The String Cheese Incident’s 2003 Album Untying The Not Now Available On Vinyl

Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Friday, September 10, 2021

The String Cheese Incident has announced the release of their famed album Untying The Not on vinyl for the first time ever. The limited-edition, double LP, heavyweight gold vinyl is available for pre-order now HERE

"Untying The Not was a different kind of album for us because for the first time, we hired a very hands-on producer (Youth), and let him craft the music with us. He brilliantly infused his studio savvy and clever arrangement ideas to help us create our most realized album to date. The goal was not to recreate the live in-concert sound of the band, but to stretch the limits of what could be achieved in the studio.

“From the soaring rock anthem treatment of ‘Wake Up,’ to the Pink Floyd-like vibe of ‘Orion’s Belt,’ to the space intro and outro of ‘Lonesome Road Blues,’ the creative studio mojo is all over this album. The hauntingly beautiful Kyle Hollingsworth composition ‘Elijah’ marked the passing of Bill Nershi’s nephew and features Mellotron and a one-man Michael Kang string section. ‘Valley Of The Jig’ is the first time SCI combined bluegrass and programmed dance music. Youth was very excited about this and it proved to be a fertile genre for the band moving forward. Check out the monstrous rock production of ‘Tinder Box,’ the beautifully evocative arrangement of the Nershi/Barlow classic ‘Just Passing Through,’ and the super popular studio version of ‘Sirens!’ I love the Beatles-esque treatment of ‘Who Am I?,’ and the rock opera production of Michael Travis’ ‘Time Alive.’

“This is a beautifully constructed and sequenced album that is a really fun listen, start to finish. Enjoy!"

- KEITH MOSELEY, The String Cheese Incident

About The String Cheese Incident: 

The past three decades have written a story packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. The String Cheese Incident has been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

When The String Cheese Incident’s growth first started gaining momentum in the 1990s, as the Internet was just beginning to take hold and the major-label business model was failing, the band decided to make music on their own terms.

Since then, The String Cheese Incident has gone on to carve out a completely unique approach to the business of music; they are truly pioneers of a new way of “making a band.” With the Internet as their tool, SCI was among the first artists to disseminate information online, such as tour dates, release information, and other news, to their growing fan base. Rather than doing business on such terms as “the bottom line,” SCI put their music and their fans first, opening companies of their own, including a ticketing company, a merchandise company and a fan travel agency, to best serve their community. The band’s record label, SCI Fidelity Records, has always operated under the same ideals. Even early on, SCI Fidelity embraced downloadable music and file sharing, delivering SCI’s “On The Road” series, where every show the band plays is made available for download on the Internet. Whether they realized it at the time or not, The String Cheese Incident was inventing grassroots band development. Today, literally hundreds of bands are using some version of this same approach to build their brand.

The String Cheese Incident’s commitment goes well beyond their immediate community, and even beyond the music community as a whole. Early on, the band took a serious interest in giving back to the communities that they visited, and they were among the first performers to encourage “Green” shows and tours. SCI’s support has helped give rise to such not-for-profit organizations as Conscious Alliance and HeadCount. All the while, The String Cheese Incident has stayed committed to music as a creative endeavor, not just in their recordings but also in their live performances. The list of SCI’s special guests and collaborators is long and diverse. Their annual events such as Electric Forest and Hulaween, and holiday shows such as New Year’s Eve, have helped redefine the concert experience and have garnered the band a reputation as live music vibe innovators.