Hybrid was my foray into punk/metal. Back in 1991, Roy Gray, Anthony Beck and I recorded a 5 song EP. The music was fast, angry, and strange. We called ourselves Hybrid, because we brought such varied sounds to the music. We played the Seattle club circuit with these songs, entertaining some and annoying others. We played a lot of shows however, since grunge was being birthed at the time. People seemed to enjoy really raw, primitive music. We didn't necessarily like it primitive, but we liked it raw.
This album was fun to record. I'd been in a professional studio before, but only for two 14-hour sessions. I got a lot more studio experience this time around. This proved useful as my musical career headed to a more solo-oriented approach.
This album is important because it got me a write-up in Guitar for the Practicing Musician. I still have the handwritten note John Stix (an editor at GFPM) sent, complimenting my playing. This accolade in an international magazine spurred me to continue learning and growing as a musician.JRS photo by John R. Smoots
UPDATED: I've had the 24-track 2" reel sitting around, and have always wanted to remix it. I decided it was time. So, here are 30-second excerpts from the songs. If you enjoy them, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). If Roy and Anthony are agreeable, maybe we'll re-release it!