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A Long Time Ago…

Back in ‘93/’94 (some of the ‘college years’) I was in a few bands playing guitar, flute, sax, doing some drum programming and what have you. The most successful of which was Third from the Sun with Gia (vocals), Kelsey (drums) and Tyler (bass), though we did have our lineup changes before that set was our ‘final’ linup.

We recorded a demo on the cheap (8 hours at an 8-track analog studio) and it lived on DAT and cassette for a very long time until I moved to Austin. I had it transferred on to CD by someone who did a half-assed job and then ripped it from there. All in all, it wasn’t really our best foot forward (as Kelsey had joined the band a mere two days before we recorded), but some really cool things came out of it (such as the place where I totally screwed up in ‘Wait’ except Gia gave me the thumbs up from her half of the recording room and we went with it — a pause in the song that later became part of our live set, probably the most apropos guitar solo I’ve ever done in ‘I’ll Say When’, the ‘C’ section in ‘Romeo’ where the entire band hit the crescendo spot-on, and the vocal ‘oohs’ at the end of ‘Romeo’ still sends chills down my spine). An astute listener will likely detect at least two places in ‘Lost and Lonely’ where the band nearly falls apart.

Night with Romeo

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I’ll Say When

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Lost and Lonely

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Wait

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We played all our gigs as a half-original/half-cover band doing the latest-and-greatest covers from Nirvana to Tool to The Smashing Pumpkins to Candlebox and Belly (anyone remember them? Feed the Tree! Oh yeah!). I still remember fondly the time when Gia, who was not 18 yet and still living at home, threw caution to the wind and with her family in the audience, screamed ‘Jesus won’t you fucking whistle’ into the microphone…

My favorite tune I penned, ‘Angels Walk Alone’, was written at the very end of the group’s life and never made it on to tape anywhere. I have only vague memories of the riffs and when pressed I can muddle through the whole thing, sort-of. The lyrics are far, far gone, though.

And then one summer, I got a call at home that ended the group. Gia and I did a couple acoustic recordings after that of some of our songs and some of the covers, but that tape too seems to be lost to the ages.

Kelsey and I went on to gather up Scott (guitars) a bassist who I can’t remember his name, exactly, and Mr. Country (vocals) who tossed away his country-ness and helped us form the very heavy, very dark metal band Lunchbox (or was it Boxed Lunch?). But that’s a story for another post.

A recent ‘find’ on MySpace and a couple letters exchanged with the lead singer and I felt the need to reminisce a bit. Oh, and she wanted the songs to download. So, Gia… there ya go!

2 comments to A Long Time Ago…

  • Brian

    Mr. Country might be Jeff Reilly, if memory serves.

    Not sure.

    Thanks for these, had a few tapes, but hard to put on the mp3 player.

    -B

  • Brian

    I’ve seen a copy of the acoustic tape in the last 6 months, too, which means it’s gotta still be somewhere in the house.

    Next time I see my copy I’ll drop it in the mail for you.

    -Brian

    (Case sensitive login user names are annoying)

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