The album was recorded over a period of time when the band was in its prime in those halcyon and heady days (1975-1979).
HISTORY OF THE N.Y.C AUGUST ROCK BAND
It started in 1973 with the chance meeting of two local musicians in an Eastside saloon called “Friends”: Mike Ward played guitar & piano, Ray Karl played bass. A few drinks & one long jam session sealed the idea of playing together. Soon after, their friend Joseph (Joe Ben) Bennardello told them he knew of a pretty good guitar player who was looking for something new. Enter H.D. Seupel. As it turned out, “pretty good” was a vast understatement...H.D. could flat out play! A number of drummers had to be carried offstage, exhausted, before Paul Gellen provided the skilful rock/funk back-beat that would drive the band’s sound. Singers came and went, too, until Tom Mooney showed up with the high-energy rock & roll voice that could handle the band’s diverse repertoire.
The band toured the Northeast, playing the college circuit and anywhere from ski resorts to beach resorts, all the while honing their sound and refining their repertoire. Managed by Steve Harris (ex v.p. of Elektra Records, instrumental in signing The Doors) and Ted Feigin (who discovered The Turtles and co-founded the White Whale record label), The NYC August Rock Band began to make their mark, opening for Blondie, Little River Band, Another Pretty Face, and The James Cotton Blues Band. They shared top billing with fabled blues man Robert Ross and the Dicey-Ross Band, Robert Gordon’s band, and the great Mink DeVille. They soon became a headline act on their own, playing to packed houses at all the legendary NYC venues of the time, including Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s, The Ritz, The Bottom Line, Mudd Club, Trax and Dr. Generosity’s.
The band’s popularity and reputation led to a series of recording contracts. Produced by the great Terry Minogue and championed by New York radio’s premiere morning DJ, Jim Kerr (currently heard on Q104.3 FM in NYC), The NYC August Rock Band recorded and performed for the better part of a decade.
Now, journey back in time with the LosTraxx Time Machine to the most vibrant, creative and diverse period in New York’s musical history. We present “Better Days”, the first collection of lost recordings by The NYC August Rock Band. We hope you enjoy the trip.
released April 15, 2013
Executive Producer: Brian Lewis
Studio Producer for Better Days, Share Your Heart, Make Our Way (The Reggae) and Lucky In Love: TERENCE P. (Terry) MINOGUE
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