How is everyone?

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Member Since: Feb 07, 2005

It's been a long time since I hung out here but hopefully some of you still drop in from time to time.

I have a feeling I'll be spending more time here in the future!


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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 31, 2018 06:56 am

Hey BH, good to see you. The place has slowed down a lot in the last couple years, kind of a bummer, I certainly would like to see some activity and get it kickin' again.

Hit me up when you are in town, I'd love to hunt down some beers!

Since: Dec 04, 2007

Apr 16, 2018 06:33 am

Long update post ahead!

I've been somewhat busy on the band angle rather than recording lately. We auditioned and added a pretty decent drummer to the band back in February. Though he's down in FL for flight training at the moment (commercial pilot), he should be back the week after next.

Our band consists of me on keys, guitar, and vocal harmony.
Tom Oritt on guitar.
Andres Villamil on Bass.
Lena Vardy on vocals.
Dan Goldfedder on drums.

My stage rig will be a Nord Lead 2X, Roland VR-09, and my Reverend Double Agent OG 20th Anniv. guitar through a Zoom G3X and into my Carvn AG100D. Keys will go to the PA, but I might take a headphone output into my Vox keyboard amp as a personal monitor. I'm thinking about getting a Boss EV-30 expression pedal so I can send a separate expression control to each keyboard from a single pedal rather than having to use two pedals.

Our music is a variety of pop rock (think early Genesis style stuff) with some slight blues/funk elements on up to more progressive (aggressive?) alt/experimental rock (which is kind of what I write). The stuff I do is influenced by Radiohead, Muse, QotSA and has some flavors of older King Crimson or Spoon stuff. According to Andres, the material I've written isn't really being done by anyone in Philly to his knowledge, and he thinks it's awesome. Apparently I'm ahead of the curve.

We put together 3 basic demos (One of Tom's, one of mine, and one of Andres songs) which you can hear over on the temporary soundcloud: none of my vocals on these since I wasn't harmonizing with the singer yet, and didn't record myself. We did the demos last year, trading files, and having Andres handle the mixdown.

We're gig ready. Just voting on a band name now. (second time voting. First time, everyone picked a different primary and secondary name from the list, so we shrank the list for this round and picked new names) Plan is to cut our teeth at a venue with a decent sound like The Fire or Johnny Brenda's. WXPN World Cafe upstairs stage might also not be out of the question once we've gigged a bit, and have our name get around a bit. We should be performing in public sometime in May.

Aside from the original band, I also play cover jam sessions with a UPenn professor for funsies on Sunday afternoons in his basement. He's got a PA set up with a pair of Yammy 15's and a Mackie ProFX mixer. His neighbor is also a drummer and bass player, and he was jamming with us up until last year. I think he's involved in a few different bands now, and has become absentee.

We (my wife with me helping) are also job hunting, since her work ends in September. None of their grant proposals got through the review boards. Not sure if we'll be able to stay in Philly, which will SUUUUUUUCK since I'd have to leave the band if we move far away. It would suck for them too because 5 of the songs are mine. I'd probably work out an agreement to let them keep performing a couple of my songs since those songs wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for the influences and inspirations from being in the group.

Regardless, if we do have to move away, I have enough material written, and a couple other almost-finished pieces that would allow me to start up a new band. I've almost got enough material for a 45min set; I'm about 3 songs short.

Anyway, that's what I've been up to for the last year and a half or so.

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