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Live at Circios Basement-Vol 1

Live at Circios Basement-Vol 1

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Quite a bit of history: Brian and I had been playing together for 8 years before we cut the Space Band album. Just me and him with maybe an occasional local jam session. We learned to play the guitars together. Got really good and were always writing and recording songs. Back in those days, cover bands were the norm, but we focused on our originals. We tried to find a bass player and drummer, but it was very hard. We had a bunch of songs which we were very excited about and wanted to record in a decent studio. I saw an ad for Basement Floor Studios and we went down there to record a few demos which turned into the Space Band album. Tim Miskimon ran the studio with his brother Mark and they were part of a successful local band called "Basement Floor". Tim helped produce the album and did some vocals ("Burn-out on Re-entry"), vocal harmonies, bass, and keyboards. Mark played drums and did some backing vocals. Brian and I felt very comfortable recording with Tim and Mark and I'm still in touch with them to this day. Now, Mark Miskimon was one of Maryland's finest rock drummers and one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Brian and I would play our guitars to cut the basic tracks and Mark nailed every song in one or two takes. He felt our music. He got it. We never had to tell Mark what to play - remarkable. Both Tim and Mark had no egos about them and we had a ball. Of course, that led to the demos becoming album tracks and "let's do another song!" The Space Band album was released in 1984 and got great reviews and generated interest all around the world! It was a studio project with no intentions of playing live. Even if we wanted, Tim and Mark were very busy cutting Basement Floor's first album and touring to promote it. Brian and I supported their band and frequently appeared at their shows and raised hell (support). The Space Band album got lots of radio play in Maryland and we received letters from everywhere asking when the band would be touring in the area. Brian and I were so ecstatic with the album that we cruised on that high for a couple of years. We then realized that we had more songs in the works - enough for at least a second album. The lack of financial resources dictated that a second album probably would not happen. We set out to find a bass player and drummer to jam with and possibly play out live. We had a 'studio album' out which we hoped would attract some decent players. Around 1988, we had access to a large basement to jam in with a decent PA system and some recording gear. Chris Peters showed up one day with a bass and bass amp. I believe we found him through an ad. We sent him the album to see if he liked the music. He was experienced and a bit younger than us, but had the chops and could sing. The drummer we had at the time bailed shorty after Chris arrived. It had nothing to do with Chris. He just wanted to get back to playing out and the Space Band was progressing too slowly for him. We only got together once a week to jam - that was our schedule and Chris didn't mind driving the 35 miles to the jam sessions. Rock drummers come in a multitude of styles or no style at all. Most drummers were too loud for us. The really good ones didn't want to waste time on originals when they could play out with just about any established band. The bad drummers couldn't get our feel and play to our rhythmic changes - not that the changes were all that difficult. They couldn't keep a steady beat and if they could - they were unreliable. Frank Reedy lived 5 miles away; I believed we found him from a newspaper ad. He was a blues based drummer who had experience and dynamics. Yes, dynamics! He could play loud or soft depending on the part of the song. What a relief! The fact that Chris and Frank liked our music and wanted to learn all our songs made Brian and me very happy! We still needed a keyboard player. The Space Band album had some keyboard parts played by Tim that added a bit of texture and atmosphere. Nothing fancy. We were writing new songs with keyboard parts in mind. My wife Cheryl had some basic classical piano training and I recruited her into the band. At the very least, she knew that when I said I was going to jam with the band, I did - she was there. She played some really nice parts, did some backing vocals, and fit in nicely with the guys. From 1992-1994 we played in Circio's basement and recorded our sessions. The recordings helped everyone to learn the songs better and to evaluate our performances. Our goal was to eventually play out, and with practicing three to four times a month, we were just about ready. I scheduled some gigs a few months in advance and then the band dissolved. According to Circio, "It may have been an erratic cosmic waveform causing disruption of the creative process. A possible time warp that slowed things down to a crawl losing any momentum gained as a band." It was over. Brian and I took the music as far as we could and decided to go on different paths. I had a son and Brian (who already had two children) tended to his family. We never officially broke-up and to this day I still value those times and am proud of the album and our friendship. We were very close. Like brothers. We were so locked in on our guitar playing, that if one guy messed up, the other one would to. We always inspired each other to play better and find new and interesting things in the music. Although the songs we wrote together had unique and appealing qualities, it was our guitar interplay which really defined the Space Band. We toned down the interplay a bit for the album, but live it was a bit different. With a good drummer and bassist that could hold down the rhythm and also react with our feel, Brian and I could really stretch out and jam on many of the songs. The jams were the band's favorite parts of the sessions. Anything could happen and often the results were surprising and fun! It's been twenty years since I've listened to these tapes. The tracks on this CD were recorded live and mixed on the fly onto cassette. There was no remixing -what we recorded is what we got. Some of the sessions had great mixes, but we didn't play so well. Other tapes had bad mixes, but we played really good. Many tapes have a balance of a good mix and good playing. The music is rough, loose, and has mistakes, but maintains that Space Band feel and vibe. I always thought Brian was an excellent rock singer and he surely was not happy with some of these vocal performances, but his talent (melodies and lyrics) and emotion clearly shine through. I tried to keep some continuity on the tracks by taking 'sets' from various sessions as if it was a live performance (which is was). There are some great jams. One can hear the songs developing and get an idea of what the second Space Band album might have sounded like. I always believed that the second album would have been just as good as the first. You decide. Have fun listening, Terry.

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Artist: Circio's Vintage Space Band Transmissions
Title: Live at Circios Basement-Vol 1
Genre: Rock
Attributes: Duplicated CD
Release Date: 7/10/2013
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 888174322360
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