Tools for Men Who Want to Succeed
- Artist: The Ether Family Presents
- Format: CD
- Release Date:3/27/2007
The Ether Family Presents... creates infectious pop-rock of a style all their own. Their output is prolific and ambitious, weaving complex themes and story lines throughout their releases. The four-piece pulls influence from every decade of rock and pop. Many fans have heard hints of The Beach Boys, Kinks, Beatles, Big Star, Jellyfish, The Replacements, Pavement, The Grifters, Guided By Voices and The Apples In Stereo in TEFP releases, but the band always maintains their unique individuality and rare chemistry. Threads of the The Ether Family Presents... were formed in early 1997 as a project under the cryptic name subReal. Jimmy and Earl Ether had played together for years in various eclectic and dissonant bands, but they decided to point their new project in the direction of experimental pop. Though they both worked as engineers in professional studios, they decided to set up a small home studio in Jimmy's basement to record in a more intimate and relaxed environment. These recordings eventually became the album Tools For Men Who Want To Succeed, which was released in late 1998. Though rough around the edges, Tools laid down the basis of what would become The Ether Family Presents... and provided an early peek into the 'Ether Family' guise. Jimmy's wife, Gayle, made a brief appearance on vocals for two of the album's tracks, and the 'Ether Family' name even made a hasty last-minute appearance on the album's cover art.