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Friday, January 18, 2019

Valley Lodge - Fog Machine




The latest Valley Lodge Album, "Fog Machine", was released a couple of months ago on Tee Pee Records. So the time was right for this blog to have a conversation with comedian / guitar shredder Dave Hill
And if you ask yourself is this the guy from SLADE, the answer is no, though he clearly could have been. In another life. 

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about Valley Lodge to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band?  Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays? 

Valley Lodge is a rock band from New York City. I formed the band with my friend John Kimbrough (Walt Mink, Teen Judge) in 2004 and we made the first, self-titled Valley Lodge album together shortly after with our friend Zach Danziger playing drums. The band has evolved over time from there. John moved to Los Angeles and formed a great new band called Teen Judge. And now Valley Lodge is me, Phil Costello (Tragedy, Satanicide, Witch Taint) on guitar, Eddie Eyeball (2 Skinnee J’s) on bass, and Rob Pfeiffer (Sense Field) on drums.

2) About the latest full length record "Fog Machine",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

We recorded the album very gradually over the course of a year and a half or so with Tom Beaujour in Hoboken, New Jersey. We tend to record everything track-by-track. Because of everyone’s schedules, it’s hard to get us all in a room very often, so it’s kind of out of necessity. It would be fun to do it live though as that’s when we’re at our best in terms of overall rockability.

3) Do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys only work with analog machines in analog studios?

We love analog recording but it’s hard to even find a place where you can do that now. Plus, with
digital recording, you can send files around very easily and record in several different locations at once if necessary.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

The first album, John and I each wrote a bunch of songs that put them together for the album. The second album was mostly me with John and Phil contributing a couple songs. And then the last two albums were written by me, usually at home in my underwear. But when it comes to playing and recording the songs, everyone puts their own spin on it. We don’t really tell each other what to do, so it’s exciting to see what everybody comes up with. In the end, the sound is definitely all four of us and not just the songwriter’s vision or anything.

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

I tend to just go with whatever comes to mind. I don’t really have preconceived notions too much. On the new album, Fog Machine, there weirdly ended up being a few songs with maritime themes. Go figure.

6) Valley Lodge is sometimes described as a "Power Pop" band. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that? 

Yeah, I think that makes sense. The band is really inspired by Cheap Trick and Big Star and all that. And we’re really celebrating that kind of music. But there’s also glam rock and indie rock and metal and whatever else thrown in there. We just try to make music we would like to hear.

7) Do you have a new video on youtube  featuring a track from the new LP?? 

We’re making a few videos now that aren’t quite done yet, but the other day someone sent me this video a fan made, which I thought was pretty cool:



8) What can concert goers expect at a Valley Lodge gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

It’s a fun show. We rock out and wear tight pants and everyone in the crowd is making out to the point where it’s actually kind of distracting. We have played “Sentimental Lady” by Bob Welch a few times live, but that’s the only cover we know.

9) Are there any bands in New York today you consider yourself close to?

Yeah, we love Windbreaker, Tigers and Monkeys, Bird Streets, Happy Chichester, Falling Stars, and a whole bunch of others.

10) Anything you wanna add?

It’s important to stay hydrated. Everyone could stand to drink a little more water than usual each day. Also, be nice to each other!




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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Revox - In Mono


Hailing from Switzerland, The Revox is a 60's garage trio featuring Billy Hill (vocals, guitar), Buzz Fuzz (drum, back vocals) and Bernie Wildish (bass, organ, back vocals). Their third full length album was recently released on Soundflat records and contains 10 slices of raw and stomping Rock & Roll. Except for the cover of "Hey Joe", all the other tracks were penned by the band itself. 

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about The Revox to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band?  Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays?

The Revox is a garage punk band from Switzerland, together since 2011. We already recorded 1 demo, 2 LPs (Lazy Sunshine as an autoproduction and In Mono on Soundflat Records), and one 7" (Talk About Her / Sick of You - Voodoo Rhythm Records). We played around 200 shows in Switzerland, France, Germany and England.
We are the same line-up since the beginning, Billy Hill - vocals and guitar ; Buzz Fuzz - drum and back vocals ; Bernie Wildish - bass, organ, back vocals.

2) About the debut full length record "In Mono",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

We recorded at the cool analogic Shirts Off Studio in Bern, with engineer Sebastian Zwahlen and producer Rob Butler, who used to play in the Miracle Workers and The Untold Fables to name a few. We recorded all the instrument live on tape and overdubbed the vocals, few guitar part and organ. It seems to be the best way to keep the band's energy. We couldn't imagine recording track by track, it would not be very rock'n'roll!!!!

3) On the back cover of "In Mono" it is mentioned that it was recorded in an all-analog studio in Bern but do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology in the future or do you guys decided to only work with analog machines in analog studios?

As we try to obtain the warmth of the 60's sound, it's logical for us to record on tape. We will continue to work like that in the future. Modern technology are great tools for many kind of music but maybe not the best for rock'n'roll and old school sounds. In garage punk there is a real feeling of emergency and the limitations of tape recording help us to keep it hot!

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

Billy Hill often come with a riff idea and we built the song together from there. Sometimes ideas come out of a jam in the rehearsal room or Bernie Wildish find inspiration behind the organ. Most of the time we can say that the final result is a band effort.

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

Girls!!!!

6) The Revox is generally described as a being a "60's garage" band. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that? 

100% ok with this label. We never tried to invent new kind of sound, we are just playing a music we all love.

7) Do you have a new video on YouTube featuring a track from the new LP?? 



8) What can concert goers expect at a The Revox gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

We try to be as raw as possible and to always have fun. Rock'n'roll is about intensity and passion. We play mostly guitar - bass- drum and have a few song with organ. Always playing 3 or 4 covers, sometimes from obscure 60's garage bands, or sometimes more famous as The Kinks - All the Day and all of the Night, Hey Joe that you find on In Mono or more recently Kick out the Jam from MC5.

9) Are there any bands in Switzerland  today you consider yourself close to?


The Jackets, The Monsters, The Giant Robots, The Lovers or Brocken Bridge are doing well on the garage scene. There is too many for us to name everyone. We share the rehearsal room with great bands too, but not specifically from the garage scene. We can certainly argue that the Swiss scene has never been as rich and dynamic as nowadays.

10) Is any of you guys working in a pizzeria as a day job? (The record came ....in a pizza package😛)

No but would be a dream job for pizza addict like us :)

11) Anything you wanna add?

Many thanks for your interest and FUZZ ON!!!



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Friday, January 11, 2019

The ODD NUMBERS - About Time re-issued on BEER CITY Records


"About time" was originally released in 1990 on cassette. In 2000 the band secured a CD deal with Cold Front records and now for the first time it will come out on vinyl on BEER CITY Records and has been restored and remastered to sound even better. 

The ODD NUMBERS are the first band ever to be interviewed twice on this blog but the re-issued of one of the best Mod/Powerpop debut albums of all times was certainly a good reason to have another enlightening chat with singer and guitar player Dave Baisa.

1) How did you guys come together and decided to start a band?  Were you all attending the same school or living in the same neighborhood?

Myself and Miller have known each other since kindergarden. We met Cummings When we were freshmen in high school. Yep all from the same hood. The music we liked is what brought us together.

2) Who was playing what instrument in the band way back in the days? Had you already some experience on your instruments or were these difficult beginnings?

I had some guitar lessons when I was 12 and got to a point where I knew all the cords and could play a bit. I would jam with some other guys from high school once in a while. One time Cummings came with me and the drummer wasn't there so he jumped on the kit. He just started ripping on them instinctively! It was pretty cool, we locked in that day and knew we had something! Originally we had a guy named Stan playing Bass but he was really highly strung and didn't last long. When he left we handed the bass to Miller and said start practicing dude cause your in the band! He started from scratch.
Cover of the original cassette release of 1990
3) About the full-length album, "About time", do you recall the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?

Recording About Time was a big deal for us. It was the first time in a real recording studio and we had a producer (Ray Stevens II) who had done a lot of pre-production with us which helped a lot. We did this one pretty much track by track. Drums and scratch guitar first then start layering it up. I think we did this one on 1 inch tape.

4) When you look back on how tracks were recorder back then and how the music is recorded today, do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys still work with analog machines in analog studios to this day?

The last record we made ("The Oddyssey") was done on pro tools but through a analog board and I think it sounds great. I think there's a million ways to make great recordings these days but you still need to mic the drum kit in a good live room and record it that way. We have been pretty loyal to tape up until the last record though.

5) Was the newly re-issued CD/LP remixed or remastered?

It was remastered for vinyl but no remixing. As much as I'd like to remix some of that stuff I can't mess with the way those songs sound.

6) The bonus track "Between the two of us", was it recorded during the same studio sessions as the other tracks of the album? Was this a finished song or just a demo by you alone?

"Between the Two of us" was recorded in Minneapolis from that same time period. We did a full band version and a guitar and vocal version. We liked the starker vision, we were really into Billy Bragg at the time!

7) How did you secure the original deal with COLD FRONT?

It was the end of the 90's and we didn't have a record label but we wanted to make a new record so I started calling people and putting out feelers. Brett from Coldfront heard about it and jumped on us. He had been a fan since the first record and I guess he'd put us up on the road when he lived in Salt lake City.

8) How was a ODD NUMBERS gig way back then? Were you playing any famous cover tunes? Are you you still playing some of those songs today?

The Shows in the early days were great! We still have great shows but when your young and doing things for the first time the energy is crazy! The last time we played NYC it felt like the old days. In general playing live is still a big buzz for us. We always put a cover or two in our set but we've been together for so long there's to many to mention.


9) Were there any bands in San Jose back then you considered yourself close to?

In the early days of the SJ scene we were all tight. None of us sounded like each other but we all hung out together. There was Crash Course, The Spit muffins, The Diesel Queens, Hemi, the Kingpins.

10) Anything you wanna add?

Thanks for listening to us over the last 28 years and if you like this one check out our latest release 'The Oddyssey' and see where our rock n roll journey has taken us!




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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year





Happy New Year 2019 to all of you.

In Wav - Scans are included.

A1 You Be The Judge
A2 Girl You're Out Of Time
A3 I Don't Know What To Do
A4 I Want To Be With You
A5 Without You
B1 Shame On You
B2 Why Can't You Make Up Your Mind
B3 Spring
B4 The Woods
B5 Ain't Gonna Let You Stay
B6 Hallucination Generation

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