NEW MAYFLOWER MUSIC

Truth is it’s not entirely “new”. We did this awhile back and have started the process on album #2. We set a schedule that allows us to record about every 6-8 weeks, mix, muster up a video or 2 and then release into the wilds of the interwebnets. When we reach an amount that we feel is suffice and captures where we are at with this record we will release a physical package of some sort. These 2 tunes we did at Machines With Magnets. We are currently sitting on 2 more that we did at Wooly Mammoth Sound. All with the great Dave Westner. For those of you not familiar with these already, well here you go. Chew on them for awhile. The next 2 are on the table as I type this. Hope you enjoy.

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THE HERETIX

 

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I remember pretty vividly the first time I had seen the Heretix. It was at Bill’s Bar on Landsowne Street in Boston. I had just started painting houses with my friends Murphy, Bow and a fellow named Mikey. Rock and Roll Painters if you will. I’ll admit I was pretty green when I was introduced to this whole new scene but was more than willing to do my homework to get to know who and what these guys were crushing and railing on while we slopped paint on to some suburban house in Melrose. Mikey invited me to see “his band” on a Friday and put me on the guest list. I want to say The Jesus Lizrd headlined but I very well may have my dates confused…regardless, when The Heretix started playing I was really taken. Marvin beating the living shit out of the kit with such loyalty to the groove, Mikey’s big bright piano-stringed sounding bass joining him, Brian’s guitar like a machete thru a Marshall and then Ray. One look at Ray and you’d think this guy was Beelzabub. Handsome dude with a head of long black hair ready to coerce you into their world simply by singing and hitting those downbeats on the electric guitar. And when he sang, it was a force. A melodic force. Together they were like another element. The songs were strong. The playing was top notch and the energy was just incredible. It truly opened my eyes to what it meant to be a rock band. I can still smell it and my ears are still ringing. But then again that could be because I rehearsed with them the other night for this upcoming show at The Paradise on Sunday, October 5th. I couldn’t be more honored and pleased. We have since lost Mikey and we miss him. I will do my best to fill out the low end and give my thanks for putting me on the guest list all those years ago.

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BACK TO VT

 

 

Really looking forward to this co-bill with Anders Parker and Cloud Badge. I got to tour with Anders a while back as part of Kris Delmhorst’s backing band in support of her latest “Bloodtest” which he co-produced with Kris. He is undoubtedly one of the finest songwriters I know of and his guitar playing is tremendous in its own right. His back up band Cloud Badge will be on hand to bring the tunes from his latest “There’s a Bluebird In My Heart” to full fruition. Here is a video of “Unspoken” to wrap your eyes and ears around. Phantom Productions‘ Matt Sargent is a wonderful human who believes that good music, live music should be made available as often as possible. He understands the demand for necessary elements like food, art and water as he is a purveyor of fine cuisine that knows no parameters other than fresh and delicious. Maybe you have seen him driving past in his beautiful blue food truck. He has been making an effort to bring great music to the Valley Players Theater for a spell now and I am very excited to be working with him to make this great show happen. Not to mention he will be hitting 50 and he plans on having a decent throw down for it. I do hope you can join us.

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BRING ON THE FALL

Fall is here apparently. Today would show no indication of that unless you are one who notices a difference in where the shadows reside. Summer provided many things this year: the beautiful weather was more than fair retrobution for the pain in the ass Winter, my eyes were opened to new apertures that located some blind spots in my life,  I started writing music again for my own peace of mind and I finally got around to watching True Detective. Holy shit was that refreshing. Still not sure why everybody had trouble with the story/message or what have you but I thought it was pretty clear and watched like a good book reads. I was also able to see some fantastic music, participate in a lot of it and made some plans for more of it in the coming months. So I got to thinking that I have been doing this music stuff for a good while now and I can honestly say that while navigating the shitty business side of it can be equated to brushing your teeth with gravel, to be able to witness the beauty and redemption that comes with a performance chock full of conviction and genuine heart is why I keep going….and I was lucky to see a lot of that.

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