Two years in the making, “The Castle” is finally here! This album is a conglomeration of my post-college experience, with songs about different themes when it comes to figuring out what to do with yourself. The themes include writer’s block, falling out of touch with friends, and not knowing what the hell you’re doing. It is called The Castle because a large portion of it was recorded in an old church that I lived in for a while (pictured in the album cover) that my roommates and I lovingly referred to as “The Castle”. The album features saxophone tracks by James Negron as well as guitar solos by Josh Thorsey. Brandon Rutski and Paul Bonolo play some awesome drum tracks as well.
This will probably be the last album of this style that I release, as I am planning on venturing into some different genres in the future. Stay tuned!
¡HA¡ is the new band I’ve formed with some fellow musicians here in Albany. When Rob O’Connor (Olsen Court, The Weird Apples) came up to Albany to do an internship, I was able to introduce him to two of my close college friends, Matt DeLaus (DeadLight Poets) and Alan Sweet. Matt and I began writing songs together, and found that the intricate guitar riffs and melodies he was writing blended almost perfectly with my songwriting style and vocal melodies. After bringing these songs to Rob and Alan, we’ve found that we produce a sound similar to indie rock, but with influences from blues and funk. I like to tell people we sound like My Morning Jacket and The Strokes playing a set together behind Elvis Costello. The four of us have been working hard, and ¡HA¡ is planning on making it’s live debut at the Low Beat in Albany, NY on April 10th. We plan to begin recording a demo shortly after that, and it should be released within the year. I’m very excited to get this band going, and I can’t wait to show ya’ll what we got!
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At the College of Saint Rose, students are required to perform for a class called convocation. Convocation happens once a week, and all music students are required to attend each performance. I put together an arrangement of the song “Piece of Glass” from The Monster album, and now a recording of the live performance is available on SoundCloud! The recording features Amelia Rosettie on violin, Alenni Davis on harmonies, Patrick Flores on lead guitar, Will Fredette on bass, and Will Hahn on drums. Needless to say, I passed!
The Weird Apples all got together again over the summer and recorded two of their heaviest, danciest songs yet. The sax-heavy tunes emulate classic and indie rock, with dramatic contrast in between the two songs. The first track, Swivel Yo Hips, is a very upbeat song about just wanting to dance in a world where it’s frowned upon, while the second song called Dancing Skeletons has a heavier vibe about it as Sam sings about an afterlife taunting us with subtle clues of its existence. The two-song EP is available now for download for only one dollar.
The second single off of “The Monster” album coming out later in August was released today. “Doubt Dandelions” is a harmony-driven song that talks about the seeds of doubt that can become a problem for us should we choose to let them grow. The single is available for download, and “The Monster” is coming out August 23rd with more songs like this one and the previous single that was released, “Put Away The Monster.”