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person:ille_homine_albe [2018/07/28 00:01]
digital man Add photo Baron Knight with the band Cassle and YouTube link to a song he recorded with them
person:ille_homine_albe [2020/03/29 22:19]
digital man [Steve Moves Back Home] typo
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 {{:​person:​steve_deppe_pipe.jpg?​500|Steve'​s meerschaum pipe}} {{:​person:​steve_deppe_pipe.jpg?​500|Steve'​s meerschaum pipe}}
  
-After a year or so of playing with Dresden, we had played publicly as a band just one time (at a block party in Hacienda Heights that I think Karl arranged and which had been cut short by the police and their helicopter) and we recorded a 3 song demo, all without a singer. We had been searching for a full time singer the entire time I was in the band, but I was eager to play more shows and record more, so I decided it was time to leave the band and find a band with more immediate activity that might lead to rock stardom. Dave, Steve, and Karl all had full-time jobs and it just didn't seem to me that it was as important to them to "make it" as a musician as it was to me.+After a year or so of playing with Dresden, we had played publicly as a band just one time (at a block party in Hacienda Heights that I think Karl arranged and which had been cut short by the police and their helicopter) and we recorded a 3 song demo, all without a singer. We had been searching for a full time singer the entire time I was in the band; our near-miss at an appropriate singer was when Steve connected with John Hall, formerly of [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=f14cmf3XleE|Shiva]], but John flaked on the night of his audition and seemed to avoid Steve'​s calls after that. I was eager to play more shows and record more, so I decided it was time to leave the band and find a band with more immediate activity that might lead to rock stardom. Dave, Steve, and Karl all had full-time jobs and it just didn't seem to me that it was as important to them to "make it" as a musician as it was to me.
  
 (Steve was working at CompuCorp as a software engineer, Dave worked for Sears selling and repairing home appliances, and Karl worked for a music store giving guitar lessons and selling musical equipment. Steve was driving a brand new 1985 black Corvette that was sexy as hell and it was obvious that Steve was doing well financially) (Steve was working at CompuCorp as a software engineer, Dave worked for Sears selling and repairing home appliances, and Karl worked for a music store giving guitar lessons and selling musical equipment. Steve was driving a brand new 1985 black Corvette that was sexy as hell and it was obvious that Steve was doing well financially)
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 {{:​person:​baron_knight_with_cassle.jpg?​300|Baron Knight (second from left) with his former band, Cassle)}} {{:​person:​baron_knight_with_cassle.jpg?​300|Baron Knight (second from left) with his former band, Cassle)}}
  
-I agreed to meet the guys at their new studio in Santa Ana, California and meet this new singer and sure enough it was the same guy I had previously rejected. Somewhat reluctantly,​ I rejoined the band with assurance from Dave and the rest of the band that we would be playing gigs and recording ​eminently+I agreed to meet the guys at their new studio in Santa Ana, California and meet this new singer and sure enough it was the **same guy** I had previously rejected. Somewhat reluctantly,​ I rejoined the band with assurance from Dave and the others ​that we would be playing gigs and recording ​imminently
  
 {{:​person:​scan0012.jpg?​500|Rob Swindell, Baron Knight, Karl Johnson, Dave Codde, 1988}} {{:​person:​scan0012.jpg?​500|Rob Swindell, Baron Knight, Karl Johnson, Dave Codde, 1988}}
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 {{:​person:​scan0011.jpg?​500|Steve Deppe, Rob Swindell (drums at least) and Baron Knight, 1988}} {{:​person:​scan0011.jpg?​500|Steve Deppe, Rob Swindell (drums at least) and Baron Knight, 1988}}
  
-We worked hard to refine our set and integrate Baron and prepared for our first gig with the new band name "​Threshold"​ (the name Dresden was taken by some other more established bands). The gig was just after my high school graduation, in 1988, at the club then known as "​Goodies"​ in Placentia, California. We were on the bill with 3 or 4 other bands and we were definitely not the headlining act ("​Reinkus Tide" was). It took us about 20 minutes to get our massive amounts of gear on the stage and plugged-in (my electronic drums never did work for this show), so our set was cut short to about 20 minutes.+We worked hard to refine our set list and integrate Baron and prepared for our first gig with the new band name "​Threshold"​ (the name "Dresden" ​was now known to have been used by some othermore establishedbands). The gig was just after my high school graduation, in 1988, at the club then known as "​Goodies"​ in Placentia, California. We were on the bill with 3 or 4 other bands and we were definitely not the headlining act ("​Reinkus Tide" was). It took us about 20 minutes to get our massive amounts of gear on the stage and plugged-in (my electronic drums never did work for this show), so our set was cut short to about 20 minutes.
  
 {{:​person:​dresden-threshold_gig_tickets_from_goodies_1988.jpg?​500|Ticket Stub for the Dresden (Threshold) final gig}} {{:​person:​dresden-threshold_gig_tickets_from_goodies_1988.jpg?​500|Ticket Stub for the Dresden (Threshold) final gig}}
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 +All in all I think //we// thought we performed pretty well although:
 +  * The song tempos were definitely accelerated due to adrenaline (mine)
 +  * Karl's friend who worked the sound board didn't get the memo: //this// band was "all about the keyboards"​
 +  * We were a bit bemused by Baron'​s "​bumble bee" outfit
  
 {{:​person:​scan0013.jpg?​500|Steve Deppe, Baron Knight, Rob Swindell, Karl Johnson, and Dave Codde, 1988}} {{:​person:​scan0013.jpg?​500|Steve Deppe, Baron Knight, Rob Swindell, Karl Johnson, and Dave Codde, 1988}}
  
-All in all I think we thought we performed pretty well (the tempos were definitely accelerated due to adrenaline and Karl's friend who worked the sound board didn't get the memo that the band was "all about the keyboards"​). ​Someone recorded video without audio and we got an audio recording from the sound board on cassette tape. When we later listened to the audio recording of the show, we sat in stunned disappointment. This gig led to the dismissal of Baron and Karl and not too long after, Dave would move to northern California and then back to central California for career and family reasons, leaving just Steve and I to move forward with the music.+Someone recorded video without audio and we got an audio recording from the sound board on cassette tape. When we later listened to the audio recording of the show, we sat in stunned disappointment. This gig led to the dismissal of Baron and Karl and not too long after, Dave would move to northern California and then back to central California for career and family reasons, leaving just Steve and I to move forward with the music.
  
 {{:​person:​scan0014.jpg?​500|Steve Deppe and Rob Swindell, 1988}} {{:​person:​scan0014.jpg?​500|Steve Deppe and Rob Swindell, 1988}}
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 ==== Steve Moves Back Home ==== ==== Steve Moves Back Home ====
-For a period of time in the mid 90's, Steve actually lived with me in the house I purchased from my mother in Fullerton, California and had lived in since I was 9 years old. After a few months of awkward cohabitation,​ he moved to L.A. to live with his girlfriend at the time and we lost touch for about 10 years. During that time, after breaking up with his girlfriend, he moved back to Fresno and lived there with this parents and also for a period with Dave Codde in Pine Mountain Lake.+For a period of time in the mid 90's, Steve actually lived with me in the house I purchased from my mother in Fullerton, California and had lived in since I was 9 years old. After a few months of awkward cohabitation,​ he moved to L.A. to live with his girlfriend at the time and we lost touch for about 10 years. During that time, after breaking up with his girlfriend, he moved back to Fresno and lived there with his parents and also for a period with Dave Codde in Pine Mountain Lake.
  
 === Re-connection === === Re-connection ===
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 {{:​person:​xmas_in_reedley_2007.jpg?​500|Steve in Fresno, Christmas 2007}} {{:​person:​xmas_in_reedley_2007.jpg?​500|Steve in Fresno, Christmas 2007}}
  
-As it turned out, my wife's family lived near Fresno, so we had several opportunities to see each other and work on some of Steve'​s material from the Dresden/​Vertrauen days (again, mainly, "​[[ftp://​vert.synchro.net/​music/​DRESDEN/​Requiem.MP3|Mass For The Dead]]"​),​ and Steve recorded some of our improvisations in his private studio ([[https://​soundcloud.com/​rob-swindell/​steve-deppes-last-jam-with-rob-swindell-on-v-drums|listen here]]). But mainly, we just socialized on the occasions that my wife and kids and I would visit my in-laws near Fresno. Steve enjoyed bringing over DVDs and sharing his favorite shows and movies with anyone that would sit and focus long enough. We played board games and just talked. Steve was now mellower and a bit more comfortable in social situations, so he would join our New Year's Eve and birthday parties eagerly. ​+As it turned out, my wife's family lived near Fresno, so we had several opportunities to see each other and work on some of Steve'​s material from the Dresden/​Vertrauen days (again, mainly, "​[[ftp://​vert.synchro.net/​music/​DRESDEN/​Requiem.MP3|Mass For The Dead]]"​),​ and Steve recorded some of our improvisations in his private studio ([[https://​soundcloud.com/​rob-swindell/​steve-deppes-last-jam-with-rob-swindell-on-v-drums|listen here]]). But mainly, we just socialized on the occasions that my wife and kids and I would visit my in-laws near Fresno. Steve enjoyed bringing over DVDs and sharing his favorite shows and movies with anyone that would sit and focus long enough. We played board games and just talked. Steve was now mellower and a bit more comfortable in social situations, so he would join our New Year's Eve and birthday parties eagerly. ​
  
 {{:​person:​steve_deppe_studio_2011.jpg?​500|Steve in his music studio in Fresno, 2011}} {{:​person:​steve_deppe_studio_2011.jpg?​500|Steve in his music studio in Fresno, 2011}}

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