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Music Mashtun 03 LaBella & Poole
October 30, 2018 Round Guys Brewing Company

Tim Poole and Mike LaBella joined host Bill McGeeney in the Underground to discuss their upcoming album release, Skippack. This concept album, a rarity these days, deals with themes of hope, an equally sparse topic these days. Skippack follows the path of Mike LaBella's life from college to current, exploring deep philosophical leanings to convey a personal, yet relatable album of anticipation and growth. Tim Poole layers brilliant guitar and bass into Skippack to weave a, from start to finish, superb blend of acoustic guitar work paired with rich lyrical tidings. This episode uses music from Dave Keifer (Last Transmission) and our friends from BourbonExpress.com (Devil's Angel). The Original Slacker podcast is brought to you by RoundGuysBrewery.com, located in Lansdale, PA serving up 16 tasty taps plus take out from the Lansdale Brewpub attached to the Brewery, and 8 taps at their Mexican food styled Glenside Ale House. The Underground is a live performance venue that caters to bringing in original music and live shows.

Episode Transcript

Speaker 1:0:07Welcome to another episode of the original slacker Music Mash Tun. This week I'm interviewing Mike Labella and tempo of labella pool. So second time on a podcast, actually your second time in the underground where they have a show coming up on November 17th. It's an album release for the new album. Skip back. Let's get back. Is just a really good album all around it. It's a concept album. If you believe that it actually has an idea, any plates or fulfill the idea from start to finish, you're going to hear more about it in an upcoming interview. So without further ado, let's jump into it with Mike Labella and Tim temple on the original soccer podcast, presented by grounding.

Speaker 2:0:48Guys.

Speaker 1:0:57You guys, have you guys been

Speaker 3:0:58good? We've been really, really great. We've just been playing a lot gigging, practicing. I'm planning for this album to come out.

Speaker 1:1:07I noticed this album's seem to have a concept of spiritualism, which is you guys, and hope you're saying that not us. That's pretty quick. It's pretty good. That means we did it well. Did a good job. When you guys go about making music, what's going on there? What, what brought you guys to make these songs in particular? And it seemed to have a flow to a progression, is that correct? Yeah, I think that there's,

Speaker 3:1:29it's definitely a story there. And I think at least when those songs were written, I didn't have the intention of having them all together that way. Um, so we didn't write, we didn't write the album with the intention of having all the songs like that telling that story, but I think just over time, the way that they came together, the way that we would play them and we were jamming on them the way that they fell together. I think it does tell a story of hope and, and I think it tells a story of a, of definitely departure, you know, when, when a lot of those songs were written, we were on our own, both of us for the first time in our lives. We were, we met each other at the University of Scranton at school. So that was kind of like a new adventure for us.

Speaker 3:2:17And, um, a lot of uncertainty, a lot of, a lot of growth happened in those short four years and, and, um, I think we faced a lot of, a lot of cynical opinions, a lot of cynical ideas, lot of cynical people and uh, and I got the feeling and school and I still, I think have this feeling that, um, we kind of have it like a thing going on with like a lot of people in our generation like cynicism, chic, like it's, it's almost instyle to so not care. And I think what we wanted to communicate with this, this record with these songs is, um, bring hope back into the conversation just to be. So I guess it'd be helpful

Speaker 4:3:00to tell the story of how the album came about. Definitely early. So Mike and I were in a band for about five, five years. Four years. Yeah. Um, and it disbanded last January. Um, and from that, Mike had decided to make an album of. So these are songs that Mike wrote, um, and kind of brought to me and was like, do you want to be a part of it? I was like, absolutely, I'm so labella and pool, this name came about after starting to record and deciding like we want it to be a he associated with each other instead of, you know, featuring some of the guitar playing and my guitar playing and some of the singing. So I,

Speaker 3:3:39I kind of had a plan to just put something out on my own because I was getting to the point where I knew that being in, being in the band that, that I had been in wasn't really the right, the right spot for me, but I'm not doing any music would've just, would've killed me. I just would've, would've shriveled up into a husk. So I knew I wanted to put some songs out. Tim and I got back in touch and started jamming again. And I just knew playing songs that I've written for people and putting that out there has always been meaningful to me. But the level of joy that you get from sharing that with another person, um, it's, it's not really. You can't really compare to anything else. So I, I knew that I didn't want to do it alone as soon as we started playing together again and tim, Tim just has like, he's really kind of the music brain behind a lot of it. Like with like most of the arrangement on that album is him, his, his, his idea and his work, you know, all the bass parts, all the electric guitar parts, the Second Acoustic Guitar part and that it, it really is, you know, I wrote the songs but they are there. They are ours now. Like they wouldn't be what they are without what we have going on as a duo. I think that's really important.

Speaker 4:4:51Yeah. The album has some phenomenal guitar work. That's something that stood out to me. He can thank tim for that. Yeah. Yeah. The whole way through the, the album was fucking guitar work at a, a thicker, more refined element to it that I think a lot of, especially when it's your first album, right? Like together. I know you got some playing for a little while, but together it sounded much more mature. Like, because it sounded like you guys have been a molded together a little closer through to music. Yeah, for sure. Um, and started with the band, right? Well that says yes. So we have had at least like four projects, so for albums or eps that have never been really released. So we spent hours, like hours upon hours in a studio trying to get things out and for whatever reason either, you know, we got into fights in the studio with the people we were recording with or um, disagreements or they just came back sounding terrible.

Speaker 4:5:46It just not something that we wanted to put out. Um, you know, they just never, they never made their way out. Uh, we had one APP that we put out with the band and that was it and it. And it's something that I, I had been thinking that this is the most proud of ever been of anything that I've ever been a part of musically. Like I'm very proud to hand this out. Before we had that, that we did an app with the band and I was Kinda hesitant to hand it out. It's like if you want to, you can listen to it. I don't, I don't, you know, and there's a couple, there were a couple moments on that that was proud of and really special moment. There were a special moments on that, but this one as a whole, I'm very, yeah, it was very, very happy with. And we've been playing together since freshman year of college so we definitely definitely put the reps in gigged a lot. So this isn't our first whack at music to say the least. I've been at this for a while. This one also send it to it. It sounded like a rainy day cooking up. Like, you know, that's an awesome thing.

Speaker 1:6:40Oh, I'm so happy. So happy to. And a number of the song titles are from locations now. Yeah. How do these places play into, I guess your lives for the album? Oh, and if you guys are aware of a band like cloud where they have a phenomenal concept, they get an artist up there and the artist will paint to the music or they actually scored a video for like the first half of the show and stuff like that. It tells a story right now, obviously there are bigger piece band. I think there are six piece band so, so it's more orchestral when you're watching it, but at same time this tells a story and each song leads into the next one. And I noticed the locations like Brigantine you have Evansburg, you have a skip back and lower yard. How do these play into this album? Yeah, so lyrically

Speaker 3:7:31it's really about, um, like I, I wrote these songs maybe over the past five years. I think there are soft softly is the oldest solo in the album and that is a good five years old at this point. I wrote that Freshman Year of college. Um, I think the way that I, I crafted the story was kind of my personal development from leaving skip back, right? That's like the first track on the album. Um, uh, and, and going and kind of like being out on my own for the first time in my life, um, and, and, and all of the development that, that kind of, uh, the catalyzed and um, you know, so there's, you know, it starts off on that high note, like go at setting off on a new adventure and then there's a little bit of like a descent into like softly and Laura Lard, like softly is kind of like the first, the first major heartbreak of my life. Like

Speaker 4:8:23that's the, that song is that story. I'd like to tell story about first hearing that song. So we had, Mike and I were in a bar band and our freshman year and we spent our spring semester, Wednesday nights at the green frog and Scran, which is now the wine cellar. Uh, we spend Wednesday nights playing. There is 10 to one. It was a great gig. We were the coolest, coolest kids on campus. Like at least we thought we thought so. Um, but we did like cool rock covers and it was fun, like fun Bar music and we were just kind of decided it was like later in the night and we had a good crowd and uh, we were

Speaker 3:8:56designed with a play next and Mike was like, school, if I take one and everybody's like, yeah man, go for it. We couldn't, you know, we're expecting a nice happy lighthearted song and Mike play softly. And everybody just kind of stopped and were like, dude, what the hell? He just brought the whole point, like everybody's having a great time and now everybody's crying softly is very introspective salt. Yeah, it's, yeah, it's, it's, I think it's like the first real experience with heartbreak that I had and it is really about like, I, you know, for the first time maybe feeling worthy of being loved, um, which is I think a huge moment in any young person's life. Like that first feeling of, of being loved by another person, like, like that you're somehow worthy of it. And Yeah. So that was big. The next one, laurel art is actually, um, that's, uh, after a named after a street in the Bronx, I'm laurel art place.

Speaker 3:9:50That was where we played with, um, with our band a couple times over the course of a few years. And um, that was where I realized that I didn't want to be a rock, a rock star like I didn't, I, that was where my illusion and my conception of like the rock star life and the attraction of it just kind of dissolved and you know, like we had a, we had a ton of fun playing with bands, like a few different paths in college. But I think that there was, like those shows were, it kind of planted that seed. We were just like, I don't think that, like it just looks really wanted more. Yeah, we, yeah, we did. We wanted something a little bit more the Magis. Yeah, exactly what education, uh, but Laura, Mike actually set himself on fire. If you go, if you listen to that song, um, to anyone who's listening, like, yeah, don't like, I really strongly recommend not using homemade pyrotechnics at a show guitar on fire. Second degree burns not worth it. Yeah. It's not worth it. I had had second degree burns on my hand. What were we looking at here? What were you dressed in? Oh yeah. You know, the ripped jeans and a shirt long hair down down to my center of my back and uh, and just at the end of the show we just had like rubbing alcohol and a wanting to light my guitar up and ended up lighting it like a guitar and like all around like a three foods in the fall. So the leaves.

Speaker 3:11:23So we were laughing about it, but it was like it was kind of traumatic and beard does put out fire people with little tidbit there that no one has probably ever heard, which is great. No, I don't, I've never told that story. Just outside of like small circles. I told a lot of people. I tell them, I mean, how much alcohol are we talking about? It took a lot of beers to put it out. There were, there were some dudes with like, I think there a few like jugs moving around. It was taken care of. Yeah. But anyway, I didn't mean to. No, no, no. Yeah. And that was like the next morning basically I woke up and um, you know, I was like, man, I really don't know if I want to. I'm not that guy. I think I don't think because people were scared and I was like, I don't want it like for you, anybody that I want to, I want to give people a good experience.

Speaker 3:12:16I don't want. It was like the, you know, I was always pushing that shock value and realized like, I don't want to be that guy. So that was like, I think where the first time I had the feeling where like this might not be what I want to go back into heavy metal days. It was, I mean, we weren't quite heavy metal. We were definitely had like a little bit of the rock and roll. Um, but yeah, and then I mean the band kept going for a couple years after that, but I think that was kind of the beginning of my, like the decay of that ideal for me where I didn't really, I didn't have 100 percent. All right, well this album's a bell hoop and you guys mentioned that your generation doesn't have that, that hope, whereas it's not, they don't have an analogy for that hope.

Speaker 3:13:02Yeah. Well I think not, not that we don't have hope, but I think that cynicism and like nihilism is just a lot more popular now and a lot people, a lot more people are like defaulting to that. It's easier, it's easier to give up, but I think it's also a product of like our history and like where we're at, what time were coming of age and like, I think technology plays a part, um, because at the same time like people are more connected and more isolated than ever. I think technology plays a part. I think, you know, a lot of the um, like religious scandal plays a part. I think that um, you know, artists and politics is, plays a part, I think it's like we're coming, we're coming of age and like a very not saying that we have at worse than anyone that came before us because every, every, I think every generation has their own challenges and their own opportunities. But I think it's just like a really interesting time that we're starting to grow old in and I think that a lot of people default to, you know, everything's going to hell in a handbasket why would you care? And, you know, why would you try to like why would you put in the extra effort to align yourself to like an ideal beyond yourself or to, you know, what do you think about that?

Speaker 4:14:17Yeah, I mean it's a. people are more self aware and more conscious of. I mean with that technology and with the spread of ideas is so rapid that you can kind of get bogged down with. There's a lot of ideas. There's a lot of lot of things going on. And, and to keep track of one, I'm there keep track of a few day. You kind of aspire to is, is really difficult, so people subscribed to one and decide that that's the only thing I care about a or they don't describe subscribed to anything at all. Um, and I think that's the kind of can lead to some despair, some, some hopelessness. Um, and we,

Speaker 3:14:52you know, we're, we kind of, we understand that. I think we get into, I mean if there's some dark stuff on the album for sure. I'm Laura. Yeah, definitely. Yeah. But it, um, there's a progression. It is a spiritual progression of kind of discovering that and deciding not to stay there because it's important to have been there I think into, to dwell in it for a little while and understand it. But then when you get to bring in teen and you kind of move on. So brigantine is the, the next one after. That's the fifth track on the album. And that I think is kind of, that's about the place Brigantine, New Jersey where I've been going. I've been spending time there in the summer, like almost every, almost every year since I was a baby. My, my great grandpa built a house on that island and it's still in the family and I'm still standing so we've been going there for a long time and spent a lot of time alone there and just like taking like walks on the beach and, and I kind of and a lot of times in my life it's been like a good reset for me and I wanted it to have the same function.

Speaker 3:15:59I wanted that song to have the same function on the album where it's like you go to the darkest place where you can imagine and then you, you know, you're kind of at ground zero and then what, how do I build, how do I build a sense of purpose and a sense of meaning and, and a and a sense of joy back from that place. And I think Brigantine does that. It's like bringing Tina I think is the, the idea of like going on retreat for a little bit and then you. And then after we come back with like love my enemy, which I think personally for me is like, that's like our biggest statement on the album. Yeah, yeah. Um,

Speaker 1:16:33yeah, yeah. I was going to say, you guys have a bit of direct spiritualism in here. If I look at some of the lyrics right now, for those of you who may not have heard the other podcasts we have with you guys back in May, I want to say before your June show that you have with crystal rose back up your. Yeah, the, you guys have a spiritualist background, right? Uh, Tim, is it correct? Your theology? Yeah, I got my master's in theology, Christian theology. And in Scran. Mike, you're philosophy philosophy. Yeah. Bachelor's in philosophy. So in songs like Evansburg or the skip back, the reprised side, I will seek the healing of water or come with me to meet our maker. Come with we meet to love our neighbor. How is that seeping in here? Is it, is it a direct seep in? Is there. Why don't you, how do you, how do you plan that? I guess honestly, I think it's, it's been completely organic. Um, I, there was actually a long time where I would avoid. It feels organic.

Speaker 3:17:34I think even before, like before we, I wrote these, a lot of these songs where I would avoid letting that seep end because I didn't want to alienate people because I know everybody has their, you know, their prejudices and their preconceived notions and you know, maybe some own personal baggage with, with different religions,

Speaker 4:17:50with, or you're afraid that you might get labeled as being of a certain type of religion or you're afraid that you might get set into a block because I don't feel that this album really alludes to a religious experience. I think it alludes to maybe a spiritual experience, but it's not dictating from a certain religious point of view.

Speaker 3:18:07Yeah. And I mean in a way religious and spiritual. It's like you can't separate them, but in a way, in a, in a, if you look at it in a different way, um, yeah, we don't want to get bogged down in any kind of the dogma and we don't want to. Um, and, and we're not afraid to, uh, at least, uh, I mean, I can speak for myself. I'm not afraid to break with tradition on that because I have gotten over million over the course of my life. I have been really, um, moved and shaped by a lot of different religious influences. So, I mean, grew up in the Catholic Church family, left the Catholic Church. I'm in college. I studied a lot of Buddhism and Taoism, so a lot of eastern mysticism and religion. Um, got back into like the, uh, like a roomy Sufi mystic, which is a sect of Islam. Um, came back to Christianity, um, through Thomas Merton, who is like, I guess the closest thing to a Christian mystic that you could unless you are and well go for it. Yeah, he is, he's, he's a more modern,

Speaker 4:19:13I guess the most modern one for sure. Like the most modern, uh, you know, legitimate, like legitimate Christian. I mean, there are, I'm sure there are many mistakes that, yeah, we don't know about, but he's, he's the guy.

Speaker 3:19:23Yeah. I don't really, I didn't really have a, a purpose with it, but I want it to be honest. And that's, you know, the, um, that feeling like the religious feeling or the spiritual feeling of, um, there's something going on behind everyday life and there's something bigger that's maybe guiding my, guiding, my, not my actions per say, but, but, but, you know, feeling called to do something because I wouldn't describe what we're doing as anything less than feeling like we're being called. Um, and I mean we have a, we have a hell of a lot of fun doing it as well. And we enjoy and you know, that's a big, that's a big motivator. But, um, you know, music has always been like the most spiritual thing for me. It's always been like, um, that's always been my best way of making sense of my life and also a feeling connected with other people because I think that that's what, like you have to bring other people into it. If you're, if you're talking about, if you're talking about a religious experience, it, it, it's so dependent on relationships. And um,

Speaker 4:20:39I kinda like it and it's not like thoughts petered out there a, it is organic and it's certainly not a propaganda stick at all. There's not a,

Speaker 1:20:48that's the last thing that I would want to do. It doesn't, it doesn't come.

Speaker 4:20:52And that's, you know, that's as much as I liked Mike and wanting to hang out with them. I started to make a decision to join in on these songs and the way they deal with it. Like I, I like them from an outside because I had to say yes to joining. And something I love about them is that they're not the ideas. Um, and the experiences are so organic and genuine, they're not trying to, like, it's not, it's not a worship song, it's not a, a religious. I'm not describing dogma in order to convince people to do it. It's just the genuine experience that you had and they align with few ideas are also happened to be religious, but they are organic to you, which doesn't deal, legitimize him in the eyes of a religious mindset. But it doesn't also kind of lock them into that to that viewpoint. So

Speaker 3:21:39that'd be good. And if you listen to Laura Lard, that's like my, that was my, that was my biggest challenge of religion and God that I've ever been, um, that I've ever dared to share with anybody. Um, and that was kind of like my own, like what we're talking about, like my own descent into like, why does any of this even matter? Why does, why should I, why should I care? Um, but then, you know, the good thing is, you know, I, we come out of that. Yeah, with the, the, the songs that come after, which, you know, which is, I think that's what kind of completes the album is there's definitely a, there's a, you embark on a high note, you were out on our own and there is definitely, there's a distinct descent and then there is a return with like the new. I guess I don't want to say I don't want to go as far as saying wisdom because I think we're way too young to be wise, but, but there's a new, uh, you returned to that hopefulness with a new perspective and having learned something. Definitely a couple bruises. Scars.

Speaker 1:22:45Yeah. I think we established the lyrical side of this album. It's a really good album. I enjoyed ally. I listened to it three times over one time, just enjoying it, you know, before I went in and dove in. But it's, it's really well done. And getting back to the composition of some of the songs, Tim to guitar work is phenomenal. Man. Where did that come from?

Speaker 4:23:06Oh, uh, I started playing when I was nine. I'm like, I got a guitar. Well, no, it was eight. I got a guitar for my birthday. I got it for my ninth birthday, but I started before anyway. I've been playing for a very long time. Um, and I took private lessons and then I went to a Catholic high school in Cherry Hill or I played in the jazz band and I at the same time it's going to settlement music school in Philadelphia. So I just had a ton of music education. I'm from ages 14 to 17, um, that were really that I still use. I'm kind of extensively. I have kept my education going. GotTa keep listening and learning new things on the guitar, but for awhile it was playing. I played bass in the band that we were playing in. The reason being is that they kind of parted with their bass player and that's how I got in.

Speaker 4:23:53And so mike was in the band before I'm part. They partner with their bass player and he called me. He's like, Hey, do you wanna play bass for a little while in this band? And we ended up playing for four years. I had put basically put the guitar down for a little while and went to base. Um, and when the band was over, I rediscovered a lot of those things that I fell in love with back when, you know, before I was in the band. Um, so that, that guitar work was a kind of my rediscovering of my passion for, for the six string guitar as opposed to just, you know, I'm grooving on the base or, or featuring in a couple of the songs that we played. Um, but it was, it was a very joyful experience for me because I got to sit down and really play again and really play with a purpose and instead of just noodling around. Um, so

Speaker 3:24:38the thing that I really enjoy most about the music on the album is not just how good the guitar has because it really does make the, make the album so much better. Um, but that it's, it's characteristic. So it's not just like you listening through to the whole thing, you could tell that it's the same person playing those parts and you know, the, the hope is that tim gets recognized for the way that he solos and though I, that that's my hope. I don't care, but I'm not recognized right now. Yeah. Yeah. My hope is that people will, will hear that the way that he plays on that record and be like, that's, that's tim and then, and I, and I'm, I know that's going to carry into whatever we do next. How do you, how do you guys go about making an assault? I mean, the way that we did it, and it's changed, it's changed a lot over the past maybe few months.

Speaker 3:25:37Um, the way that we did that album is those songs were already, those songs already existed and were kind of just floating in my head and then, um, knew that I wanted to make an album and then got together with Tim and I think the, we just practice them a lot and you know, tim really helped shape, um, he helped shape a lot of the structure of them because they were a little bit a morphis when, um, you know, I just, with an acoustic guitar and a voice, um, sometimes that's all you need and sometimes you want more. And uh, you know, like love my enemy changed a lot from the way that I wrote it. You know, tim really made some tweaks on the rhythm and just the, the overall structure of the song where things come in. And um, so it was really like I brought kind of the lyrics and the skeleton to tim and then together we built it out a little bit just with two people. And then when we were in the studio, just bouncing ideas back and forth and, and we, we were very lucky we had the rare opportunity where we had a lot of,

Speaker 4:26:44because we were, we were recording with a friend and we were able to sort of expand and I think like you had a lot of ideas of what instrument, what parts you wanted. Oh yeah. We made some changes, but a lot of it was pretty conscious. Yeah, no for sure. And it's um, but now we were starting to write a consciously together. Yeah, what we're doing now is like 10, we'll just bring a riff to me and we'll start to build out the structure and then I'll sit with it for a little while. Some lyrics will come, Tim will write some lyrics and you know, we'll, we'll. So we've, yeah, we've been writing together and at the same time, like within the same room, like with the same ideas running around in our heads. And it's really cool. It's a completely different experience for me.

Speaker 4:27:32Um, we just, I mean we did that a couple times in college, but we didn't really like get it down to a science and an hour still haven't bought yet. There's a lot to do. Yeah, there's a lot more to do. Where I were working on that. What'd you guys do? You guys feel it, there's a comfort level that allows you to collaborate much easier than say, you know, like two years ago or whatnot because I know, I know that Tim is going to tell me that, you know, if something I write is crap so that, that makes me feel a lot better. And that's, that's huge man because if there's to have another set of ears on anything that we put out or like that, anything that one of us brings to the table just so it's so beneficial. Um, and that's part of the uh, what's great about what we're doing, why we're doing it together.

Speaker 4:28:14So we're going to coming at it from a couple different angles, which makes it, it just makes it better than it could be if we're just going at it alone or if, if one of us had more say than the other, if I was like in your band or if, you know, you had some kind of commander, complete creative control that there's two people. I mean, it, it can get, you know, there's opportunity for some, some conflict and some rubbing together. But out of that comes something a much better. Um, and I think yeah, it's, it's really become a true partnership and I, I am really confident that the next whatever we do next is a really going to reflect that. Yeah, it's going to be very good. You guys are playing down here on the 17th, which was Saturday for your album release. Are you guys going to have a full band or just going to.

Speaker 4:29:05So I mean that's up to, that's really up to you. Like if you're cool with a full band will bring guns. So we started working with a good. I'm a bass player and a drummer actually a couple days ago, a couple of nights ago I had them over and we were jamming on the songs and they really liked them. So we're gonna we're gonna see where that goes. Yeah, we're good there. We're definitely going to pursue it and see. Just be. There's some big ideas in the album that I would like to get across, at least for if for the album release show, I, I want it to be as close to what people are going to here as possible so that we want the full idea out. I think we want to be comfortable being able to go and a set

Speaker 3:29:42on our acoustic guitars, just the two of us, um, but we also want to have the ability to let it rip and have people available that will be able to play with. Like the Ava brothers are the ava brothers, but they have such a great support network of musicians. Like their band is phenomenal. They're so talented and they make the, they make the ava brothers better. So no, we won't pass up an opportunity to make us better. Yeah, favorite brothers or one of my key influences with, with music, so as much as, as a lake to the abr brothers as we can be, the happier I am on the 17th because we'll be down here playing presumably with a full band and having a hand print and stamp is correct. Yeah. So it was funny. Um, we actually didn't, we only very recently, it was only recently that we knew that this album was going to have an album.

Speaker 3:30:36Yeah, it was just taking a really long time. Last time we spoke you guys, you guys were recording your in between sessions, right? Yeah, we finished tracking in May, um, and then it just took forever. It took a long time. So our producer, we recorded in Scranton. I'm at a place for very close to the university through. I'm a guy that I met at Guitar Center. Uh, he's awesome dude, but what have been a great friend, a great guy. Just had a lot going on in the summer. A lot of life changes that were happening and our album kinda left his, his attention, understandably, but it was just, it took a long time for it to get to us. So we're getting nervous. We were getting pretty nervous. Um, and then with the timeframe that we had, when we finally got the, um, when we got the tracks, I was like, well, let's just make this thing ourselves, like let's just make this ease ourselves.

Speaker 3:31:31So I just got like cardboard sleeves and I had stamps made with the album art and we just had a night where we had some bruise and put, put the album on on the speakers and we're just stamping away and tool also. We're also listening to the tool which was like, really? Yeah, it was really intense because we got it down to a science and it was. And we were just passing CD sleeves and stamping away. But it was a lot of fun. Like, and, and, and I'm happy because like each one is different. Some of them are a little messed up, but everyone is going to have a, it's going to have a personal time. We will have touched each job and everyone will be able to, you know, say that they have something a little unique, which I'm happy about, so not everything's cut correctly this, depending on how hard you put, like put it down like some of the words don't come out all that great and some get a little faded. It's great. I love it. That's kind of, that's a good metaphor for us because we're really not perfect, but we have character. I hope

Speaker 1:32:41Tim. Mike, thank you guys for coming on the podcast. Really appreciate it. Thanks for having us. Yeah. If you guys, you guys have a song, he goes, yeah, yeah. We'd love to play one if that's cool with you. Yeah, let's do it. Alright,

Speaker 5:33:04sweet.

Speaker 6:33:16Let's see. No, take you with me. Sad.

Speaker 7:35:00Do you think I'm crazy?

Speaker 5:35:04Yeah.

Speaker 8:35:37You

Speaker 6:35:38say, uh, let me say a five.

Speaker 8:36:01Okay.

Speaker 1:36:03Just a reminder. The show is November 17th, Saturday, five bucks. I think it's. Yeah. Yeah. Thanks again guys for coming on. Where can people find you?

Speaker 3:36:14Oh yeah, great question. I'm got a website, labella pool music.com. I'm on Youtube, instagram at Labella pool music. Um, we'll be posting, we'll be updating everybody on, on the album and I'm definitely going to be posting some videos soon.

Speaker 1:36:34People can currently find love my enemy out there, right? Yeah, yeah. There's

Speaker 3:36:37video on, uh, on Youtube. We're going to put some updated content. That's, that's, that was like pretty soon after we put that song together. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. People find some updated content to very soon.

Speaker 1:36:47Okay. Great. And I'll leave everyone with the. One of my favorite lyrics of the whole album is on love. My enemy and a don't need a reason to be kind. I think that's a message we need to get out there because like you guys said, we have a lack of hope. Got to build it back again. Thanks so much for coming back on guys. Looking forward to the show. Thank you.

Speaker 1:37:21I want to thank Mike and tim again for coming on the show. It's great to have him down here. Great chapter. Those guys, they put together great music is fun to listen to them live. I really, really liked the album. Skip back, tim adds something to it that it's just can't be measured and with Mike's philosophy and and his deep leanings in it, you connect really easily to the album. It's an album for everyone. It's also an album that I think is going to have you hooked. So definitely check out that album. You know what else we'll have you hooked. Rocco, you know, what else have you hooked sprocket or sound guy back there? Area math. This is a beer he just made as a spice Belgian ale. I like beer, like talking about beer, like drinking beer. Obviously everyone likes beer, right? That's why you're listening to us right now.

Speaker 1:38:05You probably liked beer too. Maybe not. I don't know. I don't know. UVA maybe. I'm guessing. I'm guessing God's given me this. All right, so area math, it's, it's got this amber kind of frothy Roy Head. It's a, it's A. I wouldn't say it's clear. Clear. It's clear. It's not the clear as mirror out there, but you know what? It more than makes up for in flavor so it may not be too pretty, but man, it says great. You got this, this cherry grapefruit, like a melon popsicle, you know there's old school Millonzi a popsicle things you had to eat when you were a kid. Yeah, and it kind of has that flavor is it's got like, I don't want to say like a great place. It's got this weird melon type character and it's really, really good. I'm Scott balancing bitterness so the bitterness doesn't overwhelm everything even has hints of a little creamsicle when you're drinking it.

Speaker 1:38:51This is a spice Belgian ale that's on draft right now. We're going to have it in Cannes probably in the next probably until about mid November, so check it out. You will learn more about round guys. Barry, check out our website, [inaudible] dot com or see this show on facebook, facebook.com/the original slack or facebook.com/round. Guys, check out more about the underground through facebook.com/rgb. See underground or you can go to underground that round guys, brewery.com. Got a ton of great shows coming up. November is a powerhouse of shows. We have everything down here. We got movie night. You got to drag notes. We got. Oh man, we have a singer songwriter nights. We have game nights. We it, it's, it's gonna. Be a really, really fun November. Check it out. Oh, we also have the last waltz beer release is going to be set to an afternoon watching the last waltz down here so you can order up your, your beer and you can actually sit down and hang out with your closest friends on black Friday and hanging out down here. Tread a storm. That's just a lot of good stuff coming in, so really appreciate you guys hanging with me and looking forward to hear from you guys. You guys have any suggestions, thoughts, ideas? Send it out to me. Bill at round guys, brewery.com.

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