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The Uncommon Houseflies: The Buzz

Bang the Drum - February 27, 2012

Well, well. For anyone who's paying attention out there, we're about to begin marching to the beat of a different drum. Bradford "Brad" Randall, who moved to Louisville from Royal Oak, Mich., last year is going to join the Houseflies and help us pound out some cool tunes.

Brad has been playing drums for more than 30 years, and has a ton of experience and contacts. He also is friends with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, which puts the rest of the band just degrees away from Flea, and makes us feel like minor celebrities. Or maybe celebrity minors.

Anyway, welcome, Brad! Looking forward to rocking out in 2012 and beyond.

The New EP Hits iTunes! - February 15, 2012

Need we say more? Download it today!

Wretched Radio - February 6, 2012

Hi again. Are you there? Anyway, we had a great time at the Monkey Wrench for our CD release party -- Sara Havens and Nick Peay were awesome as usual, and everyone seemed to enjoy our set as well. Our bass player got a little bit of bacon funk in his hair, but otherwise there were no casualties.

We have lots coming up, and we may ask for your help in getting some of it done. For now, you can pick up your copy of Wretched Radio at Better Days Records in the Highlands. It will be available online very soon as well, so stay tuned.


Crescent Hill Radio Interview - 2/2/2012 - February 3, 2012

Heya, we were on Crescent Hill Radio as part of Hippy Head's Spotlight to promote our new CD, Wretched Radio, and the CD release gig. Take a listen:

That's a Wrap - January 4, 2012

Well, our new EP, Wretched Radio, is finished. Now we're tidying up the artwork and getting set to press up copies for the enjoyment of the free world (that includes you). In addition, we will be rolling out the new disc with a boffo gig at the Monkey Wrench on Friday, Feb. 3.

In the meantime, we need to tell you that you use the word "erstwhile" way too much. We're not joking.

Almost there ... - November 25, 2011

It's us again. Greetings.

Wretched Radio is almost complete; we are doing one last recording session on Saturday, Nov. 26, and then it's down to mixing and mastering. We hope to have discs ready by Christmas, but early January is probably more realistic. We always try to be honest with ourselves.

We will release the EP on the Better Days Records imprint, unless they change their minds. We hope they won't. We would post the track listing here, but we can't because Butch still hasn't decided on a title for his song about Canada. The guy put the "pro" in "procrastinate."

We have a couple of shows booked, and will let you know when we throw a CD release party. We've been working out, so we should be able to throw it pretty far.

More Recording! - October 10, 2011

We're back again. We just had a great session at Al Fresco's Recording Studio in Louisville to put down basic tracks for our forthcoming EP, Wretched Radio. We are pleased to announce that the session went well, and no one was seriously injured. We will be going back into the studio in a couple of weeks to add overdubs, lead guitars, backing vocals, etc.

In other news, the Charlie Chesterman tribute CD is growing nearer to completion. We are honored to be sharing space with the legendary Young Fresh Fellows, a band that probably most influenced our sound. Also, Letters to Cleo is contributing a song to the tribute -- you may remember them from their 1990s hit "Here and Now." Other contributing bands include the Weisstronauts, Jeff Mellin, Orange Nichole, Ray Mason and the Bamboo Steamers (what a great band name!).

Check back here for more of The Buzz. (God, that's still a lame joke.)

Recording! - August 1, 2011

The Houseflies are putting the finishing touches on "A New Lease on Life, Parts 1 and 2." Tracking was done on July 28, 2011, at Al Fresco's recording studio with producer/engineer Jeff Carpenter. Jeff has worked with Bodeco, Tim Krekel and others, and he did a fantastic job with the recording.

The song is a Charlie Chesterman (formerly of Scruffy the Cat) original. Charlie is undergoing treatments for cancer, and the Houseflies recording will be included on a Chesterman tribute album. Proceeds will go to help pay Charlie's medical expenses. Pretty cool, huh? Stay tuned for more info ...

Forthcoming EP - June 27, 2011

Hello, cyberspace. Is anyone out there?

Just wanted to announce that we are moving closer to recording a new EP, tentatively titled, Wretched Radio. As it stands now, we plan to record six new songs for release. The songs are: "Wretched Radio" (didn't see THAT one coming, did you?), "Space Monkey," "Bowling Buddy," "Commando For Jesus," "The Jam Band Incident" and "Canada Song." (The title of that last one is subject to Butch making up his mind what to call it.)

Also, we plan to record a song for a Charlie Chesterman benefit/tribute album. Charlie is a great guy, a rock legend (to us, at least) and unfortunately is battling colon cancer. The CD will be a fund raiser to help pay for his medical expenses. We have chosen to record the song, "A New Lease on Life, Parts I and II," which is a more obscure track. Which is to say, we Googled it, and couldn't even find a link. But it's on the album Hit This & Kick That, if you're really interested. We're guessing you're not.

Check back for more info. Hopefully we will have some by then.

Newflies - February 11, 2011

We'd like to announce that guitarist Jerry Cheeks and guitarist Butch Bays have been jamming with us and will play some shows with us this year. Which is to say: Welcome to the band, guys! Our hope is to hit an open-mic night soon to get our bearings and then play a "real" show sometime in May. We'll keep you posted. (If anyone's even reading this.)

Houseflies on Dr. Demento - December 8, 2010

Just wanted to report that Dr. Demento played "Cotton Candy in the Rain" on his Nov. 6 show as part of the Bonus Tracks section. Fun times! Here's the playlist link.

Fox Interview Finally Posted - October 22, 2010

Yeah, yeah, we're slow. So sue us. (Um, not really -- we're broke.)

Anyway, here's a link for our interview with 93.1 The Fox from back in August. All you ever wanted to know about the Houseflies, and then some. Oh boy.

Interview on 93.1 The Fox Aug. 8 - August 6, 2010

Tune into 93.1 The Fox FM this Sunday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. to hear an interview with the Uncommon Houseflies. Co-host of the show "Louisville Rocks", Shannon (aka "The Dude"), interviewed Kevin Gibson and Kevin Hays about the new album, the new video and bacon. A track from the new album will also be played along with the interview. Be sure to check it out!

New Video is Now Online - July 29, 2010

Hi again, cyberspace. Just wanted to let fly the news that our video for "Na Na (Where's the Spatula?)" is online. You can watch it by going to the Video page of the site or by going to YouTube via this link:
Our good friend Paul Moeller, of Digby fame, shot and directed it. As you will see, it was great fun to create. Special thanks to all our outstanding extras.

93.1 The Fox ... - July 20, 2010

Hey, thanks to all who came to the Slugger Field show. We had a great time, hope you did too.

I have it on good faith that this coming Sunday, July 25, 93.1 the Fox will play a tune from our new album on the "Louisville Rocks" show. That's 7 p.m., so if you're near a radio, check it out.

Have a purple day.

CD Now Available Online! - July 9, 2010

Excrement Weather is now available at, kids. Embrace this opportunity; carpe-effing-diem.


The Uncommon Houseflies: Excrement Weather

Yeah, So It's a CD - July 2, 2010

Yep, the CDs are ready and available now. Get your copy of Excrement Weather at ear X-tacy Records right now if you want, or you can wait a bit until it's available on or iTunes/Amazon/etc., or you can be cool and come to our CD release show at Slugger Field on July 10. It's your call; don't blow it.

In Production! - June 15, 2010

Yeah, so the first batch of CD copies of our new album Excrement Weather are officially in production. As one would guess, we in the Houseflies camp are beside ourselves with glee and anticipation. We hope that we'll have many more pressings to come and that we'll all live happily ever after.

All that said, stay tuned for more info about the new album and the summer ahead. We have some fun stuff in store. Meantime, head on over to the Tunes page to hear sneak previews.

And it's done! Well, mostly. - June 2, 2010

The album is finished and mixed, and was handed off to our friend Jordan Forst for mastering. Once we get the final master back, it's just a matter of sending it off to be mass produced for the hordes of salivating fans who have been waiting so long for this recording to be finished. Or something like that.

Sit tight, kids, it's almost here. We've decided to make the whole summer one long CD release party ...

Recording Almost Finished - May 19, 2010

In case anyone out there on the vast Interweb stumbles across this post, you'll be indifferent to learn that final tracking is being done this week on our new album Excrement Weather. Yesterday guest vocalist Maggie Claypoole put down tracks on two songs. This evening we're adding keyboards and even a banjo track before final mixing commences. We'll post samples in a couple of weeks to whet your tastebuds. Or your eardrums. Whatever.

Is it hot in here?

Web site is now live (duh) - April 29, 2010

If you are reading this, you know that is now up and running. If you aren't reading this ... well, you should know that we did unspeakable things to your sister last night. Bookmark us and come back soon -- brand new album coming out soon.


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