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Monday, June 20, 2011

Stretch Arm Strong (1991-1992)

In April of '91 I started jamming again with Kevin Purcell and John Hoffman. The years had past since we were in Barking Spiders (here) and we became better musicians so we started writing more intricate songs. We called ourselves Stretch Armstrong, after the 1970's doll. It started off as casual but by summer we decided to get serious and find a singer. For the first time we chose to go outside our circle of friends and put an ad in a local music paper. Jim Burns (Barking Spiders singer) was shuffling off to Buffalo State College, otherwise I'm sure he would've been our man.

After numerous auditions we settled on Dean Mastrantoni (a.k.a. Dean Drillbit). Dean had different influences than us. He came from a goth/new wave background, while we were punk rock. With Dean's influences we became more of a goth-rock band, which we were comfortable first.

We tweaked our name to three words – Stretch Arm Strong – and recorded our first demo tape in February of '92 on a 4-track recorder in my basement. Looking back I wish Kevin and I eased up on the chorus pedal a bit...but that was the early 90's sound. With the tape we booked a bunch of shows at small local venues. In August of '92 we recorded seven more songs on 4-track in my basement but by then Dean and I were at constant odds so we soon called the whole thing off.

Here's a few select songs from the two demo recordings...

"Lift The Shades"

"Pangs Of Liquid Inertia"

"Dreams Of Youth"

"Rage Asunder"

"Secular Vow"

You can also download the combined demo recordings below...

[DOWNLOAD] Stretch Arm Strong (1992 demo)
01- Dreams Of Youth
02- Lift The Shades
03- Rage Asunder
04- Spiral Faces (alternate version)
05- Pangs Of Liquid Inertia
06- In The Oven
07- S.A.S.
08- Secular Vow
09- Look Out
10- Why?...Pathetic Humans
11- Matter Of The Mind
12- The Bridge
13- Spiral Face (original version)

I can't say no good ever came from Stretch Arm Strong because that band was the first time we ever played the legendary CBGB's. Here's a couple of photos...

Dean Drillbit - vocals, guitar
Frank Fusco - guitar
Kevin Purcell - bass
John Hoffman - drums

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