Troy Gregory


Troy Gregory

Troy Gregory (b. November 13, 1966 ) Detroit Michigan.
singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist, film maker, performer
current solo performer with diverse eclectic musical history. Known predominantly for his work with The Dirtbombs, Prong, and The Witches.

1978 - while still in grade school started first band with drummer Mike Alonso ( Electric Six, Bantam Rooster, Katmandu, Five Horse Johnson ) and Matthew Smith ( Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats ). [E.Doster Metro times 2/11/2004]

1986- was one of the top choices for Metallica after bassist Cliff Burton died. [Metallica: Nothing Else Matters: The Stories Behind the Biggest SongsBy Chris Ingham, Tommy UdoPublished by Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003ISBN 1560255366, 9781560255369 ]

1987 - played bass for La punk group Wasted Youth with drummer Joey Castillo ( Queens Of The Stone Age ). [ M. Giannini Metro Times 5/2/2001]

1987 - recorded and toured with Arizona Metal band Flotsam and Jetsam. [New Wave of American Heavy MetalBy Garry Sharpe-YoungPublished by Zonda Books Limited, 2005ISBN 0958268401, 9780958268400]

1990 - recorded and toured with New York industrial metal band Prong [ Prong: The Early Years Joel Gausten publisher 2007 ]

1991 - Was asked to play bass on the album Love Of Life by New York group Swans led by Michael Gira of Young God Records. [ Official Swans website http://www.swans.pair.com/DISCOGRAPHY/lol.html ]

1992 - 2008 - moved back to Detroit and formed The Witches. [ Metro Times M. Gianni 10/25/2000] The Witches were considered a key group in the new wave of Detroit rock. The Witches also included John Nash ( Johnny Nashinal of Electric Six ), Phil Skarich ( LCD Soundsystem, Deadstring Brothers ) and Eugene Strobe ( The Sights, Paul Green School Of Rock). There are five albums by The Witches one remains unreleased.The Witches performed at the Detroit Film Theatre for the premiere of Detroit Rock DocumentaryIt Came From Detroit [ The Michigan Daily B. Megargel Oct 26, 2006 ]

1996 Killing Joke asked to replace original bassist Youth ( Paul McCartneyproducer ) for their European Democracy tour. [ officla Killing Joke website biography]

1998 Played bass for Simon Bonney( Crime and The City Solution ) along with Matthew Smith , drummer Jim White ( The Dirty Three ) and guitarist Chuck Prophet ( Green On Red ) . Two songs were featured in the Denis Leary film Underworld. The album "Eyes Of Blue" remains unreleased. [ Detroit Metro Times W. Wasacz 2/2/2005]

1998 played violin, bass and guitar with Kim Fowley( Alley Oop, Kiss ,The Runaways, Helen Reddy ) for the recording Michigan Babylon and a live performance that ended with Fowley being attacked. [ Official Kim Fowley website http://www.kimfowley.net/victories/detroit.htm ]

1998 played bass on the album Larval 2 with avante garde guitarist Bill Brovold ( John Zorn, Rhys Chatham). [ JazzOnCd.de website]

1999-2000 and 2003-2008 Bass, fuzz bass, violin, cello, drums and vocals with The Dirtbombs Spin magazine listed The Dirtbombs one of the top ten best live bands in the world. [ Aaron, Charles, et al. "The 25 Greatest Live Bands Now!" Spin Sep. 2006: page 74.] Perfomed at Cannes Film Festival at party for the Julian Schnabel film The Diving Bell and The Butterfly. [ Variety online D. Hayes, A. James May23 2007 ] Played the Diego Rivera court at the Detroit Institute Of Arts. [ the detroiter 10/18/06]

2002 released solo album titled Sybil. The recording featured Troy backed by thirteen different Detroit groups including The Dirtbombs, Electric Six ( then called The Wildbunch ), Bantam Rooster, Slumber Party, Larval, Outrageous Cherry, The Come Ons and The Volebeats. [E.Doster Metro times 2/11/2004]

2003-2004 music featured at New Yorks Giant Art Space exhibit on Detroit along with Motown, Iggy Pop and Derrick May. [ http://www.giganticartspace.com/dtroit/313_jukebox.html ]

2004 - released second solo album titled Laura. Gregory played all instruments himself and co-produced with Jim Diamond of Ghetto Recorders. [E.Doster Metro times 2/11/2004]

( 2006 ) toured and recorded with Detroit R & B legend Nathaniel Mayer. The album Why Don't You Give It To Me was named album of the month by Julian Cope. The recording also featured Dan Auerbach ( The Black Keys, Dave Shettler ( SSM, The Sights ) and Matthew Smith. [ Julian Copehttp://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/albumofthemonth/1885 ]

September 2008 Announced his departure from The Dirtbombs to record and perform as a solo artist. [ Melody Baetens Detroit News Aug 15, 2008 http://info.detnews.com/redesign/blogs/melodyblog/index.cfm?category=Local%20bands ] First feature film titled World War Love written, directed, edited and scored by Troy is completed and is scheduled to be released on DVD in January 2009. [ Detroit Metro Times C. Handyside 9/24/2008]

Discography

With The Witches

* "Let's Go To the No Go Zone" (1998, Pushover Records)
* "Universal Mall" (2000, Fall of Rome Records)
* "On Parade" (2002, Fall of Rome Records)
* "Thriller" (2006, Music For Cats)

With The Dirtbombs

* "Dangerous Magical Noise" (2003, In The Red Records)
* "Billiards at Nine Thirty" (2005, Sounds Subterrania)
* "If You Don't Already Have a Look" (2005, In The Red Records)
* "We Have You Surrounded" (2008, In The Red Records)

As Troy Gregory

* "Sybil" (2002, Fall of Rome Records)
* "Laura" (2004, Fall of Rome Records)

With Nathaniel Mayer

*"Why Don't You Give It To Me" (2007), Alive Natural Sound Records

With Denise James

* "Its Not Enough To Love", (2004, Rainbow Quartz)

With Monster Island

* "Dream Tiger", (2001, End Is Here)

With Larval

* "Larval 2", (1998, Knitting Factory)

With Medusa Cyclone

* "Medusa Cyclone", (1995, Third Gear)

With Flotsam and Jetsam

* "No Place for Disgrace" (1988, Roadrunner Records/ Elektra Records)
* "When the Storm Comes Down" (1990, MCA Records)

With Prong

* "Prove You Wrong" (1991, Epic Records)

With Swans

* "Love of Life" (1992, Young God Records)

With Spiritualized

*"A & E" ( 2008, Fontana)

Notes

External links

* [http://www.stepsistersassemble.com Troy Gregory and the Stepsisters Official Site]


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