In 2012, I was contacted by my longtime friend, Scott Kawczynski about doing the soundtrack for his first feature length film. At the time, he didn’t explain much of what it was about, but I’ve long trusted the quality of his work, so I knew it would be interesting when it all came together. I told him I was on board.
We discussed some ideas of using material I’d already done, and as time went on, the thought of using some of the songs, or even just one song, from the Death Blues project came up. Scott had a few themes in mind – 3s, repetition, angles, and the material from Death Blues fit into that well. After some consideration, though, we decided to focus entirely on exclusive material for the film. While sharing some instrumentation with Death Blues, the overall effect is one that supports the film much better, allowing for quiet percussive passages, gong tone segments, and full on rock songs. Scott flew in from Brooklyn and we recorded everything in an unbelievably short time with Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee.
The film is called Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon. The synapsis is simple: “A group of thieves reunite five years after a failed heist to determine what went wrong and who is to blame as they attempt to recover the missing loot.” I have to say, although I trusted Scott, I was totally impressed with what he ended up putting together, from the script, to the cast, to the cinematography. This put a lot of heat on me to come up with music that was on par. And in the end, we were both very pleased with the results.