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Drums + Emotion

by Paul Edelstein

Drums + Emotion is an eclectic collection of rock songs that features collaborations with many talented, phenomenal musicians. Featuring: Rachl Raxx Quinn, Krumins/Raatz, 3 Too Far, Mike Wulf, Jonathan Raz, Christopher J. Myers, Michael Wells and others
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1. 01 Dragons in My Head
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2. 02 Secret Double Agent 15 (feat. Randy Raatz & Freddie Krumins)
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3. 03 Mild Mannered Superman (feat. 3 Too Far)
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4. 04 Changes (feat. Rachl Raxx Quinn)
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5. 05 Outta Light (feat. Randy Raatz)
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6. 06 Denial
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7. 07 Tattoos and the Weather
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8. 08 Hanging on by the Seat of My Pants
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9. 09 Make Me Proud (feat. Mike Wulf)
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10. 10 How I Feel
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11. 11 Descent into the Abyss
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Drums + Emotion is an eclectic collection of rock songs that features collaborations with many talented, phenomenal musicians that I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with. Thank you all!!!

The origin of Drums +Emotions began in January of 2018 when I parted ways with Wrecked. Below is the official statement I released on January 9, 2018.

“I am no longer playing drums in Wrecked.

When Jeff asked me to join the band in 2013 Wrecked was reforming after some time off. During the hiatus Tony and Dave had played in a band with new Wrecked members Jason and Kip.

I am very proud of the time I spent in Wrecked and all we accomplished. I had a blast!! Over the past four years we resurrected, and brought the band to new heights. We were a consistent and potent live act that wowed and rocked many different Midwestern states.
We recorded a lot. Five of those songs that saw the light of day made up the Wrecked EP that was released in July 2017.

We went through many members. The constants were the four of us, Jeff, Tony, Dave and myself.

Being in Wrecked was a different experience for me. I am a drummer, songwriter, collaborator and producer. In Wrecked I was the drummer. Jeff is the band’s principal songwriter and knows what he wants. I did my best to fit that role.

Wrecked enters a new era with a new lineup intent on blazing the trails we set forth and reaching new heights.

As for me I have recorded a bunch of songs with my longtime friend and collaborator Randy Raatz. I will continue to write and collaborate on my new (4th) solo project with Randy and other musicians. If anyone is interested in collaborating please reach out. I will be reaching out as well. While I am a rocker at heart I do play and am open to different styles of music.

I have made many friends in the past four years and will cherish and nurture those relationships. My goal is to find or form a collaborative all original band, have some fun, play shows, record and conquer as much of the world as possible!”



When I parted ways with Wrecked my first emotions and feelings were excitement, release and relief. In the beginning the plan was to be a collaborative band, right up my alley. I was able to interpret the drum parts my way with feeling, groove and emotion. I was very perplexed when we started recording and Jeff had issues with my drum parts that I had been playing for more than two years! From that point on he more or less told and showed me what he wanted me to play. Not fun for anyone.
I am very grateful for my time in Wrecked. I experienced a lot of great things that have made me a better drummer, songwriter, collaborator and producer. I was introduced to Roland V Drums which is the way the band was accustomed to recording. That led to digital recording and I purchased not only Roland V Drums but an entire digital recording studio complete with Logic Pro. It totally opened a new world of opportunities for me. I am very appreciative of the time, effort, energy and knowledge that Jeff Kylloe and Mike McCarron shared with me in the beginning of my journey. Randy has been using this technology for some time so his knowledge, coaching and introduction to my teacher Brian Cook have been such a valuable asset.

In my statement I asked people to reach out. The first one to express interest was Jonathan Raz from the awesome band Stars Aligned. Mike Wulf the singer and Marine had just accepted a two year stint with United States Marine Corps in St Louis. The band was going to be on Hiatus. I became very friendly with all 3 members of the band during my time in Wrecked, playing shows with them constantly. I made sure drummer James Purpora was fine with us working together then Raz and I started collaborating.

I sent Raz some drum songs (structured drum tracks) that I have lyrics and somewhat of melodies for to write some music. The first three I sent was Tattoos And The Weather, Dragons In My Head and Denial. Tattoos and Dragons clicked with him immediately. Denial not so much. He did pass that on to Mike Wulf (more on that later).With Tattoos, he killed it!!! Not only did he write some killer guitar but a perfect bass line as well. Then it gets real interesting!

When Stars Align was looking for someone to do some remixes of their songs for their EP Monsters Can Be Monsters To Monsters. I suggested my buddy Randy Raatz. He ended up doing a great remix of their song Deception. So now Raz knows Raatz.
Raz calls me and asks me if it is ok to send Randy Tattoos for some additional guitar work. I had no question that he should send it. Not only is Randy one of my best friends but an incredible musician/producer as well. The only reason I did not send this track to Randy myself in the beginning was that I was trying broaden my musical horizons.

Randy gets a hold of this track and never lets go!! He tells me that song is unbelievable and has some very specific ideas for it. I tell him to go for it. Not only does he write guitar and keyboard parts, but he rearranges the beginning and writes different lyrics. Next thing I know he pitches the song to Chicago Style Wrestling’s head guy Steve Boz for a new theme song for Chicago Style Wrestling! Boz loves it! We ring up old friend and way incredible singer Mike Meadows (who sang on a few tracks on my last disc Passion and Perseverance).

Randy also has an idea to do a video for this song. So we incorporate teasers of the band recording their parts with Boz and some of the other wrestlers (Chris Miller and T.J. Steele) threatening us if the song is not perfect.

The whole process was so much fun! We shot the video for Chicago Style at Boz’s training facility with wrestler participation.

During this time I am working with bassist Michael Wells. Randy, Raz, Michael and I get an idea to form a band. We christen it Butterflies In Killing Jars (my inspiration with Raz’s execution). The song and video is the perfect springboard for this new project. Unfortunately we could not work out a rehearsal schedule. So Butterflies In Killing Jars will hopefully continue to write, record and make more videos in the future.

The song and video Chicago Style by Butterflies In Killing Jars is available everywhere.

Drums + Emotion song by song


Dragons In My Head

Lyrics Paul Edelstein

Music Paul Edelstein, Michael Wells, Randy Raatz, Jonathan Raz
Christopher J. Meyers – Vocals, Me – Drums, Michael Wells – Bass, Randy Raatz – Guitars, Jonathan Raz - Guitars

This song musically is based off the groove of my drums. This song is inspired by Dragon Attack by Queen off of The Game album. The opening drum sequence is my interpretation of the middle drum break that Roger Taylor plays. I always loved the groove and feel and it always stuck in my head. After the intro I just kept grooving and the structure just came out of me. The first person to write to my groove was “Fearless” Michael Wells. Michael is a phenomenally talented bass player who plays from the heart, has an internal sense of groove, immense chops and the balls to just go for it! He was referred to me by his father David Wells, a classmate of mine from Maine East high school.

With his bass groove in tow I sent the song to Randy and Raz. Randy was the first one to come up with all tons of awesome guitars that gave the song depth and layers. Next Raz laid down his attitude driven guitar that adds frenzy and emotion.

The lyrics are inspired by a ton of changes going on in ALL areas of my life at the same time. I was so uncomfortable. No matter which way I turned I could not find relief from anywhere for the better part of a year.

Vocalist Christopher J. Meyers was an inspired idea from my brother Brian. He was the vocalist in Lifelike Violence which also included previous Wrecked band mate guitarist David Miller. I was a distant friend of Christopher’s.
Brian felt that Chris would do the song justice and he was so correct!! His emotional vocals and creativity turned this rocking grooving tune into a masterpiece!!


Secret Double Agent 15
Music Randy Raatz, Paul Edelstein, Ron Hilger.
Song arrangement and lyrics Freddy Krumins

Freddy Krumins – Vocals, Keyboards, Randy Raatz – Guitars, Me- Drums Ron Hilger - Bass.

This is a song Randy and I wrote a while back. It was originally an instrumental called Stone Park Bop, recorded at Space Monkey Studios in Berwyn by Hiram Cuevas. Another version of this song exists titled The Sky is Falling with Camilo Pena on vocals. We both felt that this version was a little off the mark and something better should be done with it.
When Randy and Freddy started working together this song got new life. Freddy rearranged it, added some James Bond theme keys to it and wrote some killer lyrics about the life of a double agent. It originally appeared on the digital Krumins-Raatz album that came out in 2016


Mild Mannered Superman
(Dedicated to David Tramer 11-16-70 – 6-11-17)
Music David Tramer, Jeremy Sheehan, Paul Edelstein
Lyrics David Tramer
David Tramer - bass, keyboards and vocals. Jeremy Sheehan - guitar and vocals. Me- drums and “singing” the last line of the song.


This is a song that originally appeared on 3 Too Far’s second recording Super 6 Demo in 2006. This was recorded at my studio, Paul Street Studios. My decision to include this song is a tribute to one of my best friends David Tramer, who passed away in 2017 from cancer. If you knew Dave this song was all him, quirky groove, superhero lyrics and 2 white guys rapping. My time in 3 Too Far was the most enjoyable time I have had in the music business thus far. I may have had some bigger successes but I have yet to equal the camaraderie, friendship and fun I shared with David and Jeremy. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of him. I miss him so much!!

Changes
(Dedicated to Big Jim Harrington 7-11-52-4-16-18)
Music Randy Raatz, Paul Edelstein, Ron Hilger
Lyrics Paul Edelstein
Rachl Raxx Quinn – Vocals, Me – Drums, Randy Raatz – Guitars, Keyboards, Ron Hilger - Bass
Randy is always writing and coming up with new songs. I still have a backlog of songs that I need to put drums on. There is never enough time!! Changes is one of the songs Randy sent to me that resonated with me right away. I loved the somber emotion of the song. Right around completing this song a dear friend of mine, Jim Harrington passed away. I was so saddened and touched, these lyrics just came out of me.
My next mission was to find a singer. The first person that came to mind was Rachl Raxx Quinn, former lead singer of Shokker, a great heavy metal band. An incredible emotive singer who I friended during my Wrecked days. Not only is she a great singer and performer but a very nice down to earth person. She teaches kids to sing. The timing was perfect as she had just left Shokker. At first glance you might shake your head to this pairing, but I knew there is more to her voice than the incredible power and operatic vocals she brought to Shokker. I was right. Her emotional performance is spot on and moves me to tears.







Outta Light
Music Randy Raatz, Paul Edelstein, Hugo Devo
Randy Raatz – Guitars, Me – Drums, Hugo Devo - Bass

This is a rearranged version of the song The Human Virus that Randy and I had recorded some years back. This was the first song I recorded at Hiram Cuevas’s Space Monkey Studios. Like most of my work it is a first take. Randy and I were so locked in and this is so tight, pure magic!!
While listening to the playback we noticed that the open high hats were distorted and over driven. We were pretty sure that could be corrected in the mix down. That ended up not being the case. I went back to overdub the distorted sections but it sounded stale. We did do a remaster on it to minimize the distortion and it cleaned up beautifully. The feel, groove and vibe of the track is pure emotion.


Denial

Lyrics Paul Edelstein

(Music Paul Edelstein, Mike Wulf, Jonathan Raz)
Mike Wulf – Guitar and Vocals, Me- Drums, Jonathan Raz - Bass

Denial is actually the first song I had in mind to include on Drums + Emotions and the last song to finish. The original demo version of this song was the opening track on my previous solo CD Passion and Perseverance from 2011. As stated I came up with the basic idea for the drum arrangement when I was in Lower Wacker. I have since revised improved and rerecorded it. I gave this to so many people to write to including Randy who was stumped. Raz was stumped as well and passed the song onto Mike Wulf who saw it as challenge and would not quit. His punk rock guitar is so full of attitude and the tone and style of the guitar just scream FUCK YOU!! The guitar and punk rock vocals are an interesting contrast to the progressive drums and bass. What a cool mix!!



Tattoos And The Weather
For my wife Yuridia
Music Paul Edelstein, Jonathan Raz, Randy Raatz
Lyrics Paul Edelstein
Mike Wulf – Vocals, Jonathan Raz – Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Randy Raatz – Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Me - Drums
This is one of my first post Wrecked collaborations. In all honesty some of the drum patterns were conceived during my time in Wrecked. They thought it was too progressive for the band. I always liked this drum part. Awesome groove, creative hand and footwork, and just fun to play! This is the original version of what turned into Chicago Style by Butterflies in Killing Jars. When Raz and I started this song we were working with a singer that he knew. He tried real hard and had a good voice but he just couldn’t get the right emotion I felt the song needed. Raz gives the song to Mike Wulf who returns it to me the same day and just nailed it!!

The title and the chourus were inspired by a time when my wife and I did not agree on something. We weren’t really talking a whole lot at this time but when we did talk it was just surface conversation. What really inspired me was the fact that we could disagree about something and still treat each other with some kind of respect, not say hurtful things to each other which is all too common in our society these days. True love prevails!


Hanging On By The Seat Of My Pants
Randy Raatz, Paul Edelstein, Peter Tromboni
Randy Raatz – Guitars, Me – Drums, Peter Tromboni – Bass

The original title of this song was Spiral Arms. Randy originally wrote the music to another drummer’s arrangement. After it was done they could not agree on what to do with it so they mutually agreed to dissolve it.
This track was very interesting for me to record. It had no click track. What I did was make a “click track” by creating a tom tom groove to the guitar. Then I played to the guitar and my tom tom click track. When I approached this track I played on instinct and let the guitar guide me. This is a first take and has some improvising on my part. I really like the loose/tight feel and the groove that developed. It has a very spontaneous /anxious feel to it.
Randy had a feeling that Peter Tromboni would be the right bass player for this song. Peter layed down the perfect bass line. In his own words simple and grooving. It really solidifies the song and plays off of Randy’s guitar and my drums equally. Magic!!


Make Me Proud
Lyrics and Music Mike Wulf
Drum arrangement Paul Edelstein

Vocals, Guitars and Bass - Mike Wulf
Drums – Paul Edelstein

Mike is a very prolific songwriter and is always coming up with new tunes. This song is one he wrote in his time away from Stars Aligned. It is a song about human rights and abuse. He had some interest in the song and needed drums right away. I had such a feel for this song that I recorded the drums and sent them back to him in 12 hours. He was able to make his deadline and another version of this song will be available at some time in the future.
I knew this song was special and when I asked Mike if I could include this on my CD, without hesitation he said yes. As of this writing Mike and I are recording our first CD together.









How I Feel
Lyrics Paul Edelstein, Christopher J. Meyers
For my wife Yuridia

Music Ron Kloeckner, Paul Edelstein, Michael Wells, Randy Raatz, Jonathan Raz

Christopher J. Meyers – Vocals, Ron Kloeckner – Guitar, Me – Drums, Michael Wells – Bass, Randy Raatz – Guitars, Jonathan Raz – Guitar

This song was originally written by Ron Kloeckner during our Wrecked days together. When it became obvious that it was never going to see the light of day I asked Ron if I could finish it and put it on my CD. He agreed. The original plan was for Ron to record more guitars, co-write lyrics with me and sing on it. We never found the time.
With the basic guitar and drums laid down, the next to record his part was Michael Wells. What a creative, bopping grooving bass line he created! Next Randy did oodles of layers and musical candy. Raz put some guitar with attitude. This was the first song Christopher J. Meyers tracked. He took my original lyrics and embellished them with some great imagery. His emotional vocals and soulful delivery compliment the song perfectly!


Descent Into The Abyss
(Randy Raatz, Paul Edelstein, Ron Hilger)
Randy - Guitars, Keys, Me – Drums, Ron – Bass

This is another revisit tune, Abby’s Water from Passion and Perseverance. Originally it was structured around my drum groove and some beautiful acoustic pieces that Randy had. This time Randy had specific ideas and we worked it up that way. It is a very emotive, grooving tune with a Spanish flare that ends in a killer rock/ metal ending. A rollercoaster of emotions and a perfect closing sequence to a very diverse collection of songs!




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