This is the "lost" PARAE album from 2004. It's not very good. It was originally going to be called Indescribable, but at the last minute I decided that was too pretentious of a title, so I changed it to Describe. I have decided to change it back, because I like Indescribable better and it doesn't really matter anyway. These songs are basically overly agonized demos in the general post-punk manner and include some weird experiments in various genres such as melodramatic anti-dance dance songs, underground avant hip-hop, and trying to emulate recent Boredoms. These tunes probably would have all benefited from a second attempt at recording. One of the main flaws I made was not utilizing Tihani on drums on all of the tracks. I was impatient at the time, and there were a couple periods of unemployment, thus I was rather productive. I also didn't know what the hell I was doing when it came to tracking live drums. In my half-assed "remixing" these songs, I considered cleaning up the drum sound but decided that there was a certain charm in their roughness. Also I'm lazy, and the work flow for Digital Performer is still shit (I don't know how I was able to utilize that DAW for so long...) Some of the early drum tracks were recorded with just two $10 Nady Starpower microphones. They did not last very long, and I do not recommend their use - ever. Listening to these songs now, they are better than I remembered, but I am also shocked at how bad my singing is, and I can't vouch for all of the lyrical choices I made at the time. I made one little change on Track 8, as well...it's 2020, and that broken pottery sound effect is pretty hilarious and just as suitable in regards for what was there originally. I have considered re-recording all of these songs, but that would involve convincing my drummer to re-learn them and I've never been one to make regressive moves. Anyway, here ya go Jerry!
released April 1, 2004
Made by E, with:
Tihani - drums & percussion on tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22. additional turntable on 7, additional vocals on 19.
Erin - keyboards on 2 & 13, vocals 13 & 20.
Andrea - additional vocals on 19.
Additional vocals on 8 by JC, Tihani, Caitlin, Charlie, Andrew, Tony, Kei.
Words for track 5 by E and Tony.
Recorded 2001-2003 in Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek CA.
Much thanks to Brooke Lober.
PARAE are a post-punk experimental art rock band from San Francisco. Combining noise, melody, thundering drums, and bold uncompromising lyrics, PARAE deconstruct genre into thrilling fragments of the familiar and the unknown.