Here are two MP3s from the album to listen to as you're reading. (Links will be up tomorrow after I get to work.)
Shame Club recorded On in Norman, Oklahoma, home of the the Universiy of Oklahoma (and its teams, the Sooners), which prompted this exchange...
Andy White: Which is where the college is, where the Sooners are. It's a small town, but since the Sooners play there, the population turns to 90,000 on game weekends or some shit. Jon Lumley: The Sooners, those guys are good, too. I have their first record. [laughter all around] Have you heard them?
I have actually. They’re kind of prog-influenced, right? Lumley: Proggy, like disco-prog.
The band worked with Carl Amburn -- and even stayed at his studio/house while out there.
Eric Eyster: We got to sleep in tents in Carl’s house… Lumley: Oh yeah, it was cool! I slept outside. Eyster: You stay in the studio. He lives in a house… White: You don’t have to, but we opted to because he let us, essentially…” Ken McCray: There’s pictures of us with our cots laid right next to my drumset, right next to the bass…like, in the studio room. I wouldn’t have it any other way. If I could, I’d sleep right on my drums at all times.
The band had nothing but good things to say about Carl.
White: For a dude that didn’t live in St. Louis and isn’t super-close friends with us or whatever, he really gave a shit. He likes our music. And that helped quite a bit. Lumley: It wasn’t so much the paycheck, it was genuine interest in the end-project. White: It’s definitely the best-produced thing we’ll have put out, for sure. McCray: But the best part is, you can’t have that kind of sound without having that kind of sound anyway. [laughs]