Paco Higdon | Sophomore Slump

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Sophomore Slump

by Paco Higdon

A collection of hilariously sarcastic yet musically complex hard rock songs spanning through many genres and influences while never taking itself too seriously.
Genre: Rock: Comedy Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sophomore Slump
2:56 $0.99
2. Homo Defectus
3:30 $0.99
3. Starvin' Artist
2:28 $0.99
4. Clownin' Around
3:42 $0.99
5. Some People Just Aren't Going to Like You
4:33 $0.99
6. Labatt Blues
3:45 $0.99
7. Gomenasai Stomp
2:51 $0.99
8. Go On!
4:05 $0.99
9. Bass Player's Going Solo
3:18 $0.99
10. Twenty-Two
8:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
When it came time to do my second album, I decided to really up the ante. I wanted my songs to be heavier, I wanted the content to be funnier, I wanted the budget to be higher, and I wanted the arrangements to be crazier and more progressive than ever. Looking at this end product, I would say I definitely succeeded!

A year after the first album, I've noticed through my new lyrics that I've become a slightly more bitter, sarcastic person. Sarcasm practically defines this album, down to the self-deprecating theme of the title/title track to the harsh lessons and bitter observations in pretty much all of the other ones. Rest assured, they're still witty and all in good fun. The instrumentation on this album has everything from clown horns, to whoopee cushions, to a washboard kit, and is full of so many little surprises. Josh Karpowicz (the engineer) had to mic so many things he'd never mic'd before, edit so many time and tempo changes, and interpret so much bizarre harmony, that I'm sure he will forever share in some of my insanity. Every song is oozing with character, uniqueness, blends of genres, and most importantly, laughs. My number one goal in the end is still to make music that makes people smile, laugh, feel good, and wonder what on Earth they are listening to, and I can guarantee you will find all of that here.

The album was recorded and mastered at Pearl Sound studios in Canton, MI. I arranged, charted, performed, and produced almost everything you'll hear. I even played my own drums this time! The bass was played by Neal Warner, a very talented friend from college who also lives in MI. Taylor Izak, the fiddle player from local legends Stone Clover, lent her violin skills to a few tracks, and guitarist/singer Pauly Brady sat in and allowed me to play some of his beautiful acoustic guitars. Bill Grady, another fellow college graduate and the best slide/blues guitarist you'll ever meet, lent some dobro licks to the song Gomenasai Stomp. The Motor City Horns, consisting of John Rutherford, Walter White, Dwight Adams, and Keith Kaminski, laid down some excellent horn parts and solos, and I will forever be grateful that they were able to tolerate my absurd arrangements! My friend Alaina Bartkowiak lent her wonderful opera vocals to Go On!, where you will also hear a guest appearance from Here To Party's engineer/mixer Ryan Walsh in the spoken word sections. Last but not least, my brother James Higdon and girlfriend Kaitlin Sarnacki lent their powerful gang vocals to any tracks that needed that extra oomph.

The album was mixed and mastered by Chuck Alkazian, who also had a ball mixing my smorgasbord of tracks and managed to make it as cohesive as it could be (without being SO cohesive that it would lose any character, of course). As mentioned above, Josh Karpowicz was my partner in crime, engineering/recording/editing all this crazy junk while helping shape the overall product and making sure I didn't go too off the deep end with my wacky ideas, while also having wacky ideas of his own! The album was also assistant engineered by Andrew Hammerstein.

Working on this record has been one of the hardest yet most rewarding things I've ever done. It defies genres, descriptions, and convention. You've never heard anything quite like it. Please enjoy it, smile, laugh, and show your friends.



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