18

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    One day ''Planet Rock'', my favorite radio show, broadcast a piece of a band called Home.The title was ''Halloween''. I was taking my first steps in the world of the music that I still listen to today.
    The program had already introduced me to the music of Smog, Palace, Sebadoh and Cat Power. Within a couple of days I ordered my copy of ''X'' (the Roman numeral). All Home albums are in fact numbered. Something that has intrigued me from the start and that has almost made me crazy. It was useless to search the previous chapters on mailorder catalogs and internet was a minefield. In 1995 if you searched Home on the web and you were not an experienced spider, you would have had hundred thousand results but noone matching your request.
    But I've never been one that gives up at the first difficulty. I contacted Emperor Jones, I learned about Screw Music Forever, I wrote Home and got in contact with Eric Morrison. All this process took years and in this space of time I got my hands up on a copy of ''IX'' (bought at Used Kids Records in Columbus, OH and ''Elf :: Gulfborewaltz''. I also started looking for the first eight chapters everywhere. Unobtainable, not to be found, very little information. Luckily Eric was kind enough to send me dubbed copies of the tapes. I still keep them as precious relics, although some years ago they were made available on a larger scale in digital format.
    If you don't know them, it is better that you remedy this as soon as possible. You don't know what you are missing in your record collection.
    Here I copy and paste a bio that is available on the Screw Music Forever website (by the way, all previous Home recordings are available for streaming and download there too).
    ''Pianist Eric Morrison and guitarist Andrew Deutsch meet in a performing arts high school in South Florida, and soon start collaborating on camcorder movies. The two ramble around various Floridian cities, moving from filmmaking to music. Eventually, they land in Tampa where they meet bassist Brad Truax and drummer Sean Martin and formally dub themselves Home (a nod to a fictional band in a soap opera they were writing). As the recordings started to pile up, they form a label/collective called Screw Music Forever and begin to offer $1 cassettes at local record stores. In a freak happenstance, one of these cassettes lands in the lap of a Relativity Records A&R man, who soon rolls up smoking large cigars and offering money for Home IX.
    After Home IX, Sean gets a hold of some bad shellfish and disappears for 10 years. Home carries on, making six more albums. Then, Sean reemerges, just as Brah Records befriends Home, with the notion of creating a musical tribute to fucking, resulting in Home's first Brah release, Sexteen. Phase I (in which...)
    The Home boys, in post-coital bliss return from traveling the land (metaphorically) having spent their wad on Home Sexteen and begin to envision an Alternate Reality (heretofore notated as ''AR'') from which to begin writing Home XVII. The basic story arc finds each member's life so suddenly destroyed that they are forced to all move back into a communal living space to start over and retreat to the pop-rock origins of their genesis. Par exemplar:
    A) Andrew returns home to find his entire apartment building decimated and all physical manifestations of his identity completely erased.
    B) Eric is excommunicated by his wife when she discovers he is a crossdresser and he embarks on a sweet but ill-conceived plan to win her back by exploding the sun on her birthday.
    C) Chris discovers that his lover is an android of unknown design and motive.
    etc/etc
    Home converges in the Devils Isle WetLab Studio and records the skeleton tracks of Home XVII.
    Phase II (in which..)
    The Actual Reality (heretofore notated as ''AR'') Home embarks on a leisurely summer of overdubbery, during which they decide to tackle the long-overdue task of digitizing and mastering their first eight albums which have dangerously oxidized in a Makers Mark wooden box for nearly 15 years. Somewhere in analyzing these early recordings, Home becomes re-interested in the sound of songs in their genesis; the (wholley) imperfect object that is felt but not yet processed.
    Phase III (in which...) Each member of (AR) Home is cast about to their individual places of comfort to record their pressing concerns. The carefully crafted uber-story abandoned for passing fancy. The MS-16 fullness for the red-line compression of a 4-track. When they reconvene, they sort through some 60 songs to file down to the ''new'' Home XVII, a scattershot sampling of moments and perspectives that somewhat awkwardly leaves archeological traces of cross-dressing and identity destruction.''
    After 10 years, Home is back with a surprise new album to close out the decade. 18 is full of songs about the heart, inviting ghosts into your house, sending your kids off when they start a band and more.
    Home started recording 18 a week after David Bowie passed, when Home played a set of Bowie classics at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. That set helped lead to ''The Wrecker'' a Ziggy Stardust homage about fans so smitten with their idol, they don't even notice when they're choking on the rain.
    Other songs include ''Ghost: A Ghost Story by Home'', which has Eric Morrison, over a melodic, upbeat backdrop, telling a story of trying to convince a ghost that it should come into his house to haunt it. After the bottom of the song drops out, sounding a little like what the Big Crunch will probably sound like, the Ghost (played by Eric's son, Eli) sings of drops of blood and London Bridge, which is still falling down.
    ''The Pictures You Took'' invites the listener to step outside of their safe space and think about how lucky they are they've made it this long, dressed in a mid-tempo, sunshiney shape.
    ''Farewell'' introduces us to a person who in the midst of losing a supernatural battle to save humanity from an evil force who awakens to a reality that is nearly as bad.
    ''Fine'' was written for Sean Martin, Home's original drummer, who passed away in the fall of 2017. The cover art is from a laser tag arcade Sean painted in Bradenton, Florida. 18 is dedicated to Sean and his family.
    The rest of 18, which Dave Friedman mastered, includes dedications to Keith Emerson, embracing the void, new beginnings and never givin' up.
    It's a limited edition of 250 copies (137 available here and 138 available directly from the band).
    Two different editions, one with unique hand drawn, hand painted artworks featuring one of Sean's flying saucers stationed on your city and the other with screen printed covers.

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about

One day ''Planet Rock'', my favorite radio show, broadcast a piece of a band called Home.The title was ''Halloween''. I was taking my first steps in the world of the music that I still listen to today.
The program had already introduced me to the music of Smog, Palace, Sebadoh and Cat Power. Within a couple of days I ordered my copy of ''X'' (the Roman numeral). All Home albums are in fact numbered. Something that has intrigued me from the start and that has almost made me crazy. It was useless to search the previous chapters on mailorder catalogs and internet was a minefield. In 1995 if you searched Home on the web and you were not an experienced spider, you would have had hundred thousand results but noone matching your request.
But I've never been one that gives up at the first difficulty. I contacted Emperor Jones, I learned about Screw Music Forever, I wrote Home and got in contact with Eric Morrison. All this process took years and in this space of time I got my hands up on a copy of ''IX'' (bought at Used Kids Records in Columbus, OH and ''Elf :: Gulfborewaltz''. I also started looking for the first eight chapters everywhere. Unobtainable, not to be found, very little information. Luckily Eric was kind enough to send me dubbed copies of the tapes. I still keep them as precious relics, although some years ago they were made available on a larger scale in digital format.
If you don't know them, it is better that you remedy this as soon as possible. You don't know what you are missing in your record collection.
Here I copy and paste a bio that is available on the Screw Music Forever website (by the way, all previous Home recordings are available for streaming and download there too).
''Pianist Eric Morrison and guitarist Andrew Deutsch meet in a performing arts high school in South Florida, and soon start collaborating on camcorder movies. The two ramble around various Floridian cities, moving from filmmaking to music. Eventually, they land in Tampa where they meet bassist Brad Truax and drummer Sean Martin and formally dub themselves Home (a nod to a fictional band in a soap opera they were writing). As the recordings started to pile up, they form a label/collective called Screw Music Forever and begin to offer $1 cassettes at local record stores. In a freak happenstance, one of these cassettes lands in the lap of a Relativity Records A&R man, who soon rolls up smoking large cigars and offering money for Home IX.
After Home IX, Sean gets a hold of some bad shellfish and disappears for 10 years. Home carries on, making six more albums. Then, Sean reemerges, just as Brah Records befriends Home, with the notion of creating a musical tribute to fucking, resulting in Home's first Brah release, Sexteen. Phase I (in which...)
The Home boys, in post-coital bliss return from traveling the land (metaphorically) having spent their wad on Home Sexteen and begin to envision an Alternate Reality (heretofore notated as ''AR'') from which to begin writing Home XVII. The basic story arc finds each member's life so suddenly destroyed that they are forced to all move back into a communal living space to start over and retreat to the pop-rock origins of their genesis. Par exemplar:
A) Andrew returns home to find his entire apartment building decimated and all physical manifestations of his identity completely erased.
B) Eric is excommunicated by his wife when she discovers he is a crossdresser and he embarks on a sweet but ill-conceived plan to win her back by exploding the sun on her birthday.
C) Chris discovers that his lover is an android of unknown design and motive.
etc/etc
Home converges in the Devils Isle WetLab Studio and records the skeleton tracks of Home XVII.
Phase II (in which..)
The Actual Reality (heretofore notated as ''AR'') Home embarks on a leisurely summer of overdubbery, during which they decide to tackle the long-overdue task of digitizing and mastering their first eight albums which have dangerously oxidized in a Makers Mark wooden box for nearly 15 years. Somewhere in analyzing these early recordings, Home becomes re-interested in the sound of songs in their genesis; the (wholley) imperfect object that is felt but not yet processed.
Phase III (in which...) Each member of (AR) Home is cast about to their individual places of comfort to record their pressing concerns. The carefully crafted uber-story abandoned for passing fancy. The MS-16 fullness for the red-line compression of a 4-track. When they reconvene, they sort through some 60 songs to file down to the ''new'' Home XVII, a scattershot sampling of moments and perspectives that somewhat awkwardly leaves archeological traces of cross-dressing and identity destruction.''
After 10 years, Home is back with a surprise new album to close out the decade. 18 is full of songs about the heart, inviting ghosts into your house, sending your kids off when they start a band and more.
Home started recording 18 a week after David Bowie passed, when Home played a set of Bowie classics at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. That set helped lead to ''The Wrecker'' a Ziggy Stardust homage about fans so smitten with their idol, they don't even notice when they're choking on the rain.
Other songs include ''Ghost: A Ghost Story by Home'', which has Eric Morrison, over a melodic, upbeat backdrop, telling a story of trying to convince a ghost that it should come into his house to haunt it. After the bottom of the song drops out, sounding a little like what the Big Crunch will probably sound like, the Ghost (played by Eric's son, Eli) sings of drops of blood and London Bridge, which is still falling down.
''The Pictures You Took'' invites the listener to step outside of their safe space and think about how lucky they are they've made it this long, dressed in a mid-tempo, sunshiney shape.
''Farewell'' introduces us to a person who in the midst of losing a supernatural battle to save humanity from an evil force who awakens to a reality that is nearly as bad.
''Fine'' was written for Sean Martin, Home's original drummer, who passed away in the fall of 2017. The cover art is from a laser tag arcade Sean painted in Bradenton, Florida. 18 is dedicated to Sean and his family.
The rest of 18, which Dave Friedman mastered, includes dedications to Keith Emerson, embracing the void, new beginnings and never givin' up.
It's a limited edition of 250 copies (137 available here and 138 available directly from the band).
Two different editions, one with unique hand drawn, hand painted artworks featuring one of Sean's flying saucers stationed on your city and the other with screen printed covers.

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released July 11, 2020

All songs produced and written by Home except Lose Control, which was co-written by Garrett Devoe
Featuring Tiffany Dafoe, Andrew Deutsch, Stacey Jurgensen, Brook Kearley, Sabine Kearley, Tim Kearley, Chris Millstein,
Aaron Morrison, Eli Morrison, Eric Morrison, Burke Sampson and Brad Truax
Studio Angels: Natasha Tylea and Tom Ware
Mastered by Dave Fridmann
Sequence guidance provided by Brian Repetto
Art by Sean Martin
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Published by Hohm Music 2020

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