12" Vinyl Record's Front Jacket Cover
12" Vinyl Record's Front Jacket Cover

Treasure Fleet, The Sun Machine, Original Soundtrack, 12" Vinyl Record, Album, LP

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Treasure Fleet ?– The Sun Machine
Label: Recess Records ?– RECESS 187
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 20 Feb 2015
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie

Punk, Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Track listing...

Side A)

A1     The View From Mt. Olympus     
A2     The Village Idiot     
A3     Max Consumption     
A4     The Wolf     

Side B)

B1     Settle Your Mind     
B2     The Mushroom Hunt     
B3     Change Of Course     
B4     Sirens Of Titan     
B5     A Soft Landing     

Companies, etc.

    Recorded At – Isaac's Attic
    Lacquer Cut At – Lucky Lacquers

Credits

    Bass, Vocals – Neil Hennessy
    Cameraman – Sue Thotz
    Design [Graphic Design] – David Holtz
    Drums, Percussion – Mike Oberlin
    Electric Guitar – Eli Caterer
    Electric Guitar, Marimba, Percussion – Jon Olson
    Keyboards – Lil Dave Merriman
    Music By, Engineer, Producer – Treasure Fleet
    Synthesizer, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Engineer, Producer – Preston Bryant
    Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, Songwriter, Lyrics By, Composed By, Film Director, Film Producer, Film Editor, Cameraman, Design [Film] – Isaac Thotz



©2015 Recess Records, San Pedro, California, United States

In 2012, on the heels of releasing 2 full length albums within 6 months, Chicago's Treasure Fleet found themselves looking to expand their line-up by adding a guitarist and turned to tour mate, Preston Bryant of Andrew Jackson Jihad. Isaac Thotz, singer and songwriter of Treasure Fleet, and Preston quickly bonded over conversations about classic synths and recording techniques and the band ended up asking Preston to produce their next batch of songs instead of asking him to join the live band.

Later that year, Isaac traveled to New York to pick up Preston and his recording gear. The two headed back to Chicago, borrowed the balance of what they needed, and assembled a makeshift studio in Isaac attic. The initial idea was to record a handful of songs to scatter across a few (7") EPs. Instead, Preston ended up taking up residence in Isaac's attic for the winter to record an epic soundtrack for a stylized rock 'n' roll space movie.

The idea for the narrative came to Isaac while marathon watching Twilight Zone episodes. Like the songs Treasure Fleet was concurrently recording, the narrative he envisioned jumped from psychedelia to space travel to mind control. Inspired by the quality of the recordings and enthralled with the idea of making a musical film to accompany the concept album, Isaac started working on a plot line. He would spend the next 3 days writing a 50 page novella, which would become the outline of the film/album.

Once recording was complete, in April 2013, the attic studio was transformed into a spaceship set. Isaac purchased a $300 mini-dv camcorder from his cousin, and commenced singlehandedly producing, directing and editing The Sun Machine over the course of a year. Sets were scrapped together from recording equipment and trash, or shot on location around the city of Chicago including museums, a submerged shipwreck, a dirt bike park, a tire shop, a rooftop garden, and Isaac own broken down Winnebago trailer. Treasure Fleet's other members Mike Oberlin and Neil Hennessy, and Isaac's wife Sue were recruited as actors for the film. Through a combination of ingenuity and favors, at completion, the album/soundtrack and film altogether cost less than $3,000 to produce. It premiered September 25 at the Raindance film festival in London.

The Sun Machine film and soundtrack follows a contemporary science fiction cliche, Mye (played by Sue Thotz), who receives orders from classic 70's sci-fi superiors to assimilate a confused group of record-collecting, garbage-picking, bike-riding burnouts (Treasure Fleet: Isaac, Mike, and Neil). After a series of failed remote attempts to change their wayward behavior (with Preston's help), Mye is forced to capture the three friends and manually manipulate their brains into conformity. In the end, the friends are indeed changed by Mye's procedures, but it's Mye who undergoes the greatest conversion, as she comes to see value in her captives' human frailty.

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