Tyson Meade, former frontman of outstanding Oklahoma alternative rock bands Chainsaw Kittens and Defenestration, released today his solo album “Tomorrow in Progress.”
The album has been streaming in its entirety at PureVolume.com. To listen, click here .
It may be a solo project, but Meade has some pretty high-profile collaborators on it: Jimmy Chamberlin of the Smashing Pumpkins adds drums; Derek Brown of Oklahoma City-based experimental rockers The Flaming Lips, keyboards. Trent Bell of the Chainsaw Kittens mixes some tracks. Nicole Fiorentino (The Cold and Lovely/Smashing Pumpkins/Veruca Salt) , Kerry Brown (Smashing Pumpkins / Courtney Love producer), Guy Erez (Alan Parson’s Project), plus Kevin Dibbold, Jesse Tabish and Jonathan Mooney from fellow Oklahoma band Other Lives collaborate on the LP. And kids from various locales in the USA play strings and piano and whatever else needs to be played, according to a news release.
In a November interview with my excellent colleague Gene Triplett, Meade said he left music several years ago and embarked on a new adventure — running a boarding school in China and teaching English and other subjects to Chinese students. It was when the Oklahoma native met a talented 16-year-old violinist named Haffijy that Meade decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to finance an album that would feature the young virtuoso, Meade himself, and that impressive lineup of guest musicians.
In the news release Meade says, “I played Haffijy some of my songs from my music days and he quickly wrote parts for them. Not only did he write parts, he played with such love and honesty that I was touched immeasurably. Birds chirped in some sort of Far East Disney way.”
A local album release celebration is set for May 31 at The Opolis in Norman and will feature Oklahoma bands Skating Polly, Helen Kelter Skelter, Feel Spectres, Gum and Junebug Spade. For more information, go to http://opolis.org.
Here is the “Tomorrow in Progress” track listing:
1. Nihilists Need Love Too
2. Dusty Come Up For Air
3. Kiss Me Arabia
4. Flying Through Our Skins
5. Mao into Madame Mao into Marvin Gaye
6. Chinese Space Station Worker [Ramona’s Song]
7. Jump Punks
8. When We Were
9. Winter Boys Cutting the Rug
10. Buddy Dash