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No cash, more gum: Jay Krugman shares his story of success with the UNH campus

by The Charger Bulletin | March 23, 2015

By Emma O’Dell
eodel1@unh.newhaven.edu

 “The music business has never been more vital, and the record business more dead.” – Jay Krugman

Music producer Jay Krugman steps onto the campus of University of New Haven to tell the music industry students the story of his life Monday, March 9.

Jay Krugman is the brother of Murray Krugman, a music professor at the University of New Haven. Maury teaches Production, Promotion and Distribution, and invited his brother to talk to the students. Following a lecture, Krugman held a question and answer session.

Everyone on campus was welcome, but the event was mainly for the music students to attend and learn how to further their careers. Krugman also helped to provide an insight into the world of music that he has been involved in for years.

Before Jay Krugman talked, his brother introduced him by telling a story about their childhood. Their father had given them bubble gum; Murray ate all of his within that day, but Jay had sold his to the kid down the street. That night, they got a knock on the door and their father answered it. Coming back to get Jay from the dinner table, their father told Jay he must give back the money. Jay, being five at the time, said “no cash, more gum,” and from then on, Murray knew his brother would do great things.

Jay Krugman started out at Harper College in Illinois as anthropology major. It wasn’t until Woodstock of 1969 when he was sitting on the field looking around at the thousands of people that had bought tickets that realized there was a lot of money in the music business.

At first, he was a cab driver for three months after college; from there he worked in the tape library organizing music for $3 an hour and went on interviews for three years. After that, he went into production at Record Planet in New York as a recording engineer for eight years. Following that, he went on to become the product manager at Columbia Records, where he was head of marketing from 1989 to 1996.

“The day after the first day, it’s all on you,” Krugman stated.

In 2004, he left BMI in California and moved back to New York. Krugman decided to become an independent marketing consultant. Because he an independent marketing agent, he told the students that they must know three things: “What’s the product? Who’s the audience? And how do you reach them?”

During the talk, he had the students engage in conversation and ask any questions they wanted because he has worked with such big names like Tony Bennett, New Kids on the Block, and Rolling Stones. His back and forth banter with his brother made the students laugh with them and feel more open.

One question asked by a student was what he thought was the most challenging moment in his career. Krugman answered by saying “relationships are everything, to make a name for yourself and to make connections.” He then pointed to his brother, “[I] had this guy, who was a legendary rock producer at the time, and that helped.” This made the students nod with agreement and admiration.

When asked what would be the most important thing he would want these students to take away from his visit, Krugman responded with, “I hope some students in this room will hear what I have to say and it helps them find their musical path.”

“It was interesting to see what my professor’s brother had to say,” said Nicole Pierce, a music industry major. “I hadn’t realized how successful he had been in the music industry before the presentation.”

Jay Krugman inspired and opened the eyes of many prospective students.

Interview with Nalani and Sarina

by Elyse Von Der Fecht | March 11, 2015

Born to folk-music-loving parents, twin sisters Nalani and Sarina Bolton attended concerts and sing-a-longs “in the womb,” eventually joining in vocally themselves at about five years old. Their formal classical piano training began a year later. Their mother made sure their informal music education included all the great —songwriters Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen as well as the Beatles and Alanis Morissette.

Nalani and Sarina will be performing on March 25 in New York (Photo provided by Nalani and Sarina)

Nalani and Sarina will be performing on March 25 in New York (Photo provided by Nalani and Sarina)

“I told my mom that I fell asleep thinking about music and woke up thinking about it too. I think that’s when she knew she was in trouble,” Sarina recalls.

Songwriting, which became their greatest passion, followed soon after. “It’s my therapy,” said Sarina. “It’s the best way I have of expressing my emotions.”

“If our songs can have a positive effect on someone, make them feel not so alone, then that’s what makes us want to keep writing songs,” added Nalani.

I got the privilege to interview these two talented girls and here were their answers to what I asked them.

Elyse: Introduce yourselves.

Nalani and Sarina: We are Nalani and Sarina and we are singer-songwriters from Flemington, N.J.

E: What made you girls want to be singers?

N&S: There was never that specific time for us saying, “Hey I wanna be a singer!” Singing and music has just always been so much a part of our lives we kind of just thought it was normal. We started off with musical theater and ended up taking opera lessons, but once we got to our sophomore year, we were watching a “battle of the bands” concert at our high school and we think around that time we both knew that we wanted to perform our own stuff.

E: What is the best part about doing music?

N&S: The best part about doing music is getting people’s responses…hearing from someone how they relate to a song that is so close and personal is an unbelievable feeling. Experiencing that connection with people is always inspiring.

E: What is the hardest part about doing music?

N&S: There are three really hard things about music. One is writers’ block. There are those days where you feel like you’re never going to write again so you have to do everything in your power to get your inspiration back. Secondly is mixing music with business. It’s so hard to look at your own piece of art as a business, but it is necessary to understand how it works in order to navigate in this industry, while keeping your vision. The third hardest part about music is having a normal social life!

E: If you girls could work with any producer who would it be?

N&S: If we could work with any producer, it would be Dan Wilson…he is a phenomenal writer and captures the music and emotion in a song without cluttering it. We would also like to at least be in the same room as Max Martin and just pick his brain!

E: Where is somewhere you always wanted to travel to?

N&S: We would really like to travel to Japan, Australia or Paris… for one: the culture, two: the food and three: the accents! We enjoy going to new places where we feel completely out of our element. We visited the Philippines a few years ago and took a lot home with us.

E: Who writes your songs or do you both?

N&S: Every song varies from either writing a song or idea separately and then coming together and feeding off each other to finish it, or sitting in a room together and coming up with something right off the spot. But no matter what, the two of us are a part of every song that we write.

Livewell’s Latest

by Shannon Livewell | March 11, 2015

Empire takes over the music industry

Fox’s latest series, Empire, is not only taking the Wednesday night TV-watchers by storm, but also the music industry.

Taraji P. Henson, as Cookie, in a scene from Empire (AP photo)

Taraji P. Henson, as Cookie, in a scene from Empire (AP photo)

Contrary to expectations, program creators, Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, who served as a guest speaker at our campus on Tuesday, March 3, have made sure to keep this series all about the music, peppering in the occasional catastrophe to keep viewers on their toes. Perhaps the greatest feat that this directing duo accomplished would be the ability to capture a musical audience with less than thirty seconds of a hit song at least three times per episode.

The record sales that Empire has successfully recruited on iTunes make them a frontrunner in chart topping hits; rare occasions for a Fox show. The idea of genre-specific industry series started with the show Nashville, which premiered on ABC in 2012 and is in its third season.

While Nashville’s music is popular on streaming services such as Spotify, even they have not been fortunate enough to reap the benefit of sales that Empire has yielded in the past few months they’ve been on air.

A song capable of taking your breath away is V Bozeman’s “What is Love.” We first hear this song in the pilot episode of the series and (spoiler alert), again when Bozeman’s reoccurring character of Veronika is auditioning for the Empire label’s major competitor. Bozeman is in a production deal with Timbaland who also serves as the music producer for the show. The young vocalist’s runs and riffs will take you on a journey and I guarantee you’ll forget you’re watching a show on Fox. The emotion that she conveys in this simplistic, vocally based track is sure to bring goose bumps to your arms and tears to your eyes.

Moving in a completely different direction, Yazz and Serayah McNeill are a perfect combination on “Drip Drop,” the show’s most popular track to date. The synth-influenced beat drives a powerful underscore for the kind of lyrics that make you want to dance and McNeill’s vocal purity serves as an element of purity that’s unexpected when the beat first drops.

My personal favorite track has been introduced throughout the entire series thus far, but the version that forced me to rewind the scene over and over again (shout out to my DVR) came from the last episode entitled “Unto the Breach.” Perhaps the most chaotic episode to date, this catchy song serves as a beautiful resolution towards the end of an episode that seems to yield no optimistic outcomes.

“You’re So Beautiful” starts out with Lucious Lyon (Terrance Howard) on the piano accompanied in the first chorus by Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) and Delphine (Estelle). After Hakeem Lyons’ (Bryshere Y. Gray) verse, fellow Empire artist Tiana Brown (Serayah McNeill) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) join their fellow cast mates to create enviable harmonies. You will definitely wear out your repeat button after discovering this track. It is the epitome of the series itself, addictive and musically-driven.

Interview with Pop! Fiction

by Elyse Von Der Fecht | March 4, 2015

Pop! Fiction is a pop American band comprised of Justin Tyler, Tyler Nichols, Alex SkyWalker and Will McCoy. The band was founded in Orange County, Calif. in 2011, where they wrote, recorded and released a five song EP Next Level.

Pop!Fiction originated in Orange County, Calif. (Photo provided by Pop!Fiction)

Pop!Fiction originated in Orange County, Calif. (Photo provided by Pop!Fiction)

The EP was produced by Kyle Black at Mike Green’s Treehouse Studios. Pop! Fiction’s second release, a self-titled EP released in 2012, featured production and writing credits from Linus Of Hollywood, Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup), and Ben Romans.

See what the guys had to say when I asked them these questions during our interview.

Elyse: How did you guys come up with the band name ‘Pop Fiction’?

PF: When first deciding on a band we wrote down around 50 names and Pop! Fiction stuck out to us the most and thought it was catchiest. We wish we had a crazy story behind it haha.

E: How did you guys meet each other and become a band?

PF: We’ve been a band for three years now and we’ve all known each other for a very long time and have been playing music together as well before we even started Pop! Fiction.

E: Since being in the music business, what was difficult to over come?

PF: This industry is insane and very competitive! To be honest we’re still overcoming the most difficult part and that’s breaking through to mainstream and becoming a household name. That’s ourmain goal as a band.

E: While writing lyrics, how do you create the name of the song?

PF: The name of the song is typically a line that we repeat or that’s catchy in the chorus of the song.

E: Out of all the singles you released, which would be your favorites?

PF: I think we can all agree our most favorite and popular singles are “Come Back” and our most recent single “California Kids”.

E: From the cover videos you’ve done so far, which was the funniest to record?

PF: We love doing cover videos and we’ve gotten great responses from them. The funniest to record was probably the Taylor Swift one we did because we recorded it in a tunnel somewhere in Long Beach and people were walking by and we’re like, “what the hell?” And we were playing the song through little speakers too so it was very hard to hear and sing along to.

E: From your previous shows, which artist did you enjoy playing with?

PF: We recently played our biggest show as a band at the House of Blues Anaheim with MKTO. This show was amazing is exactly why we do music. Everyone loved us and it was an incredible night.

E: As musicians, what are your daily routines before shows? (If any)

PF: We really don’t have any routines. But definitely do stretch a little and drink hot tea. And we also love to say hello to everyone waiting in line before the show.

E: What do you guys hope for in 2015?

PF: We would love to tour constantly! That’s pretty much one of our main goals right now. We want to play across the country to as many fans as possible.

E: What would you like to say to every who supports your music?

PF: We appreciate all the love and support that we receive from everyone! We respond to every person that replies on twitter to show that too. To be honest we wouldn’t be able to do any of this if it wasn’t for the fans! SO WE LOVE YOU ALL!

Make sure you check out their recent song “Down For Whatever,” which is now available on iTunes.

 

MIC show weathers storm for Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties

by Ashley Winward | February 18, 2015

On Saturday, Feb. 14, fans piled into the German Club to get out of the bitter cold to enjoy the acoustic stylings of The Wonder Year’s Dan “Soupy” Campbell under the pseudonym Aaron West.
Aaron West has been a character study Campbell has been exploring for the past year with his “debut” album We Don’t Have Eachother. The show also featured support from bands The View from Up Here, Everything Ever and Call It Arson. It was certainly a Valentine’s Day to remember for everyone in attendance regardless of whether they came with a date or not.

Aaron West performed in the German Club at UNH, Feb. 14 (Photo by Dave Taylor)

Aaron West performed in the German Club at UNH, Feb. 14 (Photo by Dave Taylor)

The Music Industry Club hosted the night. “This event was definitely one of MIC’s best shows in a long time in terms of attendance,” said Jong Kim, vice president of live sound for MIC. “We were also able to run the show very smoothly with the least amount of technical difficulties, thanks to the help of all the other club members.”

First on stage was The View From Up Here; an acoustic pop-punk act from UNH led by vocalist Andrew Cunningham, featuring Michael Quick, Dom Gubernat and Gavin Stacey.

This was the band’s album release show for their self-titled EP, playing the entire record as well as a cover of Death Cab For Cutie’s “I’ll Follow You Into the Dark.”

The energy from the band reflected all the excitement they had for the evening, appreciative of the chance to perform and share what had been months in the making. The View From Up Here was mixed by Josh Welshman at Flux Studios and Mastered by Sam Pura of Panda Studios, who has worked with the likes of State Champs and The Story So Far. The band’s personable nature on stage and passion made their show enjoyable and there is no doubt these guys have immense potential.

“I haven’t played on stage, with a full band, since high school, so I was incredibly excited to play,” said Quick, A View From Up Here’s guitarist. “Not to mention the fact that there were more people in the German Club than I have ever seen at a MIC show in a while. It’s always a great experience to share something that you’ve created with other people.”

Next to perform was Everything Ever, a punk group from Staten Island New York. The trio showed their powerful presence from their first note and kept the energy up through a set full of new songs. Everything Ever recently signed to a new label, Secret Audio Club and have their debut full length album Solid Ground coming out on March 10. Not only did the band have great stage presence while performing, but their banter in between songs was witty and anecdotal to their audience. Prefacing the song “Doing Nothing” by discussing their college experience got huge laughs from the whole crowd and the song itself was probably the highlight of their performance.

Direct support on the bill was from Connecticut locals Call It Arson with a mix of upbeat punk beats and some more mellow tracks suitable for the romantic evening. There was a definite following of the group in the crowd, as fans called out song requests they even threw some into the set as they went along. The band put on a dynamic set spanning their entire discography from their self-titled album to their most recent release Between Two Cities.

James Downe gave a strong vocal that really resonated with the audience. Supporting local artists is something that has been very important to Music Industry Club when it comes to booking artists and it’s been great to see over the years truly how much talent is coming out of Connecticut.

Finally it was time for Aaron West to hit the stage. Aaron West is a persona completely imagined by The Wonder Years front man Dan “Soupy” Campbell, inspired by The Mountain Goats’ album All Hail West Texas. Campbell’s dedication to the story and character stretches to both on and off stage; he signed autographs as “A.West” all evening and sported a Buffalo Bills hat on his way in, “I’m not a Bills fan, Aaron is” when asked about it by a fan.

In between songs like “Grapefruit” and “Our Apartment” Aaron West tells a sad tale of the past year of his life; the death of his father followed by his wife’s miscarriage ultimately ending in their divorce leaves him lost and unsure of himself. He travels in his father’s old Mustang down the coast until he finds a place to clear his head, ultimately leaving the listener wondering what’s going to come next.

Although without his full band, the Roaring Twenties, Aaron West performed a stripped down and vulnerable solo performance.

The crowd included a huge number of The Wonder Years fans and like most shows it became a sing along of somber melodies. Even with such soft songs with sad subject matter, the subdued mood in the room never lost its energy.

Interview with lead singer of Plaid Brixx

by Elyse Von Der Fecht | February 18, 2015

Plaid Brixx was formed in early 2013 by the band’s lead singer Chris Duggan, who has led bands and written music since he was ten. The band’s debut EP, Chemistry, is pop with a razor’s edge of rock and an aftershave of punk.

Plaid Brixx recently released their debut EP Chemistry (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Plaid Brixx recently released their debut EP Chemistry (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Duggan, who penned and produced all five songs on the EP, crafted a contemporary sound for this collection of in-your-face songs.

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to interview Duggan, the singer of the band. Here is what he had to say to the questions I asked him.

Elyse: How did you come up with the band name “Plaid Brixx”?
Chris: I have a really weird fascination/obsession with plaid – and there’s a lot you can do with the imagery in terms of graphic design and stylization from a utilitarian perspective – so I thought it would be a good word to include in the band name! And bricks are strong, hearty building materials so the two words went really well together. It stemmed off of an idea I had about how cool it would be to see a brick wall with a plaid pattern on it.

E: What made you want to be in a band?
C: I started my first band when I was a mere child because I knew I had to write songs. The performance thing came later, but for me it’s always been about the songwriting. I was lucky to discover my love for writing pop songs when I was a child so you might say from that moment I knew I wanted to be in a band.

E: Off your EP Chemistry which is your favorite to perform live?
C: Chemistry has an undeniable energy about it when we play it live, but I think my favorite to play is “Here I Go Again” because of all the dynamic changes between the parts of the song. Plus it’s not too strenuous on my voice, so that’s always nice!

E: How did the name of your EP Chemistry come along?
C: I wanted to name the EP after the song Chemistry, since I think it best encapsulates the overall feel of the EP. It is about the chemistry fading between two people and what you can learn about yourself and life during that time.

E: Whom would you like to write with in the future?
C: I would absolutely LOVE to write with any of these people: Ryan Tedder, Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Taylor Swift, Mark Ronson, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Danger Mouse and Imogen Heap. So, if any of you happen to be reading this, hit me up. I could probably name more, but those listed are definitely my current top tier of influences when it comes to writing the perfect song.

E: If you could travel anywhere in the world to perform, where would you go?
C: I would love to go to Tokyo. I have always wanted to go there, and I could stop at the Nintendo HQ and poke around a bit while I was in town. It would be glorious.

E: Who are your influences? Are they also your musical inspirations?
C: Aside from those I mentioned earlier, my personal style influences are probably Blink-182, Sum-41, The Strokes, The Hives, The Killers – basically a lot of early 2000’s alt-rock and pop-punk. My musical inspirations change on a daily basis, so while those bands influenced me to start making alt-rock sort of music, the motivation behind the writing changes based on the wind.

E: 1 interesting fact about you guys that no one knows.
C: Mark has never been on an airplane before. Chris hates cheese unless it’s on pizza. Cole is hiding a lifetime worth of secrets in his hair.

If you haven’t listened to their debut album, then what you are waiting for, go check it out!

Special News Release: Save the Oakdale

by Ashley Winward | February 5, 2015

According to WTNH News 8, “last month, after its own investigation, the town [of Wallingford] ordered the Oakdale Theatre to stop the concerts after many [noise] complaints.

An online petition and Facebook page are garnering support from nearly 4,000 people who are worried that the noise complaints will close the theater.

Live Nation will go before the Wallingford Zoning Board of Appeals in the coming weeks.”

Save the Oakdale (Photo obtained via Oakdale.com)

Save the Oakdale (Photo obtained via Oakdale.com)

This issue hits home with Music Editor Ashley Winward who gives us her opinion and some facts about the theatre’s potential fate.

This week I was absolutely taken back by the shocking news that one of my favorite concert venues was in jeopardy. The famous Oakdale Theater in Wallingford has been issued a cease and desist letter by the town claiming that on top of noise violations, the use of the theater’s lobby, also known as “The Dome,” has violated its permit.

As reports on these allegations come to the forefront of local news, the fans have flooded social media in hopes their voices can be heard.

The Oakdale was established in 1957 simply as a tent in an alfalfa field. This open summer theater soon grew into a full-fledged year round facility in 1972. In its first design, the theater consisted of only the “dome” that accommodated 3,000 people surrounding a rotating center stage. Later on in the 1990s, the performing arts theater was added, bringing the capacity of the venue to 5,000. In the Oakdale’s illustrious existence, a wide expanse of genres have utilized the facilities, from Led Zeppelin, Chicago, Brooks and Dunn, and more. In the present day shows have been performed in both the theater and the Dome, everything from country, to rock, to EDM, and even touring Broadway companies have brought their stories to life on the stage.

The town of Wallingford has issued a cease-and-desist order to the Oakdale stating that within the past year, the sound has become nearly unbearable and that the venue is violating its permit by holding shows within the dome. Live Nation Worldwide Inc., who currently owns the venue, have filed an appeal and a meeting of the Wallingford zone of appeals has been set for next month. A consistent complaint amongst home owners has been that the introduction of EDM shows to the dome, such as Bassnectar, was the real start of problems in the neighborhood. The heavy bass and loud volumes have the ability to rattle homes and disturb residents through the night.

While I understand the concerns of the residents of Wallingford, to ask this historic venue to completely cease and desist is absurd. When moving into the area you were aware of the venue and if that was not suitable to your lifestyle, there are other places you can live. There have been shows going on in both the theater and the dome since long before I was born, so saying this is just becoming a concern now baffles me. Perhaps a compromise can be made, where only selective shows can be held in the dome, or that the facility can be updated to further sound-proof the lobby-turned-venue in order to appease the neighborhood. I have seen many shows in both areas of the facility and they have both been suitable for what was taking place. I will say, however, that my most memorable experiences have been made in The Dome. From All Time Low, to Twenty|One|Pilots and more, The Dome and this venue as a whole has been a part of my life for so long it would be such a shame to see it not celebrated to its full potential. I urge everyone to go on Facebook and like the “Save The Oakdale” page as well as sign the petition at http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/savetheoakdale where they have acquired over 5,000 signatures so far. Shows are continuing as scheduled, with the likes of Steve Aoki and Lady Gaga to be gracing both the Dome and the Theater. I look forward to returning to The Oakdale this year and for years to come, it would be an absolute shame to close the doors of such a historic staple of Connecticut entertainment.

Local Gigs of the Week

by Ashley Winward | February 5, 2015

 

local gigs of the week

Toad’s Place

 

Feb. 4: The Woah Tour Feat Round2Crew, Dylan Holland and Alyssa Shouse

 

Feb. 5: Marky Ramone Book Signing “My Life as a Ramone”

 

Feb. 5: Bright Light 12: Electro Glow Party

 

Feb. 6: Kap Slap

 

 

 

The Space

 

Feb. 5: Reckless Seranade with Lightness and London Eyes

 

Feb. 6: Todd Carey with Avenues and Justin Levinson

 

Feb. 7: Catalina Gonzalez with Entrance to Trains and Skout

 

Feb. 8: Carousel Kings with Survay Says!, Freshman 15, Everybody Run, The Worthwhile Fight and Two O’Clock Courage

 

 

 

The Oakdale

 

Feb. 3-8: Jersey Boys Touring Company

 

 

 

Cafe nine (21+)

 

Feb. 4: Peter Karp & Sue Foley Band

 

Feb. 5: Toyz with If Jesus Had Machine Guns (DJ), and King Panos

 

Feb. 6: Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge

 

Feb. 6: Intercourse with Empty Vessels, Kings and Liars, and Sperm Donor

 

Feb. 7: Jazz Jam with Mike Coppola and Friends

 

Feb. 7: The Hempsteadys with The Screw-Ups, Head with Wings and Wasted Days

 

Feb. 8: Sunday Night Jam: George Baker Band

 

Feb. 9: Fifth Nation with Siul Hughs

 

 

 

BAR (21+)

 

Feb. 4: Semicircle (members of Reptar) with White Violet and Spectral Fangs

 

Feb. 11: Franz Nicolay with New Years Revolution and Dagwood

A name you should know: The Como Brothers

by Glenn Rohrbacker | December 3, 2014

The Como Brothers Band are a pop/rock/blues band out of Long Island that is growing in influence every day. They have been around music their whole lives and continue to merge their past influences with the songs that they write.

The Como Brothers Band hail from Long Island and are making a name for themselves (Photo obtained via Facebook)

The Como Brothers Band hail from Long Island and are making a name for themselves (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Matt Como plays bass and sings vocals while Andrew Como plays lead guitar and also sings. They are known for their extremely catchy lyrics and melodies in every song they write. The Como Brothers Band have opened for acts such as Howie Day, David Cook, Tyler Ward, PJ Morton of Maroon 5, Ryan Beatty and more. They have released 2 EPs, The Speed of Sound and Still Waters and a full-length album titled Baby Steps.

The Como Brothers Band have won many awards for their music, including 2014 IMEA Pop Album of the Year, 2014 Artists In Music Award 5 nominations, finalists in the Hard Rock Rising 2013, and have had their music featured in programs like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Canon Consumer Electronics commercial, the movie Wingman Inc., and more.

The band has performed at the Hard Rock Cafe Times Square, The Cutting Room, Highline Ballroom, Nassau Coliseum Warped Tour, the Jones Beach Amphitheatre Side Stage, Theater Three, Amityville Music Hall, Webster Hall and more.

Most recently, the band has recorded their latest EP that is set to be released in early 2015. The EP was recorded in early October at Germano Studios in NYC. Playing drums on the EP was Grammy award winning drummer Steve Jordan who has played for John Mayer and the John Mayer Trio, and Andy Burton who also plays for John Mayer.

The record was produced by Grammy award winning producer Graham Marsh, who has produced for artists like Bruno Mars and Cee-Lo Green. They are already starting to line up performances for 2015. Also, they just recently played their first headlining show at Theater Three in Port Jefferson, New York and sold the highest number of tickets they have so far. The band has also reached out and made fans in places like Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Boston, and New York City.

A great and unique characteristic about these brothers is that they always put the fans first. They take time after every single show to talk to fans, even people who have never seen them before, and get to know them. They really enjoy building that relationship and creating more than just a performer-viewer experience.

You can check out the Como Brothers Band on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@ComoBrosBand).

Also, check out their music on www.reverbnation.com/comobrothersband and on iTunes. Finally, you can find upcoming shows and events on their website, www.comobrothersband.com.

The Como Brothers Band are a band that can only get better from here. They have already accomplished so much in such a short time and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

 

Anthem Lights Doesn’t Escape from Music

by Elyse Von Der Fecht | November 12, 2014

Anthem Lights recently celebrated an album release and singer Joey Stamper’s twenty-fourth birthday.

Anthem Lights is an American Christian group originating from Nashville, Tennessee (AP photo)

Anthem Lights is an American Christian group originating from Nashville, Tennessee (AP photo)

The band is a four-piece American Christian pop/rock band from Nashville, Tenn. Members include Alan Powell, Caleb Grimm, Chad Graham and Stamper.

They were streaming live for everyone to see them waiting for their release of Escape. It was interesting to see how many fans they have now, and showed how much they care by calling some fans to thank them for the support.

On Oct. 14, they released their third album Escape. In my opinion this album wins me over compared to their other albums. Don’t get me wrong; their other albums are incredible, but something about this album drew my attention. I think this album has a lot more passionate power about the person you really care about and the songs all relate to each other in a similar way. As I listened to the album, these were my thoughts.

“Top of the World:” I liked how they started off their album with this upbeat song. As I listened to the words, I wanted to be, as the title states, on top of the world and at the place where nothing else matters in life.

“Just Fall:” I think this is my favorite song off this album because it’s catchy. This is such an inspirational song as I listened to the meaning of what they sang.

“Run Away:” This is a good song to listen to when you’re feeling down, saying that nothing matters and that you can just “Run Away” and have that good time you want.

“Unlove You:” This is a different type of song on the album that is slower and has the emotional and passionate vibe of feelings.

“Be With You:” This is a straightforward type of song. It’s about that other person who you just want to spend your life and time together.

“Paradise:” This was the first time I listened to this song fully through and I really felt connected by the lyrics and what they are singing. I think featuring Manwell Reyes gave the song that special touch.

“Love You Like the Movies:” I have to say that this is my second favorite song off the album because the melody and harmonies on the song were on point and touching. I also liked the meaning behind the words they were trying to get across.

“Boomerang:” In this song, I thought the tapping in the background gave off a vibe of jamming out and moving to the beats of the tempo.

“I’m Not Going Anywhere:” Once again, having this song feature Manwell Reyes was genius and gave the song that extra push. I liked the instrumental parts of the song that flowed well together.

“Best Thing:” This song has a great tempo that worked well with a slow and steady vibe. It also expresses another message of that person you think is everything in life and you’re so happy to be with him or her.

“Give Me a Lifetime:” I think by ending the album with this song tied everything together by starting off upbeat and then ending with slower songs. This song has a great message and I listened to the song more than once because it was very inspiring.

Anthem Lights is a band of hilarious guys who have extraordinary talent. I have been there for the guys from the start and I am proud of how far they have come.

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