|Artist: The Logans Band
Title: Suburban White Dream
Label: Dogbus Music
Released: March 10, 2002
Release Number: dbm002
Ryan Oliver – Guitar/Piano/Vocals
Recorded by: Ryan Oliver
Recorded at: Dogbus Studio
Mixing: Ryan Oliver
Mastering: Ryan Oliver
The Official Line
This CD was released as a single for the song “Suburban White Dream” from The Bliss EP. In it’s original release it was a four song EP with songs written after the release of The Bliss EP. The song “Man In My Room” is a regular fixture in any Logans Band set. The final song on the record “The Way Of The Mog” was written and released on Outloud 1: The Music of the City of the Kawartha Lakes. It shows a very different direction for The Logans Band, moving to a full band sound and completely instrumental score. Ryan has modified the song to open sets with as he rarely plays with a full band. “Olivia’s Requiem” was written based on characters from a film entitled Wall of Fire. The film has never been produced, but the characters and the story ring strongly in work the two do even to this day.
It should be noted that a second release of Suburban White Dream EP was put out in the summer of 2002. For a show at the Electric Tomato in Lindsay, we pressed different versions of the CD containing a spoken word piece and another full band song called “Wanna Live.” There are only about 5 copies of this version in existence.
Track Listing - Click to download full tracks
From the Artist
January 20, 2011 - I’m still not sure how you can have a “single” for an album that was only six songs long, and have the single also contain six songs. I think I was probably just looking for a way to release new tracks, but still focus on the song that I believed to be the strongest, “Suburban White Dream”. I’ve always worn my influences heavily on my sleeve and this album was really the beginning of “defining myself by what I steal.” The song, “Man in My Room”, with all of its homoerotic undertones, was influenced heavily by “Fated” by Matthew Good. I initially did not do it on purpose; however, since I’ve written that song I’ve learned how to play “Fated” and come to realize that I was just playing “Fated” with new lyrics and a less exciting (but equally depressing) chorus. “The Way of the Mog” was my attempt at writing a Mogwai song. I didn’t even try to hide what I was doing with the title, although I was paying a hidden homage to my nerdy side by making a reference that could be assumed to be Final Fantasy related.
As is mentioned in the “official line”, above, “Olivia’s Requiem” was a song influenced by a film written by myself and a friend of mine. The film was nothing more than a script, but in an attempt to explore the characters, I wrote this song for the female lead. The last song, “Not the Same” was also a song written for a film - a poorly acted, poorly directly short film by the same name, influenced by the song by Ben Folds. Written as “background music” for a party scene, I recorded all of the parts myself with a drum machine. Keep in mind, the song was never meant to be heard outside of background music playing from a crappy stereo. I highly recommend putting it on softly in the background at your next party. You’ll feel just like you’re at a party in the early 2000′s.