How To Construct a Rock Star
My first full-length solo release; an 11-song loving tribute to my biggest influences (melodic rock and power pop).
Attention All Units
Do It Again
The New Normal
The Only Peace I've Ever Known
The Genuine Article
Hear What I'm Saying
I Love You, Now Shut Up For A Minute
Hope And Glory
The third and final release (and my personal favorite) from my time with Plato's Republic. By 2003, the band was firing on all cylinders, and writing/recording the best material of our 7-year adventure.
Chow Mein Porn Star
An eclectic 1999 collection of indie rock and classic pop/rock. Bryan Baker of GAJOOB.com wrote "the band is SOLID, having buzz-sawed its chops in bands whose styles are spread widely across the entire fan-rock spectrum. And this album is as if they've taken all that experience and honed the entire history of what's so cool and exciting about making and listening to rock music done to what you find here on Chow Mein Porn Star. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but, hell, that's what rock 'n' roll is all about too... and this album's got it."
The Exploding Cafe
Rough but promising 1997 EP of demos released in the formative days of the Plato's Republic band. Part classic rock, part acoustic, all heart.
Floobie (pre-production demos)
In 1997, St. Louis power-pop band The Pranks released their only CD, "Floobie", on Coachhouse Records in the U.S., and Tricycle Records in Japan. While I didn't appear on the final release (having already left the band), I had sung all the tracks on a pre-production version of the record during my tenure (1995-1996), and have shared my favorites below.
4-song demo distributed around Chicago (in true DIY fashion) on cassette. Illinois Entertainer gave a very positive review of the recording, although I got criticized for having an "all-too-familiar" voice. Mmmmk. Sadly, the original studio tapes have vanished, and I'd love for anyone who still has a cassette of this to get in touch.
Destroyer of Fun / The $ellout (45)
Group Of Individuals
Historic first single released by the Chicago punk band. Bass guitars, at your service. Glowing retrospective written by PunkVinyl.com: http://www.punkvinyl.com/2004/12/04/selections-from-the-punk-vault-group-of-individuals/