released June 15, 2016
Howard Saklad~ trumpet
_ Metaphor is the aptly named forthcoming album from Saklad, due to the many levels of meaning most songs can be taken. Consider Darlin Stay, a slower balad begging your lover to stay over, and also about staying in this life (visions of Lennon's last moments- 2nd verse about "floating upstream" and his word "[Oh] Darlin").
_ Both the happiest song, All I Want, and saddest, co-write with Kim De Meo, Only Always, w brother Howard playing Taps behind a funeral song, fall together. Doug Grigsby, bassist & producer extraordinare, heard All I Want (Caribbean influences) early in the process, "...the happiest song I've ever heard!" before ending with uptempo In The Hush, lyrics & sung by De Meo again.
_ "Yes, there's always been a subject/ story connecting the songs for each album: Spellbound- about inspiration, SAKLAD- about finding me, & now Metaphor." What ties further bind these 11 creations? Starting w Shit Hides, then Old Man Shoes we are acknowledging some truths are never understood yet unify us all. #3 Colors Faded has been pre-released Fall 2015- performed at Dobbs (South St, Phila. before closing it's doors again) about the melancholy of dear ones who've passed underscoring late Fall, just before the holidays.
_ Next up, Pockets- like The Byrds' "So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star", Larry describes the process of songwriting- "finding the words like catch the tail of the bird" & subsequent putting together the band, learning to play in the "pocket"- groove, "lock it"- tempo & "plug"ging it all "the bitch", into the music machine "socket". Admittedly, it sure sounds like an abusive relationship, but no, all Metaphorical!
_ Many songs fall in pairs- More Storms a-Comin & Before the Flood speak of the future- people must come together to "fix this before the flood".
_ Every Time relays the excitement 1st realizing how the heart jumps each time seeying her or him entering the room, that inner smile when you just know this is love! Funky too- Mike Tyler, guitar God, heard it- "wow... sounds black!"
_ Genres range from classic & alt rock (Pink Floyd, Lennon, Peter Gabriel) w/ a modern edge incorporating new textures & mix, to Americana, Folk, Funk & Electronic/ Dance influences. Saklad has put together a diverse collection drawing from '70s '80s '90s Philly, but forging a fresh updated sound w/ lyrics that resonate, current for today!
6/3/16 *More info, release date & shows~ sakladmusic.com
[promo by KidGrin Records, LLC]