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101010

So, with Vic gone it was time to start over… again. PJ, Paul and I decided to keep moving forward, in a totally different direction. We’re joined by Jim (Who PJ and I played with before in Day/Month/Year), and Carl (who Paul played with back in Sera Eclipsed). 101010 was fun as hell, and I think that the actual album that we got out of it is pretty fantastic.

We Are The Movie

Recorded at Hi-Lo studios, and mixed by Jim… We released this posthumously. I’m really proud of it!

Only Zuul
Precious Ambergris
In Lieu
Parts Per Million
When the Walls Fell
Cloud Chaser
Coastal Cities
Tea With Bertrand Russel

Below are some demo songs that were literally recorded as we were writing them. One mic in a practice space does not make for great sound!

Why Not (11-12-2012)
This Means Something (11-19-2012)
Prromise Needs Structure (11-26-2012)
Expressionless (1-28-2013)

I don’t know why we never did any covers live…
Age of Consent (Cover)(1-28-2013)

And, the throwaway track. First thing we came up with.
Making Lists with Letters and Numbers (11-12-2012)

grey in-between

Grey In-Between was Vic Lazar on Guitar and Vocals, Chris Romeis on Drums, Eric Polovich on Bass and Rob Antonucci on Guitar. I played with Grey for about four or five years back in the mid to late 90s. GIB was considered ‘Post-Hardcore’, at the time, and was compared (occasionally) to Hum or Quicksand, but really I think it was just the four of us playing stuff that we liked to play, and liked to hear. GIB was damn fun to play out with, even with all the drama that occasionally came from playing somewhere between the Buffalo Hardcode scene and the (then booming) U-Heights Basement circuit. If there was ever a band that I was in that I was sure was going to ‘make it’, Grey was the one.

Lisbon 4-Track

Recorded in the Basement at 72 Lisbon (1995?). We practiced at Chris’ old place for years. It was like a second home to me. I’m pretty sure that these songs were put together with an old borrowed 4-track on cassete tape and bounced back and forth a couple of times before mixing it down on a POS stereo.

Infallible Indefinince
Absentee Landlord
For Lack of (Better Things to Say)
Essence of Cool
Super Secret Track

Watchmen Studios (1996)

Our first recording was done with Doug White at Watchmen in Lockport, NY. It was the second time that I’d been to Watchmen, and honestly I remember being worried about how he’d handle us, since Doug mostly seemed to do Hardcore and Metal bands. Vic and I were talking the other day, and he remembers Doug gating the shit out of the drums, which pissed off Chris to no end. Listening to these songs now, I think I like them better than some of the stuff that we recorded later…

500 Yr. Flood
Guillotine
Watered Down
Standstill
Novelty Fixture
Marvelous Proper

Sonic Garden Sessions (1997)

Our next recording was done at Sonic Garden Studios over on Walden. I think everything was laid down on reel-to-reel, which is why a lot of it sounds kind of thick, and really warm and bassy. Our first ‘official’ EP came out of these tracks.

One Sided Compromise
Crawl Space Closed
Canopy of Praise
Powderkeg
Extraneous
Coil
Falling Into Place

Dressler Sessions (1997)

I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but we ended up putting some songs down to reel-to-reel with Scott Dressler in ’97. If I recall correctly, we recorded them in Snapcase’s old practice space at the Sidway Building in downtown Buffalo during a long weekend.

Pincussion
Coil
Powderkeg
Integer

Vultures Circle EP (1998):

Recorded at BFT Tapehouse in ’98 with Derek Prellwitz. I think we recorded with Derek more than once, but I could be wrong. I remember that the studio was up in the attic of his mother (or grandmother’s) place and we had a blast. I think that the stuff that we recorded with him was our most mature music ever, and he made it sound great.

Falling Into Place
Absentee Landlord
Watered Down
Zeus Indisposed
Empty Handed
Saftey In Spite

Vultures Circle 2010 Remixes:

Remixed and remastered by Derek at BFT Tapehouse after more than 10 years on a shelf… wow, what a difference. When we started planning and practicing for the 2010 reunion show, I got these in an email one day from Vic. Apparently, Derek pulled the tapes out of storage and put some spit and polish on them. THIS is how I always wanted our music to sound.

Falling Into Place (2010)
Absentee Landlord (2010)
Watered Dowm (2010)
Zeus Indisposed (2010)
Empty Handed (2010)
Saftey In Spite (2010)

Vox Humana

As of September of 2011, I’m playing with Vic Lazar again, in his Vox Humana project. Vic, me, PJ Hagerty (From Day Month Year and Distraction Machine) and Paul Morin (who played with Vic in L’dorado). We basically took Vic’s solo and acoustic songs and ‘pumped’ them up a bit. Never made it into the studio as a full band, but we did manage to get some live recordings done, and I played bass on a few tracks last time Vic was at BFT.

Studio Recordings (2012)
Confidence
Backpedaling
Raw Potential

Final Show. Live at Mohawk Place (Oct 2012):
It Takes Two
Mind’s Eye
Happiness is a Temporary Dream
Loco Loco Loco
Wait Up For Me

Distracton Machine

Distraction Machine is/was PJ, myself and Jerry Hall, a longtime friend and former bandmate from almost 20 years ago. After a long hiatus from making music (mostly due to havin’ kids) we decided to give it another go. DM is a weird mix of our playing styles and musical tastes… and it was REALLY hard to find a middle-ground! We never made it into the studio, but it’s amazing what you can do with a laptop and a USB mic these days (compared to what two days of studio time used to get you back in the day).

Crappy Basement Recordings

Recorded with a few cheap USB mics hung from the rafters of Jerry basement. Not bad for three old dudes with kids

Filter Kings
The Battle Of Hastings
The Fad
Silence
Happiness
Gentleman

And, while Distraction machine never made it into the studio, Jerry recorded some of our tunes on his own at Scott’s place. Came out a little… well, different than we would have sounded. But it still sounds pretty damned good!

Filter Kings

Day Month Year

After floundering around for a while with no bands, PJ and I joined a band called Knowing What I Know, and when that fell apart (before we could get anything recorded) we convinced Jim Schiffert to step up and play with us. Jim had been in the Happy Dogs with PJ years before, and it seemed a natural fit. We played for about a year (I think) and had a decent time of it. It was fun to play with friends again, and play music that I enjoyed.

 

Parts Unknown

Recorded by Eric Daum at our practice space on Franklin St. and in his basement on Shirley. “Parts Unknown” was an inside joke, as was the proposed followup album “For All Intensive Porpoises”. It was the first time that I actually had the balls to sing in a band, granted, mostly backing vocals.

Building up the Waterfront
Thing in a Bag
Grandma’s Urn
April/Winter
6th Street Bridge
Falter
Day of the Test
6th Street, Alternate Mix

 

Waiting On Alfie (Soundtrack)

Yeah, we got on a soundtrack for an independant film. Who’d a thunk it?

6th Street Bridge v2 (mp3 file)

10 Lb. Cock

10 Pound was a band that started with a joke: “What’s the most offensive band name that you can think of that’s not really offensive at all?”. We came up with 10 Lb. Cock, the chicken that takes a lickin’. The name was something we joked about back at Stimulance Coffeeshop for almost a year while Scott, PJ and I weren’t playing at all. “Sure, we’re in a band, we just never practice!” One thing led to another, and we ended up putting together a nice little punk-ish band with Vinny and Liz for a summer.

 

Appetite for Intoxication

Recorded by Eric Daum in the basement of Ivyhurst on his then-cutting edge CuBase setup. His setup (and his recording chops) have VASTLY improved since then, but I like to joke that he cut his teeth on the 10lb. Cock.

Iron Chef Skank

Fhilter (AKA: Go Dog Go)

Fhilter was me, Jerry Hall, Mike Jeffers and Arron Macpherson. It was probably my first ‘real’ band, back in 1993. We playeda lot of bars and a lot of basements, and had a blast doing it. I was probably a little too into tapping and slapping back in the day, and it shows on these tracks.

Untitled 1994 Demo

Recorded at the venerable Watchment Studios in Lockport. The tech back then was so different from what you’d see now. I think we spent 500 bucks on this, and now a days you can produce better a LOT easier. I think part of the problem was that Doug just didn’t know what to do with us. Listening to these tracks 18 years later, I really don’t know what to think of them. Call it a lesson in humility that I’m even putting them up here.

Chains