We hate to belabor the point, but we had a GREAT TIME this last weekend! Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make this our most fun, most successful Black Friday Weekend ever! We even got a great board tape! For those of you who didn't make it, let the "please come to my town" comments begin!
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A couple of our boys manage to comport themselves with dignity in their mercifully-short contributions to this story. Thanks to Allison Stewart (http://twitter.com/allisonstewart6) for the great article!
Thanks again to Francois Rudaz and Swa Media Productions for capturing the band's debut with the new lineup! And thanks especially to the fans who attended! As you can see from this twenty five minute noodle-fest, we're keeping it real loose here, breaking it down, exploring the new creative space we've created. This is an exciting time for the five of us -- the sky's the limit on what we can do! Thanks for bearing with us as we continue to evolve! This band ain't no oldies act -- we got some new tricks up our sleeve!
Our buddy Greg Prato is out with a new book! 100 Greatest Rock Bassists! A spoiler you may have figured out, Cris makes the list! Check out the excerpt below and check the book out! Why give children candy on Halloween when you can hand them literature! ‘I’ve always dug the interplay between you and Curt - especially on tunes like “Maiden’s Milk” and “Six Gallon Pie.” “Maiden’s Milk,” that one specifically - that intro part - that’s a written part. Curt wrote that. I’m basically doing the same line as him at the very beginning - the thing in three. Most of what that is about is my ever-so-slight grasp of the instrument, where it’s like, “Well…I can actually pull that off.” That’s a fairly quick line, and it needs to be played cleanly. I can pull that off. And that’s picked, and it’s only nominally precise - you see people who take the bass to such extreme places with their technique. But that spoke to my ability back then - to be able to at least pull off a line like that. And then we get to the other part, that’s just octaves, and then the little lines - the little walk-downs - those little “sort of funk, but not really” walk-downs to the next note and up to the next note. A really good example of that interplay that you’re talking about is “Swimming Ground.” Back then, Curt would have a new thing, he’d play it, and I’d play along, and then it would be like, “Well, show me what you’re really doing.” I remember when he showed me, “Oh, Me,” I was faking it up to a point. It was like, “Show me what you’re really doing.”’ https://www.amazon.com/100-Greatest-Rock-Bassists/dp/1723510203
We were lucky enough to have Francois Rudaz of Swa Media Productions on hand to document our Summerfest show last June, our first show with the new lineup. The quality is great and Francois was cool enough to share it with us. We'll be posting more of this in the next week or so, so be sure to check back!
Cris superfans will be eager to check out this new track produced by Cris and Jeremy Parker at Premier Studios! https://open.spotify.com/album/6vwyGQKsvduLuFPB1HTwm3 https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/once-again/1435185916?i=1435185921