Archive for August, 2010

Rad Sauce!

August 25, 2010

Rad Sauce is a great website dedicated to experimental beats, great mixes and up to date general music culture. Created by Grant Thomas, a Perth local living in the UK- he is a regular records scavenger and an amazing DJ (formerly known as DJ Jeeves). He knows his music well, has great style and is way friendly! Some of my personal favourite mixes he’s made are great chilled out dubstep.

Rad Sauce is a blog dedicated to “saucing” experimental, wonky and bassline driven beats including but definitely not limited to Dubstep, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Wonky, Future Beat, Glitch Hop, Step-no, 2 Step, Garage, Grime, Techno, IDM and everything in between. Updated weekly with the latest tracks, albums, club nights and general music culture.

A highly recommended website to bookmark and check regularly!

Link:
Rad Sauce

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Near

August 18, 2010

Near is a band comprised of four young and talented guys from New Jersey. They create some real nice chilled out indie/rock music with some elements of folk in there (in my opinion). The mix of clever drum beats and great acoustic guitar melodies only add to the ‘easy on the ears’ vocals. Perfect for listening to while driving on a clear sunny day with the windows down and wind in your hair! To add to the appeal of this band, these guys seem genuinely down to earth, personable and most importantly patient (this post should have gone up months ago along with a lot of other posts so I apologise to the band for this long delay).

Check out the interview below:
How did you come up with the name?
Well, I guess it was the one that we fought over the least… The NEAR Shoemaker is actually the name of the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid. It also happens to be the name of a character from an anime. We usually like to leave the true origins of the name up to speculation though 🙂

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Tim Pearson- 22 years old, from Erial, NJ (piano, vocals)

Kevin Finn- 24 years old, from Collingswood, NJ (synth, guitar)

Mike Sherry- 22 years old, from Atco, NJ (guitar, vocals)

Ray Gallagher- 21 years old, from Deptford, NJ (percussion)

What did you guys do before the group started?
Well, before deciding to become a band we were a crime-fighting group. That ended when we forgot to set our profiles to private on Facebook and our secret identities were all revealed. Besides that we have pretty normal jobs: Mike works for a hospital, Kevin is a teacher, Tim works at a coffee shop, and Ray is a server at Olive Garden.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Really I’d say we’re still starting out. We’ve been together with this lineup less than a year. Honestly the hardest part has been working around each other’s schedules. The music is the easy part!

Any big plans for the near future?
The main thing we’re doing is continuing to work on recording our debut album.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Kevin: Homesick by Radical Face

Tim: Same Mistake by James Blunt

Mike: No Surprises by Radiohead

Ray: Greet the Sacred Cow by Primus

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
That we need to make sure we set aside time just to hang out every once and awhile. It can’t always be business. When Mike got married we all went camping for his bachelor party, and it really brought us a lot closer together. Now, when we play shows, I feel like the audience can sense that bond between us, and that kinda helps us establish a connection with them too.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Yes. Two of us are married already; how do you think that happened?

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
I guess the most embarrassing thing so far is when Tim’s keyboard stand collapsed mid-song during our set at BCC’s Music Fest! After attempting to continue the song with the keyboard on Tim’s lap, we ended up having to stop the song so we could fix it.

To get more information about these guys- like bookings and contact details- visit any of the links below and I highly suggest you do! As said previously, they’re currently working on a new album and free for any performances.

Links:
Near Official Website
Near Facebook