"In 2007 when I returned from a christmas visit to Ottawa, I told the band that I had decided to move back, and would be gone by the end of the year. I told them that I wanted to do an LP in that year, and go on tour...so we started writing songs, and started recording about 2 weeks later. That winter, I got fed up at work, I decided that would be my last winter on that job, and I would return to Ottawa in the summer of 2007, 6 months sooner than originally planned. The recordings then became a burden, and we didn't want to be saddled with a $3000 bill for a band that would not even play a record release show...so we just picked 4 songs, and made a 7".
I told my friends that I would stay until the records arrived, then do a house show, then I was out. After a couple of months waiting...ANDREW and I both quit our jobs and drove to ALASKA and all over the west coast in the meantime. Then in June of 2007, the records arrived. We played a MOUSE HOUSE (my home of 5 years, the CRYPTOS and SUICIDE WRISTS jam space, our party spot, and the local 59 ARGYLE) show afterparty after the SUICIDE WRISTS last show at the CASTLE...I think it was 3:30 when we finally started playing. Ha! that was our release party, and there was our 7".
As for the recordings, much of it was recorded in the basement of the MOUSE HOUSE...using all kinds of broken and crappy gear, plus the 1940's HAMMOND I had in the basement on a few of the tracks. The guitar was recorded in the concrete unfinished basement of an empty suburban mansion...with mics almost 200 feet apart!
Anyways, this is it...the album that never made it to wax. We did however stuff the first 50 copies of the record we sold with a cdr version of these recordings. "
For any of you interested in hearing this album, you can download it here.
HERE'S A COMPLETE HISTORY...
"The CRYPTOMANIACS started at the end of 2004...I had been in a band called the NICOTEENAGERS for a few years...we were a house party band...it was with that insane curly haired dude JOHNNY who came to visit this summer. I played the drums. We were some kind of garage/party band. Lots of surf style garage stuff, kinda punk style too. JOHNNY moved to VANCOUVER, and on his last night out, he met ANDREW, probably by insulting him, then told him that he had a band and he thought we should jam together, anyway, ANDREW called me the next day, introduced himself over the phone. I invited him over, we bought some 40's and started jamming. He had never been in a band before, but had this AMAZING voice and cool fucked up ELVIS kind of thing he could do with his voice…kinda echoey…I liked that a lot. He had some cool ideas, so we made some recordings that night, and booked a show with our friends the NIGHTSTALKERS and the DIABETICS.
Originally, I had intended to play guitar or organ, but we couldn't find a drummer, so I ended up playing drums, and ANDREW sang. We were really into rockabilly and surf, but wanted to fuck it up more, punk style, still a garage band, but from space! No matter what style we wanted to play in, it was always a purpose for the music to be catchy, minimal, and weird enough that made it different. We made some original recordings as a 3 piece with our buddy CARSON, I over dubbed the organs. We played a pile of shows, recorded a demo, partied a LOT!
Then we got a new bass player, our other buddy JOHNNY, and hooked up with this dude who introduced himself and offered to bring his FARFISA over!!! We were like a gang! it was awesome...best friends ya know!!!
We wound up in some insane places! and played some really neat shows, 80 some shows! Like the 3 day drug binge in the woods with 40 bands! the 40 cover song triple set three nights in a row halloween affair! the play we wrote the music for and toured with! The LILAC FESTIVAL street party! Art galleries! Private stampede parties, birthday parties! The wedding! The mountain truck stops! the last ROCK CENTRAL show before getting torn down!(the home of FUBAR) and the countless MOUSE HOUSE shows! So many fun shows!
At the beginning, it was mostly ANDREW writing our songs, and I chipped in a couple organ instrumentals, and the weird space noise instrumental shit. Then, one day after our show in Ottawa, I decided that I wanted to sing and play the drums. So we learned a FUZZTONES cover…SHE’S WICKED, and from there I started writing songs and singing. I think the first one I actually wrote through with lyrics was GOOD ENOUGH FOR GARBAGE, then ENCOUNTERS, then the TEEN INVASION. I mean, I was always involved in the song writing process, and would contribute my 2 cents at EVERY opportunity as some of you may well be familiar with! And I had written several instrumental songs for the band, but the whole idea of writing an entire song was a progression for me, that I learned while hanging out with the CRYPTOMANIACS. Now, it’s one of my favourite things to do!!!
I had been involved in the whole democratic song writing process a lot, but something about that always bugged me. Maybe I’m too closed. I’m definitely narcissistic, but I don’t mind, I like it that way. I’ve got a juvenile obsession with ideas! I am really interested in the concept. From beginning to end, I like the concept of a song.
So here is the process, this is part of what lead me to the WHITE WIRES and SEDATIVES. Also in the mix, that I will write about some day, is my involvement in the SUICIDE WRISTS…a band that changed my perception PROFOUNDLY!
I’m sure the partying had a great deal to do with the profound perception altering too!!!
Here are some other oddities and samples of other recordings we did.
These are in a chronological order.
After the CRYPTOMANIACS
I started the WHITE WIRES and the SEDATIVES
ANDREW started the FUN FUNS
RYAN and JOHNNY started THEE THEMS
Go listen to ‘em on myspace…the FUN FUNS & THEE THEMS are both KILLER!!!!!!
Records are on the way in 2009!!!
IAN STILL HAS COPIES OF THE CRYPTOMANIACS 7"!!!!!!! YOU SHOULD BUY ONE FROM HIM!!!!