Bom Bom (feat. The Teaching) available on iTunes today!
The Teaching is back! We couldn’t be happier to be featured on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ newest album and for the success that’s been pouring in for them. As of Tuesday, October 9th, 2012, their first full-length album ‘The Heist’ went on sale across the country in both physical and digital form. Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) & Ryan Lewis were #1 on the bestseller list of iTunes for over 4 days and the Seattle Times even did a feature article HERE.
Back in September of 2011, Ryan Lewis reached out to the three of us after our good friend and local trumpeter Owuor Arunga recommended they get us in the studio for a track Ryan was working on. He had us record for about 2 hours at Avast Studios in Greenwood on a looped and rough draft audio sample for Bom Bom. We had a fantastic time recording in the studio together again and we played with a particular fire and passion that night after not playing regularly together for some time. Ryan and Ben were found bobbing their heads to the grooves, harmonies and notes we interlaced and stretched out from their base track. Ryan was especially fun to work with as he dug deep with each of us in the studio crafting the exact emotions, builds and texture he would need for his studio wizardry. It was really fun to see these guys getting into our music and giving us mad props after the session was over.
The result of Ryan’s work on Bom Bom is truly stellar. You hear the essence of The Teaching all over the track, but you also hear Ryan’s incredible remix of what we do live and spun out as this tapestry of beautiful interwoven sounds. He especially seemed to enjoy my lush beds of piano trills and poly-rhythmic playing seeing how they were mixed and featured throughout the song. Amidst the layers of piano are moments where you swear you hear a Samba marching band led by Jeremy Jones and wisps of a classical bass solo and drops by Evan Flory-Barnes. It’s a magical sounding track that really takes the listener on a cinematic journey. With Ben absent from the track it is also the only instrumental song featured on the album, which for us is a huge compliment to say that song could stand on it’s own without a the full production.
So, little did we know last year that Macklemore was actually a local rapper on the WAY up with Ryan Lewis. And now…I suspect we’ll be seeing Macklemore on SNL, David Letterman, and the like. These homegrown musicians are already touring the world and selling out nearly every venue they play…this is nothing short of amazing and we’re so proud of their hard work in representing the incredible Seattle talent, the beauty of our city, featuring numerous local musicians on the album and putting out an extremely high-quality music product.
We had a fantastic time working with Ryan & Ben and applaud the success on a fantastic album, and sincerely look forward to collaborating with them in the future. These are great guys, working independently without a label, going against the odds and showing it still can be done in the music business. Bravo cat! Bra-WHOA!