As of March 2013, Dennis Cahlo hadn’t been on a stage in more than three years. He had once shared the stage with The Strokes, Blondie and Joe Strummer. He was relegated to the sidelines as he watched his contemporaries achieve international success. He moved into commercial music and got a regular job while his friends became hipster darlings. However, through it all, his love for music never waned, it was always there waiting to be tapped into again.
The tale is as old as time. Boy loves girl, girl breaks boys heart. Repeat. Dennis Cahlo took two painful heartbreaks and created his magnum opus, Songs From The Sea (of you and of me).
Song From The Sea was not originally written as a "conceptual" piece. A total of 9 songs had been recorded and then another 9 written shortly after completing mix-down of the first. Separate they were two, very good, very short albums but placed back to back they became an epic, tragic love story in two acts.
Written, produced, and roughly mixed in his bedroom studio, Dennis was able to maintain complete control over the sound and execution of each piece. A painstaking process that lasted over a year with eventual assistance from friend and bass player James Mignone and featuring guitar work from Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Dennis considered it his "best work to date".
But the story doesn’t end there.
In early 2013 Dennis decided it was time to bring the album to life and to get back on the stage. Already having two childhood friends picked for the line up – James Mignone (bass) and Nick Purpura (guitar) –two of the finest New York City musicians –Alvaro Kapaz (guitar/vocals) and Pablo Eluchans (drums) were brought into the fold. The Change, one of the most visually and sonically dynamic bands New York City has to offer, was complete.
Producer E Scott Lindner was also brought on board to re-mix and master Dennis's original album while adding newly recorded elements from The Change members, March 2013-August 2013. After a two year journey, the album that started in a bedroom was finally complete and ready to be heard.
Songs From The Sea (of you and of me) is available now.
Dennis Cahlo and The Change are playing on a stage near you.