Listen to new J. Hubner track ‘The Touch’
I’ve been working on this particular album for the better part of two years. I think the oldest song goes back to early 2011. I don’t think I’ve ever taken this much time to put an album together. Since 2007 I’ve written, recorded, and put out an album a year. In 2011 I put out a Goodbyewave record and the Sunnydaymassacre debut. I feel like if I’m not putting another album together then I’m wasting time, or I’ll just say the hell with it and start watching sports. For me, that is the equivalent of flushing any creative aspirations down the toilet. Like a fish, if I’m not moving I’m sinking. Yet, over the last couple of years I’ve began slowing down some, and I’ve noticed something: I’m not sinking.
It’s always been this desire of mine to be relevant artistically. To have something of worth to offer the world, and hopefully the world would appreciate it; even like it, maybe. And although my desire to write and create is still very much there in me, I’m not in such a hurry to put something out there. I’m taking my time, I guess. Smelling the roses, as it were. And if these 14 songs are any indication, I think it’s paying off.
Midwest Son will be the second album I’ve put out under my own name. It’s not any drastic change stylistically, nor is it the same old song and dance. I guess you could say it’s a new twist on an old formula. I’ve always been a pop song kind of guy. I love the hook. I love the melody, and I love the harmonies. Those are the things that caught my ear when I was 4, 5 years old and hearing those Beatles records on my parents Pioneer stereo. Or what mesmerized me as I heard Queen’s ‘In The Lap Of The Gods’ as it played on my little Fisher Price record player, alone in my room. Music that grabs you and messes with your emotions. Makes you feel something. Happy, sad, mad…contemplative, melancholy. That’s what I look for in music and that’s what I want to achieve when I write. So this extra time is me making sure that everything is just right. I had a tendency to rush through before. Had to make that imaginary deadline in my head. Well, no more rushing. I’ve taken my time and the songs are the better for it.
The album isn’t mastered yet, but here’s a sneak peek at the album. The song is called ‘The Touch’. Let me know what you think. I’ll post more as the process finishes up.