Just got back from Europe! Whew! Germany Switzerland UK Belgium Netherlands, all fucking amazing, and of course, Vienna, where we got to record this sweet version of “Butterfly Knife” for FM4. (Lots of other kickass live sessions in the works too, including a version of Anteroom recorded in a Parisienne crypt!) So we walked into this radio studio in Vienna and there are like 3 Bosendorfer grand pianos, (all sweetly and stubbornly tuned to 444) so I thought, Hey! I’ve always wanted to do a piano version of “Butterfly Knife”. And so we did.
In any case, I’d like to take this opportunity to define “we”. This is my band! And here are the people you will see onstage when you see EMA:
Leif Shackelford : violin, keyboards, co-producer and main collaborative partner in crime. He ran EASTNILE (where a majority of PLMS was produced), builds amazing recording gear and boutique guitar pedals, and is also a helluva nice guy.
Nicole Anderson aka NKA aka “Aunt Dracula”. My li’l sis hitting the skins. She is shy but funny, refuses facebook and photoshoots and really does not want to provide her dorky older sister with any pictures or info to put on her website.
Nicky Mao : black-clad New Yorker, an only child thrown in to a family of pink-faced gee-golly Midwesterners. Playing tough and mysterious second guitar. She is also a very good sport. Check out her kick-ass solo dreampop : Hiro Kone.