Drag the River

Drag the River

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country & mid-western

Biography

BASICALLY THIS IS JUST A LOOSE TIME-LINE.

During the early days of the Blasting Room there were many open hours for learning how to make records. Jon & Chad recorded around 20 some songs in late '96 & early '97. Whoever was in the studio that day could play. They just basically had to learn the songs in the time it took to play them. Over the next couple years those recordings were bootlegged alot.

So they finally released "Hobo's Demos" and did some touring around the turn of the millennium.

In March 2002 the band released "Closed" which was also Upland/O&O records. That label is owned & operated by the All-Descendents family & co run by Joe Carducci of the legendary SST label. They put out all your favorite 80's punk records like Black Flag, the Minutemen, DESCENDENTS, Meat Puppets, FIREHOSE, Husker Du.....all those and too many more to mention.

At that time Karl left & J.J. from the NOBODYS joined and they started traveling more seriously. Later that Oct. 2002 they put out "Live at the Starlight" on Mars Motors (Jon, Flash and Chris Irwin's label) & produced their live vinyl only release. That was a bar room idea that had little chance but actually happened. The companion to "Live at the Starlight" is "At the GREEN DOOR O.K.C." a humbling & totally different show recorded five days later in front of a less than excited crowd.

The "Chicken Demos" is the sister release of "Hobo's Demos" and came out May 2004, also on Upland/O&O.

"Hey Buddies" e.p. was released in Nov. '04. 6 songs co-released by the fine people at Red Sand. It was super limited to begin with and more limited when more than half of them were stolen at a show in Green Bay. Two months later a more widely available version with different art & packaging was released by Mars Motors & distro'd by suburban home records....beginning that relationship.

At this point Zach went back to school and the band kept on as a four piece....but not without infrequent visits from Chad Rex who easily stepped in when available.

More recently new friend Spacey Casey Prestwood from "HOT ROD CIRCUT" has picked up the steel & lead duties. Seriously filling the role better than expected.

In October 2005 Paul entered his silver years surfing in California.
He is sent with the bands love & suggests Dave Barker of "Love Me Destroyer- Pinhead Circus" fame to take over the drum throne. It was a great thought & has worked out beautifully.

In Dec. '05 the band mixed songs for 4 different 7inches.

3 of the songs for the 3rd "Mars/Menace" release at Armstrong in Tulsa w/ Stephen Egerton.
Chris "gobo" Peirce of 'technical ecstasy" in N.J. also mixed & recorded two songs for a "THIRD WORLD INDUSTRIES" 7in.

& the others were mixed at Jon's where they were recorded.

the first release is from our friend Darick's label "wallride" in MD. & the other a split with the City Mouse.

this was written in a confusing way.

In January '06 the band will record a new record at the Hideaway in Sedalia Co. with Marc Benning. An all analog studio totally lost in the Colorado mountains.

we hope this made some sense.

It gets updated, revised & spell checked sometimes & when new things happen.

Discography

* means we think they are on I Tunes

Hobo's Demo's - O&O/Upland
CLOSED - O&O/Upland
*Live @ the Starlight - Mars Motors/SUBURBAN HOME
Chicken Demos - O&O/Upland
*at the Green Door Vinyl - Mars Motors/MTM
*Hey Buddies...-Mars/S.H.

there are a bunch of bootlegged shows out there.

Set List

original music for an appropriate amount of time.
it's always differant.

we can play for a long time and like it as much as we like playing short.