Greater Pacific: the morning web-surf leads to a nice find

I sure wish the tech gods here at ND would allow me to post this video but something is amiss. So please do me a favor...click on the link below, watch it and then come back. I'll wait....


 

There's this woman named Christine who I've known for like a million years. I met her when she was just a kid and worked at Tower Records in West Covina, which is about 15 miles east of Hollywood. She later worked at the Pasadena location when I was at Capitol where her best friend Susan also worked and we'd talk every now and then on the phone and maybe bump into each other at shows...all of which has little to do with this video and song and probably has no interest to you whatsoever.


But anyway...Christine married a guy named Mike who's the drummer with a band called Travel By Sea, and they recorded a song called "Split Second Time" that somehow landed on my iTunes a while back and I really like it a lot. They have three albums out(which I don't have today but might get tomorrow), and play from time to time around Southern California. Following this?

OK...so this morning I happened to visit a reviewer's site that I go to every now and then, and I saw that this band Greater Pacific's new EP called Rainfall was posted. And while listening to the music and reading the bio, it turns out to be a side project from Kyle Kersten and John Phinney from Travel By Sea. And Christine's husband Mike Cusick is on drums and there's harmony vocals by Angela Correa. Ah...finally I make the connection.

The only problem with this six song EP from Canadian-based Yer Bird Records is that it's too damn short and leaves you wanting to hear more. I love that the pedal steel drips like thick molasses around the vocals and guitar work, and the songs have a certain weight to them that I don't hear all that often. It's made for a good start to my day.

Hope you like the video...and check out the music from both bands.

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Tags: Greater Pacific, Travel By Sea, Yer Bird Records

Comment by James Conn on January 11, 2011 at 6:41pm
Great band.  I have listened to this song easily a hundred times and still enjoy it.
Comment by George Breakfast on January 15, 2011 at 2:17am
cool song!....I clicked on a link to an Otis Gibbs interview!...oh well...happy mistake...catch you soon Otis
Comment by Damngivers on August 7, 2012 at 3:31pm

Easy Ed, I love this story. All these wonderful people are friends of mine. Pretty close ones but Susan. Don't know her. Through a very funny six-degrees of separation story I met drummer Mike while playing with an old band at a time that I was moving out from drums to fronting and putting together my own band, the Damngivers. Christine is a long time friend of friends and even worked for a while with my brother - also bandmate. So I meet Mike Cusick and without an audition or anything, he becomes my drummer - based on sure circle of friends and same musical interest. I bring in a budding pedal steel player I meet at my local guitar shop in Long Beach one day by chance and we play for around 3 years together. During the same time, John Phinney meets Kyle and plays with him as well, recruiting Mike into Travel By Sea and Greater Pacific which really began as a project John could sink his teeth into as a producer. Our friendship has blossomed over the years and I've got tons of respect for their dedication to TBS and GP. Greater Pacific is releasing their first full-length album on Sept 4th on Yer Bird Records. It is a definite "Album of the Year" candidate for any Americana list out there. Hope you get to listen to it soon. Proud to know these guys and proud that they come from LA. Happy to meet you too now. Have been reading your posts for years now.

Comment by Easy Ed on August 7, 2012 at 3:42pm

Thanks. I appreciate your kind words and the fact that you found a year and a half old blog.

Comment by Damngivers on August 7, 2012 at 3:46pm

Yeah, I thought that was funny too. New album out soon though and I was looking around at any press mentions. Cheers. Glad you are STILL blogging.

Comment by Larabee on November 9, 2012 at 4:15am

I just heard of Greater Pacific, came here to search for more information and found your almost 2 year old blog Ed.  Better late than never.  I've been poking through Greater Pacific's recent album and the EP on their bandcamp page this morning.  Both deserve more attention - from me and others.  

Comment by Easy Ed on November 9, 2012 at 4:57am

I plan to try and do some writin' about their latest album. The wife of the drummer is an old friend and I'd like to give them some love if I can. They have a really good sound.

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