The Additives’ second release, Should It End, plays out as all great sophomore efforts should: not only is it a significant step up in production quality from the home recordings of Back In Bridgeport, but it is also a solid indication of a songwriter and band melding into a singular voice, one of musical adventure and lyrical penetration; a voice in the midst of absorbing the human condition with eyes wise to our foolish hearts. This time around, instead of recording in the spare room of Joe and Sheila’s apartment, they recruited the services of Oscar Salinas and Mike Czaszwicz to capture the band’s expanding journey.
Joe Rian & The Additives – Back In Bridgeport
Joe’s first record recorded at his tiny Bridgeport apartment in 2007.
Spare time, a spare room, and spared smokes; like a cool-handed stage direction in a Sam Shepard play; like a grit-paced mood-swing in a Larry Brown novel, these are the elements to a truly American alchemy. These are also the ingredients that gave rise to a fresh blend of alt-country, indie rock and folk blues: The Additives, a band from Bridgeport, Chicago; with an uncanny ability to create visual narratives out of the alienation and the outsider braininess that are the makeup of today’s Americana tradition. Hearing The Additives for the first time, one gets the notion that the Big Song through which American music ventures has become more interesting, and a shit-load cooler. – Jon Haspodka
Recorded 2006 in the little orange room at 3238 South Halsted Street Chicago | Mastered by Al Ursini at Chicago Recording Company | Artwork by Chris Froeter of Froeter Design | © 2019 Mr Bridgeport Records ASCAP#540777148 | Photo by Chris Froeter | All Songs ? 2007 Ryan, Joseph Michael ASCAP#538885891 except 3,5,9,10,11,15,18,20,21,22 | 2019 Mr Bridgeport Records ASCAP#540777148 9211 South Ridgeway Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL 60805. Email: MrBridgeport@Gmail.com
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