“This record attempts to translate the emotion of longing into sound. That’s why the title track describes the process of ‘want’, bordering on obsession.”- Todd Carey
Acclaimed for his hot-wire live performances, Carey has been hailed as a "talented musician with a lot of energy and an established following" (MTV Online), to a "star front man (with) solid material," (Music Connection). Given such effusive notices, it should come as no surprise that Carey's engrossing release on Inspiration Factory/High Wire Music/Fontana (Universal's Independent Arm), showcases his unique take on contemporary pop-rock song craft. Produced by Marshall Altman, (Marc Broussard, Matt Nathanson) recorded by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Rachael Yamagata, Warren Zevon), and mixed by Brian Malouf (O.A.R., Natasha Bedingfield, Pearl Jam) Watching Waiting stands out like an oasis of emotionalism in a cynical rock 'n' roll wasteland.
Carey's songs would be impressive enough if they were simply wonderfully crafted, radio-ready gems. But there’s an actual story behind Watching Waiting’s pop-inflected melodies, bedrock rhythms and introspective lyrics. Back in 2004, Carey found himself at a crossroads. Born and raised in the Chicago area, he had moved to Los Angeles in the late ‘90s to study music at the prestigious University of Southern California. Before long, he was earning his rock 'n' roll keep as front man for the improvisational LA band, Telepathy. Though Carey's charismatic stage presence helped transform Telepathy into one of southern California’s most successful club acts, the singer-guitarist found himself beset by feelings of restlessness, and returned to Chicago with new direction. "It was the live thing," Carey recalls with a laugh, referring to Mid-West’s fanatical crowds. "I missed playing shows for audiences who really want to grow with their artists."
Though Watching Waiting is largely shaped by Carey's recent experiences, the album’s themes of restlessness, displacement, homecoming and triumph are universally resonant. “This record attempts to translate the emotion of longing into sound. That’s why the title track describes the process of ‘want’, bordering on obsession. There was a really nice incubation period for these songs to come to life. I was able to able to play them in front of audiences, and test their legs before they were committed to disk.” The writing itself was also a two-year process, which included a stint with "The Challenge", a cyberspace song-writing parlor game that found Todd trading songs with the likes of Jason Mraz, Bob Schneider and Ari Hest.
For Carey, Watching Waiting is the most recent chapter in an already storied career. The singer's independently produced 2005 debut solo album, "Revolving World," effectively showcased Carey's eclectic songs, wide-ranging guitar skills and performing intensity. Sold through all major on-line distributors, Awarestore, iTunes and select retail outlets, "Revolving World" found Carey working alongside engineer Paul DuGre (Tracy Chapman, Mike Gordon, Leo Kottke, Los Lobos), and producer Jim Tullio (Los Lonely Boys, The Band, Staple Singers).
Touring heavily in support of the album, Carey performed over 100 shows in clubs, festivals and college campuses, opening for the aristocratic likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne, The Black Crowes, Jason Mraz, Marc Broussard, G. Love & Special Sauce and more. Whether fronting his own hard-hitting touring band, or fashioning spontaneous songs from sampled rhythms and other sonic textures during select solo performances, Carey consistently earned new fans with his winning on-stage style. Towards their goal of capturing that performing magic in the studio, Carey and producer Marshall Altman assembled and recorded with a crackerjack supporting