Say Cheese

1,000 Umbrellas

Say Cheese
Performed By 1,000 Umbrellas
Album UPC 616892162247
CD Baby Track ID TR0000266774
Label Mental Health Records
Released 2014-02-28
BPM 116
Rated 0
ISRC QMDNC1300009
Year 2014
Spotify Plays 8
Songtrust Track ID 119790
Writers
Writer Allan G Williams
Songwriter ID 28813
PRO ASCAP
Pub Co Chunks of Goodness Music
Composer Allan G Williams
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Publishing
Recording Type original
Country United States - Wisconsin

Description

Eclecticians delivering a little something for everyone, ranging from quirky power pop to driving off beat alternative to emotionally charged ballads all with both music and lyrics that make you think a bit outside the box

Notes

Liner Notes-
1,000 Umbrellas is:
Brian Wendtlandt- Drums and Percussion
Allan Williams - Strings and Vocals

Special Guests
Matthew J Meixner- Piano and Keyboards
Aaron Gardner- Tenor Sax and Flute
Mike Pauers- Baritone Sax
Jake Tomasicyk- Trombone

Produced by Allan Williams
Co-produced by Brian Wendtlandt
Recorded at Williams Cottage (Lake Tomahawk, WI)
and Tight Space Studios (Milwaukee, WI)
by Allan Williams
Mixed at Tight Space Studios by Allan Williams
Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service (Chicago, IL)

All Songs Written by Allan Williams (ASCAP)
Arrangements by 1,000 Umbrellas
Published 2013 by Chunks of Goodness Music (ASCAP)
Copyright 2013 Mental Health Records

Special thanks to
Mary, Terri, Finn, Beckett, Desmond, Wylie and Maisie for the understanding and support through this painstaking process, Matt, Aaron, Mike and Jake for your outstanding performances on this recording. Aaron for your help transcribing the horn and flute parts. Willy Porter for an occasional objective ear and the lending of your bass and high-string guitar. First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee for the use of the sanctuary and the newly restored 1917 Steinway B for recording “One Less Star”

Bio-
There is no substitute for chemistry among band members and lived experience can’t be faked on record. 1,000 Umbrellas came to the recording studio with decades of shared and individual experience in life and in music. The result, their debut CD re:thingk, is a superb collection of heartfelt songs that speak of life viewed through the subjective lens of the human mind. From politics to depression, from coping with death to corporate greed, from losing faith to finding love, they leave the door open for you to experience the depths of both lyric and music.

At the heart of 1,000 Umbrellas is a duo, drummer and percussionist Brian Wendtlandt and guitarist and vocalist Allan Williams. But drawing from a wide circle of friends, the twosome expand on many tracks into a full rock band complete with horn section, and can regroup into a variety of lineups on stage.

Allan has been in the music business for years, entering the scene playing in bands in the late 80’s which led the way to his long time career as an audio engineer. He starting out mixing bands in the local club scene but it soon evolved into hitting the road with bands such as Paul Cebar, The Violent Femmes and Willy Porter as well as mixing high profile stages at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. When Allan decided to get off the road, he and Willy Porter opened Engine Room Studios where he tracked, mixed and produced local and national acts throughout the 00’s. Brian is also a veteran of the Milwaukee music scene having drummed with bands such as Members Fickle, Tolstoi’s Tricycle, The Wooldridge Brothers, Tyler Traband and New Harmony Indiana as well as attending UWM School of Music for percussion performance.

Allan and Brian first collaborated in Tolstoi’s Tricycle, a staple in Milwaukee’s underground scene throughout the mid to late 90’s. Though, remaining friends, they parted ways for a while musically before Tolstoi’s Tricycle released their self titled debut album in 2001 with a new drummer. Their paths merged again in the mid 00‘s when Brian and Allan found time amidst jobs, marriage and children to write and hone a collection of songs that ultimately flowered into re:thingk. Remaining nameless at first, they were just waiting for the right time to bring the project out of the basement. In 2011 they became 1,000 Umbrellas and decided to get serious. They started recording the tracks that would become re:thingk in the fall of 2011, completing the album in the fall of 2013. The years of hard work led to an intimacy with each song and the result is thoughtful yet not overworked, the urgency undiminished and refined through careful composition—like a sculptor molding clay or chiseling with deliberation on stone. Allan says that although there are heights to be reached with improvisation, there are definitely depths to be gained by stewing a song for years.

Allan is 1,000 Umbrellas’ songwriter, but Brian is integral to the arrangements. Re:thingk is a composite of their talents. Rhythms are tight, guitar solos are concise and expressive. 1,000 Umbrellas’ music is a happy encounter between heart and craft. Allan, commenting on the autobiographical dimension of his lyrics, says that there’s very little fiction in his songs which are unflinching in addressing life’s tragedies yet ultimately hopeful in their resolution.

1,000 Umbrellas, deriving it’s name from an XTC song and sounding like no one but themselves, will appeal to fans of contemporary, song-oriented bands that have followed their own direction regardless of trends. re:thingk is an album that shines on the surface but reveals its depths gradually. It’s not only worth a listen—it rewards listeners who return to it again and again.

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