A few months ago, I bought a cassette by the Future Bible Heroes on eBay called Vacationland. It was a flummoxing find, to say the least, as I thought I owned, or at least knew about, every item in the vast Merritt catalogue. Vacationland, as it turns out, is a pre-Memories of Love demo featuring several demo versions of Future Bible Heroes songs, plus three songs never released elsewhere. In the booklet that came with the casette, there is a phone number and a message asking you to call said number for more information on the band.
I had considered calling the number several times in the past, but have shyed away from it each time simply because I never assumed anyone would pick up (the cassette is over ten-years-old, after all). But, today, on a whim, I did call the number and was greeted by none other than Mr. Chris Ewen of Future Bible Heroes.
I will go ahead and say that I will not release his phone number or the details of our conversation. All I will say is that Mr. Ewen is a cordial, humble gentleman and speaking to him was a pleasure. He did say that the cassette I held in my hands was indeed a demo they sent out when they were trying to get signed and that probably less than 100 still existed (it was released on PopUp Records, the label Mr. Merritt started in order to release his first few pieces of music).
For those curious, I will give a hint as to the details of our conversation. Read this article and you may get some sort of idea.