We are very excited for this. A new studio after the (untimely?) demise of Montana, as well has a lot of new material. Hope to see you there!
Well we all pretty much knew this day was coming – for all intents and purposes Montana Studios is no more.
After almost 15 years of practicing in Room C at Montana, the building has been sold. It was a great run and I think we’d be foolish to not feel lucky to have been a part of it for as long as we were. Literally hundreds of people had come to Montana to hang out for a couple of hours and hear us play – I think that most of them would agree, the place was totally unique. One of a kind.
Just to be clear: there are murmurs of the business moving to New Jersey, but to us it was always about the building, hanging out on the roof and the special vibe the place had. The end of an era for sure.
Maybe they’ll take the original 3 foot by 5 foot Jimi Hendrix Woodstock print that I stared at weekly for 15 years with them – but it will not be the same.
It was amazing to have our great friend Scott Braun back in the studio with us last week – it’s always a blast to see him. We definitely sat around talking more than we actually played, but we did manage to get on stage for enough time for Scott to grab some typically awesome shots one of which is posted above. Scott, let’s not make it so long between visits next time, deal?
We’ve been patiently working on new material and are to the point now where we have more than enough to begin thinking about returning to the studio to record another batch of songs. We’re shooting for early / mid May to head back in and knock out round two.
In the meantime, we’ll probably be scheduling some shows in the NYC area to work through arrangements and check on how the new stuff is received. Hope to see you there!
At this point I think it’s only right that we begin to question our choices in terms of bars. First Blaggard’s, then McCorrmack’s and now Cody’s – all victims of NYC rising rents, health code violations or general gentrification. Be that as it may, they were all comfortable hang outs run by real people who took the time to know your name and a little bit about you.
At any rate this isn’t good news for our newest hang out up by Montana: Jake’s Saloon, you are now square in the cross hairs. We sincerely hope that you will not fall victim to The Curse of The Rub. But if history is any indication, the clock is ticking . . .
We’ll be back at Fontana’s on June 12th. For those of you that were at our first show there, you’ll remember what a great place it is. Hopefully it won’t rain cats and dogs again this time, but even if it does – we’ll still have a lot of fun.
Hope to see you there!
Last week Matt had a stroke of brilliance, the type of moment of clarity he is altogether unaccustomed to. He had an idea, maybe his best ever: The Polish Tornado ¾ length T-Shirt.
You may remember that Mike had bestowed upon himself the moniker “The Polish Tornado”. We think (and will continue to believe until presented with facts that prove us wrong) that this stands as the single most awesome self-given nickname in the history of nicknames.
Behold, the Polish Tornado T-Shirt complete with really stupid looking tornado:
We have recently been blessed with a new addition to The Rub family. Through a chance meeting at a Brian May book signing (giggle . . . ), Matt happened to meet a new friend, Scott Braun.
Over what was surely seemingly endless ours of waiting for an aging British rocker to mindlessly sign some illegible scrawl on a dust cover, Matt and Scott came to realize that they we sort of kindred spirits. Their shared affinity for music trivia became apparent early on: Seriously, who knew that Richie Kotzen was in Poison for a hot second after CC Deville left? Who had even heard of Richie Kotzen before the Winery Dogs? Who even knows the Winery Dogs?
And now when Scott is around the rest of us no longer have to stand idly by staring into space as Matt’s drones on about bands we’ve never heard of and their various personnel changes. But that’s only one aspect that Scott brings to the mix.
His photos are spectacular. It’s been rightly pointed out that in order to testify to his talents one need look no further than the fact that he can somehow make us look almost human. Some of the shots that he got at the Bitter End we amazing. He really has an eye for the rock photography thing.
You can see some of his other work at the Krazed Kat Kamera website.
Oh and as a lucky strike double bonus: he actually saw Be Bop Deluxe back in the day. What are the odds?