Up now on Bandcamp you can find and download two Old Shoes releases that circa 2002-2006 era. These are some rough and tumble recordings from my first solo project.
Old Shoes was a band that Tyson Ballew (me) did solo, or with other people from 2001 until 2008. I wrote a lot of songs about friends, exes, and things around me. As a person who finds it hard to speak, I found it easy to say things in song. Growing up in a boys club of a music scene, in a small town in Montana, while South Park, Tom Green, Limp Bizkit and other shockingly anti PC influences were floating around I felt like I should say anything I felt. It was easy to feel justified when no one would call you out on it. So 12 years later I feel a little self conscious about some of these recordings I made.
The 1st release is a collection of EP’s and demo’s. It is the 1st of a three disc Box Set of most of the Old Shoes songs. It’s pretty hard for me to listen to. I was finding my voice and sometimes you say things you might regret and record. The things I regret most are not on these collections so I hope no one is too bummed out by the songs on here. I do think The Darkness we Obey, Pity Party, Custard Bananas, and From Cynthia’s Belly and Into Infamy (acoustic) still hold up. I’ll be posting the other two discs in the following weeks and the physical version of the Box Set will also exist soon. (I swear!)
This album was the 1st Old Shoes album. It was left off the anthology because I re recorded most of these songs because these versions were mastered poorly and the lyrics to some of the songs do not represent some of the songs finished state. This is album is okay but it’s nothing too exciting. I suppose it laid the groundwork for the second and better Old Shoe’s album Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing. I remember it took a very long time to record and when it was finished it was disappointing. I only sold copies of it during a winter tour with Annie J and The Radiant Murmur. I couldn’t find the original artwork for it so here ya go. Blurry Tyson Ballew. DIY comes easy to some folks, I needed a lot of practice.
Thanks for your interest. The next Old Shoes albums will be the best of that band’s material. Stay tuned.