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Progressive Rock

8 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Progressive Rock, ROCK: Classic Rock



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The Laserdogs "Frankenclown" album is largely a
one-man project, although it began as a duo (with a drummer). I tried to avoid any sounds or effects that occurred after 1974 (mainly just tremolo, leslie, or echoplex). Most guitar tracks were done with a '67 SG, and the rest with an es-335, and Les Paul. The songs are funny and a little bit dark.
I built my chords from 2 or 3 note harmonies on separate tracks and pan for stereo spread. The vocal harmonies were recorded on a minimum of six tracks, and all were sung, not electronically harmonized (by myself). Little or no reverb was used and all tracks were sung or played through a tube preamp. I am particularly proud of the 17:41 min "Those Crazy Bots", chronicling the benign robotic invasion of earth.
I would liken the music most to early seventies progressive guitar based music, although I am a big fan of the vocal work of Todd Rundgren and the Beatles. I believe I have achieved my goal of forging a signature sound.

Greg Lounsberry

A Brief Biography:

I began playing in cover bands in 1975, but preferred playing covers of the the progressive rock songs that were all over the charts at that time. I began writing original songs and peppering them in amongst the acoustic versions of prog songs that I was playing in hotel lounges as a side gig.
One night Bill Balogh of The Royal Guardsmen heard me and the whole band was there the next night to me the position of lead vocalist. I had only thought of myself as a guitarist before then, and actually had to argue to get tham to "let me" play guitar! Two revisions of the band later, I was off to pursue my interests in songwriting and recording and resolved to never play cover music again.
Actually, I did play covers again, but as a vehicle to get my band, The Appliances in front of an audience (while earning pay) to play that all-important third set of the night as all originals. During that time, the song, "Dragon Breath" was a crowd favorite, and the house was always at its fullest during the all original third set.
My career began to take off, and as a Robotics tech at Walt Disney World, found it impossible to play out anymore. But I kept on writing songs. And buying gear. And recording. And getting better........I wrote the kernel of a song called "Those Crazy Bots", influenced by the book, "The Humanoids" by Jack Williamson, and a late night of troubleshooting on a "troubled" robot. The three minute song was adrench in Prophet 5 keyboard and adorned by my best Gabriel impersonation.
The recording obsession led to "Flower Pot Hat" by The Rocket4357 Project and was my first attempt at anything as ambitious as an album. The Roland VS-880 recorded opus featured a whopping thirty minutes of music, and featured guitar synthesizer instead of keyboards.
Dateline: Washington D.C. 2004. I began work on a new album with "Pork Sushi" as the first track recorded. The concept was - NO keyboard sounds at all, early seventies sounds only, and I would fill the resulting space with vocals and guitars. instead of keyboard/synth sounds. I decided to do a version of the never before recorded "Dragon Breath" and started to hammer out a guitar based verson of "Those Crazy Bots". As work progressed on the album, the 30 minutes of "Those Crazy Bots: was only realized as a 17 minute version due to a massive hard drive crash, and "Pork Sushi" was reserved as the kernel for the next album. "Dogs in the Sky" is an introduction to the album's sonic concepts. "The Chinaman's Hat", a Chinese Surf song was a sort of follow up to Rocket4357's "Toe of the Camel", an Arabic Funk fusion. "Frankenclown" is the implementation in song of a character I created for a Horror anthology show (concept) that I was working on with Jon Scallan of Fluddlight, and cover artist, Mark Hershberger. "Kairo" is my tribute to Japanese horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Greg Lounsberry 2005


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