Press Release: The Love Load – The Human Resourceful (Debut Album by Non-debutants)
Dischord veteran, ALKEM creator, and drummer extraordinaire Ben Azzara picks up his sticks and hits the skins behind singer/songwriter Ted Watts, and aided by musical and technical prodigy, Blaine Misner, created the impulse debut album by The Love Load entitled The Human Resourceful. While the band and record are new, the players are neither new to the game or each other. Watts and Azzara have composed the rhythm section of D.C. based Pup Tent for most of the last five years. Both Azzara and Watts have extensive resumes.
Ben Azzara, simply put, has performed on numerous albums and played countless shows across the globe with an eclectic group of artists. Some include The Sarah Azzara Band, D.C.I.C., Junction, Delta 72, Pup Tent, Capital City Dusters, The Caution Curves, Joe Lally, Sean McArdle, Candy Coated Pain Pills, Chris Grier, and Stella Schindler. – Just to name a few!
Ted Watts has worked mostly as a bass guitarist with the occasional crack at lead. He has worked with D.T. and the Shakes, The Burnt Ernies, Girl Train, Disco Inferno, Spoonfed, Skelp, and Pup Tent. Musical frustration hit critical mass for Watts in the spring strumming through his back catalogue of unrecorded songs one night. He made a decision and a phone call, and things moved quickly from there. Two rehearsals in NYC and ten hours of studio time later the essential foundation was laid.
Enter Blaine Misner the recording engineer and with him a blessing from the God of Rock. Blaine got it immediately on an eerily, almost psychic level. “His role in the production of the record can not be overstated” says Watts. Blaine is a music major and a powerful force in his own right with impressive abilities on several different instruments. He performed a substantial amount of guitar work as well as some percussion work on this album. Furthermore, his interest and active involvement with the project and sensitivity to budget restraints created a fantastic working environment says Watts. When not working in the studio, Blaine plays in the grindcore band, Three Faces of Eve.
When interviewed about the record the often taciturn but periodically demonstrative Watts stated, “I wanted to tell a story in 33 minutes and to entertain people”. When asked if he accomplished this goal he answered, “I don’t know. I am far too close to it, but I had a wonderful time working with two geniuses. And the process was cathartic”. When asked how he would describe the record, smiling stated, “Survival rock, maybe concept rock. No wait, I hope this rock record has its own unique experience in the mind of each unique individual who cares to give it a listen”.
Nicole Frost / Publicist