“The hook is like a riff from a Super Mario video game. I pulled this track out of left field and ‘Red Pill’ immediately had a certain swagger to it that I fell in love with. The bass in all of it’s fuzzy goodness drives the whole song as the lead instrument, but something about the swanky drum beat and slurring synthesizers makes me move. ‘Red Pill’ is grounded but disorienting all at once in a way that makes me feel drunk with nostalgia.
The jerky vocal lines and surrealist lyrics seemed relevant to the current culture war going on in the world too. I wrote, produced and recorded the song all at once in a single day by myself. Like the rest of the record I did this one straight to tape and loved every minute of it. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did making it.”
released April 10, 2018
Performed, Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Ty Richards
Written by Ty Richards
© & ℗ 2018 Ty Richards Music (BMI)
Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Machine, and Drums performed by Ty Richards
Recorded at Tremolo Records in Austin
Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering in Los Angeles
(Beck, David Lynch, The Black Keys, The Arcs, Spanish Gold, Dr. Dog, Ray LaMontagne, Sigur Rós, Cage the Elephant, Dr. John, Arctic Monkeys, Lucinda Williams, Ringo Deathstarr)
No computers were used in the creation of this album. This album is a 100% analog recording. This album was recorded directly to quarter-inch 8-track tape and mixed live directly from a Tascam 388.
Cover art by Ty Richards
PR by Heather Wagner Reed at Juice Consulting in Austin
Radio promotion by James Holland at Airplay Junkies
Thank you to Emily Richards for being the most badass woman in the universe, Tom Richards for getting in a bar fight with a friend over Flat Earth, Kyle Warwick for a drawing of a Flat Earth map on a napkin at Sushi Sam's, James Holland and Steve Albertson for 3 hours straight of flat-earthing, Flat-Earthers for your diligence and courage, fake news for being so fake, Western chauvinists for being Western chauvinists, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien for LOTR Book 3 Chapter 10, McCullough Ferguson for selling me his Tascam 388 and thus making such a special recording possible, Mike Ingber for being the heart & soul of the band, Travis Eiland for showing me Transcendental Meditation & Mantra Meditation, Boots Electric for giving me your number and never returning my text messages, and Neil Armstrong for his moon-walk, and all my supporters who make this and future music possible.
TRM002 © & ℗ Tremolo Records