Interview of the Crew and I on San Jose Our City Radio! Special thanks to Jeffrey Geiser, Our City Radio and Barb Rocks! http://sanjose.ourcityradio.com/music-news/batten-hatches
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As many of you know, my Dad is a retired commercial fisherman and I used to go out to sea with him for albacore, salmon and rock cod. I got to spend a lot of time around the docks of Moss Landing, Santa Cruz and many coastal fishing towns up and down the West Coast. In a strange but somewhat related way, since I was a kid I always found myself fathoms deep in studying World War 2 history. It all started with the Battle of the North Atlantic and grew… the 1930s-40s. Ships, submarines and epic battles on the ocean started an amazing life and researching adventure that like music, I will never stop. When I would burn myself out on one theater or topic I would switch: Diplomatic, social, economic, military but it always came down to the individual stories of the people that were there that fascinated me most.
Immediately after High School I grabbed a couple of buddies of mine and led them on a WW2 historical tour of Europe (7 countries). Places and battle sites like Normandy (France), Monte Cassino (Italy), sites in England, the Ardennes Forest (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany) , Eagles Nest (Germany) and everywhere I had long studied we could manage in a month. Crazy things happened, and some very funny incidents that make me laugh to this day. From ports to rebuilt cities where you could still see the scars of the war all over Europe, it was amazing how it forever changed my life. It culminated in a visit to Dachau which cannot be explained in any words I can bring right now but….overwhelming. It was only 60 or so years ago! Later on I eventually I graduated college with a History major with a focus on European history. My Thesis was on the Battle of the Bulge. I had the chance to interview informally many veterans, and their stories were often amazing (from all branches of naval, air and land from multiple nations Allied and Axis). Many only in the last 30 years learned “the truth” or as close as one can get about the actual events which they took part in! The stories are often stranger than fiction, sad, horrific and inspiring. I hope to share more in the future, dig up some pictures of my European history and wild adventures but until then, I move over to the PTO (Pacific Theater of Operations)..and I offer you the amazing story of the USS Growler (SS-215) http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/sublosses/sublosses_growler.htm
today at the Santa Cruz Wharf #pineappleexpress #thirstyca #thirstycali
I am excited to announce our musical presence across all Viacom International, Inc. (MTV, CMT, VH1) websites and applications. Amber Coast Records (including Stormy Strong) has signed a deal with Viacom for distribution across the MTV Artists platform and beyond. http://www.mtv.com/artists/stormy-strong/
We’re #18 on the ReverbNation Alternative charts for US, #37 Global http://www.reverbnation.com/stormystrong Why is this impressive? RN has 2.7 million bands and this is happening organically through people visiting, listening and interacting with the songs. Strategy? Writing best songs we can and that is often slow “stew cooking”. Thank you for your support!
Here’s to the Holidays and new music!
Pixies “Where is My Mind?” Alt drums with Dave O’Neal
Pre-production drums on a new tune at The Compound