Prepare To Die was pieced together over three years at three locations (Sing Sing South in South Yarra, a house in Richmond, and a flat in St Kilda East), on analog and digital equipment, with our dear friend Robbie Adams and an ARIA Award-winning engineer named Noam/Owen manning the desks.
It’s got try-hard Beach Boys harmonies; inaudible drunken choirs; slide guitars fed through wahs; wahs fed through slides; delayed piano ala John Farnham’s ‘Age of Reason’; the drum sound from The Flaming Lips' ‘Race for the Prize'; solos nicked from Dinosaur Jr.'s 'Green Mind'; extreme Springsteen-isms; weighty lyrics about life, death, and 200 frozen hamburgers.
It has outlasted several family members, one drummer, one manager, and two long-term relationships. It's overseen a wedding, five new jobs, numerous overseas 'holidays', a masters degree, two pregnancies and three side-projects.
We’ve hated it. We’ve loved it. And now it’s yours. To listen to. To cherish. To sell at Dixon’s. To incinerate. We don’t care.
As of September 11, it’s yours and it’s done.
Prepare to Die. Think about it.
released September 11, 2010
Gregory Erdstein (lead bass, occasional tenor saxophone)
Darren Levin (guitar, vocals)
Nick Roe (guitar, vocals)
Blake Williams (drums, cymbals)
Nicholas Pollock (keyboards: Beer, Wine And Soft Drink, Roger The Cowboy)
Caitlin Mason, Alice Foulcher, Ben Bunting (drunken choir: Cut It To Tape, Hit The Lights, Whatever Happened To...)
All songs by Telecom
Produced by Robbie Adams and Telecom
Recorded by Robbie Adams and Telecom at Sing Sing South, the Grey Lodge and the Hughenden Spareroom
Mixed by Robbie Adams in the Dirty Room
Mastered by Martin Pullan at Eden Sound
Assistant Engineer (Sing Sing South) Noam "Owen" Dishon
Pre-production by Simon Knight at Sub FM
Artwork by Gregory Erdstein
Utmost respect and thanks to Tom Cooper, Alana Levin, Caitlin Mason, Alice Foulcher, the extended families
Erdstein, Levin, Roe, Adams-Buckland and Williams, Julian Tovey, Georgina Costello, Daniel Cleveland,
Kalinda Vary, Eric Cherry, Casey Rice, the lovers, the dreamers, and you.
In loving memory of James Costello, Bernard Erdstein, Rita Levin, Michael Oakley, David Parker, Kenneth Roe,
and Donald Williams.
© Telecom 2010