Trash Company - Earle Hotel Tapes
[Peoples Potential Unlimited, Steady Sounds Records 2012]
I LIKE ELECTRA GLIDE. Very cool and damaged collection of underheard demo cassettes.
'Max Monroe has spent the last three decades making music. This collection focuses on a specific period from his prolific and widely varied output, a time when Monroe was diligently mailing demo cassettes to record labels in the hopes of making it as a songwriter. One such tape, sent to Capitol Records in the early 90's, garnered this curt response from then President of the R&B Division, Joy Bailey: "Some music was never meant to be heard." In hind sight, the odds were more than stacked against Max and his songs, but there is something undeniable about these recordings, starkly honest, deeply personal, yet demanding attention. The story behind these tapes is one of conviction and persistence in the face of rejection and indifference. It is time for this music to be heard."