Brian Paone

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Yellow #1's album, "Thanks for the Nostalgia," turns 2!

Waaaaay back in 1995, I started my first band, Yellow #1. We released one album in 1996 called Bottle of Rain. We played about three years worth of live shows all over New England; we even opened for Godsmack and had a song from the album ("Broken Eyes") played on Boston radio station WAAF. Oh, and a few music magazines reviewed the album. I approached the songwriting as a Mr. Bungle meets Nine Inch Nails. Then, in 1998, we played our last live show and broke up. I went on to front the bands Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose … never ever thinking Yellow #1 would ever see the light of day again.

Then, in 2014, while we were living in Japan (and Transpose had just come off its last tour), I decided it might be time to resurrect the band and see if we had another album of tunes in us after 19 years. Work on the second album began in 2014 with producer and hip-hop artist Darius Malloy (RedStryke). The difference from Bottle of Rain that I was most adamant about this album, was I did not want a single real instrument on the album. The first album, along with all the programming, synthesizers, and drum machines, still had live drums, acoustic guitar, piano, electric guitar, harmonica, and tambourine. I knew I wanted this album to completely exist inside computer programs.

Darius worked with me on four songs, supplying beats and bass lines. I got to work on the other songs and filled in the gaps of what he left for me on his songs. In 2015, I had twelve songs completely written for the new album. All I had left was to write the lyrics.

Bottle of Rain had been built lyrically from the strife and angst of Nine Inch Nails, Korn, and Quicksand. I was 20 years older and didn't quite carry the same frustrations with life or my inner demons anymore. BUT, I knew in order to assign the Yellow #1 moniker to the album, it still needed to FEEL like a Yellow #1 album. This was the first album of ANY of my bands' albums (this is the 7th album I have released throughout my 4 bands) where the lyrics were less introspective and more worldly. I put my own personal journal in the backseat and focused more on universal topics that still create a rise in me. I also hadn't written lyrics for an album since 2011, when Transpose had released our second album, Retribution, so there was some rust to shake off.

I entered the recording studio in Jacksonville, NC in June, 2016 and spent 6 weeks recording the 12 songs' vocals. In typical Yellow #1 style, we used a multitude of vocoders and layers of vocal effects to help make my voice sound different in every song. Just like we had done 20 years ago on Bottle of Rain. It was like wearing an old hat. All the old Yellow #1 atmosphere in the studio came back so effortlessly once I stepped into that vocal booth.

We named the album Thanks for the Nostalgia and used a beautiful picture of Japan at the base of Mt. Fuji, since the album was started there and the song "Kenritsudiagaku" is about what it was like to live in Japan as an American family. It was a very cathartic journey, making a second Yellow #1 album after two decades of silence. I can't even try to project when there might be a third Yellow #1 release, but I had so much fun making this album, I can promise it won't be another 20 years before there is new music from the Yellow #1 camp. 

My band Yellow #1's album "Thanks for the Nostalgia" turns 1

Waaaaay back in 1995, I started my first band, Yellow #1. We released one album in 1996 called "Bottle of Rain." We played about three years worth of live shows all over New England; we even opened for Godsmack and had a song from the album ("Broken Eyes") played on Boston radio station WAAF. Oh, and a few music magazines reviewed the album. The band was approached as a Mr. Bungle meets Nine Inch Nails. Then, in 1998, we played our last live show and broke up. I went on to front the bands Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose...never ever thinking Yellow #1 would ever see the light of day again.

Then, in 2014, while we were living in Japan (and Transpose had just come off its last tour), I decided it might be time to resurrect the band and see if we had another album of tunes in us after 19 years. Work on the second album began in 2014 with producer and hip-hop artist Darius Malloy (RedStryke). The difference from "Bottle of Rain" that I was adamant about this album, was I did not want a single real instrument on the album. The first album, along with all the programming, synthesizers, and drum machines, still had live drums, acoustic guitar, piano, electric guitar, harmonica, and tambourine. I knew this album would completely exist inside computer programs.

Darius worked with me on four songs, supplying beats and bass lines. I got to work on the other songs and filling in the gaps of what he left for me on his songs. In 2015, I had twelve songs completely written for the new album. All I had left was to write all the lyrics.

"Bottle of Rain" was built lyrically off the strife and angst of Nine Inch Nails, Korn, and Quicksand. I was 20 years older and didn't quite carry the same frustrations with life or my inner demons anymore. BUT, I knew in order to assign the Yellow #1 moniker to the album, it still needed to FEEL like a Yellow #1 album. This was the first album of ANY of my bands' albums (this is the 7th album I have released throughout my 4 bands) where the lyrics were less introspective and more worldly. I put my own personal journal in the backseat and focused more on universal topics that still create a rise in me. I also hadn't lyrics for an album since 2011 when Transpose released our second album, "Retribution," so there was some rust to shake off.

I entered the recording studio in Jacksonville, NC in July, 2016 and spent 6 weeks recording the 12 songs' vocals. In typical Yellow #1 style, we used a multitude of vocoders, and layers of vocal effects to help make my voice sound different in every song. Just like we had 20 years ago on "Bottle of Rain." It was like wearing an old hat. All the old Yellow #1 atmosphere in the studio came back so effortlessly once I stepped into that vocal booth.

We named the album "Thanks for the Nostalgia" and used a beautiful picture of Japan at the base of Mt. Fuji, since the album was started there and the song "Kenritsudiagaku" is about what it was like to live in Japan as an American family. It was a very cathartic journey, making a second Yellow #1 album after two decades of silence. I can't even try to project when there might be a third Yellow #1, but I had so much fun making this album, I can promise it won't be another 20 years before there is new music from the Yellow #1 camp. 

2017: 2 new novels and 1 short story.

In 2016 I had a new short story published called "The Whaler's Dues" in the anthology "A Journey of Words," and my band Yellow #1 released our second album titled, "Thanks for the Nostalgia." I spent the rest of the year (when I wasn't writing "The Whaler's Dues" or recording "Thanks for the Nostalgia") editing other author's novels and shot stories. And oh, did I edit A LOT of novels and stories. I am not complaining about the amount of clients I received in 2016. Far from it. But 2017 will definitely be a return to form for my writing career (my most recent novel, "Yours Truly, 2095," will already be 2 years old this year!!)

o what do I have on the docket for this year? Sadly, it doesn't look like there will be any new music from any of my bands in 2017. (Sad? Well, make sure you own all 7 albums I have released before you get disappointed. Because an older album might still be "new to you.") However, it does look like I will attempt a feat I haven't ever accomplished in my 10 years as a published author: release 2 novels in the same year... PLUS a new story. (Making up for lost time? Maybe.) Here's what I have on the front burner for 2017 in regards to my writing:
 

1.       A dramatic ghost story adaptation of Porcupine Tree’s concept album, “Fear of a Blank Planet,” for the anthology, “A Haunting of Words.” (to be released in spring, currently untitled)

2.       A pulp-noir crime thriller novelization of Dog Fashion Disco’s concept album, “Adultery.” (to be released in summer, currently untitled)

3.       A comedic-military novel about the eight months my wife was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, in 2010 and left me home alone with two toddlers, and the learning curve and craziness that ensued during those months. Every night I would send her an email reviewing that day's shenanigans, usually including song lyrics from our favorite bands. I am compiling all those songs, and will use those specific lyrics to drive the story forward, while the main composition of the book will be centered around the content of those emails. (to be released in fall, currently with a working title)

I have already hired professional photographer Paul Nimmo to shoot and design the front cover of the military novel. I have yet to hire an artist for the front cover of the Adultery novel.

*raises glass* Here's to 2017! 
 

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