Saturday, September 3, 2016

The CURE | BAND MEMBERS | JASON COOPER

The CURE | BAND MEMBERS | JASON COOPER 

DRUMS and PERCUSSION 


1995–present




















ALBUMS Wild mood swings | Bloodflowers | The Cure | 4:13 Dream 
 


Jason has also appeared on a number of non-album singles, b-sides, live albums, videos and soundtrack songs, including the 1997 single Wrong Number (which also featured Reeve Gabrels first contribution to The Cure). 

In the shows performed by The Cure, Jason has been able to seamlessly perform, the large catalogue of songs, where he and other drummers, have contributed to the studio recordings. It never feels like or should it, that there is a need to compare, his performance, with others and something I generally think, is never helpful or wise (talking about individuals styles, techniques, equipment is great as musicians, but not if it feels like a competition).    


Postscript 

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1873623/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_2   Jason has written/co-written film + Tv scores, as well as playing on songs featured in film + Tv.

The CURE | BAND MEMBERS | ROGER O'DONNELL


The CURE | BAND MEMBERS | ROGER O'DONNELL  
KEYBOARDS and TAMBOURINE 1987–1990, 1995–2005, 2011–present

Albums Disintegration | Wild mood swings | Bloodflowers | The Cure

Roger, has also appeared on a number of non-album singles, b-sides, live albums, videos and soundtrack songs. He first toured, for the Kiss Me Kiss me Kiss me album [1987].  


Postscript


Solo work & Collaborations Roger has a well established solo body of work, which has included fully electronic work (including all Moog Synths), acoustic based collaborations, hybrid of the two, in both recorded, as well as live settings.  

Roger O'donnell Website   

Roger O'Donnell Facebook Page 





Roger's current keyboards &  Stand 




Website description of touring rig as at 2012 http://www.rogerodonnell.com/2012/06/news-55/


Talking synths in the period prior to Roger rejoining The Cure in 2011, I am remembering, we had a few myspace chats, about our various bits of synthesiser related gear (my first two bands and in the 1980's were as a synth player, analogue drum/bass programmer). I think the highlight, was when Roger said he remembered the model of mono synth (OSCar) I owned, which he said "looked like a car bumper", which was quite a fair, accurate and funny description. At no point did we talk about bands.






The CURE | BAND MEMBERS | SIMON GALLUP



The CURE | BAND MEMBERS | SIMON GALLUP 


BASS GUITAR 


1979–1982, 1985–present








ALBUMS Seventeen Seconds | Faith | Pornography | Head on the Door | Kiss me Kiss me Kiss me | Disintegration | Wish | Wild Mood Swings | Bloodflowers | The Cure | 4:13 Dream  

Simon has also appeared on a number of non-album singles, b-sides, live albums, videos and soundtrack songs/music (including pre-show films).  

His bass parts, have always complimented and supported the songs of The Cure, where there is a certain depth, texture, warmth to them.  He has also contributed to the writing music for songs, where there is a definite pop sensibility to them eg Love Song, from the Disintegration Album. 



Postscript 

Schecter Guitars Website:http://www.schecterguitars.com/ 

Monday, August 29, 2016

The CURE | BAND MEMBERS | REEVES GABRELS Part 2


REEVES GABRELS |Digging deeper 



 Reeves Gabrels: in action, with his signature Reverend's 'Spacehawk' guitar. 


Its so true, that if you learn to the basics of painting, you soon see, a masters work on a gallery wall differently and/or if you learn to play an instrument, you then hear & see a virtuoso in ways, you could never have imagined. Whether you study formally or informally, the further you go, the more you learn to appreciate, all the time, effort, skill, tools and passion, that an artist puts into their work. Before too long,  you find yourself in places, you'd never noticed, felt and/or experienced before.  

REVEREND GUITARS   

It was coming across some of Reeve's Reverends guitars via the internet, that caught my attention, especially how beautiful they looked & sounded. But somehow, getting to see and hear the Spacehawk, up close & in action, when photographing The Cure Sydney show, sparked an interest, in digging a deeper.

I soon discovered, there is quite a back story, to their development and journey to where they are now, not being surprised,  to find it was started, by a musician, who studied industrial design, who had delved into electronics, with a range of bespoke amps.

The guitars are designed from scratch (Where 1:1 designs are drawn and used in the manufacturing side of production), along with the incredible attention to detail, practical selection of components, custom designed pick ups,  the technicians setting up for use, interaction at trade shows, social media, videos. What really I like too, is the creation of signature model's like Reeves 'Spacehawk', where individual guitarist, have their design ideas, experience and style of playing, incorporated into the design its functionality, which is also influences, by the type of project the guitar is being used for. 


All the team, from CEO down, appear to be active musicians, in various bands/projects and I which  have no doubt, that this has an impact, on their individual and collective approach, to the production, media and marketing, of the Reverend guitars/basses. 





postscript  


For anyone that hasn't, I definitely recommend, looking further, into what music you listen to, whether its the origin on an instrument, the back story of an artist, the history of and reflect, on your own journey in life.  Because,  I am sure it will renew and/or enhance, an appreciation for all you see, hear and feel.  

Whilst I don't pretend, to be an expert in musicology [aka music history], electronics, mechanics and/or industrial design, I do know, it is something I really enjoy, learning more, sharing and talking about.  There are also, so many books, videos, DVD's, on line sites, workshops, trade shows, friends, colleagues etc, available to absorb, something which I find, encouraging & inspiring, as well as a lot of fun! 

links



All photos © David Vagg | Photography

Back in the time when we were first exploring music [beyond the piano, which I may or may not, have used thumb tacks on some notes] especially in a band context, we at home had various cheap guitars, bass and keyboards. There was some attempts, at modifying the shape of bass body and much more successful repairs, on broken wiring, input jacks, as well as cables. Then there was a custom made keyboard stand too, which literally had to be screwed together, then bolted in stand, before each show! TBC 


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The CURE | BAND MEMBERS | REEVES GABRELS Part 1

Reeves Gabrels | Audio kitchen amp | Messa Boogie speaker cabinet  and Reverend Guitars 'Spacehawk'. 

REEVES GABRELS electric, acoustic & six-string bass guitar | 2012 to present



I first came across Reeve's work when he was a member of TIN MACHINE, in the late 1980s and after which, there was the next decade, with his work along side DAVID BOWIE [RIP], throughout the nineties. 


He first worked with The Cure on their 1997 single Wrong Number single in 1997  and Robert Smith sang on the song Yesterdays Gone, from his solo 1999 solo Album ULYSSES.



There is his solo body of work [Including his band REEVES GABRELS & HiS iMAGiNARY FR13NDS .
It was through a comment on my Facebook Album Photo, was made aware the the amazing AUDIO KITCHEN AMPS and especially, what goes into their being made.  I looked a little deeper and found a video on their website:  http://www.audiokitchen.co.uk/about-us/  and this resonated not only because of the clear passion the maker[s] have for the amps they make, but also its strong connection with musicians, but it also reminded me of my past.


Growing up at home, there was always soldering irons, wires, printed circuit boards, along with, screw drivers, pliers, stripping and cutting tools etc, around the garage/workshop.  I even worked two summers*, in last two years at school, at the Electrical Engineering faculty, of The Institute of Technology, Sydney [aka UTS], where 
my father was the Lab manager. 


A few years later among other projects, I built a 2 RCA in 1 out RCA 'mixer' which combined with two cassette decks, became my first attempts at recording  'multi-track' music.  It may have sounded rough, at  the end, but it was a lot of fun!. 


Bespoke amps I think this is why, coming across such beautiful, hand made amps and where the sum of the parts, literally and figuratively speaking, become greater then the whole. Sometimes perhaps, its not just the music, but also what surrounds it, that can connect with the past, especially if you play, write, perform music yourself.  Coincidentally, it was taking a few test shots, before the band came on stage, that I captured a shot of the amp [see below] 


Who knows, all these years later, as I finally re set-up my little home studio, might put some things together myself, what's the worse that could happen?  Soldering iron on standby! 




  

AUDIO KITCHEN AMP 
POST SCRIPT

The CURE | BAND MEMBERS | REEVES GABRELS Part 2 COMING SOON 

[*Excerpt from Institute of Technology, Sydney Reference}: 

Electronics workshops: assisting in the fabrication of connecting leads, of various types, decade capacitance boxes, power supply units: and construction of transistor curve tracers. Assembly of several types of laboratory trainers for student experiments.  Mechanical Workshop: assisting with sheet metal fabrication for laboratory equipment and fitments. Teaching Laboratories: assisting with annual check, repair and calibration of equipment and instruments. Assisting with laboratory alterations.
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