Brainstorming lyrics for a new EP

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We both agreed on a great idea for a concept EP. We’ve been working at it pretty hard. Today was our first lyric/vocal writing session. I am really excited about this project, one… because of the concept theme… and two, because it is leaning way more slam than metalcore.

Bad news and good news | Bass Guitar troubles

My bass guitar ate the dust for the last time. Over the course of the last few months I have been having issues with it. And well, after my third trip to the repair shop I was finally told I should probably just dig a hole and bury it.

And so, I did.

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As a result, I got a super slick 5 string.

I am really excited about this new bass. It has way more pop that the last one and I really do think it will bring a little more edge to the mix. Although this is an epic upgrade, there is a pretty lame downside. Now that I have upgraded the bass, all of the bass takes for the current EP that we are working on are no good. I now have four songs that will need to re-track all of the bass parts.

It’s annoying. But, in the long haul it’ll be worth it.

Studio upgrades are always fun!

Music Suggestion | Tyler Melashenko | Alternative Rock-Hip Hop

Way back when in my tour days I toured on and off with quite a few bands among varying genres. Most notably were a few indie-rock bands, hardcore, bands, and even a parody band that I drummed for while doing my solo stuff.

Among these myriad groups there is one solo artist that I still talk to from time to time named Tyler Melashenko. He and I met at a show in Texas and toured together for a few months. What he was doing back then was much different that my indie-folk stuff. What made us a great fit was the fact that we were both solo artists. We could both fit all of our gear into one ride, saving on tour costs.

Well, like me, Tyler is still dabbling in music, writing here and there with talk of putting together another full band project. He has been releasing a lot of his more recent solo stuff on Soundcloud. I highly recommend you go take a listen to some of his stuff. He is a really talented dude.

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His most recent 6 song release, Lit Cardinal is a really fun listen. The featured track on that release is called Teenager.

But don’t just give his stuff a listen. Go join his mailing or send him a message. Word on the street is, he has some new stuff coming out in the near future with some other guys.