(Looking for the currently performing musician Brett Peters from Philadelphia? His stuff is over here. I'm not him.)
October 2001: Check out The Lozenges Remastered!
The first (and most famous) band I was ever in was the kazoo-rock duo The Lozenges. We had modest success; radio airplay (on KTRU), a double EP, a tour. Well, we didn't tour very far, really, but we did play for our friends.
I think it's safe to say that The Lozenges are still a band, though John Paul and I haven't played together since 1997, we don't live in the same city, and we have no plans for a Monsters Of Rock-style tour. We never broke up, so we're still a band. Yep.
(Surprisingly enough, we ended up at the same company in Houston for a time. So don't rule out another reunion performance; they happen when you least expect them!)
Special thanks to Chandran Seshagiri and Rich Radke for transferring our original tapes to CD. Chandran transfered all of Hop In Mahmood/Boo Go Gee! to CD, and Rich put together The Lozenges: A Retrospective. You guys rock!
A few months after Chandran and Rich helped us out, John Paul took our masters and digitized them, so our entire discography is online. Yes, both Lozenges EPs are ready for your MP3 consumption.
The Lozenges are:
- John Paul Yabraian: Vocals and Kazoo
- Brett Peters: Guitars, Backing Vocals
I'm looking for tapes of several performances we've done with special guest stars, like Dennis Shirley (of Master of WRC fame). Anyone?
I used to do a bit of performing and singing on my own, though I confess to moving on to other pursuits in recent years. Some of my songs were good. Others weren't. I have a few bootleg cassettes I'll move onto to cd. I say that a lot, but never seem to do it..
My current rig includes my trusty Ibanez acoustic, an Ibanez electric, and a Line 6 Spider amp with foot controller. I love the sound of an Ibanez guitar, and I really love the flexibility of the Line 6 amp. I also have an Ibanez bass and Crate bass amp. I use Dean Markley Blue Steel strings, Fender medium (acoustic) or light (electric) picks, and BOSS tuners (when not using the Line 6 amp.) I tune my Jackson for heavy metal to D or C#.
I don't think we qualified as a hit band, but LFP garnered praise like "sounds good through two doors" and "you don't suck, at least not like the crap they're blasting at 3am." Love's Fresh Produce (named after a produce stand between Houston and Austin, really, honest...) existed between 1993-1994. I have only one of our live performances on tape; if you have any others, I'd love to get a copy.
The members of Love's Fresh Produce were:
I just noticed that we all have web pages. Weird.
When I left Rice in 1994 I moved to Dallas and eventually joined up with a couple of blokes who made music. We were alt rock and unashamed about it, first jamming in a garage and eventually moving to a practice space. I left the band in a snit-fit only a few months after we recorded a demo tape; I needed to loosen up a lot back then.
The members of Mostly Harmless were:
- Chris: Vocals
- Jeremy: Lead Guitar
- Brett: Guitar
- Brad: Drums
- Mikey: Bass
(Sorry guys. My memory of the band is somewhat hazy. No, it's really hazy. I don't remember anyone's last names.)
My rig for Mostly Harmless was a Jackson custom Dinky (with reverse headstock), Crate GX-40 amp, the aforementioned pedals, a Casio keyboard, and a DOD Wah pedal.
The songs on the demo tape will also make it to MP3 ... eventually.