The Lechers was another of my ubiquitous Florida punk bands. This is by far my pride and joy when it comes to old punk bands. The songwriting was clever, the energy was all in, and it was genuine pissed off punk rock. I was playing guitar in a HC band called Racing For Pinks, when I started recording some random demos on my own. They turned into The Lechers. I found some good bandmates, with Scott Barnes on guitar, Sammy Meneses on bass, and TJ Johnson on drums. Shawn Lloyd soon took over on drums. The shows were punk as hell. I played guitar and sang. This was like 2006-2008-ish, I guess.
This is a video I made for us.
These are the original demos that I recorded that would eventually spawn the band, I'm doing all the tracks, with a drum machine. Still sounds tough as hell…
(You can also hear a slowed down, jazzy, acoustic version of "Traitors" by clicking on the Solo Projects tab at the top of this page. It's featured on my solo album, "Chaos In Season".)
Here's some random stuff we recorded with the full band. We never really released anything other than a DIY CD that we gave away at shows. Maybe 50 copies, if that. I don't think I even have a copy anymore. We were also on at least one comp.
But here's some tracks.
This is video of the first two songs from our very first show. This was November of 2006, at a great dive bar called Uncle Lou's, in Orlando, Florida. We opened for my brother Barry's band, Damage Report, from Atlanta. The after party at my house that night was epic. Complete with firecrackers going off in the kitchen, and sporadic drunken, friendly fight club nonsense, and odd happenings on the backyard half pipe.
I still love the old recordings. This was a really fun band.
I'm including this clip just for The Saints cover at the end. It's from the same show. It starts towards the end of "You're Already Dead", then goes into the only stinker in the set, but then we do a great version of "Lost And Found", even though it gets cut off.