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Demos and Bench​-​Sides

by Dax Schaffer

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Curiosity portends it Are gaseous thoughts more or less concrete? Inert to Noble's where the end is Boiling points are where... I get cold feet Trade the horse in for a pony In backward steps you will find that need Though your copy was a phony Was it easy for our copies... learning to bleed? Trains of thought are running by Years ago they ran on steam Now the diesel fumes run dry Precious dregs of a barren dream Forced demand and no supply Prices vary in-between Still the diesel fumes run dry Mined remains of what had been Gauge your need to see clearly A lack of space subsidized by air Concentrated or completely Solid are the reasons... reasons to care... care An afterthought cannot prepare For the life you've yet to see All it takes is never there When it's what you'd like to see Trains of thoughts all passing by Fueling off on gasoline Now in our remains we cry For the dregs so rarely seen Raise the heat and we'll expand it Inspiring atoms from the stream New resources are demanded Turn our nightmares back... to steam
Placidity 01:13
You were born in a shoe I was born in a lake You don't know what to do I have a mouth full of steak
Tiny Garden 00:49
If you would pardon A tiny garden planted in our spare time I'd like to see One tiny tree Planted among the vines We'd plot it there And watch it there Growing in time gone by And as they climb We'll see them intertwine So help me start in A tiny garden Where we could plant our lives And you and me Can sow the seeds Just to pass some time
Frightened of succeeding And too proud to fail Regardless of the feeling It's time we set sail And though we lack the deckhands Or rations to support Our friends and all our loves We've already left port But you say we haven't left yet That we're still at square one And though the chessboard's open You've already succumb To the life of a pawn Who's going to die first round But pawns cannot go backwards So there's no turning around Fight your way to the other side Become a mighty queen And if you don't mind me joining I'd like to be your king Even though your moves are better It's a throne on which I reside 'Cause any throne is a good one When it is at your side


It takes a lot of ideas, demos, and various takes to get to the final product of a finished album. This collection contains not only some of my favorite demos from the process of making Two on a Bench, but many original tracks that were cast aside in the name of a making a finished and cohesive work. Knowing that they would never see the light of day otherwise, it seemed fitting to release them here in at least some form. The quality is all over the place and the mistakes are present, but there is some interesting stuff going on. "Inert to Noble" and "Apocryphal Instrumental" could easily have been finished tracks and it was a shame we couldn't use everything. Thanks for checking them out, I hope you enjoy listening!


released November 5, 2014

Demos and Bench-Sides
• All songs written and performed by Dax Schaffer
• Recorded (mostly) by Steven Ray Morris (mostly) at Justice Street Studios in West Hills, CA
• Mixed and mastered by Dax Schaffer at Stay at Home Studios in Los Feliz, CA
• Additional mixing by Steven Ray Morris on "Inert to Noble," "In the Edge of Nowhere (Demo/Alternate Mix)," "Persistence of Vision (Early Take)," "For Now, From Me (Phone Demo)," and "Two on a Bench (Hendrix Mix)"
• "Dial Tones (Drippin' Yellow Madness Version)" recorded at #19 View Studios in Silverlake, CA
• "Placidity" recorded at Stay at Home Studios
• "Two on a Bench (Original Demo)" and "Supplement to the Animation Song (Amped)" recorded at Cat Pad Studios in Calabasas, CA
• Harmony Vocals by Laura Jackman on "Rorschach Moon (Live Recording)"
• Violin and Additional Lyrics by Erika Ishii on "Inert to Noble"
• Harmonica by Steven Ray Morris on "Persistence of Vision (Early Take)"
• Additional Wordsmithery by Erika Ishii on "Rorschach Moon (Live Recording)" and "Persistence of Vision (Early Take)"
• Keyboards by Steven Ray Morris, Bass Guitar by Evan Koehne, & Ukulele by Kyle Rousseau on "Dial Tones (Drippin' Yellow Madness Version)"
• Cover art by Dax Schaffer

Thank you to Steven Ray Morris and everyone involved. Please listen to Steven's own music at thankgoodness.bandcamp.com


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Dax Schaffer Los Angeles, California

Singer/Songwriter. Some of my more personal songs are collected here. Mostly melodies written on ukulele and acoustic guitar. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy listening.

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