In 2006 I began putting together a punk/thrash band in Everett, WA tentatively named "Scagnetti". Having played guitar in bands for years, I took a break in '03 to develop as an audio engineer and build a project recording studio. In '06 it was time to do the band thing again, but this time hopefully avoiding mistakes made in previous bands like not having good recordings and having no real direction or goals. Having a personal recording studio for rehearsing and recording at the bands' disposal was a nice start this time.
"You never get a 2nd chance at a 1st impression", so the plan was to spend whatever time necessary to form and develop a band that would make a big impression when released on an unsuspecting public; and have a debut album ready at the first gig so the first impression wasn't lost.
It took time finding the players to fill out the band; the final lineup wasn’t complete until 2009. Three years after the bands' conception, the style ended up being more rock or pop-punk than originally intended, but styles of newer band mates were bound to change the sound. The name Berkshire Drive was chosen after the street name where the band rehearsed and recorded. “Demos” were recorded as songs were written over the years; by 2009 the final line-up had 20 songs ready to record with a goal of 12 or 13 for the debut album.
The "official" album recording began in the summer of '09 but immediately problems came up with members not content with the bands’ direction, plans and even their own playing. There were massive differences in goals and expectations which ultimately led to the band breaking up.
The demos recorded over the years through several line-ups are all there is to show for three years of work and development. The demos were usually recorded immediately after writing a song, sometimes the same night it was written. The recordings are mostly live performances by the band playing all together. Sometimes vocals and lead guitar were overdubbed.
The first 10 demos would probably be considered the most cohesive. Everything after that starts showing a variety of problems such as inability to completely gel musically with the final line-up and irreconcilable differences in songwriting styles and work ethic.
The best stuff tended to be from 2008 with Mikey on rhythm guitar, everyone worked together nicely at that point. Once Mikey left, it really started falling apart although no one could admit it at the time.
all the demos are free to download here:
Bill - all guitars
* Bill + Mikey - guitars
** Bill + Mikey - guitars ; Mikey - Bass
*** Bill + Nick - guitars
Rob - drums
Duane - bass
Travis - lead vocals