Whew. After a bloody battle, the enemy has retreated beyond the horizon. The planets have aligned. Hell has frozen over, thawed, and frozen over again. A group of helpful-looking ducks are waiting patiently in a row for further instructions.
Well, anyway. I’m writing this on the 10th floor recording studio on 7th ave in New York City. Have you been wondering what’s up with Chris Merritt’s music? Well, my friend, where should I start?
Firstly, I landed an awesome new gig at a commercial music house in New York. The big boss came to my shows and became a fan. I’ll be writing Superbowl commercials. I’m smack dab in the city in a beautiful new studio with musicians I respect and admire. I’m getting paid and I have keys. I’ll tell you more about this the more it unravels, but the important implication for you, the humble Chris Merritt fan, is that I have a place to finish great records. Less running around surviving. Less guerrilla recording (tracking church pianos until I get kicked out). Less stealing from children to pay Jake Thro’s exorbitant mixing fees (kidding, people). Instead, beautiful vintage gear and a positive vibe. A studio. Some freedom. Top-notch engineers. And giant contacts in the music industry.
Secondly; although it appears I’ve been lying dormant like some sort of hibernating beetle larvae, I’ve actually been working hard with the new band, like some kind of underground parasitic wasp colony.
We have a new band name. Jake Thro, Brett Ripley, and Chris Merritt (that’s me) are to be known henceforward as: Cruise Elroy. We have like 25 songs in various stages of recording. We’ve arranged and demo’ed our cover of an entire symphony (Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade). We have big plans and big ideas. And now, a bit of resources to make them happen.
We played a show with the great Fountains Of Wayne a couple weeks back and it was inspiring. Since then, everyone’s been kind of busy. But now it’s time to make things happen. And we need your help. On June 17th, 2012, we’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign so we can finish our epic version of Scheherazade. The money we raise will also help facilitate the completion of the very first Cruise Elroy album. Incentives will include a beautiful limited-edition score, an album of unreleased Paperface tracks, and a glam shot of a topless Brett Ripley. I think he thought I was joking when I told him that.
Cruise Elroy is like Chris Merritt, but only kind of. It’s even better. We’re pulling out some classics (Rain King, Ms. Parker) and doing them properly, but mostly it’s new, mind-bending, heart-pounding, weird stuff. Produced nicely, with heart and rawness. You’ll see.
In fact, we’re trying to finish 4 or 5 songs to show you how awesome it sounds. We’ll release it as a little free thing all over the internet as soon as possible. A Free P.
I also have a couple other projects that I’m really excited about, but I’m not quite ready to reveal them.
Do me a favor. Email three friends about Chris Merritt. Send them your favorite track. Let’s wake the sleeping breast. I mean, beast.