May 29, 2009
Hey....................I'm back! Yeah I know, long time between updates but that's what happens when you're busing writing and recording music. Anyway, in a nutshell, wrote-recorded-mixed-mastered the Believer " Gabriel" album...got released March 17th 2009 via Cesspool Recordings/ Metal Blade records.....did and continue to do a lot of press....built a rehearsal studio at Kurts house......constant rehearsing for LIVE.....lots of cutting the grass.....eating...sleeping...working..........and on and on and on. Thanx to all of our FANS both old and new for the GREAT response on the new record. We are so excited to get out and play live, it's gonna be a blast with the new lineup. You can keep updated about upcoming shows and all other info at www.believerband.net <http://www.believerband.net> and www.myspace.com/believerband <http://www.myspace.com/believerband> . Obviously someone else runs those sites cause they are often updated,ha-ha-ha. Jeff and I are working on revamping my site with a new look and some added extras.....new drums? a look at my lovely pipe collection? grass cutting techniques from our new guitar player Kevin? You never know what you may find here..............................................................later, Joey
November 12 , 2007
As most of you know by now, the official Believer Myspace page is up and running. We hope you get a chance to check it out at myspace.com/believerband.
Kurt and I are currently in the rehearsal mode for the official recording due to start mid November. Since Metal Mind Productions is re-releasing all three Believer records (read the press release here), we thought it would be cool to make a limited edition T-shirt for each one. All three T-shirts are available now.
I must say that from the response of everyone on our myspace page Kurt and I are extremely stoked for you, fans, to hear the new record. You guys are truly the best fans ever! Many, many thanks.
In Fountain of Tears news, we are continuing the promotion of the,"Fate" album. Vonnie has just done an interview with a French online magazine and other press is being done as well. Due to my invovement with Believer, FoT rehearsals have slowed but will resume soon. Along with working on ideas for touring in 2008 with FoT, I am also twisting Kurts arm to get out and tour for the new Believer album. It should be a very busy 2008!
Well, as always, thank you for all your support in my musical endeavors.
PS. If you prog heads don't have the new Sieges Even, Paramount, it's a must, BUY IT!!!!!!!!
September 7, 2007
It's time for some more Believer info, folks! It's official: Kurt and I have just finished tracking drums and guitars for 5 new songs for pre-production. We are now back to focusing on writing as well as adding bass, vocals, etc. to the recorded tracks.
We are currently laying out our Myspace page and should be online in the middle of September, so look out for it.
Our goal with the new record is to give the hardcore fans the Believer that they know and love and also gain some new fans. We feel that so far we're meeting that goal. Believer has always tried to add new elements on each recording and we will do so on this one, too.
Even though pre-production is taking place at Trauma Studios, for our writing sessions we have been doin' it old school at Kurt's new house . . . analog cassette 4 track, portable DAT player, unfinished basement, random carpet laying around and so on.
A quick note on my drum carpet . . . Kurt and I are somewhat superstitious and don't want to change anything due to the tunes flowing along, but the cat has taken a liking to it and has been pissing and droppin deuces on it. We just can't seem to change ANYTHING! It is quite nasty back there but it must be helping somehow with the writing, ha-ha. As always, thanx for the support.
June 24, 2007
Hey folks, I know it's been a while but here is some info for ya. Fountain Of Tears has inked a distro deal with Nightmare Records. We are very excited to work with Lance King and to get the disc out worldwide. Also, we are working on concepts for an upcoming video shoot. As for live shows, we hope to get out later this year. Keep your eyes open.
I want to clear something up about Fountain of Tears. For those of you not familiar with the band, people label our music as goth, progressive metal/rock, symphonic metal, atmospheric, etc. My work with FoT stems from a passion I have for progressive music. The FoT CD is what it is, and the end product is what we were shooting for as a band. That is who we are. I don't want to disappoint people looking for something just like Believer, but Fountain of Tears is another facet of who I am as a musician.
In Believer news, Kurt and I have been on a solid schedule writing and recording songs and ideas. We are looking to set up a myspace page and get some clips up sometime this summer. That's about it for now, but keep checkin in, and as always -- thanx for the support.
February 9 , 2007
Hey everyone. Just checking in to let you know that we're streaming the new Fountain of Tears disc on the FoT web site until Tuesday when the album is released. The feedback is already starting to come in. Here's the word from Kurt and Rocky.
"Working on the FOT record was an amazing experience. Not only did I get to work with Joey again in the studio, the tunes and the musicianship far surpassed my expectations. This is a record that will appeal to both tech-heads and general music lovers. I'm just happy that I could play a small part in bringing these tunes to life. I hope you enjoy listening to FOT as much as I enjoyed working with them on this project."
"Melodic female fronted metal with one of the best drummers ever, Gotta love it!"
You still have a few days left to pre-order before the release on the 13th.
January 3, 2007
Happy New Year to everyone! Well, the release of the Fountain of Tears disc is quickly approaching. If you haven’t seen or heard by now, February 13th is the official release date for our first full length album, ”Fate”. We are totally stoked to get it out to you so we can get your feedback on what we feel is our heart and soul.
The album is available for pre-order now on FountainOfTears.com. Also, the cover art and track listing have been posted on the site and in the next couple of days our first single, “ What Lies Ahead”, will be posted in its entirety and available for download.
On the Believer front, due to some changes within the “Bachman” camp, we have not made much progress recently but will resume writing when things clear up. Kurt and I are looking forward to getting on a more steady schedule to crank out some tunes.
Having said that, Jeff King and I have been using the time available to write more songs for our ” Year of Plenty” project. It has been a very creative process and we are really enjoying ourselves. Jeff, being a fan of odd meters and crazy riffs, has written some very interesting stuff that I feel the Believer fan could enjoy.
That’s about it for now but don’t forget to check out FountainOfTears.com and myspace.com/fountainoftears. Oh yeah, soon we will also be blowing out our old FoT shirts for cheap, so keep checking the site.
November 4, 2006
The Fountain of Tears disc is currently being mastered at FineTune in The Netherlands (Stream of Passion, Symphony X, Epica, Deadsoul Tribe, etc.) We are extremely happy with the recording. You can stay posted and also pre-order the CD by checking out Fountain of Tears.com and myspace.com/fountainoftears.
August 11, 2006
MIXING IS DONE!!! The mixing of the Fountain of Tears disc,” FATE”, has finally come to an end. Jeff and I are currently working on the editing of interludes and the playlist. Here is the tracklisting of the disc in no certain order:
With My Fears
What Lies Ahead
I am looking forward to getting back to working with Kurt on the Believer front. While mixing the FoT disc, we had talked about song and production ideas and we came up with some good stuff. I would love to get some clips up within the next couple months but you all know that things just don’t seem to work fast with me, ha-ha. Seriously though, as soon as we can possibly get anything up we will. Thanx for checkin in.
March 24 , 2006
Fountain of Tears will start playing select shows again. The first show will be for a night of female fronted bands at the Pirates Den in Gloucester, NJ on April 8.
As far as the FoT disc goes, we are currently in the final mix process. Kurt joined us at the studio and we actually mixed two songs that are totally killer. It was like old times in there with all the smartass remarks of how much I suck as a drummer and how much of a wanna-be Kurt is…. it was all good.
Unfortunately we are only able to block out certain times at the studio, so the mixing is taking longer than we thought but the end result, I feel, will be well worth the wait. With all of this being said, it has left not much time for Kurt and I to work on the new Believer stuff. We are looking into sending ideas back and forth via the internet, which could keep the writing process moving.
Sacrifice, one of the greatest bands ever as well as a musical influence and our friends, will be doing a reunion show in September in Toronto. I will be doing everything in my power to attend this incredible event! That’s about it for now, talk to ya soon (or not so soon, as seems to be the case….ha,ha,ha)
December 16, 2005
Hey folks. Again, I must apologize for the long time lapse between entries. I’ve been busy laying out the playlist for the Fountain of Tears
disc. We are planning for an early 2006 independent release, even though we’re still
shopping it around. The disc will be titled Fate, and up to this point the title fits
perfectly. Over the process of recording this album we have been thrown many curve
balls. Whether it was equipment problems, health issues, family issues,
deaths……you name it, we still pressed on. I feel this disc, from start to
finish, will be a reflection of the journey we've gone through and I feel it can be enjoyed by people of all musical tastes. Another aspect
I am excited about is getting Kurt Bachman involved in the production. Yes, the
Trauma Team will be back in action to do some production work on the Fountain of Tears disc along with
Engineer/Producer, Jim Bottari. We are currently making notes and preparing
On the Believer front, I just burned a disc of some rough tracks for Kurt to
finalize some parts on and I also gave him some lyric ideas. We are still
making progress, slowly but you take what you can.
Finally, the new Sieges Even is out on InsideOut Records! The title is The Art
of Navigating By the Stars. It RULES! I have appreciated their music and
Alex Holzwarth’s drumming for a long time, and it is great to see that they
continue to shred. Also, the new album from an incredible band from Mexico,
Elfonia, is out. This Sonic Landscape” is out on The Note Garden
Records. This disc is also AMAZING! The musicianship is killer as well as
the beautiful lead vocals of Marcela Bovio. These would be great Christmas
gifts for the prog rock/metal fans in your household. Well, until next time,
September 24, 2005
First, I need to apologize for the long
time lapse between updates. It has been a crazy summer but
it finally seems to be calming down. An end is in sight for
the recording of the Fountain
of Tears disc. The recording
process has been somewhat drawn out, but upon listening back
to some rough mixes of the songs, I feel it was well worth
it. A few of the songs are floating around some labels and
we are waiting to see if there is any interest there. In
the meantime we are preparing for the possibility of releasing
the disc ourselves. We are continuing to play some shows
and plan to keep spreading the name out there when and wherever
we can. We recently had the opportunity to share the stage
with Therion and we hope to have more chances like this in
The Believer writing is slowly moving forward. Although
Dr. Bachman is quite busy, we are still putting aside time
for the project. My hope is that we can get some rough recordings
on the site sometime in the future so we can get your feedback
on the material.
Finally, this summer I caught the Gigantour in Atlantic
City. Although my main objective was to see Dream
Escape Plan and Nevermore, it was all good!
My hat goes off to the boys in Dillinger for shredding the
stage. Chris Pennie was incredible to watch and listen to
as were Liam and Greg – well, everyone. Upon hanging
out and talking with the guys it was surprising to learn
that they were into Believer, which meant so much to me coming
from great musicians. I can’t say enough about Chris’s
chops. The guy has got it goin’ on! I encourage all
drummers to check him out. A great band and great guys!
That is all the B.S. for now. I will try to stay on top
of these updates. Thanks for checking in.
June 1, 2005
Hello again, I wanted to update everyone on
what is happening with all my projects.
there are some new Fountain of Tears audio clips on the FoT web
Check 'em out and give a shout about what you think. We may be
debuting another new song live at the BACA Fest on June 11th. Hope
to see ya there!
for Year of Plenty is moving along very nicely. Hopefully within
the next month or so there will be some audio clips up on this
site. There will be a YOP web site down the road but for now we just want to
spend time on writing and recording.
Finally, Kurt and I got together recently and
finished up our first new Believer tune! And there are two other
tunes in process. We are both enjoying writing and we like the
direction the material is going. Due to all that is going on with
our schedules, it is difficult to get together a lot. However,
we will continue to put time aside for this project. One last
thing, if anyone has or knows anyone who has any bootlegged Believer
concerts or footage of the band please get in touch with me. We
are trying to gather this for a possible DVD.
May 5 , 2005
To Believer fans:
A Message from Kurt Bachman
It has recently been directed to our attention that re-releases
of Sanity Obscure and Dimensions from Retroactive Records contain “bonus
material” in the forms of demo tracks and bootlegged live
material. Joey and I have never given our permission to use
this material on these re-releases and were quite upset when we
heard this news.
We have always prided ourselves in releasing to our devoted and
deserving fans only the best sounding recordings of Believer tunes
that we could produce. We also put together records that
we feel are “complete” works for that particular time
in our musical lives. The idea of cramming on “bonus” tracks
that sound awful at the end of re-releases for the purpose of making
a “new” product to generate sales really pisses us
off. Sanity Obscure ENDS with Like A Song, Dimensions ENDS
with “Take care we love you, bye bye.” Not with
some old recording that doesn’t belong.
We are currently looking into this situation to ensure that this
doesn’t happen again and hope that these add-ons don’t
leave an undesired impression in your musical minds.
April 1, 2005
Hi everyone, thanx for stopping by the site.
I am still working on some things but it has been fun putting
it together. Hope you enjoy it!
Currently, I am working on the new Fountain
of Tears CD. I can't wait to get it out and hear your feedback.
I am very pleased with the progress this band has made over
the years and look forward to seeing you out on the road.
Also in the works is a side project I am doing
with FoT keyboardist, Jeff King. The project is called "Year
of Plenty" and is along the lines of Jazz/Fusion/Prog .
We are having a fun time writing the songs(when FoT duties are
light), and look forward to start recording soon.
Last of all, after 11 years, Kurt Bachman and
I have crossed paths again and have been getting together to
jam (again, when FoT duties are light) and throw around some
musical ideas. Could this be the start of a long awaited Believer
album? Keep posted for progress on that story. We will see what
Thanx, Joey Daub