|ISSUE 11.1||Spring 2001|
- Colin Odden (July 26, 2004)
It is a shame that things are headed in the direction they are going. Clubs getting more greedy, only caring about their beer sales and not the great band playing their asses off to a crowd they had to drag into the place. Bands getting their set cut short because the beer sales were not booming. Ignorant sound "techs" that are too stoned and lazy to give you more kick in your monitor and act like you owe them a debt just for showing up. Half price beer, or no bar tab at all, for band members. Lame assed ticket takers that treat you like a second class citizen or refuse to let in your girlfriend for free or tell you only one roadie per band. Who the hell do they think they are anyway? Just another douche. Club owners that make up a "new" set list with shorter times because they want to end the night early. Lights not used or used with a general lack of knowledge or enthusiasm because "they can't do it al by themselves" or that is extra. That is BullShit!
Musicians are basically respectful of each other. That is golden. There is a general lack of respect in band relationships and that needs to be stamped out before the clubs all win and divide up the loyalties. It's bad enough to hock tickets or pay the sound man out of the door, as that is the responsibility of the club to pay their own damn staff. The old days are gone, but not forgotten, when a band was "hired" and got paid a set fee, not ticket sales, no out of pocket fees. And, you got a tab...free beer.
Bands need to work together to stop the incessant gouging of clubs for their own benefit without a return, like advertising or payment guarantees to bands that sweat their asses off for a couple bucks. Or sometimes no dough at all just to pay the sound guy who does a shit job and bitches when asked to do a menial task like turn up a solo or plug in a wireless mic. Fuck that noise! And fuck them!
I think it is high time to revolt and stand up for band's rights once again so the clubs start hiring instead of siphoning blood, sweat, and money from hard working struggling musicians that only care about playing their music and not the club owners vacation fund! It is time to stand up and refuse to play for the "door" after the sound man gets his cut. It is time to stick to your guns and ask for a guaranteed cash payout for your performance. It is time to take back the reigns and control your own destiny.
In time, there will be a demand for top drawing bands that people come out to see simply because they are playing, not because the band had to drag their asses into the club. In time, bands will be in demand for their musicianship. In time, bands will be on top once again, not the night's receipts for liquor sales that dictate the band that is "allowed" to perform at a club.
Stand the hell up and take back control. Or, be a lemming and just do as they ask. Do as everyone asks, just conform. Lemmings are one of the dumbest fucking creatures in the world, ya know. Band together! Accomplish something, for once.
- Gozar (May 20, 2004)
- Waheed Barton (July 03, 2003)
(June 03, 2003)
Getting a great break from the Rock and Roll Rev, three local bands got to open for Social Burn at the Alrosa Villa on April 18, 2003, to an excited and enthusiastic crowd. Screaming fans crowed up to the stage to cheer them on. The sound was excellent and the response was overwhelming. Lots of great local talent is being given a shot from Rick Catella at the Alrosa Villa.
Opening for Social Burn were Euforia, Downcyde, and STRIKKEN, in that order. Excellent sets from all three bands kept the crowd interested and ever increasing. Euforia's techno-metal was awesome. Their songs got an excellent response from the crowd that gathered up close to the stage. Downcyde rock the roof with heavy jams that started a mosh pit. Downcyde was impressive and did a fantastic job for the ARV and Social Burn. While all three opening local bands were impressive, STRIKKEN stood out as one of the best. Their performance was as good as it gets, even the national band seemed impressed. Hundreds of fans stood in front of the stage getting into their songs and trying to get a free T-shirt.
Even with a minor technical problem, these bands kept at it to crank out the rock. It's not like it's uncommon at the villa for sound problems to occur, even for National acts, ya know. Technical problems arose for all three bands during their sets. With the technical problems corrected by a fast thinking dude back stage, STRIKKEN performed with all the energy any band could summon. The mosh pit was sic and the participants had a great time slamming. We can't wait to see these local bands, again.
- Sam X (Apr 30, 2003)
This is a show you don't want to miss!
- Ryan Vile (Feb 19, 2003)
His emphasis on several community- interest messages, like anti-smoking, healthy eating (including a boycott proposal of fast food establishments), anti-racism, anti- alcoholism, and the need for unity between all of us as Americans made for a sort of punk rock love fest: Leaving the overall atmosphere in the venue one of intimacy, warmth and brotherhood. (I know: is this really Henry Rollins I’m talking about? He put it best: “you mean you get cold at night?”) He ranted over the upper middle class and their new-found affection for urban assault vehicles i.e. Hummers; sport utility etc., dubbing the former “Dickheads”. He delighted us with stories of first being declined for the part he auditioned for in “Armageddon”, and later facing the same group of directors and casting people pissed off and landing a part in “Bad Boys 2” by being overtly obnoxious to them for revenge. We were ecstatic as he portrayed himself as a dorky outcast at Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s New Years Eve party. Even people who might find his music to be outside their comfort zone (there’s no accounting for taste) should find him hard not to love with this silly look on his face, describing he and a friend as total hicks standing there in a room full of well dressed people in their old shirts and jeans.
He expressed extreme sympathy over the famed “West Memphis Three” court case. For more info you may go to www.wm3.org as Henry recommends. Information about a cd aptly named “Rise Above” with proceeds to benefit the legal fees for the fund to free the West Memphis Three: he tells us may be found at 21361.com. The cd is a tribute to Black Flag recorded by various artists.
He ended by saying that not only is it our responsibility to change the problems that exist within our own country and that war with other countries is the least of our worries now, but that the resources to make those changes take place already exist right here within these borders. In closing he delegates the task of taking that first step to “the people in front of me in this room tonight”. With a smile and several cheerful waves he said goodbye, and it is on that note Henry, that cowtown bids you a fond adieu.
- Francie Griffith (Jan 26, 2003)
- dropseven (Jan 19, 2003)
(Jan 19, 2003)
Well, we arrived and the first band was already playing. I think they were called What We Are. Technically, they were great, but not our type of music. Excellent percussion, alternative rock at it's best.
The next band was called Staple. These guys were intense and loud. Their songs were well staged and rehearsed. I like the heavy rock they cranked out. Excellent job.
The last band, the headliners, were called Strikken. I have heard about these guys around campus. What can I say, but...WOW! Man, this band is hard rocking, intense, and cool all in one. They really stole the show. Now I know what the buzz is all about. I plan to see them the next time they play.
In conclusion, What We Are is cool, for alternative rockers. Staple and Strikken are cool for all rock fans.
- Webb (Nov 29, 2002)
- Chris(bass/vox, The Conceited) (Oct 20, 2002)
I am referring to local band members that are too far gone on the road of self-destruction to be happy for another band that is actually making a name for themselves. I can see where they would get highly jealous of another local band that is already where they wish they were, especially after playing their "stuff" for 2 or 4 years and never getting noticed. It must really hurt to see a band make it before you do....tissue anyone?
That sand in your vagina must really be irritating you if that is all you can do is bitch and moan about someone else's success and your own failure. Move aside for real talent. So, in closing, wipe it, and shut the fuck up. If ya need to, tell your mommy to suck it harder next time.
- Me (Oct 09, 2002)
- Strikken Fann #1 (Oct 07, 2002)
See STRIKKEN perform this month on OCTOBER 25th at the ALROSA VILLA. We take the stage at 9:30. Be there, and visit us online at www.strikken.com.
- Wild Bill (Oct 02, 2002)
We need 80 more extras and 10 Lovely Ladies!
Show up at the filming location at 4:00PM SHARP!
This rock music video is to be shown on MTV and VH-1. Be a part of our history, be an actor for a day, be there. Details are on our web site.
And, listen to the BIG W A Z U this Saturday evening between 8:00pm and 12:30am for our advertisements!
- Wild Bill (Sept 26, 2002)
Want to appear in a MUSIC VIDEO? Want to act? Like rock music? Come to the auditions! We need people 18 - 30 years old for our video. 80 crowd extras, 20 people less than 4' 6" tall, 9 lovely ladies for important parts!
So, come on, get in on a real MUSIC VIDEO that is being filmed on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 & MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 by BARON PICTURES. www.baronpictures.com
Listen for the ads on the BIG WAZU this Saturday evening between 8:00 PM and 12:00 midnight!
- wildbill (Sept 24, 2002)
Directions and a map are available on STRIKKEN's web site at www.strikken.com.
STRIKKEN is planning their first music video and will need 100 extras, 20 ladies, and 10 short people for their video. So, come out, get interviewed, and be a part of music history. Who knows, you might get seen on MTV and VH-1.
BARON Pictures will be filming the video, and www.baronpictures.com also has the info listed. We need you! Filming will begin on Sunday, September 29 and will end on Monday, September 30. Peace!
- Wild Bill (Sept 20, 2002)
I must say that this chance encounter with this band turned out to be a great one. I have heard about these guys thru a few associates of mine, so I just had to check them out.And this past weekend I got to witness and be part of the SUB/DIVIDED scene.
The amazing part about this band is that they have only been together for about a year. And they have been playing locally at least every other weekend.You can tell that they are dead serious about performing great music.These guys play covers but they are known by their fans for their outstanding originals.With a great writing ability and their talented musicians, these guys are going straight to the top of the charts.
They label themselves as Alt Country Rock. I must agree.These guys do it all and they do it well.I heard everything from Black Crowes to Hank Williams Jr to the Rolling Stones. These guys just plain Rock. They are all over the stage jumping around and just plain having fun. This band knows how to captivate a audience and hold them until they are ready to let them go.Even then the crowds do not want them to leave the stage.
The show was held at a bar called the Water Dog Saloon. I have been to this place many times to watch up and coming bands but, I have never seen a band as great as these guys.The locals cant wait for these guys to come back and play again.Its amazing that a band this talented still likes to play at smaller local clubs.
These guys are very professional in every thing they do. From their equipment to stage presence. They are ready for the big time. Talking to the bands manager, I also found out that they are heading back into the studio to finish up the work on their 2nd CD.I got to get this CD.From what I understand it will have a little something for everyone, kinda like their shows. It will have Rock, Southern Rock, Country and I guess Alt Country.
These guys remind me of a Molly Hatchet/ Lynard Skynard mix. And what a mix it is.A true Southern rock Style.
So when you here that Sub/Divided will be playing at a bar near you, make some plans to head out and see these guys!
You will however become...Sub/Divided!!!! Which is a good thing.
- Aaron Clark (Sept 10, 2002)
- Luca (Aug 31, 2002)
Flash forward to June 2002. I get an email from AUDION's singer/guitarist Paul asking if GO EVOL SHIKI! will play a show with at Bernie's. I nearly wept. The return of AUDION! They parred down to a 2 piece with Paul singing and playing guitar and the master of multitasking David on drums, synths, and doing the programing. They've played 3 shows since and every one has been amazing. First off, no one can touch the energy they exude while playing. Secondly, its pretty fucking amazing watching David play drums and synths at the same time. Finally, Paul is bleeding (literally!) after every show. That's rock and roll right there. They have a cd finished which I believe you can get at their shows. Pick it up. Incredible songs and great titles. Check out "Knives In Hand" and "Hands On The Stove".
Seriously, check them out so they don't disappear again. Do it! DO IT!!!
- Tom Butler (Aug 17, 2002)
- TIM (Aug 13, 2002)
- Joel (Aug 13, 2002)
- Joel (Aug 13, 2002)
- Joel (Aug 13, 2002)
STRIKKEN stuck again last night at the Scarlet & Grey Cafe on N. High St. The opening act, the City Limits Stop played their first ever live show at 10:30. Not bad, guys. Keep it up.
Next, the Patsys showed up...late, and then proceeded to play. They blew, they blew the fuses and they blew! After several minutes, the power was restored and the Patsys started to play, again. They blew, and the power blew, again. So, they packed up and left with a whimper. Good!
Finally, STRIKKEN was set up after re-routing the power supply by their manager. STRIKKEN ROCKED THE HOUSE!!! Awesome! Hot guitars, hot vocals, original tunes that kicked ass! The crowd really got into their stuff. What can I say, these guys are AWESOME! See them the next time they play a campus bar, if you like to party with a hard rock band that delivers, that is.
- Sam I Am (Aug 11, 2002)
As comfortable doing a countrified original about pain and loss to doing a Replacements cover that will raise the hair on your neck, Lower Lights Burning pulls it off due, in part, to the glaring absence of pretension, fluff,or cheese. That, and they're four guys with the innate sense of good music with the ability to play it.
They're a new band lucky enough to possess the rare combination of intelligent lyrics set to an honest, straight ahead, guitar driven sound they fluctuate, tweak, and transform from song to song. Count how many times the guitarist rocks the glasses off his head.
As Dave Alvin would say, "This is American Music."
- ChopperDave (Aug 04, 2002)
- Sarah (Aug 02, 2002)
1 John England on vocals 1 PJ Hall on guitar 1 Greg Braun on drums 1 Mark Hays on guitar 1 Luke Braun on bass 2 pints of fresh new sounds 4 pounds of ‘real” lyrics One kick ass stage presence
Mix all together and take shape for a few years and a few albums later and you have Ohio’s number one local rock band, MYOPIA!
The smoke filled bar is full of trendy campus students. Drinks in hand, they anxiously await for the ensemble of five to take the stage. The lights dim and there is a small movement on stage. Then as explosive as their recent success, Myopia seizes the stage and all that is present is engulfed in a Myopia experience………. It all started back in the small Ohio town of Mt. Victory in the early 90’s with a new kid in town John England (vocals) and a classmate Greg Braun (drums) who shared a love and talent for rock-n- roll. John and Greg toyed with the idea of developing their own band, which lead to the recruitment of Greg’s brother Luke Braun (bass) and two earlier members who later left to pursue other aspirations and ultimately paved the way for the joining of Mark Hays and PJ Hall (both on guitar). With the two new members on board the five set out to forever change Webster’s definition of “myopia”. “Myopia” another definition for nearsightedness, and a way to describe early club managers and how they were often too nearsighted to see past the bands little experience and young ages, is no more. With two successful albums under their belts, Radius and Superhero in addition of their first ever EP Take You With Me the demand for Myopia has soared and has lead to an ever growing fan base of young and old alike. With the help and success of being named Ohio’s number one rock band of Central Ohio by WBZX 99.7 The Blitz the word of Myopia is spreading and a vision of pure talent and youthful energy is becoming quite clear. As the fans await another EP due out this summer, these boys will continue to devour their audiences with their electrifying shows full of uncanny surprises. Lots of bodies jumping and hands in the air as beats and sounds are laid out with passion and vocals that reach right out to you, all while maintaining a distinctly unique upbeat energy. No room for syrup or sappiness here. As I walk out of the crowded bar I stumble on my intoxication and ponder at the fact that I never even had a drink in hand………
- Ladybug (June 17, 2002)
The NSA is a band that will surprise you. Normally I do not like to see a keyboard player up onstage with a rock-n-roll band, which is what the NSA unquestionably is. Call me a purist, but I think there is usually an inverse relationship between the quality of rock music and the number of instruments used to create it. But with the NSA it all works out somehow. The keyboards and synthesizer stuff are all completely incorporated into their sound along with the standard guitars and drums, so it doesn't come off like a gimmicky add-on. The result is big and loud and fun.
The show just plain rocked. Not a dull moment in their entire set. I kept waiting for them to play a boring song so that I could go to the bathroom, but they never did. I had to hold it. This is a high-energy rock-n-roll band. They all move around so much onstage that, if you're not paying attention, you might forget which one is supposed to be the front man. Compared to those bands where everyone just stands still and plays, the NSA have the combined energy and charisma of five David Lee Roths, and I mean that in a good way.
Apart from the flash and dazzle of their live show, the NSA also seem to have quite a lot to say in their songs; about the alienation of the individual in an increasingly technological world, about waste and decadence in the entertainment industry, about the spiritual sickness that results from overexposure to the media. Also something about robots, I think. My favorite song was "Getting Fired", which, to the best of my understanding, is about a man who comes to work one morning to find that he has been replaced by a robot. It rocked.
So, if you get a chance, I strongly recommend going to see the NSA. That is, unless you're afraid of being destroyed. Then you should stay home.
- Kyle Mossman (Apr 19, 2002)
It was a much tighter show. Bunny comfortably chatted inbetween songs. This time out, the BP seemed to enjoy performing. The brother-in-lawey love that Bunny and Z have for each other revealed itself several times in the performance. They showed that for some, less beer=less bitterness.
During the finale, "Black Leather", Bunz filled the extra time on the sound machine by belting out the lyrics to "'83 Chevette", a Supey song. Very, very nice.
The artists are looking forward to pursuing their other music interests, because, to them, "that joke isn't funny anymore". Well, it is still funny to us. Look for amusement coming from Loughtonsound Technologies soon.
My ears were treated to a very enjoyable show by mpeband. Going in, all I had heard was that they were hippies. Well, if that is what hippies really sound like, sign me up. The truth is, I appreciated the ethereal/Punk rock juxtaposition of the songs. Under other circumstances, I would've danced through a lot of their show.
While my ears were happy, my eyes were horrified. "tubadan", seemingly innocent accordian, maraca, and, well, tuba player, came out as the conductor, then stripped during a delightful song about spicing up your sex life. The thing is, I have on occasion thought that it would be nice to see more penises, but when it all comes down to it, I am a prude at heart. My hands were ready to cover my eyes, ... (i don't want to give anything away here) You'll just have to see them. They are touring everywhere.
- Katie Sands (Apr 14, 2002)
I love checking out different kinds of music and this was a blast. I looked out of place in my corduroy button down, but so what? :-) I saw Karma open for Corrosion Of Conformity and liked 'em enough to want to see them again.
Dougan does some strange bookings and this was no exception. Why he would have two punk bands open for a balls-out instrumental stoner-rock band is hard to know. Like I said to my friend, Karma is more Soundgarden than Sex Pistols. Odd line-up.
Bastard Squad was horrible. The singer looked uncomfortable and had little stage presence. The guitarist was solid but unremarkable. The bass player was pretty good but had this cheesy hair metal schtick which was off-putting. The drummer committed the two biggest sins for punk - dragged a lot and hit like a jazz drummer.
From the comments of A Planet For Texas during their set, it became clear that they got the Bastards the gig. It was also clear that they were the only people in the bar who thought the Bastards were any good. Planet was much better. Louder, more confident, better singing and musicianship. The drummer had this crazy set up with what looked like a floor tom mounted on his rack. I love that kind of shit. They were pretty good, but dammit, I just can't get into punk very much. I always try to listen with an open mind, though. These guys were listenable.
Then it was Karma To Burn from Morgantown West "by God" Virginia. They were on fire last night and they blew us and the rest of the crowd away. They were obviously feeding off the energy of the crowd and played a great, memorable set. But how to explain the music?
This band is as close to unique as you can get in rock these days. Guitar-bass-drums. Heavy, groovy, all instrumentals. Their songs are all named by number. This stuff is right up my alley. I absolutely loved it. Stoner rock for jamband fans. The Medeski Martin & Wood of metal.
These guys are the genuine article. Total hicks from West by gum. They crank out these killer riffs with no pretense whatsoever. The drummer is incredible. He sits super low with his snare practically touching the ground. His cymbals are way up high and he just flails! Lots of groovy beats and tom playing. Uses the cow bell well too. He really impressed me last night. I hear some Mountain influence in these guys.
The bass player is great. He had the psychedelic smirk going all night as he laid down the legs-apart lean-back ultra overdriven bottom end to our guts. Ball cap with sun glasses on the bill pulled down over his greasy hair. He plays with lots of effects and gets some wild, psychedelic tones out of his bass. He was obviously having a blast and making eye contact with folks like me who were getting down.
In a trio, you'd expect the guitarist to play lots of leads, but no. The bass player really takes that role in this band. The guitarist just lays down the mean, down-tuned riffs. Ball cap pulled down low over his eyes. Head bobbin. No nonsense great heavy playing. And the songs stand up. It can't be easy playing all instrumentals in this genre, but they pull it off and then some. Great riffs, great songs, great playing.
I'm about to order the CD (reminder to musicians - sell your damn CD at your shows!!) and I'll definitely see them next time they're in town.
- Fred J. Jenkins III (Mar 08, 2002)
- Frankie Cleary (Mar 07, 2002)
- Brian O'Neill (Mar 02, 2002)
- FireStormX (Feb 04, 2002)
They sent Cringe copies of the CD and I'm really liking it. There's a bit of the Who influenced rawk in these guys - including punk opera and instrumentals that could be mistaken for Sonic Youth, V-3 or Eric's Mother. There's at least one tune from the Black Sabbath big bad riff handbook to get me off my butt and on my feet. I might go so far as to say that this is intelligent punk. Not to say it's particularly intellectual -- it just comes off as if they really put some serious thought into their songs during the recording process -- while maintaining some humorous themes. Oh yeah, and there are no discernable vocals until nearly 10 minutes into the disc, and those are deliberate with a snide overtone.
My only disappointment is that the shows don't keep my interest or my ear as much as the CD does. When I finally did see the Staggers live, I nearly didn't recognize them as the same band. They came off as a run-of-the-mill drunk punk band. But that'll happen when ya hit the Bernie's stage at 2am. I've seen 'em a few more times since and it's improving -- meeting the expectation set by their recordings maybe half the time. So in some strange way, I'm eagerly awaiting the fruits of their next disappearing act more than their next show.
- Joel (Jan 20, 2002)
This CD kinda surprised me. Why? I saw Fairmount Girls live about two years ago. It was a perty rough affair, so I wasn't expecting much from this CD. Maybe the studio is really good to them. I've seen them since getting this CD. Indeed, they've tightened up nicely. In any case, if those names I dropped above are yer thing, get the CD or try 'em out live.
- Joel (Jan 20, 2002)
- JP (Jan 13, 2002)
- jp (Jan 13, 2002)
- Chad (Dec 19, 2001)
I must admit to taking a few listens to really warm up to this CD. I guess it took me a while to breathe in all the textures that are alive here. They compare favorable with the new wave of Projekt bands: Mira and Lowsunday. If you are into shoegazery sounds then give this CD a spin.
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- Tom LaBue (Dec 18, 2001)
- Dan Sostrom, Clairecords (Dec 11, 2001)
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(Dec 05, 2001)
[I agree. Wanna write for us? - joel]
- Andrew Jay (Nov 25, 2001)
Smiling Villians from Michigan were there, the only stars who took them selves a little too seriously that night, while still pretending to laugh at themselves. The sound was reminiscent of The Misfits, most notably on their cover of "where eagles dare", but the Villians are a little more metal and less charasmatic. Note to their groupies/family: if you don't dance, no one else will.
Marcy Mays kicked ass and owned the stage and rocked out on her one-man-band.
The Boaz Philharmonic, kings of pop (sorry jack-o) stayed true to their roots, and played the songs the kids wanted to hear. They particularly shone on "Renaissance of the Lovely" and "Bolge Ridge Academy". Many of the audience members were instantly hooked. Everyone got the joke and wanted more. Lead singer Bunny (Bunz, or Uncle Bunzy, as his true fans know him) crooned his way into our funny bones, while Grandmaster Zach, spun out the electronica tunes, read: pressed buttons and drank beer with style. I will never forget the look on Bunny's face as he screamed/rapped "put on the get your face out of my face face". I am eagerly awaiting the next BP show b/c it was the most entertaining act I've seen for a long, long time. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Bunny continues to change his pants onstage...Until then, I'll keep my summer villa in Boaz.
- Lori Markey (Nov 25, 2001)
Templeton's strong suit is that they take basic four or five chord rock progression and put good, strong, memorable melodies on top. The "Useful" EP that was recently released is a prime example. Besides the fact that all the tracks are uptempo, four-minute or under dirty guitar rawkers is completely moot if there is nothing to take away in the melody department. Luckily, Mr. Hurd and company are much more in sync than the 1999 full length release "Trash To Treasure," which sometimes saw discordant instrumental parts take the lead when vocals should have been pushing the song along.
The opening title track is the basis for what makes Templeton good: intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus and out. No fucking around with a bridge, extended solos, none of that, just nasty guitars, killer drums and enough snotty angst to give punk rockers a run. The only thing that really holds the band back is the production, which at times muffles the Ben Kemp's drums and the vocal tracks. Then again, this is "noise pop," whatever the fuck that is, so it can't be too well produced or else they'd probably get labeled sellouts or something benign like that.
"Track Record" suffers slightly from the fact that the verse vocals follow the guitar line note for note the entire song. Three verses of this is a bit much, time to bring in the counter melodies and try changing shit up people, c'mon! Luckily the chorus bails out the lackluster verses to make the song memorable, although it is definitely the weakest of the three.
Finally, "It" wraps up the EP with a drum and bass intro (Fuck yeah!) and follows it with plenty of swearing and lines about killing cops...mmkay. The verses are stronger than the previous track, and the guitars sound huge at points, which helps push the chorus up and in your face. This is the only song on the EP that features a legitimate "solo," and Tony Nguyen lets it rip, dancing between the Pixies Joey Santiago and Mr. J Masics with ease.
Supposedly, these songs were going to make it onto the next Templeton full-length release, but with Mr. Hurd in Howlin' Maggie full-time and the departure of Ben Kemp from behind the kit, who knows if the next Templeton LP will see the light of day. If these tracks are any indication, we can only hope....
- F. Wood (Nov 18, 2001)
They don't look like the average band, the lead singer was a tall as shaq, the lead & bass guitar player looked like the average still in college joe, and they had a dj who was a short little jewish guy.
I snickerd because they were the most unlikey trio I had ever seen.. but when the music played i totally was taken to some other world.. they started with a hard rocking sound, over top of a fluid rap, so I figued they were rap band.. but no.. they jumped to a soul/rock tempo'd song totally flipping the script on me vocally.
They started off rough with a few technical problems, but worked their way through with a nice blend of rock, hip-hop beats, and deep soul singing, and every now and then they drop in some drum & bass, which totally got me hyped, because I love drum & bass music.. they dropped it in like seasoning not over doing it but blending it well with the rest fo their music.
I was impressed, they totally took me off guard and that was a breath of fresh air, no two songs were alike.. and they did a great job of blending various musical styles together.
The next time they play I'll be bring friends, and you should check them out too, true music fans will enjoy Amagamated Funk, not that I trying to push my friends club but they play rgularly at Snaps & Taps check 228-1230 for more info.
- Rory Stanton (Oct 12, 2001)
Hmm, the first 2 letters in OK Computer and first 2 letters Kopaz are the same, just reversed. Coincidence? Probably. Is Adult Alternative Art Pop/Rock the next big radio programming format? Could be.
I don't quite get the whole Radiohead thing. OK is an OK album I suppose, but ... I suspect those indie rockers just got into their parent's Carpenters, Bread and Sweet albums ... Kinda like how the Smashing Pumpkins started to sound like Barry Manilow doing new age space rock. Then the whole prog rock thing starts creeping in (particularly Trevor Rabin both with Yes and solo comes to mind with Kopaz -- but that's just one of my pretentious pet comparisons).
Kopaz's vocals are very smooth and nice with a sorta non-threatening, boy nextdoor Bono tonality. The playing is quite tight and melodic. Layers of synth sounds, instruments, and vocals, little experimental interludes and real glockenspiel accents are all part of the mix. The production is excellent to a fault. In fact, I challenge anyone to listen to this and say it has any element of the so-called "local band poor production quality." Ok, maybe there's one or 2 elements, but yer just being hypersensitive. These boys are at the very least great "sound sculptors."
The first tune, "Pacific Dead End" does have heavier parts that bring to mind Weezer (Yep, Rob, I wrote that before I read yer review). It's not quite funk or groove, but maybe something like a happy, poppy INXS meets the Pixies? Yeah, I said Weezer earlier.
And for another Radiohead tie in, the first song here and on OK Computer involve car accidents which seem to be the set up that is carried throughout the rest of both the albums. I guess that makes them both concept albums. The difference is Radiohead's character survives due to "Airbag" technology and goes on to live in a modern world of politics, aliens and computers. Meanwhile Kopaz's characters remain underwater in some form of suspended animation from a lack of air -- at least metaphorically if not physically.
After "Pacific Dead End" the Kopaz starts showing its spacier, art pop side. As an example "And In Both" emulates some variant of the Gregorian Chant instrumental fare particularly common to Alan Parsons and sometimes Enya and Kate Bush ("Waking the Witch"). But where (hmm, butt wear?) Alan Parson would use sequenced synth patterns, Kopaz goes for more of a percussive light noise pattern.
"Verbal Kint", which is also a name Kopaz played under early on, is a film inspired instrumental. Named after a character in The Usual Suspects, the mid section could be an updating of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells -- the theme to The Exorcist for ya movie buffs.
The last tune is "Airtight." Hmm. The first song on OK Computer is "Airbag." Maybe I'm not so far off with the Radiohead idea ... Once again I show my age and roots by noting the vocals remind me of a Joe Walsh tune -- "The Wolf" I believe -- or even Styx's "Come Sail Away." Bet ya hate me fer reminding you of that one. After more listens, the noises and vocal effect sound like eerie John Lennon -- a cross between say "Across the Universe" and the end of "I am the Walrus" and "Mother".
Of course, I have to say sometimes this all comes off a bit bloated or pretentious ... but look who's talkin'. Actually it's quite a good CD; just missing that human touch or edge. OK, there are some edges but they come off as either washed out or calculated -- a little too warm, perfect or nice and oddly familiar. Yeah, I know, that's an odd thing to complain about, but I think ya catch my drift. Live they definitely have more edgy rock tendencies, though the vocals still tend to smooth that back out.
In the end I could see a number of the tunes in CD101's rotation. "Uniform" might be my first pick. And I'd have ta say Columbus and Kopaz should be proud to have produced such a fine work. I mean Starboard Rail just sounds and looks like a major band release.
- Joel (Sept 23, 2001)
- Jackie (Sept 17, 2001)
If you would like to check-out any of these west coast indie bands, visit daddymoose.com/bmf/main/htm and go to the links page. I will be adding Superstar Rookie to the link page sometime next week.
Regards, Footer ~ Big Mo Footer
- Footer (Aug 27, 2001)
I think the song was something about hot dog poop, but I could be wrong. Anyway, it was cool. Keep it up Dave. The August first show lacked a little enthusiasm from others, I thought, on the band’s part (I only say that because it’s one of the more energetic bands I’ve seen in a while—don’t get cocky). But I understand Craig was horking up fur balls and the audience, while plentiful (especially for a Wednesday) acted like it was happy hour for Valium shooters. Some cute girls, though—always a good thing.
Speaking of poop, BMF is playing with Poop House Rielly at the Scarlet and Gray Saturday, August 18—an energetic show on everybody’s part, I’m sure!
- -Tabloid Tony (Aug 05, 2001)
Comfest 2001 was a great time as usual; and I'm still recovering!!
I had a booth again this year so, I was only able to sneak away for 2 shows. Saturday's Broken Circle Gospel Deluxe lifted my spirits to the sky, lord, to the sky!!!!!!!!!! As always, the talented brothers and sisters (and solemn-faced death) saved my debaucherous soul from the depths of hell!!!! They even tried to get me up on stage to share in my new found glory. But, I chose to stay seated for fear of the spirits in which I had imbibed would send me on my face in overwhelming rapture (I was drunk with the blood of Christ).
On Sunday, it all was taken away by the Hellbound Truckers!!! Their whiskey bent and hellbound music sent me back to the ways of the world once again!!! Entertainment this grande should be a sin!!! Oh ....... I forgot!!! It is!!!
I guess I'll just have to wait for another revival of BCGD to save my wretched soul again!! I kinda like this "sinnin'/savin'" whirlwind of life!!!
- Juba Moon (July 15, 2001)
- Mark Farina (July 12, 2001)
- Tony (July 11, 2001)
Behemoth formed about a year ago - led by principal riff writer Fes Minck (of Lordburger fame (?)) and Eric Hintersheid (sp?) guitarist/songwriter from swirlpop group Swiverlarm Battlegrip. Trecker was Swivel's resident madman and bass player; and part of what made him so mad was the burning urge to play guitar. Along with Eric and Fes, he rounded out the 3-guitar assault of Behemoth.
At first thought, possibly overkill? Nah, they pull it off. Each guitar has its place a la Molly Hatchet, .38 Special (not to mention the countless one-guitar bands who put orchestras of guitar on their albums, or have extra, touring musicians go on the road to fill out the live sound).
Behemoth gives it to you straight. Simple yet heavy and catchy metal/rock riffs thundering from the Marshall, Sovtek and Mesa Boogie amps until the recent "Softball incident" - as it came to be known. Trecker recently (like 2 days ago, as of this writing) got his cast off. And although still in a sling, when he's not slinging his axe, Behemoth promptly got back on stage last night (June 2 - Bernie's) without missing a beat or a power chord. Props to Trecker for playing through the pain and pulling it off, so to speak, as if he hadn't been away from the instrument for 2 months. Behemoth's sonic blast was loud, heavy, and tight. And props to Fes for forming this band - one that needed to be put together for the salvation of rock.
Behemoth followed some jerk- off "rock" outfit called the Kingrods, and the stellar Hard Rock pummel of Boston's Lamonth with a show that demands more folks get off their ass, shut up, and behold the majesty of rock. Look for them. All thee guitars are alive and well.
- JD Dallas (June 12, 2001)
Well, that's my analogy fer Miranda Sound ( http://www.mirandasound.net/ ): Powerful yet delicate, sturdy yet versatile. The vocal melodies themselves seem fine. But the vocal pitch and tone kinda make my teeth tingle and, yes, cringe -- not unlike when a tiny piece of metal scrapes thin glass.
My introduction to Miranda Sound's music was via this CD. Having met singer Billy Peake, the voice just didn't go with the face and I'm finding it really hard to get by that. I mean Billy's vocal chords must be stretched so tight his balls wanna shrivel up, fall off and lay quivering in a corner. After hours of listening I still can't get the vocal likes of Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane, Rik Emmet of Triumph, the guys from Supertramp, Fish of Marillion and even Geddy Lee of Rush outta my head. Ya know, pop art rock with those high pitched, falsetto front men. Truth be known I've been a fan of most of those bands at some point. Still, there's a strong urge to slap Billy and tell him ta sing like a man ... or at least a male. Trouble is I'm not much of a slapper; and I'm thinking Billy and band pack a wallop, so I'll hold back.
All in all, if ya get beyond the strained, high end vocal range, the CD is a fine, professional product -- nice packaging, nice production, and nice musical variety. There was at least one incident where I thought it was some new unreleased Pretty Mighty Mighty. Much of the production reminds me of PMM's Famous Past Lives (the title of which I still occasionally confuse with the phrase "Famous Last Words" which I believe also happens to be a Supertramp album. Nice tie in, eh?). It was recorded at Workbook Studio -- owned and operated by a couple guys from PMM, so that makes sense.
I suppose if yer curious about what a modern electric rock version of Jefferson Airplane or a Triumph with a bit less pyrotechnics might sound like, try Miranda Sound. Run it through one of those karaoke machines that removes vocals, I think I might really like it. Then again, karaoke is evil.
- Joel (June 08, 2001)
- Beastie (June 06, 2001)
- Gunn (May 25, 2001)
- Tex (Apr 24, 2001)
- Colin (Apr 20, 2001)
- colin (Apr 04, 2001)