Back when Out of Your Head Brooklyn was taking place at Threes Brewing in Gowanus, I invited my good friend and Signal Problems leader Danny Gouker to co-curate a cycle. One of his more courageous lineups was a set of three bass players and three trumpet players. It worked, so he booked a recording session in a church. That worked too, so we released it under the title Sanctuary. We think this ended up being pretty damn cool, and so did the fine folks at pfMENTUM who decided to release it. Trumpets and Basses is Danny Gouker, Kenny Warren, and Jake Henry on trumpets, and Will McEvoy, Zach Swanson, and myself on basses. Album art by the ever-amazing TJ Huff (huffart.com). Recorded at Cadman Congressional Church and mixed by Nathaniel Morgan at Buckminster Palace, and mastered by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio. It is OUT NOW–please check the links below for a few listens, commitment free.
Party Pace ICE Album Release, August 10, 2017 @ happylucky no. 1 (734 Nostrand Ave, BK NY) 8:00pm. Album art by TJ Huff (huffart.com). Release by Adam Hopkins & pfMENTUM. $10 door includes CD or Digital Download and complimentary refreshments. Full album for purchase and streaming via Bandcamp:
Sinking Ship is a band that I started with my great friend TJ Huff. In a way it sort of started when we played together in a Faith No More cover band on Halloween 2002 with Nate Rappole (who played right before Sinking Ship this past show under his solo act of Gull…it ruled). In a way it’s a completely new thing, and our attempt to revisit the energy we gave playing in punk bands in high school, but with some twists. TJ wrote all of the current music. and the best way to describe it is mid-90’s pirate rock, chock full of improvisation, but could easily be the soundtrack to a playstation snowboarding game. We enlisted my frequent collaborators Eric Trudel (sax) and Nathan Ellman-Bell (drums) to round out the band.
The show at Freddy’s was great. TJ was not feeling so well, at times seeming like he may vomit on me mid-set, and also his second-most-important pedal broke right before we played. But playing with him and listening back I wouldn’t have had any idea that this guy was feeling bad…he played great, and did some funny things in the process. Below is a chronological photo documentation of the set, and the unedited full set mp3 (after a shaky start we really get going!). Awesome photos by Fiamma Piacentini (Huff).