The recordings of Flash Brighter than the Sun were created long after the full band went its separate ways. Three friends, all multi-instrumentalists, had written several songs together when life beckoned two of the members to pursue other life ventures.
The remaining member, leader Tony Vanden-Eynden, decided that the songs were too good to be left half-finished and unheard. So he set to the task of re-working all of the parts and recording every instrument himself (save for a single guitar track on "Body Language" that was left over from a demo).
This "do-it-yourself" attitude has been a trademark of Vanden-Eynden's musical ventures. He started teaching himself piano at age five, and guitar at age eight. When he couldn't find a drummer, he got a hand-me-down drumset donated to him from a local church and taught himself how to play so that he could record. When his electric guitar broke, he ripped apart the insides and completely rebuilt it. So it came as no shock when he recorded the Flash Brighter than the Sun songs by himself, half of it with either borrowed equipment or pieces that were junked that he fixed and made usable, and then he did all of the mixing and engineering as well.
As a group, Tony Vanden-Eynden, Sara Wilcox, and David Perlow, had only been together long enough to write a handful of songs. Six songs was too many for a demo, and at twenty-eight minutes, it was too long to be an EP. But Vanden-Eynden wanted to keep all of the band's work together. And since many full-length albums tally twelve tracks, the "half an album" name seemed the most fitting. This was finally decided upon after considering leaving the album self-titled. Also, the title "Bad Robots" was considered after Vanden-Eynden noticed that the first letters of the track listing seemed to spell that out, minus the vowels.
The half album is now, go figure, being self-promoted and brought to light through various media outlets and ingenious, one-of-a-kind "one-man-band" performances. Hopefully the album will be as warmly received as Vanden-Eynden's other creative ventures, as he is already an award-winning author and musician. Perhaps the songs will take on a life of their own and work hard to achieve a special status in the hearts and minds of listeners everywhere.
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