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Monday, December 6, 2010

New Band To Burn One To-Jet Black Berries

The "New Band To Burn One To" today is Jet Black Berries.

Jet Black Berries are a hook-heavy psychedelic band from Rochester, NY. The Jet Black Berries gained ominous notoriety as one of the bands that contributed to the “Return of the Living Dead” soundtrack along with the Cramps, the Damned and the legendary Roky Erickson. The Jet Black Berries released 3 albums in the mid to late 80’s on Restless and Enigma Records. The band broke up in 1989.....but zombies are hard to kill.........

20 years later three of the band's original members, bass player/writer Gary Trainer, lead guitarist Chris Yockel and drummer/writer Roy Stein find themselves through an unusual set of circumstances together in an upstate recording studio one afternoon. Roy is engineering another session and his two old chums dropped in to check things out and give him a hard time. They talk about recording in the old days vs. the new digital era and how fantastic it is that now you can get your music recorded and out to people to hear in just hours. The studio is chocked full of gear, the session is over....so.....the band phones up a young local guitarist and singer they really admire named Johnny Cummings (yes Ramones' fans that's his real name) and 3 hours later the band has recorded Gardens of Delight. Listen for the howling guitar in the intro of the tune...the beast has awakened.

Back from the grave and ready to party the band digs up their original keyboardist/organist Mark Schwartz. The band just released a new CD called "Postmodern Ghosts" to rave reviews.

So here we go again for another round....four zombies and a punk kid.

The band has just been asked to perform at next years SWSX music festival in Austin, TX in March 2011.


"Post-Modern Ghosts is chalk full of groove heavy, psychedelic, and infectiously catchy hook-laden tunes. With such songs as "Psychic Children of Doom" and "They Walk Among You" the band throws a little Goth influence into the mix as well. This is a very cool record for just chilling out to."

What others are saying:

"I remember the light the most.

There I was, late night, burning the midnight oil in the Ripple office. Reviews to write, press releases to ready, new releases to schedule. Sofi, as always, took her place in her bed to my right, snuggled in amongst the brimming stack of vinyl. But I had no time to dig into that enticing vinyl buffet. Ripple work called to me. An eerie silence tingled my neck.

And then the light came.

Consciousness lost in a second, I awoke, no longer at my desk. The room looked vaguely familiar to me, a place from a distant memory. Rising from my desk, I spun, disoriented, searching for a clue. The familiar call letters KSPC FM blazoned on the wall across, separated from me by a thick layer of glass. Lights flashed in chaotic rhythms, engulfing the switches, knobs and buttons on the mixing board at my hands. A vinyl record spun to my right, pumping the room with moody, atmospheric, neo-gothic psychedelia. Somehow, in some unspeakable way, I’d been transported through time. Inexplicably, it was 1984 again." (The Ripple Effect) Read on...


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