Fourteen-song collection of unreleased songs from heralded Chicago songwriter/recluse Kevin Tihista, sans his Red Terror. Features plenty of Tihista’s trademark studio-savvy orchestral-pop genius alongside intimate bedroom demos recordings. Includes a nifty cover of Dave Mason’s 1977 hit "We Just Disagree" and the best bits from his previously download-only Dracula collection. Stories abound about the genius songwriter done in by stage fright, poverty, voices in the head, agoraphobia, fear of failure, fear of success, shattered heart, broken soul and the old standby, drugs. We’re not sure which afflict Kevin Tihista but none of them have stopped this Chicagoan from consistently finishing and releasing critically-acclaimed albums.
Kevin was 30 and had played professionally for a decade (Triple Fast Action, Veruca Salt) before he actually finished one of his own songs. But, since 1999 he's been working at a feverish rate, averaging three or four new ones a week. "Once I got it, I was a freak," he says. "I didn't stop. I was afraid to stop because I didn't want to go back to where I was. I'm still afraid to stop. So I just try and write as much as I possibly can."
Although Home Demons contains a few bona fide studio outtakes, most of the tracks were recorded in Kevin’s box room at home surrounded by his guitars, cheap keyboards and Kiss figures, in the company of long-suffering girlfriend Tonya (co-cover star) and their teenage cat Rat.
"I just write them, demo them, and put them in this big pile. And whenever it's time to make the next record I'll just pick out some songs to record. But once I get into the studio I really go into overdrive, and I'll write even more freakishly than I do now. I'll replace old songs with new ones and it's crazy..."
Many from Kevin’s demo pile ended up in full-blown studio form on the 2004 release Wake Up Captain, which The Chicago Reader named the #1 Chicago release of the year, and UK’s UNCUT voted in their year-end Top 60. Further, MOJO described KT as a "a wry, dreamy-voiced soul let loose in a deluxe soft rock playpen" (that’s a good thing) and the Onion compared Wake Up Captain to the "early-‘70s work of John Lennon and Harry Nilsson."
Inspired by the sheer number of unreleased home demos collecting on CD-Rs in Kevin’s apartment, Parasol is releasing the first volume of Kevin Tihista’s Home Demons series.
"I know it's weird, but I went through all my teens and my 20s without writing a single song," he says. "I feel like I have all those years to make up for."