Saturday, June 18, 2011

Apache 5's equipment stolen

Joshua Loewen sends:

So by now, many if not most of you know that on the eve of our (The Apache 5 - Myself, Austin Green, Kyle Barnhill, and Steffin Ratliff) CD release party/art show extravaganza at The Where House, almost all of our equipment and all of our to-be-released CDs were stolen (The illustrious Steve Steward also lost a costly and heavy piece of equipment as well.) Thieves who were bound and determined, while callous and cowardly, actually knocked down a wall of brick and triple-layered plywood to climb into our rehearsal space and relieve us of most of our amplifiers, instruments, pedals, cases, etc... This sucks and anyone can understand that right off. But here's the thing: the stuff we lost wasn't "stuff." It was hard-earned, it was money saved, it was *time* spent cultivating a sound-searching for the right stuff for each of us, and it was (especially with the CDs) a labor of love and personal choice. These things almost never turn out positive, but last night a healthy start towards that transformation occurred.

Many of you, many who I don't know, showed up to the Where House and gave YOUR hard earned money, and time, and most importantly your love and support. It was a peculiar and wonderful feeling for those of us who spent most of the day feeling disheartened, bitter, and violated. The evening was all that we could've asked for, and our friends lent their prized, time-saved, hard earned gear so that we could still play. While we had no CDs to release for the night, our show was an exorcising, transcending experience and was the best possible night cap on a terrible day. So this is simply a heartfelt thank you, and show of gratitude to Casey Smith, The Where House, Squirt & Prianha Bear, Nicole Ofeno, Thomas Knight, Mills & Co., Kevin Aldridge & The Appraisers, and ANY AND ALL who came last night.

There are talks of an impending benefit show*, which is flattering and humbling, in the next few weeks and I will certainly get the word out when that comes to fruition. But for now, thank you all again so much and here is a list of what was lost for those who have asked and those who feel like helping in anyway. We may never see this stuff again, but I would rather try and get the word out, than just lie there and take it.

Stolen on 6/17 from 2512 Hemphill:


1. Late 2000's era Vox AC-15 Heritage, 50th Anniv, White Tolex
2. Early 1960's Silvertone 1484 - Head & Cabinet
3. Ashdown EVO 2 500 Bass Head
4. 2 Yamaha 12" Black PA speakers
5. 1990s era Fender Princeton Chorus (Black tolex)
6. 1990s era Fender Deluxe (Black tolex) (**These last two were not ours, but our close friends and maybe more difficult to recover but we shall try nonetheless, as we feel terrible for them too)


1. Early 2000's era Fender (MIM) Jazz Bass, Sunburst with Red Tortoise pickguard, chrome ash tray and thumb rest
2. 1980's era Epiphone Sheraton I (Korean made) - tobacco burst, custom chrome hardware, bigsby vibrato, *Has unique dowels with stars on them from where the original bridge was - one-of-a-kind guitar


1. New - Planet Waves Tuner
2. Rockett Pedals - Animal Overdrive - Red
3. Malekko Chicklet Reverb - very distinct, tiny, pink gum colored pedal
4. Boss TR2 Tremolo Pedal - dark green *All on one small, hand made board
5. Electro-Harmonix Memory Man
6. Full Tone OCD - Overdrive pedal
7. Boss TU2 Tuner
8. Voodoo Lab Pedal Power box
9. Marshall Blues Breaker - Over drive - dark blue
10. Line 6 Verbzilla Reverb pedal
11. Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron Envelope Filter*These were all on Steffin's board which is a large, flat road case

*No, we do not have serial #'s unfortunately, just not something any of us took the time to do, but maybe we'll get lucky and some of this will make it's way back to us.

** I just tagged as many people as I could that were related to this at all. Please pass this on, thank you!

Humbly and Gratefully,

Joshua, Austin, Kyle, Steffin, and Steve


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