Here’s Joel Isaac Black in 2011, masterfully using a vintage Akai sampler. You can hear the sampler at the top of our song “Everyone But You” off of our self-titled debut album. The album was recorded at The Cave Studio in L.A. with Josiah Mazzaschi producing. Josiah was wonderful to work with and entertained every half-decent idea. When we approached him about sampling monkey sounds at the top of a song, he was on board. Joel and I played the cheeky monkeys, and if you know us, that makes a lot of sense.
Check out the lyric video for ‘Oh Baby!’. It involves a giant chair in Lichtenberg and a very small dancing man. Originally made in 2014, it was never released, but remains a document of those halcyon days. Watch it here.
Our self-titled album Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & the Bountiful Hearts has been released today via R.I.P. Ben Lee Records. Stream it on Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal or buy it on Bandcamp. Watch the video for ‘Just Like Seventh Heaven’ here and the video for ‘Oh Baby!’ here. We did it!
Here are a few shots of the Bountiful Hearts recording at Josiah Mazzaschi’s The Cave, back in L.A., October 2010. This is the lineup that helped me develop the songs on Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & the Bountiful Hearts. Randy Billings, Becky Gebhardt and Joel Isaac Black are all extremely talented musicians who poured their energy and magic into the album and made it something special. Listen to it this Friday on your favorite streaming service via R.I.P. Ben Lee Records.
We’re going to be stars! At least it felt that way, when we appeared on the now defunct Joiz– a call-in style TV program where artists competed against each other in front of a live-at-home audience. Our brand of indie rock and roll was no match for the woman whose pop stylings we lost to- at least in the hearts of German teenagers. There isn’t any footage of the performance on the internet, but we do have this photo, which is notable for the one-time-only appearance of Ferdinand Kumpfmüller on guitar. Watch our two music videos here and here.
Photo by Alison Bell.
Here you have portraits of Bountiful Hearts DE which featured Robert Kerner on guitar, Dino Gollnick on bass and Joel Isaac Black on drums. These were taken before our gig at the former Bang Bang Club in Kreuzberg which is now called Maze. Our album will be released via RIP Ben Lee Records on 30. October. Pre-order here.
Photos by Dominik Wojcik.
We were opening for Allah-Las at Columbia Theater Berlin. During our soundcheck we made the ‘Oh Baby!’ video. It took about 15 minutes. We were so rushed, I didn’t have time to take the “hearing protection” (aka toilet paper) out of my ears. I think it perfectly captures that excited-soundcheck feeling. Watch it below.
Directed by Tom Phillipson.