Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Scheme Demos

The Scheme 2002-3
In 2002 I moved to San Francisco to play with some of the original members of Drowningman, Denny Donovan and Todd Tomlinson.

Todd had been playing with Peter Martin(Lifetime/jets to brazil) in a band called San Geronimo. They had been playing with Ian Miller (Redemption 87) in a new band which Denny and I moved cross country to join.

These songs were all recorded in our practice space in Oakland by Denny. The sound quality is really good for a 16 track recording done in a little concrete box. No overdubs, no auto-tuned vocals a last vestige of the days when the "e" word meant bands like Promise Ring or Texas is the Reason. We had a shared love of Oasis which unfortunately manifested itself in rowdy drunken behavior more than it did in the music.

We turned down a few labels and pissed off more. We were close to recording when it all fell apart. I dug these songs up for a friend the other night and listened to them for the first-time in a year. 

Lyrically and vocally part heart-broken bitterness (Your year is almost up, Cardboard casket showroom) or various misadventures of waking up in strange girls beds in strange apartments in neighborhoods you aren't sure how to get home from (Western Addition) or the night the fellas from Vermont invited some fine ladies home from the bar and all passed out while they robbed the apartment (Capt. Steubing finds a mate).

7 comments:

Vein and Lung said...

I remember how excited I was when I saw you were playing with these guys years ago. And then I was even more excited when I read that Drowningman was getting back together.

You guys always put 110% into it!

aron said...

hey simon,

im looking for your emailadress.
im going to release a limited 7" and i need some help on the B-side :)

could you contact me @ aron@crossfirecult.com

EarlyCuyler said...

This doesn't have a whole lot to do with your post, but I thought maybe you'd like to know that a random dude out there in internetland listens to "Rock and Roll Killing Machine" at least a couple times a week and has for years.

I innards-sinkingly miss Drowningman and just wanted to thank you for helping make one of my favorite pieces of art.

EarlyCuyler said...

This doesn't have a whole lot to do with your post, but I thought maybe you'd like to know that a random dude out there in internetland listens to "Rock and Roll Killing Machine" at least a couple times a week and has for years.

I innards-sinkingly miss Drowningman and just wanted to thank you for helping make one of my favorite pieces of art.

Anonymous said...

Simon,
Please repost this. I was just perusing the D-Man myspace, came here, and was sad to see mediafire was no longer hosting it. I've truly missed such an original sounding voice and honest lyrics. Please post that again!

Anonymous said...

the link is dead. but your 2008 mix one isn't, can you repost The Scheme tracks? also whatever happen to that hydra head busy signal reissue?

aaronactual said...

Simon: clearly you don't still love me, or you would update your blog more regularly.