We are excited to announce the release of Looking West Redux!
"Looking West" was originally recorded and released on CD in 2009, capturing Tea Leaf Green at a moment of peak performance. The lineup at the time included Trevor Garrod, Josh Clark, Scott Rager and Reed Mathis. The band tracked the album live together, capturing the pure quartet sound before the lineup became more risky and experimental in the years that followed.
When the album first came out Keyboardist Trevor Garrod wrote:
"We've been waiting a long time to make this record. In a band like ours we have so many songs that we play and love but never had a chance to record in the studio. It's almost as if we've loved these songs too much and were afraid to encase them forever behind the iron bars of a vacuum sealed, shrink wrapped studio album."
The album was originally produced by bassist Reed Mathis, who remembers:
“The band invited me to take a turn as producer, and I think I actually did something close to a really good job … rrrrrright up until it was time to seal the deal, at which point I kinda dropped the ball. We rushed the album out to the marketplace, and because it had been mixed in a van hurtling down the interstate during the endless touring of 2009, the sound was bizarre and noisy and distracted. Most fans immediately dismissed it as "a miss."
But no longer! In Jan 2021, Mathis took the original unmixed sessions and rebuilt the album from scratch, this time in a fancy studio (The Grey Room in Oakland CA), on nice gear, taking his time, making it right. The result is the Tea Leaf Green album that this material deserves - containing some of Trevor Garrod & Josh Clark’s best and most beloved songwriting.
Josh Clark, guitar & vocals, recalls:
“This record was such a blast to make. Reed was pushing the band to some really exciting places with these songs in our live shows and I remember just feeling really powerful and confident as a band going into the studio. We had just changed up a lot of personnel on the business side of the band and were going into this with no record deal and no pressure, we just wanted for the first time the freedom to make the record we wanted to make and be involved in the entire process. We were thrilled that Reed wanted to record all these songs that were written before he was in the band and we saw the unique opportunity to not only make a record of where the band was at but where it came from and where it was going. We were deep in the touring machine and after the initial studio time the only time we had to work on the rest was, as Reed said, barrelling down the highway. While I’m proud of the original album, I’m also thrilled to have this version as it’s a stripped down bolder look at the band at this time in our lives. A really dynamic time with lots of changes personally and professionally and creatively happening for us all. I truly hope fans enjoy the Redux as much as I do. “
Scott Rager, drums, remarks:
“Looking West is a great representation of the band at that moment in time- it consists of songs that had rattled around in our catalogue for years, yet were given a fresh voice with the influence of Reed’s interpretations. In retrospect, it was the end of an era for the band, as our personnel and sound shifted dramatically over the next few years. Ultimately, I remember it as a loose, creative, “get together” of four friends with a shared vision of the musical process.”
“These songs are messages in bottles washed up on foreign shores, alien transmissions from distant worlds, memories from our fading youth, and reminders of our endless and repetitious search for love and freedom." - Trevor Garrod
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With Moby making its presence felt on the Summer 2021 tour, this album is definitely more than just a series of sound checks or practice session jams. Highlights for me are Moby, Camino I and II, and Valkyrie. jelliottrobinson