G & T Show Supplemental Log – Spock’s Brain Album
G & T Show Supplemental Log – Spock’s Brain Album is now available to download. Check it out here. Terry and Mike get an opportunity to sit down with Andy and Fark from Five Year Mission to talk about their current kickstarter project for The Spock’s Brain Album. Nick was unable to attend as he had a power outage due to a storm. However, we didn’t know that at the time. We, nonetheless, continued with the interview to talk with the band and to learn more about this fun project. Don’t miss this fun interview.
With Nick unavailable, Mike handles the show’s introduction and is pleased to have Mike and Fark from Five Year Mission as their very special guests. Terry jumps straight into it asking about their new Spock’s Brain Kickstarter. Mike is very excited about it. The is still more than a week left for them to raise their final stretch goal. They have already met their initial goal of $1500 to produce the album. They have met their next two goals including getting a new trailer for the band.
Terry asks where is the first place they want to take their new trailer. They want to take it to the Geek Bar in Chicago. Terry has heard about it but hasn’t been there. Neither has Mike and Andy. They talk about the Geek bar. The only thing keeping them from playing at the Geek Bar was because Geek Bar is not equipped to play live music. The idea of a Geek Speakeasy materialized that required a different geeky movie line password every night to get in.
Returning to the kickstarter, their initial goal of $1500 was met within an hour. The second stretch goal was for another $1500 was to reprint and remaster Year Two and hit that within the first couple of days. Terry thinks their music is fun and fantastic. She congratulates them and wonders whose idea was it to do a full album about a single episode. They recount the story of how the album came to be, which begins back when they were writing Year Two and inspired the Trouble With Tribbles EP. Tribble was one of the most popular episodes and Spock’s Brain was one of the most infamous episodes. They don’t think Spock’s Brain was the worst episode of TOS. They discuss Omega Glory in the process. The original thought for Spock’s Brain was to write one song each with whoever drew Spock’s Brain wrote a second song. Chris got the second song, and didn’t want to do it. Mike took the song and then out of no where Chris turned in another song resulting in seven songs all about Spock’s Brain. The rest of the guys didn’t think that was fair so they agreed to write another one each. Fark ended up with a third. Mike has to write yet another Spock’s Brain song for the Year Four album.
Terry wonders if they were worried whether or not they would be able to get their full amount for an album all about Spock’s Brain. They admit that they were more skeptical about their first kickstarter and had planned to pay for the remainder themselves to get it funded. They hit their initial goal after two days. This time they were not worried. They knew they could hit their initial goal. This time around, they decided to give people better rewards for contributing including releasing the demos for upcoming album. The demos are usually created just to give the other guys an idea about the song. Terry appreciates that they are willing to share their demos which gives an insight into the process of creating a song.
Mike loves the song titles and mentions a few of them. His favorite is (For His Head Is Hollow and I have Touched) Spock’s Brain! When they were planning the Spock’s Brain Album, they were thinking to split it with the episode For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky. The EP would have been called (For His Head Is Hollow and I have Touched) Spock’s Brain! Later, when they finally decided on the direction for the album, Patrick turned his song and it was called (For His Head Is Hollow and I Have Touched) Spock’s Brain!
One of the things they enjoyed about this album was that they could finally give each song a unique name. All of their previous albums, each song was named after the episode it’s about. Even the Trouble With Tribbles album all had the same name, which causes some confusion for them when playing them live. Noah wrote Hey Kara. They began referring to it by that and it stuck. They go over some more of the song titles. Mike wrote RC Spock while Noah created Colder In Russia, which Terry correctly assumed was a Chekov song.
Mike asked about Spock’s Dog. It’s a bonus song they released as a single not too long ago. It’s about the dog in The Enemy Within. Every year when they appear at Starbase Indy, they release a new album. However, last year they were not ready. The only thing they had that was ready to go was the Spock’s Dog song, which they released as an acoustic single. Noah did a dance remix of the song. The version that will appear in the Spock’s Brain Album is another version featuring the entire band.
Mike mentions they were at STLV last year as the house band, playing the celebrities on and off the stage. Mike asks them about their experience and if there were any backstage stories they could share with us. They immediately say that Simon Pegg was their highlight. They tell us about their experiences with him. Terry loved their choices of music during the convention. There were so many stories they could tell from Vegas since they were on stage for 8 to 9 hours a day. Garret Wang was awesome.
They share their epic journey to meet William Shatner that began in New Orleans, Chicago, and finally culminated in Vegas. In order to ensure they would meet Shatner, they put it in their contract. They talk about Shatner and his Rascal scooter. They played RocketMan when he came out on stage. They appreciated that he had asked them to remain on stage during his appearance in case he wanted them to play a little something. Other highlights from Vegas was playing their version of Reading Rainbow for Levar Burton, and the Enterprise panel where they played the Quantum Leap theme song. On their way out, they played the Enterprise theme and Anthony Montgomery sang it with them. They hung out with John Billingsley and his wife, Bonnie. Terry quickly shares her love and experiences with both of them. The Okudas are fans of the guys and Miri gets stuck in Denise’s head, so they played them on with Miri. They recount some stories and their experiences with Harlan Ellison and his Rascal scooter. They even managed to make Harlan laugh. When he came out on stage with Walter Koenig, they danced to Back In The USSR. Terry is hoping to hang out with the guys this year and get a squeeze from them. They want Terry to give Patrick hugs for his own good.
Mike reminds everyone to support their Kickstarter and gets everything they want. Terry thanks them for allowing them to use their music on our show. Terry promises that if we get paid, they will too. Since this was the first time we get to speak with Andy, we decide to give him the Lipton questions. Check out his answers. Terry gets the vapors from some of their responses. They drop a few more Geek Speakeasy passwords.
Terry asks what gigs do they have coming up. July 3rd is their CD release party at Radio Radio in Indianapolis. On July 20th, they have a special show for Neil Carpenter who was a big fan and donor on their last Kickstarter at Indy CD & Vinyl. Neil is flying from England to Orlando for vacation with his family, and then flying out to Indianapolis for the show, before flying back to Orlando and returning home. They will be playing GenCon on Saturday August 1st at 7pm. They are waiting to announce a big Star Trek related show in August. They drop some hints about it. They wind up the interview with the links where you can follow and learn more about Five Year Mission. They thank the guys for joining them and are looking forward to the new album.
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