Tower was a great project, but sadly is no more. While you're enoying the tunes, check out the Tower website for links to the band member's latest projects.
The band started in the summer of 1997 when my drummer buddy Scott Kelly, myself, and bass player Shawn Tolman got together to record a demo. The project started off with Scott and I simply wanting to record some of the songs we'd jammed on over the years, but we heard about Shawn through the grapevine so we asked him if he'd like to help out. We all got together at a local rehearsal studio and knew right away that there was something right about the combination. We initially worked up 10 songs, but we had set ourselves a deadline and by the time it rolled around only 6 of the songs were polished enough to record so... we rented a Tascam 238 8-track recorder, mixer and mics, and borrowed a DAT recorder from the rehearsal studio owner and spent the next two weeks recording the drums, bass and guitar tracks at the rehearsal studio. All of the master tapes had already been "striped" with a SMPTE signal on the end track (track 8) so we could easily synchronize any keyboards, samples or sequences later on which were "recorded" on a PowerBook 540c using MasterTracks Pro 6. This little trick sure sped up the next stage, where the keyboards were added in. We had hoped that by this point we might have found a vocalist to put down the lead vocals, but none appeared, so yours truly ended up adding lead and harmony vocals to 3 of the tracks. The last week of the project was spent mixing... and mixing... and mixing, until finally we had a finished product, mastered to the DAT, and ready for burning to a CD master. And lastly, the CD'scover art is a photograph I took from a moving car along Highway 401 here in Ontario, Canada. I had never intended this photo to be used this way (I was just intrigued by the power lines) but in searching for a picture for the CD cover it seemed fitting, especially since we wouldn't have to pay anyone for it! The whole project was a lot of work, but a lot of fun, and an experience I will never forget.
Never played live with this particular lineup. Played live with other bands, and there's nothing like it :)
Rush, Saga, Triumph, Van Halen, Queensryche
Too much gear to list here! Check out the equipment list on the website.