A few years back the duo of aLiVe and Zion did a one off hit at the now defunct (and missed) Compound fest, and to spice things up collaborated with fellow friends and musicians Neil Chastain (drums) and Jacob Wynne (trumpet). The result was an epic performance on that rainy summer day. One that would forever change the group.
Over the next few years, sporadic rehearsals and performances with an ever-changing line-up produced a catalog of songs that spanned their entire four-album career and created a relationship with a young keyboardist by the name of Eli Hanley. Along with Mike McNamara (guitar) they formed the backbone of the new version of a MuAmin live show. The music they play is still rooted in Aaron (aLiVe) Snorton's production and the songs are still penned by Josiah (Zion) Quarles, but now with a life that only the synthesis of humans and crafted instruments produce. It was time to record.
Wanting to keep the feel of a live show, MuAmin decided to record to tape and keep the post production to a minimum. The band, a room, some mics, and Zombie Proof Paul's giant mixing board and tape machine. One song, one take.
The new song turned out to be everyone's favorite, featuring the soulful yelps and lyricism of Lmntl Camp MC James (Jungle Jim) Quarles. This became a literal a band of brothers and the song "DIG" became the title track. Finally, the album is here and it is time to party.
released September 17, 2016
Produced by Aaron (aLiVE) Snorton
All songs written and performed by Josiah (Zion) Quarles and Aaron (aLiVE) Snorton
Additional vocals on “Dig” by James (Jungle Jim) Quarles
Drums – Neil Chastain
Trumpet – Jacob Wynne
Guitar – Mike McNamara
Synthesizers – Eli Hanley
Engineered by Paul Maccarrone
Mixed and mastered by MuAmin Collective
Recorded at Zombie Proof Studio, Cleveland, Ohio
Executive production and art direction courtesy of Chad Bilyeu