Blockhouses Bring New Single, New Drummer

December 19th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
Blockhouses

Blockhouses

As the NYC rock trio Blockhouses get set to play a pair of dates around Nippertown with the Figgs this weekend, they’ve also just released a brand spankin’ new single, the super-catchy “One More Time to Get Home” b/w “Little Sweetie.”

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Five Firsts: Christopher Peifer of Blockhouses

February 27th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg
Christopher Peifer

Christopher Peifer

NAME: Christopher “The Lifer” Peifer
BAND AFFILIATION: Blockhouses
INSTRUMENT: Bass and vocals (but also play guitar and organ)

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASKISS Alive! was the first album I bought with allowance money. But before that, I appropriated my parents’ double vinyl All Things Must Pass. KISS has long since jumped the shark, but I still love that George Harrison record. My brother and I also wore out countless 45s my parents had in their collection, everything from Chuck Berry to doo-wop to the great girl groups. Played on a little suitcase record player, this was my intro to music, and I was hooked.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … My dad took me to see KISS – the original, still-in-makeup KISS – on their “Dynasty” tour, which, even including the disco hit, was a revelation, an epiphany! The opening act, who I didn’t yet know, was Judas Priest. They were all in leather, and Halford came roaring onto stage atop a Harley. In contrast to KISS, they had no pyrotechnics, fog machines or confetti, just bare bones, bare knuckle rock. And it was LOUD. Changed my life.

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Five Firsts: Bill Wolf of Blockhouses

February 25th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
Bill Wolf

Bill Wolf

NAME: Bill Wolf
BAND AFFILIATION: Blockhouses
INSTRUMENT: Drums

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASPrelude by Deodato featuring Billy Cobham playing the “2001” theme. I saw “2001: A Space Odyssey” when I was six years old – it’s my favorite movie – but didn’t understand a word of it until a few years ago. Here’s the answer: The spaceship Discovery was a wang, and the astronaut was like DNA in a sperm which impregnated Jupiter and made some kind of space baby. Hope that doesn’t ruin it for anyone. The monolith was just a symbol of something guiding us to evolve.

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From the Figgs to Blockhouses…

December 20th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Blockhouses

Blockhouses

This weekend, the Figgs are stirring up a big buzz with their annual holiday homecoming shows. Tonight (December 20) they’ll be at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany with Kitty Little opening the show, while on Saturday night (December 21), they’ll take the stage at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs with openers the Charlie Watts Riots.

But that’s not all of the news bubbling up on the Figgs front…

Former Figgs guitarist, Guy Lyons is parted ways with the band back in the day in order to complete his college education and start a family, but he didn’t stop writing music. During the past year or so, he’s been recording some rockin’ good demos.

It took a while for Lyons to gather together just the right bandmates, but bassist Christopher Peifer (the Kowalskis, Heavy Creatures, Another Saturday Night) and drummer Bill Wolf (Wolfhaven, Adam Lakes, Jet Screamers) fit the bill perfectly.

The name of Lyons’ new rockin’ power-pop trio is Blockhouses, so keep your eyes and ears open for ’em…

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