“RESURRECT” ALBUM TITLE // INSPIRATION
In 2017 we played at Starlite in Southbridge, MA for the umpteenth time. Demetri, our friend and club owner was there among his employees who are now like family. Every time we play that stage there’s a freedom, a comfort in our music and attitude. The title track came out one night that November in a stream of consciousness with Jeff Badolato on bass and Brad Conant on drums. After a number ended I had my telecaster on since my Les Paul a.k.a. “Mortimer” was out of comish due to some busted strings the song before. Playing my Mexican made ’72 Reissue Thin-Line Telecaster I purchased fifteen years ago is like coming home every time, or a third arm, an extension of the body. The riff you’ll hear in the song is what came out as I turned to Jeff who immediately picked up on it followed by Brad’s epic drum entrance to a fat back groove. A rock n’ roll song in flight.
It went on for about five minutes with some sort of repetitive guitar feature that also made it’s way onto the studio track. Lyrics and melody were made up on the spot with some vague yet somehow put together story. The applause came at the end with one of those spine tingling whoop n’ hollers from a touched listener. Had to announce, “And that was a new song.”
It wasn’t until 2019 that I was looking at audio I’d taken on an SD card that I listened back to the show and discovered what would be the song “Resurrect.” I thought new lyrics were needed and wrote new words and melodies but nothing captured the essence of the song. I went back to the live recording and lifted nearly everything said in that moment. Barely any push was necessary aside from a bridge.
Because of this story I quickly loved this song the most during the finishing touches of the recording adventure at Pink Noise Studios and New Alliance Studios. Like the lyrics taken from the live recording no titles fit the overarching unity of the songs and “Resurrect” was the only choice. It’s amazing how you go searching and searching for a thing and then ideas comes together out of nowhere, like you’re just an observer or conduit. I was hit with the image of my dear friend Jacqui’s award winning paint on canvas work titled “Can You Dig It?” from two years ago. I couldn’t unsee this piece once the title was decided on. I asked her permission to use it for the cover(In case you don’t know Jacqui did the artwork for the “Under The Sun” and the “Jimmy Rover” single releases). I was worried to ask about it because frankly I feel already indebted to the amazing artwork she’s done for Fire in the Field. This painting “Can You Dig It” is in her house on a giant canvas and will never be sold. It is dear to her heart and so I am beyond grateful and honored she would let me use it for this dirty, naughty, in-your-face souful rock n’ roll record about love and sex, power and greed, mysteries, consequence, happenstance, guitar, so much guitar, dancing, resurrection and rebirths.
Thank you Jacqui, Demetri and the cast and crew of Starite, and love to all of you.
Mike of FITF