[The debut release by The Flying Pigs, a band comprised of J.P. Feenstra (drums, vocals), Mark Hennessey (guitars, brass, vocals), Samuel B. Lupowitz (bass, keyboards, vocals), and Benjamin Tier (guitars, banjo, vocals). The original liner notes are printed below.]
Hi. We're The Flying Pigs.
Since the four of us had been honing our chops in a smattering of bands since the early years of the millennium, and since our original songs were really starting to pile up, we decided to take the time to put together this album. It's a fiercely DIY effort from four friends who have been making music as a unit since the fall of 2006.
We have songs here about girls we met in junior high and high school, jerks who ticked us off in college, and friends made and lessons learned along the way. It's a hodgepodge of several years of experiences and musical influences, but we've woven them together with as much deftness and skill as we can muster.
The recording process itself was a bit patchy, too. Begun in the summer of 2009 in basements and living rooms and bedrooms, it continued sporadically for another year and a half until the final mixes were complete. And then we celebrated, knowing that after living through four years and five states together (and apart), the work had only just begun.
So enjoy the tunes. The hope is that we're at the beginning of a long, exciting road. Care to come along for the ride?
released December 23, 2010
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 14 written by Samuel B. Lupowitz and published by Kugel Music (ASCAP)
Tracks 3, 5, 9, 12, and 15 written by Mark Hennessey and published by Hennessongs (ASCAP)
Tracks 6 and 13 written by Ben Tier and published by Dien Bien Phunk (ASCAP)
THE FLYING PIGS:
James Feenstra - drums, percussion, vocals
Mark Hennessey - guitars, brass, vocals
Samuel B. Lupowitz - bass, keyboards, vocals
Ben Tier - guitars, banjo, vocals
Hillary Wallace - soul vocals on "Snappin' the Strings"
Rachel Kiefer - clarinet on "Rumors in Reverse"
Jeff Plummer - baritone saxophone on "National Sleep Deprivation Week"
Marlee Redford - cello on "National Sleep Deprivation Week" and "If It Rains"
Erica Wilt - violin on "National Sleep Deprivation Week"
Admiral Ackbar - inability to withstand firepower of that magnitude
Vocals on "Rumors in Reverse" and "Snappin' the Strings" courtesy of THE BACON TABERNACLE CHOIR:
Brittany Miller, Natalie Bell - soprano
Angela Kramer, Rachel Rambo - alto
Dr. Pills, Teddy Bear Haggard - tenor
Charles Feenstra, Alex Duff - bass
Produced by The Flying Pigs
Recorded & engineered by James Feenstra and Mark Hennessey
Additional recording by Samuel B. Lupowitz and Ben Tier
Mixed and mastered by Mark Hennessey
Band arrangements by The Flying Pigs
Brass and clarinet arrangements by Mark Hennessey
String, saxophone, and choir arrangements by Samuel B. Lupowitz
Artwork, photography, & design by James Feenstra
Liner notes by Samuel B. Lupowitz
Recordings copyright © 2009-2010 The Flying Pigs.
All rights reserved.
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