Stroke 9 Back And Ready To Play Boy

New York (June 5, 2007)--Today finds a new Stroke 9 album hitting the shelves and digital music stores of the world: The Last Of The International Playboys (Rock Ridge Music). While things have been a bit quieter for the quartet--likely still best known for its late 90s pop nuggets like "Little Black Backpack" and "Kick Some Ass" from the erstwhile Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back soundtrack--the band is still in action; it's just spread out a bit.
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The fine, upstanding citizens of Stroke 9.New York (June 5, 2007)--Today finds a new Stroke 9 album hitting the shelves and digital music stores of the world: The Last Of The International Playboys (Rock Ridge Music). While things have been a bit quieter for the quartet--likely still best known for its late 90s pop nuggets like "Little Black Backpack" and "Kick Some Ass" from the erstwhile Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back soundtrack--the band is still in action; it's just spread out a bit.

See, the bandmembers now live variously across California and while they'll be touring together over the next few months to bring their music out to the masses, getting together to record the new album was a tricky proposition. So, since everything else is done over the internet these days, the group decided that each member would record his parts in his own home studio, and when done, would simply forward the track via the web to the next musician. The round robin approach worked for the act, and 11 songs later, the album was mixed by Marc Desisto and then mastered by Robert Hadley at The Mastering Lab.

So what did they use to record? Well, it turns out that we asked them just that question, and here's the gear list they sent back--via email, of course.

LUKE ESTERKYN'S GEAR:
Sadowsky, MJ, and George Peacock Guitars
Universal Audio 610
Empirical Labs EL-8 Distressor
Neumann TLM 49 for Vocals
Digidesign Pro Tools Digi 002
Apple Macintosh

JENS FUNKE'S GEAR:
Dell Inspiron
Cubase
M-Audio Firewire 410
Sansamp Bass Driver D.I.
Line6 guitar pod
Guitar Rig
Shure KSM44

ERIC STOCK'S GEAR:
Shadow Hills Industries GAMA 8-channel mic pre
RME ADI-8 DS 8-channel A/D D/A converter
RME DIGI-9652 sound card
Dell XPS desktop 3.73 GHz 2.0 GB RAM
Cubase SX
AKG 414 B-XLS (x2)--overheads
Neumann KM 184--hat
Shure SM57 (x2)--snare top and bottom
AKG D-112--kick
Audix D2 (x2)--toms
D'amico Drums
DW Drums
Paiste Cymbals

JOHN MCDERMOTT'S GEAR:
Universal Audio 610
Millenia TD-1
Empirical Labs EL-8 Distressor
PreSonus Central Station
Yamaha NS-10m/Hafler Amp
Mackie HR8
Digidesign Pro Tools 002
Spectrasonics RMX, Atmosphere, Trilogy
Synthogy Ivory
NI B4
Guitars: PRS, Gibson, Gretch, Fender, Guild, Larrivee, Ernie Ball Bass

Stroke 9
www.stroke9.com

Rock Ridge Music
www.rockridgemusic.com