At long last, Coda is finally complete, and available for Skate the Razor fans to enjoy! This project has been a labor of love for me, and I am thrilled with the outcome! Admittedly, some of the recordings on CODA have more than their share of warts, but as I recall, Rock n Roll music was invented by people with warts… lots and lots of warts! The uglier, the better, or so I’ve heard. That having been established, the end result is a collection of tunes that make for a great ride, especially for those fans familiar with Skate the Razor and the band’s storied past.
As for the songs on CODA, they all sound stronger than I remember, and in fact, the set sounds pretty solid together. Songs that sounded somewhat dated at the time now sound fresh again. In hindsight, it’s pretty obvious we made the right decision by going with our strengths, rather than embrace another limited trend. Where are those bands now? It’s a fair question, even if I say so myself!
And I know damn well what glues this set together so nicely… it’s called sincerity. Fuck the pompous pretense, lets just rock! And indeed, CODA rocks! It’s not Pantera, and it’s not System of a Down, and for Christ’s sake, it sure as hell aint the Chili Peppers. Skate the Razor never fit snugly into any of the obvious genres… we were just rock n roll band with a heavy edge and a whole lot of passion, and that’s what I enjoyed about my years with Skate the Razor.
For the most part, CODA accomplishes the goals we set out to achieve, but in doing so, Ryan and I both felt we had a few good songs left in us, and that there simply isn’t a good reason to let the band die a tragic death. Why close a door to the past when we can open a door to the future? Coda succinctly sums up the Skate the Razor experience. I hope many of you enjoy this record as much as I do!
Thanks to everyone for your continued interest and support! I hope to see you down the road.
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