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Perpendicular Universe

by Loose Ties

Innovative '80s Boston band led by songwriter Terry Kitchen featuring Bill Kuhlman (bass, vocals), Chris Peeler (drums), Brice Buchanan (lead guitar, vocals) and Barry Singer (keys, sax)
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1. Dark Sox and Sneakers
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2. More Dreams for Lizzie
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3. She Wind Me Up
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4. Virginia
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5. Flag
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6. Longing for Love
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7. Secrets Don't Show
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8. Me and You
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9. Never Always
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10. Second Glance
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11. Love
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12. The Blame
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13. Take a Ride
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14. Rude Awakening
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15. Rage
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16. Basket
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17. Paradox
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18. When the Party's Over
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19. Visibly Shook
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20. Silent Lion
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21. Cold Clear Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The '80s Boston band Loose Ties' roots actually go back to 1973 in Findlay, Ohio, when Terry Kitchen (born Max Pokrivchak) and drummer Chris Peeler first met and jammed as ninth graders at Glenwood Junior High. Terry was just learning guitar but was already writing his own songs while Chris was already an accomplished drummer (his father had been guitarist in the '60s band The Challengers, later The American Ways). The next year at Findlay High they met singer/drama clubber Bill Kuhlman, convinced him to take up bass, and officially became a band, playing the Ohio teen center/prom circuit first as Shadow, then Sovereign Quid. Their first hundred dollar gig was the night Richard Nixon resigned; they shocked the crowd of pubescent Aerosmith & ZZ Top fans by doing an all-original set.
Terry went off to Occidental College in Los Angeles while Bill and Chris stayed in Ohio, but they stayed in touch and reunited after graduation. Findlay, a small town in northwestern Ohio, was hours away from the Akron scene that produced Devo and Chrissie Hynde, so they knew they had to find a new home, and in October 1981 they moved en masse to Massachusetts.
Their first Boston gig, under their new moniker Loose Ties, was at The Rathskeller in Kenmore Square in February 1982. Also on the bill that night was a group called Sensible Shoes, led by singer Suzanne Brockmann. The two bands hit it off and continued to gig together, encoring with chestnuts like "Build Me Up Buttercup" or "Good Lovin'" with everyone crowded onstage. When the Shoes split up in 1983 after Brockmann left to get married (and eventually become a best-selling romance novelist), Loose Ties inherited their lead guitarist Brice Buchanan and their keyboard/sax man Barry Singer, both originally from Weston, CT. ("Me and You" and "The Blame" in this collection were first Sensible Shoes tunes.) For the next six years Loose Ties played regularly at the clubs that were the backbone of the '80s Boston scene - The Channel, The Paradise, Storyville, Jack's across the river in Cambridge - slowly inching up the ladder of success in Boston's competitive circuit. They released a number of radio tapes, garnering spins on important local stations WFNX and WBCN and college stations WERS and WMFO, before finally making a seven-song vinyl EP in 1985.
Loose Ties' early trio recordings ("Dark Sox and Sneakers," "More Dreams for Lizzie," "Visibly Shook") show a playful rhythmic back-and-forth which highlights equally Peeler's deft drum syncopations, Kuhlman's melodic bass riffs, and Kitchen's coruscating guitar textures. The addition of Buchanan (first heard on 1984's "Take a Ride") and then Singer (as of 1985's "Second Glance") gave the Ties a richer, if more conventional, sound that allowed Kitchen to develop as a writer and arranger.
The success of their EP (including a #1 slot on WBCN's local countdown, and videos for two of the songs, one of which was played on MTV exactly once) got them a spot in the 1986 Rumble, the Boston battle-of-the-bands that had launched Aimee Mann's band 'Til Tuesday a few years before. The Ties, however, were stomped by eventual winners Gang Green. Regrouping, Loose Ties added female vocalist Jeremy Chase (born Debi Chiasson) and showcased at the China Club in NYC during the 1987 New Music Seminar, revealing an r&b-influence in the new songs. When larger success still eluded them, they decided to call it quits and played their official farewell show on Halloween, 1987, at The Tam in Brookline, Mass.
Many of these recordings, however, were made after that show. At Terry's urging, the band retained its rehearsal space and recorded its repertoire onto a TASCAM 4-track. The recordings, without the pressure of trying to "make it big," are loose and joyful and reveal the full range of the band's talents, from Buchanan's consistently tasteful solos to Kuhlman's McCartney-esque harmonies. What other band peaks after it's broken up? More evidence that Loose Ties always did inhabit a Perpendicular Universe.
Since the band's break-up they have reunited occasionally, most notably for a 2013 benefit concert at Johnny D's for Andrew Szava-Kovats' documentary film Let's Go to the Rat, which also features Loose Ties' music in its soundtrack. Sadly, bassist Bill Kuhlman passed away in 2018 from cancer. Terry, Chris and Bill's last gig together was, fittingly, at their 2016 high school reunion back in Findlay, Ohio.
Terry Kitchen continues to perform and record as a singer/songwriter on the contemporary folk scene. Brice Buchanan is an in-demand guitarist, performing with the r&b band Becky and the Bards and other ensembles. Barry Singer conducts and plays keyboards and woodwinds for classical and theater ensembles in the Boston area. Chris Peeler moved back to the Midwest and plays percussion for classical and show ensembles in Michigan.

Terry Kitchen - guitar, vocal
Bill Kuhlman - bass, vocal (lead vocal on "Virginia," "Take a Ride" )
Chris Peeler - drums, vocal
Brice Buchanan - guitar (except 1, 2, 19), vocal (lead vocal on "Me and You," "The Blame")
Barry Singer - keyboards, sax
Jeremy Chase - backing vocal ("Me and You," "The Blame," "Love")
Carrie Wade - backing vocal ("Longing for Love")

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