Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Robin Parrent - Exorcism


Before taking a job in the armpit of California, I used to play in Robin Parrent's backing band.  Exorcism took two and a half years to complete since recording initially began. Hectic 24 hour recording window aside, I don't think we could have been plagued with more problems. The bassist was diagnosed with schizophrenia, the lead guitar player was dealing with agoraphobia, the drummer flipped his car and had to record his drum parts completely loaded on painkillers while wearing a sling. We were a fucking mess. After the band imploded, Robin wandered around the west coast until he went broke. He eventually returned to Detroit and tried to finish the record, constantly disliking every single draft of it until he gave it up as a relic of the past. A few months ago Exorcism was rescued and finished by Andy Catlin of Lasso/Double Phelix and found its way to me. I asked Robin to describe Exorcism to me and he called it "psychedelic demon blues" which I think is as fitting a description as you'll find. Check out Robin's Bandcamp page for a pay-what-you-want download for this record and an upcoming remastered version of his first album.

Recommended Tracks: Confession Bound, Boneville Break in Blues, I Did Wrong

- Steve

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