Where do ex-Bandmates Go? To “Lost Coves”

Where do ex-band-mates go after a band breaks up?  Some of them get jobs.  Some of them get married.  Some of them fall off the face of the planet.  But some of them start a new band and continue to explore their musical talents, like ex-band-mate and friend, Dylan Ricards of Brooklyn-based band Lost Coves.

Dylan & Bil a.k.a. Lost Coves

Lost Coves were on their way West, stopping at every big-little club and city that had a stage and electrical outputs (or more precisely; any club open to their unique “spacey” sound).  One such club was the Doll Hut in Anaheim, CA., where I re-connected with Dylan and got to see a live performance of his new musical act.  And wowee-zowee!  I haven’t ever been launched into outer space before, but I imagine this is what it sounds like.  It starts with a low, distorted rumbling from the bass and heavy pounding from the drums, then it transports into a free-fall that is both sweet and melodic.

I guess you could say Lost Coves’ sound is like that of a roller-coaster.  But more like a roller-coaster with loops, spirals, zig-zags, and whoop-dee-doos, rather than just the old-fashioned carnival roller-coaster that goes up and down.  But that’s Dylan for you, he’s always been an alternative thinker and intellectual and I’m glad to see that he’s forever expanding his musical talents… and the universe.  Here’s to you, old chum!

Check out Lost Coves at Saw Her Ghost Records, a killer independent record label based out of Michigan, and pick up their two single-disc EPs; Bookends and the self-titled Lost Coves.  They’ll send you out of this world!

The Smalltime Drug Peddler: “Asked Out”

Opening page to Asked Out

I’d like to take this opportunity to promote my first written issue to Misadventures of the Smalltime Drug Peddler, a mini-comic originally created by junior high and high school classmate, as well as band-mate and long-time friend, Dave Law.

Dave originally created the character of The Smalltime Drug Peddler as a class assignment at San Francisco State in 2002.  However, he received such a tremendous uproar from his friends at Isotope Comics in San Francisco that he continued to write and draw issues of the book.

In 2010, eight years and nine issues later, I elbowed my way onto the book and this is what Dave and I have to show.  This is the first part to a two part storyline about The Smalltime Drug Peddler being asked out on a date from an old acquaintance, Robbie, who first appeared in issue #1.

Page 2 of MSTDP: Asked Out

“Misadventures of the Smalltime Drug Peddler” is the story of a crude  20-year-old girl, who lives in the suburban town of Sunny Day, and sells drugs to her odd mixture of drug-induced fiends and friends.  Dave and I have already begun conceptualizing on a long line of stories to our smalltime-drug-peddling-sweet-heart and we can’t wait to share them with you.

You can find copies of the mini-comic at at these fine retail establishments:  Skylight Books in Los Angeles, Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, and Isotope Comics in San Francisco.