The Space Rock Years (2000-2003)
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2000-2003…The Space Rock Years
When I left The Samples in 1997, I had 3 plans of action: Play drums for Bob Mould/Sugar, replace the drummer for Filter, or become the drummer for Smashing Pumpkins who’s drummer was getting kicked out at the time. Well none of those plans ever panned out. The closest I ever got to meeting Billy Corgan from the Pumpkins was having my buddy throw a football shaped package with my drumming tape over his gated fence onto his front porch. Filter never ended up kicking their drummer out and as far as Bob Mould, I did get his phone number and ended up leaving a message/messages similar to the scene from the movie “Swingers” (no joke). I got really nervous and started babbling for 20 minutes about Sugar and Husker Du and realized on the first pass that I forgot to even mention that I was a drummer. So then I had to call back a second time and then a third time because I forgot to leave my contact info on the second message….geez. Anyway, I did meet him at a show a year later and he laughed remembering the message on his machine.
So after all that, I decided to move forward with my own tunes. I put a band together and toured the country in a van punk rock style. I called the style of music “Space Rock” which is really just straight up indie rock with distorted guitars, sloshy drums, and spacey melodies. I put out 2 albums entitled JEEP (released in 2000) and COOL AND EASY (released in 2002). I booked my own tours (which was a frickin’ nightmare) and toured the country 7 times under my name. For the live shows, I played guitar and sang with a 3 piece band. For the albums, I played all the instruments (except for the bass on Cool&Easy). We stayed in cheap motels, ate at truck stops, slept on floors, and played for an average of about 7 to 12 people every night, most of them drummers shouting “Dude, get back on the drums man” :)
Anyway, I look back now on that 3 year chunk of my life and music and I’m really proud of it. In spite of its struggles at the time, I really enjoyed myself and the music and my bandmates. The raw punk style touring really invigorated my musical soul and a lot of the guitar elements have weaved their way into who I ultimately became as “Mr. Anonymous” as well as “The Plates”. SOOOOO I figured now is as good a time as any to share that journey with you..Keep in mind reggae fans that this is NOT reggae/dancehall/dub music at all :)
The first 7 tunes are from my very first solo album entitled “With A Fist” that I recorded in 1994 while I was still in the Samples, craving heavier sounds. They are about as rough as you can get, but I like their vibe. One tune (Big Bird) is about a recurring dream I used to have about flying on a bird over my house…another is a punk tune (Monkey Named John) about a childhood stuffed monkey I named John??? The next 8 tunes are from “JEEP” with a bigger heavier guitar sound, and my production techniques really stepped up. And the last 12 from “COOL AND EASY” start to bring in the dubbish reggae vibes of Mr. Anonymous mixed with a psychedelic heavy vibe of The Plates…so the songs are kind of an audible journey into who I am now.
Hope you enjoy!
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