Tempus fugit … time ﬂies … yet it is the intent of Stockwell Road to reverse that ﬂeeting of time.
In the beginning, I was fortunate enough to have access to tape machines. Cassette tape machines, yet tape machines nevertheless. No easy ﬁxes or punches. Mistakes were considered improvements of the original idea and everything was done in a single take, or enough takes such that what you heard was the ﬁnal single take.
I had access to drums, guitars, organs, electric pianos, synthesizers, and an old upright piano my father had restored. He was a teacher, not in the piano repair trade, so it played a semi-tone lower than everything else. Left hand played piano in key of A, right hand Moog in A#.
My youth was spent trying to share sounds heard in my head with the rest of the world. Rarely did those sounds end up as originally intended. Sometimes a change of direction was required to move forward to the next opus. Back then, they were all the next opus.
I was a church organist and choir director from ages 9-21. Later, I joined or created bands: unnamed bands in university, unnamed bands in Seattle, and then Age of Treason, Madison Park, Treason, Merkaba and White. Each project was a sonic representation of my current frame of mind.
In each of these settings, I worked in a way familiar to me, conceptualizing the story and playing all instruments on the demos. I’ve had the great fortune of working with the best musicians, producers, and engineers on the planet, and each of them carried the work and me to a higher level.
I’ve always had a clear vision during the songwriting process, yet before now, never fully realized that vision in the ﬁnal recordings. Stockwell Road is a journey back to the beginning. It’s the result of learning from the best-of-the-best in studio and on stage before a note was recorded for this album. It’s the application of a lifetime of skills to communicate that original vision.
Inescapably, that has meant taking the time to craft and curate that vision and by extension, going it alone. Almost everything you hear on this album I completed in near isolation. Everything, of course, except for the incredible vocals.
Life is full of wonderful, energizing and unexpected turns. Stockwell Road begins with one frame of mind and shifts to another, as life so often surprises us all. I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I did.
– Ted Stockwell
Production: Ted Stockwell
Additional Production: Zack Reinig, Lloyd Walker
Engineering, Mixing and Mastering: Ted Stockwell Waterstreet Studios
All Instruments: Ted Stockwell
Vocals: Jason Ames, Ted Hunt, Billy Sherwood
Photography: Olivia Stockwell
Many, many thanks to Kevin Currie, Jim Dixon, Geoff Downes, John Giblin, Ted Hunt, Tom Isenberg, Randy Omel, Zack Reinig, Jay Schellen, Billy Sherwood, Pete Stern, Lloyd Walker and all at Waterstreet
Special thanks to Mom, for always being there, and to Sis, for her boundless enthusiasm.
Above all, I want to thank the love of my life, Olivia. You’ve brought passion, energy, clarity, and joy every day since we met in London and started our journey down Stockwell Road.