the maintenance mode consists of randy craig, ben crisman, and jason legler. after years of collaborating on each other’s projects, the three friends finally merged, fusing the talents of craig’s vocals, guitar playing and songwriting, crisman’s percussion, and legler’s multi-instrumentation and engineering. the maintenance mode marks an eclectic new direction for the trio by blending each member’s unique influence into a singular democratic vision—and as dense a soundscape as ever created by a three-piece band.
“cyclical disaster”—the group’s first record—was written and recorded in portland, oregon. definitely consistent with the hook-based indie rock genre, the album is nevertheless diversified in its aesthetic, changing mood with any given track. offerings from the pop-driven “hollow” to the epic dance groove of “i can’t fall anymore” defy expectation; the result is a very accessible yet refined collection of songs.
released 24 March 2010
all music written and produced by randy craig and jason legler; all instruments played played by randy craig and jason legler except for drums played by ben crisman on 'finally found'; engineered by jason legler; mixed and programmed by jason legler; mastered by nick moon and tone proper mastering; artwork done by aaron cawiezell; photography by raymond craig