Denver’s Redlands are thrilled to announce their sophomore EP, Adventurer, and premiere the title track over on Diffuser! Check out the article here, which includes a letter explaining the meaning of the song and it’s dedication to the band’s bassist, Chase Martinez, and his wife, Brenna Martinez, whom he lost in a motorcycle accident on March 28. Our deepest condolences.
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Nick Santino, This Century, Brian Marquis, Austin Gibbs, Brennan Smiley of The Technicolors
Santos Party House – New York, New York
Friday, November 7th, 2014
Arriving at Santos Party House in New York City for Nick Santino & the Northern Wind, I was surprised to find a moderately small venue, not too obvious from the side of the street. It was a comfortable atmosphere, full of dedicated fans and intoxicated people who came for a good time.
And it was a great time, with Brennan Smiley of The Technicolors opening the show. His impressive high notes stood out, along with his dedication to the rhythm. He was into every song he played, which was apparent through his dance moves to each beat that encouraged the audience to dance along. By the end of his set, he was requested to play one extra song. Stumped on what to play, he said “let’s end it on a sad note,” and played a mellow song that continued to pump up the crowd because of what a powerful musician he was.
After Brennan left the stage, Austin Gibbs came on right away, another powerful musician. He elevated the audience’s engagement even further by asking them questions and getting them involved. Someone from the crowd shouted “yeet,” which entailed an interesting banter about Gibbs’ lack of knowledge of the definition of yeet. When he wasn’t making comical comments, his music consisted of a mix of upbeat and sadder songs, but his energy was strong throughout, making the audience dance and laugh through the entirety of the set.
With very short intermission times, Brian Marquis took the audience’s attention shortly after. He played his acoustic guitar with a harmonica strapped to his neck, which immensely added to his performance. When he was thoroughly into a guitar solo, he would step away from the mic and his entire body would get thoroughly into the rhythm of the song.
This Century had a remarkable performance. With two members of the band, Joel Kanitz and Sean Silverman, contributing to the acoustic show, they had a strong vibe throughout their set. Joel had two mics set up in the front, one he would beat box into and create harmonies, and then he would record it and put it on loop, while he sang into the second mic. It was an intriguing idea, something I have not seen done often. His angelic voice was captivating to the entire crowd who sang along to every song. A keyboard was also employed which added to the atmosphere to the set in a positive way. They had lots of contributors that played along with them, such as Austin Gibbs, Brennan Smiley, and a woman named Julia (who was not associated with any particular act, though, she had also played with Nick Santino).
Nick Santino’s performance was lively and energetic. Though some songs were sad, the audience was enthusiastic through every moment and sang along as much as they possibly could. Nick had a smile on his face throughout the set which was uplifting to see.
The acoustic show was very mellow but thoroughly exciting. Each band that played had a great attitude and played astounding music. The audience seemed to have a stupendous time, as did I. I would thoroughly recommend checking any and all of the bands on this tour out the next time they come to your area.
Photos and review by Sara Barber.
This Century , Brian Marquis and Austin Gibbs will be joining Nick Santino this fall on The Long & Winding Roadshow. The acoustic tour, which will hit the US and Canada, will also feature William Beckett on select dates!
Below you can find tour dates and where to purchase tickets!
11.1 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade^
11.2 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11.3 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
11.5 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
11.6 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
11.7 – New York, NY @ Santos Party House
11.8 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
11.9 – Nutley, NJ @ Radiant
11.10 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
11.11 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room @ Crofoot*
11.12 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s*
11.14 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean*
11.15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Nether Bar
11.17 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11.19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
11.22 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
^ – not w/Brian or William
* – w/William Beckett
Tickets can be purchased here.
We had the chance to speak with Stop Dead’s Ryan Gose on his second EP, on March 18th. Check out our interview below!
Dirt and Dust is your second EP released under Stop Dead. How was the writing and recording process different (or not) with this EP?
The writing and recording were somewhat similar to my first EP. Writing in the moment and not over thinking things too much. On the recording side it was again another DIY effort but this time with a little extra knowledge & expertise.
Where did the name Stop Dead come from?
The name Stop Dead came from a lyric in a song off of my first EP. The phrase became imbedded in my brain. Kind of the feeling that inspired me to start the Stop Dead project in the first place.
Prior to this project, most This Century fans had no idea that you were not only a drummer, but a singer as well. What gave you the push to finally put these songs you created on the side out for people to hear?
Originally I was writing and recording new material for myself exclusively without any intention of releasing it. I had shared a couple of tunes with my manager Tanner Radcliffe of 8123 Management and he really helped motivate me to turn Stop Dead into something that could be shared.
The cover of Dirt and Dust is actually a childhood photo of yourself. What made you decide to use that as the artwork?
We had tossed around a few different ideas for the EP art & a childhood photo was one of them. Originally I was going to title the EP Supernova and work off of that….but after stumbling across an old cowboy like photo and having a song titled Dirt & Dust I couldn’t resist.
It seemed to me that Dirt and Dust was such a solid EP to represent who you are as an artist. Are there currently any plans to release a full length?
Thanks, I’m glad you think so! I am currently working with my fellow members in This Century to finish up our 3rd album. I plan to start writing and recording Stop Dead’s next collection of songs soon after. Also plans to get out and start playing live!
Thank you for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
If you have not yet heard Stop Dead’s EP “Dirt & Dust” please do so! You can pick it up on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dirt-dust-ep/id826697988
My name is John O’Callaghan and I am moral supporter and attempted empower-or of weirdness the individuals that are a part of EID. I’d like to think of this as more of a creative project than as a band.
Eagles In Drag seemed like a project that appeared out of the blue, but you guys actually formed back in 2012. Why did you guys decide now was the right time to release your debut EP?
I really wanted to wait for a time when 8123 had a clear plate and no other artists were really pushing any new material. It seemed like the right to release it and we did so without much (if any at all) marketing to reiterate the idea that this project was simply an outlet for expression and not something to get hung up on.
How did the name Eagles In Drag come about?
I remember hearing it while watching some Willem Dafoe movie. He called some front lawn flamingos by that name and I thought it was sort of clever.
This project has a completely different sound than that of previous projects that you guys have worked on (This Century, The Maine, A Rocket To The Moon). When writing the EP, did you guys know what kind of sound you wanted to go for or was it just something you played around with to try and create something that was unexpected?
I definitely brought a vibe to the table while writing and that laid the basis for the tunes. We all pulled from our subconscious inspiration and created what you hear now. The writing and recording all happened so fast that we didn’t have time to think too hard about what we were doing. In retrospect, if we had spent more time I’m sure things would have come out differently but that’s the beauty of making music.
I’m personally a huge fan of the EP (which our site rated a 4.5/5), One Four Six being a favorite track of mine. Which song is your favorite and why?
Thank you! Hard to really pick just one because it all came about so quickly, but I suppose if there were a gun to my head I’d say the first tune Pretty Girl Monster. That track feels like one that went from vision to reality in the most seamless fashion, not much changed from the writing to recording with that one.
Can we expect a giant collaborative tour of This Century, The Maine, and Eagles in Drag sometime in the near future? For instance, Max Bemis recently went on tour under his own name, but also performed as Perma (a project with him and his wife), Eisley (his wife’s project), etc.
It’s not in the cards. I’m sure if demand were to grow to a point we couldn’t ignore then something like that could happen, but for now we’re all still too involved with our respective groups. It would be a blast though.
Thank you for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for your time! It’s great to be alive. The Sun is shining where I am, and that is nice.Talk soon.-John