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New Video at JCFlexFitness!

I’m absolutely excited to say that I got to work with JCFlexFitness, to cover an old Mystery Science theater song! If you’re an old fan of Mystery Science Theater, I think you would have fun watching this video. Also, JC is a very inspirational guy who rehabilitated himself and is now running a physical fitness YouTube channel, along with an interactive website. Check out his site and his YouTube channel. His latest video with my recording can be found here.

Rock and Roll is going to Explode

Rock and roll music is going to come back, and it’s going to come back with a big bang, similar to the 1980’s, when bands like Van Halen first hit the scene. I’m a regular listener to Eddie Trunk, and he recently interviewed a band named Greta Van Fleet. Greta Van Fleet is a band from out of Michigan, and sound ‘strikingly similar’ to Led Zepplin, particularly in terms of the all around tempos, guitar parts, drums and eerie vocals. In other words, they’re a blatant copycat. A few weeks back, I started seeing little postings from angry Gen-Xers on Twitter, condemning this Robert Plant lookalike, uploading comparison photos of Robert Plant and Josh Kiszka, the singer of Greta Van Fleet. The photos featured a shot of Kiszka next to some of the iconic pictures of Plant from the ’70s. However, Kiszka, doesn’t necessarily look like Plant; he has short hair, and his clothes are more modern. But it’s obvious what these guys are doing.

Now, I see absolutely nothing wrong with this, because the guys from Led Zepplin are beyond retirement age, and I want to see rock and roll continue into the next age, and Led Zepplin is a great template. I’m thinking of the retro/reissue of products and how successful they are. You can’t argue with a perfect formula. Also, I listened to their interview with Eddie, and they never deny that they copy Led Zepplin, so it’s obvious that these guys have a pulse on what’s around the corner. Not only that, but this band plays VERY well, and I must say, I was captivated by them. It was such a familiar feeling when I pulled up their website, and saw the album cover, which features a very ’70s looking design.

This image can be found at: http://gretavanfleet.com/music

Rock and roll still sells, believe it or not, but we’re overwhelmed with this synthetic junk that sounds like it was recorded by androids. This disgusting cancer is completely imbedded in Hip-Hop and top 40. I won’t name names, just flip on the radio, and you’ll get your answer. But rock and roll still stands its test to time, with numerous successful re-releases and remasters. In the late ’90s and early 2000s, stoner rock produced a bit of a surge, with bands like Zeke and Leadfoot, but never really made a mark on the map. Perhaps, the word ‘stoner’ had something to do with it, but nevertheless, great music just fizzled and I became depressed. When I heard the interview with Greta Van Fleet, I thought to myself okay, it’s a bit of a buzz and Gen-Xers are crying about a Robert Plant copycat on Twitter, but it’s just a band. I think my first reaction was wrong. If you take a look at their tour schedule, you’ll see that the band is selling out shows! Another indicator here, is that these guys are incredibly young, in their early 20’s, and they represent this age group, as far as I can guess.

To summarize, I think there’s a huge demand for rock and roll music. I think people are done with the robotic, synthetic junk that our corporate press pushes. People don’t trust what they’re told anymore, and they don’t like having junk shoved down their throat. I do talk to the younger generation when I can, and most tell me they like to surf around, looking for the oldies on Spotify. That’s a great thing. I love rock and roll, the guitars, the drums, the bass and the vocals, straight from the stomach. This throat-induced, overcompressed auto-tune garbage is becoming a thing of the past. Will we see another Van Halen, or another Black Sabbath? I don’t know, but I have a feeling that rock and roll is about to explode.

If you’re interested in hearing what these guys sound like, you can see their official video here:

https://youtu.be/aJg4OJxp-co

My First Demo

Sometime around September/October of 1988 (I could be way off the mark), I recorded my first demo. It was for a band called Powertrip, and don’t confuse this with the Jeff Dahl’s band. You have to understand that we were desert rats, and didn’t have access to Los Angeles at the time, even though it was only 60 miles away. After the band predictably went kuputz, we began jokingly calling the group ‘Powertirp,’ which has always stuck better for me. I was 15 years old when I recorded this demo. I purchased a second-hand four track recorder from someone at school, and from there, I went to work. Me and the other members saved pennies and ended up getting a few items. This consisted of the following:

1 four track cassette machine
3 Super-Cardioid Microphones (Realistic/Radio Shack)
1 four channel Radio Shack microphone mixer
1 Realistic reverb unit (really bad!)

This is a replica of Powertirp's recording gear (minus the four-track and reverb)
This is a replica of Powertirp’s recording gear (minus the four-track)

It was a wacky time. We were all screwed up kids with abusive backgrounds, so the setup process was pretty chaotic. For example, I was the chief recording guru for our band, and they didn’t wanted to put their instruments down while I set things up. It was completely frustrating, to say the least. My head was completely rattled, and I honestly felt I could have gotten better levels had I been given ample time. But when you’re all kids with no discipline, that’s how things are. Nevertheless, I’m pretty proud of my first recording. At the time, I was up against some really big competition. There were a number of bands in the area that had money to go to the studio. We were completely DYI.

The crazy thing is that I actually have a four track I bought in 1993, along with the master tapes. I’ve recently pushed these masters into GarageBand, and I’m in the process of mixing it down, and enhancing what I can. After listening to the recordings, I’m pretty proud of my work, realizing that when I recorded this demo, I wasn’t old enough to drive. I even rode my bicycle to the Radio Shack to pick up the mixer! I hope to post this audio within the next couple of weeks here at GunterSounds.NET.

The personnel on this recording were:
Cesar Simo: Guitar
Jason Thornberry: Drums
Ron Tidwell: Vocals
Neil Gunter: Bass (Me)

Sample:

Pedal Board!

I’ve had many guitar pedals throughout the years, so I decided to put my favorites on a pedal board. Commercially designed boards never seem to work the way I want them to, so I just decided to make one.