The All Day Face EP is my very first ever official solo release.
Some of the songs will likely wind up on the long gestating upcoming solo album (note the reference to that in the cover artwork), but I'm honestly not sure which ones at this point. I hope this is the first in a series of EP's that will precede the full-length album.
Three of the songs included here are more uptempo and closer to power-pop than the last songs from The Critical Darlings, which were more in the classic rock or epic rock style. If you preferred that style, have no worries. The upcoming album should have those, too. To start fresh, though, I wanted some poppy, peppy, and (God help me) maybe even some jaunty tunes.
The fourth song here is the home recording of a ballad called "Everything Must Go" that was inspired after a series of deaths among my family and friends. Sitting out on a back porch in the rain one summer evening with an acoustic guitar brought this song out.
All in all, I hope it's a fun album and gives a little taste of what's to come. Don't get too comfortable with the sound as I will definitely be stepping outside of my comfort zone as I get deeper into the new recordings.
Oh, and these tracks are the first that I've ever played the drums on in the studio. It's been fun working toward actually doing that after all these years, and I figured that I'll indulge in it while I'm still considering the prospects for a new band.
As always, feel free to email me at email@example.com
and let me know what you think!
For more information on the individual songs (including recording information, dates, lineup, and lyrics), see the individual pages for each song.
Album cover art by Manda McKay, "In Utero".
released 01 June 2013
Chris McKay (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion)
Mark Plemmons (Piano, Keyboards on "That Excites Me" and "The Best Of What's Around)
Ash Miltiades (Background Vocals on "Best Case Scenario")
Cody Stalvey (Background Vocals on "Best Case Scenario")
"The Best Of What's Around" was recorded and mixed at Kyle Spence's studio in Athens, Georgia.
"Best Case Scenario" was recorded by Jay Rodgers at Full Moon Studios and by Kyle Spence at Kyle's studio. It was mixed at Kyle's studio.
"That Excites Me" was recorded at Chris McKay's home studio and at Kyle Spence's studio.
This version of "Everything Must Go" was recorded and mixed at Chris McKay's home studio.
The album cover artwork was painted by Manda McKay.