Monday, February 12, 2018

For Andy -- With Love and Squalor

[cross-posted from PowerPop]

So, as you may also recall, late last year the surviving members of the Floor Models went into the studio to recreate a song of Andy's that we all loved, and which we used to perform live for ages, but for some reason had never demoed. You can read the whole saga, and listen to the finished song, over HERE, but the shorter version is that it turned out so well that we planned to include it on a forthcoming EP of previously unreleased studio material in Andy's honor.

In any case, a few weeks after we finished the track Gerry let it drop casually that there was actually an Andy song that I had never suspected existed. One that was the last thing he wrote as a member of the band (and probably one of the last things he wrote ever) and that the band had never worked it up back in the day (I was no longer a member then, in case you're wondering).

Naturally, I found this (shall we say) intriguing, and Gerry graciously agreed to record an acoustic guitar and vocals version of it for my perusal.

When I listened to it a few weeks later I was totally gobsmacked. In fact, I thought it was one of the most heartbreakingly sad and beautiful songs I had ever heard; fortunately, Glen "Bob" Allen, our ace drummer and my musical director for the last fifty years, concurred.

And so back into the studio we went.

And now, please enjoy the world public premiere of Andy's utterly gorgeous "Sarah McLeod."



That's essentially 95 percent finished, if truth be told; we'll probably have Gerry re-record his lead vocal for clarity, but damn, if that doesn't sound wonderful even at this point.

I should add that the background vocals and rhythm guitar are by special guest Flo Mo Joe Benoit, who showed up at the studio and nailed all his parts in about a half hour. The fabulous Telecaster licks and the Andy-esque 12-string, of course, are by our long-time regular guitar hero J.D. Goldberg (of Hi-Beams CD fame).

If truth be told, I'm finding it difficult to believe we did anything quite this lovely, actually. But I think Andy would have approved. And it now looks like the planned EP is going to turn into a genuine album, one that with luck will be ready for public consumption some time before the end of the year.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Programming Notes From All Over

[cross-posted at POWERPOP]

Courtesy of our pal, ace DJ Wayne Lundqvist Ford, our new Floor Models masterpiece will be airing on a fabulous syndicated radio show.


Next weeks show all ready to blow your ears and mind! First airing out of Toronto, Canada on www.bombshellradio.com. Monday at 3pm GMT, 4pm CET. — with Mikah Wilson, The Lemonaids, The Reigning Monarchs, Vanilla, The Wellingtons, The Stems, * Wide Hips 69 *, Dany Laj and The Looks, The Smart Folk, Teenage Fanclub, The Floor Models, The Britemores, The Reaction, The Why oh why's, The Hum Hums, Doojip, Tommy Keene, Gift Horse, Lyres and Stupidity.

That's 3pm East Coast time, by the way.

If you miss it, the show will be archived; we'll keep you posted when it's up.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Hounds of Spring Are on Winter's Traces! The Weasels Too!!

Holy cow: tracks from my next two album projects -- The Hounds' The Album We Never Made and The Weasels' Crimes Against Nature: Greatest Hits 1973-2016 -- are now available for free download on an utterly fantastic compilation via our great good buddy and ace DJ Wayne Lundqvist Ford.






125 bands from all around the world -- no waiting!

Hey, it's free -- go download it NOW!.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Actual New Floor Models News!!!

Long story, but we have discovered a "lost" Andy song that we are about to refurbish, starting on Monday, when Glen and I go into the studio to recreate the rhythm section from this 1982 Other End version of "You Can't Tell Me Anything."

A tune we did live for ages, but for some inexplicable reason never demoed back in the day.



We'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Today We Are a CD

[cross-posted with PowerPop]

Hey, I know it's an obsolete format, but the disc version of the reissue of the 1995 album masterpiece (superbly re-mastered and with bonus tracks) by Gerry Devine and the Hi-Beams (aka The Floor Models Mark II) is now available for purchase.


It's been downloadable since last December (iTunes, Amazon, and the rest of the usual suspects including Spotify, whatever that is) but the actual CDs are finally at our distributor; you can order the physical copies at CD Baby over HERE.

And because I love you all more than food, here's what was the concluding track on the original 1995 version. I think it's freaking killer, but obviously I'm prejudiced.



In any case, if you decide to order the thing, remember -- as they used to say at MAD magazine: "$12.97. Cheap."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Updated Updates Part II

Had to take down the "Drop of Rain" video below, for reasons I won't bore you with.

Here's the new link (and a better edit, actually).



News on the album reissue next week,

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Updated Updates and Happy New Year!

Lots of interesting things happening on both the Flo-Mos and Hi-Beams fronts -- we'll have news about the physical CD copies of Fire Lane in a week or so -- but in the meantime, we start the New Year off right with the premiere of the video for "A Drop of Rain."



Our great good friend Steve Schwartz put this together for us over the last month, and I am only half-kidding when I say that this is the greatest directorial debut since Orson Welles stepped onto the lot at RKO.