So long, Viv

…And thanks for all the lentils!

So, Mike “Viv” Verdino (bass/vocals) has moved to Florida. We plan to jam with him, and hopefully record some Hutch stuff next time he’s in the New York area, but for now it’s see you later.

Viv has played more gigs with For the Hutch than any other bass player (six different people, including me, have played bass as a member of the band). His first was at an outdoor concert in Battery Park City in 2010. He also played bass on the entire “Camouflage Halo” EP and appears as drummer on “Beer = Dude (1997 demo).”

The latter, by the way, was recorded by Viv and my high school band The Cake Eaters. I knew the dude since kindergarten and we jammed for years in high school and through college. It was pretty cool reuniting in Hutch and even jamming on some songs like “Beer = Dude” again.

I hate Viv. He’s mainly a guitar player and pianist, but he picked up bass because we needed a guy and he turned out to be really good at that, too: Damn him! Did I mention he’s a really good songwriter too? I’ll link his stuff if I remember to ask him. Anyway, huzzah to Viv.

It’s here

Download the new For the Hutch EP, “Camouflage Halo,” on iTunes here.

CamoHalo1. Camouflage Halo
Mark Intentionally – Vocals/Guitar
Joey Balls – Guitar
Mike “Viv” Verdino – Bass/Vocals
“Die Hard Liam” McKiernan – Guitar/Vocals
Johnny Rumbles – Drums
Produced by Tom Rosato
Recorded at The Lab, New Rochelle, NY

2. I Didn’t Like Him That Much Anyway
Mark Intentionally – Vocals/Guitar
Joey Balls – Guitar
Mike “Viv” Verdino – Bass/Vocals
“Die Hard Liam” McKiernan – Guitar/Vocals
Johnny Rumbles – Drums
Produced by Tom Rosato
Recorded at The Lab, New Rochelle, NY

3. You’re Gonna Regret Being You
Mark Intentionally – Vocals/Guitar
Joey Balls – Guitar
Mike “Viv” Verdino – Bass/Vocals
“Die Hard Liam” McKiernan – Drums/Vocals
Produced by Stevie Z
Recorded at The Loft, Bronxville, NY

4. Cleveland
Mark Intentionally – Vocals/Guitar
Joey Balls – Guitar
Mike “Viv” Verdino – Bass/Vocals
“Die Hard Liam” McKiernan – Drums/Vocals
Produced by Stevie Z
Recorded at The Loft, Bronxville, NY

5. Lindsay Lohan (I Wanna Do Illegal Shit With You)
Mark Intentionally – Vocals/Guitar
Joey Balls – Guitar
Mike “Viv” Verdino – Bass/Vocals
“Die Hard Liam” McKiernan – Guitar/Vocals
Johnny Rumbles – Drums
Produced by Stevie Z
Recorded at The Loft, Bronxville, NY

6. Bob Sheppard Blues
Mark Intentionally – Vocals/Guitar
Joey Balls – Guitar
Mike “Viv” Verdino – Bass/Vocals
“Die Hard Liam” McKiernan – Drums/Vocals
Produced by Stevie Z
Recorded at The Loft, Bronxville, NY

Subdude EP on Soundcloud

Updated: The limited edition EP is no longer available on Soundcloud, but the tunes contained within it will be made available as part of the “Camouflage Halo” EP available on streaming March 15.

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For the Hutch is back with four new tracks sure to make your socks go up and down!

For a limited time, it’s the “Subdude” EP on Soundcloud:

4-song studio session done

We just finished up four songs in the studio with Stevie Z producing. Final mixes underway and expecting to have it available on the webs soon. More songs on the way and aiming to do some gigs in the fall. Peace.

Beer=Dude=romance

Mark, Jules and Mike.

Mark, Jules and Mike.

So, I got married Nov. 1. That was a pretty big deal but one little cool footnote was that For The Hutch took the stage and played three songs. One was “Beer = Dude” during which my beautiful bride Jules joined us for back up vocals. Here’s a pic.

The lineup, by the way, was me on vocals, Joe and Liam on guitar, Mike on bass and Johnny Rumbles on drums coming out of his live performance retirement for the occasion. I’d be lying if I didn’t mention John stayed on with the wedding band to play drums on “Blurred Lines” after Hutch was finished. True story.

Tuck’d Away show canceled

Just a note that we’ve canceled our show at Tuck’d Away Nov. 22.

We’re rescheduling for early next year. We’ll be taking off the remainder of 2014 from live shows to finish recording new stuff so when we re-emerge expect some new additions to the set.

Return to Desmond’s

Also, on Sept. 5, we returned to Desmond’s Tavern in New York City for some Hutch action. We debuted “Going to Cleveland,” one of the songs off our long-neglected EP we’re recording at The Loft in Bronxville.

Desmond's Tavern

Desmond’s Tavern

Mark solo debut

I’ve played in a band pretty much regularly since I was 15 years old and I never once played an unaccompanied set. That is, until Aug. 10 at Mr. Beery’s in East Rockaway. It was a good time, I played some Hutch tunes as well as some Ramones covers and a song by the band The Queers. Here’s a photo:

Mark Intentionally

Mark Intentionally

Thanks

Man was it fun opening for QTZ and the best lies at River Roadhouse last night. It was our first gig in home sweet home Westchester in a few years and it was good to see all our old pals. They are the besest. Here’s a photo by Diane.

10258555_10100711964449440_534575791058239185_nWe’ll be recording through May and June and announce some summer/fall gigs once we’re done.

Recording update

Last month we started recording three songs we’ll put out as a single type thing.

We’re recording at The Loft in Bronxville with our old pal Stevie Z recording.

It’s our first recording with Liam and Mike so we’re excited about that. Also Johnny Rumbles returned to do drums on one tune so that was fun.

BTW don’t miss our show on Friday at River Roadhouse in Hastings. Peace.