Nearly a decade after his Lakeland-based band Mouse Fire released their debut album, Wooden Teeth, Shane Schuch is back with new music. The 36-year-old is making it under the Pajamas moniker, and that project is set to make its live debut on October 17 at New World Brewery as a support act for Houston psych-pop outfit Birthday Club.
In April, Schuch released Pajamas' Smile Lines EP, but he recently teamed up with Kristopher James to re-imagine the St. Pete songwriter's "Fire & the Fuse." The cut was already a soulful, smoky folk number, but it gets remixed into a different animal at the hands of Schuch who found a tempo for the vocal stem, consulted the original and then married his thoughts into a flurry of electronic tones and beats.
"I toyed with and made up my own melodies, opposed to the original guitar melodies. I liked them as is, but sort of wanted to impart a less Americana energy, more of a refined electronic feel," Schuch told CL in a message. "I really loved the power in Kris' vocals and wanted to wrap that organic tone of his with a crisp, synthy cloak."
The remix was also an opportunity for Schuch to detach himself from the impulse to create something from scratch. "It's more like recycling," Schuch added. "I could do, rather, would love to do, a remix a day, if I had the time."