Todd and I did lust for blood together, and only did a little bit together on the art of breaking apart. We made two lps that we thought would be good to play live and mix in with the back VAC catalog. Tis why you hear all the guitar work and things, I was a guitarist first then keyboardist I also can play guitar very well but I cannot sing and play to save my fucking life. Todd was the guy who could play guitar and keys live in VAC to make our live set really kick ass and not be and industrial karaoke show like most of the bands who bring their laptops and just play backing tracks. Todd is actually a trained pianist, he can play Chopin and Beethoven and shit, its amazing.
^ Todd can play stuff like this. No joke. he is amazing. He also plays guitar really well. This was a big reason VAC experimented on the last few CDS. We wanted to tour the world. Well, we had a stupid falling out a couple of years back that put everything on hold. Time heals wounds and people change and realize whats best for them in the end. Having Todd back is a great thing. The live shows are in full swing and I have always been a fan of Todd’s skillz as a musician from the first time I met him at a guitar center when a friend of mine introduced me to him because I was working on the Cure cover for the figurehead at the time. It works out better like this. Now I am playing keys for his band live who is opening for my band live in feb of 2013 on a west coast tour. Any how, Todd is releasing an LP on Metropolis Records called “HOPE”. Imagine if the cure’s ambiance from faith and seventeen seconds meet the classical complexity of say some legendary pink dots songs from their middle era, any day now, crushed velvet and maria dimension. Mix it with some 80s pop like the cars and the rage from early NIN and you can start to understand the Twilight Garden.
Also, the song that made me a true believer in Todd was “MACHINE” A song he wrote long ago like in 2004 for a friend’s music compilation. Some guy who worked at sweet water sound was putting together a music comp. Todd also did another track for it but it was more of a guitar track, they asked him to make something more electronic, he came up with “MACHINE”. One of my favorite songs in the world. Haunting melody, hypnotic groove laced with classical strings. AMAZING. It blew me away when i heard it, I wanted it to get praise and love so we put it out on “LUST FOR BLOOD”. The entire song was done by Todd, I had nothing to do with it what so ever. This was the song that put him in VAC.
Comment here to let me know what you think. I Really Like Todd’s new lp, so much so that I wanted to play it live in his band. Hope comes out Nov 27 on Metropolis, be sure to pre order if you like what you hear and help my friend out.