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A little self-indulgence about one of my bands

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So my main band is really getting things fired up again and I am pretty excited about it all.  I just moved (again) and am now all settled in and can devote more time to playing music again…original music.  Sure I love doing my Motorhead tribute band but there’s nothing better for me than to be a part of an original band.

The main project that I have been a part of for almost 3 years now (*gasp* has it really been 3 years?) is with a phenomenal guitarist named Doug Morrison.  Doug was one of those LA guys his whole life until moving to Austin, Texas right around the same time I did a little over 3 years ago.   I think we both arrived here within a few weeks of each other.  Doug’s background includes playing in Neil Turbin’s post-Anthrax band in the mid 80s which also included Dave McClain from SA Slayer and Machinehead.  There are a few good big hair shots of him on Neil’s page.  Doug was a graduate of GIT in LA and graduated with Paul Gilbert and taught there with him around the same time.

We’re an instrumental 3-piece and I would say the best comparisons to the music are to Eric Johnson, Steve Vai with flashes of Allan Holdsworth and Akira Takasaki (in our heavier moments).

So if you’re into instrumental guitar rock, shred etc, check out the stuff @ our Myspace page.

We finally secured a great drummer and will be playing out again hopefully by the end of this month.  Our last gig was over a year ago and it’s about time again.  Auditioning drummers was a bitch.  What a bunch of monkeys.  I was a drummer for most of my musical life and damn if I would have ever shown up to an audition as unprepared (or untalented) as many of these guys did.  What was great was the lashbacks we would get when Doug would let them know they wouldn’t get a 2nd audition or accepted into the band.  Hilarious stuff.

We’re finally getting the album done as well.  Drum tracks have been completed for over a year and Doug is finally laying down guitar tracks.  My bass stuff should follow soon for the tracks that I am to appear on.

Buzzard – Exercises & Transmutations of the Applicable Techniques for the Chrome-Plated Mystical Squeegie of Destiny (1998)

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OK, this Buzzard album is even more rare and obscure than Churp!!! I have heard many of these songs live at shows and at their practices and hearing the studio versions for the first time today is absolutely making my brain hurt.  Patrick Walsh & Co. deliver another fine prog-metal-jazz-science fiction teenage crap album that really should get a proper release on CD and not just around the blogosphere.

The songs on here are all very short but transition into each other a lot like they did on Churp!!!  It’s an album that certainly needs to be heard from beginning to end.  I hear some things on hear that I didn’t really hear on the previous album…Goblin!  You know Goblin, right?  Italian prog rock band whose music was used for a ton of classic Italian horror flicks?  Maybe it’s just me, but I can hear some of that in there.

If you’re into odd timed, whacked out, progressive jazz, fusion, metal etc, then this album may even appeal to you more than Churp!!! does.

  1. The return of the Son of the 35-8Solution
  2. Blind daughters of Polyphemus
  3. Harvestors of Cust
  4. Cranial fist stench
  5. The dreaded deep doodoo motif
  6. Pythagoras
  7. The 35-8 solution
  8. Peeyurmp
  9. The coronation of King eggplanthead
  10. Exile for the house of flounderface
  11. The sun of flounderface as the rightful heir
  12. Full brown exile
  13. The Lament of simon Magus
  14. Quantum flux bedris field
  15. Probe M 87
  16. Pungent crust metaphor
  17. Circus Plantia – I. Watched them fall from the sky
  18. Circus Plantia – II. Time is like water to him
  19. Circus Plantia – III. The Corinthian picks his teeth
  20. Circus Plantia – IV. Light still bends to him
  21. Sweet grey Chitterlings
  22. Blind daughter of Polyphemus
  23. Mr.Spocks ancient vulcan secrets
  24. I.  ChicknFingrFuckr
  25. II. ChicknFingrFugato
  26. III. The stuccato Fugato Mulato
  27. The potato wedgie Mulato
  28. Mr Spocks Fragant Vulcan secret

Guitars – Patrick Walsh
Drums – Mark Henry
Bass – Kevin Anderson

Thanks to hofee (Germany) for getting these in my hands.

Download it here.