* We missed May!
* We missed you!
* We’re sorry!
If you overlooked the “If you are receiving this message” preamble, or are a Tumblr viewer of our online newsletter and don’t see the preamble, again let us apologize PROFUSELY for our negligent behavior last month. We’re like the bad baby-sitter that was outside smoking cigarettes and talking on the cellphone while the kids were inside drawing on the walls with permanent marker. We might have picked the lock to the liquor cabinet and helped ourselves to some of your whiskey too. Some friends may have come over for a little bit…at least until the cops were called…nothing got broken though! Except our hearts with how sorry we are… You believe us when we say that right? Right??
The kids say nothing happened and we were the best babysitters ever?
Well of course all that was just a joke!! Hahahaha, do you think we’d EVER steal from your liquor cabinet? But your whiskey has a distinct apple juice flavor now??
Well it is what it is, and we’re writing to you (and trying extra hard to be funny, so LAUGH DAMMIT!)
now and want to let you know what’s been going on over here at Fort Gonzo. There has been a flurry of active technical exploration as Ben and Martyn rounded out their rigs and Dylan debuted his new amp. The VOX AC-15 let Dylan pull back on the power his Crate stack had without losing the volume while at lower levels. We’re not playing arenas yet so it’s a perfect balance to kick ass in an electric ballroom sized room. Martyn just picked up the brand-spanking-new MOOG Taurus 3. Real organists play the foot pedals so why not Martyn, right? Finding a flight case for that in stock is not easy though! Another gadget added to the synth rig is a stompbox sized organic analog “Utopia Synth” put out by King Capitol Punishment, now known as Skychord Electronics and manufacturing out of Portland, OR. It’s four square wave oscillators are entirely too much fun to play with. Ben has been mainly tweaking his vocal effects processors and getting the impedence levels right and adding the Electroharmonix Bass Big Muff π (Pi)
and a Seymour Duncan Paranormal Direct Box. He’s considering the possibility of cracking his combo amp open and slaving a 1x15 (or 1x18 if a nice one at a reasonable price reveals itself)
into the setup but that’s a project for another time. It was just nice to get his amp on casters so we didn’t have to carry it the whole way everywhere.
We had a blast seeing everyone that came out to the Shakedown Street showcase! We’ve met a lot of new faces lately at various gigs and the guys from Chappo at the Local 506 gig were very entertaining to see live (that song from the iPad commercial is ridiculously catchy)
and their use of the Kaoss Pad was awesome! Volume 11 Tavern surprised us with a special tour of the facilities and the recording studio there is top-notch indeed. A drive out to the outskirts of Wake Forest took us to the recently renovated Hangar Studios, where a groovy 6-String Bass and Baritone Guitar duet went down. An intimate jam here at the barn and making the rounds in downtown Raleigh have kept us out and about but most of the time has been spent working on a couple new songs coming down the pipe. A first full-length album is inevitable (Mister Anderson)
but with these latest additions the realization of it has really brought some excellent energy to the task. We’re all very excited to perform them for you, and if you were at the Shakedown Street showcase you got to hear us jam on the one closest to completion.
We’re still going to keep it low-key for a bit but you can catch us at a couple upcoming gigs - more to follow:
Thurs. July 12 (07/12)
Volume 11 Tavern
658 Maywood Avenue
Sat. Aug. 4 (08/04)
Cozy Log Cabin Party
Mark’O’s Cozy Log Cabin
So you bought the EP already: Did you know that purchasing the downloadable album from Bandcamp includes a never-released seventh song recorded during our session at Big Toe Studios? There’s also another song from the upcoming Dissapator Cycle you can purchase for $1! If you’re living on a dollar-menu budget though we can help you out - just hit one of us up and we can send you the link to download the bonus material.
Call for Talent:
If you remember SPARKcon related content from around this time last year then it comes as no surprise that we give a shoutout to those fine individuals at Visual Art Exchange for rising to the challenge and bring our city it’s 7th weekend-long mishmash of everything that is good and wonderful about the creative arts. Yes, I mean that in the full-of-wonder sense. Raleigh is home to some of the most talented people we’ve had the honor of meeting - hanging out, performing and working alongside to create the kind of community that artists can find creative nourishment in. Ben is back on board for his second year volunteering under the musicSPARK banner - if you have any questions about what SPARKcon is and how you can get involved please don’t hesitate to contact him directly at 919.404.9BEN (That’s 919.404.9236 - yes it’s a bit cheesy but it IS easy to remember that way)
through his Google Voice phone number so it goes to his cell phone and email instantly.
If you are a local musician in a band/ensemble or a solo artist please please check out the link provided here which will direct your browser to the musicSPARK call for talent.http://www.sparkcon.com/sparks/musicspark/entry/
Everything you’ll need to submit is listed on the page and will help you get an idea of when you could play during this three-day celebration of awesome!
This year’s event footprint is blooming around the Warehouse District - the city has already arranged for the streets to be blocked off and the roads themselves will be covered with art!!!
Sound Nerdiness Maximus
Like we mentioned up in the main portion of this month’s newsletter - there’s been some advances in technology around here, and a little drooling along the way to boot. Ben has been moonlighting at Sam Ash - Raleigh in the guitar department for a few months now if you haven’t seen him zipping around with his red glasses b/c he’s actually got to read little print all day and stare at a computer screen to determine whether that number is an 8 or a 0…is there such a think as font size 3? Some really cool instruments have been traded in and found new homes through our used purchase deals - vintage gear and custom jobs alike that can’t be ordered from the manufacturer. Working there is dangerous business for a musician that cares about the sound quality of their life’s work.
If you need something specific, need your gig backup kit replenished or have something you’ve been drooling over that you need an extra set of eyes (or four) to find, or even want to perform on the big stage right there in the store (yeah, they have that too) give Ben a shout for that too. If you can’t reach him through the Google Voice number try asking for him at the Sam Ash Raleigh store phone number 919.855.9581.
Bonus information you probably didn’t know: Sam Ash is still privately owned and operated by Ash family members and they care a lot about the musician community. In years past Sam Ash Music has personally donated swag to local events like SPARKcon, battle-of-the-band competitions, and gift prizes for fundraising efforts. One big family of musicians.
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