Loosely Speaking, The Complete History Of Loose Change
John Fracchia meets John Cusimano and a writing partnership forms. They spend the better part of June/July recording original tunes onto an 8 track tape which they intend to send to John Lennon for an opinion. Although they wisely choose not so send it, the recordings exist to this day
With guitarist Tom Wong they quickly form a band and play a disasterous gig as Deep Freeze in Cusimano's basement.
The band undergoes many name changes (Deep Freeze, Renaissance, Vengeance) before finally settling on Pegasus. Membership in Pegasus shifts before eventually adding Jim Bober (keyboards), Jon Jensen (bass), Greg Vaughan (drums) and finally, Colleen Buck (drums).
Fracchia meets Mike Paes at Binghamton University. They begin writing and playing together. Over winter break, Fracchia acquires a Fostex X-15 cassette recorder and with Paes and Cusimano record original music. Songs include: Captured My Love, Another Dirty Dream, Second Chances and Winter Time.
Fracchia and Paes form Side Effects with Ross Herman and guitarist John McCune. They play several gigs over the course of the year including a cabaret gig that ends with audience members dancing on the tables! They talk about it long into the future.
During the summer, Fracchia and Paes record a 4 song demo under the name The Jinx with guitarist Rob Bailey and drummer Ron Kane. Songs include: Escape The Night, Winter Time, Suffering From A Season and Captured My Love. It is released in cassette format as "4X4." In the fall, they play a one off music festival show under the name Great White North with a variety of musicians. As the '86 Mets are on their way to a World Series win, they play a cabaret show under the name The Jinx with guitarist John McCune and drummer Scott Prentiss.
Fracchia, Paes and Cusimano pull out the X15 and begin recording 4 track demos for Don't Tell Me You Love Me, Someday Never Comes and Nobody Me. They rehearse intermittently over the next two years.
Ross Herman joins and the band officially adopts the name Loose Change. Summer rehearsals commence in preparation for a fall recording session. Many songs are worked on including: She's My Little Hooligan, Bedroom Eyes, Nobody Me, Don't Tell Me You Love Me, Someday Never Comes, and Captured My Love. The band plays a raucous impromtu live show at Painter's Tavern in Cornwall, NY. They also record 4 track versions of Elton John's Your Song and Cusimano's Tell Me You Love Me, for his upcoming wedding. In October the band records a 4 song demo: Nobody Me, Carry On, She's My Little Hooligan and Captured My Love. Don't Tell Me You Love Me is also attempted but not completed.
Fracchia through his business, The Idea Mill, initiates the "The Tunes For The Dunes" project, which sends 1,100 cassettes of music by indie artists to troops serving in the Gulf. Loose Change contributes Nobody Me and She's My Little Hooligan to the project.
Band rehearses and plays a set at Paes' wedding. Songs include: 867-5309/Jenny as well as several original numbers including Nobody Me and She's My Little Hooligan.
After a hiatus, the band convenes to rehearse and record John Lennon's Grow Old With Me and Fracchia's Right Down The Line, for his (first) wedding. Cassettes are produced and given to wedding guests as a favor. In June, Loose Change plays a set at Fracchia's wedding. The band goes on another hiatus as members start families.
Fracchia, Paes and Herman get together and rehearse a few numbers.
Fracchia catalogs his extensive collection of cassette demos, which include live recordings, song idea fragments and 4 track recordings done on the X-15. He begins digitally archiving the tapes over the next two years. Eventually he acquires Cusimano's casssette collection, cataloging and archiving it as well.
Over the July 4th holiday, Loose Change convenes and rehearses a batch of new songs including: Where Were You, It's Time For the Crash And Burn, Maudlin and Mayday. They continue to rehearse and write throughout the year culminating in a December recording session. Songs recorded include: Mayday, Where Were You and It's Time For The Crash And Burn.
Fracchia sends out the bands multi-track analog recordings for digital transfer and begins the process of restoration and reclamation. These efforts continue on and off for the next decade.
2004 - 2006
The band rehearses intermittently, Cusimano and Fracchia continue to write new songs.
The band plays a set at Fracchia's (2nd) wedding. The usual suspects are played in addition to Mayday and Safe In Shangri-La.
The band releases Carry On in recognition of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It is mastered by Earle Holder and released on iTunes, CDBaby and other online venues. Proceeds go to the Feelgood Foundation who provide assistance to 9/11 first responders with medical issues.
Fracchia launches the Carry On Project, and Indie Go Go crowd sourcing campaign to raise proceeds for the Feelgood Foundation. $500 is raised.