Joe and Lesa Johnston of Sacramentos Pus Cavern spent October and November assembling 23 musicians with ties to Sacramento, balancing egos and schedules, harmonies and delayed flights to produce Happy Christmas (War Is Over) in time for a December 10 worldwide release. Marrying their clout as Sacramentos premier recording studio with their desire to support their community, they managed the ambitious project of assembling the Pus Cavern Allstars to record a holiday song. Profits from the distribution will go to the scholarship fund of the Sacramento Childrens Chorus.
The positive message of this song echoes our objective. Several years ago we undertook a charitable project of this magnitude and we felt the time was right to make this happen again—to do our part to give back, said Joe Johnston, engineer and Pus Cavern owner. So many musicians eagerly lent their time and considerable talent to this project and we actually had a great time pulling it all together.
Engineered by Johnston, produced by Dave Buckner of Papa Roach and mastered by Eric Broyhill of Monster Lab Audio, the recording also includes talent from Tesla: Jeff Keith at vocals, Brian Wheat on bass and Frank Hannon on guitar; the Deftones: Abe Cunningham on drums, FAR: Jonah Matranga at vocals and Shaun Lopez playing the vibe; Endeverafter: Michael Grant on guitar and vocals; and Day Care: Sonny Mayugba on guitar. Also lending talent are Brandon Tyler on piano and vocals; The Snobs Jason Boggs on saxophone; Aroarah, The Secretions, Last Angels (Buckners current project), Lonely Kings, The Hoods, Larisa Bryski, Phallucy, The Skirts, Rowdy Kate, Evelyn and Joe Getty of The Dead Flowers and Armstrong and Getty on Mandolin.
The song, a cover of John Lennons Happy Christmas (War Is Over) will be released December 10 by Nozzle Records with worldwide digital distribution by Ingrooves.
In addition, the song will be available on Itunes and live sessions at the Pus Cavern, filmed by Will DaRosa, will be viewable on Youtube and Vimeo. The Sacramento Childrens Chorus is a world class training and performing group under the artistic direction of Lynn Stevens. sacramentochildrenschorus.org myspace.com/puscavernrecording
Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
Digital Distribution through Ingrooves
Recorded at Pus Cavern, Sacramento, California
Executive Producer: Lesa Johnston
Producer: Dave Buckner
Engineer: Joe Johnston
Mastering: Eric Broyhill, Monster Lab Audio
Artist: Pus Cavern Allstars
Guitars: Frank Hanon (Tesla)
Michael Grant (Endeverafter)
Sonny Mayugba (Day Care and Phallucy)
Additional Guitars: Shaun Lopez (FAR)
Bass: Brian Wheat (Tesla)
Drums: Abe Cunningham (Deftones, Phallucy)
Piano: Brandon Tyler
Saxophone: Jason Boggs (The Snobs)
Mandolin: Joe Getty (The Dead Flowers, Armstrong and Getty)
Programming and Keyboards: Dave Buckner (Papa Roach, Last Angels)
Jeff Keith (Tesla),
Jonah Matranga (FAR),
Michael Grant (Endeverafter),
Danny Secretion (The Secretions),
Jason Boggs (The Snobs),
Keri Carr (Rowdy Kate),
Jake Desrochers (Last Angels, Lonely Kings),
Lynn Mayugba (The Skirts),
Sarah Volkov (Evelyn),
Joe Getty (The Dead Flowers, Armstrong and Getty),
Chelsea Baker (Aroarah),
Morgan Knoester (Aroarah),
Mike Hood (The Hoods),
Shaun Lopez (FAR),
Dave Buckner (Papa Roach, Last Angels)
Will DaRosa (willdarosa.blogspot.com / 916-955-6942)
I must admit that I haven’t been much of a Papa Roach fan over the years. After seeing their high energy set in Cruefest this summer, I decided to check out some of the Papa Roach’s back catalog, starting off with the bands’ 2004 CD, “Getting Away With Murder“. If it wasn’t for that live performance, I may not have picked this CD up. Much to my chagrin, I should have picked this disc up much sooner than I did.
I always considered Papa Roach to be more of a nu-metal or rap metal act, but as I quickly discovered, Papa Roach’s sound has been changing quite a bit over the years. Their current sound is more of a modern hard rock approach that blends in bits of pop, rock, and maybe even a dash of hardcore.
Jacoby Shaddix can go from a regular singing voice to a metal/hardcore like scream in a blink of an eye. Luckily their isn’t too many cookie monsterisms in his singing, which makes this disc a little more palatable to my tastes. If this CD has any faults, it is the lack of guitar solos, but the music style is quite common for rock artists today.
Not every song on this disc are instant classics, but there are quite a few good ones. Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are “Getting Away With Murder”, “Be Free”, and “Scars”.
“Getting Away With Murder” is Papa Roach’s 2nd CD to achieve a platinum selling status. (The first was the multi-platinum selling CD, “Infest”). If you are into today’s modern rock artists, you ought to give Papa Roach a chance. I was surprised to find that I liked the majority of the songs on this disc, and I think many of you will too. You can check out Papa Roach on the web at this link.
1. Blood (Empty Promises)
2. Not Listening
3. Stop Looking/Start Seeing
4. Take Me
5. Getting Away with Murder
6. Be Free
7. Done with You
10. Blanket of Fear
11. Tyranny Normality
12. Do or Die
Papa Roach is:
Jacoby Shaddix – vocals
Jerry Horton – guitar / vocals
Tobin Esperance – bass / guitar / vocals
Dave Buckner – drums / vocals