Raw material is more of a project than it is a band. It consists of friends who show up to the Wretch Recording Laboratory and jam. We lay down some tracks and if we like the results we lay down more tracks until it sounds halfway decent.
Lots of times, Raw Material is just myself recording one track at a time.
My major interest would be to get a project together to play the "backyard barbecue" circuit. Classic rock, blues, maybe some original songs. Show up at 11:00 A.M. to set up, play from 1:00-4 or 5:00 P.M., have a beer and a burger, pack up and be home by 7:00.
Interested? Let me know!
The Wretch Recording Laboratory "where compromise is a way of life" and Raw Material are a project begun in (or around) 1983. Inspired by the antics of Frank Zappa's Lumpy Gravy and Uncle Meat, I began recording on tape, "bouncing" between a cassette deck and a Tascam reel-to reel, then cutting and splicing things back together in strange and wonderful ways. Shortly thereafter, I began experimenting with the "tape-loop" method of recording using two reel-to-reels wired together about 4 feet apart using one for playback and one for recording... all with the same reel.
Many years have gone by since I started experimenting with recording, and now that the digital age has come around, The Lab has invested in a 16-track digital recorder.
So, I'm "back in the squeaky chair" (inside joke) and havin' a blast!
The only place I play live on a somewhat regular basis is at my church, First Congregational Church of Marshfield (founded in 1632, so yeah, it really is the "first"). Through a series of events, I was asked to take on the leadership of the contemporary worship band at the church. I don't know if "contemporary" is the word I'd put on the style of music I've brought there, but every time I do something "bluesy" my pastor comments on how much she loves that "slide guitar thing" I do.
King Crimson, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Robert Johnson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Yes, ELP, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, My Dad, Uncle Henry, Uncle George, Uncle Franky, Uncle Hank, Tony Bennet, Perry Como, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles... that's enough for now...
Guitars: Eterna 6-string acoustic, Ovation 12-string acoustic, Flamenco (unknown brand), Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Penco SG (copy, circa 1974/78)
Pedal Board: Cry Baby, Boss Noise Gate, DOD Compressor, MXR 10-Band EQ, DOD Flashback Fuzz, Digitech Screamin' Blues OD, Ibanez DE7 Delay/Echo, Boss TU2 Chromatic Tuner.
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Amplifier
PA: Wharfdale Pro PM600, Loudspeakers: PRO Professional Speaker System
Zoom R-16 Digital Recorder, powered through Peavy PV-4C Power Amp with Peavy loudspeakers
PV-8 Mixing Board
The "Lab" also has a Roland digital drum kit... just a little one, but it sounds great through the PA, a homemade cojon, a homemade African Slit Drum, and various other strange and wonderful commodities for your dining and dancing pleasure.
Well, then there's my 1969 Mustang Convertible... yeah, that's my baby