Of Moonspank And Men: The Tale of the Un-Reunion

Folks were quite excited to hear the news that Moonspank was reuniting for a triumphant return. It wasn’t too long ago that I had the opportunity to play bass with the band at a one-off private party for family and friends. This show, however, had the potential to be the full-on rock extravaganza it was in the old days.

Moonspank Backline

People trekked from all parts of the tri-state area to assemble at the Castle Bar & Grill in Stamford. Some of those people shelled out their hard-earned cash for a babysitter just so they wouldn’t miss a single lyric sung through Dave’s heavy, Irish brogue.

Just hours before call time, I decided that I was so excited to capture the show that I frantically started packing up my Pro Tools rig, laptop, and every microphone, cable, and adapter that wasn’t hard-wired in my home studio. I was ready!

Just two days earlier, I got together with the boys for what was to be our one-and-only rehearsal for the show. It only took a few minutes to shake the dust off. We ripped through a spectacular setlist of Moonspank classic covers and originals.

Photos ©2014 Todd Moore

With my car loaded with more equipment than a mom-and-pop music shop, I left my house with ample time to make the drive across state lines and set up a very complicated rig consisting of a MIDI controller, 2 laptops, a Pro Tools I/O system, an ADAT bridge, optical cables, various softsynths, a volume pedal, a sustain pedal, an amplifier, headphones, numerous patch cables, microphones, stands, an external hard drive and power supply, FireWire cables, extension cords, power strips, and a growing sense of panic knowing that I would not only have to set it all up properly, test it, play (most of) the right notes in (relatively) the right time, but then also I would have to tear it all down and load it all back into the car.

Phew!

Five minutes into the trip I received a disconcerting text message. The word “clusterfuck” was used to describe the impending situation. I’ve had gigs cancelled on me at the zero-hour due to a double-booking, but this news took the cake. A triple-booking? Two completely separate parties were booked in the same venue– neither of which seemed to be open to the idea of a very loud and energetic rock band dominating the aural landscape. After some brief negotiations, it was decided that the show was not going to happen.

"If I told them once I've told them a hundred times, to put Spinal Tap first and puppet show last."– Jeanine Pettibone
“If I told them once I’ve told them a hundred times, to put Spinal Tap first and puppet show last.”– Jeanine Pettibone

The show must go on! I had an idea. “Lets go on Yelp, locate every decent venue in a 10-mile radius and ask them if they wouldn’t mind taking on a free live band and 30-40 heavy drinkers.” The band and the fans agreed upon this excellent plan… the best laid plans of Moonspank and men.

We knocked, we asked, we offered, we pleaded, we really tried… then we went home… without playing a single note.

Needless to say, endless thank-yous to those of you who showed up to the venue this past Saturday. The circumstances were unforeseeable, albeit seemingly directly out of a scene from This Is Spinal Tap. To that special group, we will be planning a Mea Culpa of sorts. This isn’t the last you’ll hear of Moonspank! Stay tuned…

Moonspank’s “You Thought The World Was Over” Released

You Thought The World Was OverLocal powerpop sensation, Moonspank, have released their second full-length album today available for purchase via iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby!

I had a great time working on this album with the boys. I contributed some Wurlitzer, Rhodes, and B3 organ parts to a few of the tunes, and took on the mastering duties. You Thought The World Was Over is packed to the brim with pop, rock, and even a bossa nova venture. It also features an updated ‘pop’ remix of the well-received tune, “Alright,” originally recorded for their 2003 release, Just Another Day.

“You thought the world was over, but we’ll stand the test of time…” –Moonspank

Moonspank @ The Bitter End

Moonspank will be playing at the legendary NYC Rock Club, The Bitter End, this Saturday evening (10/4).

The show starts at 9pm sharp and the cover charge is $10. Visit www.moonspank.com for more details.

The Bitter End
147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and LaGuardia)

Moonspank is:

  • Dave Kerry – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
  • Greg Saracino – Drums, Percussion
  • Tony Packes – Lead Guitar, Vocals
  • Darren Lipper – Bass
  • Casey “Holmes” Howard – Saxophone
  • Dino Covelli – Keyboard, Vocals

Labor Day Freedom Festival

I’m still waiting to hear from a few bands, but the Labor Day show is coming together nicely. Day one will be hardcore and punk- put together by Social Standards. Day two will be rock and alternative- put together by yours truly.

So far, day two’s lineup includes: Mad Machinery, Twisted Pair, Karwreck (reunited!), The Kyle Tucker Band, and members of Moonspank in a possible new project… We’re still waiting on the word from Kiss Kiss, Homesick For Space, The Gritty MIDI Gang, and a few other groups.

The festival is from September 2nd-3rd. All the important details will come soon. If you’re looking for a great way to close out the summer, keep that weekend open…

Moonspank DVD

Our good friends, Moonspank, are having their biggest show ever at the end of August. This is not one to miss! The show will be filmed for a DVD they plan to release and will feature many surprise guests. I will be sitting in on Rhodes, synth and guitar.

August 20th @ 10pm @ The Rambling House in Woodlawn, NY.

Freedom on the Fourth – Music & Art Festival

Some really amazing performances this year by Twisted Pair -vs- Cresh Frazy, Kiss Kiss, Moonspank, Fascination Autumn, Social Standards, Jason Fresta, Greg Capra and Adam & Christine!

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!

Packed Like Sardines

Thanks to everyone who made it to our last show before we go on an extended hiatus. Luckily, we got to share a stage with our good friends, Moon Spank! We played to a packed house at The Lion’s Den. We got some amazing photos that you can view here, and also some cool video clips courtesy of Greg Saracino of Moon Spank.

Moon Spank show in Y-O

I will be joining Moon Spank on keyboards this Saturday night in Yonkers. It will be a lot of fun, so swing by if you can make it.

Details

  • Saturday, September 25th, 2004 10:30 PM
  • The Rambling House
  • 4292 Katonah Ave
  • Bronx, NY 10470
  • (718) 798-4510

Directions (from Westchester)

  • Sprain Brook Pkwy SOUTH -East 233 St. Exit
  • make a LEFT off the exit
  • RIGHT at the first traffic light
  • RIGHT at the Hess gas station onto KATONAH AVE
  • the bar is about 0.25 mile down on the right Look for Irish flags
  • it’s a big wooden place

Happy Independence Day!

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.

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Freedom On The Fourth/CD Release Party

Ellenville Flight Park and USHPA present Freedom on the Fourth: A Free Concert in Upstate New York

Freedom On The FourthFeaturing Musical Performances by:

This year’s field art design by artist, Roger Baker, is a tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

July 4th, 2004 Noon-9PM

* hang gliding * paragliding * live music * visual performances * fireworks * camping *

Directions to Ellenville Flight Park

This is a FREE CONCERT, so please support local music. CDs will be on sale at the show. DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! This will most likely become an annual event. Come and celebrate your independence by attending this free concert in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.

Suggestions of items to bring:

Friends, Camping Gear, Mini Grill, Food, Water, Deoderant, Bug Repelant