This was very susceptible to not happening at all. For the amount of time that a 22 minute mini-album took for me to complete (4+ years), an 11 minute EP took more or less half of that time to do so.
I've had to set back progress on this project numerous times ever since I started drafting out ideas back in September 2014. The majority of 2015 was spent handling my second solo art exhibition "Dog Biscuits", as well as a major, near-suicidal depressive episode which evidently forced me to put this project in a coma for a year whilst I began sorting myself out and dedicating time towards attending a person-centred support group for adults on the autistic spectrum. Additional delays occurred with the assembling, writing and publishing of my art catalogue "You Need This".
There was also the fact that I was gradually becoming out of touch with music in general, with increased apprehension towards heavy/underground music scenes (or indeed any genre) along with the types of people that inhabit them. I suppose this can be seen as a symptom of either long-term depression, being autistic, growing up, being a socially inept momma's boy with little to no self-esteem, or perhaps all of the above... and then some.
It wasn't until September of 2016 when I felt better enough to continue work on this EP, with the determination to finish what I started and put something out by the end of 2016... even if it meant having to publish the final product on the very last day of that year.
In comparison to how the writing and recording sessions of "Inane Living Conditions" went, the majority of song titles and ideas for "The Hamada EP" stood the test of time throughout. Only a few track title changes were made and just one track was scrapped in favour of another more experimental track idea, which ultimately became "You Suffer Because You Enjoy It" - somewhat of a spiritual successor to "Dukkha!". I also went out of my way to, as a way to try and improve on what I've learnt from "Inane...", approach recording everything for this EP differently. Some of these approaches included recording guitars with a valve amplifier (via the XLR Line-Out pathway on the back of the head) instead of a solid-state one, using a cleaner tone for the "Faux Bass" tracks, not relying on a preset crunch channel to record vocals (although still utilising a distortion pedal and a 10-band EQ pedal for signal boosts), going lighter on the samples, putting more time into crafting the lyrics (and striving to do better with grammar), and experimenting a bit more with Ableton Live (Lite 8) when it comes to mixing, mastering and effects.
So there you have it, 'Conus lives once more!
Depending how the response of this EP and the overall interest/enthusiasm of this project goes, this could very well be the last thing I ever do with Keratoconus. This was frankly an utterly unnecessary ordeal to get through, considering everything addressed in the first few paragraphs, although keep in mind that I still have a couple more ideas I could work towards with this project. But I guess, as with everything pertaining to mortality, time will tell!
Anyways, I sincerely hope that you, dear reader/listener, can find some merit in this maniacal and blatantly nihilistic "autism-core" shit fest that is "The Hamada EP" - "Hamada" of course being in reference to Masatoshi Hamada, a Japanese tsukkomi (straight man) style comedian (as one half of the "Downtown" duo with Hitoshi Matsumoto), at times referred to by fans and colleagues as "S" or "Hamada The Super Sadist".
Thanks for your time,
S. A. Mudd
released December 30, 2016
S. A. Mudd - Everything.
Barks on "Skin Off Your Lips"
by Bobby the Dog.
Additional vocals on "Track Title Withheld"
by Brandon Duncan (www.expiringsun.com