released August 6, 2012
Produced by oktopus
Engineered & mixed by Alap Momin at Cannon Found Soundation and deadverse studios, Union City, NJ.
Additional engineering and editing by James Frazee at Aubergine.
Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side.
Cover concept by Sophia Nicolay.
Cover photo by Catherine Chalmers (catherinechalmers.com
Layout by Ariana Nicolay (ariananicolay.com
Music & lyrics by Franz Nicolay (Eggshell Armor Music, ASCAP)
except "Take No Prisoners," music by Franz Nicolay & lyrics by Emilyn Brodsky (Eggshell Armor Music/Cupcake Punk, ASCAP)
Lyrics of "Joy" contain an untitled Anna Akhmatova poem found on p. 156 of Judith Hemschemeyer's translation "The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova" on Zephyr Press, paperback, 1997; and paraphrase lines by Sarah Ruhl and Edward Mandelston.
John Bollinger: drums, percussion
Jean Cook: violin, viola, add'l vocals on "Joy," string & vocal arrangements on "Joy"
Emilyn Brodsky: vocals on "Take No Prisoners"
Peter Hess: bass clarinet, baritone sax, clarinet, percussion
Ezra Kire: Additional guitars on "Do The Struggle," "Frankie Stubbs' Tears," "Leaves;" add'l vocals on "Frankie Stubbs"
Franz Nicolay: vocals, guitar, banjo, keys, accordion
Emily Hope Price: cello, additional vocals
George Rush: bass, tuba
Maria Sonevytsky: banjo on "Hearts Of Boston," accordion on "Cuckoo;" additional vocals
Mark Spencer: pedal steel on "Take No Prisoners"
This album would have been possible without the help of my partners in the struggle: John Dill, Steve Rovner, Bryce Kujala, Emmanuella Banderas, Brian Buchner, Frank Squires, Amy Powell, Franz Carl Nicolay, Kaveh Khyabani, Chris Bryce, Megan Nicolay, Sean Tuck, Rob Hansen, Keith Coton, Susan Lirakis, Scott Trager & Kate McIntyre, Tony & Jael Voda, Michael Sonnenberg, John-Paul Gorgoroso, Dan Mistich, Bartlomiej Zientek, Jason Loeb, Nicole Kibert, Bartlomiej Zientek, The Debutante Hour, Lauren Harmeyer, Luke Janka, Luke Mead, Scott Nossen, Matheiu Galano, Benjamin Silver, Christopher Penna, Eleanor Lirakis, and many more.