'The first couple years of our life as a band The Figments had some hope of being signed by a small indie label that would help promote us and maybe even help finance the recording process. By 2001 that hope had completely faded because of consolidation within the music industry. There just weren't many indie labels left, at least not any with substantial resources'
- Thane Thomsen
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'All The Gone Days is really The Figments second full-length record. After recording and releasing the EP Won't Hurt You, we went back into Studio 45 to work with David Shuman and recorded all the songs for Broken Time. There was an original and longer version of Broken Time mastered in 1999 that we shopped around to a few labels in hopes of getting some support in putting it out. When that didn't happen, we made a couple hundred copies of the record and released it locally'.
'I'm really proud of that record. Ironically, the idea comes out of a conversation around a keg. I wanted to write a series of songs based on the 12 Step recovery program, one song per step. I went on to discover that each step worked as a perfect template for a song and in a few months I wrote and recorded demos for four or five of the steps. I began to see that I could incorporate an overarching narrative structure into the whole project'.
'Although fame was never my ambition, I won't deny that I wish that my music reached a broader audience'.
'If I had a gun to my head and was forced to choose, I'd say that Twelve Belles is the strongest [record] start to finish'.
'It's very different from Goldwater, though I'm still the main songwriter and singer. It's more amorphous. It’s also the first project where I’m doing all of the recording myself. Goldwater The Second has a big batch of songs in the process of being recorded. There's a good chance that some of those songs will be released in some form or another in the next year'.