's Gods And Heroes was produced by Ralph Covert
in 1999. The album's orchpop feel is enhanced by a worldbeat sensibility. The standard rock instruments are amended by an array of percussive orchestral instruments. The songs, bearing traces of XTC, The Beatles and David Bowie, cover a wide range of styles and subject matter, but are unified by their odd-yet- familiar sound and Matt Tiegler's warm voice. The orchestral element evolved from a series of experimental sessions with the percussive team of Andy Jones
and Doug Brush
Jones, a former jazz instructor at The Chicago Academy for the Arts has performed with Chicago theatre companies The Goodman and Steppenwolf, toured North America with "Cats," and played hundreds of performances of "Wicked" on Broadway. On Gods And Heroes Jones plays the vibraphone, chimes, bells, dumbek, bell-tree, frame drum, bull-roar, mbira, thumb piano, shakeres, manyangas, crotales, woodblocks, bell-plate, drum set, china cymbals and concert bass drum.
Doug Brush, Director of The Rhythm Unity Ensemble, has been a teaching artist for Ravinia Festival's Music Illumination outreach program, and has played with Rose Polenzani, Las Toallitas and Ten Tongues. On Gods & Heroes, Brush plays dijeridoo (Australian), tablas (Indian), djimbe (African) and pandiero.
The skeleton of the band consists of Pickles Piekarski (The Bad Examples, John Prine) on bass, Zack Kantor (Frisbie, Lotus Crown) and Henry Jansen (Great Apes) on drums, and Steve Gerlach (MysteryDriver, Phantom Helmsmen, The Bad Examples, Tommy Keene) on lead guitar. Gods & Heroes also features jazz phenom Brad Goode on the trumpet, Michael Broening (The Khani Cole Band, Wayman Tisdale) on piano and organ, and Willie Schwarz (Tom Waits, Chicago Immigrant Orchestra) on the accordion and serod. In addition to producing, Ralph Covert adds lead and rhythm guitar as well as back-up vocals to the record.
Gods And Heroes was recorded by Marc Schwarz (Freakwater, The Blacks, Sally Timms) at the Uberstudio in Humboldt Park, and was released in April 2000.
Matt Tiegler is scheduled to release a new album in 2008.
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Laughing with Buddha
The Wrong Way
The Forgotten Man