Bare Facts (1979 – 1987)
Both Joe McDonald and I were prolific songwriters, and in 1979, with the addition of Kelly Armstrong on drums and a whole string of bassists, our duo became a band. That band was Bare Facts.
We had no idea what we were doing. There were no recording schools back then and no internet. We didn’t know anyone in the industry or anyone who had ever made a record. So, with the combined funds we pulled from barn dances, sport club fundraisers and legion hall gatherings, we set about learning.
Arm's Length (1983)
In 1984, Bare Facts released our debut 12” LP Arm’s Length. It was recorded on 2” tape at Beaver Mountain Studios, situated on a farm in Yarrow, B
It was a whole different process than today. Tracking took forever, editing took longer, and consisted of a series of punch-ins (pre-mix) or tape splicing (post-mix). Mixing was manual (all hand on the sliders and practice the moves until you get it right). Mastering was done in LA, where they cut the wax master, and then the glass master that went to the pressing plant. There was a lot of waiting involved.
The album design itself was a fiasco, and rates as one of the most “Spinal Tap” moments in any band’s history!
The album contained eight self-penned songs and was followed by two singles (on vinyl): Persuasion / Candee (1985) and Bitchin’ / Evil Heart (1986).
Bare Facts kicked around the British Columbia music scene for a half a dozen years, won a handful of contests and even had some major label interest. Although we received a modicum of local and regional radio play and garnered a number of high-profile opening spots and showcases, the effort was not enough to lift Bare Facts out of the cabaret circuit in the 1980s.