April Jam 2004

From years past, here is what I consider to be my best home-studio recording. There are 7 layers of guitar and a cheesy synth drum track. The wicked guitar riff at the very end was actually a screwed up take that accidentally made it into the mix while I was editing. I liked the way it sounded, so I kept it.

New Equipment and Possible Gig

Looks like the band might be playing some all day fest in Lansing, IL this June. We have to add a lot of material to fill out the time slot, or find another band that wants to split the gig with us. Details will be posted as soon as I know more.

I’m also investing some money in our sound system. I have plans to purchase a Peavey IPR 3000 in the near future to power our PA system. I haven’t decided if I’m going to spend the extra cash for the DSP model or not. Anyone remember those big PA speakers and subwoofers that Ben and I made for doing the sound on Centier’s parade floats way back when? Well you may see those speakers out and about again very soon! I also plan to acquire the services of a sound guy to work the mixer board while we’re performing. Gotta talk to him yet and see if he’s interested in the job. It would make a world of difference to have someone mixing the sound on the fly and adjusting.

Stay tuned… lots of cool stuff coming down the pipe.

Playing out for the first time in years

Our first gig poster!

I’ve been playing guitar with my neighbor Ken and his friend Chuck since I moved in across the street 5 years ago. Within the past few months, we finally decided that we need to step up our efforts and go play some live shows. I convinced Tim Parish, an old friend of mine from high school, to come and play bass with us. Ken and Chuck got their friend Don to come and belt out some vocals. And voila! We had a 5 piece.

We’ve been playing every weekend for months now and our first bar gig is rapidly approaching. We’re opening up for another local band called Skurvy Dogs. Chuck was their former guitar player, and Don is their drummer presently. They’ve agreed to let us play a short set before they take the stage this Saturday night. Our name, for this gig anyway, is “Gone Shootin’.” It was chosen by Don at Random without really consulting us, so it’ll likely change by the next time we play out.

If you can make it out, we’ll be taking the stage (and I use that term loosely) at 10:00pm on Saturday night at a place called Crow Bar at 4001 East 106th Street in Chicago. (It’s on the far east side just over the border from Whiting, Indiana) I’m really looking forward to the show, as this is the first time that I’ve played out in a public place since I was in high school!

Hope to see you there!