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The Music Years

Some efforts were made trying to get something going after arriving in Milwaukee, but after a few months of playing with a few guys, nothing ever really coalesced. Music was retired for the immediate future to focus on art. 








​End Prelude.

Fences were mended, wounds healed. Three members from the previous incarnation reunited in 2002 and started writing new material. They shortly after playing shows, with just acoustic guitars and hand drums, around Pittsburgh, again as the Elektric Gypsy Trip. Songs were written and demoed in the original Scarecrow Studios.  New styles and recording techniques were explored. Organ, drum programming, slide guitar, new percussion were all incorporated. The final show was in 2003 at the Rex Theatre, and Aids benefit show, in Pittsburgh's South Side. The departure west of a core band member was the catalyst for ending the band again in late 2003. 

JIM - VOCALS, GUITAR

GENE - GUITAR, VOCALS, BASS

TONY - DRUMS, VOCALS, BASS, GUITAR

MICHAEL - BASS, DRUMS, GUITAR, VOCALS

TOM - GUITAR ('92)

BETHEL PARK, PA

40+ ORIGINAL SONGS LOST TO TIME

MICHAEL - VOCALS,  ACOUSTIC GUITAR

BEN - GUITAR, VOCALS

MARK - DRUMS

STIGGY - BASS

​BETHEL PARK, PA

NO RECORDINGS EXIST OF THIS ERA

MIKE - VOCALS, PIANO

JIM - GUITAR

GENE - GUITAR

MICHAEL - BASS

PITTSBURGH, PA

ALBUMS WORTH OF ORIGINAL DEMOS

​LOST TO TIME

TONY - VOCALS, DRUMS

GENE - GUITAR, VOCALS, ORGAN, BANJO

MICHAEL - BASS, VOCALS, PERCUSSION,

            MANDOLIN, GUITAR

PITTSBURGH, PA

DEMOS RECORDED AT OG STUDIOS

PRODUCED BY GENE ORNATO

MIKE - VOCALS, PERCUSSION

GENE - GUITAR, BASS, VOCALS

TONY - DRUMS, PERCUSSION

MICHAEL - BASS, GUITAR

PITTSBURGH, PA

​SOUNDSCAPE STUDIOS 2000

​PRODUCED BY MICHAEL GONDA

MIKE - VOCALS, PERCUSSION

GENE - GUITAR, VOCALS

MICHAEL - BASS, GUITAR, PERCUSSION,

             ORGAN, DRUM PROG.

PITTSBURGH, PA

DEMOS RECORDED AT SCARECROW STUDIOS

PRODUCED BY MICHAEL SCHNUTH

MANDRILLE 92-94

FATHER FREAK'S SCARECROW 94-95

SEASONS OF WITHER 98-99

THE ELEKTRIC GYPSY TRIP 99-01

THE ELEKTRIC GYPSY TRIP 02-03

MARS EROTICA 04-05

The instrumental side of the original Elektric Gypsy Trip reunited in late 2004 to mid 2005 as Mars Erotica. Vocal duties were taken over mostly by the returning drummer and shared more roundly between members again. Writing moved to OG Studios. New instruments were brought into the fold like banjo, mandolin, hammond b3 and more percussion instruments. The band recorded a handful of demos, but never played a live show. The band dissolved in late 2005. Shortly after the Scarecrow left town this time.

Several seasons members slowly reunited and brought in yet another old bandmate from back at the beginning to create the Elektric Gypsy Trip. A bluesy rock n roll band, they played around bars and colleges in western Pennsylvania. A full length album was cut and mixed in 4 manic winter nights at Soundscape Studios outside Pittsburgh. Menus, Vices and Virtues was independently released in early 2001. A mix of blues rock, 50s ballads, dark psychadelica and driving rhythm. A schism between members would split the original line up in mid 2001. Two other remaining members refilled the open slots, added a second singer and continued on briefly on the coffeehouse circuit. In 2002 the band was dissolved.

Reuniting with an old friend in the Beehive in Pittsburghs South Side led to the original duo that grew into Seasons of Wither. A trip out of state was made to explore some recordings with an old bandmate. Another was added and the project took shape. A unique departure from previous bands. Seasons of Wither had both harder driving guitar and piano led songs, a bit more progressive and rhythmic laced with a haunting piano at times. The band holed up in a basement writing songs for months but fell apart when a member departed for another opportunity out of state. Then another.

Hitting on a waitress in a diner one night led to an introduction that would start the band, Father Freak's Scarecrow. Mostly a cover band, some originals were explored. Short on gear, a few members sat in with a female led folk duo in exchange for access to some decent microphones. The band, FFS, played one real public show at an annual Leukemia benefit concert started for a friend. Drama and such eventually undid this faction. The band split in less than a year.

High School friends, Mandrille was the band who'd play anywhere. bars, though all very under age, private parties, high school cafeterias, cast parties, anywhere they were allowed to plug in. In the 2 years or so they were together they wrote over 40 original songs and commonly would play four hour sets. All members played more than one instrument and took turns singing, so shows were literally a game of musical chairs. Also this was the first foray in recording as a 4 track and on occassion 8 track, were commonly utilized. As was with the time all of the recordings were on cassette. Current whereabouts are a mystery.

  • Blues in E (schnuth,ornato,hull)3:23
  • Suffering (ornato/hull)3:25
  • Mexico (schnuth/ornato/hull)2:41
  • Friday Night Mandolin (ornato/schnuth)1:50

  • skyline (schnuth, hirshberg)2:33
  • repent (ornato, hirshberg)2:40
  • down home heartache (schnuth, hirshberg)7:00
  • feel (ornato, hirshberg)2:16
  • evolution (schnuth, hirshberg)4:24
  • thieves and liars (ornato, hirshberg)3:31
  • john (schnuth, hirshberg)3:21
  • cobwebs (schnuth, hirshberg)3:17


  • negative t (ornato, douglas, hull, schnuth)1:30
  • unstoppable heart (ornato, hirshberg)3:56
  • tragedy (ornato, hirshberg)4:19
  • those eyes (ornato, hirshberg)4:02
  • play it again (ornato, hirshberg)4:09
  • woman (hull, hirshberg)2:48
  • star (schnuth, hirshberg)4:42
  • ghost (roeper, ornato, hirshberg)5:20
  • refined (ornato, hirshberg)4:54
  • jenny diver (ornato, hirshberg)3:37