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Whenever Next Time Is, the debut LP from Starring MH, was recorded in the summer of 2018 in Brooklyn, NY. The album has ten mostly whimsical songs, such as the hit "My Girlfriend's Parents' Beach House" and "I Can't Hear So Well." The title track and "Record Player and a Cat" show a nuanced, perhaps jaded worldview. A fun listen, featuring top-notch players and production.

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"My Girlfriend's Parents' Beach House" was released as a single by Sand Records.


Lyrics

My Girlfriend's Parents' Beach House Unblock Me Baby New Start My Occupation National Seashore I Can't Hear So Well Lunar Landing Record Player & a Cat I Can Only Like You a Lot Whenever Next Time Is


Record Notes

We recorded at Mozart Street, beginning in March (2018). By May we had a couple tunes in the can, and then I thought, let's shoot for an 'EP.'

As time opened up, and I felt confident in our process and team, and in my material, I strived for a larger collection of songs. I would schedule one, and ask the guys for another. I'd plan for two, and see if we could squeeze in 3. Suddenly there was 8 songs. I thought that was ok for a proper album. But there was a song I'd just conceived of during the summer that I thought I could finish after the album as a bonus... until I thought, why not finish it NOW and put it on THIS record. To even it out, I also finished writing a song I had begun 13 years ago. So we did another session, but Ryan's studio was in the process of being moved to near the Navy Yards. We did a session at Six Eight, where I met Mr. Perkin Barnes (who would master the album). The session went well for basic tracking. And I was lucky that a couple weeks later, my brother Kevin visited, and was able to play guitar on the new song. As Mozart continued to be moved, I recorded vocals for a couple songs from my very own home studio.

Things came out well. Working with the guys was a big thrill. I was able to work with a range of cats: my longest time collaborators Hart, Kevin, and Ashford; the engineer/muli-instrumentalist Ryan who I came to rely on for SOUND advice - including vocal coaching, his homie Mike, an outstanding percussionist who is on all tracks; and a fella I know from my 'hoood, Mike S., who I knew was just the guy to beef up some of the deep cuts.

This is a very good album. That's because of the open-mindedness, determination, love and care of all involved. I'm stoked that it is done, and can be listned to.. Enjoy!

--Matt Hanley, November 2018

Credits

My Girlfriend's Parents' Beach House

Recorded at Mozart Street I

Michael Badillo - drums

Matt Hanley - composer, vocals

Ryan Howe -  bass, tambourine, guitar

Hartwell Littlejohn - guitar, producer

 

Unblock Me Baby

Recorded at Mozart Street I

Michael Badillo - drums

Matt Hanley - composer, guitar, vocals

Ryan Howe -  bass, tambourine

Hartwell Littlejohn - guitar, producer

 

New Start

Recorded at Mozart Street I

Michael Badillo - drums

Matt Hanley - composer, vocals

Ryan Howe -  bass

Hartwell Littlejohn - guitar, producer

Mike Serman - guitar

 

My Occupation

Recorded at Mozart Street I

Michael Badillo - drums

Matt Hanley - composer, vocals, producer

Ryan Howe -  bass

Hartwell Littlejohn - guitar, producer

Ashford Tucker - guitar

 

National Seashore

Recorded at Mozart Street I

Michael Badillo - drums

Matt Hanley - composer, vocals

Ryan Howe -  bass, claps, vocals

Hartwell Littlejohn - claps, guitar, producer, vocals

Ashford Tucker - guitar

 

I Can't Hear So Well

Recorded at Six Eight Studios, Silent E Studio

Michael Badillo - drums

Kevin Hanley - guitar

Matt Hanley - composer, vocals, producer

Ryan Howe -  bass

 

Lunar Landing

Recorded at Mozart Street I

Michael Badillo - drums

Matt Hanley - composer, vocals, producer

Ryan Howe -  bass, guitar, vocals

Hartwell Littlejohn - vocals

Mike Serman - guitar

 

Record Player & a Cat

Recorded at Mozart Street I

Michael Badillo - drums

Ryan Howe -  bass, guitar

Hartwell Littlejohn - harmonica

Matt Hanley - composer, vocals, producer

Mike Serman - guitar

 

I Can Only Like You a Lot

Recorded at Six Eight Studios, Silent E Studio

Michael Badillo - drums

Matt Hanley - composer, vocals, guitar, producer

Ryan Howe -  bass

 

Whenever Next Time Is

Recorded at Mozart Street I, II, Six Eight Studios

Michael Badillo - drums

Kevin Hanley - organ

Matt Hanley - composer, vocals, producer

Ryan Howe -  bass, guitar

Hartwell Littlejohn - harmonica, composer

 

Mixed at Mozart Street by Ryan Howe

Mastered at Six Eight Studios by Perkin Barnes

Album photography by Eliza Fishenfeld, layout by The Business Company

PRODUCED BY MATT HANLEY and HARTWELL LITTLEJOHN

 

For Marie-Hélène



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