16, 16, Six
The Drips release 16, 16, six on June 5th through Wichita Recordings. The Drips began in 2000. The group had very sparse beginnings as everyone involved was either in school, worked for a bank or out on tour or something.
I suppose the story of The Drips is not at all thrilling because there really isn't much to tell. We do feel that the sparseness of the group and the few sporadic times that we joined each other on stage, in rehearsals or whatnot has had a direct effect on our music.
Until now, no Drips material has ever been released on a compact disc. Zoom forward another couple of years to early 2005. The band had been extremely inactive due to the touring duties of the members different bands... At the end of that two years of inactivity, we decided it was time to finally commit to a full length as the next 3 years of our lives would again be spent in buses, taxis, planes and/or in vans. We began demoing in our studio with the intent of, _Well, we_ll see how it comes out, and release it ourselves..._. After a few weeks we had a finished record and well, decided we should really do it again (someday that record will be released - what a gem) so we entered Wet & Dry Studios in Eagle Rock with engineer extraordinaire Manny aka Steve Albeaner - and in 2 days banged out what was to become our full length Drips debut. Everything was cut live and then the tapes sat on the shelf for 8 months while everyone took off on tour or made other records. Until recently, we weren't even sure that it would see the light of day, but we managed to mix it over 3 weeks in September, an effort reserved for the wee hours of the morning and as a result - actually finished the album. 11 songs even.
So there you have it. It has been a long journey, something that began 5 years ago has finally come to fruition.
The Drips are: Matt Caughthran - vox | Joby J. Ford - guitar | Tony Belivaqua - guitar
David Hidalgo Jr. - drums | Vincent Hidalgo - bass
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