I started playing drums in my early teens and pretty much didn’t stop for twenty-five years. Picking up that first pair of sticks radically changed the course of my life. Not only did I make great friends, but I got to record and tour a little along the way.
Once drumming took a back seat, I was fortunate to find another passion in writing crime and mystery fiction. It’s been a real thrill getting to know that community as well, which—as luck would have it—includes several musicians. A few of us even tried to launch an ill-fated band featuring five crime authors. That project, like countless bands before it, was sunk by infighting over REO Speedwagon.
These days I still get the occasional chance to play. Most recently it’s with my good friend and former band mate, Jeff Whalen, who just announced his first solo record, 10 More Rock Super Hits. I was stoked to play drums for two songs on this stellar collection (pen name, S.W. Lauden; drum name, Steve Coulter). Having made two albums and a couple E.P.’s with him in the rock group Tsar, I can honestly say that the songs on 10 More Rock Super Hits are among Jeff’s best—but don’t take my word for it:
This whole pre-order is set up as a pledge drive over at PledgeMusic. You can score CD, digital and vinyl versions of 10 More Rock Super Hits, signed Tsar swag, rare Jeff Whalen demos, and other cool limited edition stuff.
Whether you plan to participate or not, do yourself a favor and check out the amazing promo video they posted for this campaign. Once you hear the music, I think you’ll be as hooked as I am.
Here’s a podcast I did with Jeff Whalen about books, reading and rock:
- Songs In The Key Of Creep
- Some Songs Make The Best Short Stories
- S.W. Lauden Interview at Story & Grit
S.W. Lauden is the author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series includes BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, GRIZZLY SEASON and HANG TIME (Rare Bird Books). He is also the co-host of the Writer Types podcast. Steve lives in LA.