Our debut album 'Reveries From The Haunted' was released the day before yesterday! It is available on cd or download here. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles ran a story on the album's release. We released our first single "Broken" a week ago, and it is streaming here.
Happy New Year!
The title of the new Ben Kuzay cd is Stream Of Consciousness! I have been in the studio since November, 2016 recording this album. We have mixed about half of the cd, though there are a couple of tracks that have not begun to be tracked yet; so, all-in-all, I'd say that we're about 2/3 of the way finished with the tracking and mixing. The reason it is taking so long is that I have been performing live and/or in the studio in several other projects (a couple of which have not yet been announced) during this time, as well. Yes, 2017 was an action-packed year for me!
2017 saw me singing publicly for the first time both on a cd release and in live performances, in Cognition!
It also saw me playing in the first cover band I've ever played in. Unbeknownst to me for the first two months I was in the band, the guitarist had not played a show in 8 1/2 years, so he was not in a mindset to perform live; thus, we only played two shows. Those were great experiences for me, though.
I got to play in a project with Matt Thompson of King Diamond!
I did two mini-tours of my one-man instrumental show of my namesake, as has become tradition for me. These were very successful, as always. I also performed quite a few local instrumental shows.
Realm Of Glass' debut album 'Reveries From The Haunted' will be released on January 17th!
Ben Kuzay Stream Of Consciousness will be released in spring or summer!
I arrived home from tour on Monday. The jaunt was fun and successful, and as always I am refreshed and exhilarated. The years of practice, toil, and hardship that I have put into my music career really are paying off, as some of the venue owners have real personal appreciation for me as an artist. Most musicians never experience being treated as anything more meaningful than a statistic in a venue's revenue calculations, so I am very happy with what I've achieved on that count. My reputation is growing with the fans at some of these venues I've played over and over, too. I saw some familiar faces this time around. Everyone was real happy to see me again.
Of the seven shows that were scheduled, I played six. Little Angie's in Duluth tried pulling a fast one on me, and they flopped on their belly. You see, the one time I played there previously (last spring), the booker handed me my paycheck, and then later on after I performed, the bartender told me that they weren't able to make me my check, but that they will mail it out to me the next day. I thought "You moron, if I hadn't been given my check and you said that, the only way you would be able to get me to leave tonight is to have the police tell me to leave." I said "The booker already handed me my paycheck." The bartender, appearing baffled and a bit nervous, said "That's weird." Weird, huh? So, fast-forward to this fall. About fifteen minutes after I walked into the venue, a woman who identified herself as the supervisor who's acting as the manager that night, informed me that the manager, on her way out, nonchalantly mentioned in passing that they don't have my check for me, but that I can come in the next day and get it. So, I ordered up my free meal, texted the booker who replied that he'd mail me the check the next day himself, then I walked back into the venue and told them that I'm not playing. I left, happy to have had them prepare a meal for nothing. It's the least I could do to them for having a scam going where they tell musicians that they don't have their check for them. Lee Harrison (Monstrosity's founding member) taught me by example on the tour I did playing for them in 2008- he sucked up loss after loss of hundreds of dollars spent on gas getting to this or that venue, rather than stick around and play the show and give in, just to recoup some money and keep it cool with the fans. Lee's attitude was "Let the fans express their dissatisfaction to the venue in whatever ways they choose, and teach the promoter a lesson about what happens when they commit fraud on us." Those experiences helped shape my way of conducting this aspect of my solo tours.
The Pyre is the name of the brand-new band featuring Ben Kuzay on bass guitar, Matt Thompson on drums, Shaun Schwanke on guitar, Erik O'Reilly on keyboard, and Alec Harrah on vocals. They are currently recording their debut album for a 2018 release, and have just published their self-titled debut single. The song was recorded and mixed by Shaun Schwanke at Auditory Bliss Studio in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, except drums which were recorded by Matt Thompson at Whakatane Studio in Denton, Texas.
Today Cognition released its debut e.p. Separation Anxiety. Consisting of four tracks- three originals and one cover- the e.p. features Ben Kuzay performing vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, tambourine, and congas. The drum set was programmed by the recording engineers.
Separation Anxiety was tracked from April, 2016 - April, 2017, by Daniel Kuzay at Blood Voyeur Studio, Spencer Fox at No Passenger Studio, Josh Britz at Parallel Studio, and Shaun Schwanke at Auditory Bliss Studio. It was mixed by Spencer Fox at No Passenger Studio, and mastered by Joel Wanasek at JTW Studio.
2. Return To The Woods
3. Silent Lucidity
4. Separation Anxiety
Below is the cd cover.
Cognition Separation Anxiety is available via paypal. Domestic orders send $7, and international orders send $13 to firstname.lastname@example.org
I arrived home from tour on Friday night. Thank you to all of the wonderful venues that hosted me this time around, and to the bands that shared bills with me.