MP3 Top Dead Center - It´s About Time
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Top Dead Center is an electric rock band that has its roots in the classic
rock, punk, metal and jam scenes that have been the building blocks and
inspirations for most modern bands. TDC has its origins in weekly jam
sessions held in founding member Dave Miller's garage. While some players
brought several years of experience to the music, for others it was true
"on the job training".
c. 1998 -2003: The Garage Band
Less a band and more of a jam, these weekly practice sessions started out
with Dave Miller on guitar and lead vocals & Jeff Wilhite on lead guitar
and backing vocals. Soon a drummer was recruited, Micah Goodman, as well
as a drum tech, soundman, part time drummer, and all around guru in the
form of Jon Riggs. Eventually, as is often the case, for no other reason
than he had recently acquired a bass, Paul Krause was brought into the
ranks despite having no musical experience whatsoever and in spite of his
membership in another band, the Track Scabs. Additional players from this
period include Tony Dorris on guitar & Mike Dorris on keyboards.
With no band name, a limited number of original songs, and an extremely
loose approach to cover songs, these years were spent learning to play
together as a band, and often learning to play their instruments as well.
Several TDC classics emerged from this time, among them "On My Way", "The
Jam", "Hate Me?", and "Soul". Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath,
Funkadelic, Judas Priest, Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult, REO Speedwagon,
Van Halen, Angel, Phish, the Kinks, the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, and
the Velvet Underground all had their songs used, abused, and often
discarded during this time as well.
Unfortunately, as more gear was acquired, Dave's garage was no longer able
to contain the high volume output. A new, less understanding neighbor also
brought the police and the concept of a "noise ordinance". This
effectively ended the days of the garage band, and the search began for a
new practice spaceâ¦
c. 2003 â spring 2007: Into the Abyss
After being ousted from Dave's garage, the group found a new space in the
basement of a former bookstore and esoteric emporium, the Abyss. A new
guitar player, Ross Hansen, of Chicago area band Earls Truck Stop, became
a more fixed figure at practice, as Jeff Wilhite moved over to bass to
replace Paul Krause, who left to pursue the Track Scabs full time.
It was during this time that the band, now no longer a jam, decided upon a
name, after over 5 years of intense deliberation. Top Dead Center, or TDC,
a term describing the timing on a combustion engine when the #1 piston is
at the top of its cycle. Toby Ellis, another local musician and record
producer, recorded a live demo of the band during this time, as it
continued to expand its roster of original material. Fan favorites like
"What I Say", "All Of the Time", "Sacrifice", and "Duh" are among the
songs that appear on this recording. Danny Hayes sat in with the group on
acoustic guitar during this period as well.
In 2006 Jeff Wilhite left the group and Paul Krause returned on electric
bass. This solidified the current lineup of:
Micah Goodman - drums
Ross Hansen â lead guitar, backing vocals
Paul Krause â bass, armadillo
Dave Miller â rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Other major contributors include:
Jon Riggs â drums, live sound, video, & drum tech
Toby Ellis â studio engineer, producer, arcane sonic divulgation
Matt Meth â cowbell, beer, roadie
After wrapping up their "Going Nowhere Tour" at the end of 2006, having
played no live dates, Top Dead Center concentrated on expanding their
songbook of original material. All of the songs and lyrics have been
written by Dave Miller, but the arrangements evolve naturally through band
interaction and input. By 2007, having assembled 20 original songs and a
select group of covers, Top Dead Center was finally ready to take it to
the stage on 2/23/07 as the opening act for Hog Luvdog & the Gas Guzzlers
at Lanhucks Tavern. They also headlined Lanhucks on 4/6/07, opening up for
themselves as Toby Ellis & Friends, a group comprised of Toby Ellis, Paul
Krause, Dave Miller, & Jon Riggs. Shortly after wrapping up their spring
tour 2007, the band was informed once again they would be losing their
practice space to commercial interests. As every ending is a new
beginning, the search began for a new practice spaceâ¦
Spring 2007 â Present: Electrophonic Labs (a top secret location to be
The perfect practice space became available almost as soon as it was
needed, and after a few weeks of cleaning, remodeling, and soundproofing,
all the gear was put in place, as well as a separate studio control room
for recording projects. After playing a show on 8/24/07 opening for JEB at
the Duck Inn, Top Dead Center set to learning more new material, expanding
to more than 30 originals and a solid group of cover songs, featuring the
Hollies, Nashville Pussy, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Lou Reed, and T.
2008 was filled with recording sessions for their debut album, soundtrack
work on the movie "Scorned", video shoots, personal appearances, and
preparations for their first U.S appearance in over a year. After headlining
a show at the Deerhead Tavern on 10/24/08, the band rang in 2009 with a
cross county tour playing in Newburgh at Hootie Hoots on 1/10/09 and a
triumphant ice storm show on 1/31/09. February saw the final mastering of
the long awaited CD âItâs About Timeâ. A pair of stealth gigs at Lanhucks
on 3/20 & 3/21 were scheduled as a gift to our dedicated fans, and to prepare
for the CD release party at Hootie Hoots on 4/25/09.
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