***This album is a companion album to What Andrew Sarassa Hears and is meant to be listened in tandem with it; I would listen to that one first ***
This album was written by Andrew Sarassa. I met Andrew a few years ago and was really impressed by his music and told him I would love to record him at some time. Well in the Winter of 09/10 Andrew came to record with me in Athens, GA but he was in a very strange, fragile mental state. He believed that he had a band backing him that was made up of three dead people, "ghosts", each playing either drums, bass or guitar and all doing backing vocals. I didn't know him well but could tell he was not joking; I told him that we couldn't record this but he said it was the only way he would record. Andrew would play all the other instruments and sing of course but the "ghosts" would record their own parts, which of course ended up being nothing but silence but Andrew would always smile and nod to the music when listening back. So over that week in 2010 we recorded the album that ended up being What We Here Hear, a strange, strange album about Andrew and his Ghosts and his final pursuit to be one of those Ghosts filled with moments of silence.
Andrew almost immediately went out to start touring this album around the southeast with his "band" and of course was met with a lot of confusion and a good bit of hostility. I heard a few horror stories from those shows in which many ended in being screaming matches between the crowd and the stage and a couple that even ended up being violent. Well after that the album became pretty foretelling when Andrew's body was found in his home a couple months later.
After that happened I decided I would make Andrew's album the way he thought it would sound. I recorded the parts for each of the "Ghosts" on drums, bass and guitar and named it What Andrew Sarassa Hears. He probably wouldn't be happy about this initially but hopefully now he understands.
released March 1, 2010
Andrew Sarassa - vocals, keyboards, percussion, banjo, horns, violins, singing saw
Ghost - Drums, backing vocals
Ghost - Guitars, backing vocals
Ghost - Bass, backing vocals
All songs written by Andrew Sarassa
Recorded by Andrew Sarassa and Tim Denson
Mixed and Mastered by Tim Denson