I started Distant Trains back in February as a kind of reboot of my solo stuff that I’d been doing under the name Chuck Hoffman, ostensibly to participate in the RPM Challenge. I decided there was going to be some changes in style and approach, and that a “band” name would hopefully be interpreted by my musically active friends as an invitation to collaborate. I failed at producing enough material within the boundaries of the month of February to submit for RPM, but caught some interest in what I was doing nonetheless, most notably from Austin of Sleep On The Floor who wants to put out the results in some manner, probably this July.
Here’s a little ditty I recorded on the 4-track a few nights ago because I’m thinking of using this song in Distant Trains live shows, which right now will just have myself on bass, vocals, loops, and drum machine, unless someone else expresses interest in lending a hand.
Caution: sloppiness, sludge, and distortion ahead.
Update: I decided if I was going to be sharing this with folks, it deserved a better vocal take. I’d had a couple beers when I originally recorded it and was just being slop about it. I also ditched the distorted broken melodica in favor of a few tasteful trumpet blasts.