Recording signal chain is a single AT4050cm5 through a Mackie 1202vlz into a Sony cassette deck. There is rich analog tape saturation as the signal overloaded, lending distortion and a certain power to the overall sound.
We were in the loft of the barn at Toone's Farm, New Jersey. Four of us meeting weekly in a rebuilt two-hundred-year-old space, this moment captured during rehearsal. The band is tight, with raw edgy energy.
Listening back a decade, my 'Tele/Mesa cuts through the mix, Monster's fretless creating a foundation of deep lows best heard (and felt) through big speakers. X's battered 60's Gretsch small-kick kit and Harrington's voice own the midrange.
The cover art on Homer's Odyssey caused the song to resurface in my mind.
I'm fascinated by the code of hospitality pervading the tale: Odysseus welcomed as a stranger, feasted, gifted with valuables. Bulls and goats slaughtered, wine-soaked storytelling. Did all wanderers benefit such?
As well as by the code of reciprocity...
Our hero suffers greatly during his return journey, but did he perhaps earn those trials by admittedly sacking a city for plunder, putting innocents to the sword?
Reflecting on the lyrics of Mars Rising, I am reminded so much of the energy we receive from life is a reflection of the energy we are giving.
PHOTO: Detail from the beautiful Siren Vase — perhaps as famous in some circles as the story itself. Photo: British Museum.