Rita: Since this issue does come out right before the Day of the Dead we have one more chance to say how much we enjoy the history and celebration of Halloween. And yes, we look forward to the family feast coming up later in November, but we could do without the spotted, contrived story handed down in history books. Let’s just call Thanksgiving a day to be thankful for the people who are around us now.
The November issue is bursting with talent—so much so that we had a hard time figuring out who would get the featured spot on the cover. You pick—Continental (Rick & Stephen Barton’s national touring band), Willie J. Laws (Texas blues with a New England bite), Greg Klyma (old school troubadour with contemporary savvy), or Western Education (new wave/ alt rockers from Lowell). They’re all at the top of their game.
Rita: In the previous two issues we’ve published bios of the people who help out with making The Noise be as good as it can be. Lolita: We thought it would be a good idea to get bios from the folks who answer our questions each month. You’ll get to know a lot about them very quickly. KEN FIELD (Revolutionary Snake Ensemble): In Providence I played sax and flute with the avant garde Sound/Silence Ensemble and the jump blues group Johnny & the Luncheonettes. In Boston, I had the honor of playing with a slew of interesting groups: psychedelic funksters Skin, modern loungers Lars Vegas, the amazing Willie Alexander’s Persistence of Memory Orchestra, crazy lunatics the Bad Art Ensemble, instrumental cosmic-art rockers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, my ownexperimental second line project Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, ’70s funk supergroup Crown Electric Company, twisted genius-led Chandler Travis Philharmonic, improvisational groovsters Board of Education, ’70s R&B-ers Alto Reform School, Armenian-American jazzers Musaner, Gabrielle and her group Agachiko, and activist street band Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band. Plus solo projects and soundtracks for film and dance. *** PETER RINNIG (QRST’s): I have been doing artwork/ printing T-shirts and doing photography for bands since 1983. As the owner of QRST’s, we print thousands of band shirts a year. The earliest that my name appeared on an album or 45 was for The Pajama Slave Dancers’ first album and 45 in 1983 (I took some of the pictures on the album and took all the photos on the 45). In 1984 some of my photos appeared on the back of The Neighborhoods’ High Hard One album. Since then I have designed over 65 albums, 45s, and CD covers and have printed hundreds of thousands of shirts for bands. *** TOM HAUCK (Telamor/ The Atlantics): At Tufts University I learned how to play guitar. This was in 1974. My friend Howard had a Sears Silvertone guitar. Amazingly, even though he was from upstate Vermont, he knew all about the New York Dolls, Lou Reed, and The Stooges. Howard showed me how to play a few chords. I bought a Black Widow electric guitar from Jack Griffin’s Record Garage, a little Peavey amp, and a Mosrite fuzz box. In Howard’s dorm room the first song we played together was “Sympathy for the Devil,” the version on “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out.” We played the song, and Howard said, “That was pretty good, but you’ve got to put a little bounce into it.” That stuck with me. Forty years later, I’m still trying to put a little bounce into it. *** CLAY N. FERNO (Middle East Nightclub/ Wild Zero): Once popular, now just busy, Clay spreads the love in Boston by working with bands Dropkick Murphys, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Roll the Tanks. He promotes nerd culture and video game music with League Podcast events, in association with his comic book podcast pals. Follow him on twitter—@claynferno. *** TERRY KITCHEN (solo): I moved to Boston from Ohio in 1981 with my band Loose Ties, and began doing live reviews and the occasional interview for The Noise. Loose Ties released an album in 1985, and we were in the ’86 Rumble (where we were stomped by Gang Green). We broke up in ’87, and since then I’ve remained based in Boston, recording a string of mostly acoustic CDs and performing on the folk coffeehouse scene, while my ‘day job’ was as a production assistant for Rounder Records. In 2013 my debut novel, Next Big Thing, set in the ’80s Boston rock scene, was published, and to celebrate Loose Ties did a reunion gig at a benefit for the Let’s Go to the Rat documentary. *** JOEL SIMCHES (Count Zero): A multi-instrumentalist born 10/18/65, Joel Simches has been an active member of the Boston music scene for 30 years, played in well over 40 bands, traveling the world as a musician, audio engineer, tour manager and record producer. He has worked with a diverse array of bands including Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, DeVotchKa, Bang Camaro, Dresden Dolls, and Big Dipper, to name a few. He has also written for The Noise andBoston Soundcheck Magazine. Currently a staff engineer at Watch City Studios, Joel also plays in Count Zero, Joe Turner & the Seven Levels, Butterscott, Nisi Period, Didactics, Curious Ritual and is executive producer/talent booker of On the Town with Mikey Dee on WMFO. *** PREACHER JACK (solo): I’ve been touring since my first group, a garage band called “Jack & the Jupiters,” played our first gig in Irving Fineberg’s backyard in 1958. I am presently on the “Wealth Won’t Save Your Soul Celebration of the Spirit Never Ending Tour” but these days I travel solo. Fifty-six years on the road and still going strong! From Arnie “Woo-Woo” Ginsburg’s sock hops to being shipwrecked on Revere Beach at the Shipwreck Lounge to Frank’s Steak House to Geezer’s Garage Nite at the Granite Rail in Quincy, I’ve played them all. My music has ALWAYS been for the fans! The “stealers, dealers, and sidewalk spielers; the con men, sly flies, flat foots, reefer riders, dopers, smokers, and boiler stokers; the dead enders, stew bums, tough guys, bar flies, rich men, poor men, and long shore men.” Thank you all for a lifetime of support! Lolita: Preacher Jack, you’re the best!
Rita: I don’t watch the news on TV anymore because it’s full of fear-inflicting information with no balance of healthy “good” news. Lolita and I are here to balance out your intake and let you celebrate with the recipients of our news. On Sunday, October 6, JENNIFER TEFT sang the National Anthem before the Pats/ Bengal game at Gillette Stadium. *** TOM HAUCK (Telamor/ The Atlantics) has written a new thriller Avita Doesn’t Love You, and it’s been published by Whiskey Creek Press as a downloadable eBook. *** We ran into MICHAEL BLOOM (Tim Munganast & his Pre-Existing Condition/ Sgt. Maxwell’s Peace Chorus) dressed as a pirate and performing with Captain David & The Crew of the King Serpent at the Topsfield Fair. *** Giuseppe’s (Gloucester) closed its doors on October 5. Good luck to whatever JOE THOMAS and MELODY LANE choose to pursue in the future. *** JOE PERRY (Aerosmith/ Joe Perry Project) released his new book, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith and had a signing at Guitar Center on October 10. *** In celebration of folk/blues icon CHRIS SMITHER’s 70th birthday and 50th anniversary as a songwriter, Signature Sounds has released Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither. The album features his friends and peers like LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III, BONNIE RAITT, and DAVE ALVIN performing gems plucked from Smither’s deep catalog. *** MARINA EVANS married BERNARDO BAGLIONI on September 20, 2014. And what a beautiful bride she made. *** Our favorite folk opera divaANAIS MITCHELL is touring Europe throughout November and into December. *** Veggie Planet, the dining area connected to Club Passim in Harvard Square, has closed. *** Have you seen AMY FAIRCHILD’s sex tape? It looks like it could be a publicity stunt. *** Beverly, MA’s ANGIE MILLER (from American Idol) has planned a release party for her new EP on November 12 at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA. *** After 37 years in business, the quaint Gloucester Music no longer will be serving musicians of Cape Ann. A big thank you and best wishes to SUSAN EMERSON. We need more mom-and-pop type stores, not less. Support your local businesses.
Rita: Get to know the people in the music business a little bit more thoroughly. Here’s more bios for you to digest. DAVE PINO (Andrew WK, Waltham, PPL MVR): I got possessed by the spirit of rock ’n ’roll at 10 when I got my first KISS album. Soon after, Van Halen records inspired me to sell my soul to the devil. I wrote my first song “Topless Women” at 12 years old and eventually went on to play countless shitty bar shows to 40 people or less for a solid decade. When my brother and I formed Waltham things turned around. From there I had a band called Damone that signed to RCA. I also joined several bands since including Seemless, Powerman 5000 to name a couple. I now play in Andrew WK and also started a new band called PPL MVR which Elektra Records signed and is releasing in November! *** AD BOC (AfterFab—The Beatles Solo Years/ Miranda Warning/ Jumprope): 1960s—born in Dorchester and played dad’s Meet the Beatles every day; 1970s—learned guitar in the suburbs and bought every Beatles record; 1980s—saw The Neighborhoods and formed three successive Boston indie-rock trios; 1990s—more rocking/ recording/ touring with Miranda Warning and Jumprope, and wrote a bunch for The Noise and You Could Do Worse; 2000s—got married, found my tapes of 200+ unfinished songs, and learned home recording; 2010—two solo albums and then formed AfterFab, so, back to The Beatles, and dad comes to every show. *** HEATHER STYKA (solo): Heather Styka, a Chicagoan turned Mainer, has been singing since she can remember, songwriting since awkward teenage years, and touring since 2010. *** ROGER C. MILLER (Mission of Burma, The Trinary System, The Alloy Orchestra): When I was five years old I had a canine tooth removed from between my two front teeth. Under ether, I had a short dream of a man beckoning me to play the piano. I started at age 6. My life was totally changed seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan in sixth grade, and guitar rode the tide. When psychedelia (and its associated side effects) kicked in, rock came together in my first original band Sproton Layer (1969-1970). By the mid-’70s, rock was so conservative I dropped out in favor of music school. When punk rock reared its ugly head, suddenly anyone could try anything and at least get a chance of being heard. Beautiful. I’ve been freely bouncing around ever since. *** LYNN TAYLOR (Liz Frame & the Kickers): The daughter of a folk musician and a poet, Lynne grew up Kent, Ohio during the ’60s and ’70s, and absorbed the social consciousness of that time. She has always felt that music was her calling. Lynne’s music is characterized by poignant, brutally honest songwriting combined with powerful vocals and unique piano accompaniment. A staple on the music scene in her adopted hometown of Newburyport, MA, she has been performing professionally across the Eastern US since 1985. In addition to being a popular regional solo artist, Lynne can be found having a blast playing upright electric bass with Liz Frame and the Kickers, and as an undercover punk in Halo and the Harlots. *** JOHN TAMILIO III (JT3): My introduction to music occurred in the mid ’70s when my (now ex-) brother-in-law Gary Shane, of Shane Champagne and Gary Shane & the Detour fame, taught me my first open chords on the Les Paul copy I had purchased from Salem Music, now Bill’s Music in Peabody. Gary’s earliest hits (e.g. “Stepped On” and “Shadow World”) inspired me to become a songwriter and to see the voice as an instrument itself—as did the songs on Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous album, which I pilfered from my brother Doug. Since then, I played with 3D, J.T. & the Scream, Tuesday Blvd (a band out of Cleveland), and now Mercy Street. Jim Lindroth, the drummer of 3D, and I still make music under the 3D moniker. I am grateful for Jim’s gift—and all the players who have blessed me with their talents. *** RUBY BIRD (Bird Mancini): Billy and I met in Tucson, Arizona in 1978 and we’ve been playing together ever since. Our career goes something like this: 1980s—The Nick Adventure Band, four band members and a full time sound and light crew, moves east and makes a living on the road playing originals and FM rock. 1985—Band breaks up, we move to Boston not knowing anyone. Mostly open mic and showcase gigs. 1990—Second Story Studio opens its doors. 1990s—The Sky Blues play New England rock ’n’ blues club circuit, make decent dollars, release two CDs. 2002—Bird Mancini debut. All original. Work harder, make less. 2014—Twelve years and five more albums later, we’re still at it. Career highlight—probably The Cavern Club, Liverpool, 2008. Lolita: Bird Mancini is one of our favorite acts to see and hear—memorable songs, talented musicians, and the best kind of people on the planet. The kind you’d like to have around your on Thanksgiving Day because we are so thankful for them in every way.