Finding music from young bands that only existed on cassette is hard to do in today’s world. I’ve managed to dig up and rescue some sound-bytes of bands I played with in my teens and early 20’s, as well as some recordings I’ve been part of, most of which never saw completion or release outside of “demo” releases. Along with them, I’ve listed some of the gear I used during my time with those artists. It’s a fun walk down memory lane.
2011: Project V
Project V was the brainchild of Filipino guitarist Louie Villadolid. During his earlier career in Manilla, Louie released three rock CD’s celebrated in the islands and toured the region as a profession with the band Zeny Scarlet. During a reprieve, he spent time writing in Los Angeles and asked me to record his “instrumental demo” to share during his industry meet-ups. These three songs were the result, recorded on separate dates in Studio 5 during the Autumn of 2011.
The Scarlet Dance
During this session, I rehearsed on a Spector 5-string and recorded using the gear below. An Ibanez SR506, An Uli Behringer Ultrabass Head and a Hartke XL115 cabinet.
2010: Owen Parker / Judgement Day
Libra and 4-Fourty guitarist Owen Parker was looking to assemble a band and asked me to work with him on a four song demo. We did write 4 songs, including the one heard here. The issues arose in the band when the drummer wanted to be the singer and eventually when Owen took a short lived gig with the LA based Deathriders. The project never re-assembled upon his return.
World At War – Early Demo (No Vocals)
Writing/Rehearsal Outtake Samples: GC Studios, Woodland Hills, CA
During this project I used a Spector Euro 5LX, An Uli Behringer Ultrabass Head and a Hartke XL115 cabinet.
2009: Wild Ride
I spent a few months sitting in for this band Wild Ride, a husband/wife duo from the San Fernando Valley. We played some local area shows and I cut a bass line on a demo track for them called Running Man. The husband of the duo was a former guitarist in a semi-popular hard rock band from France in the 1980’s, though he was from Poland. Live, we split vocal duties and performed a split set of their songs and a few of mine.
Running Man – Basic Demo
During this project I used an Ibanez Soundgear 4 String, An Uli Behringer Ultrabass Head and a Behringer 2×10 cabinet.
In 2007 I played with a punk type outfit from Simi Valley called the Excitals. It had a thing at the time. The singer pressed his own wine. I ran into him in Burbank in the early-to-mid 20-teens, he was still making wine … didn’t have a band. This was that band’s CD release.
Maybe I Don’t
During this project I still used a Schecter C-4, An Uli Behringer Ultrabass Head and a Behringer 2×10 cabinet.
2006: The Weazels
Ah, my first experience with the LA scene – I joined the Weasels. (Actually found a pic over there from that era, weird.) After a series of live performances, the band began booking shows with the former bass player and not telling me about it, eventually the phone stopped ringing. We played everywhere for a while, regulars at the Cat Club, and like all bands in LA – it simply dissolved.
Screamin’ Like A Bitch
Smokin’ and Drinkin’
During this project I used a Schecter C-4, An Uli Behringer Ultrabass Head and a Behringer 2×10 cabinet. (I gave in and sold the Crate stack).
In 2005, before Detroit born Mike Gurry became Mikal and recorded his infamous debut solo CD, landed slots on Fox Sports, Scrubs and FM radio – we had a stint simply performing under his name as Michael Gurry, as a trio. His was the last show I’ve ever played in the Harvard Square area. I should go back and visit.
The 4am Wake Up Call
I used a Spector NS standard 4 string – and yes, I was the guy who refused to sell his old Crate stack and I pulled it out for this project, it was damned punchy. That is a man-killer BT-350 Head, only weighed 702 pounds, which is why it had two huge metal handles on the front – and a 2×15 cabinet. Simply tasty.
In 2004, Boston area songwriter and vocalist Jerry Ebbeling was experimenting with new music from his personal side, influenced by artists like Marillion and the softer side of his musical favorites. He turned on a drum beat and hit record and I made up a bass line on the spot. The original one-take line under the song “Love and Emotion” was just Sting influenced groove over beat to get ideas rolling but it was enough for him to want to launch an entire project around idea we both had. Below are a few of the pre-studio demos we recorded to get ideas down for the project. Take note of the Casio-style drums … we’ve all laid down bass over those at one point or another. In the end, we wrote and recorded a dozen tracks for Silhouette. Sadly, it never made it through the pro-studio phase.
4 track demo: Love and Emotion
4 track demo: Feel the Fire
4 track demo: Deeper
I used a Spector NS standard 4 string direct to the recording device.