Recycled Air

Recycled Air

BandAlternativeFolk

Recycled Air is the brainchild of indie folk singer songwriter Tim Mulhern and good friends and fellow musicians Tim Gaber(bass) and Matt Gray(drums). The band formed organically over glasses of wine in 2008 and since then the trio has released two EPs and toured both coasts over the last two years.

Biography

RECYCLED AIR?
I hate naming bands. It was probably the most painful part of this band as well. It's just a very annoying process. I love the song, love the Postal Service. Recycled Air came up one day and it just felt comfortable, I don’t know how to explain it. It felt like when you’re putting on your favorite T-shirt. it just seemed to fit. So we went with it. No good story (laughs)

WHAT MAKES THIS 2ND EP DIFFERENT THAN THE FIRST ONE? THEY SEEM TO SOUND VERY DIFFERENT SONICALLY, BUT STILL SIMILAR.
Everything was different about this latest EP that we just released. The first EP was recorded over 2 years with all sorts of different musicians playing on it. This latest EP we recording within a 10 day period out in Los Angeles with just the three of us staring each other in the face.(laughs) It’s the classic 3 guys in a small room playing music, and that’s the way I wanted it to sound as well. The three of us played all the instruments on the album and I tried to keep it simple in the production. I kept it to just a couple guitar layers and very minimal overdubbing. I wanted it to sound like you were hanging out listening to us play in your living room.

WHERE DID YOU GUYS RECORD?
I had a small studio space in Van Nuys at the time. We recorded everything ourselves, it sucks having to mix and record everything but its also always a great challenge. I mix and record bands on the side so it just makes sense to do it myself. It’s not a control issue, but more financial in nature. By us doing it on our own we can afford to record a whole lot more. Which is perfect because I would like to release 2 EPs a year. I love the challenge of always putting out new music. I feel lost when I’m not recording or working on music so it works out well.

YOUR GUYS LATEST EP AND THE ONE PRIOR DEFINITELY SEEM TO HAVE ALOT OF SAD SONGS.. MAYBE NOT SAD..BUT DEFINITELY ON THE DARKER SIDE OF THINGS LYRICALLY LIKE "LAST DAY OF YOUR LIFE" OR "LONELY MIDNIGHT DRIVE"
(laughs)
I wanted to write songs that made people feel something. I don’t consciously write sad songs. I think that a lot of times if I’m working on a song it’s because I’m not out having fun somewhere or doing something. I write a lot more when I’m depressed or down so maybe that’s why the songs end up that way, but I think they all kind of have a positive twist to them. The song Table for one doesn’t say that being alone is a bad thing. In fact it embraces the positive side of living life for yourself. And Last day of your life is about not taking life for granted. I see those songs as having positive messages even though they seem to be a downer at first glance.

I don’t know, I spend a lot of time on the songs and the lyrics, but at the same point I try not to over think it. In the end of the day each song is different. Each song ends up having its own path. There’s not a formula at all with our writing. Whatever happens, happens.

HAVE YOU BEEN ENJOYING THE LA MUSIC SCENE
You know people ask me that a lot and it’s a tough question. Yes and No. The band isn't with me out here on a full-time basis, so that’s a bit of a bummer. A lot of times I have to do solo singer songwriter type shows which are fine but I would prefer to not play by myself. It’s just more fun playing with the band in my opinion. But I have found some amazing spots like Room 5, which has been such an inspiring place for me. I have played their songwriter in the round night a handful of times and it’s the most fun I have had out here playing music. It’s intimidating and exciting, the level of talent there is just ridiculous. I’m still shocked they let me in. (laughs)

I’m not the best self-promoter out there that’s for sure. If you just met me it would probably be a couple days before you would know that I play music. I’m not good at "networking" I think they call it. (laughs) Which I’ve been noticing is not the norm out here in Los Angeles. Shit I talk to someone for 5 minutes and I have their life story and all their future goals. People always have a pitch ready..its funny, but probably smart...I guess.

Lyrics

Vegas

Written By: Tim Mulhern

vegas bites her bottom lip
drags her hands across her hips
she don't drink she loves the drip someone's glad they made the trip
wants to fly cause she can't run
now your trippin hard under the desert sun
its only twenty five after two
and you've got some catchin up to do
take your breath away
start to doubt yourself
turn the page and your middle aged just a book upon her shelf
pics with all the stars
and lists of broken hears
i bet you're not the only guy with losing cards

don't plead, cause she's just like all those self help books she reads
don't stay, cause she's just another liar and your just uninspired
so new but way to used.

now she drives her SUV
piles the make up on her cheeks
stacks of gossip magazines
small town beauty drama queen
spray on tan all over her skin
fist full of pills to battle off the spins
its getting hard to play the part
when shes so broken from the start
living day to day so lost inside yourself
nothing ever changed
you're just a prisoner in hell

don't plead, cause she's just like all those self help books she reads
don't stay, cause she's just another liar and your just uninspired
so new but way to used.

vegas bites her bottom lip
drags her hands across her hips

Lonely midnight drive

Written By: Tim Mulhern


ran out of gas hit my head on the dash
cause my karma lately's been kicking my ass
fresh out of funds and still on the run
spinning in circles like everyone else
i could change my name
but they'd still look at me the same

so you cry yourself to sleep
drink your whiskey neat, lie alone
lonely midnight drive
wipe your bloodshot eyes, let it go
take your time you could
ease your mind if you're open
somethings bound to change
one of these days

youre crossing the line
at the most awkward of times
lost all perception
of whats wrong and whats right
you made a bad turn
but you live and you learn
it all evens out
you get what you deserve
in this tragedy
your own karmic catastrophe

so you cry yourself to sleep
drink your whiskey neat, lie alone
lonely midnight drive
wipe your bloodshot eyes, let it go
take your time you could
ease your mind if you're open
somethings bound to change
one of these days

blame it on me, all you can see
if you find the right state of mind
but you think you're so strong
you think you're so strong
but you find out you stop every stage here along the way but they still look at you the same

so you cry yourself to sleep
drink your whiskey neat, lie alone
lonely midnight drive
wipe your bloodshot eyes, let it go
take your time you could
ease your mind if you're open
somethings bound to change
one of these days

Whiskey bender

Written By: Tim Mulhern

her accent faded in and out
and her stories never matched
she was a medic in the war she said
but she could not read the map
I met her in November
on one of my whiskey benders
this past year wasn't really all that kind
and I knew her name was fake
but it didn't matter so was mine
so we talked about the future
and we drank all of the wine
your so called blind convictions
seem affected by the times
so we dropped our inhibitions
and now I'm in for the ride

singing I wont let you go, but if you go
you will never really know
in this heat of nashville tennessee
ill keep you cold against the air conditioning

we lost the need to make believe
that no one ever lies
went to this little place off broadway
where the music never dies
don't it feel amazing when you got nowhere to be
you're in the middle of the storm
but still the last one here to see
so we drank through the afternoon
into the middle of the night
you just need to hear me say
that everythings alright

singing I wont let you go, but if you go
you will never really know
in this heat of nashville tennessee
ill keep you cold against the air conditioning

it feels like long ago tonight
I left the drivers seat
and made too many promises
I know ill never keep

we feel like shit but we cant quit
cause theres still room for more
we cant think and we never blink
each time more liquors poured
its all one big illusion
just take two and you'll be fine
sometimes you feel the most alive
right before you die

singing I wont let you go, but if you go
you will never really know
in this heat of nashville tennessee
ill keep you cold against the air conditioning

Discography

Broken but still clear to fly EP
Sweet release of sleep EP
The kitchen sessions EP

Set List

vegas
bitter end
so smooth
spaceheater
lonely midnight drive
table for one
is everyone alone tonight
too drunk to drive
clown
last day of your life
whiskey bender
bottom of everything (bright eyes cover)