Brilliant! Someone is finally making new music in the tried and true format of classic rock and roll. Good melodies, songs that tell stories, harmonies (something lacking in much new music), great guitar, humor in a league with Bare Naked Ladies and The Kinks – it’s all here in Lesson Welcome, a welcome addition to your music collection.
New indie rock in the tried and true format of classic rock and roll, with good melodies that grow on you like your favorite jeans, vocal harmonies, songs that tell stories, great guitar, and a bit of humor in those lyrics. Your music collection will thank you for adding this.
History of lesson zero part 5: We almost become superstars
Bobby came all the way from Santa Cruz, Ca. to play with us. Bobby and Kerry had played together in Death Walk many years back. Awhile after Bobby arrived, Andreas left to spend more time with his family. He was replaced by vid mars who came from Seattle via the asteroid beltway. He had done some recording work previously with Kerry. Vid wrote, sang, and played a mean guitar, but alas, his Mother Ship called him back into the cosmos. He dematerialized before we could reach the recording studio, but not before this rare photo that’s posted was taken.
While awaiting another guitarist to fall from the sky, Bobby, guitar George, and Kerry began working on the cd in earnest and sometimes in Springfield. “Scrapin’ Knuckles,” “Coming Back,” “Welcome To The Game,” “I Just Want To Rock With You,” and “No Time Left In Your Head” were all recorded with guitar George doubling up on keyboards and 2 guitars, while Kerry and guitar George covered the vocals with Bobby singing backup in “I Just Want To Rock With You.” We got an old friend, Ken, who Kerry played with in Pyramid Stars to sit in on soprano sax for “Runaround,” our cover of the Blues Traveler song.
Next, our final installment of the history of lesson zero which brings you up to the present. But still to follow, the science, English, math, PE, and electives of the band.
LESSON ZERO is Angelo Tornese, guitar and vocal; Bobby Farlee, drums and vocal; guitar George Anspach, guitar and vocal; and Kerry Miller, bass and vocal.
Guitar George: keyboards on “Scrapin’ Knuckles,” “Losing Ground,” ”I Just Want To Rock With You,” and percussion on “Effing St.”
Kerry: percussion on all songs and acoustic guitar on “Effing St.”
Angelo: guitar on “Baby Bought A Ticket” and “Find It And Take It” and backing vocal on “Losing Ground.”
Bobby: tympanis on “Coming Back” and backing vocals on “I Just Want To Rock With You” and “Effing St.”
Guitar George sings lead on “Welcome To The Game” and “Run-around” and duets with Kerry on “Baby Bought A Ticket,” “Losing Ground,” and “Find It And Take It.”
And with a little help from our friends…
Andreas Barrett: keyboard on “Why Don’t You” and viola on “I Saw Momma Sneaking Santa Claus” and backing vocals on both songs. He also wrote the lyrics on “Welcome To The Game” and made contributions to other songs.
Kevin Scannell: drums on the two previous songs.
Ken Farley: soprano saxophone on “Run-around.”
Mixing and mastering done by Anspach Productions except for “Why Don’t You” and “I Saw Momma Sneaking Santa Claus” done by Andreas Barrett.
Visit us online at Myspace. Our video of “Coming Back” is on Youtube. You can see lyrics on our web page. We didn’t have room for everything.
Lesson Welcome was carefully handcrafted and aged to perfection for three years. It is an eclectic variety of LESSON ZERO’s original alternative, indie rock, plus a cover and a half. It is something old, something new, something borrowed, and even some blues. It strays from rock’s standard 4/4 to 6/8 and 9/8 time. It’s new adult, contemporary music with a bit of pain, a dose of reality, a smattering of hope, a wink from God, a whole lotta love, a little happiness, considerable fun, occasional excitement, a twist of twisted humor, and of course the proverbial eye of newt, wing of bat, toe of frog, etc. which all adds up to Way Cool Music.