So, it happened. I was able to convince the boys in Volumen to play a Misfits song with me. I'm not sure why I had my heart set on this particular song, but I did. As I said yesterday, the audio is pretty blown out, but that's because we are so F-bomb loud. Also, Volumen Beta (our drummer) is a machine and the camera was sitting right next to him for most of the video. (Something tells me that I'll have my proximity to Volumen Beta, and his massive beat generation, to thank for significant hearing loss in my right ear. Heh.)
Anyway, up until yesterday, I've always sort of treated Volumen and Ukulele Guy as two separate (but equally fun) entities. So, it was really nice to combine the two of them for this video. The boys were real champs about learning this song real quick. I mean, we had already practiced for 2+ hours on our original material for an upcoming show, so it's not like they hadn't already filled their rock quota. Well, quota be damned, I always say... hrm... actually, I've never said that, but I wholeheartedly believe it now.
Just in case you are playing the home game. Volumen are:
Also, if you want to play along, you should check out UkuleleHunt.com. Woodshed wrote up some tabs and lyrics that I actually used. Ukulele Hunt is actually one of my favorite Ukulele sites because it seems like I have similar tastes to Woodshed. That is to say, I love the songs that he chooses to make tabs of.
So, as you may or may not know, when I'm not "Ukulele Guy", I play in Volumen. We are a heavy new wave band from Missoula, MT, and we've been playing weird sonics since 1996. Well, yesterday was Wednesday and Wednesday=Volumen Practice. So, I went in a little bit early and brought my Eleuke so that I could make some videos of it through a better amp.
I lucked out because Volumen^2 (my brother) showed up just minutes later with a case of Coors and he agreed to hold the camera for the second half of this video. Woo hoo! I didn't really have an idea of what I wanted to play, so I just went for it. Sadly, my wah wah pedal badly needs a new battery, apparently, so that part is a little bit weak, but you get the general idea right?
After we finished recording this video, we had regular Volumen practice and then I convinced the boys to play "Halloween", by the Misfits, with me on the Eleuke. We'd never played it before, but we picked it up easily enough. I'll post that video tomorrow, or maybe later today. It's a little blown out, because we are so damn loud, but that just makes it punk rock, right?
P.S. Whoever can tell me what I'm playing during the "clean" portion of this video wins extra special bonus Ukulele Guy points.
Well, my Eleuke arrived on Friday and I've been as giddy as a schoolgirl ever since. For those for those of you who don't know what an Eleuke is (shame on you, you mean you aren't hanging on my every word?) check out my "Everybody, meet Eleuke (and a rad Pedro da Silva video)" post. I imagine that this will be the first of several videos talking about the Eleuke and showcasing what it sounds like.
I was in such a rush to do this video that I didn't even leave my office. The down side to that is that the only amp I have in my office is a wimpy little guy, but it'll give you an idea anyway. Tomorrow I'll run the Eleuke through my Fender SuperAmp and various pedals (Electric Mistress, Marshall Guv'ner, etc.) Maybe I can even run through a song with my Heavy New Wave band, Volumen. I'm thinking Misfits (Maybe Halloween?), but we'll see what I can talk them into.
Anyway, on to the Eleuke itself. This is the model that I have in my grubby little mits:
Just holding the Eleuke is pretty soothing for some reason. I think I am so used to playing Electric Guitar that the smaller body and weight of an electric instrument feels more natural to me. So, if you spend more time on Electric Guitar than you do on Acoustic, then you might have a similar experience with this Electric Ukulele.
I have to say that I'm pretty impressed with the Eleuke, overall. Sure, It's the first solid body electric ukulele that I've played, but to be honest, there aren't really that many of them out there. It's well constructed, sounds great and the design is really interesting. It's also hard to believe that it's only $220. That seems like a scream of a deal. Anyway, enough of my jawing. Here's the first of what I hope to be a long string of videos showcasing this little number.