MIKE SCHEIDT 'Stay Awake' LP Cover
MIKE SCHEIDT 'Stay Awake' 12" LP Black vinyl
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In the last six months, MIKE SCHEIDT has had to quit his day job, twice: the first time was when his doom metal trio YOB toured the US and Europe and the second time was when TOOL invited YOB to tour the US. Yet with all of this interest and attention, SCHEIDT still had enough creative energy to record a very personal, solo, acoustic album for release this summer on Thrill Jockey. To those familiar with YOB's frontman, the sincerity, raw emotion, and Eastern philosophy that have found their way onto 'Stay Awake' will be no surprise. These are core elements present in any YOB performance or song. They are merely veiled by a wall of sound. During a turbulent, transitional time for him personally, he turned to his guitar and subsequently penned a collection of simple and potent tunes. The process of removing that veil and presenting himself unprotected was a frightening challenge and a rewarding one. The music combines elements of folk (both Western and Eastern) with epic arrangements and dramatic emotions, the latter being hallmarks of classic rock ballads. Says Scheidt, “I was exploring epic arrangements not unlike YOB in some ways.” The album was recorded by Sub Pop legend (and more importantly to SCHEIDT a close personal friend), Tad Doyle at his Witch Ape Studio in Seattle, Washington. The music is meant to be intense, spacious and passionate while still being somewhat straightforward and familiar.