Fair Exchange

Fair Exchange would be made up of two distinct eras. The first era formed in the early 1980s. The original members to come and go include:
Steve Headland (guitars),
Mark Pauley (lead guitars/vocals),
Gary Zdenek (drums/vocals),
Mike Sumption (keyboards/vocals),
Marc Miller (bass), Tom Allain (bass).

The original band had performed at Knott’s Berry Farm’s “Jubilation Celebration” and received the moniker of “Loudest Band”. They received radio play from their self-titled debut album and toured the coast of California, launching them into becoming an outstanding live act. But, as with many bands, there would be divisions and differing opinions as to which direction the band should pursue, leading the band to ultimately part ways.

The second era of Fair Exchange would find its origins in 1992 when Fair Exchange bassist Marc Miller and drummer/percussionist Gary Zdenek converged their talents with Dave Perrigan and me. After joining forces and writing together for several months under the name New Jerusalem, it was decided to commandeer the Fair Exchange name, along with a few songs from their already existing catalog. Together we picked up where the first incarnation of Fair Exchange had left off.

Our second incarnation of Fair Exchange started things off by reformulating Fair Exchange’s more commercial sound and taking it in a more progressive, alternative direction with songs like “Changes” and “After the Rain”. The new Fair Exchange would become a fusion of New Jerusalem’s progressive style and the original Fair Exchange’s rock sound.

During our tenure as the “New” Fair Exchange, two music videos were produced by director/videographer Shawn Van Eeckhoutte – one for the song “After the Rain” and another for the song “Changes”. Shawn Van Eeckhoutte did a masterful job capturing our personalities and performances on film. With storyboard and art direction by Gary Zdenek, and filmed on location in Orange County, California, the “After the Rain” video went on to receive multiple video awards, including 1993’s Videographer Award for “Best Creative Music Video” as well as an OMNI award.

Once primary filming had ended and final footage was reviewed by the band, a dissension began to surface on the part of Dave Perrigan. Dave had reservations about the direction the story for the video “Changes” had taken. The plot, per the storyboard, took place in a mental institution. The opening scene shows a man in a straight jacket. The video explored the battle of a man who struggles to exist in a world with all its violence, yet still claims to also know and believe in God. The video had somewhat of a dark tone, as did the music. Neither the other members of the band or I had any of the same concerns about the story or the video that Dave did. Nevertheless, the video would end up being shelved – but not forever.

It would be several years before the “Changes” video would see the light of day. It had remained shelved until I eventually dusted it off.  I edited the raw footage myself and completed its production in late 2001, eight years after its original filming.

With the inevitable departure of Dave Perrigan came the addition of a new guitarist, Art Bromage. But there was one last change still to come – the final decision we would make as Fair Exchange was to leave all the remnants of that band behind and move forward with what we had left towards the genesis of my next project, Crimson Fable.

Album design by Gary Zdenek