I have been waiting for too long trying to think of the right thing to say to get back into this... Brian and I have been through a lot these past few years: We lost his mother to cancer, we almost lost my father who was in critical condition after getting hit by a drunk driver, We were devastated when our tour trailer was stolen with every piece of gear we have collected over the years... We had to stop and let life kick us about for a while and help our respective families out in our hometowns in Nevada before being able to consider writing and touring again.
This band has always been my biggest love and coming back to this I wanted to treat the next CD with as much respect and passion as the first and match the intensity with the intensity you have all shown me in your love of this project. Brian and I thought "What would our biggest fantasy be... if we could work with anyone...who would it be?" The answer was Joey Z of Life Of Agony/Carnivore fame. The guy who inspired me through the years and is the guitar player for my favorite band: Life Of Agony.
So, we packed everything up and moved across country to New York in hopes that he would work with us. I was incredibly intimidated when I left a message on the studio answering machine of my idol and was floored when he called me back personally. We made an appointment to start recording the demos I had made from years on hiatus and I was nervous because I was going to have to track guitar in front of my idol.
The recording date comes and I have to say Joey is probably one of the coolest guys I have ever met. This guy who by the way just played Polish Woodstock with Life Of Agony a few weeks ago to 500,000 people as a headliner is respectful to anyone tracking with him. I met artists who were at many different levels musically and Joey was just awesome to everyone... I have knicknamed him the Mayor of Brooklyn because he seemed so scary to me when I would watch him as this Brooklyn kill the shit out of your guitar Hardcore Dude in music videos and then met like the nicest guy who respects everyone and their art.
Brian, Joey and I had "Musical Kismet" from "Hello." I always heard about these stories about how you meet someone and you just click but we felt like we were reunited with a long lost family member. Joey recorded us and then just picked up the guitar and played for our track "A Flower Without Sun." We were all so excited about how this sounds we wanted to share it with you while we are recording the rest of this CD together. There is a lot of my heart in this song for you...and of course more will be coming...
Love & Respect
P.S. I know that you all want pictures of this... I am a little camera shy but will put something together soon so you can all get your internet fix. In the meantime... I know that many of our fans are more Gothic than Metal and might know Joey Z from Carnivore(Peter Steele from Type O Negative's 2nd band), but if you love us - you will love Life Of Agony. You can check them out here: www.myspace.com/lifeofagony
A Flower Without Sun