YOU ARE AWAKE OR ASLEEP
DISCOGRAPHY ON TRANS SOLAR RECORDS
.027 YOU ARE AWAKE OR ASLEEP; LP/CD_2005
All the way back in 2000, NEW IDEA SOCIETY (a coupling of EULCID’s MIKE LAW and STEPHEN BRODSKY from CAVE-IN and KID KILOWATT) recorded and released a 4 song EP as their maiden voyage atop the high and crowded seas of the Indie underground. It didn’t take long for both critics and fans to recognize the enormous wealth of talent and potential that lie before this magnificent vessel. Quite a feat for a recording made hastily on a basement 8-track. With steady legs and full wind in their sails, NEW IDEA SOCIETY upped the artillery and entered into the studio to slave over and eventually complete what was to be a follow-up LP issued fresh off the heels of the EP’s success.
But soon a dense fog shrouded the horizon and the future for the record’s release truly became undecided, so to speak. NEW IDEA SOCIETY had been called back to port, completely de-commissioned by their backers. Amidst murky waters, the ship sat idle for three long years in complete limbo. Then in late 2004, like a rogue archaeologist with a quick bullwhip, TRANS SOLAR crashed onto the scene in a death-defying attempt to set the Society back on course. These efforts succeeded and 2005 finally sees the release of this long lost and highly-anticipated gem.
The overwhelming majority of the instruments on the album were still played by BRODKSY and LAW, but for the first time a few other musicians were brought in. Drummer DEREK KERSWELL appears on "The Waiting" and CONVERGE drummer KURT BALLOU makes a guest appearance playing drums on "Swimming in the Rain". To imply that it was "worth the wait" is to sell this masterpiece short. With "You Are Awake Or Asleep," BRODSKY and LAW have crafted ten flawless songs of pop/rock brilliance. With a new home and a sturdy base coupled with enormous touring plans upon the release of this record, look for NEW IDEA SOCIETY to quickly return to the front of the fleet.
NEW IDEA SOCIETY // YOU ARE AWAKE OR ASLEEP // LP/CD; SOL .027
1 Wating For the Moment To Oblige
3 The Aching Bells
4 Willing to Wait
5 The Waiting
6 Storm In My Eyes
7 Create Your Own Emergency
8 The Quiet Nora Lee
9 Swimming In the Rain
10 Anna Lee
11 Simple Song (You Are Awake Or Asleep)
distributed in germany through PIAS/roughtrade