In Love... Again featuring Golden Plates!!!

Dec 3rd!!!

This song has been a work in progress for a minute. Andrew Gomez (NRVS LVRS) sprinkles the track with synth lasers. Jimmy Chen (F.Y.O.D.) added guitar texture's the same night he worked on "Blue Sun." As the track developed, drummer Landon Cisneros toured with Spirit Mother, and Golden Plates released the album "The Light" and the singles "Bombs," "Dear Casey," and "Nobody Like You." One day,  Landon got back from tour and everything fell into place. Two weeks later and we have ourselves another single:) 

Art: Akeem Raheem

Denials featuring Tobias Hawkins!!!

Out now!!

Andrew Gomez set's the tone for this single by creating a thick fog of dread with his Moog magic. Tobias Hawkins once again comes through with candid, emotional vocals, which bounce over the dark Moog clouds. The music is then elevated thanks to the drum work of Landon Cisneros, who came into the studio and knocked out the track, the same day he took care of business with Blue Sun. It's a dark gloomy new wave alternative cut. It's what we do.

Art: Elaine Leon

Blue Sun featuring Olivia Barchard!!

Out now!!!

The way this single came together was truly special. I was sputtering with a guitar part so I reached out to Jimmy Chen who came in and tracked guitar with engineer Russell Ortega. Then I heard Moon Museum's new single and reached out to Olivia Barchard. I sent her a few tracks and she picked this one. Olivia sent back vocal demos which quickly turned into a final take. The last step was recording drums and Landon Cisneros swooped into Secret Studios, met with producer Rex Shelverton, tracked drums and that was a that. One, two, three. 

Art: Ami Campbell & Elaine Leon

Everything But The Everything

Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP

This EP came together the way I hoped the first EP would have come together. I still have much to learn. Those early demos I sent out prematurely didn't do me any favors procuring collaborators. So I got back to work and the ideas came faster. The songs began to take shape as the collaboration parts fell into place. First the vocals, then the drums, Gomez with his Moog. Hearing the music play through the monitors as we went over that final mix was an incredible feeling. Its Rockn Roll.

The Story featuring Sophia Prise!!

Rockn Roll Is A Feeling

I knew one thing heading into this new EP. I had to offer Sophia a solid, straight forward track unlike the unorthodox "Just" for our next collaboration.  On the aforementioned track, she helped me see out my vision and just rolled with it. I'll never forget that. That's a real friend. When 'The Story' started to come together, I knew just who to approach. She killed it. Took the idea and ran with it. It's always a pleasure and an inspiration to see an artist perform at their best and I happen to have front row seats at this recording session.

Art: Akeem Raheem

Intimacy featuring Luke Sweeney!!

Rockn Roll Is A Feeling

Im a fan of Luke Sweeney. I added his single Already Yours from his latest album Peace Meal to the only playlist I listen to on Spotify that's on a continuous loop. I must play that song at least 3 times a day. Having him agree to record some vocals for this EP was a great moment which I met with disbelief. I remember double checking the text recipient to make sure I was talking to the correct person.  Andrew Gomez of NRVS LVRS added the bouncing Moog which was the icing on the cake.

Art: Akeem Raheem

Can't Allow featuring Tobias Hawkins!

Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP

This will be the fourth track Tobias and I collaborate on and it feels like our chemistry is gettting stronger. Tobias casually strolled into the studio and delivered an emotional performance augmented with a full range of  craftful adlibs that he expertly deploys like a seasoned music vet. It truly is a pleasure being in the studio with Tobias as he breaks down the stories to his lyrics that have a propensity to lean on the darker side of life's experiences.

Art: Akeem Raheem

Jump featuring Vacances!

Rockn Roll Is A Feeling EP

Daniel Lannon aka Vacances was The Frail and his drive was the force that drove the music and earned the praise of SF's music scene movers and shakers.  During my five year tenure on bass guitar,  I forgot that very fact and I argued my way out of  the band. As time has passed and with more music experience, I can now see that my time with Frail was truly special. From the moment I walked into my first audition, I felt right at home. Seemingly seamlessly always in sync with music and mischief. It feels great to be working on new music with my old friend.

Art: Akeem Raheem

The Dream ep

everything but the everything

I walked away from music in 2015. I was burnt out on years of "check out my band, our video,  our show..." but as the years rolled on, I found myself sincerely missing music. One night, I stumbled into an open mic at the Legionnaire (Oakland) and the band was killing it. "Well rehearsed" I assumed, but when people from the crowd rotated on stage and exchanged instruments, the music stayed tight. They were real musicians. That night I realized that just because I wasn't in a band I didn't have to stop being a musician and so my journey into songwriting began.

Art: Akeem Raheem

 

 

Chalk and Blood featuring Tobias Hawkins

The Dream EP

This is the last of the four songs to come together and should be the first song you listen to. I initially wanted a different singer on each song but Tobias Hawkins was killing it and he certainly rewards us with more thoughtful lyrics and his creative approach. For inspiration I played him Megadeath's "Angry Again" in my Cadillac as we chopped it up over arrangements outside his house before our studio session. He said "I got this, its going to be big," and I do believe he delivered.

Art: Elaine Leon

This Cold Sea featuring Tobias Hawkins

The Dream EP

I was playing bass with Fake Your Own Death and we played a show at the Eagle (SF) with Tobias's band Matador. I was quietly on the lookout for musicians to ask to contribute with my side project and after seeing Matador perform, I immediately thought that he would be perfect for this song. Tobias came in and brought the attitude to the track that it was lacking. After the session Rex Shilverton, the EP's engineer said, "Holy shit,  I think you should work with that guy again."

Art: Elaine Leon