How was your holiday?
Mine was pretty good--got married, went to NYC for a week on our honeymoon, saw Prince and Chuck Berry. No big deal. :)
But seriously, there are a lot of changes in the air right now for the Squad, my (Isaac's) wedding among them. We're both excited about them and a little nervous.
Reed and I started the Squad in 2007 with just the two of us. We played shows, accompanying ourselves on guitar, and even created some backing tracks for songs that needed a little more rock power than we could provide on our own.
Bruce Chandler joined us as drummer in early 2008 and has been the rock solid core of the rhythm section ever since. His vocals, his versatility on melodica or iPhone organ, and his drums have helped define our sound as we tried to figure out exactly what IS nerdwave?
But Bruce is also a recording engineer and producer--he's contribued to all of WRS' recordings along with many other excellent acts.p>
A couple of months ago Bruce let us know that he's going to be leaving the Squad to focus on this career. He'll be with us through the end of February but after that we will be drummer-less for the first time in two years.
Reed and I are both excited for Bruce, but understandably nervous about the next step. As any musician can tell you, a drummer is the rarest of creatures, even in Austin, and a GOOD drummer doubly so. Finding a good drummer that meshes with Reed's and my eccentric personalities AND digs our nerdwave sound could prove to be a hell of a challenge.
We're considering our options--we've got some ideas about playing electronically with programmed drums or backing tracks. We've seen Sean Padilla rock the crowd many times with only an iPod, so we know it's possible. Some of our favorite bands, like Ween and They Might Be Giants, played for years this way.
In our hearts, though, we really want to find a drummer. There's nothing quite like the feel of playing live with real people and we don't want to lose that.
Talking to the Radio
To add to our nervousness about this next phase, I have to admit we're a little disappointed by the reception of our latest EP, Talking to the Radio. Reed and I both feel like our debut album What is Nerdwave? got an excellent response with decent sales, but I think the reaction to the new EP has been a little underwhelming.
I knew that I was going to basically take December off to devote to my wedding, so we did not spend much energy on letting people know that we have some terrific new songs out.
But we're proud of it--it's got great mixing and mastering from Bruce, Mike Propst and Jonny Dub. We love the songs, especially the title track, which is about a dear friend of both Reed's and mine.
I know it seems like we just put out the album, but we write a lot of songs! We want to work fast and get them out into the world.
If you haven't heard the new songs, please give them a listen--you can hear the EP in its entirety on our website. You can buy the EP now or in person at our shows. It would mean a lot to us and go a long way toward helping us make our next recording.
Nerdwave Showcase II
And finally, we have shows!
We're joining up again with our nerdwave brothers and sisters in The Cocker Spaniels and The Bell Riots next Friday, January 14 at Trailer Space Records. It's an early show, running 7 to 10pm so you can check it out after work and still have time to keep the party going later!
And we'll be at Rockin' Tomato with Conquistador, Inc on Saturday, January 29. Come at 8pm for pizza, the show starts at 9!
Friday Jan 14
Nerdwave Showcase II
Trailer Space Records
1401-A Rosewood Ave, Austin TX 78702
- 7pm The Bell Riots
- 8pm World Racketeering Squad
- 9pm The Cocker Spaniels
Saturday Jan 29
3003 S Lamar, Austin TX 78704
- 8pm pizza!
- 9pm World Racketeering Squad
- 10pm Conquistador Inc
Love, Isaac, Reed and Bruce