Crossing Off the Miles

Crossing Off the Miles

by Chad's Tree

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Overview

Crossing Off the Miles

Collecting both of Chad's Tree's full albums along with singles, demos, and other recordings, Crossing Off the Miles is as complete an overview of a band's career as one could want, down to the detailed liner notes from friends, fans, and above all else, brothers Mark and Rob Snarski, the founders of the group. Impressive as everything is, it's all down to the music -- and the end results are often startlingly good. For all that that the band was understandably compared to any number of Australian acts during its time, both in its hometown of Perth and elsewhere, there's almost more of a contemporary sense of self-consciously literate drama in songs like "Sweet Jesus Blue Eyes," "Carve It in Wood," and "The Flood Johanna" that fits in easily with bands like the Hold Steady, the Drones, and especially, looking back a bit, the Walkabouts. Mark Snarski's strong vocal performances and often arresting images evoking love, spirituality, lost souls, and moody settings, put the focus much more on the lyrics than the music; without sounding like spoken word performances, the songs give a sense of the band's arrangements being made to accompany the words rather to complement or hide them. That said, the music is often remarkable on its own, especially in the introductions to songs like "On My Blind Side," and in the increasing range of instrumentation shown, moving beyond rock arrangements as such and into everything from flamenco to a brief but striking piano instrumental with "The Century Hotel." The various non-album cuts range from the remarkable (the "Stroller in the Attic"/"The Orchard" single) to the rough and ready, like the cover of "Stranger in My Own Home Town" closing the collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2010
Label: Memorandum
UPC: 9326425803721
catalogNumber: 7

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chad's Tree   Primary Artist
Amanda Brown   Musician
Glad Reed   Trombone,Musician
Kathy Wemyss   Trumpet,Vocals,Musician
Mark Snarski   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Rob Snarski   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
John Napier   Musician
Rodney Howard   Bass
Susan Grigg   Piano,Violin,Group Member
Richard Armstrong   Musician
Mark Hemery   Bass
James Hurst   Drums,Group Member
Neil Edwards   Musician
Lynda Patching   Musician
Jason Kain   Guitar,Musician
Helen Hagen   Musician
Sion Kain   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Nick Mainsbridge   Engineer
Ian Underwood   Graphic Design
Mark Snarski   Liner Notes
Rob Snarski   Liner Notes
David Claringbold   Liner Notes
Dave Baby   Producer
James Hurst   Liner Notes
Chad's Tree   Composer,Producer
Chris Read   Liner Notes
Niall Lucy   Liner Notes
Kieran Carroll   Liner Notes
Ross Hanson   Engineer

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