Saturday, February 14, 2009

Atones '79

Thanks to facebook, I was alerted to the fact that I had been "tagged" in a photo.

Sure enough, Marc Weinstein had posted some pix of THE ATONES, a band I was in with him back in 1979!

The top photo is a crude cut-n-paste of two photos taken of us during a gig at Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY. Left to right:

Rachel Weinstein - Organ
Tony Billoni - Sax & Vocals
Kenny Kearny - Guitar
Craig Davison - Bass
Marc Weintsein - Drums

For me, the big thing about The Atones was that, after years of playing cover tunes in a various garage bands, I was in a band of that wrote all their own songs!

Amazingly, Tony had never evidenced any particular musical talents but became the lead vocalist, lyricist and saxophone player. I don't know how, when, where or why he got a sax, but there you are.

Our song-list included titles like, Tree Surgeon, Spheres of Influence, Four Wheeler, Music + Dance = Party and I Like To Talk. Once, we did a free-form jam where everyone, except the drummer, played bass guitars.

Wow, were were arty, or what?!?

We only played a few gigs and the band fell apart when Marc went off to school in the fall.

After that I returned to the land of garage bands. My next band (Mystic Eyes) played both covers and originals so you can see how "The Atones Experience" was an important stepping stone.


Blogger Lee said...

Very cool!

February 15, 2009 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one day you're the boss, the next you're joe

February 15, 2009 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the photo in front of the water tower, or whatever that thing is.

February 15, 2009 1:29 PM  
Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

I agree with Citizen, the water tower photo is very cool.

February 16, 2009 3:04 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

That is seriously seriously cool

March 02, 2009 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Craig! I didn't realize that Rachel Weinstein was in the Atones. I picture!

March 07, 2009 10:13 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

Hey that's pretty cool, Craig! So basically, you rock?

March 14, 2009 7:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Mrs. So&So,
We heard you had a prob-lem,
"Oh yes. It's my Dutch Elm.
Sorry Ma'am, No guarantee!
We are the Tree Surgeons.

Dada da dada!

Hi Craig-
Ken Kearney here-
Found this by accident.
Any recordings?

October 14, 2009 8:38 AM  

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