Always A Snake

1993
Grunge was huge and Seano had moved back to town after a stint in Atlanta. We needed to form a grunge-rock band, pronto! We agreed that two guitars were needed to pack the necessary punch. The man for the job was ex-Blue Coolie and pal, Greg Gribben. I was heading to Dallas for a 6-month internship so the boys would have to get started without me.

The first order of business was recruiting fellow Fairport resident: Tim Billies who added incredible drumming. The next job was to get a demo tape recorded. Songs from the infamous Summer Sessions were chosen to be the first Always A Snake tunes. The basic tracks were recorded in Fairport and sent to me in Dallas.  I added lead guitar, sent them back for Sean's vocals, then back to me for mixing.  Many of these tunes would be recorded again and again in future sessions/bands. The name Always A Snake would be quick changed to One Ton Hush.

Gear:
Ant: Fender Bullet, Fender Twin/Chandler Tube Driver,Gibson SG
Greg: Gibson 335, Fender Bandmaster, Fender 75
Steve: Carvin Bass, Peavey Mark IV

Recording:
Tascam 464 4-Track cassette. Assorted mics. Remixed in 2002 on pc.


Always A Snake -
Fall 1993 - Studio

Sean Barry - Vocals
Anthony Ferrari - Guitar
Greg Gribben - Guitar
Steve Guida - Bass
Tim Billies - Drums

Recorded on 4-Track Cassette.
Mixed on PC with CoolEdit2.


01) Unmade
02) Meringue Girl
03) Go That Slow
04) The Wind
05) Pushing Buttons
06) Moodswinging
07) To Be Or Not To Be
08) Sanity


Always A Snake - Fall 1993 - Rehearsal

I was still in Dallas for a few more months, so the fellas were practicing without me.  These are early renditions of songs with Greg aptly handling all the guitar duties.

Sean Barry - Vocals
Greg Gribben - Guitar
Steve Guida - Bass
Tim Billies - Drums

Recorded on 4-Track Cassette.
Mixed on PC with CoolEdit2.


01) Unreleased
02) Her Majesty Tragedy
03) Get The Light Right
04) Get The Light Right 2
05) Soberland
06) Ragged Company
07) Go That Slow
08) Pushing Buttons
09) To Be Or Not To Be
10) To Be Or Not To Be 2


Always A Snake - Christmas 1993

Sean Barry - Vocals
Anthony Ferrari - Guitar
Greg Gribben - Guitar
Steve Guida - Bass
Tim Billies - Drums

Recorded on 4-Track Cassette.
Mixed on PC with CoolEdit2.


Studio:
A few incomplete originals put to tape before the big party started.

01) Pyre
02) Fuel (Sketch)
03) Morals
04) Hereafter (Sean on Drums)

Live:
It was a big party at Sean's with all our friends home for Christmas.  The band had not done much rehearsing, but we wanted to play anyway. A few bright spots but mostly a pretty shotty affair.

Electric Set:
01) Pushing Buttons
02) Unmade
03) Majesty Tragedy
04) She Needs Attention
05) Gold Dust Woman
06) Shadow Lake
07) Zombie 
08) Moodswinging
09) Morals
10) Since Ive Been Lovin You
11) Tomorrowland
12) Meringue Girl
13) War Pigs
14) Rooster

Acoustic Set:
01) Dear Prudence
02) Circles And Chains
03) Mountain Jam
04) Heat Miser
05) Reply
06) Deep Ellum Blues
07) Steering Clear
08) Misery Of Miracles
09) Fearless