Consafos, home had always been the West Coast since Drootin formed
the band with former Glasscraft member Alance Ward. Dave Osborne
joined shortly afterward on bass, along with guitarist Billy Talbot,
an old friend that Drootin "grew up hanging out with."
It wasn't until a year
after Talbot joined that Drootin discovered he was the son of legendary
Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot. "His dad has really helped
us a lot," Drootin said. "He showed up at one of our practices
once. It was the worst we ever played because we were so nervous.
He'd just nod his head in approval."
So how did Omaha enter
the picture and almost split up the band?
"I was in a band
called Jay Lewis that went on a little horrible tour in 1996,"
Drootin said. "Our friend, Paul Rauch from the band Still Life,
came along as a roady and brought back a Slowdown Virginia record.
Our whole group of friends fell in love with it. We found out about
Commander Venus, and discovered that (Cursive and The Good Life
frontman) Tim Kasher was once in Slowdown Virginia. We got in touch
with him through some mutual connections, and when one of our shows
fell through we ended up spending the night at his house in Omaha
and became best friends."
Drootin said Kasher eventually
helped record some four-track sessions for Jay Lewis, and when Commander
Venus toured in Los Angeles, the band stayed at Drootin's house.
Finally in 2000, Conor
Oberst asked Drootin to join his rotating Bright Eyes ensemble for
a European tour in support of Fevers and Mirrors. Afterward,
while preparing for what has become known as the "Prom Dress"
tour (where a powder-blue-suited Oberst was backed by an all-female
band in prom dresses), Kasher asked Drootin to play bass in The
Between The Good Life
and Bright Eyes tours, Drootin eventually moved to Omaha but remained
determined to somehow keep Consafos alive.
"Right after I moved
to Omaha I was contacted by the guy who runs Greyday Records asking
to put out a Consafos CD," Drootin said. "I flew back
to LA for a couple weeks in October 2002 to write the songs, and
we recorded the EP in three days. It's taken until now to get the