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Knife and Son
March 20th, 2009 by lo-budge

BIO: Knife and Son was the band I played with in Portland after moving there from Seattle and after some months of inactivity (minus some lo-budge recordings here and there) and putting out my own Craig’s List ad that was very specific in whom I wanted to meet and play with. Realizing I was putting myself out on a limb to meet complete strangers to form a band with, I wanted to make sure that once a week for rehearsal was sufficient since hanging out and drinking beer and smoking and maybe recording some songs became more important than trying to play shows or make an album. And that’s exactly what happened … my first contact that I hit it off with in this band was guitarist Paul Tyo. He knew Matt Jervis, the dentist-turned-philosophy-PhD drummer, and as a three-piece without a vocalist we wrote many songs. After some very unsuccessful and hilarious vocalist try-outs, we met Eric O’Connor who not only sang and was unpretentious, but brought a bag of songs and guitar-playing ability with a decidedely Guided By Voices bent. This band, unlike every other band on this site (uh, besides Agua Mala), continues today without me. I moved to Durham, NC in 2007 and keep in contact with the other band members and listen to their current recordings.  I miss our political discussions out on Eric’s porch which became an integral part of our rehearsals over the months we were together.

Band Members: Sergio Chavez (bass), Paul Tyo (guitar, vocals), Matt Jervis (drums), Eric O’Connor (guitar, vocals)

Years of Operation: 2005 – 2007

Location: Portland, OR

Song List:

These songs were recorded in Matt Jervis’ garage as a 3-piece:

Before Eric joined the band, we were a 3-piece with various ridiculous band names, one of them being Lemac (Camel backwards), which is just sad.  But it was never agreed upon as a serious name.  Knife and Son’s name came from a beer distribution company’s name in Eric’s native Boston.

In My Tree (I tried revamping this early Halo song but we discontinued it when Eric joined)

Fascist, Fascist (Instrumental.  This song had no title until Eric wrote lyrics for it later)

Jam 1 (An untitled song we didn’t develop with Eric.  I remember liking the sound of it a lot)

Jam 2 (Another song that had potential that we scrapped for whatever reason)

Proceed To The Exit (This was originally a lo-budge song that we reworked and then it had a title after Eric joined.  This is the 3-piece instrumental version)

These songs were recorded in Matt Jervis’ garage as a 4-piece:

All The Wrong Abuses (“Who turned the lights out?  Aaaah!  Get your knives out, and come out cutting!”  Paul has a nice solo at the end)

Fascist, Fascist

Landmine Heart (This is a good recording of the song.  Originally recorded by Eric in his solo project Magnetic Health Factory)

Proceed To The Exit (“Dinner will come!”)

Words Fly Out (Another Magnetic Health Factory song that we integerated into our set list)

The following songs were recorded in Eric’s basement in Portland (either on his digital recording device or using one mic):

A Little Late (This may not be the right title.  This song was being worked on before I moved to North Carolina)

You Chose Wisely

We Need More Arrows (Version 1 – a one-mic recording of this long epic song)

We Need More Arrows (Version 2 – take two)

Faith

Freeze (This was our little instrumental attempt at using the riffs from the lo-budge song “Freeze” but it never went anywhere)

Getaway Car (I’m not sure if Paul “Ten Takes” Tyo is using “The Womanizer” on this one, which was my favorite guitar effect name he had on his digital effects processor and which I gave him shit for)

Hit or Miss

Landmine Heart

Long Jam (We never turned this long instrumental into much, but it has its moments.  It actually cuts off at the end – how much longer did we go on for?  Maybe I’m still playing this song right now)

Another Long Jam (This one uses parts of my bass line from Random’s “Depressing Song” in the chorus.  I really went back in time for inspiration on this one!)

Look What They’ve Done (This is my favorite K & S song, but I think the title is wrong.  Eric, please correct all of my incorrect song titles!)

Send This Search To Summit (A jangly pop song)

Fade Away (This is possibly another wrong title)

Proceed To The Exit

Radiate (Version 1 – with vocals)

Radiate (Version 2- a better recording, but instrumental.  Well, there are vocals, but they’re so buried in the background that I’m considering this instrumental)

Tiny Little Pills (This is practically instrumental, also)

The following songs were recorded at Jackpot Recording  Studio in Portland, OR (when it was still in the Buckman neighborhood):

Act Your Age

Endless Rust

Getaway Car

Hit or Miss

Extra info: I am trying to locate a photo of this band.


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