Friday, April 30, 2010

More News (mostly bad)

So it has come to pass that our esteemed vocalist David Hair has decided to leave the band and move back to Texas to deal with some personal issues. It is truly sad for everyone. At this point the future of Tony G and the Cure for Cancer remains uncertain. Will we all go our separate ways? Will we start looking for a new singer? Could we make do instrumentally? Only time will tell.

Additionally Tony G will be leaving for China soon, and will be gone for about 5 weeks or so. I would like to play one last show or party before David and Tony leave Colorado, but this probably will not happen. At least we'll always have YouTube.

Speaking of which, our Metal for a Cure gig at Hodi's was recorded, unsurprisingly, and I'll leave you with one song off that set.

Zack loves that shakeweight.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

April Update

Has been longer than I wanted between posts, but some important updates.  The Dickens show went well.  It wasn’t our best show and had some mistakes, but all in all went okay.  Here’s TG&CC playing a pantsless version of “Where is My Mind?”

Also, it’s a bit late for announcing, but we have a show tonight at Hodi’s.  It’s seriously a cancer benefit with all proceeds going to Relay for Life.  It’ll be great.  Hodi’s never disappoints, so come out.  We’re calling it Metal for a Cure.  Crovax will be there as well as Mojo Kamikaze and Khaos Assassin. 

I have more news, but it will have to be saved for the next post.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Moving up in the world

On an earlier post we showed you need only type "tony g a" into Google to get TG & CC to come up (and we were number one!).  Now all you need is "tony g " to get us to show and we're number seven.  Give it time and we'll be coming up with a simple "t"!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Latest News: Hodi's, recording, and conversion stories

A little bit of recent news to bring everyone up to date on: The March 7th show at Hodi's was fantastic.  A big thank you to all who came out to support the local music scene.  Rachel Kadlec, friend of the band and artist extraordinaire, took some phenomenal pics of the show.  Visit her deviant art page here and become a facebook fan of Searchlight Photography here.  Videos of the show are now up on YouTube.  Here's one called "Get Off Your Ass!" that goes into "Mercury." (For those not familiar with the title changes since the advent of David the original or working titles of those songs were "Solo" and "45654.")

Another bit of news to mention is that we did some recording last night.  No, it wasn't any kind of fancy-pants recording studio, but it wasn't cheap home recording using only one mic either.  We recorded at the Lory Student Center theater on the CSU campus.  We did it once before sometime last year with our old singer Jesse, and I was very pleased with how everything turned out, except for the vocals...but that wasn't a recording issue if you know what I mean.  However, I have to say that this time around did not produce a stellar product (in the drummer's humble opinion).  We only had a short time to record everything (due to spring break), allowing for only one run-through of our songs with one or two re-dos - meaning most of our songs were first takes.  We had little to no warm-up, I had a small crisis having to do with my new drum rack literally breaking, and none of us were really on top of our game, musically speaking.  Don't get me wrong it wasn't horrendous, just dry and sterile with a few small mistakes.

This brings me to another topic.  Ultimately what we really need is to get into a half-decent studio with a half-decent producer/engineer and craft these tunes like they were meant to be heard.  There's really only two ways to go about this. One is to sign a contract with some sort of record label that foots the bill for the recording costs and then keeps 90% of any revenue generated by sales.  It's really kind of a shitty deal, but honestly I would take it because it would likely make for a better product plus there is usually distribution and promotion inherent in those deals.  The other way of going about it is self-financing the whole enterprise, and since there aren't any labels - major or otherwise - beating a proverbial path to our door (at least not yet but give it some time, I have faith) I think this is probably our only option at the moment.  Unfortunately for us and our deserving fans we have little to no money with which to finance this kind of project we're going to need some help.  YOUR help.  Now we don't need your $$...okay, that's a lie.  We do need your money, desperately, but that's not what I'm getting at right now.  What we need for you to do is turn just one person on to our music.  That's it.  The next time you are with your friend or on the phone or chatting online just mention our band.  Tell them you heard us on myspace or saw us kick some ass live or watched a YouTube video and you're really digging us.  Tell them to check us out because you think they would be into our music.  Then post any interesting conversion stories you have here or on facebook or where ever.

  • Maybe you showed your grandma a YouTube video of us and she liked it and now she's a fan.  
  • Maybe you're trying to date this guy, but you have nothing in common and don't know what to go out and do together.  But then you remember Tony G and the Cure for Cancer and how their music transcends any lifestyle, so you show him some songs and then make a date for our next show.  You're so IN!! Totally getting some that night, no doubt about it.  
  • Maybe your cousin suffers from colon cancer, so one day you tell him to put his butt near the speakers and crank up some "Get Off Your Ass!" and the cancer miraculously disappears and now your cousin listens to us religiously instead of undergoing chemo.  That would definitely be a great conversion story, and one that epidemiologists would be interested in. 
Whatever it is we would love to hear it.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Everything Sucks!!

For reasons I won't get into right now I am really pissed.  Okay, maybe I'll get into them a little.  Here's the deal: Like I mentioned in an earlier post I recently bought an HD camcorder, and I recorded Saturday's gig at Sidekick's with said camcorder.  However, after several hours of maddening conversations with tech support, fiddling with the software, installing/uninstalling various programs, and a few beers I want to murder the genius that created PIXELA ImageMixer software.

The good news is I still have the show on file and it was a pretty good performance all things considered.  I was a little sloppy 'cuz I did not get much sleep the night before and I drank a bunch of caffeine an hour before the show to try and make up for it.  Except that made me sloppy AND rush the songs, but everyone else was basically spot-on so I'm really proud of that.  Another bit of good news is that I was able to get one song up on YouTube for your listening and watching pleasure, and here it is:

And the link:

It did not upload HD like I'd hoped but this will do until I figure a way out of this nightmare of poor software manufacturing. More to come in the near future.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Music Video?

So TG &CC have been invited to play a cancer benefit (I know, right?) sometime in the beginning of April.  Word on the street is there will be some sort of production company there that will film us, and for a fee of $150 compile our live songs into music videos.  Just so you know I did not speak directly to anyone; all this info was relayed to me by Zatch, so this is second-hand news.  But here's the rub: the company said that there has to be at least 300 people attending this benefit for the recording to take place.  We don't have to bring all 300 peeps, of course, but apparently there has to be that many for the film crew to bother recording.  Seems a little strange to me, but I figured if we had a good crowd like that plus a great set it would be worth it.  That is until I looked at their website.  Aside from the fact that their site looks like someone spent only an hour making it using an early version of Microsoft FrontPage, the videos that they showcase look low-rent. They appear to have been filmed using a cheap soccer-mom camcorder you get at Wal-Mart with very little production value other than basic cuts.  I will say that the B.L.A.C.K. video is much better quality than all the others.  I bet they just bought a new Hi-Def camcorder before filming that one.  What I didn't like about the B.L.A.C.K. video was that the actual video portion did not seem to sync up with the audio portion.  For instance I could see the drummer crashing a cymbal or hitting a snare but heard no such thing from the speakers.

I just bought a Hi-Def camcorder myself and I think I could do as good a job or better making a music video for TG &CC.  However, to be honest if I were to undertake a project like that it would not get underway until sometime in the summer, and it probably couldn't be in a live setting.  It would probably just have to be some shots of us playing in the basement or something interspersed with more artful or strange shots.

In any case, $150 is probably not that much to pay in the grand scheme of things, but in the context of a struggling independent band $150 is a lot of money that could be used for a upgrading our PA system, drum heads, cymbals, gas money for Denver shows, guitar strings, recording time, printing flyers, etc.

It's still something worth serious consideration, though.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Upcoming Shows

So for everyone's information we have a few shows coming up.  These will be the first with our new singer and my old buddy David Hair.  Regardless of whether or not we as a band are successful, I have no doubt that Mr. Hair will be renowned before long.  He has the sheer talent, relentless ambition, and amazing attitude that will sooner or later make him a star; so even if you're not too keen on the band you should still show up to be able to say in the future "I saw that guy once when he was with this group called Tony G & the Cure for Cancer. Great show."

So the shows are as follows:

Saturday Feb 27th, 2010 Sidekicks Saloon, 2695 West 92nd Ave, Denver 
I think the cover is six bucks or something, but don't quote me.  I've never been to this place, so I can't vouch for it personally.  However, if you're in the Denver metro area and you want to check us out, it's a helluva lot better than driving up to Fort Collins to see us.  We're coming to you!  I think we play at 8pm, so get there at 7:30 so you can chit-chat and have a couple drinks before we rock the place.

Sunday March 7th, 2010 Hodi's Half Note, 167 N. College Ave, Fort Collins
This should be a good show.  You can get tix from us or through a little company called Afton Ticketing.  Go online and get them here.  Hodi's is one of the best venues around, so if you have yet to visit the place it's a great opportunity.  This show will be kinda like our Grand Opening, whereas the Sidekicks show is more of a soft opening to make sure all the moving parts are working.  We have a little something special planned that will definitely be talked about in certain circles for this show.  You might want to bring your camera for this one if you plan on blackmailing a band member in the future.  I think we play on the earlier side, like 6:30 or something so you should be home in time for supper. 

Friday March 26th, 2010 Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St, Longmont
Haven't been here either, but the pics I saw online look pretty sweet.  We're playing with our good friends Khaos Assassin, Lovebox, and Mojo Kamikazi.  I'm definitely stoked about this gig.  If you like your hard rock with a side of metal this is a great lineup for you.  Get there before 9pm.  

Sunday, February 21, 2010

First Post

Howdy folks!  This is the first post of what I hope to be many where I chronicle the events of a little group called Tony G and the Cure for Cancer.  Nothing fancy, just perks and pitfalls, updates, news, and tidbits of wisdom from the drummer's perspective.  I'll try to get the other members involved in this, but some people just aren't the blogging type.

Before I get too deep into this I'd just like to throw out that you can find us a few ways: We - like everyone else on the planet with an internet connection - have a Facebook page.  Just search for us, we shouldn't be hard to find.  And - like every artist/band on the planet with an internet connection - we have a myspace page:

We also have
Comments/criticisms/witticisms are always welcome on any page. That's all for now.