Translator frontman releases solo album in April

By on January 12, 2012

“Projector” is the new album from Translator front man Steve Barton due
out April 10. The album was produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice
co-founder) and was recorded and mixed on analogue tape.

This record is made up of songs that Steve wrote in the immediate
aftermath of his dad’s death. “I went over to Marvin’s house to play him
some of the songs that I had written. He set up his 4-track cassette
machine and I started to play. By the end of the night I had played 18
songs. He suggested that we make an album, and that I play all of the
instruments. This was a big departure for me, as I have only made records
with either Translator or with my solo band. I thought about it over a
weekend and decided to say yes. We chose a studio where we could make the
album on 2” reel-to-reel tape. We recorded and mixed in around 5 days. “

Steve has released four solo albums: The Boy Who Rode His Bike Around The
World, Charm Offensive, Flicker Of Time and Gallery. The band for these
albums consists of Steve on guitar and vocals, Robbie Rist on drums
(Robbie is well-known for having played Cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch –
plus a long list of indie music and film work), and bassist Derrick
Anderson (he is also the current bass player for The Bangles). They have
been together for several years and provide the perfect band for Steve’s
post-Translator songs.

Translator features Steve Barton (guitar, vocals), Robert Darlington
(guitar, vocals), Larry Dekker (bass) and Dave Scheff (drums).

Formed in Los Angeles in 1979, Translator relocated to San Francisco and
were swiftly signed to Howie Klein’s independent label, 415 Records (which
became part of Columbia Records as soon as the band signed), on the
strength of their demo version of Steve’s song “Everywhere That I’m Not,”
the song that would remain the band’s signature tune.

Heartbeats and Triggers (415/Columbia 1982), produced by David Kahne, was
a college-radio hit. The second album, 1983’s No Time Like Now was also
produced by Kahne and included the hit single, Barton’s “Un-Alone”. Their
third album from 1985, simply titled Translator was helmed by Ramones
producer Ed Stasium, as was their final album, Evening of the Harvest
(1986). For their single “Come With Me”, they travelled to India to film
the music video. Everywhere That I’m Not —A Retrospective was released by
Columbia in 1986. Two CD retrospectives were released: Translation on
Oglio and Everywhere That We Were — The Best of Translator by Sony/Legacy
in 1995 and 1996, respectively. All of the original four albums, plus
bonus tracks, are available on iTunes and on CD. Also, previously
un-released sessions will be available very soon. The band continues to
play the occasional live show, including some very well-received gigs in
Los Angeles and San Francisco in September 2009.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.