Local musician and pro-skateboarder Chuck Treece will be the host of February’s Beats, Brews & Banter event presented by The Philly Drum Project. Treece was a founding member of 80s skate punk band McRad and has toured with Bad Brains and Urge Overkill, in addition to being a preeminent Philly session musician. Started in April of 2012, Beats, Brews & Banter is a monthly gathering that brings together the best in Philadelphia drumming for an evening of discussion and demonstration; read Dan Brightcliffe’s interview with the group here. February’s event will take place in the Back Room at the Roosevelt Pub and is free to attend. For more information, go here. McRad appeared in one of our very first Key Studio Sessions from September 2010. Download “No Mystery” from that session below:
Every Sunday night, Y-Rock On XPN’s John Vettese brings a Philly band into the depths of the WXPN studios for an in-house interview and recording session. This week’s Key Studio Session was recorded in late August with skatepunk trio McRad—led by session musician, professional skateboarder, and all-around Philly legend Chuck Treece.
Backed by a fast, furious rhythm section—John Langsford on drums and Pat Brennan on bass—McRad ripped through a rapid-fire medley of jams, instrumentals, and covers piled so heavy we’re still sorting through them a week later. These three were favorites from the get-go: the reggae-tinged “No Mystery,” the the circle-pit bruiser “Be Your Friend,” and an amped-up rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive.”—John Vettese
Chuck Treece‘s versatility is the stuff of legend. He spent the ’80s as a pro-skateboard kid who fronted an underground punk band, then made a switch to become one of the most skilled, sought-after session musicians in the city of Philadelphia.
Though he’s pulled bass duties with Pearl Jam and Billy Joel (That bumpin’ low end in “River Of Dreams”? Yup, that’s him.), Treece’s first love remains McRad, the punky power trio he founded as a North Philly teenager in the 1980s. This weekend, Treece is bringing McRad to WXPN studios to record a Y-Rock Local Tracks Session. You can tune in on Sunday, August 29, during the 8:00 hour of Jake Rabid’s Philly Local show.
The band has a few songs that you can stream here.