This record might be close to the top of the album of the year list for me. These Amherst natives stick to the traditions of 80’s Western Mass punk and 90’s garage pop sensations. Thick layers of fuzz driven guitars, rumbling bass undertones, and vocals whirling with long hair and flannel. This eight song LP was recorded in MA by Justin Pizzoferrato, who has collaborated in the past with such bands as Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. I must say their sound doesn’t stray too far from those bands either as they could be contemporaries, had they been around at the same time. However, they are are leaving their own unique mark in their hometown’s punk history with a fresh new dynamic in which they will stand amongst their own.
So, for this weeks dig I’m pulling out a rare and unreleased Cave In song, Inflatable Dream. I hate being that guy but I would have to say that this is my favorite Cave In song. I believe this song was recorded around the Creative Eclipses EP sessions. These guys are a band that has covered many genres in their time together. From the metalcore masterpiece Until Your Heart Stops, to the major label alt rock debut, Antenna. You can find all of those elements that they are known for in this song. If you ask any Cave In fan, they will probably tell you that this is their favorite song as well.
Pretty much if you own a Fender Offset guitar i.e. Jaguar, Jazzmaster. This is your go to retrofit bridge to sort the well know stock bridge issue. Thurston Moore, Elvis Costello, Nels Cline and Queens Of The Stone Age can’t live with out it, so shouldn’t you. They are also making Telecaster and Rickenbacker bridges now
PLEASE get a Mastery Bridge and PLEASE buy it from us if you feel like it. PLEASE let me install it but also PLEASE feel free to do it yourself because it’s not that hard. PLEASE just get one and say PLEASE when you do because that’s nice. When you hear the sonic upgrade to your guitar you’ll be all Fender PLEASE
FINALLY, THE FENDER STARCASTER & CORONADO MODELS RETURN
Well, after more than 30 years the Fender Starcaster and Coronado models are finally back in production. This will make many hipsters mustaches fall off, and many kids whose parents bought them a Starcaster starter pack at Guitar Center very confused. If you have attended a Lollapalooza festival, chances are you’ve seen someone play one of these guitars. Alright thats enough of the terrible jokes. I will admit the guitar geek in me couldn’t stop from smiling when I saw that they were putting these back into production. I was especially gleaming when I took a glance at the photos that were released. To add to the joy, these guitars come at a very reasonable price. In my opinion. the Coronado and Starcaster are two of the most unique and sophisticated semi hollow guitars to ever hit the market. For anyone who has been on the quest for one of these, now is the time to get your hands on one of these while it’s easy on the good ol’ wallet.
Fender introduced the Coronado in 1966, and created by previous Rickenbacker luthier Roger Rossmeisl. It was designed to capitalise on the increased popularity for semi-acoustic electric guitars such as the Epiphone Casino, a guitar often played by a very small independent band from Liverpool. Fender produced three six string models, one twelve string, and two bass models. The Coronado was retired in 1972 due to little success. At that time Jazz purist (who made up a large portion of the market) were not attracted to the bolt on neck as well as feedbacking. However they have gained a lot of attention since being discontinued for their deep and bright tones, and natural resonance.
Colin Frangicetto has always been a personal inspiration for me. It was right around my freshman year in high school when I first heard of him. It was at the beginning of the band Circa Survive’s life, a now thriving force in the music scene. Colin was regularly posting entries on the band’s website, which was more of a tour diary it seemed. I remember feeling really connected to him and the band. I can recall him writing about life on tour, it was my first look into the “on the road” lifestyle and it enthralled me. It was the personal, in depth, honest writing that he and the rest of the band did that really made me fall in love with music. Eight years later I was lucky enough to get Colin on the phone and ask him what has been itching at me for years. This interview took place in March of 2012. Colin was juggling his successful art career, his solo music ventures under the moniker “Psychic Babble”, and at the time of the call had taken a break from tracking the now popular Circa album “Violent Waves”. Some of it may be a bit outdated, but the conversation went as follows. (Words and Interview conducted by Tim Brown)
You’ve been active in music for some time now; walk us through how you started out?
I think I was like 13 and I started playing my dads guitar, he had a guitar lying around, he used to be a band a long time ago when he was in his 20’s. He knew I was getting into rock and he was like “Use this.” It was a Strat I was just messing around with it and then I guess when I started middle school is when I met friends who were into music too. When I was in elementary school and I would start to get into Pearl Jam and stuff when they first came out with Ten. Everyone in elementary school was awesome at sports so I was kind of like, the weirdo and then once I got to middle school I met some other weirdo’s and we started jamming. One of them had a drum set; I think everyone had guitars and shit. I don’t think we even had a bass. But it kind of started to spiral from there. Everyone I had met started to be like “What are you listening to?” or “What do you play?” and then it’s like “Oh, you want to start a band?” and by the time I was 15 I was probably in like four bands at any given time. I think that’s just the way a lot of people get into it when you’re younger.
I guess when it got serious was more like 16ish. The band I was in was called Yellow Five. Our guitar player’s dad was a friend with a guy who had a studio, which was kind of crazy for me, but yeah so we wound up recording our first set. And that was the first crazy experience that I had was going into the studio at like 15 or 16 and like having my mind blown about how to record stuff. By the time I was a junior in highschool I was in This Day Forward. And I had gotten into Minor Threat and all that stuff like punk and more aggressive stuff. And some guys wanted to play like Converge style stuff and that’s what I wanted at the time. So like in gym class they had said they needed a drummer and I was like well I played snare drum in middle school so I could probably play drums. And plus my neighbor had given me a drum set for my birthday. So I just started learning how to play the set. And we were a band for like a year and you know the hardcore community was so easy to fall into. If you wanted to play you just had to like start emailing around and you find people who put on shows in halls and stuff.
By the time it was graduation it was like go to school during the week and Friday would come and we would jump in our cars and drive to wherever it was we were playing. Sometimes that was all the way to Florida from Pennsylvania so we would drive Friday night Saturday during the day, get there Saturday night and play the show then drive all the way and miss a day of school, you know? It was crazy. It was an obsession. And all of us worked part time jobs during the week and saved up and when summer came we would just self-book all across the U.S. and it was how we spent our summers, and our money haha. And from then on it just kept growing you know, playing shows in Upstate New York and start catching the ears of people who put on Hell Fest and stuff like that. We were on some local label called Break Even and they like pressed a thousand tapes for us and we never thought we would sell more than a hundred and we ended up selling out within like 6 months. Then Eulogy came around with an actual record deal and from there it just took off. It was more serious and touring nonstop during the summer. By the time we were out of school it was just constantly on our minds like “Should we do this full time?”. We were thinking; Poison the Well and From Autumn to Ashes and Thursday all of our friends’ bands were going full time and hitting huge. And we were like “Yeah let’s go full time, not to get rich just to do it as a job. Make shitty money doing this and it’ll be great.” So we did that for a few years.
Check out a new song Blood Balloon off the new records Death Chorus out 11/19/13 via Rise Records. Also, we will be hitting the road with Citizen, Diamond Youth, and Sainthood Reps this November, so come out to a show!