The Rick Short Band | Forget the Future

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Forget the Future

by The Rick Short Band

Muscular classic-rock style originals.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Forget the Future
2:56 $0.99
2. Gonna' Quit You
2:47 $0.99
3. Miss Universe
3:45 $0.99
4. Hell and Back
2:52 $0.99
5. I Just Can't Take It
3:03 $0.99
6. Ghosts
4:41 $0.99
7. Fork in the Road
4:13 $0.99
8. Slow Funk
3:00 $0.99
9. Get to You
2:52 $0.99
10. Save Your Soul
3:02 $0.99
11. Radio Tower
3:23 $0.99
12. That Ain't Enough
2:14 $0.99
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Album Notes

"Modern classic rock!"
"Killer, throw-back groove" - a music review

THE RICK SHORT BAND channels that classic rock vibe, energy, and emotion made popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Think of their music as newly-written original songs that feel just like the music you grew up with. According to Short, “Many people love the classic rock genre. Sadly, by definition, the set list of songs from that era is finite. To satisfy my desire to expand my enjoyment of such music, I set out to create new songs that are faithful to the style.”

A music scene writer had this to say about Rick Short’s song writing, “Always all original, TRSB songs sound enticingly familiar. Built on American rock foundations like funk and R&B progressions, killer supporting vocals, exciting, arm flinging drum fills, active bass lines, and all things Fender.” Short notes that the writer appreciates two key elements of this project; the original classic rock song structures and the seminal Fender guitar sound. Together, these elements get people moving.

While many original music projects struggle to build a library of songs to perform and record, Rick Short is prolific. He has written over 100 songs and makes it a rule for each to express a strong emotional experience or sentiment. According to Short, “In addition to truly loving ‘60s and ‘70s rock music style, I very much appreciate it when a song’s message moves me and stirs emotion. Catchy bubble-gum tunes that depend exclusively on hooky choruses can be amusing, but there’s no meat. I want to write songs that transcend head bobbing and fist pumping, and connect with people’s emotions. I aim to truly matter.” That’s a lofty goal in a field where some listeners seek the opposite and turn to music in an effort to forget about the world. Short continues, “I know that people often want to ‘get lost’ in their music. I aspire to achieve and deliver on both fronts: musical enjoyment and emotional meaning. It’s a really fun challenge.”

So, how does it work? A music critic said it nicely when she wrote, “Songs like ‘Radio Tower’ have a killer, throw-back groove”. Exactly what listeners are seeking … the song tells the tale of a radio DJ who derives power by controlling his listeners. 'Radio Tower' is an excellent example of Short at his finest. The band structure is lean and clean. Thin, easily discernible layers of simple electric instruments build into a powerful crescendo of driving rock while the vocals tell an intriguing story.

The Rick Short Band's first CD is titled, “Forget The Future”. The twelve song collection is named for the lead song, which explodes out of the starting blocks, bathes the listener in an instant drum riff, then settles into a muscular experience that almost guarantees everyone will be singing along by the end. Of course, during the journey we are encouraged and coaxed to live in the moment. Short’s songwriting avoids many of rock music’s clichés, such as drawn out, protracted solos, and heavily repeated choruses. He gets in and gets out. With songs ranging from 4 minutes down to 2 minutes, “Forget The Future” is a lesson in delivering efficient, impactful music.

When asked how the songs were selected for the CD, Rick shared that one of his goals was to record live and avoid the highly artificial feeling of a heavily-produced studio album. Many techniques were implemented to achieve this goal. First, the band agreed to record an entire twelve-song stage set. While many artists release 3- or 5-song EPs, TRSB worked to pare down their offering. Rick shared another technique, “I met, several times, with our recording engineer, Ron Keck of SubCat Studios. I was emphatic that we wanted a live recording with an authentic vibe. I must have used the word “authentic” a hundred times. Ron set us up in multiple isolation rooms which allowed us to separate our individual sounds while performing together, live. SubCat has these awesome rooms with glass walls that all face each other. We can see each other perfectly, like on stage, but our individual music remains separated and clean. This allows us to tweak the relative volumes in post-production – achieving an enhanced balance. We performed each song 3 times, then moved on to the next. We were done in one day. Next steps involved selecting the one preferred take for each song, tweaking it by adding harmony vocals, and balancing the mix. A few times Ron had us remove some elements, making the songs even leaner. We loved that.” True to his promise, Short captured an organic process and left a good amount of authentic studio noises and instrument sound in the mix - as ear candy. Listen for it.

The Rick Short Band is comprised of some of Central New York’s most accomplished musicians: Tracy Bowens – vocals, Rick DeJohn – bass guitar, Doug Boehlert – lead guitar, Eddie Reilly – drums and vocals, and Rick Short – guitar and vocals. This team has performed at several notable venues including The Utica Boilermaker and The Great New York State Fair. Short says, “We enjoy performing at these larger venues, 14,000 people heard us at The Boilermaker, but we also love the organic feel of being in smaller clubs that provide a warmer connection to the audience. It’s really all about the personal connection.” The band has already begun rehearsing songs for their next CD.

“Forget The Future” is the debut CD from The Rick Short Band. When you buy this CD you’ll be supporting original artists, stirring your soul, and taking the risk of blowing out your car windows. Be sure to tell them what you think.



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