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Date Posted: 04:58:13 02/03/12 Fri
Author: Chuck_Glisson ()
Subject: Did "Mojo Road Disband, or was Chuck fired?

Did Mojo Road disband,
or was Chuck fired?

I, Chuck Glisson, am no longer a member of "Mojo Road",
[a Blues/Rock cover band based out of Portland Oregon].
Truth be told, I have not been happy with the way things were going, and SPECIFICALLY the way I was being "treated" as a member of the band for many months, so, that being said, the fact that I am no longer "IN" this band is NOT, in itself, a negative issue for me.

However, being that I AM a FOUNDING MEMBER of this band, and have spent almost three years of my life supporting their cause, including rehearsals ALMOST EVERY WEEK, I deserve some BASIC respect, which I NEVER recieved while IN this band, nor was it given to me at my departure.

On Feb 2, 2012, the day before a scheduled practice, I recieved the following Text message on my Cell Phone from Chris Butler, the Drummer of Mojo Road;

don't bother coming to band practice.
It's been great,
good luck in your future endeavors.

That was it!
It ALL came down to a SHORT TEXT MESSAGE. Did Mojo Road split up? Did they replace me? Hell don't ask me? After almost three years of playing bass guitar for these ungreatful slobs, I do NOT have the answer! But hey, welcome to the wonderful world of Text messaging, as utilized by a bunch of WORTHLESS BACK STABBING CHICKENSHIT COWARDS!

Over the past few months, I have been struggling with the issue of how to exit this band without causing "hard" feelings. I even considered offering to "hold off" my "actual" departure until a suitable replacement was found, but THANK YOU, Chris Butler, John McVean, and Mike Ulrich, you made the situation EASY for me. I can now walk away from "Mojo Road" not caring about hurting YOUR feelings, and knowing that leaving this band was the right thing to do, as my resolve was WELL FOUNDED!

UPDATE; Now that some time has passed, and the dust is beginning to settle, the FACTS become known.

The FIX was IN!
I was "Removed", so that a "PERSONAL FRIEND" [David Moore] could take my place.

NOW that makes TWO underqualified NOVICE CLOWNS becoming members of the band NOT based on their ABILITY, but because of

Just before David's addition to the band[replacing me], ANOTHER DIPSHIT WANNABE MUSICIAN, Dan Griffin, was added to the band as a "Keyboard Player", ONLY because he was a PERSONAL FRIEND to Chris Butler[the Drummer]. Dan is NOW Chris Butler's LANDLORD, take a WILD GUESS where the REHEARSALS are NOW held! As a "Musician", Dan is SO CLUELESS that his bandmates actually had to "label" the notes DIRECTLY ONTO the keys of his instrument with a SHARPIE, and he STILL manages to hit the WRONG NOTES!


As far as David Moore, I have Guitars in my collection that are OLDER than HIM that I BOUGHT NEW!

The SAD thing is that had THE BAND been UP FRONT with ME, they would have DISCOVERED that I already wanted out of the band, and was struggling with how to make a "Graceful Exit", for the following reasons;

1. The relocation of the rehearsal site to a small, cramped, and unheated "One Car Garage" at "Dan Griffen's" place[the Landlord], over 40 Miles west of Portland

2. The addition of an unskilled musician to the band [Dan the Landlord]

3. The change in musical direction from "Progressive Blues/Rock", to "Corporate Pop Blues/Rock".

4. Increased activity of MY OWN band; "Aqua Vitae".

5. My decision to start another "Cover Band" project with other musicians.

6. General and ongoing disrespect paid to me mostly from Chris Butler, and Mike Ullrich, including the habit of trying to blame ME for the inability of "Mojo Road" to obtain NEW gigs, or "Repeat" engagements.

SIDE NOTE; Even though "Aqua Vitae" is a relatively "New" band, having "Debuted" in August, 2011, by the end of the year, we had ALREADY played MORE shows than "Mojo Road", even though THEY had been "attempting" to gig for almost THREE YEARS by that time. I can' t CONTROL what the "Promoters" and "General Public" choose to support.
[Just Saying!]

7. The attempt by Chris Butler[Drummer], and Mike Ullrich[Singer] to make everyone in the band "chip in" to pay for "Professional Studio Time" to record a Demo of, [get this], "COVER TUNES", even though I had ALREADY set-up, recorded, mixed down, and delivered a "Six Song Demo" to the band that ACCURATLY DISPLAYED the TRUE SOUND of the band.

Side Note ONCE AGAIN; A "Professional Studio" might be able to improve the "overall" sound of this band to "some" extent, but NO STUDIO can cover up "Poor Technique" on "Rhythm Guitar"[Mike Ullrich], or "AWFUL VOCALS"[Mike Ullrich AGAIN!], or "Campy Drum Chops"[Chris Butler], or John McVean's "technically" correct, but "unimaginative" and "painfully predictable" lead guitar work.

In Short, you can' t "polish" a "turd".

UPDATE; The boys in Mojo Road have replaced the demos I recorded for them with their own attempt;

Their song Demo's on "MySpace"

[Jeez guys nice effort!]

Not only do their new demos exhibit very poor recording engineer technique and ability, but the performances themselves clearly display an obvious further deterioration in musicianship.

[and Mike, regarding your vocals, have you been gargling with battery acid or what?]

The bass lines are PAINFULLY rudimentary, and have poor meter

[Listen to the bass intro on "Young Blood" for a clear example of what I am refering to]

The "Weak Bass" causes the "flaws" in the Drum and Guitar parts to literally "Poke Through" the mix.

The "Poor Playing" was "Always There", but I was able to "Smooth Them Out" with my Bass skills, thereby masking that "Trashy Sound" to some degree.
A good Bass Guitarist can "Clean-Up" a bad band to "Some" extent, and conversly, a "Tight Band" can sound "Plausable" even with a "weak" Bass Guitarist, BUT, really GOOD sound requires ALL the musicians to be tight.
The "Current" line-up of Mojo Road does not meet ANY of the above criteria!

And while we are on the subject of "Young Blood" where do you clowns get off trying to play MY ARRANGEMENT of the song? STOP STEALING! It's a cover song for crying out loud. What's the matter, you can' t come up with any ideas of your own?

8. The attempt by Mike and Chris to try to get EVERYONE to "pony-up" in order to upgrade Mike's "cheesy" PA system

OK, yet ANOTHER side note; I don' t expect ANYONE to purchase MY gear for ME, and I will NOT SUBSIDIZE someone ELSES gear either. If you want to be a Singer in a band, then be willing to invest YOUR OWN MONEY! I took "Particular Issue" with Mike's attempt, because I "Already Had" A great PA system of MY OWN, and last I checked, I was the one who bought it, and I didn' t feel like buying ANOTHER PA system for SOMEONE ELSE.
In fact, Mojo Road used MY PA system at MY last show with the band, the 2011 New Years Eve Show, at the Washougal Eagles Lodge

I "set up" the equipment BEFORE the show, I "ran sound" DURING the show, and "tore down" the gear AFTER the show, with NO HELP, or even a THANK YOU from the REST of the band, they all BOLTED!

In Summary; I NEVER NEEDED this band, all I ever wanted was some RECOGNITION and RESPECT.

So, that being said, it's time to give the NEW band a DOSE of THEIR OWN MEDICINE!

Mojo Commode


So there you have it, good luck pushing THIS baby carriage down the street!

You had better hope your "Dogma" does not cause your "Karma" to bite your "Mojo" in the ASS!

Those who still wish to follow the crooked path of "Mojo Road" can still do so at;

Their FaceBook page


Their MySpace page


Last edited by author: Fri June 15, 2012 02:33:02   Edited 2 times.

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