Posts Tagged ‘Rock’

Troubador

March 1, 2010

This New Jersey band I hope gets picked up very soon! Troubador is an indie rock foursome with some decent talent.
The thing that drew me to this music is on top of the beautiful soft piano, guitar and bass melodies with clever drumming- there is a soothing beautiful voice. Perfect for a home picnic in the backyard with tea and cupcakes! I hope all you guys support them, especially all you New Jersians who have the opportunity to see them live. In the meantime check out their kooky interview:

How did you come up with the name?
During u.s. history class, we were learning about Troubadours, and I [Erika] thought it would be the single coolest thing just to live that kind of lifestyle, like to just travel around and play music for my whole life and to meet new people so it was always in the back of my mind, because I have ALWAYS wanted to be in a band that if I ever did, it would be called Troubador.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Erika Ricchini (piano, vox), Chris Small (guitar, vox), Elliot Reynolds (Bass, assorted percussion) and Dave Henry (drums).

What did you guys do before the group started?
Just normal high school things I guess haha, we’ve all been into music pretty much our whole lives, I started out when I was not even a year old yet, singing before I could walk and playing around on my grandparents upright piano at the same time I was learning to walk. I officially took up music in 3rd grade, I started playing violin. I didn’t learn piano until Freshman year. We have all played on church worship teams at one point or another as well.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Strangely enough, not at all. songwriting is something that comes naturally to all of us, and we’re like-minded in the musical sense so it’s very easy to play off of each other but we’re also musically different enough to be able to produce our signature unique sound. it’s a perfect fit.

Any big plans for the near future?
Our between the truth and the lies-ep is set to release about this time next month and we’re also hoping to tour this coming summer. we hope to be signed on a major label sometime in the future and make music our careers.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Erika- either Purple Bottle by Animal Collective– it’s just so good, it gets turned on as soon as I get in my car– or Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros, it’s the single happiest song I have ever heard in my entire life.

Chris- Into the Sea- As Cities Burn

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Erika- either my macbook pro or my cameras/Lenses/Film.
Chris- my macbook pro.

(we’re all Mac people.)

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
Nobody is perfect. we all have our flaws and our moments and tend to get snappy with each other at times but for the most part, we’re like a family and in the end we’re always willing to work it out one way or another, even if that is giving someone distance for a little while. oh! and communication is key!

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
I drive a 1992 Buick Skylark named Raolina. I talk to her. I even refer to her as “her” in front of the guys and I think it might creep them out a little.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
[laughs to herself] I don’t know about the other guys, but for me, it’s attracted both boys AND girls alike…

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Well, it’s kinda become a tradition for Chris to break a string almost religiously, always in the WORST part possible. there was also a time when EVERY show we played we forgot SOMETHING important. for example, when we played in Philly once, I forgot my piano stand (had to use a table form the bar) and Adam forgot his sticks (my dad had to cross the bridge to bring them!) another time, we were playing an hour and a half away in Vineland and Adam forgot his cymbals (no idea how that happens) luckily, another band was nice enough to let us borrow theirs. the only one that we couldn’t recover from was when we were playing a last-minute show up in trenton, and I forgot the power supply for my keyboard– let’s just say we had to improvise and it was NOT a very good show :o)

Everyone should have take a long peek at their MySpace music page for plenty of videos and tracks to listen to!

Update:
The have an upcoming show for “Between the Truth and the Lies EP” (March 19th) available to purchase at their shows and on iTunes. They are planning on returning to Gradwell House studios to work on their second EP.

Links:
Troubador MySpace

Children Collide

July 7, 2009

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These Melbourne guys have sky-rocketed on the music scene (Yes, It’s a pun). Ryan Caesar, Johnny Mackay & Heath Crawley create music centred around Space and Rockets- their single “Farewell Rocketship” proved to be the most popular with the crowd wailing the chorus during their gig at Amps.

Their album “The Long Now” was released October 2008 but they did have three EP’s before hand:
2005: We Three, Brave And True
2006: Glass Mountain Liars
2009: Farewell Rocketship

I would love to put up a free link for you guys but that’s just not possible or else I be in trouble- Plus these guys in my opinion a WAY too good I hope you all buy their album and support these Aussie musicians!

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Links:
Children Collide Official Site
Children Collide MySpace

Land of Talk

February 21, 2009

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Land of Talk is an amazing Canadian band that is slowly gathering a huge following for their Indie/Alternative Rock music. This sweet trio consists of:
Singer and Guitarist Elizabeth Powell
Bassist Joe Yarmush
Drummer Eric Thibodeau

Elizabeth’s vocals are so soft and soothing and when combined with some clever yet simple drumming and a smooth bass melody it creates an odd in between type of music where it’s not too pop/dancey but it’s not too slow and relaxing. It’s an all-around type of music where you could dance to it in your own awkward style or you could relax to it.

Their first EP: Applause Cheer Boo Hiss- was released on April 2006 and was a success which led to the production of their first full-length album: Some Are Lakes- released on October 2008. Have a listen on their MySpace site- it really is something that appeals to a wider range of people.

Links:
Land Of Talk Official Site
Land Of Talk MySpace

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Ludachrist

January 10, 2009

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This here is a one super-amazing-psycho-frickin-awesome mix. It’s full of all the different types of music you could possible imagine from ACDC, Doest it offend you yeah? and Daft Punk to the sickest Rappers past and present. Plus it’s totally uncensored. You must download this even if you think you wont enjoy it- cuz you will.

Ludachrist consists of Knick of Evol Intent (Los Angeles) and Dr. Ray Boardman M.D. aka Ewun (Rochester, NY). Bangfest is the beginning of their collaborative work and it is of the highest quality you could possible imagine. Each song flows into the other so seamlessly and there is never a beat out of place!

CLICK HERE NOW!

Links:
Ludachrist Biography
Ludachrist Official Site
Ludachrist MySpace

Calerway

October 17, 2008

If any of you Perthians love the rock music scene and love Amps, no doubt you’ve heard of these guys before. Calerway has performed locally and entertained all of us at one point- drunken or sober- during awesome nights at Amps. Their songs are so easy to get into and enjoy you’ll start joining in the singing in not time. As for this interview, they have one weirdass “crazy” story- enjoy:

How did you come up with the name?
hmmm i am new to the fold.. i do know the story behind the name but it escapes me at the moment.. i dont think its anything too thrilling! 🙂

Tell me a little about yourselves?
I am ryan de rozario I am 24,, jp is 25 I think, phil is 23, cam and james are both 27.. jp lives in the city. Me, cam and james all live in scarborough. Phil just moved from scarborough to up near hillarys. 3 guys are tradies, 1 lectures at a couple of Uni’s and I basically sit behind a computer replying to everyone on myspace all day.

What did you guys do before the group started?
Musically? We alll played in other bands basically… Cam played in a band that did reasonably well called Last Years Hero, and before that a fucking great melodic hardcore band called Ballpoint. James played in a band called Whitechapel and a hardcore sort of band called Boredumb (this is going WAY back), JP and Phil played in a band called Saving Rushmore, and I was playing in a band called Change of Face.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Well I only hooked up with the guys last October, so they had already put in a lot of groundwork. So I was lucky to come in at that time.. but if it was anything like any of the other bands I have been in over the years.. Like any band you sort of have to ‘pay your dues’ playing a lot of shows etc… eventually it gets there thankfully :). Having said that once you finish paying one set of dues, you just start paying another just on a different level I guess.

Any big plans for the near future?
Yachts, Mansions, Holidays off the south of France. Collaborations with Puff Daddy, and Timbaland.
Hahahaha. Nah its hard to really make big plans yourself.. you can set big goals, for sure, but its up to the people working with you and around you to make these big plans and help you realise those big goals..

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Hmmm, I listen to some things a bit off kilter… I know the guys have been loving the new Kings of Leon album…. And it is a fucking great album.. … that Dizzee Rascal tune with Calvin Harris is fucking awesome too and has 2 thumbs up from everyone. I have always been a big Dizzee fan with his UK hiphop/grime sort of shit (I have been pumping Maths & English in my car for months and months) but I really like this electro path.. I hope he does more.. the sounds go really well together. Other than that….. I been listening to .. just good music.. rock, pop, house, breaks, electro.. whatever really! J

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
My macbook. Straight out. It literally sleeps on my bed next to me.

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
Probably to treat business and friendships seperately – which can be hard in a band situation, because you are all friends.. and especially when writing music – which is a very personal thing, its hard not to take decisions made on songs personally. But you have to learn to do it. and try and think about what is best for the song, not whats best for you, or most fun for you.. .. things do get heated sometimes.. but its definitely an important part of the process…. and I guess its even more important for everyone to be able to walk away from ‘the band’ situation and have a beer and a laugh and not talk about music. This is something I don’t think you can ever stop learning… you just get better at it J

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Everyone except for myself lives with their girlfriends who they been with for ages, and I have been a loner for 4 years. So I guess not! hahahahahaha

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
This isnt crazy or embarrassing… but this was just a bit of a strange show.. we did 2 weeks ago actually at the WACA in Perth. It was for some sort of Environmental awareness day or something.. was a private show we had been asked to do.. sounded kind of interesting so we jumped on board.. anyway we turn up to load in.. and there is probably 40 or 50 big round tables all beautifully dressed with about 10 seats at each.. – almost like a wedding! There was a stage with white drapes behind it and all!…. anyway, we finish setting up and sound checking.. still not knowing what to expect… we thought it would be realllllllllly awkward…. And we asked about the free alcohol – and the head honcho guy was like ‘na fellas this is drug and alcohol free’… so the next second piles of kids between the age of maybe 10 and 15 arrive with teachers…. Anyway.. we played and the kids got up and had a great time and ran amok.. It was really different.. but really very cool.

They are reshooting some stuff for the video to Blood Sweat Years and if it’s as good as the song it’ll be just awesome. Should be out within a few weeks on myspace! They have their debut album out Midnight Mercinaries + a bonus disk out now if you guys are loving them.

Links:
Calerway Oficial Site
Calerway MySpace (Which looks awesome by the way)

VOiD808

September 10, 2008

Sometimes I do like to get away from my electro/nurave scene and get back to my emo/alternative rock days. These guys have provided me with a nice new sound to get into! Ahhhh totally loving it, enjoy their interview:

How did you come up with the name?
The name was void , but when we went to get a website it was taken , so we added the 808 and it was more of a time reference because the rest of the band could never show up to practice on time.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Jay Adams -bass player (28), manager at a guitar store (guitar player turned bass player ) loves movies , videos games , and muscle cars , being on stage .

Oscar OO-singer and lead guitar(30) , doctor in psychiatry , loves big truck , muscle cars , video games , hanging with his friends ,writing songs , and going to the movies

Mike Turner – rhythm guitar (27) , bank bill collecter , likes big big trucks , going to the beach , drinking with friends , playing in a band ,

Brandon Ochoa – drums (30) , office manager , loves his wife , driving , drumming , bbq’s with friends , playing big shows in the band .

What did you guys do before the group started?
most of us were in school or working , we were all friends before hand , jay went to high school with brandon , and brandon and oscar went to college and were in void before mike and jay joined

How did you start out/ was it hard?
void808 started after void lost a member and they still wanted to play so mike and jay joined up , lucky void had been around a few years so they had lost of contacts to get gigs and stuff so it wasnt hard

Any big plans for the near future?
we are currently working with a woman who has a label and handles lots of big gigs , she has already got us a gig with atreyu, and we have been meeting with hollywood producers, and we just released a 3rd cd so we may be having some big things comming our way

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
i cant speak for the others but i have been listening to alot of ozzy and van halen

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
our instruments , cell phones , and cars

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
team work

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
we do call brandons drum hardware box ( atans box ) because it is very heavy

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
it used to but most of us have had steady girls for a long time , a wife , a fiance , and long term girlfriends

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Jay has tripped at a show over a loose carpet , mike has started playing the wrong song . oscar has forgot a lyric or two , brandon has had drum sticks go flying

These guys have 3 cds available on: iTunes, cdbaby.com, amazon.com, target.com, napster.com, payplay.com and rhapsody.com
So as you can see there isn’t a lot of places where you can’t get them cds. Their newest cd is called “After All is Said and Done”.

Have a listen to their music – it sounds chilled out and easy to get into!

Links:
Void808 MySpace

Dear Dad, Yours Truly

September 4, 2008

Dear Dad, Yours Truly know how to rock things up with their catchy guitar riffs and lyrics- you really can’t help buy start to nod your head (even a little bit). These American guys are no stranger to the band lifestyle and performing in front of big crowds. Despite all that, they still have the down-to-earth attitudes that all fans hope their rocking bands never lose – Doesn’t hurt that these guys aren’t bad-looking either. Check out their awesome and again one of the most informative interviews I’ve received (in particular check out the last random question):

How did you come up with the name?
“Dad” is in reference to the big guy upstairs. Our band name is the beginning and end of a letter to Him. I (Rayon) was watching T.V. bored out of my skull around 3 A.M. since I had just finished resigning from my previous band and was already thinking, “what should I name the next one?” I wanted it to be something big, and I could think of nothing bigger than God. As all of this ran through my head, a hallmark commercial pops onto the screen depicting a child writing a letter to her father. I thought, that’s got to be a freaking sign! So there you have it… “Dear Dad, Yours Truly”.

Tell me a little about yourselves- (So I can stalk you guys)?
Stalk us? Well in that case…
Daniel Rayon/21/Miami, FL, U.S.A./Vocals
Daniel Cartagena/21/Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A./Guitar
Luke Rice/19/Asheville, NC, U.S.A./Bass
Angel Delgado/19/Miami, FL, U.S.A./Drums

What did you guys do before the group started?
We were motionless and void of existence.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Each of us had been in several bands prior to DDYT (with the exception of Cartagena who just jammed a little with friends) but none were successful. I went about the task of relentlessly searching profiles on MySpace for talented musicians that were willing to audition for the band. After nearly 4 months of searching I found the other Daniel. Followed by Luke 2 months after that, and then Angel who replaced the original drummer most recently and became the final piece to the perfect puzzle. Was it hard? More like Exhausting! But well worth it in the end…

Any big plans for the near future?
We definitely have huge plans for the future! Right now we’re working on an upcoming tour to promote our debut album “Between Two Worlds.” As for labels, keep checking in at our MySpace because we certainly have a thing or two up our sleeves. That’s all I can say (:

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Daniel R.- Time is Running Out by Muse
Daniel C.- Inside the Fire by Distrubed
Luke- Break Down by DDYT… and Russian Roullette by 10 Years
Angel- Almost Easy by Avenged Sevenfold

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Daniel R.- My girlfriend
Daniel C.- My cell phone… and guitar.
Luke- My Mark Nason boots
Angel- Drumsticks

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
Daniel R.- It’s awesome!!!
Daniel C.- Never take anything personally
Luke- Band chemistry is just as important as musicality
Angel- Patience

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Our Inner Alien. Oh, and Llama

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Although being in a band does have its “perks”, Fame and attention is not the main reason we’re out there. To us it’s about the music and generating a positive message… If the fans decide they want to show up and do something crazy that’s completely up to them.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Top 3 Crazy Concert Moments:
3– Luke almost smacking me in the face with the end of his bass multiple times at different shows.
2– Me accidentally jumping on the other Dan’s pedal and switching him from distortion to clean in the middle of a guitar solo in front of 25,000 people.
1– When we first performed our track “Once More”, and dedicated it to the troops, at one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in Florida. You could see people crying their eyes out by the hundreds. It was one of the most emotional moments of the band’s career.
**Bonus- When that meteorite crashed into the ocean right behind our beach show and caused a massive tsunami that washed tiger sharks onto the city streets and everyone got eaten alive. That was crazy!

Now their songs are available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and Amazon Worldwide. I highly recommend everyone who likes Rock to check these guys out- who knows, maybe if there’s enough Aussie fans they might come down our way?

Links:
Dear Dad, Yours Truly MySpace
Dear Dad, Yours Truly Official Site

Fun Day Out

August 27, 2008

This awesome great group called Fun Day Out has a fair amount of potential! Normally I’d say any band who mixes their instruments with synths would be NuRave- but these guys rock more than anything! It’s something a little different than what you’d usually hear but it’s not in the least bit bad.
Hopefully they’ll make it bigtime- and if they do, I could safely say that their crazy ass personalities and attitude would help them cope well with everything and they’d fit in JUUUUUST fine.

Have a read of their very entertaining and open interview- sounds like a bunch of guys who love to take the piss out of each other:

How did you come up with the name?
Errm one of our friends miss annie jakeman had some videos in her itunes and the ‘artist’ was called a fun day out. And busby was like thats a cool band name… and it wasnt a band so we stole it haha.

but we had some talks/arguments about changing it lol but Toby got outvoted so its still the same! lol

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Tobz – small, cute, the sexy dancer of the band hes 17 and youngest! and he lives in st annes like all the others in the band!

Busby – spacey drummer boyy 😉 hes the brains behind the electronic set ups really computer wizzzzzle! hes 18.

Shlee – THE EX-METALHEAD he hated hadouken, skinnies, enter shikari but since joining FDO loves them all lol. hes also 18 and thinks hes a pimp.

Ben – the girly one, concerned more about his hair than the band. were late for everything cos of this ha. the last one to join the band. and hes 19.

Cal- the pussywhipped one also the dipsiest guy you will meet but writes most the lyrics and most of the music to the songs. and he has just turned 18.

What did you guys do before the group started?
fuckk all really cant remember

How did you start out/ was it hard?
erm toby and cal were in a band with a different drummer but he moved away then we got busby, played proper indie stuff then shlee joined, then later ben joined.

Any big plans for the near future?
GET BIG! haha nahh keep giggin and writing and MYSPACING

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
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MYTH OF UNITY- WELCOME TO UNITY

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
cal- his girlfriend
ben- GHD’s
shlee- his guitar and bass
Busby- his bed
Toby- laptop but ATM LOST

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
TRUST NOONE

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
tobys car is called TILLY but it aint secret
shlees girlfriend is called bridie

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
erm little teenybopperz ben can score yehh.
the perveee…like toby says every holes a goal.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
toby putting his balls on cals back whilst playing a show.
ermmm.
thats it were well shit!

Well at the moment these guys have only one song up on their MySpace site but it seems that they are working on their first album- something to look forward to! I’ll be sure to let those guys send me an update on when they’re done, or if you want first dibs go check out the site yourself.

Links:
Fun Day Out MySpace

Suiteside

August 13, 2008

Suiteside is a little different than the usual people I interview- this time it’s the label and management behind new bands. The people that work behind bands do just as much work as the actual bands themselves! This amazing crazy and fun yet professional woman has worked her way up in the music management industry in order to make a name for herself as well as the artists she represents. With her attitude (which shows through her interview – especially last random question), she makes an often difficult job look easy!

How did you come up with the name?
It’s a kind of joke. When I started the label I used to collaborate with people from the italian electronic label Suite Inc., and we wanted to find a related name. And Suiteside makes you think about luxury hotels but also sounds like the word “suicide”, and sometimes it is a bit, with so much hard work and few money coming in. But we’re romantic beautiful people, aren’t we?

Tell me a little about yourself?
Sometimes I feel as I am the kind of person who’ll never accept to live an adult, ordinary life. I’m into rock-indie music from my teens, and it seems I will never be able to live without being in this crazy business. But I try to work seriously and professionally.

What is the point of your business and what do you do?
My actual goal is to develop the bands I’m working with and for, establishing for them new connections with audiences worldwide. Being a record label doesn’t mean so much in 2008, cds are dead! I’m a booking agent as well, for lots of foreign bands. I set up tours in Italy for Xiu Xiu, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Azure Ray, APSE, Ex-Models and many many others.

What did you do before you started all this?
Well, I studied music criticism at the University, then I worked as music journalist for local and regional mags, I’ve been for years Head of Music in the staff of an alternative radio station in Bologna, and I wrote a few books about rock music too.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Honestly it was less hard when I started, than now! In 2001 there were just a few indie labels and bands around, now everybody can promote himself on the net, and there are lots of new bands struggling for gigs and exposure. Two years ago I had to decide if go on or give up….luckily I found some refreshment in working with younger and more rocking bands.

Any big plans for the near future?
World domination!! ahah, I’m joking….the BIG plan is to work more an more on a global perpective. One positive thing of the internet is that I can contact people like you on the other side of the globe and do a quick interview like this.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
“Violet Hill”, the new Coldplay single. Keeping singing loud “won’t you let me know?” in my office.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Coffee. If I don’t have one in 5 minute after I’m out of bed I’m lost!

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
No. But I have a favourite little inanimate object 🙂

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened to you on the job?
Lots of things! Like being really sick in a toilet at a venue in Lugano (Switzerland) after a gig. Or losing a UK band I hosted in Genova and spending hours with their driver calling the police and the hospitals just to find they slept in a dirty hotel ’cause they were too numb to get back home. Or spending a crazy night in Klagenfurt (Austria) waiting for the train to Italy in a pub with a band made of an italian guy, an english, a spanish and their french roadie. The owner of the place was a really kitsch middle-age blond woman who forced all of us to drink lots of beers and whisky and tequila. And there was also a mad slovenian old guy speaking about his war experiences. I could fill pages with strange stories, but I’m sure the best has yet to come!

If you’re a big music listener keen to find out about new bands before they hit the big time- there are several ways in which you can keep up with this type of news. OR alternatively, if you’re a band or musician who’s in need of help to hit the big time- definitely click on the links and get some information! As you all know, no such thing as too much information!

Links:
Suiteside Official Site
Suiteside Myspace
Last.fm Suiteside
Skype: monica.melissano

Super Consumers

July 17, 2008


Photo by Kristina Kauffman

The thing that stands out for me about Super Consumers is that while they are a alternative/rock band, they manage to have a decent balance between the two genres. They still totally rock out with their awesome guitar melodies but the creative beats and awesome vocal harmonising gives it more of a mellow thoughtful feel to it.
Their interview is one of the entertaining ones! Read through their history and how they all met, and the painful lesson Ron learnt from being in a band.

How did you come up with the name?
The term ‘super consumer’ is actually a term used by marketers to segment potential customers. A ‘super consumer’ is defined as an American consumer between the age of 35 and 44 earning over $100,000 a year. They’re the most sought after customers since they have the most disposable cash. We chose the name Super Consumers because it shows the warped way that businesses view people and how people in turn view money as such a major status symbol.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
I’m Ron, I’m 24 and I make odd noises with my mouth. I’m originally from Long Island, NY, but I relocated to Philadelphia for the beer.

The rest of the guys are:
Matt (age 23), Andrew (21), and Ryan (24), all from South Jersey. Matt and Ryan are our resident guitar heroes, and Andrew smacks the drums. Our bass player, Eric is 24 and hails from Harrisburg, PA.
We all live in Philly now and spend our time eating, drinking, and playing music.

What did you guys do before the group started?
Ah geez, I know this. Let me see if I can pinpoint where everyone was before the band. Ok, I had just started an office job, Matt was teaching at the New Jersey School of Music, and Andrew was playing drums and thinking about becoming a chef. Eric and Ryan were probably still doing college.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
It’s the same timeless story: Boy meets Band. Band breaks Boy’s heart. Boy and Band stay together for the kids.
Actually, the whole thing started off with Matt and me posting competing classified ads. We were both looking for new bands since our old ones had ended, and we go crazy when we’re not playing music. After realizing that we lived within blocks of each other, we hit it off and started writing acoustic songs. Later, we brought in Matt’s brother Andrew on drums and realized how much more awesome it was to do this as a full band. After trying out a few people, we eventually found Eric at a falafel place, and Matt asked Ryan to join during a game of racquetball.

Any big plans for the near future?
Our first CD is coming out in a few days, and we’re pretty excited about that. It’s called Terrorism and features some pretty raucous guitar songs with titles like “Say It With Me Now: BODEGA” and “Other Uses for a Lightbulb.”
Aside from that, we going to start playing around the Northeast pretty heavily, and we there’s a good chance we’ll be back in the studio to record some live stuff too.

What one valuable thing have you learnt from your time being in a band and performing?
Haha, I’ve actually learned two. Always play with friends, and don’t get hit in the head with a guitar. That sh*t hurts! Haha

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
I actually just caught a great show last night. It was the Toadies, and they played with this awesome band called Lions. Real balls out rock and crazy high energy. Aside from that, I’ve been digging the new Weezer album, Genghis Tron, Horse the Band, and the new Portishead. Matt, Andrew, and Eric saw Pearl Jam recently, so there’s been a lot of discussion of Yellow Ledbetter’s lyrics. Ryan’s taste is pretty eclectic, but he’s a big John Zorn and Mike Patton fan.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Pants, although Ryan wore my pants at the last gig and never washed ‘em.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Not really, most of my favorite objects are animate. I’m a big fan of nicknames though, which is why I know a Papa Lum, Tony Sizzle and Frodo.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
I’ve definitely lost more girls than I’ve gained by being in a band. Girls don’t usually like the crazy amount of time we spend doing music, and they hate it when you roll in at 3am stinking of cheap beer and White Castle. Bands usually take up a lot of time and cause a lot of bad decisions, haha!

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
When we first started out, it was just me, Matt, and an acoustic guitar. Our buddies in the Styrofoam Junkies brought us up to New York for our first gig at this amazing dive.

When we got there, the first thing we noticed was the big hole in the ceiling above the stage. There was a fire there the night before! Aside from that, the door to the bathroom was just a large piece of cardboard or something that was propped up against the entrance. You had to move it out of the way to get in and then have somebody watch the entrance because you could see into the bathroom from anywhere in the room! I was told that there was another bathroom but somebody went number 2 in the sink there. Still, we got to play with some friends, and it was a pretty awesome show!

So check out their awesome rocking/mellow music and listen to the new EP ‘Terrorism’! do eeeeeeet.

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