In the crisp air of late October, we packed up Chris’ mom’s car and embarked on our second installment of the Field Trip series.
This time we took over Big Blue North, a 1920’s church converted into a stunning recording studio, nestled in a wondrous neighborhood of Utica, New York. We filmed sessions, ate tacos, drank Utica Club, got intimate over some podcast talk; but ultimately hung out with some of our favorite (which also happen to be some of the most talented) artists of the East Coast.
We present to you our final session of the series but encourage you to check out the rest:
by Connor Benincasa of Comfy
When I heard that these sessions were meant to be “stripped down,” my first thought was “uh-oh.” The live room at Big Blue is huge, with high ceilings, and lots of reverb, which is great for recording one instrument at a time, yet can be a nightmare when it comes to tracking an entire band. In this case, the louder the performance, the harder it would be to capture.
Comfy is traditionally a pretty loud band, with 2 electric guitars, a bass guitar, and a full drum kit. We like our guitars big and tube-driven, and our rhythm section tends to be on the bombastic end of the spectrum.Needless to say, we’d have to make some changes. We toyed around with a few ideas, but I ultimately opted to err on the side of simplicity, and made the decision to play by myself. I don’t do solo acoustic sets often, but when I do, I try to bring an energy or vibe similar to what we deliver as a full band.
“The Thing I Said” is a reference to the small thoughts that bubble up from our subconscious and excite us, but often disappear before we can remember to remember them. These aren’t huge ideas or schemes, but are rather one-liners that satisfy something deep within us, like a koan or something. The tragedy is that these exciting morsels will sink back into the depths of our heads before we write them down, and that’s kind of what this song is about. It’s also about wondering whether what I decide to record out of all of the stuff I think about is the stuff that’s worth recording, and realizing that I’m a different guy from the one I used to be, yet still have many of the same self-destructive tendencies. Sometimes growing is like walking in circles and seeing the same things over and over again, yet viewing them each time from a fresh perspective, only to end up exactly where you started. Will writing this stuff down help me find the secret element buried deep within myself that will be the catalyst of change? Is all of this a waste of time?
It was great hanging out and working with the Play Too Much crew and the folks at Big Blue in our hometown of Utica. It always reinforces the pride I feel in our community, to be able to show people who we are and what we’re about, which in my case is making music and having a good time. We worked really hard, and ate a lot of snacks. For a moment, I forgot to worry about what I was worrying about, and I forgot to forget what I was trying to remember.
Field Trip 2 is supported Kit Split
Connor Benincasa is a Utica-based talent and the brain behind the lovable group Comfy. The garage pop group started a few years back and came to notoriety when Rolling Stone magazine listed their record as one of the top 10 cassette’s of 2014.