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From the Small Roller Desk of Lucien: 5/30/13

Caffeinated Greetings!!! Lucien Here!!

We may have been fairly quiet but a lot has been going on the background.

Thanks to everyone who came to the show with Dethlehem. That was a hell of a night and it went down great. Our fill-in on drums took on the challenge and came through with might and professionalism. If you need someone for a gig, he's a well rounded, well seasoned drummer. (From metal to blues/jazz in 5 seconds)

The studio sessions for the first full length album at Maerick Productions in Erie, PA have gone well thus far and from here on out, we are sure they will continue that way as well.

All that are left now are vocals, lead guitars and the final mix/master which we look to have done by the end of the summer. If there is a tune that you're hoping for but don't see on this album, you will definitely hear it on the next. We know a lot of people are waiting for this but make no mistake, we are as excited to get the songs out to you as you are to hear it.

Meanwhile, be sure to give a listen to the newer live tracks (And share the ever loving shit out of them) at http://www.reverbnation.com We also have brilliant local artists working on the album art as well as t-shirt designs and other graphics.

By now, a lot of you know that we haven't had our drummer with us for a month and a half due to a minor legal issue (that was blown out of proportion by the court despite his record and age....) I mention the reason because we certainly don't want anyone thinking that he has an illness. He's going to need as much financial help with this as he can and we are looking to organize a benefit for him. More on that as things become more concrete.

We have a few really exciting interviews and appearances coming up soon as well. Keep an eye on our social media pages.

Some of you have asked when the next "How DARE You???" video will be shot. We're actually backlogged on ideas and for funny endorsement videos....and we'll get one out to you soon!

See you all at Sherlocks on June 29th and at our first of many shows in the west county area (Nowhere is safe) at Hunter Jacks in Girard on July 6th. Of course, we may book something else before July 6th so stay tuned.

Keep it heavy! \m/ -Lucien

Update 12/23/12

A myriad of cool/mighty things to update you all on:

Firstly, we've heard your pleas about adding more to our sound and our singer Mike Edgerly has taken up his keys. We're not solid on what songs that are already written will have them added if any at all but the writing process will have them in mind going forward and for live shows.

Another Equipment upgrade will be Andy's new Fishman Fission pedal which will add overdrive and harmonies to his tone whenever he wants.

Lucien is expanding to an even more over the top pedalboard to 20" x 50" (Because I fuckin' can -LG) and the big addition will be the Digitech Jamman Stereo for looping and sound bites as well as now being able to have everything side by side.

Cody is an excellent source of homemade brandy.

So, to put it plain, don't worry, we've got this.

On to the studio work. We are taking the debut album one song at a time at Horizontal Experiment Productions here in Erie. It wont be a fast process but we anticipate it to be quicker than a Boston album. On the grill right now is Soul Hacker. Drums and bass are done and guitars and vox are after Christmas. (Side note: Yes, we're re-recording the original 4 songs too so that they match the production methods and sound) A live show was also recorded on 10/26 that included a maiden set at the Crooked I in Erie that will be mixed soon enough as well.

Things are fairly quiet on the show front right now with everything we're working on and items sorted out on our personal levels but that can change at any moment if the stars line up.

A .com is also in the works slowly but surely as well that we're designing ourselves (3/4 of us are also IT guys...screw 3rd party). There are a lot of fronts right now, but are all progressing. The gears still turn as always and we're well oiled.

-Sarsen \m/

SARSEN'S FIRST BOOKED RETURN SHOW. 9/15 AT THE CROOKED I OPENING FOR KAMIKABE

BULLETIN - EBS ACTIVATION REQUESTED SARSEN WARNING (OPENING FOR KAMIKABE) NATIONAL EPICNESS SERVICE ERIE, PA 1242 AM EST TUESDAY AUG 7 2012

THE NATONAL EPICNESS SERVICE IN ERIE HAS ISSUED A SARSEN WARNING EFFECTIVE FOR A RETURN SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 15 2012 AT THE CROOKED I

FOR PEOPLE IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...

IN NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA ERIE

AT 900 THIS EVENING DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A REUNITED SARSEN PREPARING AN ALBUM AND A LIVE SET NEAR THE CITY OF ERIE. THIS BAND WAS MOVING EAST NORTHEAST AT AROUND 583.5 BEATS PER MINUTE AND MAY OWN YOUR ASS ON SEPTEMBER 15 AND RELEASE A REALLY NIFTY EP OR DEMO WITH NEW MATERIAL....AND THEN TO EAT N PARK FOR COFFEE AND STORYS OF VALOR AND VICTORY BECAUSE THAT’S HOW THESE GUYS ROLL

THIS BAND HAS A HISTORY OF DAMAGING WIND AND HAIL WHICH MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY AND SEVERE OWNAGE TO PROPERTY BUT YOU'LL LIKE IT AND YOU KNOW IT. IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO OF SONIC EPICNESS, THE SAFEST PLACE IS A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A WORKBENCH OR PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE (probably wont help though). IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE, SEEK SHELTER IN AN INTERIOR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OR COWERING UNDER YOUR GRANNY’S DIRTY SKIRT. USE BLANKETS, PILLOWS OR CUSHIONS TO COVER YOUR BODY. AVOID WINDOWS. SHARPEN YOUR AXES BECAUSE SHIT JUST GOT REAL.

LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OF SHOWS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.....INCLUDING A HEADLINED HALLOWEEN SHOW AT THE SAME LOCATION....

HOEPFL GAYDOS VICKERY EDGERLY

Update 7/28/12

A lot of new things happening and I’m excited to go into it a little more than the usual status update. First off, we had our first full on band practices this past Monday and Thursday. Up until now, we’ve successfully kept the fires of the forge burning with notes jotted, coffee meetings, files passed through dropbox and mini sessions with guitars in my apartment. But now, we have a very roomy studio/practice space that is climate controlled and not shared with anyone else so we can go and work on songs (Why did I say “work”? As Les Paul said, “You don’t work the guitar, you play it”....I gotta keep an eye on that!!) whenever we can and need as well as getting professional recordings done all in house.

Getting to this point certainly took a little time. It’s no secret that our drummer is in two bands and the front man is also playing (There! I did it!) in his one man band project that is also his main bread winner and also soon to have a new edition to the family. But now that things are off and running, things are speeding along quite fast like the old days. We’re known for how fast we mobilized the first time around and this is no exception. Cody learned the 4 recorded tracks sitting in his car without the need of sitting at his kit, and filling Ray’s shoes isn’t easy so we were blown away. And on Thursday, we successfully remembered and practiced songs that weren’t recorded and feared possibly lost like Bartertown, Waiting and Soulhacker. A little more polishing compounded with the new songs that are also underway and we’ll have a hell of a show ready to go.

And since you’re hearing from the guitarist, you’re gonna hear about guitar stuff now...because....well....I can....and people have asked.

My equipment choosings for this have evolved a little since I last played out with these guys. I punched up the looping stage of my pedal board to a jamman stereo that I originally watched my friend Max use a few years back. It actually maintains loops in storage (SD and internal) so you don’t have to recreate them on the fly if they’re sound bites and that sort of thing, but it’s wider than my old loop station so I’m getting a pedal case with more real estate because it was already packed tight as is (40”!!!! that’s what she said?) . I also put the Rhoads aside for this in favor of my Carvin, not as scary looking unless you’re in the know, but the playability and sound crush it and I didn’t even need to modify it!!

I also pack an Ampeg VH-140C with a matched 2x12 cab under it so it’s essentially a halfstack but more portable. It’s actually the first amp I’ve played with distortion in it that I actually like so I shut off the distortion on my pedal which was a serious compromise!! (Looking/listening back, I kind of want to rerecord my guitar parts on the old demos with the better tone, but I guess that kind of thing is inevitable) And ironically enough, it’s the SAME amp I used when I first played out in front of people with in 1997 when I was 17 at a still legendary gathering called Alstock.

We’re booking shows as we speak so we hope to see everyone again soon. Awesome to see that people still remember us.

Tell a friend about us and keep it heavy.

-Luc

Impending badassness

We look to finally have a regular practice/writing/recording (yeah we do all 3 at once because we're scary like that) routine in a mighty climate controlled zone in a non-dramatic location of our very own with no limitations in the next week. This will be great because once we get rolling, we'll have massive progress by leaps and bounds to be ready to do some damage VERY soon. 4 songs are already recorded...the others will take some remembering which we don't foresee will take long.

Get excited....or get scared...it's your call.

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