Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Interview: Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters are one of the first Wizard Rock bands that sing songs about the most awesome wizard ever, Harry Potter.

1. Will you state your name(s) and what you do in the band?

Paul DeGeorge - Harry Year 7 - guitar and vocals

2. How did you come up with the name Harry and the Potters? Was it your first pick for a name?

Paul: We came up with the name first, then started the band. We though it would funny if Harry started a band with his pals and sang songs about hanging out at Hogwarts. But then my brother, Joe, and I decided that we didn't want to fight over who got to be Harry, so we're both Harry. And we decided to leave the pals out. So it's just Harry and Harry.

3. Can you give us a brief history of the band for those who might not know? (What made you get into Wizard Wrock, when did the band first begin, etc.?)

Paul: We played our first show in June 2002 in our parent's bakyard. About a year later, when the 5th Harry Potter book was coming out, we decided to play some more shows. We played at some bookstores when the book came out and then started booking ourselves in libraries and basements and places like that. We went on our first national tour in 2004 and since 2002, we've played well over 400 shows in all 48 contiguous states, a few spots in Canada and even a couple times in the UK and once in the Netherlands.

4. Out of your own songs, which one is your favorite? What song do most of the fans seem to love?

Paul: Save Ginny Weasley is probably the fan favorite. It's been on our Myspace forever and I think it's been played like a million times or something. If I had to listen to one of our songs over and over again, I'd probably choose "Phoenix Song." It's pretty awesome. Joe spent a few solid months composing and and we worked real hard on the recording. We recorded all sorts of cool stuff like tubular bells and glockenspeil and saxophones and strings. Real fun stuff.

5. You played a show on July 20th in Cambridge , Massachusetts , which as every Harry Potter fan knows, is the night before the release of the seventh book. What was playing that show like? Anything in particular you remember?

Paul: We have no delusions about it. It was, and always will be, the largest show we will ever play. We played to somewhere between 10 and 15,000 people. It was unbelievable. In the back of our minds, it was always our goal to do something special when the last Harry Potter book was released. When we started the band 5 years earlier, we had no idea if we would still be playing when that book came out, but we're definitely glad that we have made it this far. It was a night we will never forget. To be able to perform before that many people on such a special night was an absolute honor.

6. You went to England this past May to play some shows over there. What was that like? Is there anything different about those shows compared to shows in the U.S. ?

Paul: The shows in England were pretty intense. There wasn't too much difference in the crowds, although we couldn't tour with our own soundsystem, so we ended up playing a few more club shows that we would normally do on a tour. We had a blast playing for people though. I just wish they hadn't stole 2 of my sweaters. One was a Christmas gift from my mom.

7.What is the writing process like for you guys? How do you come up with song ideas?

Paul: If there's a new book out, we usually discuss certain events or themes that we want to write about. One of us will usually take the lead and then, once the song is drafted out, we'll collaborate on the arrangement and lyrics. If we're not focused on writing for a new book, it's usually much more spontaneous. Sometimes a song idea just pops in there.

8. How many albums do you have out and how can everyone purchase them? Do you have a personal favorite out of them all?

Paul: We have 3 full length albums. We also had two 7" records, but we just sold out of them, so they're now out of print. The full lengths can all be purchased either through our website ( or on iTunes.

9. When bands play shows, the fans tend to bring presents and such. What are some things you’ve received?

Paul: We get lots of food, often of the dessert variety. Sometimes we get healty snacks though. That rules. Occasionally people will give us cool books. We've gotten lots of cool handmade clothes and accessories (sweaters, scarves, iPod holders) and once we got a Hogwarts toilet seat - just like Fred and George promise to send Ginny in Book 1.

10.Since you’ve been doing this for awhile, you’ve probably been able to experience quite a lot. What are some of your best memories of being in this band?

Paul: The best thing ever has been the friendships that we've made through this band. Even after we stop playing as Harry and the Potters, it will still be a huge part of me because it's been the means by which I've met some of my best friends in the world.

11.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has finally been released. What did you think of the book? If you had your own theories, what did you get right and what did you get wrong?

Paul: I'll let you know after I've read it. Haven't had a chance yet.

12. Now that the last book is out, what are your future plans for the band?

Paul: We're taking it easy for a bit. Joe's back in school now. We've got a Yule Ball coming up in December. In the spring, we're planning to release a new single that is accompanied by a plush toy of our mascot, Wandicorn. He's half-wand, half-unicorn, half-dragon, half-giant squid, half-phoenix, and he even has a flux capacitor. He loves to party.

By: Lauren

Interview: The Moaning Myrtles

The Moaning Myrtles are one of many Wizard Rock bands that sing songs about...what else?...Harry Potter and his world! This band however, being named what it is, sings songs in the point of view of Hogwart's most miserable ghost, Moaning Myrtle.

1. Can you please state your name(s) and what you do in The Moaning Myrtles?

Lauren Fairweather - I sing, write mostly lyrics, play bass, run the websites, book shows, record our music.

Nina Jankowicz- I sing, play piano and guitar, write the songs, chip in on the lyrics, and am generally insane.

2. When you do this kind of thing, do you take yourself seriously as a rock band, or is it something you do because its funny and/or fun?

Lauren: We're definitely doing this because it's a blast and we started it because we thought it would be funny, but we also take ourselves seriously. You kind of have to be serious about something if you spend every day working on it.

3. There are so many Wizard Wrock bands and it's always interesting to see what name they come up with. Why did you all go with The Moaning Myrtles? Out of all the other bands, what name is your favorite?

Lauren: We didn't want to pick a character who would be too important or even a central character in the books. Myrtle gives us an opportunity to be creative and humorous since she's not your typical character, being dead and all. She's also a challenge to write about because she doesn't appear often in the books and we enjoy that. I don't know if I have a favorite name though... there are so many.

4. Can you tell us what it's like to play live shows for a band such as this? What other Wizard Wrock bands have you played shows with?

Lauren: Live shows are my favorite part of being in this band, even when I'm not actually performing. Wizard rock shows are full of Harry Potter fans, dressed up, and because of that connection, it's really easy to start conversations and everyone seems to make friends with the people near them in the audience. There are also a lot of hugs involved. We have played with The Remus Lupins, The Whomping Willows, Draco and the Malfoys, The Hungarian Horntails, The Parselmouths, The Marauders, DJ Luna Lovegood, The Cedric Diggorys, Order of Merlin, A Lightning Bolt Scar, Snidget, and there are probably a few more I'm forgetting. I apologize.

Nina: Performing is also my favorite part. Even though we get friend requests and comments on myspace and our website, its great to unite people and really see how much they enjoy our music and the fandom in a live atmosphere.

5. Your name is The Moaning Myrtles and in turn, you sing songs about her, but what character is actually your favorite? If you could really focus on another character for songs, who would it be and why?

Lauren: My favorite is Luna, but I would love to sing from the Weasley twins' point of view if given the chance.

Nina: I love Professor McGonnagal. I'm not sure she'd make a good band character though.

6. If you had to pick another book or series to write songs about, what would you choose?

Lauren: Can I pick a TV series? I'm pretty obsessed with Friends. I can already play most of Phoebe's songs.

Nina: I always thought it would be fun to write satirical, politically-oriented songs... and I read a lot of political non-fiction.

7. Besides Harry Potter, what other books are you all a fan of?

Lauren: I've loved Louis Sachar's "Holes" since I was younger. I also really like "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Sirens of Titan".

Nina: I love anything by Tom Robbins (especially "Still Life With Woodpecker" and "Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates"), "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and most Kurt Vonnegut.

8. How many albums do you currently have? Where can people buy it?

Lauren: We have two out right now. We only have a few copies left of the first one and those will be for sale at our shows this week. Our new one, Toilet Humor, is available at our live shows and on our MySpace through PayPal.

9.Out of your songs, what is your favorite? Which one do most of the fans seem to really like?

Lauren: My favorite is "Flushed" and our fans love "Prefects Are Hot".

Nina: My favorites are "Don't Throw That Book At Me" and "He Didn't Do It." The fans definitely like "Prefects," but lately there has been a strong following for "The Boy Who Lived," which our friend Mike Stein wrote for us.

10.I really like the idea of the cover for Toilet Humor, making you both transparent. Whose idea was that? What do some of the notes on the stall door say? Who came up with those?

Lauren: Dani from The Potter Journal is completely responsible for our amazing album artwork. She came up with the idea and put it together for us once I sent her the photo. The stuff written on the stall was thought up by us, Dani, and a handful of our fans who submitted ideas. They're mostly inside jokes in the Potter fandom.

11.Now that the last book is finally out, what did you think of it? What did you guess right and what did you get wrong? (SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE LAST BOOK)

Lauren: I liked it overall, but like everyone, I had a few issues with it. I guessed right about Snape and Lily, which I'm pretty proud of. Everyone seemed to think he was good, but that was a pretty awesome reason for him to be, I thought.

Nina: I didn't theorize, really, but I did enjoy the book.

By: Lauren, Ashley, and Keaton

Friday, October 19, 2007

Interview: In All the Same Houses

How many bands do you listen too classify themselves as Acoustic/Electronica? Well, I've got one for you. Nick Stackhouse lets us in on the music and history of this Pennsylvania band, that is waiting for you to get off the computer and go and see them live!
By: Lauren

1. Who is this and what do you do in the band?

My name is Nick Stackhouse. I am the co-singer in the band and the engineer I guess you could call it. That really just means I make the synth sounds played through my laptop.

2. You have a really unique band name. Who came up with it and does it mean anything in particular?

Me and the other singer/guitarist Andrew Taylor actually came up with the name. It really just came from a long list of names but we really had a paticular attachment to In All The Same Houses. Artists like Tupac and Bruce Springsteen always talk about where they came from and so our name is really a symbol of where we came from. Granite we only live in the normal suburbs but I think most people over look the difficulties of growing up in what appears to be an average life. So In All The Same Houses really categorizes suburbs as general and more of the conformity you face growing up in one.

3. Your myspace classifies your music as Acoustic/Electronica. Is that an accurate representation of your music?

I'd say It's accurate now. We have reccently undergone some drastic changes to our music that will hopefully be up and running on our myspace soon in about a week or so. We started off with songs like "Keeping Him Down" which really just touched on our acoustic kind of Dashboard style of roots but with our newer music such as a song we should have up soon enough titled "In Cursive" it displays our more type of blend through electronics and acoustic.

4. Do you have an current releases that people can check out? Would you please give us some information on the e.p. and/or c.d.?

We do have an ep out called "Hip Highschool Heirarchy" which like I was saying really touches more on the acoustic sound we have. The ep really goes through the things a kid faces in high school but soon enough we're going to have up new recordings of new songs which really go with the more overall sound that we're looking for. We go to the studio actually tomorrow to record the song "In Cursive" which really just a beautiful flow of piano (played by Kevin Schiazza) and guitar on Andrew's part with more electronic sounds playing through the background. Overtop of it all is going to be dualing vocals between Andrew and I where we mix in some harmonies and other appealing things.

5. What first appealed to you personally about music?

With music the thing that I personally enjoy is the stage presence. Recordings are fun and help get your name out there and all but nothing can take away from the stage of a good show. To have the whole crowd know the words to your songs and sing along is just a really uplifting feeling. It feels like eveyone knows exactly how you feel in your lyrics and just relates to you.

6. How did the band form?

The band formed when I first became friends with Andrew Taylor. I had been singing a few years before in some school shows and stuff like that and Andrew had always been playing guitar. One day we decided to meet up at a park near our houses and he brought along his guitar and just started playing and provoking me to sing. Before long we had a few songs written. Now at the point where we're at, we both were friends with Kevin and could really recognize his talent with piano playing so we included that and later on we found out that Andrew had an amazing voice too that he had been hiding so we are trying to introduce both those things in our newer music.

7. Anything else you would like to add?

I'd just like to say thank you very much for the interview and I'd really just like to encourage people to come out to our shows and support us. Anyone who comes out to our shows with get a free copy of our newer songs which like I said will also be up on myspace in a week or so.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Interview: My Takeover Affect

This U.K. band are one of my favorite new finds in the past few months. Bass player, Matt, lets you know a little more about this Alternative/Emo band. Once you're finished reading this, check out the band and find some "Sweet Satisfaction" in doing so.
-By Lauren

1.Can you please state your name and what you do in My Takeover Affect?

I'm matt... I'm just the bass player

2.For those that might not know, will you give us a brief history of the band?

My Takeover Affect formed in March 06 since then they have grown into a well established 5 man musical act. There music is built from addictive melodies and guitar lines which stick in your head long after they have left the stage. (Salvo Mag's Words)

3.Out of your own songs, which one is your favorite?

Alter-Ego for sure. I'ts probably my fave tune because it's the one that people know the most at our shows. I love it when the crowd are singing right beside you. The energy that song has live is amazing.

4.What can people expect out of one of your shows?

ENERGY! and glow sticks. and technical difficulties =P

5.The cover of the E.P. is all over your myspace and even on t-shirts. Who designed it and does it represent anything in particular?

I designed it. I'm a part time graphic designer so it made sense for me to do it. I guess I wanted a logo that people could get to know. I'ts a sort of mixture of ideas I had for the e.p cover so I thought I would bring them all together. I designed it at the studio whilst recording the e.p. it was freezing and it took me like 8 hours of solid work. my hands almost dropped off =P.

6.If you had to shamelessly promote the band, then why would you tell people to listen to you all?

I normally say. "hey check out my band, i know everyone is in a band... but we are pretty good" then I force a cd down their throat.

7.What are some of the band’s influences and why?

We are influenced by so many other bands and musical styles. I guess it would be more american bands like anberlin, acceptance, the higher and so on.

8.What are some things you’d love to do/experience while in My Takeover Affect?

My main ambition for the band would probably to play a big festival. It's a whole different feeling and I'd love to hear Robins' voice echoing accross the hills =P.

9.What is one of the nicest comments you’ve received thus far?

"I like your hair" =P

10.What are some future plans for the band?

Play as many shows as we can and get the name out. We want to record an album and push that as well.

11.Anything else you would like to add? -1+1=2 (thanks =P)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Interview: Seven Story Fall

Seven Story Fall is a rock band from Georgia that show that being young doesn't mean you have any less talent. To read up on some of their accomplisments so far, look no further!
By: Lauren

1.For the record, what is your name and what do you do in the band?
Wes. I play drums.

2.You have one E.P. currently out called The Art of Fiction. How did you come up with the album title?

The Art of Fiction is basically about people who seem to have a certain personality, then as you get to know them you realize they are the exact opposite of what you expected. I think other members of the band experienced this during certain times of their life.

3.What can people expect from you all in the future?

We are all growing as musicians. It seems as if we continue to keep getting better at writing, playing, etc. I believe we are definitely a band to watch out for in the future because we are young, and we have so many older influences helping us out and teaching us. Its kinda like a puppy...think about teaching him new tricks as he is young and watching him grow into a bigger dog. Get what im sayin?

4.With every member being 17 years old, do you think that affects the band in anyway? Have you ever gotten a bad reception because of it?

It really helps us out a ton. Most people are really impressed by the fact we are so young. However, then some people automatically don't take us seriously. That can be annoying...but all in all, it's definitely something that is on our side.

5.You competed for and won a spot to play the Ernie Ball stage on the 2007 Atlanta Warped tour date. What was that experience like? Were there any bands that were particularly welcoming?

Yeah...warped tour had to be one of our best experiences as a band. We met so many new fans and hung out with bands who are huge influences to us.

It was awesome playing on the same stage as My American Heart and having them actually watch us play our set. Another cool band was Mayday Parade. Their drummer was super awesome and he watched us play also. We definitely respect any large band who will take enough time out of their busy day to watch someone they have influenced.

6.What’s the writing process like for the band? Does everyone contribute to the lyrics or is it a certain person?

Lyrics are created by Mike at any time he feels like writing. If he comes home in a good mood, he may decide to write. I don't think there is a specific process for Mike to write lyrics, he just writes depending on his mood and situation.

The music is a different process. Justin is always playing guitar in his free time. He normally comes up with the basic riff or chorus, then everyone else tries out their part to see if it fits the song.

7.What has been one of your best memories so far of being in the band?

We learned a ton recording with Andy Reilly and Lee March at MUSE productions. They taught us so much about everything involved with music. Warped Tour was also another great experience.

8.If you had the chance to experience anything or go anywhere, what would it be and why?

I think everyone would want to play the entire warped tour on the main stage. That would be a great experience and I think it would really help us expand our fanbase.

9.What are the locals shows like for you guys?

Local Shows are awesome for us. Its great seeing people you know outside of music coming to support you.

10.If you had to make someone a mix tape, what would the first three songs be?

So basically stuff that Im into??? We all have different tastes in Im sure someone else would have said other songs, but here's my choice.
1 - Mayday Parade - Jaimie All Over
2 - Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue
3 - Saosin - It's Far Better To Learn

Interview: Silent Night, Deadly Night

This Pop Punk/Hardcore/Electronica band from New Jersey let you know exactly why you should give them a shot.

(Interview kept the way it was sent)

1. Who is this and what do you do in the band?

Im nick and i play drums

2. How would you describe your band's music?

well theres numerous different ways to describe our band because we fit many different genras but if i had to lets say we have a sweet melodical sound mixed with thrashy,fast, and in your face verses, then we throw in some of the most catchy singing a local band has ever had and ten well top it off with the hardest, crazy, brutal breakdowns that we or anyone could possibly think of

3. What song do you feel really shows the band's talent?

honestly all of them, why you ask? every song has its own style and feel that none of the other ones do

4. How did you come up with the band's name?

we were sitting in the studio eating pizza and our bassist anthony just randomly thought of it

5. What is your ultimate goal for this band?

well theres not just one theres many, first we want to start off and knock the socks off every kid we play infront of, of corse we want to get signed who doesnt? but with getting signed we want to influence people and show them that mixing crazy stlyes of hardcore, metal, electronic, and :emo: is possible if one the right way and i think were doing it

6. What made you get into music in the first place?

probably listen to slipknow honestly, i always loved music but once i saw there drummer play thats when i personally got involved

7. If you had to promote your band to someone, what would you want them to know?

that were not a normal band, and unlike other bands who say they mix styles we do it and keep it real and have fans from every type of audience possible

8. Anything else you want to add?

we thank any and everyone who supposrts us with out you nothing is possible and we all love you
By: Lauren

Friday, October 12, 2007

Interview: Scarlet Grey

Scarlet Grey is a power pop/rock infused band from Los Angeles, California that are quickly gaining popularity in the Southern California music scene. Frontman Ben Grey was kind enough to answer a few questions about future tours and music.

Q: Are there any plans in the works to do a US tour soon or are you going to stick to California for a bit?

A: We are always on tour darling!!!!

We're doing a show in the bay on the 20th and and then a Halloween show here in L.A. and then we're planning a tour for the winter. How far, I'm not sure yet but a definite chilly winter tour.

Q: If you were to tour across the country, who would you love to take with you as a supporting band(s)?

A: Silent Envy, NOGH or This Love Machine. Our BFF bands!!!

Q: Scarlet Grey has some of the most dedicated fans, known as the Grey Family, and one look at your Myspace shows that you respond almost to every comment/message. Is it difficult to keep track?

A: It is actually!! You see how long it took me to do this interview hahah!!We average between 800 to 1000 messages a day actually. and we tryyyyyyy to get to them all but it gets crazy sometimes. So i'm sorry if you have your messages aren't responded to!!! But it does mean so much to us that so many people want to talk to us. Best fans ever.

Q: Right now, what’s playing in your iPod/Cd player/cassette player/record-player/etc?Any random guilty pleasure music?

A: Right now?? I'm listening to the new Nightmare of You EP. Ummm.. Blaqk Audio : Cex Cells, I have Revolver from The Beatles and I have some Elvis Costello in there.As far as a guilty pleasure... your friend Ben has The Natasha Bedingfield remix of "These Words." It's soooooo good haha

Q: Lastly, is there anything else you would like to add?

A: Once. Grey. Always. Grey.

Questions by Lety F. From Headrush Photography.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Band's Advice for Aspiring Musicians

Someone gave us the idea to see what advice bands had for aspiring musicians. So here are members from various bands (some you may know, some you may not) telling those of you who are in bands of your own or want to start one exactly what you need to remember.

Better Than Toast

1.Steve Como and i play lead guitar and sing back up vocals.

2. my advice for aspiring musicians is to practice alot, work hard, and get your name out there as much as you can. play shows, myspace,.. etc

Lunatic High

1. What is your name and what do you do in the band? Hey im Ben, and i play guitar

2. What is your advice for aspiring musicians?
Dont get caught up with making it big, just try and have as much fun as you can and make great music.

Armor For Sleep

1. Name and what you do in the band?

My name is ben jorgensen and i play some guitar and sing for armor for sleep.

2. What is your advice for aspiring musicians? Anything you've experienced that you want to pass along advice for?

I could probably write a book answering this question, but i'll try and cut some chapters out...i have learned so much over the years about what qualities are needed in a person to develop their own "succesful" band. the first thing you have to decide upon when starting your band is what your goals are for your particular band. anyone in the world can start a band. if you want to play shows locally, or just have fun and jam out in your basement, thats a pretty universally easy thing to do. getting on local shows can sometimes be different according to where in the world you reside, but through minimal effort i'm sure anyone can talk to local promoters or kids who put on local show to get on a bill. i know plenty of people who exist happily in bands this way. if your dreams are for rock-stardom and wealth, things are much different. there is such a slim chance of YOUR band breaking through and becoming a national and perhaps international success story. there are so many decisions and that have to be made the right way, so much luck that has to find its way into your life, and so many planets to align in order for this to happen. there is no real advice for how to achieve this, and at the end of day if you are starting a band with these kinds of hopes it really is equivilant to playing the lottery and EXPECTING to win the multi-million dollar jackpot. and take it from me. ive seen more failure in the music industry than m.c. hammer has. its not pretty. many of my friends counted on becoming famous and didn't really understand that you cant predict who that's going to happen to. and why would you want to be famous?? i imagine its annoying anyways. so. start your band with your friends. work your asses off. write songs that make you feel something. be geniune. make genuine friends with other bands and people associated with the music scene for the sake of making friends and having fun. if you keep your heads down and you have faith in your music, you will succeed. don't get caught up in our mtv cribs obsessed culture. its all fake. hollywood is fake. the idea of a rockstar is fake. there never was a rockstar...there was only an asshole. and anyone can be an asshole. so if thats what you want, you got it, but chances are, if youre reading this, you want something real. so go make it.

You, Me, and Everyone we Know

1. Will you state your name and what you do in the band?

My name is Benjamin Francis Liebsch, and i write and sing the words.

2. What is your advice for aspiring musicians? Anything you experienced that people should be aware of?

Take it seriously, like a job if you really want to go for it. It's both the easiest and hardest thing to do. Make sure you get along with everyone in your band. If you don't, fix it. Someone's talent isn't worth sacrificing a band's morale over. Have fun. Wait, wait...scratch all of that. Quit your band and stay in school, we don't want anymore competition. joke?

Vampire for Hire

hey whats up this is mitch from vampire for hire, my best advice i can give is do what you love and forget about what everyone else thinks. you gotta do it for you, because you need it to live, any other reason isn't worth it.

This Providence

1. I'm Dan, and I sing

2. My advice would be, figure out why you want to be a part of a band. What's the motive?

Minutes too Far

1. Who is this and what do you do in the band?

This is Kris, I play the drums and write some of the songs.

2. What is your advice for aspiring musicians?

Practice, practice, practice. Also, keep writing, keep talking to anyone you can, always listen. Be nice to everyone, you never know who's gonna own a record company someday.

Houston Calls

1. What is your name and what do you do in the band?

I'm Okie. I play keyboards and do some background singing in Houston Calls.

2.What is your advice for aspiring musicians?

The biggest piece of advice I could give anyone is to stick with it.Every song you write is better than the last. Every practice, morecohesive. Experience is such a huge help to becoming a better band. Somany people just quit after the first six months because they haven't"made it." But the bands that HAVE done so in that time frame are theexception, not the rule. And our former guitarist Kenny would kill meif I didn't also add the following: "Please tune your guitars inbetween songs. You have no idea just how much better you'll sound at a show."

The Remorse Code

1. For the record, who is this and what do you do in the band?

I’m Josh, I play guitar and write most of the music. I also title most of the songs and design things when necessary.

2. What would your advice be for aspiring musicians?

The most important thing for aspiring musicians is finding other people who relate to you on a musical level. I can’t talk about going solo, but as a band you must have a real connection or else you won’t have the desire to go on. Friendship is great, but a real musical connection is key. You must be able to know what sounds good and what doesn't, and be honest about it! Using this formula, you will make music you are proud of regardless of if you get your big break or not.

Some of these bands also told us the meaning behind their names' so read that in the September section under What's in a Name? Also, we have an interview with You, Me, and Everyone we Know. It's up on our myspace:
By: Lauren

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Interview: The Harsh

Ryan and Andy of The Harsh, a rock band from New Jersey, answered a few basic questions on their band. Check it out and then check them out.

1. Who is this and what do you do in the band?
Ryan, bass .. Andy, guitar

2. What is a brief history of the band?
We are from former bands: A means to a fall and Our Crisis

3. You have one song up on Myspace. What are your plans for future songs or albums?
We are putting out an EP at the end of December and shortly after we are going to start working on our full length.

4. If you had one wish for the band, what would it be?
We would wish to keep a strong friendship as a band and have our full length have an impact on kids.

5. How did you first get into music?
We've all been playing music since we were kids and were in previous bands before.

6. How did you come up with the band name? Did you have any other choices before The Harsh?
We picked the name because The Harsh Is How We Act.

By: Lauren

Review: You, Me, and Everyone We Know

You know how people always say that everyone is attached through at least 6 degrees? That is how my realtionship with You Me and Everyone We Know is. Today, I listened to them for the first time. My friend Matt gave me their stuff, because I knew I had heard of them somewhere, and Lauren interviewed Ben.
Their EP, Party For the Grown & Sexy isn't reinventing the wheel, but it is the best fucking wheel you have ever seen. The music is upbeat but not too poppy, and the vocals are clean and crisp. The songs are typical songs, but the words sound so good strung the way that they are. Basically, I have spent the entire day listening to this 4 song EP. The lyrics are my away message, I know most of the words, etc...
Now, back to my degrees. After giving the EP a good listen, I realized other reasons why the band's name sounded familiar: They are going to be playing with the Pink Spiders and The Color Fred in a few weeks, and they are currently on tour with my friends Lannen Fall, and The High Court.
On top of that, I'm telling my friend Talia about the Pink Spiders show, and I mention You Me and Everyone We Know, and she is like "OH MY GOD, THEYRE THE BAND MY COUSIN IS FRIENDS WITH, THE ONE THAT PLAYED WITH ALL TIME LOW, THE ONE I TOLD YOU ABOUT".
So basically, this band is reallly good, I'm wierdly connected to them, and they're touring up and down the East Coast. This means, you should 1) buy their EP, 2) Go see them on one of their current or upcoming tours , and 3) Listen to bands when people reccomend them to you. I feel like I have said this before, but I'll say it again, THERE IS A REASON as to why people reccomend bands. Most of the time its to make your ears happy. Don't wait around until you know about a band 6 different ways to listen to them

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