This debut disc by Peter Bernas
was an album about relationships gone wrong presented by a new distinctive voice. These are extremely personal and passionate songs that should resonate with any lover who has lost. Comparisons in tone to the early solo work of Neil Young are not amiss.
Aiding Bernas in this creative outpouring was producer Ralph Covert well-known as leader of Chicago's The Bad Examples and, in the 21st Century, Ralph's World as well. Extremely integral to the sound of the album was the guitar of the late John Duich (Legendary Blues Band) who played on every cut and contributed a solo instrumental, "The Paul Super Apple Blues." The musicians included drummer Ron Barnes (Middle 8), keyboardist Buddha Slim (Remainders), guitarist John Siegle (Insiders), and bassist Pickles Piekarski (Bad Examples). Dean Goldstein, Ken Jagmin and Jeff Vezain appeared as background vocalists.
One track, "Swieta w Chicago," which already appeared had on the 1998 Christmas compilation Reindeer Pancakes (Tie Records - CS9803), is an adaptation of Covert's "Autumn In New Mexico" to reflect the experience of post-war Polish immigrants during the holiday season and is sung in the native tongue of Bernas' parents. Covert serves as co-lyricist on two other songs as well. Formerly from the band Coin, Greg Interdonato helped shape the music of "With You On My Mind."
Bernas subsequently formed a band called Made To Be Broken. Ralph Covert produced the band's debut on Waterdog, "insecurity blanket," which is no longer available. After a few years hiatus from music, Bernas returned with the boisterious punk outfit Love Dictators. He unexpectedly passed away in his sleep at the age of 33 on January 30, 2007.
The Girl You Knew Before (v 1.0)
With You On My Mind
When The Ends Don't Meet
Then I'll Believe
Anywhere But Here
Swieta w Chicago
The Girl You Knew Before
In The Heat Of The Night
The Paul Super Apple Blues
The Night Our Love Died
All songs written by Peter Bernas / Soulmobile Music (ASCAP) except "With You On My Mind," music co-written by Greg Interdonato; "Swieta w Chicago," music and original lyrics by Ralph Covert, new lyrics by Peter Bernas; "St. Agnes" and "The Night Our Love Died," lyrics co-written by Ralph Covert; "The Paul Super Apple Blues," is an instrumental by John Duich.