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Frozen Taco I

Frozen Taco’s first album.  Recorded Winter and Spring of 1986.  Copyright 1986 – 2005, Frozen Taco.  Frozen Taco is David Dault, Matthew Reiss, Carlos Viera, and Theron Welch.  Special guest:  Glen Nelson (“Let’s hear Glen on the synthesizer, boys!”)

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01_Los Espanoles.mp3 2.4 MB 5/23/2016 10:28 am
02_Pecans.mp3 4.5 MB 5/23/2016 10:28 am
03_King of Rock.mp3 4.2 MB 5/23/2016 10:29 am
04_Killers.mp3 2.3 MB 5/23/2016 10:29 am
05_Chart Me Mendeleev.mp3 4.4 MB 5/23/2016 10:29 am
06_Meanwhile Backstage.mp3 1.2 MB 5/23/2016 10:29 am
07_Cool Guys.mp3 4.2 MB 5/23/2016 10:29 am
08_Dancin Machine.mp3 3.7 MB 5/23/2016 10:29 am
09_Moon Balloon.mp3 3.8 MB 5/23/2016 10:29 am
10_The Nomad.mp3 3.3 MB 5/23/2016 10:29 am

The first time I heard FT, before I joined the band, a new world opened up for me.  It was this strange cluster of lo-fi, totally improvised works like Pecans and King of Rock.  I was fifteen, and it blew me away.  It still does.  Working with FT, creating the music that became Frozen Taco One in fits of spontaneous madness, has shaped the way I have viewed music and art ever since.  These were unrehearsed, one-take jewels that still shine the brightest for me, even today.

– Dave Dault, Nashville, 2004

Where to start but at the beginning?  Here’s the album that started Frozen Taco’s long career.  Matt and I recorded “Los Espanoles”, our first official song, to provide background music for a school media project.  Then we realized how much fun it was.  Carlos and Glen came over a few days later.  While rifling through the kitchen, Carlos asked “What are those?!?” to which the reply was a musically rhythmic “Pecans!  Pecans!” and so “Pecans”, “King of Rock”, and “Killers” were recorded.  Then the idea a couple weeks later on “March of 1986” was to do a silly live recording (ok, those screaming fans aren’t really ours).  Dave joined us for the effort and we recorded live versions of all our original songs plus “Chart Me, Mendeleev” and the tongue-in-cheek classic,

Frozen Taco I - "One dollar and you supply the tape."

Frozen Taco I - "One dollar and you supply the tape."

“Cool Guys”.  After Carlos and Glen left that afternoon to play Twilight 2000, Dave, Matt, and I stayed longer playing with Dave’s cool synth and created the classic trio of “Dancin’ Machine”, “Moon Balloon”, and “The Nomad”.  Matt and I stayed up late into the evening annoying friends by playing our new creations over the phones.  We were hooked.

– Theron Welch, Seattle, 2004

This album is a musical shrine to my high school days.  Is it silly?  Yes.  Is it unpolished? Yes.  Heck, for many of the songs, I played a drum set made from a tinker toy can and a pan top with a penny in it.  But looking back at these songs, from Los Espanoles to Pecans to Chart Me Mendeleev, I feel that they have transcended the notes played on the cardboard dulcimer or beeped on the TRS 80.  I fondly remember the spirit in which these songs were produced.  This album is a perfect time capsule for our teen years.  All hail the energetic innocence of youth!

– Matthew Reiss, Kansas City, 2004

© 2012 Frozen Taco