April 18th, 2015 — Previews, contest
Mother Mother is coming to the Pressroom on 6/3! We have a pair of tickets to giveaway! To enter send an email to email@example.com with “Mother Mother” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.thepressroomaz.com/event/804697-mother-mother-phoenix/
April 13th, 2015 — Previews, contest
We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to see Kneebody at the MIM theater on April 19! To enter send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Kneebody” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/kneebody or http://silverplatter.info/shows/39785
April 8th, 2015 — Reviews
There must be something in the air, or is it the water out in Santa Cruz, California? The ease of the music, the good vibes, and The Expendables. Having shared the stage with NOFX, Less Than Jake, Slightly Stoopid, Pennywise, Pepper, 311, and many others. Check it, as our musical bowl is full and the reggae-rock-punk sound invites.
It was finally a quiet warm California afternoon, the freeways were wide-open, and as the car tires road over the gravel driveway, the vehicle pulled up and parked outside an industrial sized building. The doors opened, and the studios couches called for a sit and a chat with drummer Adam Patterson of The Expendables.
Song River: Since 1997 The Expendables have been creating music. Blending reggae, punk, and rock. Without second guessing, The Expendables have fueled the rock-n-roll tank over and over again across the states. How many miles have you all tallied up as a band since then?
Adam Patterson: (laughed) We started in high school, sophomores and juniors. Wow, we have toured so much across the country, so many times. First a van, then another, now a bus… at least a million miles!
Song: What were some of the early influences, and how did your hometown of Santa Cruz, Ca. impact your style?
Adam: Early on we played in the style we play now. Sublime was a heavy influence on us, a lot of bands got into the sound/music. Santa Cruz was a heavy reggae/punk mix. It just kind of fit. It was already in motion, Santa Cruz wasn’t heavily influenced by rap/rock. The mix of people, culture, lifestyle- surfers, hippies, skaters- those in between- it’s a mesh, a little of everything.
As we progressed the style was loved everywhere we went. When we toured Germany at first they didn’t really understand the style, but now they love it, it is accepted. That was a great experience, Germany. We really enjoyed it and would certainly love to go back.
Song: Talk about how you infuse reggae and punk? Do they seem to be at odds?
Adam: As for style, I think reggae may sound different- but politically they aren’t too far off. I see them as the yin/yang of each other. Bob Marley was adding a lot of rock in his later music. Tosh had a very aggressive reggae style, listen to his lyrics. However, The Expendables, we are looking more to blend, so it is fun. It took us a while, we mimicked Sublime at the start, but we now even have a weird Iron Maiden, heavy ’80’s rock vibe of influence. Our guitar player is very rock-oriented. People call what we do- California Reggae.
Song: If you were to choose a ‘mantra’ for the band, or what The Expendables stand for, it would be?
Adam: We aren’t crazy political, we are a party vibe band, here to have a good time! We don’t get too serious, when you come to our shows after two to three hours you forget your worries. That is what our music is about, forgetting your worries, relaxing and good times with your friends.
Song: How many albums did you produce independently, prior to going under the Stoopid Records label (Slightly Stoopid)?
Adam: Our first three full-length albums were completely independent: No Time to Worry (2001), Open Container (2003), and Gettin’ Filthy (2004). [*According to The Expendables bio these three albums brought in a total of over 40,000 units sold with no physical distribution and no record label.] Then our last ones are under the Stoopid label: The Expendables (2007), Prove It (2010), Sand in the Sky (2015) .
Song: Has being under a label changed things?
Adam: Not really, we are still 100% in control of own production. It is hard to give someone else the control- they have worked with us. They help us with distribution, and that makes a huge difference.
Song: Your relationship with Slightly Stoopid has been a long one.
Adam: At 17 we started bugging them, (laughed) Slightly Stoopid, we would follow them around, we all were huge fans. We kept putting our music in front of their faces, not being pests, but they gave us shows here and there, and then as we got better, they even brought us on our first nationwide tour in 2002. Working with them is great. We ’share’ fans and I think that adds to the package of the shows now.
Song: Which is the band more drawn to, festivals or smaller, intimate clubs?
Adam: I think we play in more club settings, and do big festivals as well. Personally, I prefer being able to connect, it’s more of my personal feeling. I’ll go hang out with fans after a show. Some of our good friends were our fans. I like to hang out with them as much as possible.
Song: Band life I am sure life has changed from when you all first began- touring, recording. Now, there is family, etc..
Adam: I think now we can focus on songwriting, and recording albums more now. We have a studio spot, we used to do it in garages. Now though we are in a studio, with couches, in a spot where it makes it all so much easier. Plus, life is changing too. I recently became engaged, and our bass player has a child. So, making those steps to focus more on creating music, and doing tours maybe more like 3 weeks on, 2 weeks off, 3 weeks on.
Song: How do The Expendables keep from burnout, you’ve been together a long time.
Adam: None of us have a back up plan (laughed). By default we are going to do the music together thing, we are friends, and we love what we do. We are taking steps, as I mentioned before. I still want to be touring when I am 80, but not doing 200 or more shows a year.
Song: In January you released your third album under Stoopid Records, Sand in the Sky, during your annual “Winter Blackout Tour.” Sand in the Sky was mixed by Butthole Surfer guitarist and legendary producer, Paul Leary (Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, U2, Weezer) and co-produced by The Expendables and Gordon Brislawn. The album has been well received and continues to be The Expendables full force. How was it working with Gordon Brislawn and what’s next?
Adam: Yes, on this last album we worked with Gordon Brislawn, and it was great. As a producer he kept us moving. Spending more time working on having everything set, ready, go- so when we hit the studio, the hard-work had been done and boom in three days we had it. He is great and helping you on what to do, not telling you what to do.
As for what’s next. We already have 4 or 5 songs finished, and have written a few more. We took five years to do this one, and we don’t want to do that again… (pauses) maybe 18 months for a new one? Meanwhile, follow us on social media, and our website- it is there you can keep track of our tour dates, and places we will be.
Busy, life is busy… but when you’re doing what you love it is a part of your day to day living, and according to drummer Adam Patterson of The Expendables add to this list… a wedding in August…
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March 20th, 2015 — Reviews
Our photographer Song River was on the front lines of the Pot Of Gold Festival at Tempe Beach Park capturing some great images. We’d love to hear from you and some of your stories from the festival too!!
March 10th, 2015 — Previews
Red Baraat will be playing at the MIM theater on March 18! We have a pair of tickets to this show, all thanks to MIM. To enter send an email to email@example.com with “Red Baraat” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/red-baraat
February 19th, 2015 — Previews
Win a 3 day Pass to the McDowell Mountain Music Festival for March 27-29 at Margaret T. Hance Park! Also we will give the LP of Portugal the Man’s Evil Friends to the winner! To enter send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “MMMF” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number. Good Luck!
February 4th, 2015 — Previews
Don’t miss their CD release show this Saturday at the Pressroom!
No Volcano CD Debut: Who Saved the Party
CD Review: Song River
Support local music locally. The new No Volcano album Who Saved the Party on Onus Records is available at Stinkweeds, Revolver Records and Zia Records. Shut-ins, hermits and out-of-state No Volcano fans download and stream the album and get free goodies at onusrecords.bandcamp.com !
Here is my testimony: (Writer is real, an unpaid, dedicated, compassionate, music lover. One who lives and breathes on a meager income. Plus four out five doctors recommend a dosage of music daily, it’s better than sex and lasts longer.)
Testimony: Since I began my strict diet of local music I have found I have less gas, my hair stopped falling out, my complexion cleaned up, my teeth are pearly white, my boss gave me a annual raise of 15% a year, my jeans fit just so, my breasts are perky, and the hamster who I thought was dead began spinning his wheels again! Oh yes, Onus Saves.
Currently listening to No Volcano and it is beyond delicious baby!- Song River
No Volcano, available (see above) is the first release under the gentle comfort of Onus Records. Nine tracks of musical assuagement to fulfill even the crustiest ears daunted and worn by modern corporate spinage.
The mix has an easy formulation to digest, a late evening blend of righteous lingering saunters to sway, dance, or beep bop along to. Tribute opening the measure sends the soul into motion with long, spaghetti strung guitar notes. New York Drugstore burning off the synth opening and lifting off, I’ll meet you on the corner, but I will stay clean. Who Saved the Party, never answering who, but it can be guessed that the good Doctor himself would be able to keep in step and Moffat needs to grab this song for an episode in my opinion. My favorite track, (Why? I don’t know… maybe it reminds me a titch of a club long ago- Nino’s in Tucson and the peg legged black pants w/boots) is Out of the Moment.
The tune Next to You and The Spoon and Straw equally have that radio play contentment, (at times I heard essence of Dylan’s rough vocals, but felt an earlier garage sound of Strokes- my second faves).
Rounding out No Volcano’s Onus Records pressed and folded birthing- Historian and The Long Game. No better way than to leave the listener pressing the ’start over again’ button, because once wasn’t in any fashion…enough.
Onus Records: https://www.facebook.com/onusrecords
No Volcano: https://www.facebook.com/NoVolcano
Download and Stream: onusrecords.bandcamp.com
January 29th, 2015 — Previews
Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai is coming to US Airways Center on Feb 18-22. We have a pair of tickets to this spectacular show! To enter send an email to email@example.com with “Varekai” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number. The winner gets their date of their choosing.
January 27th, 2015 — Previews
This week celebrates the release of the new Fairy Bones album Dramabot with a listening party 1/27 at Welcome Diner and a CD release show at the Rogue Bar on 1/31!
Silverplatter contributor SONG RIVER interviewed Chelsey Louise of Fairy Bones:
A Walk With a Spin of Synthamatic Popin’Punk Wave-
Interview with Chelsey Louise of Fairy Bones and a delicious tease of their newest album- Dramabot
By Song River
Chelsey… what have you done? As I went back watched and listened to your recordings since 2013 I kept thinking where have you kept this powerful explosive voice? How can it be contained in this diminutive female and how much longer before it is blasting from every speaker across the globe?
Chelsey: Well thank you! I’ve been storing my vocal chords in the dark depths of a lagoon off the coast of Switzerland for some time now, but decided to retrieve them from the goo in 2013 to form Fairy Bones. It’s an ancient secret. But we hope this record could take us to “the next step,” which for us is touring nationally and wider radio play. So to answer this question.. soon, hopefully?
Song: Before we get much further though Chelsey, give me some background on you. Were you the powerhouse singer as a kid, belting out birthday and the tune of the day lyrics around the house? Are you vocally trained? Do you come from a musically inclined family? Who were some of your early influences musically?
Chelsey: Actually, no. I was EXTREMELY self-conscience as a kid about..everything. My awesome mum grew up in London, England (both of my parents are actually from the UK, I’m a first gen American), and she worked in West End, which is where basically all theatre happens. She passed that passion along to me, and I did my first musical (Bye, Bye, Birdie) when I was about 12 at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre. I always thought of myself as more of a dancer who could sing, rather than a singer who could dance (musical theatre kids will understand this well). My dad is a drummer, has been since about 18 (he is now 71 STILL DRUMMING TO THIS DAY!). He opened for The Rolling Stones, had a lot of crazy adventures in the 60’s producing records, playing in awesome bands and he was a huge inspiration for me to start a band. I had a lot of vocal training in my teens and it definitely shows with my style of vocals. You don’t have to be trained to be a good singer, but it helps stylistically. For instance, I’m not a great pop singer. I use too much vibrato, my tone is all wrong, but it works for rock and musicals.
Song: You and Robert Ciuca were formally in a band together, Born Loser and the Hangers On, I believe? What style or sound? Reading the background, it would seem the band amicably dissolved, and now are playing in a variety of bands in Phoenix. If the band did amicably agree to move on, how does or did that occur without hard feelings? As we know bands are much like marriages, and at times dissolution can be very difficult to keep civil. Or was, is there ‘hard’ feelings?
Chelsey: (deep breath) That’s a whoooooole long story, and I’ll spare the details, as I don’t like to air dirty laundry. The breakup wasn’t rotten, but it definitely wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns. I think we are all now in a fine place. We see each other at shows and have no hard feelings. BLATHO was more of a pop/rock band, and we were very big advocates of the GLBTQ community. We were a hodgepodge of different backgrounds, styles, lifestyles, and everything. The band was so much fun, such a trip, and I would never take it back. (pauses) You’re right, it is a lot like a marriage, and everyone needs time to heal when something they built and loved together falls apart. Overall, it was for the best. The new bands we are all in are far superior to BLATHO in my opinion. We all wanted to play different styles of music, and now we all get to do exactly what we want, and there is no greater outcome than that!
Song: When I listen to Fairy Bones what I hear is your voice as the central force, the musical instrument that is supported by the entourage of instruments surrounding you. YOU are the cornerstone. Is this something you realize? After all you refer to yourself as the Banshee.
Chelsey: (laughs) Well, a Banshee comes from Irish legend, and it means “a female spirit whose wailing warns of an impending death.” I think the howling is pretty accurate. I appreciate your compliments, and I know the audience generally connects with the singer the most. After all, they’re the ones telling a story through words which we connect with as humans instinctively. Fairy Bones isn’t all about me though, without these musicians behind me, it would be nothing. They drive me, they inspire me, we are a collective, and I’d like to stress that point.
Song: Point is well taken and it is refreshing to hear the connection of respect. The band’s musical influences are easily notable… a mixture reaching back at times to a Warhol ‘isck’ dream state, twisted with grunge, heavy pop metal, DIY Punk, Electronic wave, and a dollop of pop… to say the least I’d place Fairy Bones in the slot of ambiguous… because there isn’t a clarification to place your sound. I can think of multiple labels, but my instincts tell me Fairy Bones isn’t looking for a ‘box.’ What do you say Chelsey?
Chelsey: I absolutely love the way you described us! That’s super on point! We are pretty eclectic. We are definitely not going to fit in a box. We are all different shapes, so it just wouldn’t work. I love Queen, Nirvana and pop, Robert loves Muse and Dave Matthews, Matt likes Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age, Ben loves Frank Zappa and Motown, so when we combine it’s definitely.. different.
Song: Who does most of the songwriting? And how do you bring all of your cross personalities of talents together?
Chelsey: As of right now, I write a majority of the beginnings of songs, but we flush them out as a group. We change the structure, everyone adds their own parts on guitar, synth, bass, and drums, and we go from there. We all share writing credits, and I write the lyrics. Matthew, our drummer, also writes some lyrics. In the beginning, a lot of the songs sounded sort of sporadic, because we were developing our sound. We still are, and we never try to make a song sound a certain way. If it sounds reggae, then we play reggae, if it sounds pop, it’s a pop song. Doesn’t matter to us. This is our life dream, and it’s our business, but in the end, if it’s not fun and creatively inspiring to us, we’re not gonna do it.
Song: Dramabot, Fairy Bones’ newest album. Let’s chat a bit about the tracks off this album. Opening up I heard you mention that the singer, Cher, and dance club music are a part of the opening track off of Dramabot called, Demon’s and Dogs?
Chelsey: I would very much love to be Cher, but this song is more about relationship decisions. Should I stay, should I go? I want to be needed.. but I need space. Decisions, decisions.
Song: You and You Again… a collective effort. How did that feel to be able to have everyone involved in this track?
Chelsey: Fantastic. We are doing more and more of this style of songwriting for future releases. It’s my favorite song on the record. Bob Hoag added an amazing breakdown that made it snazzy as shitttt.
Song: Waiting, has a dark and heavy sound. What is Waiting? And why did you all decide to place one of your oldest written tracks on this new album?
Chelsey: Well, we did that creepy music video for this song, so I think people really knew it the most. It’s simple, the lyrics are simple, and the breakdown is SO MUCH FUN TO PLAY. You can’t really beat the feeling of people screaming the lyrics at you from the audience.
Song: Next is, Heat on the Lips... Gospel preaching eh? What was it about the song that made you feel it wasn’t your vocal style?
Chelsey: Matthew (drummer) wrote the lyrics, so I had to ask him what it was about, how he felt about it, to get the emotion down. In the end, I pretended to be preaching, because it’s so inspiring and upbeat. I love this song so much, I wanted to make sure I did it justice.
Song: Then comes, Jack. Sounds like someone whose heart is being ripped… what is it about a sad song that we all can relate to Chelsey?
Chelsey: Yeah, my heart was ripped out. Losing your best friends, and feeling like it was your fault, is equally as bad as losing a boyfriend or girlfriend. Everyone has felt abandoned, and has gone through days where you can’t even do simple things..
Song: We compare ourselves constantly, and social media has become the ultimate in our fantasy wild lies. Yeah Pretty Yeah… a lived experience?
Chelsey: Of course. I see how pretty and thin some of my Facebook friends are. I see them having kids, getting married, and although I don’t yearn for that every day, sometimes it stings. Am I not good enough? But you never see the bad in their lives, and you forget that you can filter your life on social media.
Song: In Trinkets you bust your vocal chords to deliver a solid scream. It sounds as if it is coming though from some place you know. Is it?
Chelsey: Bob Hoag wanted a big, explosive ending to this song. It’s jazzy and weird, and the only real lyric is “I don’t believe everyone ends up alone.” You’re scared, you scream into the air in the car. Just frustration. I want to believe this but, do I?
Song: Butchery, a pronounced title. What is in the song?
Chelsey: It’s a very exaggerated metaphor, Butchery. Whatever sets you free, do it, even if it’s butchery. Obviously, don’t go all “The Purge” on people, but you know, if you wanna run around in the jungle naked.. be my guest.
Song: How easy is it to mix a deprecating song with an upbeat tone? Whipping Boy certainly delivered.
Chelsey: Whipping Boy is definitely sarcastic in that sense. It was like, “Shit. I screwed up hard, and there’s nothing much I can do it about it so.. here’s a song about how I suck.”
Song: Banshee. Girl/Boy relationship stuff. Is that at times what relationships gone sour sound like?
Chelsey: Banshee is a big middle finger.
Song: The final song to me sounded cool, so very cool. As I listened I kept thinking, “Shaken Not Stirred.” Notes from Wonderland sounds like a theme song from a James Bond Film. By chance, has M called yet?
Chelsey: Yes, she called from the grave. (laughs)
Song: Chelsey what does the release of this album, Dramabot, mean to you?
Chelsey: I feel like it’s a turning point in my life.. but I really don’t like to have high expectations. Then you can never be disappointed. IT’S FOOL PROOF!
Song: Lastly, Is Miley Cyrus still your favorite female vocalist… or have you moved on to Taylor Swift now?
Chelsey: (Taking an exaggerated bow) TSwift is a God among men.
January 23rd, 2015 — Previews
Do you all know about this amazing festival coming up in March? You do know. Interested in winning a pair of tickets to one of these dates!?!?!? email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put POT OF GOLD in the subject. let us know which date you’re interested in attending and we’ll put ya in the running!