To say that last night was just fun would be doing it a grave injustice... last night was THE BEST!!! Our new singer Tony pulled through like a champ, and everyone was really impressed with him. To do what he did in the short time we had to work with him was simply amazing. Cheers to you bro, and to many more shows just like this one! Someone told Pitt that the show was filmed for the Nicole Sligar show Your Underground, and I'd love to see the footage... I wonder if you could even see us through all the fog that Schwab had going on around us while we played! You would of thought by the crowd's reaction and by the strobe lights and fog machine that we were the headliners! And I do think that we had a bigger / better pit than either the $wingin' Utter$ / Youth Brigade did, but it could have been the booze though. Uhmm... other than that... we got a new shirt design for the Halloween show with Curl Up And Die ... we might be doing an un-announced secret show somewhere in the City and now we're gonna focus on getting a proper demo done. Hopefully Tony isn't as hard to work with as Bryan was! heh heh heh
Wowsers... the week is finally through... and all I can say is that we are sooooooo ready for this show. At one time we had a plan to use either Dan or Bryan to sing for us, but Tony has worked out so friggin' good that neither one of them is gonna be needed. We've been practicing our asses off, and the set we have ready for you is gonna blow you away. Thanks to all our pals who've been hanging around the Clubhouse this week. It makes all the hours we spend there all the easier, even though we spend most of our time playing video games and listening to music! And speaking of pals... what was up with that kid "David Mitchell" on the message board? Heh heh heh At first I thought it was Rick... but I don't think he cares enough to go to the all the trouble. Anyways, if you haven't read it you should... it's quite funny. We got lots of merch... come up and say hello and hang out with some Genuine ROCK STARS!!!
The Psychedelic Furs show was pretty fun... only because it was a band outing, not for the crappy music the band was playing. We've been working really hard on trying to get our shit together before the Youth Brigade / $wingin' Utter$ show... we've been practicing until like 4 in the morning every fucking day! Our new singer Tony is working out sooooo good it's not even funny. It's like he's one of us, ya know? Hanging out with the guy just assured it. We're going to be printing up some new merch this week, as well as trying to see how many more PA speakers we can cram into our practice space! Roxie was totally right about that damn Sonic The Hedgehog game stopping productivity... now that we've discovered the Dr. Mario-type game on it... we'll never get anything done! I also added the Curl Up And Die Pictures from Utah...
Phooey! The hard as fuck work has begun. We're currently undergoing a major search for a new singer... and although we have an idea about what we want / demand from a singer, to find someone who actually fits the criteria is a whole different matter entirely. Me and Jesse and Roxie went halves on a killer JBL monitor from Guitar Center... thank Allah for employee discounts! We figured since we were gonna be trying out singers that it would be nice to be able to hear them, ya know? I heard about what happened at The Office Bar the other night... damn crazy Punk kids... and to the JACKASS that put a dent into our brand new tour van, you better pay up now! I still haven't gotten the Pictures from Utah back yet, but I did correct the story and it displays properly now. Other than that... I got nothing to say.
OK... while my personal life is disintegrating into nothing, on the band front we're doing OK I guess. We just finished playing 2 great shows with Curl Up And Die and after the next upcoming shows the search for a new singer begins. I'm totally happy that the split with Bryan is amicable... we ask A LOT from our singers, and it's not that easy to dedicate your life to this band 24-7... and add the fact that everyone in this band is an asshole and it doesn't help... LOL. Lots of people have stated that they wanna try out, so who knows? Our motto has always been that we always improve with changes no matter what, but jeesh... what does it take to get a kick ass singer in this town? Show Reviews are up... I haven't been reviewing anything CD wise 'cuz all I've been listening to is Johnny Cash... but I feel better now... I don't mourn the loss... I celebrate the Life. Uhhhm... more to come later?
Fuck... one of the first shows I ever WANTED to go to was a Johnny Cash gig... I was HYPED! I practically begged my parents to take me to that show, and once I was there I sang along to all the songs I knew by heart and just jumped around and rocked my ass off! To finally see the Man In Black perform live was just the best thing ever... and I think I was 5 years old at that first show, and I always tried from then on to see him whenever I possibly could. Oldies shows... County Fairs... Clubs... Stadiums... didn't matter if he was popular or not... I have always loved his music and like a lot of people I have my Father to thank for that. One of my favorite memories as a child was listening to Johnny Cash records with him, and my Dad always played it at a LOUD volume, so I just thought it was the coolest. And I defy anyone to say that they've never been drunk off their ass singing his songs at like 3 in the morning! How many of you out there remember your Dad doing stuff like making breakfast or working on the car or BBQ-ing in the back yard to the music of Johnny Cash? To just tell people that I was bummed over his death didn't even seem right... like the words didn't do justice to what I was feeling. It didn't absolutely devastate me like Joe Strummer's death did, partially because I sorta knew it was coming... partially because I knew it had to come, but still... knowing it was coming didn't make it any easier to deal with. Once his wife passed, it was pretty much a done deal. I just hope his suffering is over, and that he'll find the Peace that he deserves. It's for purely selfish reasons that I wish Johnny Cash would of lived a bit longer... like Joe Strummer before him, he died while in the midst of recording a new album... he was supposed to go to California next week to record with Rick Rubin. I love the stuff they did together, and once I heard the news of his passing, I grabbed American IV and just put Track 2 on repeat and started drinking myself into oblivion... such a haunting song.... and even more so with his passing... FUCK... I'm gonna go cry again... and raise my whiskey bottle one last time for Johnny Cash - The Man In Black. Salud.
Days later and I'm still amazed at how GREAT Knife Fight was at Balcony Lights... that shit was history in the making, and if you weren't there to witness it, I feel very sorry for you indeed. Click here for the Show Review... uhmm... I believe that the demo is FINALLY done, and thanks to the Youth Crew of Devon, Spencer, Bobby, Amanda, Marco and Rick for help on the back up vocals for Insurrection... but where was Hank? Booooooooooooooo We all got together at the Club House and had a BBQ and just hung out and listened to Punk Rock RECORDS and looked at pictures of the Knife Fight show and of our last trip to California, which Rick took. I wish I knew where the fuck my camera was with the pictures I took of our last trip... I'm gonna post them all on this website when I find them, so you all can see the hookers that wanted a piece of Rick & Bryan... hahahaha. Speaking of hookers that want Bryan, thanks to La Femmes Sidney, Stephanie and Angie for hanging out with me and having fun being silly at the Office Bar. Ran into Jason & Brooke from the Sin City Ghouls while at the Double Down and they told me that The Rock is closing for remodeling? Or is it because of the killings that just happened there? Is that true? Wowsers. What with all the rumors of clubs closing down and some of them making the change to 21 and over, I can't help but feel that things are getting sketchy here in Sin City. Good thing Football and Hockey season are here... heh heh heh Go Raiders! Go Sharks! Bay Area Stylee Baby!
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