Pyrite Parachute will be featured this Sunday, February 22nd from 7:00-8:00 PM CST on the FM airwaves at 107.3 and the HD2… digiwaves… at 97.3 in Birmingham, Alabama as part of Southbound on Birmingham Mountain Radio. If you’re not in Birmingham (or the surrounding area) you can catch the show streaming on the station’s live stream.
Who knows, maybe we’ll even do a one-time-only performance… the only way to find out is to listen!
Update – 02.22.2015: It was great to get to hang out with the guys from Southbound on Birmingham Mountain Radio tonight. We hope to see them again, soon and often!
Birmingham, AL – “One Week” represents the first official studio release from Pyrite Parachute, the Birmingham, Alabama based jam fusion band known for their energetic live shows and genre bending musical tendencies.
After several starts and stops with studio work over the past several years the band decided to take a significantly different approach to recording this EP. “We had the right players in place, the right equipment and had learned so much from trying to record before.” explains Joey Howard, the band’s principal songwriter, vocalist and guitarist. “I think the most important thing is that we didn’t try to emulate a big commercial studio. We didn’t obsess to a click track or the things that we didn’t do quite perfectly. We recorded live and kept the best take. Playing off each other is integral to our sound and I think that energy and enthusiasm shows in the final product.” adds Keith Weber, drummer.
“With ‘One Week’ we really did want to shoot for something different. We’d tried several times to get some of these songs recorded and for one reason or another it had never worked out. It was important to us to figure out a process that worked for us creatively.” adds Donnie Garvich, keyboardist. “By doing this ourselves we were able to create an environment that was very conducive to us being creative. Exciting ideas were popping up everywhere and we just had a blast exploring. Add in the very fruitful collaboration with Aaron Hall, who played bass and did a lot of the engineering work on this release and you can really hear the excitement in the songs.” offers Chip Dews, guitarist.
Will this EP change the band’s approach to live shows? “It’s the culmination of years of working and playing together…” says Joey, “… I think we all wanted to get this out there to show the progression of the band in terms of the different sounds we are incorporating …” offers Chip, “… It also showcases a lot of [our] favorite progressive elements that [we] want to include in future material.”, says Keith. Donnie finishes with “In the end everything changes our live shows, even in the middle of playing them. That’s kind of the fun of being a ‘live music first’ band. So, maybe the EP, as a recording, won’t impact our live shows as much as the bonding and work we did to create it will.”
Pyrite Parachute will be playing shows in 2015 in support of the EP, which is slated for release on January 20th, 2015.
Now that his first show with the band is out of the way, Pyrite Parachute is officially announcing the addition of our new bass player, Scott Housey. Over the past six months the band has been working towards finding a permanent low-end resident for both stage shows and studio work. After auditions and much deliberation, Scott has been welcomed aboard. You’ll be able to catch Scott at all of Pyrite Parachute’s shows and upcoming recordings.
I recently sat down with Scott to let folks get to know him a little better. Following is our conversation:
Donnie: Scott, we’re excited to have you aboard! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed your time during the audition process and up through your first show with us. So tell us, where are you originally from?
Scott: I was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in nearby Alabaster.
Donnie: Have you lived anywhere else?
Scott: I have only lived out of state once, while I was in the Navy. I was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS America. During that time I had an apartment in Hampton, Virginia just outside the main gate of Langley Air Force Base.
Donnie: Where did you get your start playing bass?
Scott: I was a tuba and baritone player in middle school. Mr. Hood, the high school band director, told my dad that I was going to be the bass player in the high school jazz band. My dad said, “1: Scott does not own a bass, and; 2: Scott does not know how to play bass.” Mr. Hood replied, “Scott will learn the bass and you are going to buy him one.”
Donnie: So that’s how you ended up with a bass in your hands! Do you play any other instruments?
Scott: I live in a very musical household. Everyone plays an instrument or two. My wife plays piano, clarinet and guitar. My sons play many instruments as well. I can play a little on all of our instruments (except maybe the bagpipes) but I am really only comfortable on the bass.
Donnie: From your perspective, what was the process of auditioning for, and eventually getting invited to play with, Pyrite Parachute?
Scott: I was nervous beforehand. I haven’t been an official member of a band in almost 20 years. But when I got to the audition everyone made me feel right at home and I was able to relax a little.
Donnie: The rest, I guess, is history, huh? So what are some of the most interesting musical experiences you’ve had?
Scott: My most gratifying moment of my music career was back in high school. Our jazz band was selected to compete in a jazz contest in New Orleans. I had a short slap bass solo in one of the more funky songs and I ended up bringing home the “Outstanding Soloist” award. At the time, I didn’t think that I was even going to be considered for the award.
Donnie: Nice! Maybe we can get you back to New Orleans to win some more awards! Is there anything else you’d like for people to know about you before we close out?
Scott: I have been married to my high school (and middle school) sweetheart Alysia “Ed” Housey for over 20 years and I would not be a part of this band without her supporting and motivating me to pursue my musical career.