Took great pleasure in being a member of Narco States for a couple years during 2012-2013. I was their drummer and lent a hand in other creative duties as all rock bands need. Was living in Minneapolis at the time and found these dudes on Craigslist of course. They were newly formed and had a recording date booked but their drummer had just quit. I learned their set quickly and soon we were out in Narco land. Played lots of crazy fun midwest shows with them in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Chicago, Milwaukee, etc.
The Narco States debut 7-inch release was recorded with Tony at Houndsteeth Studios and I came to the production sessions and helped hash it all out. Later I worked with them on design and printing for the album cover. The first run of vinyl sold out quickly!
The track for the 4-Way Freakout! split 7-inch release (led by the Fuck Knights) was put together quickly under a looming deadline. Using a frantic freak beat I whipped up, we strung together some jams we had been doing in the bass player Nick's house, and the organist Aaron recorded and produced it. Quick and dirty basement rock!
Over the months of live shows and practices, I worked with the band in creating the songs for a full length release. Shortly after the Freakout! session, Aaron recorded all the songs in Nick's basement with myself playing drums. The project was delayed and then I quit the band because I was moving out of state. Their old drummer was brought back in and the songs were re-recorded in much the same way and released as Wicked Sun. I am happy that these songs were finally put to vinyl and that they liked my drumming enough to copy it nearly beat-for-beat. However I do wish they would have at least credited me on the album.
Long live freak rock!