RPM 2007 (as In Visible Light) Real and Imagined
RPM 2008 Ear Candy
RPM 2009 Falling Over Upwards
RPM 2010 <challenge not met>
RPM 2011 AscenDance
RPM 2012 Failure Analysis
Alan Hall - Guitars and vocals
Tom Strohbeck - Drums and mayhem
George Bailey - (no, the OTHER George Bailey!) Drums and percussion
My gratitude to Mick for setting the bar (too high) to be attained, as always.
...and a shoutout to my friend and mentor, Doug Sedgwick, for keeping the faith!
Prog-Rock/Art Rock,Contemporary Singer/Songwriter,Rock,Jam Bands
F7 is an experiment in combining the RPM challenge with the Food Network challenge: EAR CANDY! (Yum!)
Falling Over Upwards(2009)
Pressed for time in 2009, F7 presents a stripped-down, intimate audition disk.
The F7 Project produced AscenDance for the 2011 challenge. It is an inexplicable mix of styles, moods, and messages that nonetheless seem to represent the heart of F7s output at this moment in time.
Be forewarned: this album is topically a little 'dark', and would have been darker if I'd kept the tunes about starvation and coal mining disasters in the set ('Gillotine' and 'The Endless Broken Chain', respectively). And while the album speaks of some of the darker moments in human experience, it holds out hope, too; along with the obligatory car wreck song there's a couple of love songs. Well, maybe... if unrequited love counts.
Failure Analysis...pokes its ugly head into all criticisms of the album. Criticism, is by its nature, is analysis; Life, by its nature, is less than perfect. Once again I set out to record THE PERFECT ALBUM and got trashed by the reality of the situation. But that's OK because life is, by its nature, all about the doing of a thing and not the expectations of it. ...is the title of this year's effort and reflects some of the lyrical content: a brief assessment of Icarus (and the Icarus complex, which I so brilliantly display on the album), and life in a house full of cats are two of the tunes that allow human failure to be exposed. ...prompts me to start planning how 'February is record production month' will go next year. Yep, it will be PERFECT. I will start by making July 'lyric writing month', then August will be 'riff and chord progression month', and so on... ...was actually more fun than I've had in a good, long while!!