SEEKINGVocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums.
My journey started in high school (like so many) and took a gigantic hiatus as career, higher ed and moves took over. About 6 years ago, I picked up some gear, and more gear, and more gear, and joined a band, and played some gigs...
My roots are firmly in the thrash metal to grunge rock of the decades past.
I am currently in a 80s/90s cover band and enjoying the heck out of it. I also write and record originals and belong to a song writing club to further hone those skills.
The bass is my instrument of choice, but I've learned a bit of rudimentary guitar over the past couple years as necessary to write originals. My soloing is not so embarrassing anymore, which makes me very happy.
Bassment recordings on SC: by-the-mighty-hammer-of-thor
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Feb 09 2017
- Active within 24 hours
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- 10 to 50
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 1 night a week
- Most available:
Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Metallica, Flotsam & Jetsam, Rush, Alice in Chains...Life experiences.
- Bass Guitar:
Fender: Power Jazz Special & modified Reverse Pawn Shop Jaguar
Ibanez: Black Eagle Reissue & EX405
Aria Pro II: IGB-RC, RSB 1500M & 40th Anniversary RSB
Fernandes: Gravity 4 Dlx, Monterey 4 Dlx, APB-4 & Retrospect 4x w/ upgrades
Dean: Eric Bass Hillsboro
Mesa Boogie Walkabout, Hartke LH500 & Ibanez Promethean 300
Hartke HD112, XL210 & XL410 cabs, Panama 210
SansAmp Bass Driver & Darkglass B7K
Run Away with Me
Run Away with MeFernandes Monterey Deluxe 4 and Dragonfly X. Both bass and guitar run through a Joyo American Sound overdrive. Delay, chorus and some tremolo added to the leads for shimmer. Run Away with Me© by Jack Bradway I’ve traveled far I’ve traveled wide Throughout it all I tried to find Just one place Just one face Where I was one Where I fit in I’ve known acceptance And ambivalence But I’ve never Found the one Come run away with me Hand in hand we’ll see A better world out there A world without these cares I’ve been poor I’ve had plenty Throughout it all I tried to find A place to stay A face to face Where I was one Where I fit in But I only found A strange unease An itch to scratch A need to leave Come run away with me Hand in hand we’ll see A better world out there A world without these cares Across the landAcross the seas The one constant Was always me Maybe the trick Maybe the key The true answer Was always me I’ve been good I’ve been evil Throughout it all I’ve tried to find To answer the call Why angels fall They gave away Not content to stay No place was home Chose to roam Always looking But never found Come run away with me Hand in hand we’ll see A better world out there A world without these cares
SEIZE THE DAY.WAV
SEIZE THE DAY.WAVAll we can act on is this very moment. Aria Pro II RSB 1500M and Bargain Musician SG, both run through a Joyo Orange Juice overdrive. A health dose of delay and chorus on a couple parts for good measure. Seize the Day © by Jack Bradway He lay there, gazing the ceiling Not doing, reliving the dream Family picture, reminder the wall Searching, wisdom’s return What strange horrors we witness What shameful crimes we commit Hurt bottled, hurt unleashed Adult onset amnesia He lay there, breathing last breath Not wishing, reliving the zest Little moments, treasures whole Searching, wisdom’s return We live all our lives Here is now, now is all there is Past is gone, future will never come Today is all we’ll ever know Seize the day Stop, regain your way Seize the day Take a moment, stay
THEWATCH.WAVInspired by old school metal bands like Iron Maiden and Overkill. Fernandes Vertigo with a little overdrive/delay and Ibanez EX405 through a Sansamp Bass Driver. Sentinels of the Watch© by Jack Bradway Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Times they are a changing, faster than you Power is consolidated, chosen few History rewritten in sand Live free depending on where you stand Harbingers of enlightenment the plan They will always be there, sentinels of the watch Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Progress is measured, segmented view Divide to conquer, they screw you Humanity reengineered by their plan Paradise beyond comprehension silvan Rights conferred from air others banned They will always be there, sentinels of the watch Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Wo oh oh oh ohhhh wo oh oh oh Wise people know there’s nothing new Young and energetic without a clue Politics gerrymandered by their hand Too many choices to understand Social constructs at their command They will always be there, sentinels of the watch
REVIVIFY.WAVHomemade "big block" bass and '83 Aria Pro II XX Deluxe played through Hotone Thunderbass and Vulcan Five-O amps, respectively. Lyrics inspired from an original poem by Marty Goldberg. Revivify © by Jack Bradway & Marty Goldberg Worn out…Discarded…Like a cheap shirt Hoping…Someone...Find me on the thrift store rack Rejected time and time again Wishing the pain would end Alone a sea of castaways Slowly fading time’s decay Wrinkled...Unfolded…A cheap suit split at the seams Needle…And thread…Stitch and tuck made anew Many houses never a home Interim is all I’ve known Gradually buried under A new season a new stunner Someday she’ll find me Amid debris and remains Wear me far better because I fit her sense of self Her evolved style Her tasteful mental Palette Discount…Devalued…A sale with a demand of one Eager…Rapture…My savior to put me on Hung in clearance Testing my endurance Nearing an end tragic Then she felt my fabric Warm against her skin Together we embrace Wears me far better because I fit her sense of self Her evolved style Her tasteful mental palette
CATFISH(.WAVStandard tuning. Frankenbass played with compression and a touch of dirt. Fernandes Vertigo with fuzz, delay and flange in the solo. Catfish© By Jack Bradway Hello, Your Honor, may I approach the bench? You see I have a solid defense My actions totally justified Jurisprudence in the court’s eyes Michigan in my taillights I drove through the night Twenty-five years to make it right Meet my love in Paradise It’s a tail with a twist A plot with something I missed A shot at perpetual bliss But then I found She’s a seductress A succubus in angel’s robes She’s a temptress Aphrodite with the golden globes She said she’d love me to the end of time But all she really loved was my credit line Believed our love clandestine Left me homeless without a dime Flowers in hand I approached the door She greeted me with so much more Her ankle adorned by the PD Thirty days served, she had been released Honeymoon money already spent On her legal defense Ponzi scheme of engagements And then I found She’s a charlatan A peddler selling heaven’s gates She’s a femme fatale Delilah with disposable mates Canine kidnapping investigation Necessitates exculpation We needed to find our release She’s unfit for man or beast Catfished Love my only wish But I was Catfished Love was my only wish
Sweet Science (of Violence)
Sweet Science (of Violence)Electra Phoenix Omega bass and Fernandes Vertigo guitar both heavily overdriven. Sansamp Bass Driver on the bass. Joyo Husky Drive on the rhythm guitar, Joyo Pocket Metal and Digital Delay on the lead guitar - both guitars run through a Hotone Mojo Diamond amp head. Drop D tuning on all instruments. Sweet Science (of Violence)© by Jack Bradway Cain to Abel, rock the temple Tell a tale as old as man Primal urges can't deny Jealousy the alpha gene Gladiators and MMA Distraction is Main Attraction Dominate to procreate Bloodline builds dynasty Sweet science of violence Fistful of nails, Molotov cocktails Sweet science of violence Swords arrows, pierce bone marrow Sweet science of violence Aggression for suppression Sweet science of violence Religion of peace, will never cease Ages and empires History is told by those who win Machiavelli, Sun Tzu Rationale to justify Brain power to devour Split an atom, destroy a nation Our legacy for all to see Oxymoron of humanity Sweet science of violence Fistful of nails, Molotov cocktails Sweet science of violence Swords arrows, pierce bone marrow Sweet science of violence Aggression for suppression Sweet science of violence Religion of peace, will never cease
Six Feet from the Edge
Six Feet from the EdgeXaviere thinline telecaster with goldfoils and Ibanez EX405 saturated with delay, chorus and a touch of overdrive. Six Feet from the Edge(c) by Jack Bradway Life’s not a zero sum game, pie chart or abacus It all seemed so complicated so calamitous But the truth was always there magnanimous Neither wealth nor friends made victorious I’m six feet from the edge and the world has a different view So far away from the things I thought I knew As the worms and the bugs start chewing through Soon I’ll be nothing but memories, bone residue Clock ticks with fear and trepidation Fabricated afterlife imagination Strive for virtue and hope for canonization Or settle for banal self-serving recreation I’m six feet from the edge and the world has a different view So far away from the things I thought I knew As the worms and the bugs start chewing through Soon I’ll be nothing but memories, bone residue Searched for meaning in books and tomes Listened to philosophy and high-minded poems Tried to solve life’s mysteries like Sherlock Holmes But it was all in our organic chromosomes I’m six feet from the edge and the world has a different view So far away from the things I thought I knew As the worms and the bugs start chewing through Soon I’ll be nothing but memories, bone residue
A Wish for Wings that Work
A Wish for Wings that WorkXaviere thinline tele through a 5watt Hotone Mojo Diamond and two delays. Accompanied by an Electra Phoenix Omega bass through a SansAmp Bass Driver DI. A Wish for Wings That Work(c) by Jack Bradway Free to fly as high as your dreams Fearless birds grace the azure I'm still trapped two dimensions ...for now A wish for wings that work A wish for wings that work Free spirit send it soaring Untroubled by bonds gravity I'm still trapped two dimensions ...for now Flying buttress uplift dreams Sanctuary of your imagining Sacred gift of the old gods Cathedral of Pleiades Navigation by faith not falling Find your divine calling A wish for wings that work A wish for wings that work Free to fly as high as your dreams Fearless birds grace the azure I'm still trapped two dimensions ...for now
HOME0001.WAVElectra Phoenix Omega bass with Fernandes Vertigo and Dragonfly guitars. Both guitars were played through the same Hotone Mojo Diamond amp for EQ and Gain -- at the same settings. It's amazing the difference between a mild single coil in the middle position and an overwound humbucker in the bridge. Home© by Jack Bradway Born dirt poor In a two-bit town Rebel from the start With dreams of Tinsel Town Age of sixteen Let Mother down Didn’t look back Rode the Greyhound One duffel bag and two Benjamins Three nights through four states ride Willing volunteer in a land of sin Headlong journey into … The City Drugs, prostitutes, police without laws Rats, cockroaches, not the worst vermin Crime, gambling, the wage of living Lies, loneliness, urban transaction All he longed to do Find something so true Go back to you Johnny went home Mother welcomed him Always open door Father said to him Son, go run the store What could have been A mindless bore Tail between legs Johnny wanted more One ex-wife and two step children Three bad debts through four states ride Willing volunteer in a land of sin Headlong journey into … The Sticks Beer, destitutes, redneck law Skunks, raccoons, not the worst vermin Broke, few options, the wage of living Routine, boredom, rural transaction All he longed to do Find something so true Go back to you Johnny went home You Can’t Go Home
DEVIL'S PREACHER.WAVIbanez Black Eagle and Fernandes Vertigo. The descent of a good man into the Devil's Preacher. Devil’s Preacher© by Jack Bradway Inch by inch accumulation Mile by mile towards destination Case by case investigation Keyser Soze incarnation He was an average man, with simple plans Family and suburb, nothing grand Drove the right lane, in a minivan Safe and sound, he was a fan Then one day when he'd had enough He cracked the veil, he started playing rough He put aside all polite civility He decided fuck this society Fire burned in his gaze His alter ego engaged Righteous scourge he razed Prophet of indignation uncaged Alter of violence his pulpit So many assholes, so few bullets Lesson in respect, suffer the teacher White-collar every-man, devil's preacher House and mortgage, installment plan Husband and father, business man Living content, no demand College educated, ampersand Then one day when he'd had enough He cracked the veil, he started playing rough He put aside all polite civility He decided fuck this society Fire burning in his gaze His alter ego engaged Righteous scourge he razed Prophet of indignation uncaged
WAY2SWAY.WAVSome of the bass line dates all the way back to the early/mid 1990s. The rest is contemporary. Ibanez EX405 bass and Austin P90 guitar. Hypnotic trance Asking you to dance Take a chance Find romance Allure of love Suggestive of Perfect above We fit like a glove Oh, which way, which way to sway? What would Poet Laureate say? I will find the courage today Open my heart hope it’s two-way Affection borders on affliction Reciprocal need for addiction Mutual coefficient of friction Reality of Harlequin fiction Oh, which way, which way to sway? What would Poet Laureate say? I will find the courage today Open my heart hope it’s two-way Snake charmer’s song Brings you along Pull so strong Want to prolong Natural yearns And passion burns Myopic discerns Yet always returns Chorus Potent potion Seductive motion Awash an ocean Amore’s devotion Hypnotic trance Asking you to dance Take a chance Emotion avalanche Chorus
HARDEST1.WAVCigar box guitar and Ibanez EX405. Guitar through a 5-watt Hotone Heart Attack and some added reverb. Bass has a touch of chorus. Tuned low to high GDGC. Hey, I get it Don't regret it Everyone has their cross to bear Try to hide it Can't deny it Only kids play show and tell Obscure truth Mix with vermouth Sinking deep into despair Eighty proof Not so couth Unsaid secrets at one hundred decibels The lies are etched on your face Canyons filled with disgrace Oh, the ends Just pretend That they justify the means Avoid your friends Not to offend Your self-induced cruelty Leaving town Losing ground Placebo in place of a vaccine Slowly drown Without sound Your shadow finds you guilty Reveal a broken promise Appeal to the Doubting Thomas This is your chance A last glance At the life of forgiven wrong Take a stance Refinance Believe the truth shall set you free An ounce of faith Shake the wraith That has haunted you for so long Wrapped in swathe Soul's embrace Become the person you wannabe The hardest thing you'll ever do Pass your own judgment due
JAK - ATAK.WAV
JAK - ATAK.WAVIbanez EX405 through a SansAmp Bass Driver DI and Fernandez Dragonfly with way, way too much reverb. All set to a disco beat with lyrics about my alter ego, Jack Attack. Beyond skies Deep in space Sent to save Human race Innocence bound by destiny Not knowing alien identity Outsider trying to fit in Messiah blind to his origin Interstellar instinct is calling Commercial tones they were stalling Jack Attack started playing bass Musical savior from outer space Rockin' and Rollin' always extollin' Wisdom of thunder never a blunder Lord of smooth almighty of groove Maestro galactic always fantastic Corporate executives think it's chill To assemble focus group skill Cool names manufactured fame Factory churned formulaic game Redeemer of syncopation Universal savior of a generation Jack Attack started playing bass Musical savior from outer space Rockin' and Rollin' always extollin' Wisdom of thunder never a blunder Lord of smooth almighty of groove Maestro galactic always fantastic Rhythm of Armageddon Rockin' well beyond Ragnarok Jack Attack started playing bass Musical savior of from outer space Cathartic reprieve he never deceives Vibration liberation savin' the nation Hero to all never to fall Maestro galactic always fantastic Rockin' and Rollin' always extollin' Wisdom of thunder never a blunder Lord of smooth almighty of groove Maestro galactic always fantastic
RUNAWAY!.WAVFender Lyte and Fernandes Dragonfly with my own brand of extremely poor vocals. Bass is through a SansAmp Bass Driver DI and the guitar signal is passing through a Zoom G1N Nemesis II Rhythm patch.
RADICALS.WAVYes, I have a Frank Bello Among the Living Commemorative bass. Coupled with the trusty Aria Pro II XX for a 8th note pumping jam in D standard. As always, sorry about the vocal performance.
PHARAOHS.WAVNothing feels as naked as recording vocals. Austin guitar loaded with PRS P90s and the trusty Ibanez EX405 accompanying my poor decision.
SUCKA001.WAVBadass is as badass does. Distortion does not make a song tough, attitude does. Fernandes Dragonfly and Ibanez EX405 played with a whole bunch of old school intention a la Theme from Peter Gunn, 007, Mission Impossible, etc.
TWIN0001.WAVAmmo Box panned to the left. Fernandes Dragonfly panned to the right. Ibanez Black Eagle straight down the middle.
LURK0001.WAVComposed on bass utilizing harmonic minors and a bit of two-handed tapping. Ibanez EX405 bass, Ammo Box Guitar, and Fernandes Dragonfly. Tuned DBCF.
NIXST001.WAVWhat better way to relieve some stress than channeling a little of the inner Cliff Burton. Written and recorded using a Fender Lyte through a Billy Sheehan patch. Guitar backup provided by a Aria Pro II XX Deluxe through a Metal Crunch patch.
MIXST001.WAVSlappin' da bass! Also working with the newfound ability to set start and stop (vs. me live button pushing)for an abruptness that some may say suits my personality. Ibanez EX405 run through a "Jaco" chorus patch with crunchy and atmospheric guitar lines proved by a Fernandes Dragonfly. Tuned to D standard.
OIXST001.WAV1989 Ibanez ex405 recorded direct with no effects or eq. Accompanied by a Fernandes Dragonfly and my extremely poor picking technique.
DR0000 1108Ibanez Black Eagle Reissue Bass and Ammo Box Guitar rocking the one-man basement band.
DR0000 1095Delta Grooves cigar box guitar and Ibanez Mikro tuned to the devil's own GDGB.
DR0000 1088Jackson Kelly run through a Double Muff, Kustom Defender 5H and Kustom 4x12. Fender Urge Standard run through a Behringer Ultrabass 300 and Seismic 2x10/1x15 holding down the low end. All standard tuning.
DR0000 1048Three string cigar box guitar, Ibanez Mikro bass and a lack of good judgment regarding the use of effects with both instruments. Tuned GDG.
DR0000 1045Ammo Box Guitar and Fender Urge Bass. Standard tuning.
DR0000 1030Fender Urge and Aria Pro II XX teaming up for what is a much better tune after the Lil Wayne solo-esque intro. I'm working on not hitting stop when something is off, instead powering through the rest of the tune. Fine example. Standard tuning.
DR0000 0998Back to basics. Four-string cigar box guitar and an Ibanez Mikro tuned GDGB and run through the Zoom G1N Metal Lead patch.
DR0000 0988Rattly ammo box guitar and Schecter bass both with standard tuning. A lovely whiffed note right there in the beginning. Sorry about that.
DR0000 0949Composed on a Fender Urge Standard and pain medication. Accompanied by an Ammo Box Guitar. All tuned to EADG.
DR0000 0933Taking the bass for a walk. Ammo Box Guitar and Hamer Slammer bass tuned EADG.
DR0000 0902Composed on a 30" scale Hamer Slammer bass. Accompanied with an Aria Pro II XX Deluxe, power and effects supplied by a tiny Hotone Heart Attack amp. Playing more bass is not helping my picking technique. Of course there's no real excuse for the ending. I was just still messing around while walking over to push stop.
DR0000 0870Delta Grooves and Ibanez Mikro tuned GDGB. Back to Cigar Box Guitar basics.
DR0000 0856El-cheapo Cigar Box Guitar tuned to GDGB and played through a HoneyTone 9V battery-powered amp. Pushing 1 watt of pure not-at-home-but-that-won't-stop-us attitude. Bassline was recorded earlier at home using a Ibanez Mikro and plenty of distortion.
DR0000 0843Sometimes having two little girls influencing your life is readily obvious. Welcome to my pink-hued existence.
DR0000 0825Old school trash with muted chugging, distorted/percussive bass and plenty of harmonics. Inspired by motorcycle racing as well as obvious homage to Overkill/Metallica/Testament. Tuned to E like all good stuff from the mid-late 80s.
DR0000 0805Middle aged man playing Middle Earth music.
DR0000 0784Basic groove exploration in traditional cigar box tuning (i.e., GDGB). Four-string cigar box guitar, Ibanez Mikro bass and percussion accompaniment from Maeve. Recorded live in front of Clare and a stuffy audience.
DR0000 0759What better to play metal than a guitar made out of metal? Standard guitar tuning and played direct through a 5-watt Hotone Heart Attack solid state amp.
DR0000 0736Recorded live in the living room. Standard guitar tuning and a whole lot of 80s-inspired cheese.
DR0000 0723Five strings - combined. Three string cigar box guitar tuned GDG and Two string wood box bass tuned GF.
DR0000 0708Gritty Fish CBG and Schecter Bass in EADG tuning.
DR0000 0682Schecter Gryphon and Aria Pro II XX Deluxe. Standard tuning.
DR0000 0654Delta Grooves Cigar Box Guitar and an Ibanez Mikro tuned GDGB. Oh, and some effects. Foot stompin' fun.
DR0000 0629Another bass-composed tune. Fender Power Jazz Bass Special and an Ammo Box Guitar in standard tuning.
DR0000 0600Composed on a Mikro scale bass and accompanied by a $67 cigar box guitar through a 5 watt solid state amp. Both instruments tuned to GDGB and using build-in amp distortion. Recorded double live gonzo.
DR0000 0566Gritty Fish Cyborg and Hamer Slammer Special both tuned EADG.
DR0000 0531Back to the metaltastic '80s. Composed on the bass with a "What Would Steve Harris Do?" metality. Instruments are both Aria Pro II -- an '81 CSB-380 and an '83 XX Deluxe.