Getting to Know Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Where are you from and when did you get started?
We are mostly from Tokyo, Japan. We started this band late 80s.
Cleanhead Gimura called up few of us and started Tokyo Ska.
His idea was to start a ska band yet combining ska music with what was happening in the Tokyo music scene then.
We were very underground when we first started.
 
Who are you and who does what in the band?
I’m Atsushi Yanaka and I play baritone sax.  I’m one of the original members.
 
NARGO: Trumpet
Masahiko Kitahara: Trombone
GAMO:Tenor Sax
Atsushi Yanaka: Baritone Sax
Takashi Kato: Guitar
Tsuyoshi Kawakami : Bass
Yuichi Oki: Keyboards
Hajime Omori: Percussion
Kin-ichi Motegi: Drums
 
 
How would you best describe the sound?
We name the genre of our music, “Tokyo Ska”
Based on Ska beat, we play rock, jazz, punk, soul to any genre of music.
The band members all came from different background, some are jazz musicians, one came from a rock band, one from a dub band, one guy is an expert on Frankk Zapp and some are total authentic ska freak.  We fuse all kinds of influences into our music.  It is hard to describe our sound.
 
Dream rock moment (real or not)?
We love the moments to witness our audience with only smile on their faces during our show. We are totally united with music.
We have been saying “Paradise Has No Border” as in the title of our song or of the album we are releasing.
Looking at everyone’s faces from the stage, we are convinced that there are no borders when you are all united with music.
Everyone is happy.  That’s our dream to see people smiling all over the world just like we see in the concert venues.
 
Still got day jobs?
No. Some members have different side bands.    
 
Any regrets?
Don’t think so.  Our motto is live 100% today.  You may not have tomorrow (who knows!) so enjoy today and do everything you can do today with 100% of your energy!
Find out more: http://www.tokyoska.net/

Getting To Know Spylights


Where are you from and when did you get started?

I am from a city called Metairie, Louisiana. It’s a small city outside of New Orleans. The idea of doing a solo project really came to fruition when my full time touring band parted ways back in late 2014. I started writing and recording music full time in 2015 and haven’t looked back since.

Who are you and who does what in the band?

I am the songwriter and vocalist for Spylights, and I performed and recorded all the instruments for the record. As of now I have a few talented players on board for live shows. One of them is actually the bass player in my other band called Like Water.

How would you best describe the sound?

I would say there are plenty of different feels involved in the sound,and plenty that have not even surfaced yet. Since 2015, I have written and recorded over 30 songs with many different kinds of feels and mixtures of genres within them. I try to touch on different styles cohesively of singer songwriter, jazz, alternative rock, prog, metal, electronica, and some fusion. I guess it’s mainly going to be considered a rock band when it all boils down.

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

I feel like I have been lucky enough to have some real dream rock moments in my career asa musician so far. Through the bands I have been a part of I’ve toured with Fishbone, shared stages with Haken, Thank You Scientist, The Expendables, Slightly Stoopid, The Damned Things, Dick Dale, H.R. Of Bad Brains, Alkaline Trio, and many more. I am just mega grateful that I had the opportunity to meet, get to know, and become friends with some of those guys through my craft!

Still got day jobs?

Of course that’s pretty much a given nowadays unless you are a massive entity of a band or somehow you don’t have rent or bills to pay. I am a producer, studio engineer, and from time to time I work as an audio video technician for extra money!

Any regrets?

No major regrets really, we all just play the hand we are dealt in life and learn from those mistakes we make along the way. The only regret I may have at all as a musician is wasting too much time on different bands over the years that only had a small percentage of dedicated passionate members in it for the long haul. Everybody wants to be in a band, brag about it to girls or their friends, until they learn what they truly signed up for and the sacrifice it entails. It is a long hard road that many aren’t either cut out for or willing to put the work into to get down.

Getting To Know Demi The Daredevil!


Where are you from and when did you get started?

We are from El Paso, Texas and we started jamming ten years ago in high school. But, after some tragic events, we didn’t start taking this seriously until 2015.

Who are you and who does what in the band?

Im Jeff Azar, I sing and play the keys. Marc plays the guitar. Matt and Gabriel play the drums. We play with backtracks, with a few programmed instruments in them.

How would you best describe the sound?

Queen meets Chicago meets Genesis if you’re an oldie. A newie, you could say twenty one pilots meets Panic! at the Disco meets My Chemical Romance. We have punk roots but this music has a slightly more relaxed feel, and is a bit more composed. Art Pop Dark theater music with emo punk roots.

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

Dream rock moment…. a fantasy would be to open for Puddle of Mud or Mudvayne or Muddy Waters if he were still around. Marc’s in a band called Slop Musket which is would be cool. Cradle of Filth maybe. I’m on a dirty word tangent. Maybe I should rethink my dreams and go to the light. Yani, or Switchfoot or Enya maybe.

Still got day jobs?

Yes, yes still got a day job. I guess that’s the defining factor between hobby musician and a professional musician isn’t it. And right now we’re in the trenches. And until I quit my day job, no one around me will be 100% convinced of this project being a career for me.

Any regrets?

Yes. Do I ever. I know they say regrets are useless. And they are if you already understand the mistake. But it’s still hard not to think about them. For me it’s being caught up in negative relationships for so long. Wrong crowds. Wasted a lot of time trying to get on the same page as people who aren’t on the same path as me.

Find out more: http://www.demithedaredevil.com/

Getting To Know Tarah Who?


Where are you from and when did you get started?

Tarah G. Carpenter (Vocals, Guitar)
Matthew Peltcher (Bass)

MP: I was born in Los Angeles California. I’ve been playing music since I was very young. We had a music teacher bring different instruments every week to class and eventually I got to play trumpet in the school band. In high school, I was hanging out with a big group of friends at lunch and they were like “Hey! We should all form a band! That would be so cool!” We got so excited, we started shouting out which instruments we were going to play. In the end, the only two that actually formed a band from that group was my best friend and myself.

TGC: I am from Paris, France. I started playing music when i was 14. I wanted to learn the drums but no one really supported for this instrument so I started teaching myself. I moved to Kentucky when i was 15 and i couldn’t play the drums ( I played percussion in Murray High School Band though..) so i taught myself the guitar. When I returned to France, to finish my baccalauréat I joined two bands. One, in which i played the drums and another one in which I was playing the bass. Secretly, I wrote songs on the guitar. I moved to LA when I turned 21, I didn’t have a band but I wanted to play. I found an ad on craigslist: ” looking for talented singer songwriters to play in a warehouse”. I can still picture it. I actually wish I could find such an event for us today! Anyway, I went? It was my first performance as a singer-guitar player. I had a lot of positive feedback so I kept on doing it. 11 years later.. I am still doing it!

Who are you and who does what in the band?

MP: I’m the bass player and backing vocals. Tarah writes the music and the rest of us contribute.

TGC: I am Tarah, founder of Tarah Who?. I write the songs (music and lyrics).

How would you best describe the sound?

MP: Our sound can have some grunge, punk, rock or even metal sounds depending on the song. We aren’t looking for any particular sound. We just write what sounds good to us. You can definitely expect a very loud performance at a Tarah Who? Show.

TGC: This is very well described! Not much to add here.. We’re very simple in sound. Plug in and play. we’re loud, energetic, we like to scream and make you scream! We love to entertain!
I grew up listening to 90 ‘s rock music, and i was a big Alanis fan. So I am pretty sure there is some Alanis in my writing (singer-songwriter) then I discovered the Foo fighters and I was a huge fan! And then, I discovered the Distillers. And outside of having a big crush on Brody, I thought they sounded amazing;) wait, does that make sense?

So Tarah Who? sounds like Alanis, kept Taylor on the drums but switched her guitar player with Brody and Tony, meets Courtney Love just because she’s hanging out! (I may have had a Moscow Mule or two…)

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

MP: Touring Europe. Let’s make that dream a reality. 😉

TGC: Easy peasy Matt! We’ll make it happen, don’t you worry:) I am not sure that I understand the question… Have I had a dream Rock moment? what is a dream rock moment?!!Wait I am confused..

Well.. let me tell you a little story instead.. once upon a time, I go to my rehearsal space in North Hollywood with my dog, Boogie who takes a dump. I pick it up, because i am a good citizen.. (Or I think I am..) I look up and someone says Hi! and it is Jack Black. The End.

Still got day jobs?

MP: Yes. Next question?

TGC: Got to do what you gotta do!

Any regrets?

MP: No. What purpose do regrets have besides making you feel like shit? Regrets are a big waste of time and the sooner you realize it the better. I’m done with my PSA now.

TGC: Sometimes… missed opportunities. When i don’t dare to ACT when i get THE chance. I hesitate for too long and then the moment is gone. Then i am pretty upset at myself for not daring.. I am getting better…I think… but yeah.. That’s the kind of regret I have.

Find out more about the band here.

Getting to Know Four Lights

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Where are you from and when did you get started?

KII: I am from Whidbey Island. I started when I was 8.

Brian: Originally I am from Illinois, but moved to Washington State in the mid-2000s. I met these nerds between 2007-2010 and we decided to start this band in 2015 as an excuse to use the gravity bong at the old practice space.

Jeff: We’re Four Lights from Seattle, WA.

Who are you and who does what in the band?

KII: I am KII and I play Drums.

Brian: I’m Brian and I play bass and sing back ups. I am also responsible for the majority of press photos, album layouts, and all of the video work that we do.

Jeff: I’m Jeff, and I play guitar and sing backups.

Dan: I’m Dan! I sing and play the guitar!!

How would you best describe the sound?

Brian: Power-pop masquerading as pop-punk (or maybe vice versa).

Jeff: I’m terrible at describing the sound, but I agree with the others. Power pop with heavy pop punk roots.

Dan: Yeah, the other dudes really nailed it.

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

Brian: Meeting Tom Hanks.

Jeff: An opening slot on the next Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters world tour.

Dan: Bracket or The Impossibles decide to do a tour and bring us along.

Still got day jobs?

Dan: I am an IT manager for a long term care company.

KII: Yup. It’s OK. That’s what the therapist says to tell myself anyway.

Brian: Yes and it’s slowly killing me.

Jeff: Up until recently, I’ve had plenty of joe-jobs; nothing I’d call a career. Let me put it this way: I have an extensive collection of nametags and hairnets. Right now I work in a lab, in the nanotechnology field

Any regrets?

KII: Just that day old pizza.

Brian:Wearing these fucking suits in the summertime.

Jeff: I regret choosing a “D” instead of a “B”, in the Wheel of Fortune bonus round.
Dan: I regret letting the other dudes answer questions in interviews haha

Seattle punk act, Four Lights, have they released their debut album Death to False Posi on August 15, 2016 through Bomb Pop Records. Four Lights are streaming their new album Death to False Posi in full through Bandcamp. The title track features guest vocals from the veteran California pop-punk act, Bracket.

Check out the album here: Death to False Posi
Continue reading Getting to Know Four Lights

Getting to Know Slim Wray

slim_wray (585x800)Where are you from and when did you get started?

We’re based out of Brooklyn and formed Slim Wray in 2012 – but prior to that, Howzr and Chris have been playing around the NYC scene in punk/grunge band, “Ten Pound Strike.” Brian later joined after he and Chris met while some session work at the Vault Studios in Hoboken. We also recorded our debut album “Sack Lunch” at the Vault with producer, Dan McLoughlin.

Who are you and who does what in the band?

I, Chris, I Drummer

I, Howzr, I Singer and Guitarer

I, Brian, I Bass

How would you best describe the sound?

A 1960’s high school dance that starts with guys on one side of the gym and girls on the other side. Very sweet and innocent. But then some smart-ass spikes the punch with grain alcohol, creating “Jungle Juice” for the first time ever. Pandemonium ensues. The band starts playing backwards revealing satanic verse, then the kids start dancing crazy like that scene from Matrix 3, a motor cycle gang crashes the party and does wheelies on the basketball court, that kid from Science Class sees a bra for the first time, likes it, paratroopers repel from the ceiling, Ms. Kalinsky’s face melts revealing she is –in fact- ZAAR –the alien explorer from the planet Klanduu on a 5000-year mission to observe Human mating rituals, a bucket of blood is dumped on the prom queen. She retaliates with fire made from her mind. Burns the place down. Cats and dogs living together. You know, mass hysteria.

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

I don’t know if you heard, but a few weeks ago, Dave Grohl fell off stage and unfortunately broke his leg. But, so great was his commitment to rock, that he got right back up there with a makeshift cast and finished the set. It was an epic day. One day, I hope to break my leg on stage, and have Dave Grohl pick me and hold me in his arms as I finish playing the set. Then I know that I can retire on top.

Still got day jobs?

You know, everyone in bands has day jobs these days. Even the big stars you wouldn’t expect, like for instance, The Edge from U2. Seriously. Yeah, true story: our tour van pulled up to a Hardees drive-thru somewhere – West Lafayette, Indiana, I think. And there, working the window was The Edge from U2! I’m like, “dude, what the hell? Why aren’t you on tour right now?” And he’s like, “yeah, man, we want to but you know, we gotta save some money right now for gas and tolls.” Its crazy. I mean, if even The Edge has to save-up for tour gas money…

But we got it all figured out. It’s our startup called chikknn. It’s this app on your phone that, no matter where you are, will locate the nearest fried chicken joint. If there is somebody else in the same vicinity that has the app, it will tell you they also like fried chicken. We’re seeking outside investments. So if you know anyone…

Any regrets?

Howzr – That I quit my high school band metal band, Meatmuffin. We were once the top house party draw in Butler, IN, and top slinger of Sabbath riffs east of the Mississippi. It was a simpler time.

Chris – That I never reached-in and petted that tiger at the Bronx zoo -even though the sign said “don’t feed the tigers.” It would be easier to play drums with 5 fingers instead of 2.

Listen to “Take It or Leave It” HERE.

Cheers!

-Jerry Actually

Getting to Know Solid Gold Balls

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1. MATT
Who are you and who does what in the band?
I’m Matt Souther. I play bass and really bring the backup singing to the next level.

How would you best describe the sound?
Not really basement rock, but more garage rock, with lyrics about how the fucking kids have made a mess out of the garage.

Dream rock moment (real or not)?
My dream has always been to see the country in a van. I’ve seen the west half of it in previous bands, but still wish to see the east, and now I’m pretty keene on seeing Europe from a van too.
And I too fantasize about playing SNL. Hopefully on a night when Natalie Portman hosts.

Still got day jobs?
Sort of, I own my own business, and co-own another business with Dan the drummer, laser engraving shit.

Any regrets?
Not doing this band sooner, back in the 90’s when they were handing out record deals to anyone with a shitty guitar and a loud amp who was also head to toe in flannel.
Continue reading Getting to Know Solid Gold Balls

Getting to Know the Buckaroux Banshees

www.buckarouxbanshees.com

Where are you from and when did you get started?

Formed in St. Paul Minnesota! – 4 guys (We’ve since added a drummer! We were 3 members originally w/ no drummer) who felt a serious void of music (All their other groups had called a hiatus or disbanded i.e. – Grimace – Conquistadores – Streetwise Professors – Corp D… You know, typical obscure Twin Cities Punk Groups..) in their lives so one winter day in 2011 they decided to form “Buckaroux Banshees” – A hybrid of all previous group members projects that would try harder promoting themselves. Create sharper songs. And most importantly play stellar live shows!

Who are you and who does what in the band?

4 piece band!
Matt Graske (Me) Rhythm Gtr
Gregg Schmitt – Lead Gtr
Chad Medellin – Bass
Ryan Blue – Drums
* Everybody writes lyrics and sings them!
We have an awesome eclectic mix of singers in this group and this keeps the songs very interesting. There’s no clear front man. – But we don’t care! We ‘ve been working hard on the music! It’s coming together nicely!

How would you best describe the sound?

Fugazi type “progressive” punk music
We challenge ourselves to not write the same song over again repeatedly.
We take turns singing and changing time signatures
We have a disco song
We have a 3/5 timed song. We need to keep ourselves entertained and couldn’t do it by simple four chord punk music
We also enjoy “classic?” metal very much so
We are a very lead guitar oriented band with guitar inspirations from groups like Iron Maiden / Judas Priest / Black Sabbath

Influences include: Fugazi / Descendents / Superchunk / Judas Priest / Iron Maiden / etc

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

To be able to afford to take 1 month off of work ; pack up the van and tour the whole United States (Do-able right?)
We wanna see some of the world… at least what’s in our own country. We’re young and energetic. We hope to make this a reality

Still got day jobs?

Of Course we do… we’re not fuckin rock stars

Matt Graske – Cooks in various twin cities restauraunts (Carbone’s Pizzeria / Corner Cafe mostly)
Gregg Schmitt – Walmart Tire Lube Express Technician
Chad Medellin – Various Blue Collar jobs (Metal Fabrication / Cleaning Screens for a printing company / Occasional Prostitution Work)
Ryan Blue – Gordy’s Steak House! (A REal beast in the kitchen!)

Any regrets?

Yes We should have formed this band when we were in highschool instead of college!

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Getting to Know KevoCantDance

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KevoCantDance is an Indie/Pop-Punk/Folk acoustic music project started by Kevo in 2011.

Let’s take some time and learn a bit more about Kevo, shall we?

Where are you from and when did you get started?

I am from a small town called Huntingdon in central Pennsylvania. I think my interest in playing music really started when I was 11. I was on the school bus listening to some rap metal band on my walkman and this older kid named Brandon handed me a mix-tape and told me to stop listening to shitty music. The mix-tape he gave me had Screeching weasel, Bad Religion, Blink 182 (Chesire Cat days before they sucked!), and just a mix of awesome 90’s punk bands. As soon as I popped the tape in and heard Screeching Weasels “Dummy Up” I knew that’s what I wanted to do the rest of my life. So 15 years and 9 bands later…….here I am ha.

Who are you and who does what in the band?

Hi my name is Kevo and I am the band! I play acoustic guitar and I sing my lungs out :P.

How would you best describe the sound?

My sound is a mix of Acoustic Folk, Pop-Punk, and Indie rock thrown into a blender and pureed into a raspy sound that I like to call “Acoustacore”. My influences are Chuck Ragan, Tom Waits, The Frontbottoms, The Mountain Goats, Justin Sane(Anti-Flag), & Mike Ness.

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

I really wanna headline a show @ The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, I’ve been to dozens of shows there and it would be great to see the view from the musicians perspective. Plus I like to fill beat up acoustic guitars with confetti and smash them on stage from time to time and I think that place would look quite lovely with colorful confetti flying through the air :). So yea that’s definitely my goal within the next year or so, besides that I would just like to go on tour forever (or until the van broke down).

Still got day jobs?

Yes :(…..I work in IT (Ima nerd n stuff)

Any regrets?

No regrets…….well maybe that gas station hoagie that I ate a couple hours ago; (my stomach regrets that mostly).

You can find out more about KevoCantDance below

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kevo-Cant-Dance/230111337071105?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/KevoCantDance

Getting to know Iwanaga

Iwanaga! (pronounced “e-wa-nah-gah”) a six member ska band that formed in 2008 in the wasteland Fresno, CA. Known for stirring up a lot of commotion in the local music scene. Iwanaga has toured up and down California and has opened up for many touring bands like voodoo glow skulls, the sheds, isolated victims, ska skank redemption and potato pirates. for more about iwanaga visit their Facebook, twitter and reverbnation.

Facebook.com/iwanagaska

Twitter @iwanagaska

Reverbnation.com/iwanaga

Let’s learn a little more about them, shall we?

Where are you from and when did you get started?

We are from Fresno, California. And we started in 2008, Andrew started the band and members came and went so now we’re at the line up we have now. Which is pretty rad. Let’s hope it stays this way for a long time.

Who are you and who does what in the band?

Guitar/vocals/mom– Andrew Pereida

Bass/inspirational coach– Roxanne medina/Nick Chacon

Trombone/vocals/fedora lover– Leo Esparza

Alto sax/Deaignated Asian– Will Melendez

Drums/Dance Coach– Jeff McCobb

Trumpet/Awesome– Armando Mancinas

How would you best describe the sound?

Our sound is a whole lot ska with a dash of everything from 2 tone to pop punk to Latin feels. You’ll have to check us out to hear our sound.

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

Opening up for voodoo glow skulls is up there. And being able to play with new bands and areas in California that we’ve never played before is pretty rad. As for a fake dream moment would be able to be signed and touring with big acts like reel big fish and such.

 Still got day jobs?

You bet your sweet goodies we do. Andrew works at a Laserquest, Leo works for GameStop. Jeff works at an Italian restaurant, Nick works for Fresno State, and Armando works for a movie theater. We all have some pretty awesome jobs.

Any regrets?

None… well there was this one time in San Francisco.