A Million Years Ago was booked for the ‘Stand’s January 2011 show purely on the merit of their MySpace profile, which then, as now, made available The Butcher, What You Are, The Professor and Octillion. When I discovered that profile, the band immediately became a favorite.
As a pretty under-the-radar band Seattle, they were one of those serendipitous discoveries that the ‘Stand has provided. I listened to those tracks a lot. Especially Octillion, which was immediately my favorite of those tracks available on the band’s MySpace, and which continued to be my favorite after purchase of their album 100000000000000000000000000000.
And, which, when recorded live, the band deigned not to play.
My bitterness is (almost) entirely in jest, because, despite not playing one of my favorite of their tracks, A Million Years Ago delivered a great, ten-track live album. Twitchy, buzzy instrumentals and great, harmonized vocals — this is positive, straight-ahead power-pop at its finest. It’ll make you feel good. Give it a listen.
This album is notable in a few ways. It’s our first release documenting a band from Seattle, which is something we’re hoping to do more of in the future. It also represents particularly deft mixing work by Alex Arrowsmith, who had significant work to to cleaning up recordings marred, in some places, by timing-related pops due to a mis-plugged recording hard drive. It’s really only through Alex’s work that we’re able to release this album at all. We thank him lots and lots.
The album is also notable due to the break-up of of A Million Years Ago since this capture. Though you can’t see any further live performances by this band, through this album — A Million Years Ago – Live from the Banana Stand — you’ll always have a high-quality documentation of that sound available. We promise.
A Million Years Ago – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on January 29th, 2011 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was mixed and mastered by Alex Arrowsmith. Brian David Smith handled design and layout for album art, which includes original photography from various ‘Standers and the original show poster, also by Brian. The Banana Stand would like to thank A Million Years Ago (Dashel, Jordan, Seth and Chris), all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.