Marching of the Robot Army
Thanks to Michael McLeod for providing the excellent information this week:
MC Loud and MC G started as a recording project between Michael McLeod and John McGee around the Spring of 2005. John and Michael had met a few months prior through a mutual friend, Jesse Dalton ( of Uh Huh Jackson, Acoustic Couch Conspiracy, Green Mountain Grass, Hendrikz McLeod, and Grace Park and the Deer).
“‘Dance of the Robots’ was a concept album kinda. Truly these were days of learning how to record and layer and just build sonically for fun. These tracks were birthed out of enjoyment of creation and curiosity to grow in recording techniques. There were certainly no aspirations concerning money or travel or even live shows while the recording process was in full force.”
“John wanted to make dance music, or some weird style of disco. John always had a knack for pop hooks and catchy melodies and harmonies, simple structures and parts interwoven.”
Michael had guitar and bass history (Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar) and engineered that first little album, of which only 100 physical copies were ever printed. Artist and friend Nate Schnell designed and arranged the original album art.
Guest artists on the album included Grace Rowland, Alan Houston, Aron Williams, and Jesse Dalton.
Later, a band called Newborn Trance Conspiracy formed, featuring Jesse Dalton, John McGee, Michael McLeod, and Elliot Mitchell, in order to perform the songs from “Dance of the Robots.”
Michael McLeod currently performs with several groups:
McLeod engineers albums out of his private studio under the name Nine Grey Clouds, which is also the name of one of his solo projects. Back in 2007-2008, he scored a documentary by Richard Linklater (Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, Dazed and Confused, Bernie, etc.) called “Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach.”