MEGADETH, STEEL PANTHER, SYMPHONY X, Ex-MACHINE HEAD Members Cover DOKKEN’s ‘Tooth And Nail’ (Video)

Here is a fun tune I had the chance to mix for Phil demmel and crew.

as Blabbermouth.net says:

March 8, 2021

Former MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel has teamed up with singer Russell Allen (SYMPHONY XADRENALINE MOBTRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), drummer Stix Zadinia (STEEL PANTHER) and bassist David Ellefson (MEGADETH) to record a “quarantine” cover version of the DOKKEN song “Tooth And Nail” as part of Phil‘s series “Collab-A-Jam”.

Phil uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, writing in an accompanying message: “Me and Stix has been wanting to jam on something for awhile and finally had the opportunity on one of my favorite tunes from this era.

STEEL PANTHER took over the [MACHINE HEAD] practice gear in Germany after our sets at the Rock Am Park Festival in 2012 and were slaying a bunch of DOKKEN covers. This had to be one we did.

“I had realized that Dave hadn’t guested on a [‘Collab-A-Jam’] yet so he was a no-brainer. Dave and I have the same mind-set as things go and he’s one of my favorites in the business. Always quick with the tracks and loves to get things done.

Russell was the final piece and came through big. Such a huge talent and gave the song all the sprinkles.

Paul Fig has been such a rad connection through all of this and beefed up our mix while Wayne Marsala is always on point with the vid edits.

AFI Releases “Looking Tragic” and “Begging For Trouble” From Upcoming Album, “Bodies”

I tracked all the drums for AFI’s new album “Bodies” at Dave’s Room. I’m really looking forward to hearing the entire record when it comes out this June (2021).

Check out the video and track list below.

Here is what Josh Chesler from SPIN Magazine says:

Last month, AFI announced that they’d be releasing their 11th studio album later this year and dropped a pair of new tracks, “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles.” Davey Havok then confirmed that the album would be called Bodies on a podcast earlier this month, and the band has finally set a release date for it of June 11 (via Rise Records).

In addition, AFI just released two more tracks, “Looking Tragic” and “Begging For Trouble,” as well as a new video for the former. Both tracks will also be included on a limited edition seven-inch ahead of the album release.


“Twisted Tongues”
“Far Too Near”
“Dulceria”
“On Your Back”
“Escape From Los Angeles”
“Begging For Trouble”
“Back From The Flesh”
“Looking Tragic”
“Death Of The Party”
“No Eyes”
“Tied To A Tree”

AFI Return with New Songs “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles”

I had an amazing time working with Adam Carson on drum tracks for the new AFI album. We recorded all drums at my studio, Dave’s Room, for these upcoming 2021 releases. We challenged ourselves during these sessions, capturing excellent performances and coming up with unique drum sounds and textures for these songs.

Hears the songs below.

As SPENCER KAUFMAN  of Consequence of Sounds says:

The two new songs mark the veteran California rock act’s first new music since they dropped the five song EP The Missing Man in December 2018. When a new LP arrives, it will be the band’s first since 2017’s AFI (The Blood Album).

“Twisted Tongues” explores AFI’s goth-rock side, while “Escape From Los Angeles” gives off more of a punk vibe — both highlighted by singer Davey Havok’s signature haunting vocals.

“Escape from Los Angeles”, Havok remarked, “Los Angeles, like most of my loves, is imbued with a darkness and radiance. Musically, ‘Escape from Los Angeles’ called for my own vantage to this classic theme of the city’s dichotomous allure.”


WCA #315 with Paul Fig

Photo by Michelle Pullman

Punk rock ethics, handling crashes, mailbox money, managers, and getting out of the chair

Here is my interview with Matt Boudreau for Working Class Audio (WCA).

I had a blast chatting with Matt about coming up in Los Angeles as an engineer, and with the world of recording in and out of the studio.

Alice in Chains Live At MoPop Founders Award 2020

It was my extreme pleasure to oversee the audio recording of Alice in Chains live performance at MoPop for the Founders Award show. Performed and recorded in November, 2020,  with Geoff Ott, I quickly mixed these songs for  for the December 1st Broadcast.

Congratulations to Sean, Jerry, Mike, William as well as Layne Staley and Mike Starr, who are no longer with us, for receiving this very important award.

If you have not seen the whole show watch here

Your Decision live at MoPop 2020
No Excuses Live at MoPop 2020

After 15 Years System of a Down Release Two New Tracks

System Of A Down
(Image credit: Armen Keleshian)

I am enormously proud of the latest project I engineered and recorded at Dave’s Room. Not only was it a privileged to work with the talented artists from System of a Down, but also it meant a lot to me to be involved with two such meaningful pieces of music. Both tracks, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” focus on the terrible war being fought between the Armenia and the Armenian Republic of Artsahk and the combined forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey. 

Daron, Serj, Shavo, and John decided that the best way to bring attention to the plight of Armenians in Artsahk was to make music. The band has not recorded or released anything in the past 15 years, but they felt that the recent attacks by Azerbaijan and Turkey on the Republic of Artsahk (Nagorno-Karabakh), a disputed territory within the borders of Azerbaijan, needed and deserved any support they could give. I too, believe that Azerbaijan, with the help of Turkey, is attempting to eradicate Armenians in Artsahk and that the international community needs to acknowledge the independence of this region and censure both Azerbaijan and Turkey for their actions. I am proud to have recorded these two important, historic tracks at Dave’s Room. 

System of a Down will be donating all royalties earned from these two songs to the Armenian Fund. Their website, https://systemofadown.com/splash/ <%22>, eloquently explains the situation in Artsakh and tells you how you can purchase the music and support individuals with crucial and desperately needed aid as well as basic supplies. Each song is available for a minimum suggested donation of $1, which will be given to the US-based charity organization Armenia Fund, which assists those in need in Artsakh and Armenia with basic survival supplies.

Red Fang Release Punchy New Track “Stereo Nucleosis”

I had a blast mixing Red Fang’s “Stereo Nucleosis” for Adult Swim’s Singles Series. This was the forty third and Final entry for Adults Swims 2019-2020 program. I look forward to hearing what’s next from Red Fang.

As Peter Mann from mxdwn.com says:

“Stereo Nucleosis” opens with hard hitting guitar strings that sound a bit more aggressive than your usual offering from the Portland collective. The drums hit with grit tenacity and complement the equally aggressive guitar strings featured in the track. The production sounds fuller and heavier than Red Fang’s 2019 standalone track “Antidote.” 

LEWIS Debut, First Album since The Kinison

Chris Lewis

Here it is friends! Christopher Lee Lewis‘ first solo album since leaving The Kinison.
Christopher’s new musical endeavor LEWIS is now available at Bandcamp, or streaming at Spotify and Apple Music.

Why not make quarantine a stay-cation with this musical journey of 90’s flavored, jangley, grungy, indie pop? I promise a quick injection of fun and optimism.

https://musiclewis.bandcamp.com/album/son-on-the-floor

https://open.spotify.com/album/4BdZizGS6NZh6mSFj0QWAt

https://music.apple.com/us/album/son-on-the-floor/1515934589

LEWIS (ex-The Kinison vocalist) shares uplifting singles from new album produced by Paul Fig

Back in my Amen days (somewhere around 1999-2000), I met Chris Lewis.  He was incredibly young and had great energy. He was an Amen fan and we met after a show we played in Sauget, Illinois. He handed our singer a demo tape of his band, The Kinison. The visceral, bombastic sound captured on that tape told us the band had real potential.

I remember helping record early Kinison songs at Amen’s rehearsal space. It was a carpeted garage deep in Van Nuys and that’s where Chris and his band worked out their tunes.  Their demo “I Hate Black Sabbath” was recorded at Sound City, and it led Chris and The Kinison through a series of showcases and ultimately a record deal.

Chris and The Kinison were on their way, and they toured relentlessly in the early 2000s.

Many years later, we reconnected when The Kinison wanted to record a couple of tunes with me at Dave’s Room. This became the EP “Oh, the Guilt”

A few years later, Chris started to write on his own. He tracked 5 songs with a talented friend of ours, Manny Nieto, at his Suplex Studio in Los Angeles. Not long after that, Manny decided to move his studio to Hawaii and I mixed an EP from those 5 songs; it’s called, eponymously, “LEWIS”.

Chris was excited to have these tunes realized, and given our history and how comfortable we are working together, he asked if I would record his album. Over several weeks Chris sent me dozens of songs for “LEWIS”. His new music has a more singer-songwriter feel; jangly and grungy, but at the same time poetic and personal.  Chris is both relentless and prolific and while I was listening to the first group, he sent more and more songs. We decided on a recording date and he was still sending me music! Each tune was better than the last and out of the final group came “Tobi”, and “I’m Nervous Too” – two tracks that I knew had to be on the record.  

We worked hard and fast tracking live with Sam West on drums, and Frank Figueroa and Brian Duke on bass.  After 4 days of tracking and overdubs Chris had his first album recorded, “Son on the Floor”.

Mixing was fun – I kept the raw, honest performances and made sure Chris’ writing and intent really shone through. I am extremely proud of Chris and his new record. I am sure there will be more to come from LEWIS.

As Jedd Beaudoin from Pop Matters says: “the infectious single “Bathe Clean”, three minutes and six seconds that spotlight Lewis’ particular blend of humor, incisive observation and ability to create an unlikely but undeniable hook. Think of a sweeter Guided By Voices or songs where power-punk clichés are muted for the sake of the song and that’s some of what Lewis gets up to on” — PopMatters

Please enjoy The 4 singles leading up to LEWIS full length release August 21 “Son On The Floor”  on Sona Baby Records with these lyric videos.

Son On The Floor will be available on LP and download on August 21st, 2020 via Sona Baby Records. Pre-orders are available HERE

“I’m Nervous Too”

 

“Tobi”

“Bathe Clean”





 

“What You GIve”

The Lost Chorus| Soft Lies

Just before the pandemic lock down, Ryan Dennee (Stavesacre) called to discuss a new project he was involved in. He wanted to know if I could help The Lost Chorus produce a series of singles. Well, after a day of tracking and overdubs, we ended up confined to our homes. Bu here is the first single: “Soft Lies” was tracked at Dave’s Room. I engineered the drums and guitars. When I received the bass tracks and vocals I also dove in and did the mix. I will leave you with this lyric video “Soft Lies” by The Lost Chorus. Enjoy.