And so now Love Songs embarks on the next leg of their journey, tentatively titled “2007—2009 v.2.0.”
Sadly for the band, Brian moved to the greener pastures of Ohio. I don’t mean that rosily, I mean they literally have pastures that are way greener than ours. Brian’s service to the band and his friendship have been fantastic and appreciated, and he will be missed. While playing on some crucial tunes (new record “Oh the Places You’ll Go Wrong” coming out soon, btw!) he also fixed the van AND built our EGO BOX. So his many contributions were and remain vital. Thank you, Brian, and best wishes moving on.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – “they probably got a Lebanese pharmacist to replace Brian… p-shhhh – they’re so predictable!” To that I say, yeah, you’re right, we did. His name is Salem and, like the Lot to which he has no relation, he is full of haunting ambition and unspeakable skills. Having bought all our records, he showed up to his audition already knowing 12 of our more difficult songs. While he was playing the normally laughable (in our world, at least) 5–string bass it was tolerated for its big DEVO sticker. You know that scene in Princess Bride where mid–duel they switch hands only to reveal that they are actually even better at their craft than previously thought? Salem did the whole audition using a pick, even though he had never used a pick. On our second pass of the songs, he disposed of the pick and suddenly he elevated his playing even more. Welcome to the promised land, Salem!