francia – vocals
Michael Baumgartner – guitars
John Demeski – percussion

Mixed by Don Sternecker at Mix-o-lydian Studios
Mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound

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Speed the Plough Hackensack, New Jersey

Speed the Plough is a New Jersey-based chamber pop band that has been playing since 1984. The band was formed by John & Toni Baumgartner and Marc Francia, the founders of The Trypes, a mainstay of the ’80s Hoboken scene, which included most members of The Feelies. STP has released 9 full-length albums (Coyote, ESD, Dromedary, and Bar-None), a single on French label Acetone, and a self-released EP. ... more

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