Tom Hauck - guitars, vocals
John Lynch - drums
Tony Goddess - bass
Produced at Bang a Song Studios, Gloucester, MA by Tom and Tony
Tom Hauck began his music career as a founding member of the Atlantics, one of Boston’s seminal punk/pop bands in the late 1970s. Following their appearances with the Ramones at The Club in Cambridge in May 1976, The Atlantics built up a following in Boston and New York, playing at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, and were signed to ABC Records in 1978. The following year their album “Big City Rock” was released, and then in 1980 the band recorded Tom’s song “Lonelyhearts,” which rocketed to the top of the New England radio charts. In 1983 Tom and Bruce Wilkinson formed the dance/synth group Ball and Pivot, which scored the MTV and V-66 smash hit “Down.” In 1988 Tom founded the Spanish-language rock group TDCO with singer and film director Luis Aira.
Tom left the music business in 1990 and devoted his time to his family. In 2004 he spearheaded the digital re-release of the Atlantics and Ball and Pivot catalogues, and began playing solo gigs around his home town of Gloucester, including an appearance at the Rockport Acoustic Music Festival. In 2010 Tom appeared with ex-Atlantics guitarist Fred Pineau and the Big City Rockers at the House of Blues in Boston, where they played a set of Atlantic songs.
"Pistonhead" was recorded at Bang a Song Studios in Gloucester. It took about a year. Tony Goddess co-produced and played bass, while John Lynch of the Neighborhoods played drums. The production architecture is directly inspired by the classic Stones album "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out." There are two guitar tracks on each song: one is panned hard right, the other hard left. The takes are continuous - that is, you can play either guitar part from the beginning of the song to the end. In the center are the drums, bass, and lead vocal. If you choose either the left or right stereo channel, you'll basically hear two different guitar arrangements of the same song. A few songs have an additional solo track. Our goal is to make you feel as though you are standing in the room with the band.
Guitars on "Pistonhead" include Tom's 1976 Telecaster and 1985 Strat. He also used his old Epiphone acoustic put through a Fender guitar amp and miked (the 70s Brit punk band The Alarm played acoustic guitars through amps to get a huge sound) . Tom also played a Les Paul borrowed from Geoff Small (the fluid Mick Taylor-style solo in "Stand Up," and the funky left-hand track of "Gimme More.") For the guitar amp, Tom mostly used Tony's vintage Fender Bassman amp run through a big speaker cabinet that shook the walls of the studio. He also used a vintage Ampeg amp direct to the board. Rolling Stones fans will detect the classic Keith open G guitar tuning on the Telecaster, which Tom used on the right-hand tracks of "Media Madness," "Nowhere to Hide," and "She's Bad."