November 18, 2005

Koffterweid – Without Benefit of Clergy

Filed under: Announcements,News — Drew Johnson @ 10:43 pm

You asked for it so here it is, for the first time ever in digital format, Without Benefit of Clergy.

Not so fast there punchy. Here’s a little background before you dive in. Like I said yesterday, Koffterweid was a band I was in from 1995 to 1998 or so. Without benefit of Clergy was our second album. We “released” it in late ’97 I think. Our drummer found the Lord and quit after our first album so I played drums on this one. This was my first home recording project on a digital 8-track thingy. A big step up from my cassette 4-track thingy. This was before I knew to make the lead vocal really loud…before I knew not to make the bass drum so fucking loud…before I knew how to not distort a pre-amp. You get the idea. So this album has more distorted drums than any Nine Inch Nails album and quiter vocals than any Jimi Hendrix album. All in all the quality is not too bad though. I ripped the mp3s at 160kbps so they should sound pretty good but the file size is a bit big for my taste.

The only copies anyone (besides me) owns (until now) are on cassette. I did the duplication myself. That means I ran the DAT player into my cassette recorder and dubbed each and every one of those bastards in real time. There are probably about 100 copies floating around that I know of.

This album got me the gig with Steve and Dino (The Drew Johnson Band). Kristopher Curtis (the bass player for Koffterweid) was friends with an audio engineer named Adam Long (who went on to record Nelly and the St. Lunatics before anyone knew who they were). He asked Adam if he would do a quick and dirty mastering job on this album he and his buddy Drew had just finished. Adam was in the middle of recording a band called The Imps but he agreed to do the mastering. Adam played some of The Imps’ raw tracks for us and they sounded killer. Through a strange turn of events, Kristopher went on to do some managing/booking for The Imps. Steve and Dino were their rhythm section. To make a long story longer, Kristopher played the Koffterweid album for Steve and asked him if he and Dino would be interested in playing some shows with me to help me get my name out there…Kristopher was too busy to do much playing, if you’re wondering. Steve and Dino agreed. I should say Steve agreed. Dino reluctantly agreed. He didn’t like my voice. He has since come around. Thus the beginning of The Drew Johnson Band which would (years later) become The Formula Kid. (Jesus! What’s with all the parentheses?)

Without further ado…Koffterweid – Without Benefit of Clergy. (I don’t remember the order of the songs…I’m just guessing)

Sunday Face
Six Feet High and Rising
Corkball Games and Old Best Friends
All I’m Living For
Three Brothers
Suture Self
Daily Radar
Gold Mine
Little Women
Virgin the Harlot

If you don’t want to wade through the whole thing, I recommend All I’m Living For, Daily Radar and Six Feet High and Rising.


I mentioned a few months back that I had found the original demo for the song Invention of the Wheel. I said I would post it but I never did. So here it is. This demo is just me playing everything and it sounds really bad. The drums are horrible…especially the 311-esque snare…wow…bad.

Invention of the Wheel Demo


  1. Awesome! Thanks Drew! With these, Invention of the Wheel and the new tracks, I’ve been a downloading and CD burning fool. You now have a spot in my CD sun visor thingie between Lenny Kravitz and Outkast…a very prestigious position, btw. LOL! I can’t believe that after 8 years, Sunday Face still gives me a goosebump or two.

    Everybody cover your ears, I’m singing! “…The pitch was something great but it’s bombing on the stage…”

    Comment by H — November 19, 2005 @ 8:47 am

  2. Very cool! I particularly liked “Corkball Games and Old Best Friends” for the slinky guitar part; the very simple but very happy feel (bass, drums and guitar) of “Three Brothers”; the funky jam of “Suture Self”; and the silky bass on “Six Feet High and Rising” and “Gold Mine”.

    Comment by Tammy — November 20, 2005 @ 1:41 am

  3. I second Corkball Games as one of the big highlights. My brother doesn’t have a cassette player anymore, so he couldn’t play my Without Benefit tape – now he can listen for himself. Yea! BTW, Corkball Games reminds me of Fall Fights – love the reminiscing tunes. Bye now!

    Comment by Linda — November 20, 2005 @ 1:36 pm

  4. Drew,

    Thanks for posting this stuff- I have already burned them on a disc and they sound great! I know it’s easy as a songwriter to listen to your earlier work and not be satisfied with it- to think that you had not developed as a songwriter and such, but I think there is some great material here and I definitely think you shouldn’t let these songs fade away- thanks for sharing these!


    Comment by Jeff H — November 20, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

  5. And then, like, 2 years later, gustave finally discovers this blog. Well I’m just like the guy up there – gives me chills and, you know how some music “just brings it all back” – I like remembering coming back from the Firehouse with Mary and this tape blowing the crap out of her poor speakers in that – what kind of car was it? – you guys had a red one and we had a blue one and I can’t for the life of me… it dosen’t matter. All I’m saying is that there was this log stretch of days that were perfect and that the memory of those days has a feeling and that this was the soundtrack to those days and that feeling. So, if I didn’t say it then, I’ll say it now: Thanks for the tape, Drew.

    Comment by Gustave — April 21, 2007 @ 1:07 am

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