Thursday, February 18, 2010

The American Professionals - Faking It - 2004

The American Professionals take character flaws, guilt, and a dash of hope and spread them out like sweet marmalade on a piece of crunchy, pop toast. You get all your RDA recommended allotment of procrastination, self-indulgence and low self esteem and still get to savor the joys of catchy melodies, grinding guitars, and fluffy billows of lush harmony.
Behind the suspiciously vague band name The American Professionals, lurks songwriter/musician/producer Chuck Lindo. Having spent a number of years in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Midwest as bass player, guitar player, and backing singer for numerous bands, Chuck finally chose to loosen the strings on his little bag of tunes he'd been filling up. In January 2003, it was time to step out and take his turn in the spotlight for a while and give it a go as a bandleader and front man. He brought on longtime friend and studio whiz Patrick Conway to begin work on recordings at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco.
The result of their efforts, the ever-so-slightly cynically titled "Faking It", was completed in December of '03 and is due to be released on San Francisco indie label Ethic Recordings in August '04.
Aside from Gregg Anderson's drumming, Chuck played all the instruments himself and performed all the lead and backing vocals.

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