The music on 'Deja New' is divided into 3 styles. The first 4 songs are loud and aggressive hard rock/punk songs. Lots of crunchy guitar and attitude! The next four are mid-tempo rock songs, featuring a little bit more clean electric and acoustic guitars, more melody and not as much attitude. The final four songs are mellow ballads, with lots of acoustic guitars, pianos, and strings/synths. From the album's liner notes: "What the hell does Déjà New mean?" is the question I get asked the most about this album. Well, it's a play on words - a twist of the phrase Déjà Vu. Yes, I'm oh so clever. The songs on this album are a collection of older songs I've written over the years, and some newer songs written recently. Some of the songs have been lying around unrecorded for 17 or 18 years. A couple of them I played live with a punk band I was in during the mid 1990's called Kaplop. Some were originally intended to be recorded by my current band, Two Days Warning, but for one reason or other these never were recorded by the band. And a couple of them were written during the recording phase of this album. Anyway, this album is the culmination of several years of work. The original sessions were started in 2004 in a friends ADAT-based recording studio, but were eventually scrapped, as progress was slow-going due to scheduling issues. I started up again in October 2006 with a computer-based recording studio I built in the basement of my house. Songs were recorded, mixed and mastered whenever I had free time. It was a labor of love that took over two years, but I'm very pleased with the results, and excited to share it with the world. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed creating it. -- Jeff Rhodes (aka Jnr), November 10, 2009.
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