Bands & Music

For what it’s worth, I also have a bunch of solo recordings of varying quality (composition, performance, recording, etc.) you can listen to on SoundCloud.

Glenn’s Army (1998-2005)

This was my first band, started during the summer of our sophomore year of high school, and where I learned to do basically everything I would ever do in other bands, including play bass, write songs, and sing. What we lacked in talent we made up for with stubbornness, industriousness, and a genuine love of what we were doing. We recorded several homemade albums, along with three studio releases (recorded in 2000, 2001, and 2003) that I still listen to today. In 2002, we went on a short but fascinating tour of the eastern U.S.

Listen on Bandcamp

Streets Ahead (2006-2007)

After moving to Cleveland, OH I started another band with two extremely talented guys, one of whom I met on Craigslist, and one who my wife recruited at a show. Streets Ahead battled a lack of time, money, interest, and social skills throughout its short life, but we had a lot of fun and put on a couple good shows. We recorded one album in my basement before I ran out of money and had to move somewhere I could find a better job. I was only 25 when we started and had only played in one band — looking back, I wish I had met the guys with a little more experience under my belt.

Watch the Last Show

Bad Luck (2008-2011)

When I got to D.C., I wasted no time finding a musical outlet and joined Bad Luck, an already-established Social D/Johnny Cash-inspired three piece (counting me) that immediately embarked on some of my wackiest on-stage shenanigans. Bad Luck wasn’t exactly my most engaging creative outlet, but we sure had a lot of fun, and Bad Luck shows were unquestionably some of the largest, loudest, and most enthusiastic crowds I ever played for. Our adventures took us to water parks, county fairs, biker bars, pool halls, retirement parties, and just about everything else you could imagine.

Listen on SoundCloud

ELEMENTARY (2009-2012)

At the same time I was galavanting with Bad Luck, I was working with another Craigslist acquaintance on what would become Elementary, a pop-alt-rock-ish four piece featuring (among other things) Rob from Streets Ahead on drums, weirdly enough. Elementary was a more direct creative outlet, and over the course of our time together we put together a seven song demo, a nine minute space opera (not my idea, but a good one), an extremely ambitious full length LP, and an even better follow-up EP. We also played a bunch of shows and gave ourselves ridiculous nicknames.

Listen on Bandcamp

Six Foot Machine (2011-2018)

Six Foot Machine was basically formed by accident when I sent some song ideas over to guy I found online. All I wanted was some drum recording work on some of my solo stuff, but Jesse got really excited and wanted to start a band. I told him I’d give it a shot if he found a drummer who could play the double-time old-MXPX/NOFX style stuff he was into, and when he did, I was stuck. Fast forward six years, two albums, multiple kids, weddings, and countless high-energy bar shows later and I’m still not entirely sure what happened.

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The Defendents (2012-forever)

Bringing things somewhat full circle, Steve from Glenn’s Army and I reunited in northern Virginia after he returned from a stint working on a boat and decided to go to law school — the latter became the inspiration for our recording-only non-band, which plays sporadically (we are both dads now). However, slowly but surely we’ve been able to capture a little of our old magic, add a few new tricks, and record a couple good songs. We put a bunch of them together into our first album in 2014, and are hard at work on our follow-up record. We expect to finish it in about fifteen years.

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