My fellow cohort, Jason Fresta, just released his brand new CD! “Road Of Grace” by Dead See Life is a mix of hard and acoustic rock and, in my humble opinion, it sounds amazing. Jason is a fantastic singer, guitarist, bassist, and songwriter who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on numerous projects. I contributed bass guitar on two “Road Of Grace” tracks: “Even Though,” and “Running Away”.
Jason pulled no punches on this album. These are ten of the most personal, honest, dark and gritty tracks I’ve heard in a long time. I don’t think it’s fair for me to review this record since I’ve been familiar with the material for years, but I highly recommend that you pick up a copy. The recording is top-notch, the production is phenomenal, and it was ingeniously mixed by Tarik Solangi at Prime Time Sound Studios.
Some good things are happening. Actually, anything happening with us lately is a good thing. Rest is great, but release is necessary.
We’re delving into the writing process for the first time as a band and things are feeling right. Papandrea is a riff machine. We hope to unleash some of these riffs in time for the festival in July.
Speaking of, bands are already contacting us about playing the Freedom On The Fourth festival. Should mother nature cooperate as she has in the past, this could be the biggest one yet. The last two festivals have been absolutely amazing experiences for all involved, and we’re really looking forward to it once again. I really hope Kiss Kiss makes another appearance this year.
We get a lot of questions from people out there wondering when they can see us play. The fact is that Ed has stopped performing with us. We do not have enough original material to carry on a full set. While we continue writing with Ed and still consider him an active band member, I’m not going to sing his songs.
Ed’s songs are Ed’s songs.
Jason Fresta is covering the bottom end for us now. We played a couple of Reconnecting tracks, and a few covers, at our last show with him. It was an amazing time, and I think our cover of A Perfect Circle’s “Judith” ended up being our best performance of the night. However, we do not want to be the next Vanilla Fudge. One cover per show is ample, no? I think we all want more Mad Machinery songs. I can’t wait until the first demo is complete.
Not much to report on right now as all of our lives are pretty crazy and we all have full time jobs to report to. But rest assured you will hear from us soon. I’ve been assembling a project studio in my new home and plans on making some noise soon.
I’m currently collaborating with underground hip hop foul-mouth Jay Love and his producer, The Avid Record Collector, on Jay’s solo debut– tentatively titled, Suburban Life. I’ve also been working with Fongaboo of Twisted Pair on some original A/V media pieces, scheduled to debut at the third annual Freedom on the Fourth festival in Ellenville, NY. Jason Fresta’s solo album, We’re All Mad Here, has been released and is for sale at CD Baby.
Thank you all for coming out and spending the day with us! The landing zone at Ellenville Flight Park will definitely never be the same! T-Shirts were sold, CD’s were autographed, food was in abundance, clear skies were overhead, we had perfect weather, the creek was incredibly refreshing, and the music was stellar. If you missed it this year, start making plans for next year’s show!
We just got back from a hell of a time in Ellenville, NY. To those of you who came, you know it was a weekend that you will never forget. For those who didn’t, you missed a great weekend with great people and amazing music. Thanks to Adam & Christine, Jason Fresta, Striven, Karwreck, Moonspank and Twisted Pair for some stellar performances. Thanks to Uncle Tony for having the vision and the venue to realize it. And thank you to all the USHPA members for allowing us to bring loud music and many of our closest friends to crash at the site.
Extra special thanks to Adam Colangelo for joining us on keyboards, Twisted Pair for providing visuals for our set, RoseHill Music for the drums, Moonspank for the lighting, mics and stands, and to all the people who traveled very far just to hang out with us.