When they were growing up in the late â€™70s and early â€™80s, making music was easy. Getting lots of people to listen was the hard part.
Now at 50 years old, childhood friends Troy Taschereau and Will Everett have honed their musical talent and are sharing it with anyone and everyone.
With Taschereau on guitar and lead vocals and Everett playing bass guitar, the duo started rock band Comstock Station in 2015, inviting drummer Greg Aiello to join the ranks. The group liberates their self-titled, debut album Dec. 1 with a release party at Black-Eyed Sallyâ€™s in Hartford.
â€śWhen this comes out we have a product; a stamp in music that no one else has,â€ť said Taschereau, who lives in Newington. â€śWeâ€™re very fortunate.â€ť
Luck brought him and Everett back together, in fact. After 23 years of separation, they ran into each other at a local convenience store. Both had gone on to have their own families and professional lives, but music was never far away.
â€śWithin ten minutes it felt like it did 30 years earlier,â€ť Everett remembered. â€śAt the end of the day, nothingâ€™s changed.â€ť
At the same time, everythingâ€™s changed.
â€śFifteen years ago it would have been impossible to make a self-produced album,â€ť he pointed out. â€śDistribution has become so much easier with the digital tools available now.â€ť
Their original music is a throwback to the late sixties, early seventies rock vibe with a bluesy influence from Taschereauâ€™s former group, the Troy T. Blues Band. Other influences include AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.
For the last five years the band has spent over 12 hours a week working on the album. Combining bits and pieces of creative expression, they improvised, retooled and rocked out some more. Then they went to Telefunken Studios in South Windsor and spent a weekend in the recording studio.
â€śIf you go all the way back to when we were in high school, our dream was always to record,â€ť Everett said. â€śYou know, playing shows is awesome but the real goal is to create a little bit of permanence. Something my kids and grandkids will have forever.â€ť
Singles include â€śCommon Bondâ€ť which reflects the story of Taschereau and Everettâ€™s lifelong friendship and others like it. The album also features guest musicians from Newington-based band â€śThe Risen.â€ť
Releasing it to the world at Black-Eyed Sallyâ€™s is a dream come true. It will also be made available on internet music-sharing platforms like Spotify and iTunes.
This wonâ€™t be the last of Comstock Station.
â€śWe want to do festivals and bigger shows,â€ť the singer said. â€śThe next album will be even better.â€ť
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go:
WHAT: Comstock Stationâ€™s self-titled album release party
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9 p.m.
WHERE: Black-Eyed Sallyâ€™s Southern Kitchen & Bar, 350 Asylum St., Hartford