Strange Parade was originally a recording project, which evolved into a band. I started recording songs at Comp.ny with fellow Radar Brother at the time, Be Hussey. This was done at his studio (my favorite in the area), Comp.ny. Be and I laid down the first songs for the LP and a few more with various players in the mix. In 2013, I formed a live band and played a couple shows but this lineup was put on the back burner when Radar Brothers got busy touring to support our album "Eight" (Merge Records). Then I took a job in San Francisco for a couple years.
When I returned to LA, I came back with a pile of new songs and two new studio recordings from the quite awesome El Studio (in SF) old friend and guitar/bass/engineering wiz, Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach, Terri Gross, Fehral Ohms).
Back in LA, I jumped into recording with Radars front man (and OG Strange Parade member) Jim Putnam engineering, co-producing and playing some drums, guitar and his legendary whistle (on the song Chess With Becky). Jim's whistle stands up to anything Zamfir or the dude from Aqualung ever recorded -- but sans flute. We laid down 3 songs and then the LP was wrapped up right where it started, at Comp.ny in Burbank. Here I recorded the last two songs with crew from the 2013 live lineup. Mixing (and some bassing) was done by another Radar Bro, Ethan Walter.
The LP is all done and soon will go to mastering. We think it's really, really, really good. But we're also in the band. If we didn't think that, it would be kind of stupid.
CA WILDFIRES BENEFIT at The Hi Hat (LA)
On December 11th, Strange Parade put together a small but fun benefit show for victims of the California wildfires at The Hi Hat in Highland Park (LA). The show featured 5 local bands who pulled together to field donations for the cause. The show featured The Mad Walls (solo), Brandon Graham (Dream Phases, Blank Tapes) and his 3-piece band, Mooncult and Miguel Mendez Quote/Unquote, a new band featuring members of the legendary LA band, Dios.
The show was the band's first time out with the new lineup. Considering all the other benefit shows that night, Christmas shows/parties, Fleetwood Mac and Kurt Vile concerts, etc., etc., it was a good night and we successfully raised a little dough for a good cause. 100% of the donations went to the CDP California Wildfires fund, directly helping folks and families devastated by the fires.
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