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“dedicated to my musical heroes whether still gambling, dead, alive, drugged, struggling, broke, old or content - thanks for taking your risks and leading me down this difficult yet fruitful path.
thanks to my family who has supported this life long mess and has allowed me to travel the world to play music - especially my brother who selflessly holds down the fort in new haven.
thanks to all of my friends who contributed to the creation of this record.
thanks to everyone who is a part of fake four and equinox records.
finally, thanks to Günter for making this music with me over the last 3 years and for being patient with me.”
10 years ago I wrote this thank you note in “The One Man Band Broke Up” liner notes.
It was a time before prison, before experiencing the loss of many friends & family, before the loss of a lot of love in my life.
In some ways this was my final breath of youth, of my 20s, of life before committing to being a full time touring musician.
Curiously enough, The One Man Band Broke Up era reminded me a lot of 2020. It was a time of returning home after a whirlwind era in Los Angeles with our band Toca. Toca quietly broke up in 2007 after the release of our album. My left arm broke in Hawaii during an arm wrestling match a month later, but I stuffed my mouth with morphine & jumped on a plane back to New Haven with my brother to care for our sick grandmother who eventually passed away in 2010 only months after this album was released.
By December 2010 I had been arrested in a large scale marijuana bust, and my life had changed completely.
The end of Toca marked the end of an era but also marked the beginning of Fake Four Inc.
2007 also marked the beginning of my working relationship & friendship with DJ Scientist of Equinox Records who invited me, broken armed & defeated, on my first European tour.
Fake Four was started shortly after, in 2008, as a reaction to the way the music industry in LA treated us. We wanted to remove bullshit, simplify processes & do the label thing our own way. Scientist’s Equinox Records was a great influence & example of how to do that properly & artistically.
This album was written out of frustration, anger & that ever present nuisance of depression that came hand in hand with aging & self assumed failure. It’s a record that mocks the music industry as a space of false promises, crushed dreams, unchecked power, machismo & overall thievery.
This is a deeply cynical album by a late twenties version of myself who had lost a lot of hope when it came to becoming a full time musician.
I had been disappointed by heroes, had watched my favorite indie Hip Hop labels & crews fall apart and had seen the darkness of a modern worldwide economic depression.
Scientist’s influence was one of the only things that pulled me up & reminded me that my words & songs had value.
As I write this during 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic, I can’t help but think of the many parallels to 2010. I have recently returned from another stint in Los Ángeles, somewhat defeated & quietly heartbroken, back in New Haven, mostly staying at my Mother’s house where I’ve just turned 39 years old.
Some of the very real frustrations & questions about being a professional musician have come back to haunt me.
In many ways, this is the perfect time to revisit an album like “The One Man Band Broke Up”.
Big thank you to Scientist & everyone who has helped Equinox & Fake Four over the years.
We hope you appreciate the added details of this release.
(01) The One Man Band Broke Up
(02) Half Mast
(03) No New York
(04) Lament For Captain Julius
(05) Fallen Famous
(07) Serious Business
(08) Hangman (feat. Shoshin, Mic King &
(09) Bad Jokes
(10) For My Disappointing Hip Hop Heroes
(11) Long Live The Short Lived (feat. Sole)
(12) Swallowed Salt
(13) Julius’ Final Song
(14) The One Man Band Broke Up (Part II)
(15) Hello New York
(16) Julius’ Artless Prayer
(17) The Way We Grow Back Tails
The One Man Band Broke Up
No New York
Lament For Captain Julius
Hangman (feat. Shoshin, Mic King & David
For My Disappointing Hip Hop Heroes
Long Live The Short Lived (feat. Sole)
Julius’ Final Song
The One Man Band Broke Up (Part II)
Hello New York
Julius’ Artless Prayer
The Way We Grow Back Tails
released November 4, 2020
All Lyrics except guest verses written
by Ceschi Ramos (Julio F. Ramos, Fake
Four Music (ASCAP)).
All tracks produced and arranged by DJ
Scientist (Günter Stöppel, EQX-Music).
Except tracks (04), (10) and (17),
produced by Ceschi and co-produced by DJ
(03) Backing vocals by Astronautalis,
additional guitar, bass, organ and synth
(04) Guitar, bass, synth, banjo, ukulele
by Ceschi, piano and accordion by Max Heath
(05) Additional drum programming and
production by 2econd Class Citizen
(06) Backing vocals by Tommy V
(08) Vocals written by Ceschi, Shoshin,
Mic King & David Ramos
(10) Guitar, violin & glockenspiel by
Ceschi, piano, steel pan, accordion by
(11) Vocals written by Ceschi & Sole
(13) Additional guitar, piano & bass by
Ben Cooper aka Radical Face. Chorus
vocals by Max Heath, Tom Filepp aka Cars
& Trains, Madeline Johnston.
(17) Guitar, bass, cello, violin, clarinet, organ by Ceschi,
accordion, piano, backing vocals by Gregory Pepper,
drums, fx and samples by DJ Scientist
Tracks (01)-(13) Mixed by DJ Scientist &
Playpad Circus, (14) Mixed by Attila
Makai, (16) Mixed by Andreikelos, (15) &
(17) Mixed by DJ Scientist
Originally Mastered by Jeff Smothers
Re-Mastering and Vinyl Cut by Frederic
Artwork by The Raincoatman inspired by
Poster and inner sleeve picture by Timm
P 2010 Equinox Records / Fake Four Inc.
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