40 Ounce Confession
Sandra Black formed in the hallways of George Washington High School when Jason Henry and Billy Zwiener decided to bum cafeteria rolls from the like-minded nobody/stoner/nerd table to eat, saving their $1.00 from mom and dad to afford a PA system and be rock and roll stars. It only took about three years of going hungry to afford a pair of Peavey Scorpions. Billy wrote and Jason supported with any instrument they could get their hands on. A love of the Violent Femmes and Velvet Underground, the two began practicing in Billy's father's workshop and quickly sounded like shit, but surprisingly felt very good about their adolescent dreams. Upon moving/ following each other to Morgantown, West Virginia to continue to pursue this idea they met up with a U92 radio DJ that wanted to be a solo act named Bryan Newruck. He somewhere in the equation decided to put his acoustic down to play drums for the first 3 years of the bands existence. During this time Sandra Black was in it's infancy and struggled to learn the basics of performance and electronics, playing strange fraternity parties that couldn't find a band (or girls for their fraternity brothers to date/attend). The band also never made a recording during this infancy stage save a few random takes that float around on local Morgantown compilations circa 1995. Soon after, drummer Bryan Newruck, left for Cal if for ni a in hopes of gold and silver, leaving the spot of drumming open for Billy's younger brother Daniel, an up and coming talent as the kid/man to fill the drumming shoes. Daniel was 16 at the time. Their first shows at the Nyabinghi Dance Hall were illegally played for a minor being involved, but a minor can be overlooked in a bar when talent (or a hot girl) is involved. With Daniel on board, their first recordings and now finalized self-titled album could be recorded. Sandra Black was able to start a snowball of welcome ears and national attention. Daniel's natural talent, combined with Billy and Jason's extreme length in band infancy all congealed. Billy and Jason actually knowing how to run their equipment and a drummer to match without need of the other two's musical latency created a band that could transfer to tape and live sound. This was the beginning of recorded Sandra Black and the beginning of others seeing them play for quite possibly the first time. During the following years, varying area artists floated in and out of the Sandra Black family. Rob Werhle, Nick Crothers, and Corey Bicanich all played a part within the next 8 years or so of Sandra Black's life. Touring, laughing in trailer parks and rest stops, holding hopes for their music to reach a broader audience as all of us musicians do. As of late, Bryan Newruck has returned from the oversized state of California. Back to help not on drums but on guitar, thus making a full circle of Sandra Black members over the past 12 years. Present day has lead the band to co releasing their second full-length album with North Hampton, Massachusetts Pigeon Records. 'The 40 Ounce Confession' is a far cry from the bands infancy and that is a good thing. During that time there was heart for their music (and a lot of it... The part that stood out). They practiced and put on shows in square footage equivalent to closet space. Now there is songwriting and a musical style to match, still their own, evolved from their self-titled album and combined with that oversized love of music and drive from their infancy. Sandra Black are baseball players during the 1920's. Playing to play and playing well for nothing more than their desire. 'The 40 Ounce Confession' is a creation from all those years they've tried to see the light at the end of the tunnel because Lou Reed, David Lowery, Paul Westerberg, and Gordan Gano said it was out there.