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“I’ve been getting in trouble with Peter for a long time... When I started this new project, I thought I’d try to record a song down there with him... I think the solo project happened by accident as a result of us having such a good time in the studio.”

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band. It made it much easier.” The lineup of Couch’s backing band varies from town to town when he tours. “Right now I have three different backing bands,” he explains. “East Coast, West Coast, and the Southern band.” Couch looks forward to returning to the Southern band, aka his “Savannah All-Star

Band,” featuring members of Street Clothes, Wet Socks, and Dollhouse’s own Peter Mavrogeorgis. The producer/engineer/Twisty Cats member and Couch go all the way back to New York City. “I’ve been getting in trouble with Peter for a long time,” Couch says with a grin. “He’s one of the first people I met when I moved to New York in the early 2000s. We always kept in touch; I always wanted to do more recording with him, I never got to work with him as much as I wanted. When I started this new project, I thought I’d try to record a song down there with him. The collaboration went so well I decided we

had to put a whole album together. I think the solo project happened by accident as a result of us having such a good time in the studio.” “Animal Instinct” was a true collaboration between Couch and Mavrogeorgis, with Couch handling all of the drums on the album and Mavrogeorgis playing all the guitars and bass and contributing backing vocals. Listen closely, and you’ll detect more familiar voices: that’s Blake Olmstead Mavrogeorgis chiming in on backing vocals and harmonies and Laiken M. Williams on closer “State of Mind.” “He’s an amazing guitar player,” Couch says of Mavrogeorgis. “I’m terrible at

guitar and bass! I write everything on keyboards and guitar, but I’m a terrible guitar player. I’m a great drummer, so I do the drums. [Mavrogeorgis] brings out the flavor of the song with his musicianship, and he’s also a great engineer. So technically, he knows how to do everything, and he has a great sense as a producer. If, on one song, I’m looking for a feel, I want it to sound like this record from the ‘70s or ‘80s, he’ll know how to do that, and he’ll have his own idea of what a song should sound like. He’ll help me craft the songs to get the feeling of whatever album, whatever song we’re trying to emulate in each recording.” “Animal Instinct” is available on vinyl through Get Hip distribution the day before Couch’s El-Rocko show. Having spent time here while recording the EP, Couch is looking forward to his Georgia return. “My first show in Savannah was at ElRocko,” he remembers. “I was one of the first acts to ever play there. I’m excited to be back and hang out with all my Savannah friends.” CS

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