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Bach on a Stick

by Bach on a Hook

Baroque music updated for the 21st Century. Perhaps what Mozart listened to in college.
Genre: Classical: Bach
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1. Bach on a Hook (Prelude in G Major by J.S. Bach)
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2. Telemanic (Allegro in E minor by Telemann)
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3:11 $0.99
3. Dream (Largo in F# minor by J.M. Leclair)
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5:25 $0.99
4. Bach on a Stick (Gigue in C major by J.S. Bach)
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3:00 $0.99
5. Streamline (Prelude in C major by J.S. Bach)
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3:55 $0.99
6. DeLay (1st movement of Brandenburg Concerto #6 by J.S. Bach)
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7. Song of the Way
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Album Notes
Bach on a Hook was born in 1990 with violist Marty Matteson (DQE, Sundog Quartet) and drummer Chris Verene (Rock*a*Teens, DQE). Marty started playing the Prelude from J.S. Bach's D Major Cello Suite on a viola with a pickup plugged into an amp and Chris began drumming along. They liked the results and over the next few years started tossing around ideas for recording projects, and in 1993 started laying down tracks.

With the help of Zod (Pillowtexans, Blacktop Rockets) at Demolition Sound and Kelly Noonan at Suite 16 they created enough recordings to make a self-titled indie CD. The second CD, Bach on a Stick, produced with Everett Young, was released by Pearineel in 2000, and featured Benjamin Smoke on the cover (see above).

On the live front, it was in 1997 that Chris and Marty started performing as a band under the sobriquet of Bach on a Hook. After Chris Verene moved to New York and became an internationally famous art photographer, Marty enlisted the help of local Atlanta musicians including Ian Parsons (Butterflies) and the current line-up: Lane Steffler on bass and Adrian Ash on drums.

Bach on a Hook has played the E.A.R.L., WRAS Georgia Music Show, Smith's Olde Bar, the Star Community Bar, the Red Light Cafe, Dotties, as well as private parties. They have also played gigs in New York and Amsterdam.

Bach on a Hook is constantly pushing the envelope on the fusion of newer ideas. A new CD is currently underway in their home studio. The latest technology is enabling Bach on a Hook to integrate brand new material and ideas never before possible.


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Classical Meets Primeval Rock
For those who enjoy classical music re-interpreted, look no further. This blend of chamber orchestra and garage band is infectious, raw and brilliant and by no means should it be judged by it's questionable cover art... And I do constantly question it.


A unique release; perhaps what Mozart listened to in college.
The next period film that wants a rock soundtrack would do well to include this hearty and versatile disc. Fun, sloppy, festive, dreamy, alternatingly irreverent, and respectful, this seven-song EP starts with a punch that, on occasion, softens to a gentle tap on the shoulder. Marty Matteson (who's all aces on the viola) clearly has a love for classical music, but refuses to let it stay dusty on the shelves. Reworking pieces from Bach, Telemann, and Leclair, Matteson and his merry men find new hooks in old places, with Chris Verne pounding justly on his drums, Everett Young on the keys, Justin Hughes on guitar, and bassman Tim DeLaney, who keeps the foundation secure (DeLaney, along with executive producers Brad Lewis and Zollie Maynard, are also part of Atlanta pop group the Sight-seers). The first two tracks are joyously engaging, with several other bright spots along the way. Clocking in at 33 minutes total, there are a few times where the ambience overpowers the structure and listeners may let a couple minutes go by undetected, but only to be yanked back into Ye Olde Ale House where the festivities continue. The final track, "Song of the Way," sticks out as the morning-after hangover -- groggy, moody, and eventually thunderous. A unique release; perhaps what Mozart listened to in college.