I'm super happy to tell you that I finally finished and posted the new record!
It's just a 4 song EP, called "There, Not Here". It's kinda just basic mid tempo punk stuff, as opposed to my homage to powerpop that I did with "Woo Girls And Wheelie Kids". I also mixed and mastered it myself this time, which is not my strong suit. I just wanted honest music. No autotune, no quantizing, just play your best take. And kill all the reverb and delay to make it naked and present.
But, I gotta say, for something I did just to kill time on the weekends for fun, it's not bad.
Give a listen. It's on my Solo Projects page.
I've Just started work on another new record. I went the same route as I did on my last album, "Woo Girls And Wheelie Kids" (which you can listen to here) and hired the same drummer that I found on Fiverr. I was really happy with his tracks. He's got a great drumming style. This new recording will just be a 4 song EP, but leaning more on the punk side of things rather than the straight powerpop I did on my last record. This is just to give me something to do during the cold Philly winter, but it's already starting to sound really cool. Stay tuned, and I'll keep you posted!
The new album "Woo Girls And Wheelie Kids" is now streaming on whatever platform you stream on.
I just did it through Distrokid, so it should be up on everything, like Spotify, YouTube Music, etc.
And don't forget to smash that like button :)
I am super excited to announce that the new album is finally done!
"Woo Girls And Wheelie Kids" isn't new material. I gathered all of my favorite pop songs and finally gave them a decent recording. I took the originals, slowed them down a bit, and reconstructed all the parts to really make them shine. I hired a drummer on Fiverr to do the tracks and I did the rest, mainly as a way to fight boredom during COVID. But it came out much better than I had imagined, so I finished it as I started, by hiring someone on Fiverr to master my final mixes. The result is a pretty solid powerpop album and I gotta say I'm pretty happy with it!
It's up now on my Solo Projects page. I hope you like it!
Happy New Year to all.
There's a great new book out called "Punks In Peoria-Making A Scene In The American Heartland" by Jonathan Wright and Dawson Barrett (from University Of Illinois Press). It's a detailed chronicle of the history of the alternative music scene not only in Peoria, but for all of the Anytown, USA's out there.
My brothers and I are featured pretty heavily in the first part of the book. You can read a great excerpt from it here. There is also a companion album featuring many of the bands from the book available here. In celebration of these releases, the authors put on a music fest in Peoria with many of the old bands reforming. So, me and my brothers reunited our old band E.C.A. to play the fest. I posted the live footage from that show on the E.C.A. page.
In other news, I'm very nearly finished with the new album. Just a couple of random tracks to add and then mixing, so it should be up soon. Stay tuned!
Below is a pic of E.C.A., circa 2021, rehearsing for the Punks In Peoria Fest in, where else, my parents basement.
My mom didn't like the bass drum. It was a loaner kit from a friend....
Like everybody else, I've been going crazy being stuck in my apartment for the last year. So, I decided to record a new album to cure the boredom. I can't record drums here in my little Philly apartment, so I hired a drummer on Fiverr to record ten tracks for me, and he did an amazing job, so I'm really excited! I have no timeline on this project so I'm just playing around with it when I have the time, but it's coming along nicely. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, I did record a full version of a song I wrote called "Simple" in Garageband just to pass the time. It came out pretty cool and I'm pretty happy with it. I posted it on my Loosies page. Give it a listen!
I recently got a contact from Mike, the drummer from The Slurps, that informed me that we have, in fact, made a recording! He has remastered it and it's way better than I remembered. A huge thanks to Mike for this! You can download the 4 song EP here.
I added the tracks to the The Slurps page in the Punk Archive.
Give it a listen!
Again, if anyone out there has recordings or vids, etc, that I don't have, please contact me here! Always great to add new content!
Well, once again, I've moved.
This time I landed in the City Of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.
And the question I keep getting is, "Why would you return to the US now of all times?". That's a long answer.
Here's the short version...
I loved living in Ireland, but with Covid and the current economic situation, it was simply a matter of economic self preservation. With a depression lurking for the foreseeable future coinciding with my retirement planning, it just made more sense to come back, with the aim of saving money for a few years to be able to go back to Europe to retire. There's just not much opportunity in Ireland with all that's happening. Getting by is easy. Getting by and saving for retirement is a lot harder. It's easier for me to fight here on my own turf during these hard times. I know how to hustle for a buck here.
So now my plan is to work, save, repeat until I can comfortably return to Europe permanently. Altho next time maybe to a country with a bit better weather ;) But, I'll always have my EU passport to go back earlier if things get um... messy here.
To my friends here and abroad, I have new contact info. But if you'd like to contact me, you can always do it here
I kept finding vids of songs I wrote from right after I wrote them and thought it would be cool to put them side by side with the final full studio version of the same song. It's amazing what some good musicians and a little production can do for a song.
So, I added a new page to the Oddities tab. It's called BEFORE AND AFTER.
Check it out. Kinda cool.
If you're a regular to this site, this is where you can find what's been recently added.