The Return of F.I.L.T.H

Back in 2012 we introduced our metal fans to the Crazy awesome style of a project so uniquely coined F.I.L.T.H! An american modern heavy metal group string up controversy and rocking the hell out of Florida along the way. The Guy’s are performing tonight, August, 30th at The Haven Orlando along with hard rockers Gargamel, and many other guest but you’ll only see if you get up and go!
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Presenting: a Night of Progressive ROCK!

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AUGUST, 29TH 2014 @ The West End Trading Co.

aug 29 14We have collected some of Orlando’s best Progressive rockers and put them together on one EPIC night of pulse pumping music! We have for your enjoyment: Jupiter GrooveThree of A MindQuantum X,  The New Earth Project and  fuzz light year

Check out Q&A’s with some of our featured acts:

 

Jupiter Groove: 

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Can you tell us about your band name?  We are all huge fans of Planet X and wanted a celestial-sounding name. How long have you been performing as a band? About 7 years, three with our current line-up. What has really influenced your music the most? We really enjoy playing together. We just feed off each other and challenge each other to play better.  Do any of you have a crazy /dramatic show experience? Nothing really.  Besides social media, and flyers do you practice any unique methods of promoting upcoming shows? Email Blasts, Website, sandwich boards, aerial banners. How would you say OrlandoBand’s has helped you? Ben Gardner is the most professional promoter in the area. He helps us immensely every time we work together.  I look forward to many more events with OrlandBands.com!

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“The band name Quantum X was created out of an interest in quantum physics, where the observer actually has influence over matter around them.  The “X” is  really an exponent in that the amount of “quantum faith” one has determines the outcome.  In short, the X is the amount of belief you put into your own power.

How long have you been performing as a band?Quantum X was formed in 2005 with three members, and has been performing since around 2006.  We had to take a hiatus last year when our bassist moved away. What has really influenced your music the most?God has influenced our writing, along with the trials and struggles of life.  Things like art, poetry, spirituality, and nature, as well as the mind’s process also are big influences. Your sound in two words?  haunting and cerebral.  Do you have any crazy show experience? No crazy show dramatics; we just have fun and feel our music when we play, which I think brings listeners into the experience with us. Who writes your Lyrics, is it a group effort? Jen, the lead vocalist/keyboardist/founder of QX writes the lyrics, and co-arranges music with her bandmates. Besides social media, and flyers do you practice any unique methods of promoting upcoming shows?We do a lot of word of mouth promoting, but we rely on social media to get the word out big and fast.  How would you say OrlandoBand’s has helped you? Orlandobands.com consistently alerts us of upcoming gig opps and information on their website.

 

three_of_a_mind_promoThree of A Mind

“Out there”

Can you tell us about your band name?  We are a three piece, and it became obvious the first two minutes we met that we had quite a bit in common, from science-fiction, philosophy, literature, and, of course, musical taste… How long have you been performing as a band? We have been together since 2009. What has really influenced your music the most? We all have a love for “Progressive Rock” music. This includes everything from The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Yes, Rush, The Who, ELP, Hendrix, Zeppelin, and much more… This is music that pushes the boundaries of what Rock music can be. For example, we are a Rock band, but we have no six-string guitar… Just drums, bass, and keyboards… We also have an interest in social issues and philosophy, which manifest itself in our song writing… Do any of you have a crazy /dramatic show experience? Just dealing with live music, the venues, other bands, promoters, the audience… It’s ALL crazy…  Who writes the Lyrics, is it a group effort? Bob Fischer (keys/vocalist) and Paul Dean (bass/vocals) split the lead vocals and lyrics responsibilities. Just another reason we have such a wide range of sounds and styles… Besides social media, and flyers do you practice any unique methods of promoting upcoming shows? We do what we can with word of mouth and other on-line resources besides social media. How would you say OrlandoBand’s has helped you? This is our first gig with OrlandoBands. The main thing I’ll be looking for is whether there are people at this show that were not venue regulars or brought by the bands. This will be the measure of success of your service… We will see… :-)

 

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‘SomeKindaWonderful’

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 You must STOP and you must LISTEN because this group is a crazy HIT. (unless you’re driving, then dear lord you shouldn’t be reading this!)

They are driving their way towards the top of the Alternative charts while earning massive national ra10397015_738868846174776_6715857940001362138_odio play, and with the amount of talent and musical ambition that can be heard over the songs it won’t be long until all of you are singing along.     ( I had no intention of rhyming that…)              

 Now,    I love the story behind the bands song “Reverse”, that is was merely a song recorded by chance, in less than three hours after ‘SomeKindaWonderful’ (Jordy-vocals, Ben-drums, Sarah-backup vocals-percussion, Justin-bass, Matt-guitar, ukuele) unexpectedly met in Cleveland, OH.                                                    

With an upcoming Fall tour with New Politics and Bad Suns hitting Orlando October 17th we had to know more about                       SomeKindaWonderful, So I caught up with the band member Matt ( guitar, ukuele, etc:) here’s what he had to say:

When did all of you decide to come together for this?             

Ben and I (Matt) were having some beers in a little bar near ben’s house and I was playing a little guitar in the back… just messing around with this new riff I had been playing.    Jordy came up and just started humming a melody along with it (turns out Jordy was in cleveland on a soul searching mission to basically get away from the heartbreak and frustration and terrible deals he was having in the LA music scene).     We went back to ben’s studio which was right down the street and wrote and recorded our first single “Reverse.”    At that point the three of us just figured we were starting a band and we just kept working on new songs lol.

Where does the name ‘SomeKindaWonderful’ derive from’?

Jordy dreamt the word “Wonderful” around the time we started writing songs together, which we all liked.    Then we started throwing around the phrase SomeKindaWonderful (like the song and movie title).   We would search the hashtag “#somekindawonderful” and it was alot of really special beautiful moments in peoples lives… a couple standing together, a sunset, etc…    I guess we felt that our band and the music we were making gave us that same feeling.

In one word how would your describe your sound?                                                                     Our music combines what we all love, collectively and individually, about music and art in general…  I really think it would be impossible to describe our band as having just onesound

Do you have any crazy/dramatic show experiences yet?

Every time we play a song and the audience sings along it feels amazing…  also, Summerfest in Milwaukee was incredible… we were playing to a pretty big crowd outdoors right while the sun was going down and it was really dramatic and beautiful.

How do you feel being a part of the New Politics fall tour?    10364017_760041027390891_5231433855021812238_n

We’re all really excited to get out there and spread our music and our message to the whole country.

How long did you work on this new album before it was released?

We worked on it in probably 4 different phases.    Since Jordy lives in LA and Ben and I live in Cleveland, Jordy would fly out here and work on songs for 10-20 days at a time usually. 

Is there anything you would like to tell our reader’s?                                                             make sure to follow us on twitter and instagram at @somekindawonder and be on the lookout for the official “Reverse” music video which will be out very very soon.

Thanks!

FB: http//:www.facebook.com/somekindawonderful

http://www.SomeKindaWonderful.com

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The Rising Suns: EP Review

avatars-000089992467-wjs5y5-t500x500Truthfully I had never heard of this band before and sometimes that’s the best way to be when hearing new music, no walls to confine your thinking.

Kill Me‘ ( the EP title) you can’t run away from the punk roots, in Track 2 ‘When the Bomb Starts to Fall‘ I felt as though this was a 90’s grunge anthem and I was in the pit! Track 3 ‘The Corner of Mimosa and Cherokee‘ also had a hard punk rock melody but very a strong chorus. My personal choice was Track 4 ‘Colorwork‘, they showcased a different level of vocal work and musical composition while still creating a solid piece of work!

The Rising Suns is an Orlando based punk band with rock influences (from what I can hear) so if you like Green Day, The Offspring or Sum 41 you’ll probably be a big fan!

To check out their music click on over to  SoundCloud: http//:www.soundclod.com/therisingsuns

 

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August Band of the Month: Hurricane Charley

“Hurricane Charley hit central Florida when we all were growing up and it really messed central Florida up. We are trying to do the same thing but as a band.”

FB Band of the month AugustWelcome to August music addicts,

We have some metal/ hardcore to fill your craving this month!                                                     Say Hello to Hurricane Charley an Orlando based five piece rock band literally taking Central Florida like a storm: Jeremy Rolison-Vocals,  Glenn Stowe- Guitars,  Mark Pina-Guitars, Sean Iafornaro- Bass and  Tyler Murphey- Drums.

Now such an important question (haha) What is the last song you played in your car? Fast car by Tracy Chapman.

What have you done in the past year that you would say has definitely 10177437_608712869214247_3622525798111967910_nhelped your project grow? The main thing that gets us noticed is the live show, make sure the crowd knows you are having a blast, if you are not happy they will never be.

Besides social media, and flyers do you practice any unique methods of promoting upcoming shows? Lots of foot work, don’t just show up to your own show. Go to as many as you can, bring demos, hand them out, and again make new friends.

Who writes the Lyrics, is it a group effort? Jeremy writes all the lyrics.

hc2What genre would you really describe the band as? Metal/ with hardcore influences

What advice would you give to other artist/bands trying to get momentum in the industry? Just have fun with your friends and play all the shows you can, make new friends, and stay humble.

Is there anything you would like to tell our Reader’s about upcoming events or new tracks? We will be finished recording our Debut E.P. EVACUATION on August 16th. It will be released First electronically on Spotify, Iheartradio, iTunes etc… it will be released by Mid-September.

For more info: http://www.facebook.com/hurricanecharley

 

 

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Victor Montequin’s SQ

sgPutting on this CD I could definitely recognize this musician had a different direction, well many directions he was taking. His vibe flows easily between that of The Beatles and Billy Joel with a modern day twist on the vintage styles with undertones of classic rock, pop even jazz and bluegrass.

This is an album you should really take a good listen too, the melodies as well as the lyrics have life and impact and his style is very distinct.

I found a connection with his song ‘Facts and Proof” but give SQ a listen and tell me what you think?

http://www.reverbnation.com/victormontequin

VictorMontequin.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

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Interview with Founder of ‘Violectric and Fretless Rock’

mandipaige (1) ‘Violectric and Fretless Rock’, An amazing collection of seven classical musicians who know just how to rock the hell out of a stage!  Aerosmith to RollingStones covers, from pop to metal and custom arrangements. Their sound is independent in their genre with added of course the pure beauty of string instruments. This is a band to take notice of! This past week I caught up with Lead Violin and Founding member Michelle Jones to speak about this unique musical project and here is what she had to say: Violectric ShowWhat made you want to come together in a group like this? I created the concept of Violectric in 2007 and invited other musicians to join and play modern and classic rock music with me.  Since that time, the original concept has evolved into what it is today:  a full 7-piece instrumental rock band comprised of a string quintet plus keys and live drums.  We create all of our own arrangements of classic and modern rock tunes, and play them live (no backing or click tracks) on traditional classical instruments, sometimes using digital and looping effects. When the situation calls for something on a smaller scale, we go by the name “Fretless Rock.”  Fretless Rock is a string ensemble up to a quartet with or without a DJ, and with or without backing tracks.  Fretless Rock also can do more modern, dance and electronic music with a DJ using colorful, electric instruments and visual effects with costuming. Now, l love your sound and the rock influences, but how would you describe the group’s sound?MJViolinVersaceSolo Thank you for your very kind words!  I think our group’s sound is best described as “rock with a touch of class.”  Violectric mostly uses the traditional acoustic wooden instruments with pickups to amplify the sound.  Although the instrumental sound is familiar, the style in which they are played is definitely different from classical music.  Much of the music is usually harsher, so our playing itself is harsher.  But, we have to remember to keep the ballads sweet and mellow with emotion in every note.  Since we do not use live vocalists, the instruments must become the voice of the musicians who play them.  This includes all the subtle nuances that a human voice projects, just on an instrument.  The audience usually knows the lyrics to every song we perform.  We like to say to the audience “the voice in your head really can sing!” Fretless Rock uses a mix of acoustic wooden instruments and electric instruments, thus allowing us to use even more effects with our playing.  I love to use guitar pedals to create varying effects on the overall tone and sound!  When we partner with our DJ, it brings this to yet another level.  The DJ mixes in sounds and beats while we play instrumental lines on top and create new melodies and harmonies. With both Violectric and Fretless Rock, no two performances are ever exactly alike since we improvise each and every time, and our song selections are widely varied with each show.  We learn new songs every week and are constantly rotating our song lists to match each event’s unique audience. Michelle Jones Foundation For Foster Kids 2What has been your proudest musical moment, so far? There are so many wonderful and memorable moments, it is difficult to narrow down to just one.  We love to entertain, but my personal favorite moments are when audience members come up to me after a show and tell me something personal about themselves and how our music impacted them.  Some have told me how that performance took them back in time to a memory, a place, an event, and how that was a defining moment in their lives.  Others have come to a show several years later and shared a story of how that earlier show changed their life.  People have met their soul mates at our events and gone on to be married with children, and were thanking us for creating the opportunity for that to happen just by doing what we enjoy – putting on the best performance every time.  I know that those moments would not have happened in that specific way had it not been for a live band with a live audience.  Each needs the other in order to thrive and survive.  This continued symbiotic relationship will forever create memories for all involved. Are all of you native to Central Fl? Three of our musicians are native to Central Florida.  The remainder either moved here for college or for other professional musical work in this thriving entertainment climate.  I moved here after college, and have lived here longer than anywhere else.  I love it here, and I am proud to call Orlando my home! Do you have a favorite song to cover during performances? Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  The audience sings along every time, and loves to head-bang with our cellist.  It’s always our favorite and is the audience’s favorite, too! How would you define your band name? Violectric is a mix of two names:  Viol and Electric.  The “viol” is the predecessor to the violin/viola and is the namesake for each of our modern day string instruments.  Violin, Viola, Violoncello (usually shortened to cello), and Double Bass Viol (usually shortened to bass).  Since we have electrified each instrument through amplification, I created the name “Violectric” to define our band and the instruments we use. Fretless Rock is a play on the word fretless, meaning “without frets.”  Our stringed instruments do not have frets, unlike guitars and most electric basses.  We use fretless instruments.  Since we play all rock, modern, dance and electronic music, it seemed appropriate to lump the categories together to just “rock” and describe the instruments we use.  It also applies to our attitude – we don’t fret about an event; we just love to put on a great show! What are your hopes to achieve in the near future? Bite Night 2014 Wow!  We have accomplished so much in just this short amount of time, and are truly grateful to our fans for their kind and generous support.  Our next hopes are to continue to tour on a more frequent basis, perform in even more cities and countries and continue to educate people who are interested in careers in music.  Through Violectric Educational Programs, we have introduced students to the real world of being a professional musician.  Our workshops range from management, touring and contracts to technical direction and riders, as well as a whole host of other topics that are not traditionally taught to music majors in school or university.  We have taught students throughout China and the USA and hope to continue sharing our love of music with people and students across the globe. Anything you would like to tell our Orlando readers? Please continue to support local artists, bands, musicians and entertainers in every genre!  We have a unique culture in Orlando that is unlike any other city in the world.  We have world-class entertainers who have decided to make Orlando their hometown because of the support of the community.  We need people to attend live concerts and shows to maintain the balance between the music and the listener.  The musicians feed off of the energy of the audience, and vice-versa.  Although technology has made music more attainable, nothing replaces seeing and hearing it live and sharing that experience with friends and family at that exact same moment together.  Who knows?  You might meet your soul mate and be able to tell that bandleader about it years later, too! Thank You so much! For more information on the band: http://violectric.net/   PR Contact: Ilene Lieber, Passion PR Communications Consulting, ilene@passionprconsulting.com.

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