Best Not Believe That It’s Easy

I don’t think anyone in the Drinking Problem would recognize that title, even though we played this song at nearly all our shows. We always referred to it as “Spooky,” in reference to the Halloweeny riff at the beginning.

The song dates back to around early 2004 and was originally recorded spontaneously while it was being written. I felt like recording a song but didn’t have one to record. So I made up a simple chord progression and recorded it without much of a master plan. I did a second guitar track on top of that, then I made up a melody and recorded the vocals with some quickie lyrics, topping it off with tambourine. In total it took less than an hour, after which Gene arrived and picked me up for some Singles tour. I came back a couple weeks later and thought it’d be good to have hits on the pre-chorus so I added cymbal crashes. Here is that original demo:

Dave Lawson – “Best Not Believe That It’s Easy” (bedroom demo)

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Eventually when the Drinking Problem started playing, Eddie and I used the band as an excuse to let some B-grade tunes out into the world. We recorded our first batch of songs at John Krohn’s and he released a 45 of that material, but after that we learned a full album’s worth of songs which were never released (a few are now played by the Sights). We recorded some demos, but it seemed that every time Eddie, Jeremy and I got together for demos we were all hung over, unmotivated, and – after the first hour – full of Little Caesars pizza and ready for a nap. Nonetheless, a few passable recordings were salvaged from these sloppy sessions, this song being one of them. The lineup: Jeremy on drums, Eddie on multiple guitar overdubs and backup vocals, Korin on organ and backups, me playing bass and singing.

The Drinking Problem – Best Not Believe That It’s Easy (demo)

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