||This Is Alt. Blues-EP CD (2008) |
Derica albums THIS IS ALT. BLUES: So what the hell is Alt. Blues supposed to be? Don't you remember alternative (c)rock? It was basically just good honest original rock'n'roll come back again? Alt. Country is a real country fan's answer to what Neko Case refers to as 'Cable Country', and we all know what that is. An early EP of mine was described by a Detroit reviewer as 'frantic alt-blues' and it made sense to me what 'alt. blues' was right away. Don't understand? I thought blues was really great music since I was about 14 or so and really thought it was setting me apart from everybody, but when I finally heard some other young white guys from the USA doing it well (beck, later on The White Stripes and many others), I realized I wasn't alone in these blues. This is what I was put here to do, my friends. Enjoy. -derica 1:10am june 4 2k7 (Taken from the back cover of the EP)
||Transmit The Love From The Radio Station-Split LP CD (2008) |
Derica CD discography Derica is the Ziggy Stardust of the 21st Century. A transgender artist who’s as defined by his androgynous image as he is by his minimal blues based rock, Derica had envisioned the stripped down rock duo set up of guitar/drums, years before The White Stripes had become a household name. Listening to blues artist Lightning Hopkins,he was struck by the idea that if what you’re playing is interesting enough then guitar is all you need.Playing out solo and with drummer Steve-0 of Cleveland rock band Death To Samantha, who was on Homestead Records with Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. & Sebadoh, Derica has tons of live performance experience from rock clubs to coffeehouses to bookstores. From 2000-2001 Derica was the lead guitarist in the Cleveland band, Cobra Verde, who are most famous as the backing band for Robert Pollard on Guided By Voices’ album Mag Warwhig.In the studio with Cobra Verde, Derica was trading off guitar duties with childhood hero J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and Frank Vazzano of Quazimodo and on the road they were playing with the likes of Mike Watt, Mudhoney & The Breeders. Originally from Warren, Pennsylvania, Derica received an education in music from his mother who bought him a book on The British Invasion before he was old enough to read it. In it he learned about artists like Led Zeppelin, Bowie, T. Rex, Jeff Beck & The Incredible String Band. Later on in life, inspired by the glam look of Bowie, The Cure, Boy George,Placebo & Marilyn Manson he had dreams of becoming the world’s first queer folk singer. As Derica’s musical palette matured he came upon obscure musicians such asRainer Ptacek, a Czech born slide guitar master who was the primary influence behind his integration of the electric dobro into his songs.In early 2008, Derica signed a friend from his old hometown of Pittsburgh, PA - a solo project called The Guyliners. Guyliners on this release is just Joe Tarowsky, playing ...