When they were growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, 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 talents and are sharing them with anyone and everyone.
With Taschereau on guitar and lead vocals and Everett playing bass guitar, the duo started a band, Comstock Station, in 2015, inviting drummer Greg Aiello to join the ranks.
The rock group releases its self-titled, debut album Dec. 1 with a release party at Black-Eyed Sally’s in Hartford.
“When this comes out we have a product; a stamp in music that no one else has,” said Taschereau, who lives in Newington. “We’re very fortunate.”
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.
“Within 10 minutes, it felt like it did 30 years earlier,” Everett remembered. “At the end of the day, nothing’s changed.”
At the same time, everything’s changed.
“Fifteen years ago, it would have been impossible to make a self-produced album,” he pointed out. “Distribution has become so much easier with the digital tools available now.”
Their original music is a throwback to the rock vibe of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, with a bluesy influence from Taschereau’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 guys have 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 recording.
“If you go all the way back to when we were in high school, our dream was always to record,” Everett said. “You 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.”
Singles include “Common Bond,” which reflects the story of Taschereau and Everett’s lifelong friendship and others like it. The album also features guest musicians from the Newington-based band The Risen.
Releasing it at Black-Eyed Sally’s is a dream come true. It will also be made available on internet music-sharing platforms including Spotify and iTunes.
This won’t be the last of Comstock Station, Taschereau promises.
“We want to do festivals and bigger shows,” he added. “The next album will be even better.”
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.