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.
I stumbled on an old recording the other day. Kind of a catchy little country tune. Couldn't help but add it to the collection. It's called "That Old Ford Pickup Truck". It's about my beloved old truck pictured above. Wish I still had her...
You can listen to it on the Loosies page.
I'm happy to post a new page to this site for my new band here in Dublin, THE LECHERS
We've been playing out a lot and getting a good response. Give it a listen...
I've been living in Darlin' Dublin for a little over a year now.
I've been itching to play music again, and after repeatedly casting out my "wanna jam?" net, I think I may have finally got something good happening. I've been holding off on posting this so that I don't jinx it, but after several rehearsals and a slew of shows already booked, I think it's safe to say that I have a new band! Whenever I move to a new town, I always start by forming a punk band, and Dublin is no different. I was lucky enough to hook up with some amazing musicians and so far it sounds deadly.
The people here are amazing, and the musicians here bring a really cool style to the table.
I'm really excited about this band and will post what I can when I can as it comes to fruition.
It's been a while since I've written anything new. NYC was a kick to the gut, musically. I arrived with my dream album in tow, only to find that the only way to play live was to use session players at $100-200 a gig. I had 12 people on my last album. Do the math...
I created a mental musical block in my head. I didn't touch my guitar for a long time. I found solace playing drums in KiL, my punk band in NYC. But I finally got the old muse back and popped out a song. It was that same old feeling, trying desperately to write the lyrics flowing through my head, usually about 2 lines behind, before it evaporated into the ether. If I don't finish a song in like 20 minutes, I let it go. You can't force it. In the words of Donavan, it's like trying to catch the wind.
It's not my best, but it felt good to feel the rush of a song forcing it's way out again. I missed that.
It's on the Loosies page called Parked In Stillorgan.