Behind the Evening
Judas Feet has come a long way since their humble beginnings of recording in a backyard cinderblock building, affectionately called "The Warehouse". In fact, "Not Alone", their first CD released in early 2007, was almost entirely self-recorded there. Frontman Tommy Read, twisted and tweaked all the dials and plinked and plucked almost every instrument in his senior year of high school on that generous 14 song debut. He'd set out to prove that a teenager could inexpensively produce a thought-provoking, quality, themed album that holds it's own against other professionally produced offerings in the high dollar music world. Based on Judas Feet's quickly growing fans' responses and reviews, he succeeded. Reviews can be read on our Sonicbids EPK. See our links. But he didn't do it alone (pun totally intended!). Two years Tommy's elder, his now 21 year old sister Diana added her angelic pipes on vox while baby sister Hannah, now a high school junior, finished the Polish with bass, cello, background vocals, and even some sax. Judas Feet was truly a family affair and continues to be today, although the "family" has grown to include Cody Green on cello, Tron Carter on drums and Paul Mitchell on guitars and pump organ. They've also grown into their niche of being more of a Folk Rock band. Fast forward from their humble beginnings and follow this growing family on a trip to Lockhart, TX in May 2008 to Troubadour Studios with Steven Collins (Deadman) behind the helm, where in one week's time "Behind the Evening" was born. Well, the songs had been incubating for many months, and the whittling down from 50 or so new songs that Tommy had written in the last year - many on the back porch, in the shadows of the evening - took some time as well. But, the recording process...that week was almost like magic. Visit the Judas Feet myspace to see a sample of that magic on the "Mockingbirds" video. See our links. The resulting sound from that wonderful week in Lockhart is generating a nice little buzz. Folks from all over the state of Texas are perking up their ears and taking note of this sound we call gooniewocky. You can start by classifying this music as folk, because almost every song speaks of real life as seen through Tommy's uniquely passionate viewpoint. But then you have to add Rock to the genre, because it does just that. And although you can hear the many influences from Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton, you also take note that this familiar sound is taking you on a ride to places previously unexplored. Track 1, entitled "The Family Missionary", puts you immediately in a folk mood with it's stark simplicity - a fresh finger picking style on the acoustic guitar, sad harmonica, and no vocal reverb. The opening line strikes you, "For all of you stuck in your rut, I'd like to say some words...". Music and lyric combine as if to say the complications of life can easily weigh down your soul, but give this a listen and see if you don't find some comfort - community, even - from and with us who present to you this little album. A pump organ, background vocal and melancholy cello emerge as more than sonic fill, they let you know that no matter how hard a tragedy (in this song's case, the death of a father) may beat you down, the healing process comes quietly, almost unnoticed, as the gathering of loved ones occurs. The closing lyric encourages: we don't need our grief to say we believe, and we no longer need the pain to run free in the rain, step off the porch into the summer rain, let our shirts soak in the rain, find our way to the lake in the rain, like when we, we were his children like when we, we were his children. You're not even dry from your own mental run in the comforting and refreshing rain when suddenly Track 2, "Dear Julie", perks you up with a driving bass line that tells you something fun is about to happen. And from that point on, you're taken on a ride that is unpredictable, yet sonic and soulfully thrilling. You find yourself caught up everywhere from Dear Julie's Mississippi River banks with it's love gone bad to the Austrian Alps and a WWII love fling in "17th Century Spanish Doors". You take a few other rides on the rockers, "Dew on the Moon" and "Misery" as well as a trip to some blues roots in "Rhyme". "David" takes you on a spiritual journey as the singer compares himself to the king known as "a man after God's own heart". The album reaches the peak of the entire trip with "When You're Tired", a song that musically is perhaps the best representation of what Judas Feet is all about - soul wrenching, melodic, yet electric driving at the appropriate times - much like "Blue Lie" also does. And the lyric, full of sorrow turned to hope, also represents a consistent theme that underscores what is becoming the Judas Feet sound. You're treated to a lullaby of sorts on the finale, "Southern Lullaby"...a pleasant good-bye, fair well, but hope-to-see-you-again-soon. In ten minutes, I must leave But don't you know this is the way it should be I've held on tightly to that one dollar bill That said "I love you" and I think it's real Thru many cities, I must go But please remember all the songs I wrote And how I made you sit and turn in the chair So as I played you'd watch the rain like you cared, mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm The 12 tracks of "Behind the Evening" will take you deep into many emotions as it lifts your mood from melancholy and tickles your side with hope and stirs your heart with a masterful blend of mellow and driving folk music that can and will rock at any given moment. One thing is certain - You are sure to enjoy this ride.