SONG OF YOURSELVES
This is an album I recorded as a companion piece to a live performance at Automata Los Angeles in May of 2013. Song of Yourselves was conceived as an Irish Wake for American Exceptionalism. Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Clint Eastwood’s iconic ‘Chair Piece,’ and the fragmented micromanagement of the self and others through art, poetry, and bureaucracy came under consideration.
Ponce de Leon is a band I started with Greg McKenna and David Reich. The project has spawned two albums and a musical. You can read more about Ponce de Leon here.
The Tokeleys were a band active in New York City from 2001-2004. They were concerned with ideas of mummification and preservation. They named themselves after the famed antiquities forger, Jonathan Tokeley-Parry. Members were John Hogan, Michael Hogan, David Reich, and numerous drummers: A.J. Pyatak, Evan Davies, Alex Braverman, and Mikey Post.
The Tokeleys track “Mausoleum” is now available for purchase and streaming.
“The Tokeleys easily matched the best of the garage bands for stomping rock action though their songs had genuinely weird dynamics, various elements coming in at sharp and unexpected angles. There was also singer/guitarist John Hogan’s startlingly original lyrical content, obsessing over subjects like dead civilizations and extinct animals with wit and flair.” –Paul Bruno, The Unblinking Ear