The French love Flatstick!
New Flatstick website HERE
Omnicore album on YouTube HERE
Doug Steele: Guitar, All male vocals, bass, keys and drum programming
Gary McKay: Guitars, bass, keys and drum programming, producer/mixer
Marcel Yamounni: Bass on Bend Over, Twilight Dementia, and Bitter
Finn Waters: Sax on Bend Over
Lisa Huntington: Asian girl on Tony!
Jennifer Hayes: Female vocal on The Perfect Day
Recorded in a A Secret Place in Heidelberg, Vic circa 1999. Mastered by John Ruberto at Crystal Mastering.
Recorded in a bedroom at Gary’s house, using a Yamaha DAW and minimal pro tools.
And no, this project has never played live. We sold roughly 500 copies out of the music store we worked, and that was it. Not much of a happy ending here. Gary died of cancer and the recorder burned in the black saturday fires, so all that we recorded for album two is GONE. I’m going to re-record and have guest guitarists all up on here. It will get released.
Flatstick was a studio project with my close friend and fellow guitar teacher Gary McKay (RIP). We released one album (Flatstick’s Omnicore) in 2000 which stayed in mp3.com’s top 10 metal songs for about a year. Chris Adler from Lamb of God heard the songs from mp3.com and tried to get us signed. LA session drummer (currently touring with Alice Cooper) Glen Sobel and Haji’s Kitchen also like the Flatstick CD, which is a cross between FNM, Zappa, some electronica tidbits, and heavy doses of shred guitar.
I played the Universe (which I made Gary sell me, ha ha) on the solo to Adios.
Adios was a song I had posted on MP3.com years ago, and that’s how I started my dialogue with Chris Adler from Lamb of God. We’d chat on ICQ about metal, life, etc etc. This was back when the band was still called Burn the Priest. He told me the band was gonna blow up and that Flatstick should tour with them. My response? ‘Dude, we’re two guys in recording in Gary’s spare guest room.” And we couldn’t find the players anyways, at least not in 2000.
To my musical soulmate Gary McKay. RIP. So many laughs, so much booze!!
Check out the US band I was in before Flatstick HERE
A nice email
Believe it or not, but for many years I’ve owned this peculiar little album called Omnicore. Not sure when exactly it entered my collection but I can say that it’s always been a favourite.
Today, while sitting here finally committing my collection to the PC (a long and arduous task in itself), I decided to actually research Flatstick to see if I could find anything to educate me! Obviously, my arrival here suggests that I did have some luck. :o)
So, without further ado, and while still not really knowing all that much about you guys, I will say ‘great work!’…….Omnicore has always been a really cool album which has given me much pleasure over the years. Trust me, there’s not too many albums that maintain their appeal with me for an overly long time. Add to that the fact that I’m verging on 40 and have listened to metal since ’87, and you will hopefully appreciate the calibre of my compliment.
Whatever your future holds and whatever musical direction you may take, may you and the band members enjoy much happiness, both personally and professionally.
Thanks!! Gary and I had lots of fun (and alcohol) whilst making that album. The songs wrote themselves. One day I will finish album two, by hook or by crook. I also want to get into chill/out stuff as well. We’ll see!!