There are certain albums out there that just make you scratch your head and go ‘yeah, that’s kinda cool. I guess’, and they’re pretty much only listened to for the novelty. That’s not to say that people can’t enjoy the music, it’s just the concept behind the album always seems to overpower the music if it’s really off-the-wall. Take Steve Roden’s Forms of Paper, for example, which is made up entirely of the sounds of paper being shuffled around, with an absurd amount of distortion to make it at least vaguely musical. The novelty behind this album is just too much to be taken seriously. This overpowering novelty might, unfortunately, be something that The Ongoing Concept encounter after they finish their newest album, ‘Handmade’.
Already, from just hearing the title, you probably have a pretty good guess as to what this album’s novelty will be… They recorded their entire album using instruments that they used themselves! The album was first announced through this teaser, which, looking back, made it pretty obvious what the concept was for this album:
Now, however, the band has announced the full release, which includes a more in-depth teaser video, showing the band cutting down a tree, turning it into wooden planks, and by some kind of sorcery, turning those planks into a drum kit:
While the video does also raise some questions about just how much of the equipment they used was actually made by them, guitarist/vocalist Dawson Scholz, said that they had even built a few Cabs from scratch:
“Well, I don’t want to give the idea that we were dirt-poor growing up but we always were inclined to build the redneck version of things we needed. I built our guitar cabs years ago and people always comment on them. So not too long ago, we were sitting around and just had the idea to really build our new album from the ground up including our instruments.
This process was undoubtedly long and challenging. In the case of building the drums steps included setting axe to pine trees, drying the wood of sap and moisture over long arduous hours, shaping, sanding, and attaching the pieces together, to drilling and installing the hardware to the finished drum. In the case of the guitars different pickups and electronics were soldered on and off to match the tonal aspects for each individual song.”
So, the question becomes, will the novelty of the album diminish the quality of the songs? Only time will tell on that one. The album will come out on June 16th via Solid State, so keep your eyes out for it.