“A Little Fun / October Sun – Single” is once again available for digital download as well as physical CD purchase… listen, buy and download here.
The new studio is up and running, and I am currently at work on the next record — stay tuned for updates, and for new shows to be announced soon…
“A Little Fun / October Sun – Single” from 1997 is available for digital download for the first time through the SnoCap MyStore retail channel. The SnoCap MyStore is in the early roll-out stages, I’ve decided to release these two tracks as MP3-format, non-DRM protected files, which are playable on all digital music devices including iPod… stay tuned as further file-format and rights-management features of the MyStore become available… try it now here:
Format: CD Single (Buy Physical CD)
Release Date: October 16th, 1997
Label: Private Mind Records
All songs by Mike Shupp
Copyright © 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
Produced by Mike Shupp
Recorded and Mixed at , Annandale, VA
by Mike Harvey
Mike Shupp: Vocals, Guitars
Chris Zogby: Drums
Harry Dailey: Bass
Buddy Speir: Guitar, Background Vocals
1) A Little Fun – 3:01
2) October Sun – 3:26 [wpaudio url=”/clip-MikeShupp_OctoberSun.mp3″ text=”Play” dl=”0″]
(P) 1997 Private Mind Records PMR-400015
Shupp’s Simple Beauty
By LOU KING
Special to The Journal
Some of us may lament the fact that the pure American power pop song is fast becoming an endangered species. It’s hard to see how anyone could get inspired by what passes for “pop” these days, aside from Ritalin-addicted and ferociously brand-loyal pre-teens.
Has everyone forgotten the simple beauty of a couple of loud guitars and a catchy chorus?
Falls Church, Va. native Mike Shupp has not forgotten, thankfully, and his recent album “The Key” is proof that all is not lost.
Shupp may be familiar to local music fans from his days with Big Bang Theory in the late ’80s and early ’90s, which came tantalizingly close to getting a big break before things fell apart.
Although the band did sign with MCA, the record company dragged its feet in getting out the product, and that took a toll on the group.
“We had been really focused on getting a deal, and then we just waited and waited for the album to get released,” said Shupp in a recent phone interview. “We were almost out of gas when we signed, anyway, but we stuck it out for about another year.”
After Big Bang Theory finally called it quits, Shupp continued on undaunted, focusing his energies on songwriting. His first solo album, “October Sun,” came out in 1997, and the song “A Little Fun” was even included on a Spanish compilation of U.S. power pop.
He also continued playing showcases and festivals in hopes of making some useful contacts.
When he started planning to record his second album, those gigs paid off when the organizer of a Harrisburg, Pa. music-industry showcase suggested he give Jeff Murphy, a founding member of pure pop masters The Shoes, a call about producing some tracks.
“I had never really heard their stuff, but I had heard about them, definitely,” Shupp said. “I just decided, ‘I need to pursue this,’ so I called him and told him what I was trying to do.”
Eventually, with songs in tow, Shupp and drummer Chris Zogby made their way out to Murphy’s homemade studio in Zion, Ill., halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Murphy quickly took more than a passing interest in Shupp’s songs, looking for ways to make them sound great in a limited amount of time.
“My goal was to come out of there with an album, and we recorded this thing very quickly,” Shupp said. “Jeff really knew what he wanted as far as sonics. We spent 12 eight-hour days doing all the tracking and mixing. Jeff likes to keep the working hours pretty regular, and we really got a lot done that way.”
The result is a rocking and emotional gem, full of robust, hummable harmonies and multitracked guitars. Right out of the box, the album comes at the listener like a wall of rocking bliss, with tuneful rockers like “Stranded” and “Keep Me Waiting” mixed with more hypnotic and lush numbers like “The Key” and “My Life.”
The next step for Shupp is to get the album out to the masses. Even though he admits his brand of rock might not be trendy these days, he’s not about to let that get him down.
“For me, it’s all about the song,” Shupp said. “It’s the marriage of the lyric and the melody. I think any time you have that, the music will always endure.
“I think it’s great that some of these new bands, like SR-71 and Marvelous 3, are getting signed. That stuff is all melodic and guitar-driven. It’s guitar pop. I think this kind of music is never going to go away, no matter what’s going on with the music industry.”
Mike Shupp celebrates the release of “The Key” tomorrow at IOTA Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. Shupp, who did all the singing and played guitar and bass on “The Key,” and drummer Zogby, will be joined by guitarist Lee Wilhoit and bassist Tony Flagg. For more information on Shupp, visit his Web site at www.mikeshupp.com
— Lou King
(February 2nd, 2001)
Copyright © 2001 The Journal. All rights reserved.
The band just finished cutting two new tracks for a forthcoming 7 inch single at Mike Harvey’s , “A Little Fun” b/w “October Sun” (yes, that’s right – the song for which the debut CD is named, but which didn’t make it onto the disc). The tracks were recorded and mixed at Actiondale over several late night sessions this past week, and mastered by Mark Edmondson at South Moon Productions. The single marks the first recorded performances of the new band line-up, Chris Zogby on drums, Harry Dailey on bass, Buddy Speir on guitar and backing vocals, and Mike on guitar and vocals. Promo cassette and 7 inch vinyl versions should be ready by the end of the month – but if you can’t wait, you can order a limited edition promo cassette version on-line or mail order right now!