Recording Process: Siege: "This was the time that we realized that we couldn't do everything ourselves. It could be compared to a fish ladder. Each time we got over a hurdle of sound quality, we would realize a further step. We could see what we had wasn't really good enough. We have countless analog tapes with decent takes, but beyond the vocals, and some solos, nothing was tracked separately. At some point we realized that it was time to go to a studio. We ran into our first engineer Bob (Meador) downtown at the place we buy tape. Someone had said that we should check out his studio, and we ended up recording there. Triskelion was recorded on 16 track analog tape. There was something so cool about the big tape reels spinning."
Siege: "Jonathan was reading a book- something about Celtic Stuff..- and he wrote that song ('Triskelion) at that time..."
Our Triskelion incidentally is not the same as the symbol for the Isle of Man. The IoM triskelion has armour and spurs on its feet. Of course Triskelions appear in other locations and times besides Celtic History. They have a prehistoric-ness to them. Also all three have Scottish blood in us from way back. (Stuart, James, McColl) But for NOBODY HOME there was a double conection, or meaning:
Siege: "It's not a nationalism thing, we don't care about that aspect. Nationalism doesn't help anything. ...one world, you know...I believe that."
The Isle of Man is also famous for the motorcycle road race around and through its countryside. Not only did all three members of the band have motorcyles, but Jonathan and Christopher were both Road Racing at the time. Anyway, the song was written in 1990, C & J went to Isle of Man in 1993.
above: this travel card from that day, and the stamp appear in black & white on the liner notes of TRISKELION
all images & code ©2001 SIEGE / NOBODY HOME
above: the Cover of TRISKELION
Duncan: "Now if we talk about ALL of these songs, we're gonna have nine hundred paragraphs.
Siege: "Right... Let's talk about Thinny Dutch Girl. I don't know if this is giving away Jonathan's secret, but I know why he wrote the song....oh well- we were in London... by the way this is right after we saw Wayne Rainey win his first Grand Prix at Donnington Park (no less!) anyway- it was 8 - 8 - 88 ! ...it seemed like som'm cool had to happen... and we we checked into a hotel. There was a girl behind the counter. She was Dutch. She was cool.. Anyway, Jonathan wrote the song. I still think that was some of Jonathan's most kickass guitar playing."
This album, unlike WISCHT, was given a decent review by the Urban Spectator, a (the Spectator was a Rock&Roll Rag at the time out of Olympia) Here's what they wrote: Youth. Exuberance. Idiocy on the high seas. And crunchy riffage that hits you hard and good like an ice-cream headache. Nobody Home blends poppy sensibility, obscurity as normalcy, and muscular, less-than-obvious musicality to give you a listening or live experience that is both fresh and memorable. Songs about wearing X-Ray Spex, riding Wild Roads, fighting off Turmoils of Mosquitos, being dazzled by Glittering Pipe Wrench Men, tasting Oranges, and meeting Thinny Dutch Girls... they needed to be created. But when you hear them, you'd swear you'd heard them before in your dreams, then wonder what was in your cup of evening tea. If you want music that allows you to wallow in your nothing-turns-to-nothing existence, look elsewhere. But if you want to think and feel and rock until your pants change color, check out Nobody Home.
-- Trish Sanali Urban Spectator