The Legion of Decency was a Catholic organization founded in the 1930’s, and active in the 50’s and 60’s. They had the misguided intention of determining what entertainment, specifically movies, was “decent” for Catholics to partake in. My Mother, who attended Catholic school as a kid in San Francisco, was telling me about it one evening. It was apparently a sin to attend any of these movies. Of course, I know what movies I would have made a beeline to go see.
A band name was born.
This Legion of Decency is a band out of California’s Inland Empire. Born in the Eastern shadow of Los Angeles and that “magical” land of Hollywood, The Legion of Decency has grown with shady moss and all. I hope you enjoy the music and join in our pursuits.
I’d like to think it is a bit of a sin to listen to us.
Michael played with Kevin and Allyson Seconds in a project called Go National, created fantastical fantastic with Gabe who played bass in Cake, and listened in awe as Dusty Watson, currently of The Sonics, played drums on some tracks. Michael at one point signed a deal with John of the Dust Brothers. With John, Michael helped on records with Tenacious D, Beck, and Medeski, Martin and Wood. He embarrassed himself often with his fan status.
Michael was also a recording engineer/manager at the legendary Enharmonik (Hangar) Studios in Sacramento. Engineering records for Brotha Lynch Hung, Jackpot, Forever Goldrush and many others.
Now, he is recording in the Old House Loft and peacefully loving it.
The Legion of Decency has so many exceptional players joining us. Humbled.
Dusty Watson of The Sonics, Dick Dale, Agent Orange, The Supersuckers, Concrete Blonde and on and on and on, has been playing all the drums.
Sam Bolle from Dick Dale, Donovan Frankenreiter and many others has been playing bass.
Doug Pettibone from Lucinda Williams, John Mayer, and others has been adding his singular steel touch to tracks. He even graciously diddled a banjo for us.
Gabe Nelson of Cake, Mother Hips, and the fantastic Bellygunner has played bass.
Rami Jaffee of Foo Fighters and Wallflowers has added his amazing skills on keyboards.
Onikhol Wells-Howard lent her beautiful name and stunning voice to some tracks.
Jay Gonzalez from Drive by Truckers dropped a little Honky Tonk on a couple of tracks.
Tay Strathairn, who was with Dawes, added piano to Sometimes, Somedays, Somewhere and Grandma’s Sound.
David Ralicke added horns to “Ain’t Got No Room for Kings and Thrones”
Caleb Roseberry played the majority of lead guitar on the record and hits it live too
Yadiel Casillas is laying down keys both live and on “Deep Lines Among the Shallows”
Lucas Sutter is playing drums live and on “Deep Lines Among the Shallows”