Comprised of John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats) and Franklin Bruno (Nothing Painted Blue, the Human Hearts) and formed in the Inland Empire during the region's brief next-Seattle shortlist period, the project began as a potential home for any song John wrote that had a) more than three chords or b) a bridge. New songs for the group only happened when John figured he'd written something that Franklin might find clever or amusing. Reasoning that permanent-bridesmaid status means you never have to actually buy the dress, the duo have approached record-making at a pace that one would call 'leisurely' if it wouldn't make the leisure class look like busy bodies: one 7-inch, several compilation appearances, one full-length at the dawn of the aughts, and now, arriving with Paul Masson-like deliberation, Undercard.
Recorded with Brian Paulson (Slint, Beck, US Maple) at the Rubber Room in Carrboro, North Carolina, and with Mitch Rackin (Excepter, Heavy Hands) at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn, Undercard is the first Extra Lens record to arrive as a full collaboration between songwriters. The recording method, however, persists: John plays guitar, sings, and then gets the hell out of Dodge City, leaving Franklin to provide arrangements as the songs required: here sparing, here ornate; sometimes gentle, sometimes not; once with vibraslap, mostly without.
Main events bloat and sink under the weight of expectations: ever seen a Klitschko fight? Us neither. The Extra Lens invite you to sit down, put your feet up, and enjoy the Undercard.
|Track/Song Title||Duration||Price||MP3 Track|
|Play||Only Existing Footage||02:59||$0.99||Buy|
|Play||Programmed Cell Death||03:52||$0.99||Buy|
|Play||How I Left the Ministry||01:43||$0.99||Buy|
|Play||Some Other Way||02:42||$0.99||Buy|
|Play||Ambivalent Landscape Z||02:03||$0.99||Buy|
|Play||In Germany Before the War||04:03||$0.99||Buy|
|Play||Tug on the Line||03:59||$0.99||Buy|
|Play||Rockin' Rockin' Twilight of the Gods||03:08||$0.99||Buy|
|Play||Dogs of Clinic 17||02:18||$0.99||Buy|