Archive for Mike Saffert

East Coast – an old favorite

Posted in Guitar riffs with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by stevenreedkelly

I wrote this jam back in ’07 or ’08 when I was playing bass in Charlie Scott and Mike Saffert’s band, the Farm League, for a stint.  One day, we were sitting around the practice space and I came up with the chorus chord progression – I took it home later and kinda flushed it out a little bit.  I believe this was one of the songs where I used the Fender Mustang quite a bit.  Unfortunately, I lost the garageband files when my old mac bit the dust, but thankfully this song is a ton of fun to play so I memorized all of the parts.

I know it needs words badly… but it’s one of my favorites.  Hope you dig it!

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The band your favorite pub will most likely file a restraining order against

Posted in Bands that died, Recommendations with tags , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by stevenreedkelly

Proving once and for all that alcohol might as well be a performance enhancing drug – Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Jaguar Shark:

Composed of mostly the same line-up as New Jersey’s Hidden In Plain View (Mike Saffert, Chris Amato, Jay Snyder and Derek Reilly – plus non-HIPV guitarist, Jim Richardi), Jaguar Shark makes no attempts to cash in on what the kids are listening to these days.  These grizzly, unfortunate looking souls understand that they don’t belong in your Hot Topic stores or your Alternative Press magazine spreads along side bands like All Time Low.

No sir, this is a band that has taken a long hard look at itself… and afterwards, needed a stiff drink and a chance to blow off some steam.

What you end up with is unapologetic punk rock.  It’s not pretty.  It never should’ve been pretty in the first place.  Loud guitars and gravelly vocals with gang chants in the chorus.  And beer.  Lots and lots of beer.  They just recorded an EP over the past weekend – and from what I hear, it was a rager of a time, fueled by Pabst Blue Ribbon.  The result is closer to Jawbreaker and Small Brown Bike than today’s hardcore/punk mashup bands like Set Your Goals.

The band is streaming their brand new EP tonight on their myspace, facebook and purevolume channels.  Enjoy it with a drink in hand!

***Update – now streaming at their Purevolume site***