T-Ride Bio for Cheap Trash NYC
In Santa Clara, California, childhood friends Eric Valentine (drums) and Dan Arlie (bass) met guitarist Jeff Tyson and, in the mid-80s, built a studio in Arlie's garage. Tyson studied guitar (at the same time as Testament's Alex Skolnick) from fabled guitar guru Joe Satriani while Valentine honed his producing chops on Arlie's vocals for the demo that won T-Ride a Hollywood Records contract. The label pushed for big name producers, including Eddie Kramer who told the trio to stick with their resident expert Valentine. Their brilliant self-titled debut showcased sterling song craft  with traditionalist metal tendencies and advanced technological renderings. But T-Ride, one of the greatest hair metal records ever, disappeared upon release. Valentine naturally became a very active producer, working with Smash Mouth, Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, the Dwarves and many others..  -Stone
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