Interview with Emily Armstrong from Dead Sara by Timothy Danger. [audio:http://www.meltedzipper.com/podcastMusic/deadSara.mp3] Bio :: Music history is rich with rock bands fronted by dynamic duos. Looking to carry on this yin and yang tradition are two talented young women, singer Emily Armstrong and guitarist Siouxsie Medley, who front Los Angeles’ Dead Sara — an electrifying four-piece rock band whose supercharged music is propelled by Medley’s exhilarating, monster guitar riffs and Armstrong’s powerful, wailing vocals. The two musicians are a study in contrast onstage: Medley remains rooted in place — a solid, steady anchor for Armstrong’s almost unhinged performance style. A skilled vocal stylist who can handle blues, soul, and folk-rock with equal aplomb, Armstrong can unleash a guttural howl one minute and trill as pretty as a songbird the next. (When asked by the Wall Street Journal recently which female rock singers she admired, legendary Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick namechecked Armstrong, citing her “strong, urgent sound.”) Dead Sara, which also includes bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday, has attracted major buzz for the ferocious spectacle of its high-octane live performances. Of a January show at The Troubadour, L.A.’s indie-rock tastemaker website Picksysticks.com raved: “You almost forgot you were watching a rock show in the 450-capacity Troubadour and not in a venue like Staples Center that holds thousands when Dead Sara launched into their soon-to-be mega hit ‘Weatherman.’” OC Weekly has praised the band for its “blazing, impassioned classic rock, punk/indie jams, catchy guitar melodies, and songs about not backing down,” while Buzzbands.la noted that Dead Sara’s “strain of primal rock is loud enough to awaken the ghosts in both the indie and metal underworlds, and maybe even get them to dance a bit.” Having spent much of last year in the studio, Dead Sara are gearing up to unleash the fruits of their labors with a three-song digital release, due February 7th and featuring the explosive first single “Weatherman,” emotionally resonant ballad “Sorry For It All,” and an exclusive acoustic version of “Test My Patience.” Their highly anticipated self-titled debut album is slated to be released on April 10th via the band’s own label, Pocket Kid Records through Fontana/Universal. Produced by Noah Shain, the music veers effortlessly from melodic, soaring tunes such as “We Are What You Say” and “Whispers & Ashes,” to bruised, power ballads like “Dear Love” and “Face to Face,” to fierce, blaring tracks “Timed Blues,” “Test My Patience,” and “Weatherman.” “That diversity is what’s honest and real to us,” Medley says. “We love classic rock, blues, folk, metal, punk, gospel, all of it, so we didn’t want to put restrictions on ourselves genre-wise. We just knew we wanted the music to sound really raw and primal, even a bit unsettling.” Lyrically, many of Dead Sara’s songs are survival anthems informed by their struggle to stay true to their vision of being a powerful, uncompromising female-fronted rock band. “Weatherman was one of the first lyrics that I sang when we started writing the song – it was something I had to build the lyrics around. It comes down to predicting your own future by what it is you do today. Creating your own weather per se in standing up for what you believe in.” “Weatherman” has sunk its teeth into Modern Rock and Active Rock radio and has already scored early adds from top stations KYSR (#1 most requested) in Los Angeles, KTBZ in Houston, WCCC FM in Hartford, CT, (where it is the No. 2 most requested song) WRKN/ New Orleans, KOMP/Las Vegas, KNDD/ Seattle, KRBZ/Kansas City, KCXX/Riverside, WGRD/Grand Rapids, WYBB/Charleston,and 99X in Atlanta. In addition, look for Dead Sara as a featured artist on the Vans Warped Tour 2012, which kicks off June 16th in Salt Lake City. Members :: Singer is Emily Armstrong. Guitarist is Siouxsie Medley. Drummer is Sean Friday. Bass player is Chris Null.
Interview with Dustin Stroud from Say Hello to the Angels by Timothy Danger. [audio:http://www.meltedzipper.com/podcastMusic/sayHelloToTheAngels.mp3] Instrumentation :: Dustin Stroud – Guitar/Lead Vocals Raymond Benitez – Guitar Kevin Sparks – Bass Benjamin Benitez – Drums Discography :: Say Hello To The Angels Debut EP (summer 2008) Modern Fire (new full length, out fall 2010, on Altercation Records)
Interview with The Jukebox Romantics @ Warped Tour by Timothy Danger. [audio:http://www.meltedzipper.com/podcastMusic/jukeboxRomantics.mp3] Bio :: “The Jukebox Romantics are 4 certifiable and usually belligerent punk rockers from southern NY. Since releasing their debut album on Altercation Records in 2009, the Jukebox Romantics have taken their talked-about live show from coast to coast including dates during Austins SXSW 2010/2011 festivals and the Warped Tour and Gainesville’s The Fest 9 in late 2010. With a genre hopping approach to their sound, the Jukebox Romantics channel their influences of bands like The Clash, Bouncing Souls, and One Man Army through personal song writing and their ability and eagerness to be absorbed by their audiences. 2011 saw the release of their sophomoric album, “A Lion and A Guy,” as well as a fury of touring. The JBR’s are gearing up for 2012 with a new EP and more nomadic adventures. Come hang out, have some fun, and make some new friends at a Jukebox Romantics show!” Members :: Joe – Drums/Vox Malarky – Bass/Vox Terry – Guitar/Vox Seth – Guitar/Vox
I first met 17 year old high school senior Mike Turnini in Shiner Texas, I think he showed up to see a band of mine play, or maybe it was one of Brea’s solo shows. When I heard he played music, I was interested. There is something about a person who lives in a tiny town doing things their way. You see, Mike comes from Shiner Texas, it’s the same town that Brea, Mdawg and Dean hail from. There isn’t much there as far as youth culture, even if the place is rich in beer and country music culture. Mike kind of reminds us of… well… us when we were his age. In an age when most kids are still trying to even find out the type of person they are, Mike is out there writing his own music and trying to make something happen. “A lot of my music is about leaving, trying to leave… I want to get out of here so bad, but at the same time, it’s kind of sad because I am a senior in high school and I am about to leave, I have no idea what I’m going to do, it’s exciting and scary.” Mike said. Mike went on to do his own shows. At first only attracting 5 or 6 friends, but now with his guerrilla shows he promotes on facebook, he can attract a quick crowd in his local park of an easy 30 or so people. (not a bad feat for a kid with a grassroots campaign and no like minded people to share a stage with) Mike takes his acoustic rock sound ala Frank Turner-ish attitude to any ear he can. Now Mike is trying his luck online in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands to try to get on the Warped Tour. All you have to do is vote… You can go here… listen to Mike and Vote here… Why is this important? Mike is young, he’s got all the intensity and great attitude a musician should have, being from this town and not dealing with shitty promoters and bands with terrible egos have let him keep his optimism, and it shows. He’s a genuine nice guy who plays like the devil. He has taken a situation of no support and turned it into something awesome by throwing his own grassroots shows. When we talk to you about DIY and doing things your own way, I could do no worse than to show you Mike as an example. He does things right. He deserves something good to happen to him. I invite you to help him do so…