The Thump Is Dead. Long Live The Thump.

Just a quick note to let everyone know there’s been a shake up in the land of Cadence Thump. If anyone’s read the Official Cadence Thump Blog, Dave says that I left the band because of a need to “pursue my job”.

I’m not going to get into too much mudslinging, but this is the root of the problem of why I left the band. But, I told you, dear reader, that in this blog I would be utterly honest and would pull no punches.

The REAL problem was communication, or lack thereof.

Dave preaches the need for communication, but is, in fact, horrible at it. Combine that with a constant case of paranoia, and the result is a person who constantly feels the need to question everyone’s committment to the band, but does it in a way that he sneaks around behind everyone’s back, and refuses to ask the tough questions face to face.

And when he’s confronted about it, well, without getting into all the grizzly details of what was discussed (I’ll give Dave that much respect), let me just say that Dave spins like a top. He’d make a fantastic politician.

I left the Cadence Thump because of this lack of coummunication, and overload of drama. NOT because of time committments or “pursuing my job”. I HAVE a job, thank you, I don’t need to pursue one, and if having to miss practice once in a blue moon because of forced overtime is a sin, then I’m guilty. But apparently this presented too much of a problem, and I’d rather get out now while I can instead of stuff like this festering for the next however many years. Bryon left the band because he couldn’t stand being the middleman for people that didn’t want to communicate directly. He made a wise choice and put friends before a band that may or may not accomplish anything.

The thing is, Dave’s a nice guy. He’s a good person, and we have a lot in common. We’re both sci-fi geeks. I’d like to remain friends with him, but I’m sorry, I just can’t work with him.

Apparently Victor and Dave will continue to work together, and that’s great. Victor’s a great guy and a fantastic singer from what I gathered in the short time I worked with him. I’d love to work with him again sometime in the future. Word is they have a new drummer.

I’d like to sincerely wish Good Luck to Cadence Thump in whatever they choose to do in the future.

What’s shaking the house?

So, things have been getting pretty cool over in Cadence Thump land, as I said in my last post. Dave and I recorded a ton of guitar tracks so that I can sit down and write some bass lines.

Well, I wanted to be able to write some cool bass lines, and therefore I figured an easy way might be to have more notes available to play with.

Who am I kidding? I’ve wanted a six-string bass since I was 16 years old. And finally, on Friday, after 15 long years, I got my wish.

Feast your eyes on THIS!

Drop-D tuning be damned!

The Ibanez SR506.

What a machine! It’s a little lighter than my Peavey Fury IV, but I gotta tell you, the extra width on the neck is crazy. I have smaller hands to begin with – my fingers are short – I can’t touch my brain when I pick my nose some some people can – so it’s almost like learning to play bass all over again.

Looks like there’ll be some long nights ahead re-playing scales and such to get used to having that extra string in the way, and to reach across that neck.

However, I love it, and I wouldn’t trade that rumbling, earth-shaking low B and C now that I’ve got it for anything.

Well, maybe a Snickers.

Just kidding.

Now all I need is a bigger amp. :)

Thumpin’ Right Along…

What a week it’s been for Cadence Thump (bloggy) this past week.

I know Dave was a little frustrated that we weren’t moving along as fast as he’d liked. Dave is uber-passionate about this band, and wants it to succeed so much, he can actually taste it. He really can. Last week, we really only had one song in the can, but this week it’s like someone hit a switch, and the group just suddenly had all this chemistry, it was just crazy.

At the end of a long jam session, Nemmy just started playing Shinedown’s Simple Man out of the blue, and the rest of the band just kicked in, and it was like someone had waved a magic wand, and it was awesome. We’d NEVER attempted to play the song together before, but it came out perfect, and Victor showed us the pipes of a god in that song. He was just GOLD.

Gold to the point where Nemmy dropped a F-Bomb in front of my fiancee’s dad. It was great.

So now, we pretty much have 2 originals ready – just have to get me going on backup vox – as well as covers of Clapton’s “Cocaine”, Bon Jovi’s “Dead Or Alive”, the aforementioned Shinedown’s “Simple Man”, and The Scorpions’ “Big City Lights”.

I’m happy to provide a lot of input as well – from timing cues for Patrick on drums, to suggesting alternate arrangements, I’m just having a ball.

Things are looking up for Cadence Thump, and soon enough, we’re going to be thumpin’ in a club near you.

What Goes “Thump” In The Night?

Winnipeg’s newest rock and roll quintet, that’s what.

After being screwed around in the last band I was in a couple years ago, I finally got the itch to play again, and it just so happened that a friend of a friend was looking to put a project together.

So, my aforementioned friend Nemmy (whose real name will never be used online in this blog, but can be found over at MySpace here) introduced me to his friend Dave (clicky).

We met, hit it off, and thought we might be able to accomplish something together.

Wait a minute, that sounds a lot like a first date. But it wasn’t. You get the picture.

With Dave screaming his licks on guitar, Nemmy scorching the keys (and also joining in on guitar), and me on bass, the picture was almost complete. Enter Patrick to pound on the skins, and Victor to belt out the vocals, and Cadence Thump (clicky) was born.

Dave has written a ton of material, I have some kicking around from the old days, as does Nem. We’ve pretty much gotten down one song of Dave’s, and we’re working on another already. I’m having a blast so far, and I think this project of Dave’s can really be kicked into high gear. We’ve got a good bunch of guys, and some real good music on tap so far.

If all goes well, look for us to hit the clubs hopefully in the fall, and launch an official web site and album around the same time.

I’m really looking forward to it.

Thump, thump, thump….