Navel-gazing, part 9 of 1000,000,0000.
Vocal Practice / Crushing Complex
Well, if I’m going to be anti-social and not go out and enjoy the night life, the least I could do is practice. Gotta love a breakthrough session. Open-G and Open-D tuning combined with a brass slide and blues harp made for a pretty interesting vocal practice session tonight, especially considering that I stay in E-Standard about 98% of the time.
Singing the blues (some Jimi Hendrix, Bo Diddley, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin) got me warmed up for some metal vocal practice, with Fear Factory’s “Recharger.” Rad tune, combining clean and dirty vocals & epic lyrics.
Which brought me to the next task: Crushing Complex vocal practice & writing! Crushing Complex is a metal power trio with Craig McKay on drums, Justin Perfilow on 7-string guitar & vocals, and myself on 8-string guitar & vocals. We’ve reformed and are writing a bunch of new material in a “groove-tech” style. Stoked on our new tunes, aiming for a springtime live appearance!
Here are a few photos of last week’s studio session:
Stay tuned for more metal…
Hi-Heel Buckyball Klompen
Ain’t it funny how a favourite item can be forgotten and become part of the scenery, the furniture… have you heard of buckyballs? Not the fullerene molecules, but the magnetic toy metal ball-bearings, fun for making shapes and amorphous globs, etc. Tonight I found my Buckyballs stuck to the wall bracket where I’ve been ignoring them for the last few years. Joy! I ceremoniously constructed my classic cone shape but added a new element – an interjecting plane.
Next, I messed with it some more:
Amazing, I know. But a few squishes later, a fortuitous surprise took form: a high-heeled shoe!
… just like one of these:
…and also similar to a wooden clog:
Here it is from another angle, ‘cuz I’m generous like that:
Here’s a couple more photos from Melophoria 2:
Sadistic Humor Video
GUESS WHAT? The video digitization from VHS (as previously mentioned) is going swimmingly (quality limitations notwithstanding), and the first one is now up on Youtube. As of, like, a few seconds ago. You’re the first to know! Here is the link: Sadistic Humor on YouTube. Featuring Grant Hartley on vocals, Craig McKay on drums, Trevor Mason on bass and me (Sean Luciw) on guitar, playing the IOOF Hall about 1991, I guess. Enjoy.
End of report.