How did this album come about, and why Spoiked of all names?
“This album came after four years of rather quiet music times for me. A lot of other momentous things were happening in my life in those years, I love to recall, and yet doing a whole lot with music wasn't a priority. Never thought I'd ever say that! But the break from music obsession didn't last.
For some wild reason on a Friday, I took the day off from work and decided to record a little bluesy rockish instrumental tune instead. Screw the office. Spoiked was a riff I used to jam around with a few years before so it was a natural place to start. There is a history to the word Spoiked and to the tune that I've never told anyone. Probably shouldn’t go into that here, but it could be part of a book in the future, who knows. Needless to say, the recording session was easy and fun. When my wife came home that afternoon, I played her the recording and she seemed a bit impressed. She told me that I should do a whole album. Now, my wife is no schmuck so I usually listen pretty carefully when she has an idea, especially if she mentions it more than once. I took the apple.”
But that’s only one song. What about the rest of the album?
“The green light from my wife was all I needed to get started. This was to be the long awaited rock album that I’d talked about doing for years. So I got serious about it and started writing. It had been four or five years since I'd written any music and I was anxious to see what would develop. More songs came along pretty easy. My awesome wife co-wrote two of them with me. I liked all the tunes, including the two instrumentals, the bluesy refrains, and a lot of rock influences. In no time, I recorded the demo album of these songs.
Although many of these songs were reproduced later in the studio, the original demo recordings ended up shelved for five and a half years. Then, my publisher got a hold of them. To be honest, I was a little surprised at rediscovering these recordings. The rest, as they say, is history.”
Spoiked rocks more than expected!
Yes, folks, it's a demo album, but did you listen to it? Raw and fresh, with an on-the-fly element. And if you like lots of unconventional electric guitar, you will surely appreciate the style. So we hereby share the original Spoiked sessions with you, officially released some five and a half years after the fact.
All instruments and vocals by DJ Minteer.
Available in quality CD, or as a downloadable album or individual songs.