By chance, one of the band members was pals with Ben Tanner, a touring musician and producer who works at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. "I had him take a shot at the song that I thought was the absolute worst and he resurrected it." Tanner continued to resurrect the album, piece by piece, working closely with Herbekian. The two wrote tireless emails and many late night phone calls transpired; they were sending mixes back and forth for months. "I've never met him in person but he's a saint to me," Herbekian enthuses.
The hard work has paid off, and Herbekian beams as he finally holds the completed album in his hands. The City's release party is this weekend at Red Devil Lounge and he can hardly believe it. At this point the process has taken so long that the band already has a batch of new songs, two full albums-worth. For this one, Herbekian says, "We might just go back to recording it ourselves." *
The 21st Century
With the Blank Tapes, Mark David Ashworth, and Muralismo
Fri/6, 8 p.m., $10
Red Devil Lounge
1695 Polk, SF