If I ever had a new aria to learn I would listen to Gedda first in order to make sure I was “doing it right.”
Garrett Harris 4 p.m., Feb. 27
Sound description: Mad for mod and raving for retro.
RIYL: The Flaming Lips, Taking Back Sunday, Kings of Leon, Pulp
Inception: Escondido, 2004
Ex-Band Members: Danny Castro, Keyboards, Vocals
Current Status: Playing and recording.
Influences: U2, Coldplay, the Cure, Depeche Mode, Elefant, the Flaming Lips, Franz Ferdinand, the Get Up Kids, Interpol, Hard-Fi, Japan, John Mayer, Keane, the Killers, Kings of Leon, Magnet, Mew, New Order, Pulp, the Rapture, Relient-K, Snow Patrol, the Stills, the Strokes, Tahiti 80, Taking Back Sunday, the Thrills
Long Live Logos was founded by three brothers and their best friend. They recorded songs with producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Say Anything, mewithoutYou), and MTV2 aired an interview with them on its "On the Rise" segment. Described as Todd Rundgren-meets-the-Killers, one of their songs has been licensed for use on the soundtrack for the NBC-produced Freestyle Life based on the (Mountain) Dew Action Sports Tour.
Along with Get Back Loretta, Long Live Logos was signed to the local Pacific Records label. Pacific Records founder Brian Witkin says something seemed "dubious" about four months ago. "Long Live Logos asked us what it would take to get out of their [Pacific Records] contract."
Witkin says as part of their deal signed in 2006, Pacific Records recorded and released an EP and a full-length album, Mundus Vult Decipi.
But Witkin says things got "fishy" over a different part of the contract. "Part of our deal was that we paid for the recordings they did with Brad Wood." Witkin says that even though he has never heard those Wood-produced sessions, Pacific did purchase the rights to them when they signed the band. "It was a nominal fee, but we did pay them for it," says Witkin. "We thought it was strange they would ask about getting out of their deal only a month after their first CD came out." Witkin says Pacific forked out at least $1600 for tour support for the band.
"The band told us they were having trouble getting the recordings from Brad Wood," says Stephan Georgi, who has taken over operation and ownership of Pacific Records from Witkin.
Logos leader Danny Castro explained. "Brad said [Pacific Records] didn't pay him so [the recordings] weren't theirs. He said this is his property and that they were recorded before the contract."
Georgi says he backed down and sent a letter relinquishing any claims to the Brad Wood recordings. "It definitely wouldn't surprise me if these guys break big and move on to a bigger label. When that happens, we have their first CD and first EP. Their fans will want to get their earlier stuff, and I'm okay with that. With this agreement, we can all move forward. Otherwise we would be in a state of limbo. I have 100 percent [ownership] of those first recordings."
In early 2014, 34-year-old singer/keyboardist Danny Castro was taken into police custody in Ensenada on a $600,000 arrest warrant, after jumping bail and failing to appear in court on a DUI injury crash case. Castro was accused of driving the wrong way on May 22, 2013, striking another vehicle whose 28 year-old driver lost her arm. In July, he pleaded guilty to charges including felony DUI and causing injury. He'd previously had DUI convictions in 2004 and 2011.
On September 19, 2014, Castro was sentenced to nine years and eight months in state prison, the maximum term under the law, with the judge saying the defendant lacked courage, character, and remorse.