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I can’t say enough about this awesome new band that I recently discovered. Have a listen to hear their featured song ‘Colours’ on their recently released EP. They are set to release their first full album in September… CAN’T WAIT!
This band is truly amazing. I love this song. Check out their video below. They are gonna be big in a matter of time. Check their website out at http://www.anepicnoless.com/
Guest Post Written By: Pete Tremblay
Released on fledgling Orlando record label, Glowmobile in June 2010 – Sly and the Family Stallone by Alias Punch brings about the same sensibilities you’d expect from any group of small town fellas’ that use cheeky back woods stage names, watch German Expressionist snuff films from the 70’s, and worship Frank Zappa and surf rock : Honesty, style, and subtlety mixed with a ferocity and psychedelic (in thought not sound) state of consciousness sans-pretense. Confused? Intrigued? Strangely Obsessed? Exactly.
From the opening bass strike and bell smash on the premier track, ‘Wine to Jive’ to the last, collective agonized and pleading screech on ‘She Won’t Shut Up,’ Alias Punch has created an intelligently cohesive, conceptually realized, and otherwise eye opening (and head scratching) sonic experience with Sly and the Family Stallone, that leaves you wondering who spiked your drink, where can you get more of it, and wondering, did he just say that?
“Wine to Jive,” the opening track of the E.P, creeps up slowly like an inmate escaping the big house during a Keystone Cops film at the moment he is caught by the spotlight – Vocalist/Bass Player Dusty Mondy unabashedly sets the tone, mindset and setting for the record to come. With all of the wit, conciseness and vocal control that’s been missing from the last decade of indie rock, Mondy proclaims, “Well it’s 3 o’clock here in the morning, and it’s a witching hour, some say… Well if that’s so, with all this cleaning and sweeping I’ve been doing, you’d think this broom here would help me fly away…” Moments later, the core and energy of Alias Punch blasts through the door in the form of a drum roll and surf rock guitar as Arkie Jay Caulkins, and Jasper Bleu, the rhythm section of the group, introduce themselves in the best way possible – a blast of beat and melody that turns it up to 11 without sacrificing taste for power – no cheap gimmicks here either – The recording was done simultaneously with only a few overdubs. They boys gravitate toward the difficult musical choices that would make their idols smile and reconsider their own music – and that’s just in the first 3 minutes.
The Genius of this record comes to fruition on “Gorilla, Gorilla”, the break out single from the EP. Flourishing and intelligent, the Punchers serve up the elements of their focused and unique sound with a polyrhythmic introduction that you can’t help but dance to. Scathing and pointed, Mondy’s lyrics are a stake through the hearts of the pretentious with metaphorical weaponry, while still being tongue in cheek enough to know they aren’t that serious… or are they?
The thing that makes Sly and the Family Stallone so brilliant is the fact that every single decision the band makes in the song writing process is done so with elegant elaboration and a no holds bar brutality AT THE SAME TIME, all while not taking itself too seriously. The feeling, movement and concept evolve differently from song to song, yet still retain the same idea rooted sonically in the soaring and intricate guitar work melded seamlessly into the melodically appropriate bass lines, all settled up on a framework of a schizophrenically intricate percussive rhythms provided by Calkins. Often times the melody is almost creepy and daunting led heavily by Mondy’s bass as the melodic director of the action. Lyrical content and vocal performance get along famously through Mondy’s elaborate vocal manipulation and tone twisting control that lends itself at times as another melodic element in the mix. Each song is as potent and short as a ¼ stick of dynamite, not lasting more than 4 minutes and change – a very good thing when considering that’s all the time they need to get the point across. The relatively lo-fi recording structure (which I generally am not a fan of) is a brilliant medium for the music to be presented in due to its no-frills simplicity that is indicative of the Puncher’s concept. This EP is as solid as they come – free of wondering and unnecessary musical elements. Every solo, flourish, intricacy and elaboration is necessary to the song and in good taste.
As far as the musicianship is concerned, Alias Punch is as good, or better than most of their contemporaries. Drummer Arkie-Jay Calkins has found a way to be explosive and intense yet precise, and tasteful. Jasper Bleu’s Guitar work transcends generational influence, musical knowledge, and tone exploration and Dusty Mondy’s Bass melodies provide the color and movement that the band is so meticulously built upon.
All in All – Sly and the Family Stallone is as sonically and lyrically witty, interesting and brilliantly ridiculous as the name would imply – don’t take it too seriously… or should you?
Who are they? Two friends, united by the love of music and creation. It all started in the beginning of the 90’s with a few modern ideas that were keeping them awake at night. Oli&Stomp started to create catchy pop songs but that wasn’t enough, and very ahead of their time, they started to make their own kind of music by creating a very unique morphing of musical genres including rap, metal, french songs and always, always experimenting.
Raising the bar with each track, they began to understand the dynamics of music.
So, very soon, they were proposed to contribute their talent to movies. Always having side projects, they were experimenting on the spiritual level of music and they’ve gone places where no other pop musicians had gone to ever before.
As the new century arrived, they knew they were ready to share their discoveries and reveal the full scale of their potential.
So began a new era of music. Famous people started to ask for their special remixes, Radios were intrigued by their incredible tone and wanted their difference…
And as they approached 2010, they were ready to bite the apple of success as they opened up their jar of songs, flooding the internet now with their catchy tunes and upbeats
For more information on Oli & Stomp visit their website – http://www.olistomp.bandcamp.com/
Like all families, Kopecky Family Band beats with the same heart and writes in the same blood. The Family began creating together in Nashville, Tennessee in the Fall of 2007. What started as late night talks about life and dreams gradually flowed into eccentric and beautiful music that has propelled this band into the forefront of the fast-moving Nashville music scene.
Leading the family are singers Gabe and Kelsey, along with Steven (lead guitar), Corey (bass), Markus (cello), Benjamin (violin), and David (drums). The emotion of their music is raw and vulnerable while it maintains an unmistakable power and presence. The sounds created by the booming and orchestral-like septet challenge the listener’s ear while still offering simply singable melodies.
The family has a timeline with many notable events including their 2008 CD release party for the “Embraces EP.” This release was the talk of the town with its theatrical décor, black tie dress code, and opening act of a string quartet. Excitement continued to garner into the fall of 2009 when the Kopecky family’s performance took the Next Big Nashville Music Festival by surprise. In the spring of 2010, it was time for the family to pack into their 15-passenger van (of which they call “The War Wagon”) and head to Austin, TX for their showcase at South by Southwest Music Festival as one of ASCAP’s notable bands to watch. In the studio with Partners in Crime, Russ Long and Chris Grainger (Wilco, Sixpence None the Richer), Kopecky has garnered national attention for their August 3rd 2010 release of their record entitled “The Disaster.” Anyone who encounters the Kopeckys will testify there is never a dull moment in this family of 7. Kopecky Family Band has shown that they are more than just a band to watch, but a band to grow with.
For more information and to listen to their music check out their website: Kopecky Family Band
Not a Thing to Believe In started in 2006 while I was attending Fulton Montgomery Community College in upstate New York for Multimedia. I originally conceived this project because I was recording found sounds on a Canon digital camera microphone and transferring them to an Acid Music program and turning them into sound collages. I would record all the instrumentation, vocals, and sound on that low-quality microphone. I recorded this way until 2009 when I got a hold of a synthesizer and an 8-track. I recorded a 20+ minute long song that was going to be the new style of this project. I showed my family, and friends but it never got out of my living room.
After that I moved to Gloversville, New York and started recording songs on a Mac book. I made quite a few demos before anything was worth trying to get out there, and a lot of them have been lost over time. Then I recorded my debut solo EP “I Can Never Do Anything Passionate for the People I Care Most About” which was written for my best friend who took his own life in his jail cell. This was a very emotional time for me, and recording this collection of songs helped me resolve a lot of thoughts I had about the situation at hand. I have never tried to release this EP because it was more of a means of releasing my emotions positively through sound, and it helped me remember a lot of the great times we had shared. After that, I started recording these two songs, the first being “Six Months” which is based around a time period of feeling disconnected with the world around us. The second being “Bugs Bunny” which is about a vision I had of a woman lying on her bed watching cartoons over and over on her free time. Though many people found this childish, her boyfriend understood her and knows that watching cartoons is merely what she loved to do. I wanted to make these songs have the power to be played over and over and not get old fast, so I did not want to want to do too much with them. I recorded overdubs to find out that the songs were much more powerful without them. These are the first songs I have ever tried to get out there (not just to my friends and family.) I feel very good about the way these songs make me feel, and I hope that they give me the chance to connect to others through my music.
For More Information And To Hear The Authors Music Check Out His MySpace Page – Not A Thing To Believe In
About The Author: Hello! My name is Erik Hidde and I live in upstate NY. Here are two new songs I’ve made for my solo project ‘Not a Thing to Believe In’ I feel very strongly about these songs, and I wanted to get them out there to every blog I could remember that I’ve enjoyed over the years, so that you could help me reach a wider audience.