It's another lovely day in Brooklyn, NY and tonight I'm playing Union Hall in Park Slope with a really great lineup of talented folks...I'll go on at 8:30pm. I returned to Brooklyn two days ago from a 5 week run with Everest and Alberta Cross. We had so much fun together and I know there will be a lot more fun to be had down the road.
On many a night, the fellas in Everest joined me on stage for a few tunes and it made for quite the musical adventure...the fellas in Everest are very psychedelic and voice their music as such during their sets. Russ Pollard is an outstanding singer and songwriter. Very direct and from the gut. Jason and Joel hold down the twin lead guitar lines and play off each other acutely. Jason's approach is articulated thoughtfully. I never saw him play a wrong note or put a phrase out of place. Joel is born of something wilder and possesses an ability to create quite an array of sounds on his guitar. He leaps out at you with waves of notes passed through angular fuzz boxes, spacey delays and reverbs. Ely on the bass...as he pounds out line after line, he's thumping away like if Bootsy Collins were playing the bass in Dinosaur Jr. And by the way, they all sing their asses off. This time on the drums they had the impeccable Kyle Crane. Kyle's drumming reminded me at times of the great Mark Gulliana...he seemed to have complete control over what he was doing and drove the extended jams in the set with prowess.
Our Alberta sets grew into something quite special over the course of the tour. San Fransisco and Vancouver are definitely two shows that stood out to me...I think that Petter is really developing a band. You play so many gigs with songwriters or bands who are focused on these really minute, and at times boarder line insignificant details and because of this they never reach heights with the music greater than whatever is in their own minds. Petter is letting us play, letting us try out ideas, changing around the forms of the songs spontaneously and we're doing these things with him and around him. It's exciting to play with a band again. I'm looking forward to our upcoming European and Canadian tour dates.
I'm working on some new recordings...one will be just me, vocal and guitar but I will mic the guitar as well as play it through two different amps with different series of effects on each which I will then weave in and out of each song trying to use each sound almost as an instrument...it's an idea I've developed as I've been playing my acoustic shows over the course of this past year and I'm very interested to see what happens with it in a studio environment. The other recording I'll wait to tell you about, but it will be very exciting to see what happens with that one as well.
Many, many thanks to all of you who came to our shows these past 5 weeks. I hope to see you all very, very soon with some new music and a clean pair of socks. All the world's a page, ALT.