The Average Risk Adults Sessions

Over the past year++, Electives slowly recorded and released tracks that we’re calling, collectively, Average Risk Adults. The band agreed on the title before COVID set in, but now it’s stupid to care about the timing. It worked then, and it still does.

Two Decades was the first thing we produced in this slow-cooked batch. Here are some other songs we wrote in the alley and recorded in the basement between then and now.

Two Decades

The title Two Decades was originally meant to suggest something about a convergence of two musical styles we heard in the song as it was developing. Now, nearly a year into the pandemic, it’s taken on a new dimension. Felt right as our first release from a body of material that we started work on long, long ago.

Released February 1, 2021.
Stew Bradley, drums; Josh Cusatis, bass; Ian Schaefer, guitar. Miscellaneous other sounds by the band. Recorded and mixed at the new Rare Nest.

Chemistry Set

Listen to the second full-length studio album by Electives.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Dave Patterson at Black Bandanaland in East Earl, Pennsylvania. Design by Josh and the band. Cover collage by Josh.

A slow project to complete, Chemistry Set was released digitally on Bandcamp on April 5, 2019, followed by compact disc and additional streaming services in July and August of the same year.

Stew Bradley: Drums
Josh Cusatis: Bass
Ian Schaefer: Guitar

Transcript: Our First Full Length Album

The debut, full-length album by the eclectic, instrumental band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Released March 16, 2016.

Recorded in Stew’s garage on School House Alley, Lancaster, PA. Mixed and mastered by Ian at Rare Nest, Lititz, PA. Design by Ian and the band. Cover photo by Karen Jenkins.

This album is currently not available on most streaming services because the album artwork was rejected for distribution—multiple times—by CDBaby, the company we used to publish this record. Apparently the “Tx” symbol that we devised for Transcript is being considered as typographic (not entirely wrong), and because the typographic element doesn’t spell out a something that matches either the band name or the name of the record, it’s a no go. Who knew?! Eventually, we’ll revise the artwork and re-release to get digital distribution. But right now (10:08PM on 2/13/2021), we’re focused on recording a new record.

Stew Bradley: drums
Josh Cusatis: bass
Ian Schaefer: guitar

Buy War Bonds EP: Our First Recording

The Buy War Bonds EP was Electives’ very first release. It was comprised of quick and dirty mixes of three songs that would eventually appear on the full length album, Transcript. We ripped a handful of CDs and handed them out at shows for free or $5, whichever worked.

Released October 28, 2015

Stew Bradley: drums
Josh Cusatis: bass
Ian Schaefer: guitar