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19 names in a plastic cup - 1955

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We asked a bunch of musicians in St. Louis to be part of a band lottery where we'd draw their names randomly to assemble five different groups. Each group would write and record one song. Twenty people agreed to do it, one person couldn't, and so nineteen names were drawn in the last week of October. Each band spent November sharing ideas, writing music with people they don't usually work with, and trying to make music collaboratively in new ways (all this, and under pandemic duress!). The results are not uniform in style (I wasn't allowed to use the word potpourri), but this collection of five songs by five bands decided randomly from a pool of nineteen people is special to us, and we hope you enjoy the experiment. -The cup

1 BTJ is Ben Osborne (bass, guitar, sounds) Tyler Matlage (drums, synth pads) Jordan Paine (vocals/lyrics) “We all worked together to structure the song. Each person adding something then sharing, then someone else would make an addition or a change. Like a ping ponging of musical ideas. Given more time the game could have kept going. Sometimes you just have to know when to stop.” -BTJ, 2020

2 teen nick is Michael Dorwart (synth boï) Kijani Eshe (guitar) Ani Kramer (vocals, lyrics, bass) Tom Krenning (beats)

3 Talk talk talk talk is Reid Maynard (guitar) Riley Snacks (drums) Simone Sparks (synths, characters) Danielle Williams (harp, saxophone) Produced by Julio Prato

4 Tom, Colin, Birdie, and Augie have a crisis are Tom Dorito (guitar, production) Colin Ferguson (words, percussion, synth) Birdie Edge (synth, percussion) Augie Boyne (horns, vocals, synth)

5 The Jex by Mike Swarovski Mike Swarovski is Violet Hennessy (bass, vocals) Dylan Kiefer (drum machine, vocals) Julio Prato (piano, vocals, production) Featuring vocals from Simone Sparks and V. Pri$e

Art by Jane Harms
Mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios


released December 21, 2020

Released as part of DEMO FEST 2020
All proceeds are going to Solidarity Across Borders


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DEMO FEST Montreal, Québec

DEMO FEST is a fundraiser for Solidarity Across Borders. Over 200 artists spent the fall writing/recording/producing a ‘demo’ style new release. Everything was released on December 21st.

All proceeds go to Solidarity Across borders. Consider paying more than the minimum for individual releases, or buying the complete discography. Every little bit counts!
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