Rehearsal At Ultimate Storage (Delaware & Kenmore) Spring 1983

Parousia Rehearsals At Ultimate Storage, Delaware & Kenmore Ave, Kenmore, NY – Spring 1983

Absolute storage. Formerely Ultimate storage

Kenmore Avenue – Absolute Storage. Formerely Ultimate storage

 

After a one-year departure from the gigantus rock band PAROUSIA, with its majesty of rock and pageantry of roll, the three of us (Garth Huels, Patt Connolly and Gerry Cannizzaro) were ready to disband Jukebox and leave Top-40 behind in order to stretch our creative muscles and write our own material.  Sure we’d miss the easy pay, the 30 minute set-ups and the low-pressure performances, but it was time to suck it up and to build something special again.

Parousia reformed in the fall of 1983 with our long-time band-mate Robert Lowden on bass guitar and then Eric Scheda on the keyboards.  We started writing songs together in a rehearsal studio called Ultimate Storage, a multi-story brick building on the corner of Delaware and Kenmore Ave.  We were one of the first bands in that place but it wasn’t long before it was filled to capacity.  Then there was a waiting list to get in.

the Fab Four photo 1983-1984

NEW Parousia. Now with lemon scent!

 

We talked about musical direction and as usual, we kept it loose.  We decided right away that we were not going to play any more cover tunes.  We would write all our own music and perform fewer shows unlike the old Parousia.  This time, we wanted to make each show a unique event.

We decided that we would stay a rock band… with a very wide definition of whatever ‘rock’ was to us musically.  We began writing songs by experimenting a lot.  Most of our songs came from either a riff or a melody that someone had prepared, or a phrase created off a drum rhythm.  Then we would jam on that and develop it from there.

We thought we had a good solid core of five musicians but then two months into it, Eric Scheda was offered a paying gig with a touring top-40 band called “Sreet Life” and off he went…

 

Street Life with Eric Scheda

Street Life with Eric Scheda

 

We went back to the drawing board a little bit with Patt picking up the slack on keyboards.  We had a Roland Juno-6 and a Casio M-10 (with four presets).

Juno 6

Roland Juno 6; Parousia’s main keyboard axe 1983-1987

 

Meanwhile, Garth’s employer, Starseed Enterprise took an interest in our new direction and commissioned Parousia to record a radio commercial for broadcast on WPHD FM.  Starseed also sponsored a “Welcome Back Parousia” advertisement in Buffalo Backstage Magazine.

Buffalo Backstage November 1983

The word of our reunion got out and our earlier recordings (“Oh My Love”, “Miss Ogyny” and “Revelation”) were re-broadcast on local radio stations like WUWU FM.

Ultimate storage3Things were feeling good to us so we continued on as original artists even though we faced a very tough market in Western NY.  Once we got enough material together we had plans of booking ourselves a college tour and getting out on the road full time and leaving Buffalo for a while.

Around this same time, MTV was in full swing and we were competing with an explosion in styles ranging from Punk, New Wave, Heavy Metal and a mish-mash of other stuff like Ratt, Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, Van Halen , Elvis Costello, the Eurythmics, Duran Duran, and Michael Jackson.

Ultimate storageThe first tunes from our rehearsal sessions at Ultimate Storage were recorded less than a year later at Loft studios, February 1984 –   “Keep Running”, “All the Time in the World”, “The Weekend Starts Tonight”, “Caesar of the Modern Home” and “People’s Court”.

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