Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ah, if it weren't for good music...

At times, I'm the bane of my own existence. Like most of the free world, I'm grateful for my job but I hate the fucking thing. It's the same old bullshit-wake up, turn on the coffee, shower that consists of trying to come up with an injury scheme, and as that falls apart, I'm out the door. A drive that looks the same, sounds the same, everyday. Everyday. Everyday. It's nothing I can necessarily change at the present moment. I do it without thought because I have a family to take care of.
Having said all that, I reckon that my life could be a lot worse. I could be an endangered species or a prison rape victim...but I'm not. Instead, I'm me. Father of one, husband of Ash, and hater of most things. Very few things are worth me spending time delving into. There's this strange pocket that I live in and so I just kinda stay in it. Got my iPod, a book, etc. You get the point. So, when something enters the pocket that has a pretty new sheen to it, it's noticed.
My buddy, Micah-he's always getting me the presents. I return the favor, but dude's loaded. It's usually trade offs on weird 70's rock records (he gets a Granicus record, I score him a Truth & Janey live record). But last week, he added a little brightness to my dismal life. A copy of "For Love or Money" by Highway Robbery introduced itself to my record collection...
I'm not sure how many people really get why those rock bands in the 70's were so great. And still to this day, that's why I'm convinced a lot of those bands didn't get much further than a handful of releases. Highway Robbery didn't make it to a handful. They didn't make it past this one. Which is either a damn shame or a blessing. It'd be a blessing in the sense that we have this beast of a record to forever look back on and say "what the fuck?! Why was Boston huge and these dudes couldn't catch a goddamn break?"
"For Love or Money" has a lot of the rock and roll cliches typical of the era but beyond that, it's the out of norm that compels me. The riffs are nice and thick-ultra heavy when necessary, but they've got enough hooks to please a goth kid's trench coat (dwell on it...it's funny.). I can definitely hear that Grand Funk rockin' ass drive, possibly first album-Rush. Tracks like "Lazy Woman" closed the gap on hard rock and what would be heavy metal. The same sentiment can be said for "Fifteen" but there's also something their that I didn't see coming. Where the fuck did the pop sensibility come from, kids? "Bells" is worthy of a radio friendly retirement home. Sound's like something my parents probably partied (and then had sex...) to.
Each piece of this puzzle works into its place seamlessly. Great energy, great recording, heavy, hooky, well-crafted. If you fancy yourself a fan of Grand Funk Railroad (E.Pluribus Funk, Close To Home-era), early Rush (when I say early, I mean first two albums), or possibly Leafhound, definitely seek this sum' abitch out. In fact, if I can get past a few computer retardation issues, I'll hook y'all up. Cuz' I'm that kinda guy...I'm just that kinda guy.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The purpose of these tools...

I'm on myspace, I'm on Facebook. But I don't use either of those as something to get my shhit out in the open air. Myspace is their mainly for band stuff. I use it to set up shows, find bands to do show trades with, etc.
This new little device of mine will be here to go off about things for lenghthier periods of time/words. I will talk about my favorite music and films. I will discuss bands and albums you may have never heard in hopes of exposing whoever reads this to new worlds. In return, whoever I may encounter in doing so will (hopefully) tell me about music/films I've never heard of.
I guess I can start this by giving you a quick overview. I'm 29 years old and live in Ohio. I have a wife named Ashley and a 2 year old son named Cash. They are my favorite things in life. Without either of them, I'm not a worthy human being to exist.
My world is consumed by geek habits. I'm the lead vocalist of a band called The Highgears. We're a rock and roll band and I will surely be discussing that on here. In my spare time, I obsess and consume rock and roll. My iPod is as scatterbrained as myself. Acid Bath to Adele, High on Fire to Hall & Oates, Pentagram to Prince-this list carries on. I'm not particularly dedicated to one genre. I consider it all rock and roll.
Horror films are my other major vice. I've been a fan and a collector since I was a kid. It started with VHS boom of the 80's, in which I consumed as much gore, violence, and schlock as possible. I'm still like that. On occasion, I work with a great indie film company from Rochester, NY called Low Budget Pictures. I've been in 2 films so far. One was with The Highgears. We've written and recorded several songs for LBP. The other was my first big acting bit with them. It was a film called Deathbone. It's a barbarian spoof in the tradition of Conan, Beastmaster, Deathstalker. You get the gist of it. Anyway, I will be working more with them and the band will as well. At any rate, horror is something I find myself never being too terribly angry with the genre because it's not to be taken that seriously. Don't get wrong, plenty of shitty films piss me off (bad remakes, etc.) but overall, I know what it's about. I have a pretty good knowledge of the genre and its history (I don't know how good that is) and just enjoy it at all levels.
Other than that, I try not to get too geeky. I love comics but keep up like I did when I was younger i.e., I get pussy on a regular basis. I love the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Baltimore Orioles. My family and my friends are my life and I would gladly give mine for any of them. I've been told that I'm grumpy and angry a lot. But I do love to laugh and smile.
I will be on here often, I will look for interesting blogs to read and I hope you enjoy reading mine. Thank you...