The Gecko Club returned with a vengeance on their second album, effectively titled "Evergreen". While their first release set an impressive bar on the indie guitar-pop scene, "Evergreen" amped just about everything up a notch and achieved stunning results. From the guitar-pop smash of tracks "Sixteen Different Ways", "Kaleidoscope", "Had a Secret" and "Pretty Victoria" to the deceptively delicate lure of the title track and the bombastic closer "Breaking the Well", the album challenged the listener to feel both tense and pensive as the band presented an impressive sonic ride through the land where melody is king.
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"Evergreen" was recorded in three separate states in various pockets of time over a number of years. Critically hailed, the album was placed in the Top 20 of the Year (2007) by Soundpress.net and the tracks "Had a Secret" and "Kaleidoscope" were both given hall of fame airplay status on Engage Internet Radio.
The cover of the album really says it all to me in many ways -- richly colored from any angle. The interweaving of my guitar parts and Dave's guitar parts was a challenge on the mixing boards, but the results were worth the effort. Our press release indicated that everything was amped up on this record and it was -- the arrangements, the writing, the presentation, etc.
I remember recording the track "Evergreen" quite vividly, with Chris Kahl surprising us all by breaking into the extending marching drum sequence at the end, all of us smiling that unique musician grin.
I could go on forever about how much I love this album. It comes down to this: "Tokens" spiked the pole into the ground, and "Evergreen" hoisted the flag. We are the Gecko Club.