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Released December 31, 2003
Neither Tenzing Norgay Records
Joe Boylan: Guitars, programming, vocals
Dan Perry: Guitars, mandolin, percussion
Walt Mamaluy: Bass, vocals
Joe MacKale: Piano
Mike Davis: Drums
All songs copyright 2003 Neither Tenzing Norgay Music
Recorded September – October 2003
at White Tuxedo Studios Springfield, PA
and Leaky Basement Studios Norristown, PA
Produced by The Disgruntled Sherpa Project
Mixed by: Dan Perry and Joe Boylan
Dedicated, with love, to King and L’il Elvis
The Disgruntled Sherpa Project was formed in February of 2002 by Guitarists Dan Perry and Joe Boylan, Bassist Walt Mamaluy and drummer Mike Davis along with singer Jason Jeffries. Working out of Buddha Zen records in Center City Philadelphia the band produced the CD Tall Trees Fallen. Before the CD was released in June of 2002 Davis quit the band. Jeffries’ cousin, Chris Garafalo, filled in for him.
The band spent the summer and fall of 2002 playing in an around Philadelphia. Twice headlining Buddha Zen Studio’s Buddha Fest once at the Tritone on South Street, as well as twice playing the Rusty Nail, Ulana’s, the Fire and the Pirate’s Den. In the fall of 2002 the band started working on their second CD Double Fisted Misery. During recording guitarist Dan Perry quit the band. Guitarist George Wright and pianist Joe MacKale replaced Dan. The band spent late fall early winter recording as well as playing shows at The Pontiac Grille, The Pirate’s Den and an outdoor Halloween Festival in Elkton, Maryland during the height of the DC Sniper shooting spree.
On March 8, 2003 the band released Double Fisted Misery at the fourth Buddha Fest at the Tritone. With shows lined up in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York, bassist Walt Mamaluy, guitarists Joe Boylan and George Wright along with Pianist Joe MacKale quit the band directly after leaving the Tritone stage. Walt Mamaluy explained, “We were all making a lot of sacrifices and felt as if we were being exploited to promote Buddha Zen and not the band. Boylan says, “None of us was happy in that situation and we figured we’d rather walk away and do something we enjoyed instead of keeping the course.”
The “breakup” turned out to be just a hiatus that was used to re-organize the band. After taking the summer of 2003 off, Boylan, Perry, Mamaluy, Davis and MacKale got back together. “We’re basically the guys that wrote all the music and the lyrics for TaLLtrEEs Fallen and Double Fisted Misey so we’re pretty much the same band just we’re singing ourselves instead of getting a front man,” Boylan explained. “It was easier for us all to quit and then regroup with the people we wanted as opposed to kicking anyone out, which is not a nice thing to do.” Deciding to stay away from the “sloppy grungy garage sound of TaLLtrEEs Fallen and Double Fisted Misery” the band worked more on country-influenced songs and focused more on song structure and melody. The CD is full of acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos and twinkling piano and is heavily influenced by the country-based work of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Gram Parsons.
FARM LIVING is a unique CD to come from a band from Philadelphia. Unlike most bands of the area who seem to focus on pound you over the head heavy rock this CD is centered upon melody and delicately played acoustic guitars and mandolins. The lyrics seem to speak to people of the time and the guitar playing is stellar. – Kelli Hand
The thrill of listening to the Disgruntled Sherpas is like hearing the anti-establishment blah blah blah lyrics and sound of Bob Dylan’s classic “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” but not nearly as profound.
The group’s melodies mark impudent haunting ballads, mixed with schizophrenic word salad love songs, all meant to stretch the listener’s soul to its limits.
Remember the Byrds? Well…This album has one song (#3) that is too cool for words, even while the uneven vocals reverberate with all the power of the former band’s pre-electric funk.
On occasion, the Piano Man plays guitar. But really, ——what’s his name— plays Joan Baez on a love song that is a love song that is a love song. A tribute to one and all of us who have left the taint of small town life behind us—furious love and Curious George marry to create unhappy monkeys.
By far the most visceral band playing these days, the Disgruntled Sherpas songs prove that their talent can definitely grow to fit into a very large garage–band. Perhaps Jerry Seinfeld’s multi-million dollar Upper West Side automobile hanger.
Throw in a little Oriental flavouing and you have another tune with all the angst of Philly street life and a tribute to all coming-of-age stories. Another song, a comic improvisation set to music calls to us to have a ball, “a party where the river cuts through the woods.” THIS is a musician’s musician’s song.
Bread rises. But only when yeast is added. The disappointing last track however, could use a little leavening. – Stephanie Schroeder.
FIVE STARS! Nice texts and songs which reach tradition of folk rock. I feel spirit of Bob Dylan which float around your room when you play it. Track 2, one of my favourite,melancholy and a medicine in one. Great!…..and excellent “the JiHad Blues”.
This is a great story about fanatism. It reminds great song of Pere Ubu “20 secundes over Tokio” about Kamikaze. I can play it on and on and on…..
Good work on music! – Rafal Psyzoniak
Very good spirit in this recording, the vocals are not prestine but they work well with the medium here. The singer can really relate the emotions of the song. The technique may not be there but the feel certainly is. The guitar playing and the song arrangement are both excellent. The production is completely DIY but I think that was the point. I think it tries to be a downhome underproduced CD and they are successful in that respect. Good job all around. – Rob Coughlin
The core group of guys (three or four of them I believe) have been sending me things they’ve done for close to a decade and this by far is the best. The first band they were with was the definition of a DIY outfit and while the tunes were good and they had some really strange and interesting things going on, the production was terrible, almost unlistenable. The second band they were with put out two CDs where the production, music and lyrics were good but the singing was pathetically amateurish. Finally, they have been able to put good tunes, good lyrics, good singing, good performances and very good production together to make a great CD. This CD is very folksey and countrified with a splash of rock and Mid-Eastern music. The lyrics paint portraits of anguish and desperation that is balanced out by a few numbers of absolute country joy. Very good job and a great improvement. – Jim Downs, PADOWN.com
The basic idea of this CD is really good. The lyrics are great, the music is great yet the production and the vocals fall a little short sometimes. Great guitar playing and a great theme is sometimes hampered by cheesy drumming and programming. But there is an idealism here that is comendable. With the right producer these guys could go places. – Justin Davis.
The CD kicks off with a killer guitar lick on a country-blues song called All Soul’s Day that seems to be about anger at religion and a loss of faith. It continues on with a beautiful sounding acoustic guitar/mandolin driven song On a Clear Day. These two songs set the tone for the sometimes humorous sometimes heart-breaking CD that I noticed stays along the Country-Rock path until ending with a psychedelic jam called, Captain Quaallude. For me, the highlights of the CD include the absurd Monkey Knife Fight at Sea which is a rollicking sea shanty and the Indian-influenced anti-war song the Jihad Blues. The guitar playing on the CD is phenomenal especially the acoustic leads on She Always Does It and the Wah-Wah heavy lead on the CD’s only hard rock song, Burn. Also of note is the haunting emo song Room and the whistle solo on the sh*t kicking country romp, Country Wedding. All together the band is sounding better and writing better than I’ve heard from them before. – Edward Lanza