Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Thursday, June 30, 2016
I've finally completed my next record/EP. There will be 8 songs on it which are (in no particular order): No Rest For The Weary, It's Alive, Everyone's Fool, There is A Hurt, I Believe In Love, Circles, Tears Are Screaming and Don't Worry. There is no album title yet but I have a few things rolling around in my head. All of the songs feature John Joyce on drums and myself on the guitars, bass, keys and vocals. Drums were recorded in March of 2015 at OK Records with the very talented Greg Talenfeld engineering. Everything else was recorded at home, VERY SLOWLY, mostly during all of those precious rainy days. It's a record about love and was certainly a labor of love for me. I hope you like it. All that is left to do is mastering and some type of distribution. I will do a very small run of CD's. Peace. Here is a snippet of the record....
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Hi. i'm currently working on some new material to be finished this year. The new release will most likely be an EP with 6 tunes. So far so good! I've managed to put together a nice little studio which gives me many options with the current batch of songs. Juice and I are excited. We did a car test/listen on the way down to NYC to see Jesse Malin/Ryan Adams at the Bowery Ballroom and I'm happy to say the tunes passed the test! More to follow..... A friend came across an old review for "Interim" that was really nice and it can be seen here from Babysue Review. I'd forgotten about this one. Happy New Year!
Monday, November 3, 2014
I've been able to spend a little time in front of the speakers lately and I have been trying to tune up my head for some future recordings. "All About You" has been lurking around my hard drive for a while but I never had the time to mix it. It's back to guitars on this one with some nice raunch and a cool whammy solo. The lead vocal was a single performance with no overdubs. It's not perfect but it had decent energy to it, so I kept it. We all know a person like the one I'm singing about in this one.... a star-fucking, arrogant asshole who tries their best to out-talk and out-cool everyone they know.
Monday, September 1, 2014
I've been snail-like on the music front lately. I've had a few scheduled rehearsals fall through and haven't really been able to conjure up any real musical MOJO. I have a core group of songs ready for further production and I hope to start working on these this fall with my friend and Unspun drummer, John Joyce. I noodle a little here and there (when I'm able to stay awake) and sometimes come up with something interesting. This one is in it's infancy and totally digital except for a few guitar parts. I hear a lot of possible melody lines and ideas but nothing is sticking at the moment. The big chords/hits on the chorus section are actually done in real time on my iPad using an app called "Addictive Synth". There are so many great music making apps for iPad that present a totally new (and odd, to me) way of making music. Some apps that I have are "Animoog", "Vogel CMI", which emulates the Fairlight CMI,"Voice Synth", which is a sick vocoder/sampler and "IMPC", which emulates the MPC Samplers used on a lot of hip hop stuff. We'll see how this track goes from here.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
From Last Tribe's "Substance and Soul" record... One of my favorite songs on that record. It was the band's first time in a real recording studio and we fought hard to record just about every song we had. We ended up releasing the record with 15 tunes on it although we probably should have trimmed it down to 11 or 12. This song was a bit self indulgent, especially for me, and I don't think we ever played this track live. We certainly didn't after the record was released as there were probably about 10 guitar tracks on it. At the time I was listening to a lot of David Gilmour and Allan Holdsworth and it reflects a little in the solo.
It was recorded at Pyramid Sound Studios in Ithaca, NY by Alex Perialas and Rob Hunter. Alex was a Metal/Hardcore/Screamo producer and didn't really understand where Last Tribe was coming from. Regardless, he looked at our band as a pop/rock hopeful for metal label Energy Records and signed us to a deal. He introduced us to larger, louder amps and he also had some beautiful guitars to record with, as well as a beautiful recording studio with a 48 track Neve console. I remember playing the solo on a white Charvel that had a sweet, rich tone through a Marshall head and a four twelve cabinet. Although I always tried to steer clear of guitars of that ilk (Charvel, Kramer etc.) that guitar was a screamer and played so nicely. The rhythm stuff was done with a Strat through my JC-120 and is super clean. I always enjoyed Pete Jameson's excellent fretless bass playing on this track.
Despite being in a recording studio with fantastic gear, the original mix of "Substance and Soul" came out like poops. It was a classic case of "it ain't the gear, it's the ear" and unfortunately Mr. Perialas' ears were fried. I ended up re-mixing/salvaging the entire album down at The Hit Factory NYC and BearTracks with engineer Doug Oberkircher. Because of the poor quality of the recorded drum tracks, most of what you hear are triggered samples on kick and snare. The snare sample came right from The Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Blood Sugar Sex Magic" record, hence the gated reverb sound on it.