...m.c. - the dry-bass-induced sound with a bit of chipmunk style started officially in 2000, in the back bedroom of a trailor converted into a small studio. The founder, mr. coffee himself (Jim O'Connor) started playing drums in grade school in the early 80's, guitar in high school with on-the-spot-formed garage bands and finally found his instrument of choice in the early 90's, which was of course the ever booming bass. He then went on to work the bass for two bands, 'Trezon,' and 'Minocqua Aqua' in the late 90's. In 2000, coffee was blessed with a mrs. Coffee (Theresa Gonzales) and they lived in the trailor where the studio was first formed. At the time coffee had showed mrs. Coffee a few bass licks after the piano experience she had gained in high school and over the years. Meanwhile, coffee made a return to the drums and created the 'practice' band with mrs. Coffee, at first called, 'nuku y booboo', (just goofy nicknames they had for each other, meaning simply her and him.) The practices at first consisted of mostly screwing around and doing some Nintendo Mario Brothers music covers! After a while they began to discover a joy for actually waking up early on a saturday or sunday morning to jam. They would wake up about 6:00 a.m., consume some regular as well as 'herbal' coffee and then head to the back room to make loud noise. This early morning loudness is what came to be known as the 'Morning Coffee' because it would definately wake one up. They also thought it would be cool to play a gig early in the morning. In 2001, coffee made a cassette recording on a 4-track mixer (only recording equipment at the time!) called, 'Morning Coffee's interpretation of the holiday season.' It consisted mainly of christmas song covers as well as a few origionals and non-holiday covers. It was an experimental first album done mainly in fun to celebrate the holiday season and winter. The band now consists of just coffee who works the bass, drums, guitar, keys, fictional singers and all the mixing as well as the cover art on his Macintosh. Coffee, always having been interested in humor as well as impersonations, has attempted to blend the two into the music, especially the vocals, or, well, almost parodies, if you will, by mixing his vocal imitations to attempt to display an 'illusion' of singers ranging from Barry White to Janis Joplin, or Bjork to Alvin & the Chipmunks. Coffee has always enjoyed many singers but has a compassion mainly for the sound of woman singers, and with his admittedly limited singing ability but more substantial imitating skills, he has attempted to impersonate male and female singers. He pays his respects to all his influences like Ween, Ben Folds, Mike Watt, Beck, Curtis Mayfield, Primus, Janis Joplin, Bjork, Bill Withers, Freda Rente', the Commodes, Gary Hoey, Black Flag and Uriah Heep to name just a slight few and not to mention the rest, for the inspiration to try to do what they did. Coffee is a slightly odd-man-out. A crude, unshaved, tobacco chewing, beer and brandy partaking little man that he is, coffee has always tried to make his music sound like anything but his crude image. While some of it is down right bass pluck hardness, some is quite soothing and one might not expect that some old slob would try to sing something he meant to sound pretty!? With his odd hobbies such as restoring old 8-track players instead of cars and his profound joy for antique wringer washers instead of sports, not to mention mrs. Coffee, his dogs, fish, family (or problems with?!) and everything else in his environment, coffee has attempted to transfer all of these things from his head to music, one of the most profound joys he posseses. In 2004 all of these thoughts went into a new album with 9 all origional songs called, 'hi-accumulation.' It is not a christmas album, but more of a winter album. Winter is the metaphor here as it takes a sleigh ride through everyday lifes' problems with family, bosses and various suck-hole people in general. After the intro, a fast-paced blizzard takes the listener into the 'cold' chaos of life as well as a celebration of their childhood of winter weather fun, which they still attempt to live by to this day! It ends with a message about how we should find and 'freeze' the good moments in life, if even in small doses. The heavy bass, melodic harmonics and different character singers give Morning Coffee what is sometimes known as a 'chipmunk' sound. The album has now been remixed in 2005 for sale on CDBaby. (the sample here for festive does not do the vocals justice. They will be louder on the CD!) Today in 2005 the coffees live in their new house in Sauk Village, Illinois and have a new studio set up in their basement. Mrs. coffee is still an active jamming partener but leaves the studio and album work to her husband. The current one-man-band is looking to eventually seek a few band members to learn the album for live performances and write new shit . The following is a recent statement from mr. coffee, after a night in the studio with some blackberry brandy - 'of course this album should have been better, so please buy it so I can afford to go to a studio! The website should be up soon, for anyone who has nothing better to do. There should be some pictures or something there for you to browse at, or something, so,....until then, sorry about this album,.... there's so many bands out there and alot here at cdbaby, too that inspire my ass to pull better notes out of it for a better record. I'll try it again, even though some of you may not think I should after hearing this album! And,...today's tip will be,.....if the winters are cold in your town, keep that damn thermostat at 60 degrees; the money you save will buy you plenty of brandy, I mean, coffee to keep you warm If your winters are warm, buy some brandy because you are already saving money on gas. Either way, save the money to get this album,.....and some brandy. Good,...nighhhhh.....'
You May Also Like
Page 1 of