I was excited to play with Gray Kiser again because he brought such good ideas to the table when I played with him in Regicide (Lift the Ban, Regicide - The Hammer of Hate, Battle of the Hair Capes, etc.), and I like his lyric writing process. Basically we start each song with a theme, usually inspired by the sound and feel of the song, and then develop lyrics from there. Normally both Gray and Matt collaborate on the lyrics and themes, and the song titles are developed as a group.
The band originally did not have a singer - we had this idea to switch vocalists between every song, so then the idea was that at least these people would be suckered into coming out to the show, and it would also give each song its own flavor. It also can make the band schizophrenic. Once the idea had some time to settle in, it was a little unfeasible to have 6+ singers just hanging around, so when Matt Mauldin came to sing On The Backs of the Blitzkrieg (our first song), he just kept showing up for practice. At this point in our musical lives, if a person can show up for practice, they can pretty much be in the band.
Here are some photos from our first show at Lenny's (flyer above):
We recorded five songs at the Living Room with Ed Rawls and Justin McNeight back in July 2007. Here is the link to download the MP3's:
The Track Listing of the Sonn Av Krusher 2007 Demo LP:
1. High Holy Days
2. Snake Mountain Death Ride
3. On the Backs of the Blitzkrieg
4. I Left My Heart in San Francisco Bay
5. The Widower