Happy Rockin’ Holidaze!
Dear Friends, Family, and Fans,
Joe (from GUPPY EFFECT) here, wishing you all happy holidaze.
The end of the year is always a good time to reflect and look back and forward on things. But where to begin?
I guess I’ll start by just posting the video of GUPPY EFFECT’s cult classic rock-n-roll holiday hit GINGERBREAD (ZOMBIE) ARMY. Play it judiciously throughout the holiday season.
I have been playing a few shows as my solo acoustic singer/songwriter alter ego, CACTUS JOE, while my main bands (GUPPY EFFECT and EDDIE ATE DYNAMITE) on are on brief winter hiatus. Drummer Frank (aka Dano) from EDDIE ATE DYNAMITE got the awesome opportunity to be European tour manager for DIY singer/songwriter Brett Newski, and it was totally understood that he could not pass up the opportunity to take a few months off to see Europe and smash p@ssy hard. His Crusty Adventures videos are a hilarious travelog of his shenanigans with Newski. You should definitely watch them with your whole family for a good laugh this Channukah or Christmas. Here’s a clip.
The weekly Sunday open jam stage at Funks Pub is still going strong, almost two years now. I’ve been attending regularly, playing bass with various mixed and matched groups of musicians and running a video live stream all over the Intarwebz for people who can’t make it down to this fun extension of the weekend. With my bands on hiatus, it’s nice to be able to partially feed my need for rocking weekly. Here’s a sample featuring yours truly covering some David Bowie (at 16:16).
Just last week GUPPY EFFECT recruited a new awesome drummer, one Verge Manyan, a regular attendee of the Funks jam. Stefan (guitar) and I are rapidly training him on our original rock-n-roll songs before I lose access to the Rock Cave at my house (which sells at the end of December). I moved in with my GF Deborah, which is awesome, but her house is a duplex and doesn’t have a viable jam space. On the bright side, after I get the cash winnings from selling my house, I can afford to rent practice space at the Madison Music Foundry for a while until a better (and freer) option comes along. Former GUPPY EFFECT drummer Jonny Thunder was happy to relinquish the drum throne to Verge to focus on his country band project DRIVEWAY THRIFTDWELLERS (whose bass player slot I held for a year or so a while back). My goal is to have Verge up to speed and GUPPY EFFECT out rocking shows by St. Patrick’s Day, my official rock season kickoff date.
I still shun winter gigs, unless they are really close to home (ain’t nobody got time for snow!). That said, I (as CACTUS JOE) am hosting my birthday party show on Friday January 8th, 2016 at the Bos Meadery in Madison, from 6-9 PM (and free!). If you are around, please join me for a tankard or two of mead (honey based alcoholic beverage, sort of a cross between beer and wine).
EDDIE ATE DYNAMITE fires up the classy punk rock biodiesel engine around the end of February, after Frank (Dano) is back, by way of a CD release party. Then we will be back to punk rocking hard until Dano leaves again for more world touring with Newski (down under, this time, I think).
I’m dabbling in a few other project ideas, most notably and recently a BEN FOLDS tribute band with Funks jam keyboardist Chris Wellner and a drummer TBD (me on bass and some vocals). If that gets off the ground, it will be both challenging and awesome, and should just about round out my rock-n-roll bandwidth for 2016. But even if it doesn’t, it could be fodder for adding a few BEN FOLDS songs to the open jam repertoire at Funks on Sundays.
So anyway, have a great last few weeks of the year.
If you are partying hard this holiday, don’t forget to take an Uber if you drink too much. I want to see you all in the New Year (and not through chickenwire reinforced glass!).
Ciao for now!