in early 2007 honey clouds formed in a studio at the portland yacht company building halfway up munjoy hill. ron was subletting the studio from a friend who was off in greece or some such awesome place. there was a lot of wood. the ceilings were tall and it was only a couple hundred feet from the water. you could hear fog horns and ferry signals and the wind whipping between the halyards and masts of dry docked boats. there was an enormous room between the practice space and the bathroom. probably an acre in size and completely empty. it had hardwood floors that creaked and no one knew where the lights were. practices always went late and crossing that room in the dark while the wind buffeted the sides of the building was a fearsome task.
that was before we knew how often we'd carry mandy's gear or how cold our next practice space would be. it was before ron converted his garage into a recording studio and allowed us to set up camp there. we wrote meandering ballads, quirky pop songs and stuff that was influenced by bands from pavement to buffalo springfield to the velvet underground.