The Boats second album, aptly titled Segundo, arrives 8 years after their debut release Los Musicos Perdidos. It’s been a long time between drinks, but the difficult second album has survived many set backs, including one member’s two year hiatus in Berlin. Now after 8 long years, it’s done. Segundo was recorded at JMC Studios in Melbourne in the summer of 2006/2007, over two of the hottest days on record. The approach was simple, to go into a recording studio and improvise, everything. For the most part, this was true, a majority of the album is purely improvised. A couple of tracks were born from riffs brought to the table, others were spawned from inspiration, tom tom bustles and plectrum hustles. What followed was forged through the driving emotion of Melbourne’s extreme heat, and the kind of raw intensity that can only be produced from the marriage of glowing Fender valves and vintage Ludwig drums.
Segundo is an epic, sprawling, largely improvised and yet focused instrumental post-rock album; fully formed and complex. A much darker, post-apocalyptic record than its predecessor. It vibrates themes of urban aggression, the inherent destructive nature of capitalism and the beautiful, yet tragic imagery associated with human isolation. There are larger concepts at work on Segundo, and the wait could almost be perfect timing.
Recorded by Stuart Seers at JMC Studios in December/January 2006/2007. Mixed, produced and edited by J. Byron in Berlin 2012 and Melbourne 2014. Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering, Melbourne 2014.
Instrumentation Jona Byron – Guitars, bass, keyboard, electronica Nick Conolly – Guitars Paul Guseli – Drums and percussion Gordon Blake – Trombone and Sitar on There’s Not a Fire that can Warm Us and Trash Can Willy parts 1 and 2. Alex Taylor – Violins on The Last Man on Earth Ivan Tag – Bowed bass on Cold Ark Revisited.
The Boats are, Jona Byron, Nick Conolly, Paul Guseli.