"An ambitious effort, beautifully executed, and one that entrenches itself with repeated listens" -- Boston Survival Guide
"Gifted is an understatement when talking about Box Five mastermind Mary Bichner; the musical twists, turns and full-on triple axels [of] 'Leave the Earth Behind' are so glorious and lushly layered that we can’t figure out why this record hasn’t reached Patrick Wolf-esque hype." -- Boston Band Crush
The full-length album of Mary's dear old "classipop" band, Box Five. Complete with rock band AND in-studio orchestra! <3
released November 11, 2010
All songs written by Mary Bichner except: lyrics for track 10 extracted from the William Shakespeare play, Hamlet. All songs arranged by Mary Bichner except: acoustic drums and percussion for all tracks arranged by Chris Pires, bass for all tracks arranged by Brian Hopely, electric percussion for track 6 arranged by Ben Camp, piano for track 11 arranged by Joe Gribbin, FX guitar for track 11 arranged by Joe Bichner.
Performed by Mary Bichner (all vocal parts; all keyboard parts except track 11) Joe Bichner (all guitar parts except FX guitar in tracks 3 and 9), Brian Hopely (all bass parts), Chris Pires (all acoustic drums & percussion parts), Eliza Kopczynska (violin soloist for tracks 2, 4, 7, & 10; violin I and II ensemble for tracks 2-4, 6, & 8-11), Aaron Colverson (violin I and II ensemble for tracks 2-4, 6, & 8-11), Chia-yu Lai (violin I and II ensemble for tracks 2-4, 6, & 8-11), Sarah Silver (violin I and II ensemble for tracks 2-4, 6, & 8-11), Melissa Bull (viola soloist for tracks 7 & 10; viola ensemble for tracks 2-4, 6, & 8-11), Scott Moore (viola ensemble for tracks 2-4, 6, & 8-11), Oleg Soloviev (viola ensemble for tracks 2-4, 6, & 8-11), Valerie Thompson (cello soloist for track 7; cello ensemble for tracks 2, 4, 6, & 8-11), Su-hsien Hsu (cello ensemble for tracks 2, 4, 6, & 8-11), Joanna Goldstein (flute for tracks 6 & 11), Ana-Sofia Campesino (oboe for tracks 6 & 11), Anne Howarth (French horn for track 6), Rane Moore (clarinet for tracks 6 & 11), Sebastian Chaves (bassoon for tracks 6 & 11), Joe Gribbin (piano for track 11), Ryan Thomas (trumpet for track 11), and Kyle LaLone (FX guitar for tracks 3 & 9).
Drums for tracks 2 & 11 recorded by Mike Davidson at Zippah Recording in Boston, MA. Drums for tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, & 9 recorded by David Ivory at Dylanava Studios in Gwynedd Valley, PA. All other parts recorded by Ben Camp at Human Nature Studios in Boston, MA; Pikesville, MD; and Ocean City, MD. Mixed and mastered by Ben Camp. Artwork by the lovely Maeve Parker. Track 10 originally commissioned by Pieris Music (formerly Arts in Motion).
Though Box Five is no more, feel free to see what Mary is up to these days by visiting www.marybichner.com