We all have that one friend who is too good at everything. Luckily, at the label, we have a lot of those friends. One in particular is Zack Messick. You may know Zack from Re-Education Camp (If you don’t know Re-Education camp, then you should). We are extremely excited to announce that Zack has a solo project that he has graciously decided to release through Bad Apple Records.
12 Parsecs to Home is the solo project of Zack Messick of Re-Education Camp. He enjoys just about every type of music there is, and most of it has had some sort of influence on his own sound. After writing and recording with REC, and performing with full band versions of All Around the Dinner Table and Sempervivi, he found himself with musical ideas that still weren’t being expressed.
Tales from Sol will be released on Halloween 2016, but it is available NOW for our supporters on Patreon!
Influenced by music ranging from classic/prog rock like Rush and Pink Floyd, the New Wave of the late seventies and early eighties, old school hip hop like Tribe Called Quest, modern pop, and coupled with a love for all things NASA and space-related themes, Zack Messick (bassist and composer for Re-Education Camp) created a unique sound for his debut full-length solo effort. Tales from Sol is an instrumental rock album delivering heavy doses synths, piano, and strong driving bass lines. It’s intended to tell the story of a weary traveler moving through the solar system, reflecting over past memories back on Earth. So, sit back and take yourself on a journey…
Contributed by Jon Russelburg. His live album is available for free on Noisetrade, and his debut EP “Ghost” is available on iTunes.
I have been asking Brandon Miles for a while to let me help out with the website, or in any way that I can with the Bad Apple Records family. When we met, I was a punk kid playing an acoustic guitar and singing sad songs before ever having a broken heart.
Now I’m an adult playing sad songs in a rock band. Well, I do that on the side. For my day job, I am the online editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine. So it is only logical that I come on the Bad Apple Records staff/family/community/flock as the online editor.
I will still be writing and playing music occasionally, but over the years I have become more interested in the logistical side of the label. Brandon has graciously let me step in and work behind the scenes more for the label (although, I may have enough work hours to be a dentist after all of the teeth I had to pull).
So here is what is up. I will be running the site behind the scenes along with Brandon. I will edit most of the blogs (which is nice when your blog writers are also songwriters), and I will write on this site pretty frequently.
We are looking to push the blog, and Bad Apple Records along side of it, forward. We really believe in the product that we have. We have a line up of killer artist that vary from hip-hop to acoustic to grungy rock and roll. We have too much talent to just let it all go to waste.
We had a blast playing the show and were really proud of how the bootleg turned out. Keep in mind that it was just one microphone (actually a built-in camera mic) recording us. It’s a fun album and I hope you all like it.
I am also on the most recent episode of the Bad Apple Records Podcast, where Brandon and I talk about Kanye West and a whole slew of other topics that we aren’t qualified to talk about. I tell a story about my dad being a man’s man and working on cars by himself. You can check that episode out on iTunes or Spreaker.
I’m excited about the future … until next time, go watch this video of Andy from Why They Came and tell me that he doesn’t look like a ginger slash.
— Jon Russelburg
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