Greg Saenz

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Greg Saenz
Birth name Gregory Saenz
Born Template:Birth date 1967
Los Angeles
Origin Los Angeles, United States
Genres Crossover thrash
desertrock
alternative rock
punk rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1984–present
Labels Suicidal (1985–88; 2000–01)
High Speed (1987)
Caroline (1987–1989)
Noise (1989)
Epic (1996)
Capitol (1996)
Reptilian Records (2001)
Greedy Records (2011)
Associated acts Excel, Dan Clements, Adam Siegel, Mike Muir, Kreator, Cyco Miko, My Head, Infectious Grooves, Suicidal Tendencies, The Dwarves, Blag Dahlia, Nick Oliveri, John Garcia, Kyuss

Greg Saenz (a.k.a. Gregory Pecker)[1] (born April 27, 1967)[2] is an American drummer from Highland Park, California, currently based in Coachella Valley. He started playing for groups around North East Los Angeles in 1985, mainly influenced by drummers such as John Bonham, Cozy Powell and Phil Taylor. He later joined Excel where he stayed for several years. Also he is a My Head former member and former The Dwarves. Greg Saenz is currently drumming for John Garcia, and does occasional shows with Excel.

History[edit]

Saenz was born in East Los Angeles, raised in Highland Park. He took interest in music at a young age influenced by 1960s and 1970s rock and roll and hard rock musicians such as The Who, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. In 1985 he joined his first band, Wreched Horde. They were inspired by NWOBHM, but Saenz modified their style to some extent- (Greg said: "We sounded like UFO, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, but I was already playing their songs a bit faster as I had gotten into tape trading in '83 and had been turned on to hardcore punk and thrash....bands like Venom, Motorhead, Suicidal Tendencies, Slayer, and Minor Threat".[3]) Wreched Horde was offered a demo deal with Chrysalis Records after playing a house party in Highland Park, but the band dissolved before it could gain momentum. In summer of 1986, Greg read an advertisement in Recycler Magazine that said: "Excel looking for a dedicated, talented, punk metal influence. No egos".[3] Saenz called singer Dan Clements and after an audition with Adam Siegel Greg was asked to join as Excel's drummer. Between the rest of 1986 and 1989 they recorded three demo their first studio album (Split Image) in 1987 (the recording was paid by Mike Muir and distribution was conducted by Caroline Records), the second one (The Joke's on You) in 1989, and a tour in Netherlands the same year with that line-up. In January and February 1989 he recorded together with Dan Clements the background vocals for the fourth studio album by the thrash metal band Kreator, titled Extreme Aggression. In 1992, Excel recorded a fifth and last demo: Third album demos. The next year guitarist Adam Siegel left the band definitely to form the alternative rock and grunge power trio My Head, with Saenz on drums and the former Bad Radio member Dave Silva on bass.[4] However, this project was interrupted on several occasions for Siegel's participation in Infectious Grooves.

In early 1996, Saenz became the drummer of the first solo release by Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies vocalist), together Adam Siegel, who recorded various tracks on the album. Then My Head signed a record contract with Capitol Records and released their debut album Endless Bummer, the song "Humbucker" became their only single and music video.[5] The band broke up the January 1, 1998 but they recorded the track "The Beard" in an EP called Pneumonia, which would be later included in the fourth full-length record by Infectious Grooves, Mas Borracho, released the August 29, 2000. Also the power trio appeared in the compilation album by Suicidal Tendencies titled Friends & Family, Vol. 2.

After leaving My Head, Saenz moved out of Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area.[3] In 2000 he joined The Dwarves for the Epitaph Records "Punk-O-Rama Tour" to promote their new album Come Clean. In 2001, he played drums for the tenth studio album by The Dwarves, titled How To Win Friends And Influence People. Then he settled in Coachella Valley and played in various desert bands such as Vega, Forever Changing Concept, and You Know Who. In 2007, he returned to The Dwarves and made several tours around the United States, and Oceania between 2007 and 2012.[6] In early 2010, he drummed on The Dwarves fourteenth studio release The Dwarves Are Born Again, and is on the 2016 release "Radio Free Europe" Live at BBC 2011. In summer of 2013, Saenz re-united with his old bandmates in Excel after 20 years. In 2014 Greg became drummer for John Garcia of Kyuss fame.

Discography[edit]

See also: List of Excel demos

Year Album Band Type Credits Label
1985 Welcome to Venice Excel Split album Drums on "Enforcer" and "Conclusion" Suicidal
1987 Thrasher Skate Rock 5: Born to Skate Excel Split album Drums on "Insecurity" High Speed
1987 Split Image Excel Studio album Drums Suicidal/Caroline
1989 The Joke's on You Excel Studio album Drums Caroline
1989 Extreme Aggression Kreator Studio album Background vocals Noise
1989 Live at the Nighttown, Rotterdam Excel Live album Drums Self-produced
1990 Live in Philadelphia-PA Excel Live album Drums Self-produced
1996 Lost My Brain! Cyco Miko Studio album Drums Epic
1996 Endless Bummer My Head Studio album Drums Capitol
2000 Mas Borracho Infectious Grooves Studio album Drums on "The Beard" Suicidal
2001 Friends & Family, Vol. 2 Suicidal Tendencies Compilation album Drums on "Chain of Hate" and "Ultra Drown" Suicidal
2001 How To Win Friends And Influence People The Dwarves Studio album Drums Reptilian Records
2011 The Dwarves Are Born Again The Dwarves Studio album Drums Greedy Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to Facebook – Log In, Sign Up or Learn More". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived October 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c https://web.archive.org/web/20110728055111/http://www.static-void.org/Zine/Frames.asp?id=0&af=Excel.asp. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "My Head". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  5. ^ "My Head – Humbucker". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]

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