Frank Meyer / The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, Blind House
This was a fun project to edit because all of the artists sent in videos in all sorts of formats with varying degrees of quality and clarity, so the challenge was to make it all as cohesive as possible, yet embrace the limitations. Everyone was recording in or just outside their house, so there’s all sorts of different colors, instruments, backgrounds, and setups. At first, I thought this would make it difficult to cut but then I leaned into it and embraced the concept and circumstances and realized this was a really special, unique visual experiment.
Deniz Tek / Radio Birdman
Always happy to help out for a good cause, but as soon as I heard the track, I knew this would be a total joy to play on. It rips.
Suzi Moon / LA Machina, Turbulent Hearts
I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to the video for “Flatten The Curve.” Even though we are separated during lockdown, this video gave the artists an opportunity to connect again in a super fun way! I love the editing and it just goes to show you how eager people are to be making art despite the stay-at-home order.
Steve McDonald / Redd Kross, Melvins
I’m stoked to jam alongside all these bad asses and weirdos and for an undeniably worthy cause. Thank you, organizers and co-conspirators, for putting us up to it. I’d also like to thank my son for letting me rock out in his bedroom and my wife for filming the hijinks. Support this record! The human race needs the help! Much love
Paul Roessler / Screamers, Twisted Roots:
Frank is some kind of weird savant; I don’t know how [Bruce] Duff mixed all those tracks, but by the end, it had tipped over from a rock song into some kind of avant garde/Glenn Branca extravaganza. I know Bruce was seriously worried about his computer handling all the data. He said it was touch and go for a while…
Chris Freeman / Gay C/DC, Pansy Division
I got a call from Frank [Meyer] asking if I wanted to be a part of a ‘group recording session’ for a song about the state of current COVID-19 events. I’m usually going to say ‘yes’ to anything Frank or the Cheetahs are involved with, and I was honored to be asked. I sent in my parts and kinda forgot about it. I had no idea who all was going to be involved, so when I got the final mix from Bruce [Duff] and saw the list of musicians, I was floored. The song turned out killer, and I was even more honored to be included among this insane amount of talent. When I got the second call from Bruce to be part of the video, I knew I couldn’t just do a normal selfie, I had to add some production and costume changes. It was such a blast to do!
Brian Forsythe / Kix, Rhino Bucket
Fun track to work on… I just cranked it up and went for it! Same goes for the video, it gave me the opportunity to dress up and ham it up!
Brian Coakley / Blind House, Cadillac Tramps
When I was approached to play guitar on this project, it was an obvious no brainer! The fact that so many legends are on this recording is mind-boggling enough alone! The fact that none of us were ever in the same room together for the recording or the video? All for a great cause? That is historic!
Ben Weasel / Screeching Weasel
I don’t usually work for free but they promised me that, once the pandemic ends, we’re all going to meet up in a big house to make an album and have adventures together! We’re in the middle of a pandemic, what the hell else am I gonna do?
Honestly, I was genuinely psyched to find something to do aside from sobbing in the shower.