A Chinese Firedrill “circles” is a solo project from veteran bassist Joey Vera. Joey has been in the music business since 1981 having been involved in many groups including Armored Saint, Fates Warning (both of which he is still a current member), Anthrax, OSI, Tribe After Tribe, Seven Witches, Engine and Chroma Key to name a few.
A Chinese Firedrill “circles” was written, recorded and performed by Joey from May 2005 – June 2006. Truly a solo project, Joey performs all of the instruments and vocals with the exception of the drum tracks performed by a local friend. The music on “circles” was conceived out of a desire to pull influences from the past and subject the writing process to an “experiment in arrangements and instrumentation”. To put the necessary “label” on the type of music on this record, Joey is calling it Prog/Art Hard Rock. The record draws from his early influences such as Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Rush, and from more recent influences such as Tool, Porcupine Tree, King’s X and OSI.
“circles” contains 7 tracks which by today’s standard might seem short but Joey insists that at 45:57 the listener will not be over saturated with music. He intentionally wanted to make a somewhat short record as his “attention span is not that long” for many of today’s records which clock in at well over an hour of time.
Engineered and Produced by Joey Vera. Total running time 45:57
For more information and a full discography on Joey Vera please visit his website www.joeyvera.com