Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sonn Av Krusher - Fall 2007

Sonn Av Krusher is one of the bands I play in at the moment - it is definitely the one that practices the most, but that isn't saying much. I play drums, Gray Kiser (Regicide/Hands of an Angry God/Pink Panties/XLinedriveX) plays guitar, and Matt Mauldin (Car Vs. Driver, Chocolate Kiss, Veinocity, Bloodspoon, Joyce) sings and plays some theremin. We started about a year ago and have played a grand total of two shows thus far. To be fair, we have 5.5 children between the three of us, so this band is not going to be the most prolific endeavor.

I was excited to play with Gray Kiser again because he brought such good ideas to the table when I played with him in Regicide (Lift the Ban, Regicide - The Hammer of Hate, Battle of the Hair Capes, etc.), and I like his lyric writing process. Basically we start each song with a theme, usually inspired by the sound and feel of the song, and then develop lyrics from there. Normally both Gray and Matt collaborate on the lyrics and themes, and the song titles are developed as a group.

The band originally did not have a singer - we had this idea to switch vocalists between every song, so then the idea was that at least these people would be suckered into coming out to the show, and it would also give each song its own flavor. It also can make the band schizophrenic. Once the idea had some time to settle in, it was a little unfeasible to have 6+ singers just hanging around, so when Matt Mauldin came to sing On The Backs of the Blitzkrieg (our first song), he just kept showing up for practice. At this point in our musical lives, if a person can show up for practice, they can pretty much be in the band.

Here are some photos from our first show at Lenny's (flyer above):

We recorded five songs at the Living Room with Ed Rawls and Justin McNeight back in July 2007. Here is the link to download the MP3's:

Sonn Av Krusher 2007 Demo Tape

The Track Listing of the Sonn Av Krusher 2007 Demo LP:

1. High Holy Days
2. Snake Mountain Death Ride
3. On the Backs of the Blitzkrieg
4. I Left My Heart in San Francisco Bay
5. The Widower

Friday, September 21, 2007

Time to post some pictures

Here is the hal al Shedad in Sweden, Summer 1997. We took some professional shots for a magazine, and they had us do some strange poses. Anyhow, they looked pretty cool.

Here is the hal al Shedad playing a fest in Philadelphia, sometime early in 1998 I believe. I was using the drums from the Red Scare, as I flew up to the show using the Air Tran X fare.
Hal al Shedad in Columbus, Ohio in 1998. We played a living room, but I can't remember very much else about the show. I believe we played with a local band called Union Blue, but I'm not positive on that one.

The shot above and below are from a Food Not Bombs benefit at MJQ early in 1998.

The shot below was a band promo photo for Chocolate Kiss, taken around 1999. We all had glasses except for Matt (on right), so we decided to switch things around and he's wearing my glasses in the picture.

This shot was Chocolate Kiss in Denver, CO in July of 2001. If Bob was really having fun playing, he would take his clothes off. That was just the type of guy you were dealing with.

Here I am playing drums in the Good Friday Experiment practice space, around 2002.

Last but definitely not least, here are some pictures of the Midget Farmers playing in Huntsville, AL in 1993. I still have that green and black striped Gap shirt from Jenn Erts.