Oops We Did It Again.
* Fall Updates
Autumn is back and for Raleigh locals this means a bout of bipolarous temperature fluctuations that make you regret forgetting your hoodie and not wearing shorts. It’s going to be hot by 3pm but I’m more than 6 months out of suck-it-up shape when it comes to the morning cold. I want to wait until the very last possible second to wake up and leave my blanketed cave of warmth and brave the cold for the benefit of the four-legged one, then it’s the day’s list of various working shifts and to-do lists and by afternoon I’m sweating and shedding layers (that then I must keep track of and not lose) only to try and locate them again when the night cools off and turns brisk. That’s when you really want pants. Those with sinus problems and suffering from seasonal colds hate it, but I can’t help but love it.
Sentimentality aside…sorry for not writing last month’s newsletter.
The Gonzo house has undergone renovations again. The jam space fits nicely into a smaller portion of the room so that there’s more room for the crowd when we throw down and it makes unloading easier after shows because we’re not stepping on all the spread-out gear in the wee hours of the morning. It feels like a huge portion of our gig time is spent hauling gear (roadie interns? yes? anyone?)
but we do it because we care about delivering quality music and that takes time spent refining songs and also refining how you play those songs and with what instrument technologies. We’re cracking down on the next batch of songs ready for recording and release for the immediate future and are quite happy to have Drew Smith (Left Outlet)
on board beefing up his production muscle. His extensive knowledge of music from a plethora of time periods has helped uncover bands we sound like and can be influenced by in refining our craft.
It’s a balancing act between gigging enough to keep our fanbase growing and taking time to write and refine new material — as such, it may be all quiet on the Gonzo front for a little while. We’ve gotten down to the nuts and bolts of songwriting and the effect on the songs themselves has been nothing short of sensational. We even took an old favorite for our live audiences and completely reconstructed it with a whole new feel. We’ll have at least one show during the holiday season so check back every once in a while, but rest assured we’ll do our best to let you know about it too. We can’t wait to show you all the love and dedication that goes into our work. There may not be much to report as far as the newsletter goes so don’t be surprised if the frequency drops down to every-other-month. Quality over quantity!
Lastly, we’re reverting back to the old design template. The other one was cool but this one still has the best layout. One thing we’re keeping is the link to forward this newsletter to EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!! No seriously — do it.
Have a friend you think might be interested? Forward this to them.
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Sound Nerdiness Maximus
Some of the most crucial people behind the scenes in any music community are those who care enough about their passions to become scientists in the field. I’m talking about the men and women who build, repair and restore instruments and amps so that the music never has to stop. The folks at Superfine Ampworks are a Raleigh treasure and have the repair waiting list to prove it. Last report was an approximated 10-week turnaround but the results are worth the wait. We have them to thank for Dylan’s amp repairs. They fixed it in less than 10 minutes but still wanted to keep it and find what caused the problem to begin with. Like we said…scientists in the field, being thorough about their work. Solid.
If you don’t know the name, learn it and look out. Mr. Junqueira has been rapidly acquiring more work to test his mettle and spends his time shooting anything he can. That combination of passion and structure can create an environment where artists develop and experience the most personal growth — just look at his portfolio. Junqueira avoids the pretend-i’m-not-here approach and actively engages his subjects so they feel comfortable enough to open up even with the camera in the room, which is a talent few have. He has worked for Midtown Magazine, done two split-gallery exhibits, got a killer tan shooting car and auto shows last summer, and most recently did a shoot for yours truly! We loved his professionalism and that it in no way limited his creativity and resourcefulness. We’re very excited to share his work with you and recommend the Black and White catalog for its sheer depth of emotion. His contact info is:
JunqueiraS@yahoo.comPortfolio (Courtesy of SmugMug)