July 5, 2008

Legendary '70s/'80s rock producer Tom Werman (MÖTLEY CRÜE, TWISTED SISTER, CHEAP TRICK, TED NUGENT) has come out of a retirement from the music industry of sorts to produce the new album from the acclaimed '80s Australian act GEISHA. Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Doheny and guitarist Joe Matera began recording sessions last month in a Melbourne, Australia studio for what will become GEISHA's first studio LP to be recorded since 1989. The album will be the band's fourth official studio release to date.

Werman came onboard after hearing some of the band's impressive new demos.

Says Werman, "I was particularly delighted to contribute to the production of 'Birthday', since I could hear all the appealing elements of the song right in the demo and was reminded of how I used to approach the tunes that exhibited so much potential as single cuts."

Comments Joe Matera: "Tom is actually producing this track ['Birthday'] via the Internet. We are sending files back and forth, conducting conference calls etc with Tom who is overseeing the whole production from his Stonover Farm base in the U.S. As far as I know, and to my knowledge, GEISHA is setting a precedent in this new record production modus operandi."

Tom adds, "This may be the first record ever cooperatively produced online, as the internet continues to facilitate interesting new approaches to both making and distributing music."

The new recording will be the first to feature guitarist Matera, who joined GEISHA late last year.

The new single, "Birthday" will be issued prior to the album's release.

For more information, visit www.geishatheband.com.

Werman was involved in a war of words earlier in the year with MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx over Sixx's recently published memoir, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star", which Tom called "totally deluded" and "stunningly inaccurate." Werman leveled his criticisms in a letter to the New York Times, taking issue with Sixx's claims that the bassist did all the work in the studio on the CRÜE albums "Theatre of Pain", "Shout at the Devil" and "Girls, Girls, Girls" while Werman chatted on the phone.

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