This album is dedicated to the memory of the cat Sibi, who can be heard on Track #3 if you listen carefully. He was the fearless lover/street fighter of Bucharest, Romania which we nursed back to health more than twice.
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Strange days indeed. It began in swirling storms of seasoned lives that had already spun in more than one tornado. The volcano was real. Alex Pike and Nick Story found solace in song, and those songs became Bertie Wells. It was some years ago, that the paths of these gentlemen weaved and crossed in lands both disturbingly foreign and as comfortable as a tattered cat sitting next to a piano.
Years passed, each finding a place to recline and slumber while the geometries of life aligned. Now, these two fellows, known as the musical collaboration Bertie Wells, have woken from the couch. Now, they find is the time to release their odd uncertainties.
released June 13, 2013
Recorded 2010 by Nick Kraly & Shelby Cinca at Mystic Gnome Mobile Studios in Bucharest, Romania / Smallest Shoe in Brooklyn NY / Mystic Gnome in Göteborg, Sweden. Mixed by Shelby Cinca and mastered by Josh Bonati.
Bagpipes on "Lost Horse" by Brett Boye. Drums on "Mr. Oz..." and "When I Get Some Money" by Saadat Awan. Additional drums by Gergy Bertrand IV. Backup Vocals on "You Got Cat Friends (Pals)" by Stephen Guidry. Operatic vocals on "The Fear" by Rachel Steinmeier.
All orchestration by Jim Cooper a.k.a. Dr. Klem [tyme.bandcamp.com].
Photography by Jory Clay Sutton [www.joryclaysutton.com]
Nick Story sings and plays bass
Alex Pike sings and plays guitar