As my catalogue grows, its easy for me to forget about songs I put out in the past. ‘Looking Back’ will take a look at some of my previous work and talk frankly about the process of making them, things I screwed up and things I feel I got right. Hopefully this won’t be boring.
“Taking the Blame” from 2008’s Oh No! EP
Originally on: “Oh No!” EP, released January 2008
In Ocotber 2007, I moved from Calgary to Taber, a small town just outside of Lethbridge, Alberta. I know no one in town and for the first month of me living there, I was unemployed and living in my parents’ basement. So while half-heartedly looking for work, I started getting deeper into writing and recording music, this time trying to write my own drum tracks as well as everything else.
“Taking the Blame” was born out of a little riff I had been playing with for a few months, but it wasn’t until I discovered The Black Keys’ Magic Potion that I thought I might be able to pull off a blues album. It was the confidence on those songs that I admired, the riffs were sometimes so powerful that they completely replaced the need for a vocal chorus. So I gave it a shot.
I had always played around with blues riffs here and there but Oh No! was the first time I actually tried to turn them into full songs. Over that wonderful month of unemployment, I wrote and recorded the full EP and even now (almost 5 years later) I still love these songs.