Following a momentary snooze, it looks as though the local music scene is shaking off the sleep dust and recharging its mojo. Seth Pettersen (who we don’t believe actually sleeps) just released a killer new full-length record titled Sweet Reaper with a cassette version due out soon on Burger Records, of course. Those kooky steampunkers who call themselves The Velveteen have released their first record, which is available at CD Baby. Bullet Made Statues has been teasing us song by song as it prepares to unveil its entire sexy album in June. Go to soundcloud.com/bulletmadestatues for a listen.
Punks everywhere are anticipating the release of Stop Breathing’s second record, which should be available this spring. Singer/composer Aaron Orbit will celebrate the official vinyl release of his gorgeous E.P. M.E.C.O. on March 13. Visit him at www.aaronorbit.com to find out where the party will be. Orbit and a few other Ventura County artists, including Donna Lynn Caskey, were among the many thousands who entered the esteemed NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest last month. While they didn’t win, we applaud them for throwing their hats in the ring — the competition was fairly daunting.
The Feisty Piranhas just put out a hefty CD/DVD set to commemorate the short life of its young frontman Peter Alexander Lust III. The likable and talented singer/guitarist/songwriter who was partially deaf had been polishing his pop-punk songwriting when he passed away in 2013 at the age of 24. The record showcases his developing talent and the philosophical lyrical direction he was taking just before his untimely departure. His father, the band’s drummer, oversaw the production of Evil Monkey and its accompanying DVD, Live in Lasers, which he released to commemorate his son and raise money for his Peter Alex Lust Foundation to aid aspiring young musicians. Check it out at www.feistypirhanas.com.
Sixpack of Doom vocalist Joel Perkins recently put his promotional endeavor, Mute on the Floor, to rest but fear not; he will continue to book his legendary punk and metal shows at GiGi’s in Montalvo. Speaking of metal, there’s a bunch of it at The Tavern on Wednesday nights thanks to six-string shredder Joe Billingiere. Moorpark’s Redballs Rock & Roll Pizza brought a handful of young Ventura County bands, including Galvanized Souls, to Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 to record the Pizza Sessions, which will benefit Rock Against MS, a cause for which Steven Adler (Guns and Roses) will raise funds and awareness when he performs at Redballs on March 14.
Perhaps no one is busier at the moment than Wyatt Hull. The multitalented Gypsy Death Star vocalist is deep in the throes of writing and recording with his promising new project, Hy Brasil, featuring Xocoyotzin Moraza, Andrew Jones, Shawn Echevarria (All currently or formerly with Rey Fresco) and Nikolaus Gonzalez from the now defunct Monster Hand. The group’s first song, “Walk Away,” was released this week. The band is also working with Brotheryn Studios’ Todd Hannigan. Go to facebook.com/hybrasilmusic to check it out. Meanwhile GDS recently teamed up with Redbull on a documentary project called Storm Chasers and had two songs used in a feature film. And if that’s not enough, Hull’s acting career (Howie Mandel’s wife is his manager) could get very interesting as he’s in the running to play David Lee Roth for an HBO project.
Hang on to your trucker hat, the event train is on its way with all the beer, blues and embarrassing social media selfies we’ve come to expect, plus a few surprises. This year, the Roadshow Revival is trading the concrete paradise of the Ventura County Fairgrounds for the cool green grass of Mission Park for its location. The event will take place June 27 and 28. Among the headliners are Reverend Horton Heat, Billy Joe Shaver, The Blasters, Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys and John Doe (X). Potential nightmare parking scenarios aside, Mission Park is an excellent choice for the festival and this could be the best Revival yet. The 10th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival to benefit the American Cancer Society takes place April 25 at Moorpark College. The lineup includes Coco Montoya, John Nemeth and the Delgado Brothers. The much-anticipated week of Coachella bands at the Ventura Theater in April so far includes The War on Drugs and Mac DeMarco with more to be announced.
VCReporter 2014 artist to watch Max Kasch has launched a kickstarter campaign to fund his first album. Though many of us grow weary of the oversaturated singer-songwriter genre, Kasch has that je ne sais quoi that sets him apart from the pack. Learn more by searching Max Kasch at www.kickstarter.com. Green Art People also just launched a live-music campaign that puts a welcome twist on crowdfunding. Look for an article about it in next week’s issue of VCReporter.
Congratulations are in order for Lee Koch and his wife Nicole, who welcomed their baby girl Mae Carolyn last week. Cesar Augusto (Gypsy Death Star) and his wife, Elizabeth, are also in the baby love zone since the birth of their l’il girl Eleuia Käthe (pronounce that!) earlier this month. Huzzah!
NoteWorthy is a monthly column dedicated to developments in Ventura County’s music scene. If you know something we don’t know, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.