Thursday, July 10, 2014

Battle Garegga - and getting down and dirty with my shmupping

It's not like I haven't played any games in the past year - in fact, I played through Persona 4 and Shin Megami Tensei - Digital Devil Saga (Parts 1 and I'm right at the very end of 2) - but really, that stuff has always been more casual for me.

After moving here to Colorado Springs, I decided for the first time in 17 years, to put a band together. I had been playing guitar on and off and was supposed to start a band with a good friend of mine in Chicago, Shane (guitarist in Murmur and Guzzlemug) and the night of our first practice together, I found out I got the job in COS and was moving in a few weeks - which kind of put a damper on the band thing.

So, I had to scratch the itch and get somethign started here. I got on CL and found a bassist into the stoner metal x early black metal x sludge thing I was thinking of in my head (think Sleep meets Celtic Frost meets Autopsy) and we started to jam and it came together realy fast. We got a drummer pretty quick too and before I knew it, we had a good 3-4 songs with another riffs for about 5 more (all stuff I was pretty impressed with) befpore they started talking of touring, quitting their jobs and trying to make it as a band. Now, I have been down that road and even had a good amount of time living in my car to try and make it happen and I wasn't interested in trying that again, especially as I have friends in major label signed bands who have to work as dishwashers and carpenters and kitchen help when not on tour so they can eat. There's no money in music anymore, really.

We split amicably - I took the music and name and they went off to try to find another guiarist. It was a lot of fun to play again, but really, I just wanted to get loud and prove to myself I could still write good songs - which I did. I may upload some of the recorded video of us riffing at some point. Some good stuff in there.

It took me a while to get my monitor fixed, as it didn't survive the move as well as I would have hoped, but here I am, playing the shit out of Garegga again and hoping to sink my teeth into a new PCB in the stable shortly...

It's good to be back.

7 comments:

rancor said...

Great to see an update! I was hoping that things were good for you after the move, and it sounds like all is well. Haven't seen much of you on any of the forums - drop in sometime and say "hi"!

drboom said...

Hey thanks man! Thing sra egoing great for sure - love CO. I have been watching the forums - especially for news of a new CAVE release (please, dear god, Ketsui II), but yeah, haven't posted much. I will be now though as I get more and more back into it. Amazingly, I lost pretty much all my timing for DDP but Garegga seems pretty solid. :)
BTW - at some point I need a copy of Batsugun for the Saturn and a ton of Kit-Kats, so I should definitely hit you up soon!

Anonymous said...

Yeahhh drboom is back! Glad to see you posting on the shmups forum and on your blog here. I love reading your posts about metal, bourbon, bikes, and games. If you are ever in SoCal lemme know! -- Frenetic

drboom said...

Thanks, Frenetic - I'm stoked that you are stoked, man! Hopefully some good posts soon, but my monitor went out again tonight, prompting me to finish off a bottle of Skyy Blood Orange Vodka and put on some Autopsy very loud. I'll get it sorted out soon though.

Barry said...

Welcome back drboom! :)

drboom said...

Thanks man! And I got the monitor fixed again so it should hopefully last a bit this time...

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