“…a collar-grabbing track of inspiration flows like classic alternative, with tightly weaved instrumentation and charming vocalization.”
– All Things Go
Brookyn-based, alternative rock band, Factory Edge, announce their second album, Sunset Park, due out August 4th. Sunset Park was recorded over a sweltering July weekend in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park at the workshop where the band practices. The album tracks are a selection from over 70 musical sketches that were written over the past year. Once the band was satisfied with the tracks, they called upon an old friend, Glen Robinson, who masterly mixed the record in Montreal, Canada. The record was mastered at Sterling Studios in Chelsea, NY. The band shared their lead single, “Hold On Tight,” via All Things Go, who called it “a collar-grabbing track of inspiration flows like classic alternative, with tightly weaved instrumentation and charming vocalization.” Second single, “The Greatest Is Gone,” was premiered by Groundsounds, who uncovered the meaning of the track, stating, “…an ode to Mohammad Ali, written the week of his passing and celebrating his ability to be true to himself even when it meant possibly giving up fame and fortune.”
Recording took place at the shop with the help of producer/engineer Alex Lipsen of Russell Street Recording (Okkervil River, Nada Surf) who was able to capture the sense of the large open space. Tom Lawson (Drums, Vox), David Rosenstein (Guitar, Vox) & Said Rifai (Bass), laid the basic tracks and continued to layer in additional tracks themselves over the course of the next months. Longtime bandmate and collaborator David Kamm came in and graced the songs with electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, harp and vox. Our friend Ryan smith who later mastered the record also plays saxophone on two songs. Jenni Jo added some beautiful backup vocals on several songs.
Many of the words to the songs were written during the course of the recording, knowing from previous experiences that capturing a discovery as it was being experienced for the first time is something that can never be replicated, and has a purity that exists at that moment only. In the context of the ongoing, chaotic presidential campaign and election, you can hear the frustration, confusion, anger, hope and love coursing through these songs. Lead single, “Hold On Tight” tells the story of the struggles of life and the joys that come from patience and faith. Album track, “The Greatest Is Gone” is an ode to Mohammad Ali, written the week of his passing and celebrating his ability to be true to himself even when it meant possibly giving up fame and fortune.
Sunset Park – TRACKLISTING
01. You Don’t See AnythingHow Does It Feel
02. Hold On Tight
03. How Do You Know
04. Static Arrest
05. Ay Chi Chi
06. The Greatest Is Gone
07. When The Truth Comes Out
08. All The Young Lovers
09. Down That Road
10. All You Do
Factory Edge came together in 2015 in the heat of a New York summer, under the roof of a wood and metal shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, next to the hum and rumble of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
What began as a day’s work hammering out custom creations for Brooklyn homes in a workshop, led to the realization that the shop could also be a space where friends could gather to make other creations – a place where thoughts, ideas, and sounds could materialize – a place to play and write music.
The result was a sketchbook of songs that featured the synergy of vocalist/drummer Tom Lawson (The Pants), vocalist/guitarist David Rosenstein (Wide Wail), and guitarist David Kammerer (Construction Joe), who shared a past songwriting together and with their respective bands during the high water mark of the late-90s Vermont music scene.
Joined by newcomer Said Rifai on bass, a natural collaboration resulted from being older, wiser, and freer. Tapping into their myriad life experiences (from Baghdad to Burlington), their successes and failures, their gratitude for the moment; their partnership has given way to a record of love, loss, reflection, and lessons learned – again and again.
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