Rachel, I and some friends journeyed into Downtown Providence to Empire Street just in time to catch Deertick (http://www.myspace.com/deertick) Rachel and I went to Highschool with some of them and it was great to see them playing in front of a huge crowd that knew the words and the melodies.
FooFest introduced me to the Metal-Samba sounds of Made in Mexico, I really enjoyed the bright yellow Gibson SG.
We stayed through to the megalithic headlining Lightning Bolt.
I haven't seen them in a couple years, it was really cool to see them live again, most of the time its treacherous to see them live due to over zealous music goers. HOWEVER, they played mostly new material that I haven't heard yet and it was AWESOME. Brian Gibson is definitely one of the most innovative bassists in the world right now. They're current catalogue of recorded material is pretty spastic and frenetic; last night there was some song they played that was really heavy and had this awesome groove to it, very muscular and menacing.
Currently I am in the process of working on several guitars; The first Tinyhawk Diamonda (in process)
A plying V (a flying V Made of Plywood), A guitar made entirely out of bible pages, a couple Tinyhawk Echos and maybe some other possible candidates. All these guitars I'm talking about right now are going to be a part of a gallery show at the RISD Museum called "This is a Show About Rock n' Roll" that opens on October 1st. Very excited and very exciting.
I'm also working with a few musicians in helping them bring their ideas to life.
Rob Icaza of the Providence metal band, Howl ( www.myspace.com/howlheavymetal ) and I have been working closely on a custom for him, I'll put up some pictures when that build begins.
Jimmy Lazer of Sick Electric ( www.myspace.com/sickelectric ) is going to be playing "White Lightning" until his bulb burns out or his screen goes static.
Nick Pagano ( www.myspace.com/nickpagano ) of Fairhaven (2009 WBRU RockHunt winners, www.myspace.com/fairhavenri ) has been gracious enough to be promoting Holcomb Guitars with a Tinyhawk Echo, most recently at the Newport Yachting Center as the opening act for Guster just this last Friday the 7th, 2009.
Nick is an excellent player and it was amazing to see someone so talented really play the shit out of something I had made.
This month is going to be really exciting. Check back for updates!