HIRSH GARDNER -
MY BRAIN NEEDS A HOLIDAY

 

 

 

Includes bonus disc “Wasteland For Broken Hearts” exclusive to Escape Music with
first pressing with extensive liner notes by Dave Reynolds!

 

 

 

Release Date: 25th August 2017
Catalogue No: ESM307
Bar Code: 5 031281 00307 2

Hirsh Gardner – Lead & Backing Vocals / Guitars / Bass / Keyboards (New England)
Jimmy Waldo –
Keyboards and Backing vocals (New England)

Guest Musicians:
Guitars: Joe Feloni / Ron Bumblefoot Thal / Jodee Frawlee / Joel Burns / Jon Butcher / Richie Ranno / J Rushwell
Bass: Joe Mudarri / Steve Baxter
Keyboards: Gary Smith

Produced & Mixed by Hirsh Gardner / Mastered by Jeff Lipton

CD1: My Brain Needs A Holiday
Lost in the Darkness Tonight / My Brain Needs a Holiday / Git it Back / Love Is / Do Me Do Me / If you need t’talk / Diamond Moon / Shadows / Sister Jane / Whiter shade of Pale

CD2: Wasteland For Broken Hearts (remastered 2017) bonus CD
1- Wasteland for broken hearts 2- Don’t you steal 3- She is love 4- Thunder in her heart 5- Bad cowboy 6- When the sky cries 7- Your love 8- Hold you in my dreams 9- Never love 10- Welcome home 11- More than you'll ever know 12- Welcome home (reprise)

Hirsh Gardner is set to release his sophomore solo effort in August, 2017. Entitled “My Brain Needs a Holiday” this 10 song disc is the long awaited follow up to Gardner’s acclaimed solo album “Wasteland for Broken Hearts”: which is included in this package as a bonus disc. They are both full of AOR anthems and thunderous ballads.

Moving to Boston, Mass in his teens, Hirsh attended the famed Berklee College of Music and studied there for 4 years. Soon afterwards Hirsh joined forces with future New England keyboardist Jimmy Waldo and along the way they also recruited future New Englanders Gary Shea and John Fannon. Initially going under the name Target the foursome felt they needed a different more dramatic moniker that reflected their many and varied influences, thus New England were born.

In the years between 1979 and 1982 Hirsh was an integral part of one of the classiest AOR/Melodic Rock bands on the planet. New England released 3 world class albums (S/T, Explorer Suite and Walking Wild), working with top class producers such as Mike Stone, Todd Rundgren and toured extensively with the likes of KISS, AC/DC and Journey, but all good things come to an end and in 1982 Hirsh found himself looking for another band .

A phone call from Kiss` Gene Simmons would take Hirsh and fellow New Englanders Shea and Waldo to LA to work with upcoming singer songwriter Vinnie Cusano. The band Warrior came to be but this was short lived as Cusano was quickly snatched up by KISS assuming the name Vinnie Vincent, so once more Hirsh found himself looking for a new direction.

Taking on board lessons learned earlier from working with the likes of Stone and Rundgren, Hirsh was soon an “in demand” producer in and around the Boston area and worked with artists many and varied,

Willie Nile, Mass, Shyboy and Vice just some of acts that benefitted from Hirsh`s talents in the producer’s chair.

1997 found Hirsh being awarded  Producer of the year for the Boston Phoenix as well as being nominated 5 times in the Boston Music awards and winning it once in 1998.

But Hirsh never lost sight of being a musician first and foremost and continued to record in his home studio. 2002 saw the release of his first solo album `Wasteland for Broken Hearts` which was received ecstatically  not only by New England fans but also by the wider rock audience.

In the intervening years Hirsh has got back together with former New England colleagues and the band have released their first new music in decades, but not being one to rest on his laurels Hirsh began quietly working once more in his home studio. The result.... `My Brain Needs A Holiday` an album not only chock full of the classic rock music that we have all come to expect from the man, but also with some welcome surprises along the way. Complete with a stellar supporting cast which includes the likes of Jimmy Waldo (New England), Richie Ranno (Starz), Ron `Bumblefoot` Thal (Guns `N` Roses & Art of Anarchy) Jon Butcher and Joe Feloni  `My Brain…` is a true rock album for 2017 and beyond.

“It was time for a new album” Gardner quips “I stay so busy writing and producing other artists that I need to take a holiday (hence the title of the album) and stay in touch with myself as an artist”

 

 


 

 


JAVA -
CHANGE OF HEART

 

 

 

Limited Edition of 1000 copies only all numbered!!!

 

 

 

Release Date: 25 August 2017
Catalogue Number: ESM306
Bar Code: 5 031281 00306 5

Band is:

Rosella Santoro: Lead vocals and Keyboards
Rob Deegan:
Bass guitar and backing vocals
Darran Bridge:
Drums and backing vocals
Martin Latham:
All Guitars and backing vocals

Produced by: Guy Bidmead  (Motorhead, Whitesnake, Cozy Powell, Bernie Marsden, Jon Lord, Crawler, Grand Prix and Exciter etc)
Engineered by: Guy Bidmead & Dennis Herman
Recorded 1987 at Chestnut studios In Farnham,Surrey
Mixed: 1987 Mediterranean studios, Ibiza
Mastered by: Evo Mastering Lab

Track List:
01  Title: Forever And Ever
02  Change Of Heart
03  Helpless
04  For Those Who Love You Still
05  Hellraiser
06  Can You Get Enough
07  You And I
08  You Really Do Know
09  This Is The Time
10  Mama's Boy

Founder Java members Rosella Santoro (keyboard and lead vocals) and Rob Deegan (lead guitar and vocals), had spent a couple of years playing together in a band which primarily gigged at working men’s and social clubs around London in the early eighties. Although they had written several of their own songs, they never really had the opportunity to air them on the club circuit and eventually, having tired of covering other groups pop songs, they decided to seek ‘musical’ pastures new elsewhere.  Rob especially, who had been brought up on a diet of progressive rock and heavy rock  in the late 60’s and early 70’s, wanted to play music with a much harder edge.

They initially teamed up with Chris Britton, guitarist and original member of the British rock band ‘The Troggs’. They wrote some songs and did some studio work together but nothing ever came of it.

In early 1985, Rosella auditioned for a local rock band which had an outstanding lead guitarist (Martin Latham). She eventually persuaded Martin to join her and Rob to help form a new melodic hard rock outfit, the result of which was ‘Java’. They quickly auditioned a bassist and started out as a five piece. However, the bassist left and Rob, who appreciated Martin’s superior axe skills, opted to play bass, thus reducing the lineup to a quartet.

With influences ranging from Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Ozzy and Heart amongst others, the band’s fusion of hard edged rock with a melodic female vocal soon started to get Java a lot of bookings in and around London. A couple of drummers came and went before Rosella poached Darran Bridge from another local band. With the lineup now complete Java started to become very popular on the London rock circuit, playing The Wellington, The Rock Garden, The Ad Lib Club, The Marquee and many other of the established venues that London had to offer.  It was whilst supporting Girlschool in early spring 1986, Java were approached to make a video for their track ‘Helpless’ which was later released on a Kerrang rock compilation entitled ‘Powercuts’.  Regular reviews in the music press and in magazines such as Metal Hammer and Kerrang also contributed to their popularity. Kerrang featuring Rosella as a “Lady-killer” several times.

Meatloaf and John Parr came to Darran's parents’ house for dinner courtesy of Chrissy Harwood (RCA Records) who was a family friend.  Java had just finished recording a set of demos at the Padded Cell studio in Slough (where Go West were also recording tracks for their debut album).  John and Meat played Darran their "Rock and Roll Mercenary" song which was being aired on British TV live the following evening. Darran reciprocated and played Meat and John some of the demo tracks. John Parr in particular was really interested in and liked what Java had been recording. He thought the demos truly revealed Java’s budding potential as a serious rock outfit.

Java also sent the same demos to the American TV network NBC who were looking to promote unsigned bands from the UK. NBC planned to shoot a video and secure a record deal back in the USA.  Out of hundreds of demos sent, 4 bands were picked (Java being one of them) and the band was filmed live performing at the Guildford Stoke Hotel. The following day the video shoot continued at an outside location using Guildford Castle as a backdrop.  NBC intended to air the video on American TV, and back it up with the possibility of a US tour.  This was a very exciting time for Java.

In June of 1987 Java started work on their first and only album to date. They recruited the services of Guy Bidmead, a producer with credits to his name such as Motorhead, Whitesnake and Exciter. The album was recorded in The Chestnut Studios in Farnham, Surrey and was eventually mixed in July of the same year at The Mediterranean Studios in Ibiza.

Following extensive airplay on local radio and despite attracting interest from several major record companies, the ‘inevitable deal’ never materialized, which sadly led to the breakup of Java later that same year.

Shortly after this Rob was asked by a local newspaper why the band had split when everything seemed to going so well. His reply was as follows:

“We (Rosella and me) tried to stay positive for the sake of the band, but it was a hard thing to do, especially when we came so close to success without actually getting any where. We always believed it would happen and that the allusive record deal was just around the corner, but it wasn’t to be. I’ve always said if someone puts you down or criticizes you, you just have to keep on believing in yourself and the rest will happen. Unfortunately, one band member didn’t share that same conviction. Despite achieving all that we did, particularly in such a short space of time, it appeared that success wasn’t happening fast enough for him. As a result the momentum stopped and the band ground to a halt and to say I felt disappointed was a massive understatement.”

However, 30 years on the songs are now finally going to see the light of day.