Sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been in Toronto for the last two weeks. It’s been something.
Going from a tiny hamlet to a big metropolis is quite an adjustment. I think I prefer the metropolis. There are more options, it seems.
Recording with Jimmy Vapid went off without a hitch. That’s probably an understatement. He showed up with his technology. We plugged in and off we went. We were done in about two hours.
I owe my musical career to Jimmy Vapid. When I was 24 I was floundering in life. Jimmy invited me to join the Vapids. I was leery. I wasn’t very good at this point. I started playing bass when I was 21. I had three years of playing Ramones covers under my belt. I had been in various bands but had never been on a proper stage. Jimmy gave me a shot. I learned everything about how to and how to not be in a band.
So I’m ready to rock again. I think my acoustic career has run its course, for now at least. I have a couple shows coming up. I’ll start a page to announce shows.
It always comes back to punk rock. I was never really happy in a band unless I was playing punk rock.
I’m going to sing and play the bass. Thankfully my time with the guitar has come to an end too. I’m just not a guitar player. I don’t know how I pulled it off in Hanging Girl.
The bass is a great instrument. Bass players are a rare sort. There are a lot of bass players out there who are doing it begrudgingly. The guy playing bass in a band wanted to be a guitar player but the other guitar player was better. So they got stuck on bass. Funnily enough I ended up on the guitar in Hanging Girl because Geoff Thompson was a better bass player than me.
The new band is going to be punk, but with keyboards too. I love the sound of keys. I just do. I was listening to my favourite punk songs the other day and they all have keyboard tracks in them. They’re not forefront, but they are in there adding depth and ambiance.
I hope my brothers Scotty, and Stoneman will join me on this journey. I love playing with them.
I’m not done with acoustic personally. I just really need a break. I just need to rock out sometimes. I’ll even play sporadically parallel to all this. But my focus is on the band.