There were a few rock projects I was a part of through high school and college, but as people grow up, priorities change. Most of the people I grew up playing music with are living all around the country now.
A few years ago I decided to try my had at writing some rock tunes by myself for the 2008 RPM Challenge under the name This is Steve. They were mostly awful, with drum loops instead of a real drummer, and terrible lyrics penned and sung by yours truly. That's when I figured out I'm not a good singer or songwriter. I tried it again the next year with a slightly better result (and real drums), but it was becoming clear that while I could write some sweet guitar and bass riffs, lyrics would remain elusive.
I gave the rock game up for a year, focusing more on other projects, but it didn't take long for that rock itch to come back to life. This time, I wanted to try something different. I wrangled some friends together, figured out when and how we would record, and started to let the tape roll. Famous Ladies was born, out of Chris Sumner (lyrics and vocals) and I in New Hampshire, Ian Jones (guitar) in Massachusetts, and Andrew Cote (drums) in Michigan. I am very lucky to be friends with these three people who are extraordinarily good at what they do. We recorded 9 tracks for RPM last February, with ample help from Dropbox, and since then, I've been working on polishing them up.
I think when you're any type of artist it's hard to be 100% happy with your finished product. I could probably go on remixing and tweaking for another year, but eventually you just have to let it get out there into the world for people to hear. I'm insanely proud of the guys who helped put this together. I think we did some really great work. Eight of the nine tracks we originally recorded are set to be released on September 4th. I hope you will enjoy listening to these songs as much as I've enjoyed working on them!