Bronson McKinley

the human under my kitchen sink


Captain Blackheart and the Scurvy Sea Dogs

Monday, 26 January 2009

I got really excited about old time radio shows a few years ago. Something about rocking chairs and staring into the patterns of intricate wallpaper.

I was so crazy about OTR that I decided I wanted to produce my own show. And what better theme for such a show than pirates? Indeed. So pirates it was. An old time radio show about pirates.

At the time, I was recording my first record. It was mostly an attempt at documenting all the impromptu songs I had been playing over the years on my guitar. My good friend, Mark Humphrey, was doing something similar in Australia. He was finishing up his first record, Error101.

Mark and I started talking about the pirate album and decided to tackle the project together. Of course working with Mark on a project involving pirates and OTR meant… well… space aliens. Pretty much any project he is involved with has to have space aliens in it. God bless him.

Time passed and we were merry.

At some point, on his way to Sweeden, Mark stopped by my recording studio in Germany to work on his second album, The Machines Verses the Universe. We recorded our own projects during the day. But later, in the evening, after we had liberated a few delicious German beers, we would work on the pirate project.

The track I’m uploading here is the first thing we put together. It has several parts: the radio show host introducing the episode, a scene on the ship, and a shanty. Mark wrote the shanty. And we came up with the rest in the studio together. Drunken pirates at their best.


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