Greg: I just think my voice sucks on it. I’m embarrassed to play it for people and have been since basically the day after it was recorded. I felt like I kind of rushed into doing the vocals and needed to relax a little bit more. As I was saying on our blog, I think I tried way too hard to sound “pissed off and crazy” that I didn’t sing the way was most natural to me, which I ended up doing on the stuff after that record.
1) Those Are The Precious Moments
2) Meet Me In Montauk
These two songs definitely fall under that "it seemed like a good idea at the time" category. I had just gone through a really bad breakup at the time, put pen to paper and...............came up with some really subpar lyrics. These were the songs where musically we were really trying to push the boundaries of what people expected from One Up. "Those Are The Precious Moments" has some elements that I'm really proud of (I actually like the way the chorus sounds) and some elements that make me want to shrivel up and die (that spoken word part in between the two verses). Again, keep in mind that these were just demos, but still. We ended up added on to the end of this song in our live set, which made it a lot better in my opinion. The way it is here, it just kinda stops after the second chorus. "Meet Me In Montauk" was our attempt at writing a total post hardcore Quicksand meets Burn sorta vibe. Did we pull it off? You can be the judge. Again, the lyrics are a bit subpar, but this song was definitely fun to play live. The song title itself was used by Circa Survive and Bayside, which was also another bumout. I remember Jay Reason telling me that the copy we sent to Stillborn was played and described as "fourth rate Burn" which I took as a compliment. All in all, these ended up being the last songs we ever recorded since we never got to do that LP. We had a few more songs that we never recorded, only one of which was ever played live. I wish I had a tape of that song, because in my opinion it was killer. Jude just took the riff from Failure "Saturday Savior" and sped it up for the intro, and the verses and chorus were just good start/stop melodic hardcore. We played this at Posi Fest that year (2005) and got a lot of compliments. It's a shame we never got to record it.