Here are some links and info on my current/previous projects in music (mostly drumming) or other stage-worthy activities.
In the process of compiling this list, I see a (possibly related) trends of steadily increasing creative control, and exponentially decreasing number of live performances.
solo work (ongoing)
- usually under name “less“
- whatever electronic gear I can get away with, with or without drums.
Though I have stretches of creative inactivity, I have no plans (nor means) of disbanding with myself.
FmReader – 2018 ~ Present
Studio-only (for now) project bringing together Chris from DrawN and Dan from PowerLoader/Wormrider. My main compose-by-recording exercise, based in remote collaboration on cloud-synced DAW sessions
- acoustic and electronic drums
- electronics samples and synthesis
- rehearsal/demo recording
- setup/maintenance of cloud-synced tools in Mac/PC resources.
- training/standardization of DAW practices in Reaper, Logic, and StudioOne
- principal production, tracking and editing for:
- our cover of Face Up by Canadian singer/songwriter lights, inspired by her iTunes session of the same song.
Rad Captive (2017-2018)
started as a math-rock-y jams, then we got a “front man”, and devolved into a mix of sludge and punk.
- rehearsal/demo recording
Played two shows. Disbanded amicably after too many cooks wrote (or remembered) too many riffs with too little agreement about not enough things written down or rehearsed consistently.
DrawN / 2016
Electronically-decorated guitar/piano pop project led by singer/songwriter Chris Panico. Recruited to play drums, I helped accelerate and focus songwriting and arrangement efforts in my burgeoning home studio.
- background vocals
- demo recording
Played one show. Disbanded amicably when Nick (synth bass) left abruptly to go do something about videos.
No, we don’t have any videos of this band performing.
PowerLoader 2013~2014, 2020
A studio-only experiment where the drummer and keyboard player from Wormrider continued making music and trying to write and “sing”. Noisy pop-industrial proof-of-concept, inspired by Skinny Puppy and Richie Havens.
- drum machines
- all tracking and editing for our releases,
Played no shows. Never will.
Project’s initial thrust of writing/rehearsal with machines led to Salvage, then collapsed amicably under the weight of creative inertia, inhumane humidity, and newborn children.
Project revived during 2020 COVID Pandemic as exercise in remote-collaboration for MicroDreams in HyperSleep.
epic, heavy, slow. Doom metal made even heavier with shrill synth and nerdy sci-fi cosmology. Featuring Dan (keys) and Eric (bass, vocals) from Philly prog-rockers Bear Is Driving, and Matt (guitar) from North Carolina hardcore legends Catharsis.
Played a dozen concerts, opening for the likes of Woods of Ypres and White Mice.
Since bassist/vocalist/songwriter Eric Osheim has moved out of Philly, the project on indefinite hiatus; and the worm is never dead, only dormant.
This Philadelphia psych-rock project was my last work for my step-brother, singer/guitarist/producer Jonathan “Mono” Allen, with whom I’d been in a half-dozen bands with back in Tulsa, OK. Heavy, lush rock influenced by My Bloody Valentine, SpaceMan 3, PortisHead, and more.
My contributions include:
- acoustic drums
- electronic drums / triggers
- drum machine
- sampling, synthesis, sound design
- backup vocals
- production assistance.
A varied mixture of psychedelic rock…
…and noise freakouts…
Played dozens of shows, sharing stage with Peter Kember (Sonic Boom, SpaceMan 3),
After years as the mainstay drummer, I left amicably to finish grad school.
With creative/familial estrangement before/after the death and of our shared parent, prospects for future collaboration seem infinitesimal and remote.