After well over a month of "Going Full Psycho On... Cheap Trick" over at fullpsychorecords.com
I booked a day of studio time to give Cheap Trick their proper send off so we could move out of this phase and celebrate with a fun work day in the studio.
Full Psycho is all about collaborations and other efforts in interpersonal connectivity the face of what seems to be a very isolating, Facebook self-importance epidemic. I started reaching out to people in bands that also we contributing content to fullpsychorecords.com
. After having jammed with them one night and working out some killer harmonies to "I Want You To Want Me" I invited my friends in the band Benji's Revenge down to jam one at the rehearsal space we share in East LA.
Our collaboration featured myself on vocals as well as drums but as well as it worked at our studio, I quickly realized something that every good artist has to concede to, that I'm not good at everything all the time. Harmonizing with Maryssa Morse, one of FP's first "Team Members" and Benji's Revenge vocalist (horrible name, they know) was hard enough the faster she got drunk and so I called Stevie Nick Liberatore in to relieve me of drum duty.
LA Phil Geronimo (who makes the most awesome beats, chops and screws my rap songs about cum troughs and writes amazing songs in Benji's Revenge) and who, during the course of Cheap Trick month(s) became the head of the brand new Full Psycho Music, our boutique publishing company. Phil is featured on guitar and Fender Rhodes organ which totally brought the song together.
Joe Cardamone of Icarus Line even gave us a guitar solo to use although he practically begged not to be credited for this song, I think his versatility should be applauded. After all, Joe was there engineering, co-producing and diaper changing all the drunk slobs making a mess in his studio as if they'd at some point earned the right to be there and put cigarettes out on the floor!
So after half of Team Full Psycho was belligerent drunk and I wanted to completely kill myself after being left high and dry to deal with all the details of Full Psycho's studio day when Ann Jones wasn't able to come in and assist without any warning at the last possible minute it was time for Annie Hardy and the Psychos to cover "He's a Whore". Luckily Monica showed up just in time even though she was sick with something that made her sound like she was gargling beach water, so in I went with my "career band" for our collaboration with The Icarus Line. Giant Drag's music video director (all of the music videos) GJ Echternkamp was there with shooting footage of all this as was Willy Pagintalan and when I get some free time (when I finish doing everything at once, by myself while most people are doing the bare minimum to reap the ultimate rewards, I'll edit together some footage so people can see how fun this day was for all of us... Especially those of us who weren't me). So our song went well enough and then my favorite part of the day happened- PnP freestyle hour!
Nothing feels as good as pure rage fueled improvisational songs about whatever is going on at the moment in front of me and in my subconscious (read: trough) so one rage black out later I came to and I knew this would be a total loss. I still booked another day for overdubs with Joe and once again my #BFF saved me from utter despair by co-producing these tracks into polished, drunk, turds. To my surprise they even came out pretty amazing sounding! So thanks to my faithful partner in creativity and all around pro-ness Joe Cardamone for the wonderful hard work and the advice, that I will now share with you pro bono... If you don't act like you're being paid to do the job that you want to be paid for in the future, you will never get paid.
No matter what your career path choice I can bet you that you need to be sober most of the time that you practice being that thing. Doctor, lawyer, rock n roller, writer... You need to be good at what you do and if you love it, tell Maccubbin but do not get drunk on my dime, during my studio time, assuming you're successful now. I will kill you with my bare hands and murder your flailing dream with one of your arms that I've ripped off, then I'll jack you off within an inch of your life with it. And that my friends, is no Cheap Trick.
released May 28, 2013
Recorded by Joe Cardamone at Valley Recording Company in Burbank, California.
Produced by Joe Cardamone and Annie Hardy for Full Psycho Records
Going Full Psycho On... Cheap Trick Curator - Stevie Nick Liberatore
Point Person - Ronnie Dugger