In some ways, "Before We Die" can be considered the "difficult third record" by Austin, TX power-pop-soul outfit Rich Restaino & The Obits. Although many of the songs on this set mine similar stylistic territory as the group's two previous releases--sweet soul, UK power pop, girl group, and roots rock--the making of the record itself proved to be a bit more challenging. Family crises, deaths, births, and a lineup change all directly and indirectly informed the feeling of the songs and recording sessions. Still, the band chewed its way out the other end of the greasy paper bag of life and emerged a bit older, wiser, and--yes--more shapely. "Before We Die" asks not what your country can do for you. It asks who is buying the next round.
released May 12, 2012
Produced by Rich Restaino
Mixed by Bruce Chandler (bdubc.net
Mastered by Mike Wertz at Little Cheddar Studios in Brooklyn, NY
Recorded by Rich Restaino at the Choir Pit, Austin, TX
Additional remote recording by Lloyd Wright, Kris Brown, and Isaac Priestly; congas and other percussion recorded by Knobi Kijina and Tarun Kapoor of Zentih Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Original painting, “Broken Roses #4”, by Joyce DiBona (www.joycedibona.com
Design and layout by Hunt Wellborn & Rich Restaino
© 2012 madhouse! records MH-008
Rich Restaino: vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, glockenspiel & other percussion; piano on “Nerd Love,” synths on “Before We Die” and “Jimmy Leg”
Dave Wylie: drum kit
Sara Shansky: vocals, handclaps
Hunt Wellborn: electric guitar
Elzie Ivey Restaino: vocals, handclaps
Roz Mandola: vocals, handclaps
Lloyd Wright: organ, piano, & synths; vocals on “Sasquatch”
Alexei Sefchick: bass
Zimmy T.: bridge reading and background vocals on ". . . Piss Off"
Nehal Vadhan: congas and additional percussion on ". . . Piss Off," "Thirteenth of March," & "I’m Mean"
Isaac Priestly: 12-string electric guitar on "It Takes More than Love"
Kris Brown: slide guitar on "Thirteenth of March"
All songs by R.F. Restaino © 2012 Dick Frank Music (ASCAP), except:
“. . . Piss Off” by R.F. Restaino & Zimmy T.
“Mean to You” by Zimmy T. & Sara Shansky
“Sasquatch” by Lloyd Wright