It's dark and we were driving down a snowy back road in rural New Jersey. Branches kept brushing up against the windows of his mom's car, one knocked the cigarette out from between my index and middle fingers. With one hand on the wheel and one hand holding a Wawa quesadilla, Gabe turned to me and asked, "Do you know what the Jersey Devil is?" I laughed as he began to explain this half-beast, half-man centaur thing that lurks around New Jersey. The week ahead in Jackson, I thought a lot about what the Jersey Devil could be. Maybe it wasn't a monster at all. Maybe the Jersey Devil is life itself, maybe it's a metaphor for youth, for love?
released March 1, 2017
Produced, engineered and mixed by Evan Rudenjak at Coolman Music Productions in Jackson, New Jersey.
Mastered by Julian Beal at Spotino Studios.
Recorded to Connor Thomas' tape machine by Julian Beal.
Housed by Gabriel Carvalho and his sweet, sweet mother, Paola.
All music and lyrics by Brennan.
All vocals and instrumentals on Jersey Devil by Brennan.
Dialogue in I Love You But I'm Letting You Go and laughter in Queen Anna by Lucy the dog, Gabriel Carvalho, Jeff Buchanan, John Brownwood and Brennan.
A love letter of thanks and hell yeahs,
To Gabe, you are the rock of this project and the reason it all came to fruition. I'm so glad that this big, bad world brought us together to create. To Evan Rudenjak, for having an open heart and mind when making this record with me. We understood each other so quickly and we made a really special thing together, I'm still pissed that my first Wawa experience was gross though. To Gabe's sweet angel mother for taking us in and feeding us. To all at the Moore house, the people that sifted in and out of those doors knocked me on the side of the head and reminded me that art is the strongest/strangest thing we have and it brings us all together whether we are aware of it or not. Thank you for embracing your inner weirdness with me and being absolute FIENDS. To Mom and Dad, thank you for trusting me and respecting me. Thank you for having sex and giving birth to me. To the people who these songs are about, you don't know they are about you and maybe you'll never know but thank you for teaching me about myself and showing me love, good love and not so good love. To Dunks, my danskos, PBR, baths, anti-depressants, Steven Tyler, Dosa Factory...
THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE, THIS MUSIC IS FOR YOU.
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