backward collective includes musical recording artists jason presley, adam headrick, and a number of other musicians with whom they collaborate.
the group's third independent release, “cimarron plaza” is at once moody and strange, atmospheric, textured, haunting and nuanced, yet also, somehow, undeniably hopeful.
critics have laid out a baffling array of possible influences, including Alexander Skip Spence, Brain Eno, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Sun Volt, Mazzie Starr, Lightin’ Hopkins, Beck Hansen, and Eddie Kramer, the influential audio engineer. Phrases like “soft and hard at the same time”, “dark urban country music”, “atmospheric blues”, and “industrial apocalyptic tension” have been used to describe the project. The album’s release includes several videos generated from friend's footage shot around the world.
about the artists
jason presley and adam headrick were born within two days of each other in July 1972, in stillwater ok. they began playing guitar in high school and formed their first band with Brad Hardy, Brett Andrew, and Travis Turner at oklahoma state university in the early 1990s, the certified fools. the fools recorded one record, “melvin moody” and played on the south central honkey tonk circuit through the late nineties and continue to perform annually in stillwater ok.
in 1997 both adam and jason moved to new york city and founded prankstar with singer songwriter mick tuminello. the group performed in nyc music clubs from 2001 through 2008 and released two albums, “one” and “rue de blackwell”. in the late aughts, the duo formed the blind bear blues band, a short-lived blues review that played well underground in new york. backward collective was formed circa 2007, featuring random recordings from the prior decade. a number of the groups recordings have been used in film and other video projects.
headrick currently resides in oklahoma city with his family.
presley currently resides in the mount airy section of philadelphia with his family.