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Out Of The Blue
P.O. Box 388
WDCM Battle Of The Bands a success
Delaware OH 43015 A Saturday of
www.myspace.com/ music, ribs, and
could you ask
for? Other than
Copy Editor On August 12th,
John Shumate Marion, Ohio’s
97.5 WDCM held
Josh Davis their first Battle
Laelia Delaney Of The Bands
Jim Hutter Rockin’ Rib Off. Rusted at WDCM’s first annual Battle Of The Bands.
An estimated Photo By Tony Rowe
Tony Rowe 1000 people
There was a clause in the rules
Neil Shumate attended. WDCM staff said they
Kyle Wagner stating that if a band used profan-
were happy with the turnout con-
ity outside of the music on stage,
Columnists sidering the amount of time given
the band would be automatically
Sagabu to promote the event.
disqualified. Rob told me that was
SINthetichead3000 There were two sections of this
included not to limit someone’s
function: one was the “Rib-Off” in
Layout and Design music, but to protect against com-
Neil Shumate which one could pay eight dollars,
plaints of the show from
get a card, and sample ribs.
Publicity Contacts Four contestants / businesses
Neil Shumate Cold Shot played decent for the
participated in the rib battle. Most
type of music they played and
Cover Photography notably was the OK Café, and
their ages, all of them being 16
Cale– Neil Shumate BW3’s.
Curse Icon– Hal Schroeder After sampling the lip smacking
of Dv8 Photography Citizen 18 put on the most ener-
ribs, citizen judges voted with the
getic show. They played aggres-
Back Page Design card. At the end of the day, the OK
sively, perfectly and kept the en-
Mike Couburn Café walked away with prize for
ergy alive in the blazing sun.
the best ribs.
Rusted did okay. Most notable,
The highlight of the shindig was
the drumming of WDCM’s “Local
An independent the Battle Of The Bands. The bat-
publication Mic” host Brian Jester.
tle consisted of six bands ranging
looking beyond Soul Cadence played an amaz-
the mainstream.— in genre from metal to country and
ing show as well.
For the fans, ages both of young and old.
Rob Whalen said the judges
by the fans The judging was based on sev-
came to the same conclusion on
eral categories: song interruption,
scores and placement of the bands:
Out Of The Blue is a copyrighted length of show (40 minutes al-
independent publication, First Place was Soul Cadence,
lowed per set), stage presence and
including all photos, Runner up, Citizen 18, and third
unless otherwise noted. crowd participation. The judges
where chosen from over 80 appli-
OCTOBER, 2006 —Written By Tony Rowe
cants by WDCM’s Rob Whalen.
BiTcHeS LoVe Mindless Self Indulgence
“I’m gonna put all you fuckers Before singing “Faggot,” Jimmy their own music. With the release
on the Hoobastank mailing list. requested fans to film the perform- of the “Pay for It” demo, keep an
Oh, nevermind, you already are!” ance by using “all the little teen- eye out for a possible new album.
Little Jimmy Urine pulled off ager’s cell phones that mommy If you haven’t checked it out
humor and insults with a solid live bought so they can pick you up yet, Jimmy Urine and Righ? col-
musical performance at Newport after the show!” (He said he was laborated to create Left Of Rights,
Music Hall as part of the “Cursing hoping to watch the performance with an album “of fecally-
in Braille” tour. later on YouTube.com!) obsessed children’s music for
Cracking jokes between every MSI hits Columbus about two adults and other such idiots” with
song, the crowd cheered and egged or three times a year, and each 40 songs and a total album run
Jimmy on throughout Mindless time fans are undeniably sure to be time of 29 minuets.
Self Indulgence’s (MSI) set. impressed. -Written, Photos By Neil Shumate
Running around stage wearing a With MSI’s
black overcoat with text “BACK release of You’ll
IN 5 MINUETS,” Urine applied Rebel to Any-
his wide vocal range to songs from thing, they hit
the band’s five albums including the Billboard
self-titled, Tight, and most recent chart for the first
You’ll Rebel to Anything. time ever. In
In the past Jimmy has drank his August “Straight
own urine on stage, ignited his to Video” hit
pubic hair, and stole his fan’s beer number 5 on
and cigarettes. He is also said to Billboard’s Hot
kiss anyone who attends the show Dance Single
for a buck! Sales, followed
The style combines the likes of by Madonna at
punk, rock, rap, and electronica number 6.
with a defined bass beat. Not bad for a
The short song lengths allow for band that admits
nearly the entire M.S.I. collection to hating their
to be performed live. fans as well as
In the summer of 2002, from the ashes of a government nuclear
wasteland, a cesspool of religious bias, poverty, drugs, and an
uncaring upper-class, a dying breed of our youth formed a sonic
message for the higher powers of this world, “we won’t be held
down and ignored.” Citizen 18 was born.
Citizen 18 is a motto for anyone who is pissed off about the
fact that the government can expect you to go die for your
country at the age of 18, but still not completely acknowledge us
as adults. The government is a shroud worn by the American
people. We are the dying breed of young people who still give a
fuck about what direction this world is going in. We didn’t back down, we won’t dance unless it is with an instrument and a
prominent middle finger in the air for anyone who tells us to give up and get a real life.
Citizen 18 hails from Marion, Ohio. A small mid-western town of 40,000. It originally gained fame when a resident named
Warren G. Harding gained the presidency of the United States of America—a man who would later be known as one of the most
scandalous presidents in U.S. history. Marion also gained a reputation in the 1920s as a huge drug town when the mob
frequented it. It would be known as "Little Chicago" for these reasons.
During World War II, army bases were built in Marion that would house toxic, nuclear materials that would be dumped,
burned and buried in the surrounding fields of Marion. River Valley High School, where 3 of the members of Citizen 18 went to
school , would later be built on one of these fields. During their duration in high school, many tests were run on the soil that the
high school sat on by the Army Corps of Engineers dressed in full body radiation suits. After these members graduated, these
tests would prove that cancer causing agents were prevalent enough to close down the school and use a majority of government
money to relocate to an entirely new location. Major national news broadcasters like CNN, ABC, and CBS covered the story.
This inspired us to look more in depth into the problems that our country faces and what we can do as our country’s future to
change it. For us giving up and letting authority hold us down because we are young isn’t an option. So we took our love of
music and talent and created a way to speak our minds. Perseverance is our only option and we will do so until the day we die.
—Original Bio Published in Citizen 18 Press Kit and website. —Photos By Tony Rowe
October 21 @ The Blue Cat in Bellefontaine
October 27 @ The Daily Double in Akron
October 28 @ The Hot Pepper in Marion
A beautiful day, for an Ozzfest Hatebreed was next up. Per-
forming "To The Threshold" and
Fluffy bunnies, pretty flowers, end of the set, the guitarist decided more, they pummeled the main
fine wines, elegant evening he didn’t like his amplifiers and stage as probably the heaviest act.
gowns...if I had to put these into threw them face down on the Next was Avenged Sevenfold,
one category, it would be: "Things stage. the mystery guest band. Playing
you won’t find at OZZFEST!" Atreyu came up next, playing their hit’s “Bat Country” and
With bands such as Norma Jean, all of their hits, including “Beat and the Harlot,” a nice gui-
Unearth, Black Label Society, "Bleeding Mascara," "Right Side tar solo by lead guitarist Synister
Hatebreed, Disturbed and more, of the Bed," and "Ex's and Oh's." Gates and a few of their classics,
the only place you would see one Maybe to your surprise, they don’t not to mention a cover of Pantera’s
of those bunnies, flowers, fine like hair brushes being thrown on "Walk." Many will agree they
wines or evening gowns is in the stage. pulled it off well!
trash. The final act for the second Co-Headliner Disturbed got
All That Remains tore up the stage was Black Label Society! ready for their set. Rolling out
second stage. Their hit song "The Performing their best songs, salut- their hits "Just Stop," "Stricken,"
Calling" was a definite crowd fa- ing the officer who put an end to "Prayer," and many more, all of
vorite. The powerful vocals and the killer of Dimebag Darrel, and which included a techno intro.
beating double bass proved this playing an extended version of With small speeches every few
band plenty worthy of the Ozzfest “Star Spangled Banner” in guitar- songs, they really pumped up the
fashion. solo tradition! Truly outstanding. crowd and kept things upbeat.
The Red Chord certainly struck A slight intermission. A chance They put on a spectacular show;
a chord with the crowd. They to look around at all the black the CD will give you a great idea
really got the crowd involved, and clothing, crazy hair, and condom of the live performance!
with their power and energy, they balloons. Empty cups with the System of a Down, the big
could back up their demands! residue of beer. Topless girls with band of the day: Prepared to do a
The ever-popular Norma Jean painted designs as T-shirts. Tat- ninety minute set, they weren’t
came out looking like they just got tooed sleeves and multi-pierced about to waste any time with small
mugged. Their amps were torn and body parts. What a fun day! talk.
beaten, stacked at angles and care- Off to the main stage! Dragon- Jumping from song to song,
fully wheeled out. Don’t let the force came out opening as the first they played material from their
looks fool you though, these guys main act. Known for their quick self-titled album and their latest,
got down in your face. riffs, technical solos and so-called Hypnotize and Mesmerize. As they
The next band, Bleeding "power vocals," this band, from danced around on stage, they
Through did their thing. As you the four corners of the world, was closed their set without warning,
looked back into the crowd, you something to experience— bringing the long day to an end.
could see it growing and getting sounding like something you So whether you go for the
increasingly active. might hear in anime fight scenes. bands, atmosphere or weather (if
Unearth took the stage and Next, the Italian metal act Lu- you like sun burns, dehydration
jumped straight into business. Un- cuna Coil took stage. Female vo- and expensive refreshments) it's
satisfied with action from the calist included, they rocked the bound to be an exciting day.
crowd, they demanded more, and stage. Flying hair, powerful strings Ozzfest is a true experience you'll
the crowd gave in, unleashing and hard hitting drums followed have to see for yourself.
fury. The guards earned their pay by melodic and European-style —Written By Josh “Sixner” Davis
on this sun-beaten Friday. At the vocals.
voted & picked by you Curse Icon unleashes a
force to be reckoned with
The ability to capture an inde- out over a weekend and got the
pendent, eclectic, resonating sound spot.” A true commitment was
shared with a complete rock star made when Se7eN and his family
entourage is difficult to achieve moved from North Carolina to
among today’s plethora of sound- Cleveland to pursue Curse Icon.
alike bands. Jason from Dayton, Ohio also
Curse Icon is everything but responded to an ad and got the
that—exceeding the duplication of spot as rhythm guitarist.
regurgitated, ordinary music. The last element needed to com-
The band has achieved a status plete the well-developed sound-
well beyond the extremities of a scape was keyboards.
laid back garage band. Continued “I was actually going to go with-
determination and commitment out keyboards,” commented
has created this ferocious band. Marco. “The funny thing is, I was
They have the effect of mesmer- looking for a DAT machine to
izing attendees at live shows. Hav- replace the live keyboard sound
ing a chat with the band at their when Chris called!”
first Columbus, Ohio show fur- The youngest member of the
thered the evidence. band, Chris, was a composition
Looking somewhat intimidating major and developed an endowed
with a gripping black leather top, talent with keyboards and classical
armbands, bracelets, and black piano at a ripe age.
heels, lead female vocalist Kiana Marco was pleased with Chris’
smiles with gracious pleasure re- ability to learn so quickly. “He
vealing a charismatic set of teeth had a past with keyboards, and we
that could make Medusa turn to worked with him relentlessly. He
stone. learned a lot in a short amount of
“I actually got my start with time.”
ballet and jazz. Early on I was The solid line-up was set and
into pop and R & B. Then... I was Curse Icon came to be, calling
introduced to rock! I was hooked, Cleveland, Ohio home.
and never looked back!” As an adolescent, Marco was
The Floridian rock goddess shielded from rock music by his
teamed with drummer Marco and strict Italian mother. He pur-
Andy Youngblood during the be- chased his first drum set when he
ginning stages of Curse Icon. was 18, continuing his musician-
Following a rumored record deal ship he also works as a graphic
in Florida and plans to move to designer. Marco is responsible for
New York and L.A., Kiana and the Curse Icon cross logo as well
Marco were in desperate search of as the band’s name.
dedicated, committed musicians. “We started way back trying to
Marco said, “We’ve always had find a name, so we originally
a bigger mindset than local bands. called ourselves (Marco uses my
We always aim to be national.” notebook to draw the symbol)
Thus, a number of auditions “*@#!” and that resembles a cuss
took place to reconstruct the line- word, which migrated to Cuss
up in a period of six months. Icon, and finally formed into
Guitarist/Vocalist Se7eN re- Curse Icon.”
sponded to an online ad in his Curse Icon released their raw
home state of North Carolina. album paradismal in 2005. The
“There was nothing going on in album displays all the prowess of
North Carolina, and I was looking Curse Icon’s offerings to the world
for something serious, so I tried of rock. continued on next page
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
October 27th at Club Kameleon in Kent, Ohio
October 31st at Hi Fi Concert Club in Lakewood, Ohio
November 4th at The Jigsaw Saloon in Parma, Ohio
November 17th at Sudsy Malone’s in Cincinatti, Ohio
November 23rd at The Raven in Burlington, North Carolina
November 24th at Soundvent in Thomasville, North Carolina
November 25th at French Quarter in Jacksonville, Florida
December 2nd at Crossroads in Akron, Ohio
December 9th at The Underground in Sandusky, Ohio
paradismal was recorded at Kiana invited attendees on stage
Power Station Studios in Pompano for the closing song.
Beach, FL with engineer Rob Roy. Marco told us, “We’re on the
On the recording, Kiana used a radar of a couple labels. The only
mic and custom-built EQ’s by thing is, you need to be really
Toni Bongiovi when he was with careful about the type of contract
Motown Records—this historical you sign, so that you’re not locked
mic was used previously by Bruce up in a bad deal.”
Springsteen, Madonna, Aretha As far as writing, Marco con-
Franklin and many others. structs the lyrics and writes in
Kiana commented, “I was like, third person to make the content
‘wow, I get to use that?! Cool!” relate to Kiana’s experiences, “it’s
The mic brought out the full primarily based on experiences,
forced effectiveness of Kiana’s random thoughts, and trying to
shivering vocals. find a hook. You should see the
Following the interview, Curse mass amounts of paper when I’m
Icon prepped for their set at the trying to write and piece it to-
Billiard Club. Seeing the band’s gether, and then put it in third per-
live performance further proves son!”
their national potential. The third person approach also
Live versions of “Falling Away” opens the door for many interpre-
and “Down” is enough to please tations, allowing individual fans to
any fan of dedicated musicianship. paste together their own relation-
The power behind Kiana’s vo- ship to each song.
cals (not to mention her sexy salsa Marco then takes his bandmates
moves and use of the entire stage), and lays down song portions on
the aggressiveness of Marco’s the computer. “It’s purely a group
drumming, Se7eN’s flawless gui- effort.”
tar solos, Jason’s hypnotic stop- Curse Icon continues to record
time abilities, and Chris’s precise new material while on tour.
note-for-note, call and response The band has set themselves up
clarity all create an unstoppable as a determined, dedicated team;
unit that can easily hit the road as ready to represent rock ‘n roll with
a major, national headlining act. a unique appeal, no holding back.
Displaying the band’s devotion —Written By Neil Shumate
and love to their loyal fan base, —Live Photos By Kyle Wagner
COVER STORY CALE creates astounding
voted & picked by you
Sitting across from me at High Street’s Blue Danube (on dollar bur-
ger night) is talent, energy, and creative motivation. This list of adjec-
tives, better known as a tangible noun, chats about the past, present, and
Jesse smiles while reflecting on the band that inspired him to create
the electronic danceable beats that large Columbus fan bases have come
“It was Joy Electric when I was six-years-old. From there, my
Grandpa got me a keyboard and I took piano lessons.”
With seven years of piano lessons under his belt, Cale was ready to
record. In 5th grade he received his first recording software and began
constructing the first album.
After the waitress took our hamburger orders, Cale told me that he
uses a CASIO keyboard he got when he was nine, a micro korg he pur-
chased in the 7th grade, analog equipment along with a drum machine,
and six years of production skill to create his unique digital sounds.
The use of such equipment creates a number of pleasing diversified tex-
tures: a free flowing trance sound in “Once We’re In Heaven,” a happy
hardcore beat in “People Like You,” and a dark industrial cover of
“Snakes Are Scary.”
When recording, moments of inspiration are transformed into club beats. “A moment comes to me and I just
put it down. My longest song took me about 11 months to finish. [Other songs] take only two to three hours.”
Influences include Aphex Twin, The Postal Service, M83, Glenn
Davis, and Anna Ranger. Cale records in his basement, typically
initiating with music, then converting some journal entries, among
other ideas, into lyrics.
Lyrical topics range from love to nature, with sidebars of humor.
Cale creates a harmonic, hypnotic state with calming vocals that
flow in unison with the style and song texture, sometimes using
props for added distortion.
“Snow” is powerful enough to embody the mind into transfixing
an imaginative realist portrayal of winter.
After taking the first bite out of our burgers, I ask Cale to explain
how Panda bears became a symbol.
“It’s become part of the image. Whenever people see a Panda
now, they think of me! During a Spring Break me and my friend
Chad hung out at Easton. We would always eat at the Panda Express
there. Chad wrote a funny rap and I wrote one about Panda Express
(“The Panda Rap”)! Since then, it’s stuck. Now I own at least
Cale went as far as posing with Pandas and wearing make-up,
briefly concealing his identity as a furry Panda bear!
The humorous “Panda Rap Remix” breaks out into a fast-paced
dance song with Reznor-like screams of “Save, The, Pandas!” and a
brief “Closure” sample.
Just receiving his license a few days prior, sixteen-year-old Cale
has not only proved his musical capabilities, but also his artistic
creation. Cale enjoys graffiti stencils and designs all of his albums,
t-shirts, and also collaborates with other bands.
“I’m always playing with music. I’ve worked in a few side
projects like I Am Mute and soon TI-83 Plus. I’ve done a few
band re-mixes. And, for some live shows I’ll sing with other bands.”
continued on next page
Cale is also getting his foot into the col-
lege door early by taking senior on-line Sixner dishes
courses as a junior.
“This Fall I’m hoping for a big break. I out tips to
would love to eventually tour in the Mid-
west, but my biggest goal would be to do a concert goers
tour in Japan!”
At the age of fourteen Disney contacted -Pre-show *Drink lots of water.
Cale for a possible on-air performance, but Especially if its an outdoor show
he was too tall. The co-creator of MySpace *Eat right: bathrooms at venues
contacted Cale about an album project, but tend to be gross. *Dress accord-
he was too young. ing. clothes may be torn. If you’re
Despite minor set backs and performing wearing all black for the "cool"
over 25-30 shows and just releasing his 4th factor, don’t!
more personal album Midnight And Other
Beasts (including a re-make of “Snow” collaboration with Allan / Bear and -Dont Take *Large purses with
a re-mix of “Green Sky, Blue Grass” by his friend Max), Cale is ready for your bathroom in it *Knives,
a breakthrough. you'll be tossed out or it'll be taken
Finishing up our burgers, we discussed Anime and a few of Cale’s fa- away. Chances are you won’t be
vorite movies: Suicide Club, Snatch, Battle Royale. using it *Large amounts of cash.
It’s almost that time of year—watch for Cale in his fashionable, colorful Shouldn't really need more than
winter gear! Go to a show and dance, have fun! (Until then, we can only $50, and that’s an extreme case.
hope for another hilarious online “True Cale Story of Absopure!”)
Written, Photos By Neil Shumate — Live Show Photos Submitted By Cale -Crowd Activities *Enter mosh
pit at own risk. If you don’t want
hurt, don’t get in. If you do get
myspace.com/cale hurt, it’s probably your own fault.
Don’t complain *If you do enter,
purevolume.com/cale take out all valuable objects. Have
Coming soon: calethesound.com a trusted friend hold them for you.
Same goes for crowd surfing.
*Don’t get in fights over petty
things. Someone elbows you in the
back, shrug it off and enjoy the
Snakes Are Scary show. *If hardcore dancers are on
the floor, don’t try to start a mosh
pit. And vice versa, if you go into
a pit kicking and punching, plan
Snow The Panda Rap on being jumped. *If the crowd is
thinned out, don’t try to crowd
surf. Good chance you'll be
Green Sky, dropped. *Try not to crowd surf
Electric, Electric Blue Grass too many times in one show. It
gets annoying for the people carry-
ing you, and they may get irritated.
You'll notice if they do.
BATTLE FOR THE COVER *Make friends with the people
around you, that includes the
guards if your at the barricades. If
Visit OUT OF THE BLUE online at someone gets water, you'll have a
www.myspace.com/out_of_the_blue646 better chance of them passing it to
for an upcoming announcement of the next -Most Importantly *Use com-
issue’s area bands picked for voting in mon sense *Enjoy the show!
the Battle For The Cover —Written By Josh "Sixner" Davis
album before, that in my opinion
Kikdown’s back and better than ever was extremely good, but they are
now working on a new CD that is
From “Sleep,” and “Crashing,” music” said drummer Vince equally good.
to the prolific “Standing on the Collins. The one song I was privileged
Shoulders of Giants,” Kikdown I asked the band how their to hear was “Standing On The
has gone through so much in there breakup in 2002 helped them as a Shoulders Of Giants.”
short life span as a band. band, and if it hurt them. “The song is pretty much an ode
If I told you that in around four “The breakup mainly hurt our to people before us. You know it’s
years Kikdown has gone through a friendships. Friendships that had our way of saying thanks to and
multitude of drummers, one break been long time things were put on acknowledging the ones who came
up, a few dozen songs, losing all hold,” expressed Sherman. before, because without them we
their equipment in a van fire, and He went on to say “All though wouldn’t be where we are in the
still remain among the best bands it hurt us that way, we learned to w o r l d
in the central today,
Ohio area, standing
would you on their
believe me? shoulders,
enough, it's the band.
very true. Kikdown
Kikdown's has per-
sound is formed
a mix of with many
melodic local and
hardcore and regional
e mo tio nall y acts
charged fury. including:
The band Kikdown’s Vince Collins, Sherman, Jon Marquis, and Billy Wilcox. Scene of
has had many be friends first and a business sec- the Crime, Mayivurupa, Citizen
influences over the years, includ- ond, which made us much tighter 18, Five People, One Down and
ing the Deftones and Glassjaw. as a whole.” “Our sound is not national acts: Propain, Nonpoint,
But all the members of the band completely new, but it has evolved Bobaflex and most recently, since
sight the hardcore band Underoath to help us continue making fresh their regrouping in September
as one of their major influences. music. You know, music nowa- 2005, The Accident Experiment.
“Underoath is the one band that days doesn’t sound like music, They continue to work hard and
truly has driven us in our music” even five or six years ago. And we love every second of it. Kikdown
Sherman, bass player, told me. know that to make good music we has a few shows coming up which
“Underoath has helped influ- have to grow and evolve,” said you can check on their myspace.
ence us because over the years, lead singer Jon Marquis. —Written, Photo By Tony Rowe
they have evolved with their Kikdown have done one rough
“ Knock your head to this”
Blue October live at Newport for
$5. Who could pass that up?
Apparently, not many.
The show was sold out, and fans
packed into the venue listening to
Pink Floyd on an aggravating loop
for nearly two hours, due to open-
ing act Evan’s Blue’s cancellation.
The anticipation mounted as
second opener’s Brille left stage.
Lead vocalist / guitarist / pianist
Justin Furstenfeld was escorted
onto stage in a wheel chair.
This was not part of the show—
Furstenfeld was recently injured in
a baseball accident, breaking his
Despite the fact that Justin had
to sit throughout most of the per- The Wailers and Peppers opened the night at the Lifestyles Community
formance, Blue October still deliv- Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
ered. Peppers, fresh off Lollapalooza, set the evening up for a party-like at-
All eyes were on Justin as he mosphere. When The Wailers took stage, head-bopping fans jammed to
sang with indisputable quality that the former Bob Marley backing band with “Get Up, Stand Up” and “I Shot
matched the band’s gold record the Sheriff.”
Foiled. Everything was in tune and Omaha’s 311 never ceases to please live audiences with a hybrid of rap-
the audience loved it. rock, combining the vocals of Nick Hexum and SA Martinez.
Practically all of Foiled was The flawless performance included a traditional drum solo by Chad Sex-
performed as well as a couple ton with his powerhouse drum
older songs from History for Sale set followed by a snare set line
and Argue with a Tree. up with all 311 members.
The new single about suicide, The sweet reggae beats were
“Into the Ocean,” and first single squeezed into a two-hour per-
“Hate Me” showed the true prow- formance, including: “Down,”
ess of Justin’s live capability. “All Mixed Up,” “Prisoner,”
Look for Blue October to “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Amber,”
announce a planned Fall/Winter and a cover of The Cure’s “Love
tour soon. Song.”
—Written By Neil Shumate The show concluded with the
song that asks, “Who’s Got the
With 11 albums released—
We want to feature from Dammit!, Music, and
your band in Grassroots to the “blue album,”
Out Of The Blue Transistor, and Don’t Tread On
Me, as well as one live record
out_of_the_blue646@ and a greatest hits album—311
yahoo.com easily ranks among the best na-
tional live acts to witness.
—Written By Neil Shumate
For The Fans, —Special thanks for photos
By The Fans submitted by Ryan Jacquot
The tragedy of the design realm is it is not spearheaded by one
designer, or even a supreme elite dream team. It is merely ipso
facto that designers are not household names—unless the name is
Tommy Hilfiger or Donna Karan.
Fortunately for us, one designer is creating a battalion of inexpen-
sive products that are rewarding, multi-functionally as they are fash-
ionably. He’s even declared in the title of his 2001 book, “I Want to
Change the World.” And being named the “Most Famous Industrial
Designer in All the Americas” isn’t a bad start. Born in Egypt,
raised and educated in Canada and now living in New York City,
Karim Rashid knows the struggle that is ahead.
“I have been almost alone in this country, trying to make design
become a public subject,” he says.
But the one man army has made his dent and found his niche in
the world of polyvinyl chloride consumer products, earning him the
Time magazine nickname “The Poet of Plastic.”
Critics thump his use of cheap plastics, saying they don’t age well
and aren’t the typical medium for creative, ingenious art. Try telling
that to North Americans, 2 million of whom throw their trash in his
receptacle and 750,000 sit in his “Oh Chair,” which some have lik-
ened to a pelvic girdle, complete with Karim’s stylish, urban signa-
But perhaps more intriguing than his blobular, space age designs
or his individual use of synthetic materials are the ideologies that
surround his ideas.
He lives by an “addition by subtraction” theory; that is, every time
he adds an item to his house, one is removed. It’s these kinds of
functional, space and time saving ideas that are unique to the Rashid
Nothing is overlooked: stacking, shipping and, of course, con-
sumer use. “Every new object should replace three,” he says, so his
corrugated polypropylene perfume envelope doubles as a toiletry bag
and his children’s chair is also a toy box.
Democratic to the proverbial "t" is the way to be, and Karim’s art
isn’t housed in some millionaire’s penthouse or uppity museum. In-
stead, it can be found stocked on the shelves at the nearest Target—
or, if you prefer, pronounce “tar-ZHAY.”
And before you go pissing your pants with angst over corporate
America, allow me to say: if you don’t know Karim, you don’t know
This guy isn’t about to change his style to move more product; in
fact, he’s been turned down more than a few times for his outlandish From top to bottom:
ways, but he’s still kicking ass and chewing gum…but apparently, Rashid’s couch collection, DJ booth
he’s all out of gum, so he’ll just stick to design for now. creation, shelf collection, shoe collection.
—Written By Nicholas Messer Images from www.karimrashid.com
Out Of The Blue Public
An exclusive interview with pixy, witch,
and vampire novelist Kim Harrison
When a writer has their first Never in my wildest did I think any good. The bookstore people
novel or short story published, it is it would grow to these proportions. are starting to recognize the books,
something to be proud of. And I couldn't be happier. and they have been fantastic in
Kim Harrison has now written helping their patrons find them. I
four novels in her “The Hollows” How did you decide on the charac- usually find them in general fic-
series and had a short story in the ter names? tion when I haunt the stores. I
series published in a recent anthol- Some characters waltz onto the love straight SF, which is where I
ogy: Dates From Hell. page with their names and person- think I get much of my story tell-
Her short story “Lucky Charms” ality, others, usually the main ing style.
eventually became the first chapter characters, develop over time. I But I love character develop-
in Dead Witch Walking—she had hit the dictionary for a lot of ment, which has gotten me a big
no idea that it would turn into a names for them, or my old science crossover from the romance read-
series textbooks. ers. Horror isn't really accurate as
After talking to Harrison, I there's too much humor in them.
requested an interview pertain- It's a hard question to answer.
ing to her experiences while
writing these incredible stories. After the initial interview, I
drove to Cincinnati, Ohio to
Do you put any personal meet Mrs. Harrison at a book
experiences into the characters? signing.
I try to avoid it when I can, Following the signing, Harri-
but certainly, a lot of my ex- son and a few readers (including
periences end up in print. A lot myself) got coffee at a little shop
of what you see on the page in the mall.
comes out from nowhere, too. She had been contracted to
write seven novels total, four of
What do you do in your free which are already published.
time when your not writing? After meeting with Harrison, she
I have very little what would informed me that her publisher
be called free time, so I sched- has given her a new contract to
ule it. Much of that time is write a total of nine novels!
taken by messing around on the Needless to say, I had a great
website, fixing up the house Fiction author Kim Harrison. time and found Kim to be as
(painting, replacing stuff) play- —Photo Courtesy, Kim Harrison interesting to talk to as her books
ing pool when I'm lucky. And are to read.
listening to music. Fortunately, I —Written By Kyle Wagner
can do the last when I'm doing What obstacles do you face when
other things. writing?
Time and the lack thereof. Let-
What is your motivation to write
about a living vampire, a witch,
ting things slide that I shouldn't.
It's a balancing act, and one I think For More
and a pixy? I'll be struggling with for a long
Desperation? Dead Witch Walk- time. For example, I'm making
ing started out as a short story, and dinner as I write this, and I think I
disgusted with what was getting just charred the burgers. Excuse www.
the attention in the short story me for a moment . . .
market, I threw together the most kimharrison.
unlikely characters, in the most
bizarre setting, all the while trying
What category of writing do you
think these books fall into? Horror,
to retain the girl-next-door feeling. fantasy, etc.
What I got was the first chapter of Oh, that's a toughie! I try not to
Dead Witch Walking. label them as it doesn't seem to do
Nick’s Picks What would you do
What A Book!
by Tom T. Hall with a million dollars?
Country music’s storyteller works
In between these chapters are
on a novel inside a novel, giving
us some social, political and enter-
tainment satire. What a book
J osh and I share an odd relationship. bold-faced print, which appear to be
somewhat reminisce of his journal.
I wrote him into one of my songs as With titles like “Chicken Shit for
indeed, Tom. the hopeless bastard that he was, and the Soul”, “Smart People Suck” and
for my birthday, he got me a case of “I Wish I Was a Mexican,” it’s
Miss American Pie beer and a book.
by Margaret Sartor pretty easy to figure out that he
The beer was Michelob Ultra. The sounds more like the sophomoric
An (almost) direct manuscript of book? The Million Dollar Memoirs by
her 1970s teenage years diary in teenagers who he hangs with rather
Blaine Dehmlow. than a devout guru.
Louisiana. Much of what you I had scoured the internet and book-
would expect from a diary, al- One favorite of mine is the irrev-
stores in search of a used copy, but erent yet sincere passage on
though set in shifting times, with little did I know this book had been
desegregation, drugs and the rise “Assholiness”: the smug, self-
printed by a small southern California righteous syndrome that has long
of evangelical Christianity. graphics company and had no distro; plagued the church.
in fact, there are probably only about “When a person develops a reli-
On Bullshit 500-1000 copies in existence.
by Harry Frankfurt gious devotion to having a stunning
Fingering the secondhander, com- lack of respect for other people and
More scholarly paper than book, plete with coffee ring on the cover, a
this Princeton professor gives us their beliefs, it is a symptom of ma-
swell of appreciation for my former niacal self-interest.”
reason to chuckle at such aca- band/roommate overcame me.
demic work on something so Preach it.
“So this is pretty much a collector’s But keep in mind what I said
lingua franca. Annotated beyond item, right?”
what you would imagine and in- about the chapters being sporadic.
“Pretty much.” Not all of it is snake handlin’,
credibly perceptive, it can easily Blaine Dehmlow has balls. Big ones.
be read in one sitting, and that pulpit poundin’ fun. Some of the
Ten years ago, he left his mundane, chapters get deeper than the shal-
ain’t no piece of…well, you know. yet financially cush job as a youth lowest of religions, including
pastor to start an organization called Dehmlow’s own assumptions of
The Tao of Willie Real Life Adventures, giving stu-
by Willie Nelson / Turk Pipkin evangelical Christianity.
dents—particularly underprivileged or The chapter on father/son rela-
OK, so I am partial to the country troubled kids—an opportunity to go
songwriters this go round because tionships left me wanting (“The son
on…well, adventures. has to catch the father by surprise
I’ve indulged in it this summer. They camp, ride motorcycles and
“The Tao that can be told is not with his giftedness, and the father
Land Rovers and he’s even taken a MUST come forth with unabashed
the eternal Tao,” luckily for us, group to run (yes, run) the Grand Can-
Willie only gives us a down- enthusiasm and approval.”) and the
yon. And that’s exactly the in-your- section on contrast could do us all
homer’s view on the things that face, to-the-extreme “adventure and
he’s learned “in this life.” some good (“If you appreciate warm
spirituality” journey that you’d expect water, take cold showers in a creek
from his writing. for a week.”).
Babylon by Bus (Since its inception, Real Life has
by Ray Lemoine, Jeff Neumann All in all, Blaine Dehmlow will
received one million dollars in sup- come off sounding like your father:
and Donovan Webster port, hence the title. But hold all
Hired by the U.S. government as straightforward and rational but with
thoughts; he stresses they are still on a the dreaming heart of a boy.
liaisons in Baghdad (after drop- shoestring budget and barely make
ping out of college, of course), As for Josh, he seems to be a little
ends meet.) less bleak and a little bolder. Not
Lemoine and Neumann assisted The book’s 25 chapters are scat-
with aid and saw first hand the sure if it has to do with Blaine
tered thoughts and ramblings (or as Dehmlow or not, but in either case,
effects of the occupation in Iraq. It Blaine calls them, “Million Dollar
has been described as “a dude’s thanks for the book, you cheeky
Lessons”) that he admits could’ve bastard.
eye-view of our current war”. been books, but turned out to be —Written By Nicholas Messer
“rather one dimensional and simple.”
video store, Dante Hicks and his
foul-mouthed friend Randall
“i’m not even supposed to be here today” Graves are working at a fictional
burger joint, Moobyburger.
In 1994 a not so well known film I know some people who have This movie has all the loveable
was being shown in a few theaters chosen to miss quite possibly the old characters including: Dante
around the country. funniest movie I have ever seen in Hicks and Randall Graves, and of
The picture began with a con- my life, because, yes, Clerks 2 is course, Jay and Silent Bob, played
venience store clerk driving up, in color. by Director Kevin Smith and his
parking, and opening the store—to But since it is a different movie friend Jason Mewes.
find out that someone had jammed than its prequel, I say both color A few new companions who
gum in the lock! for Clerks 2 and black-and-white provide a whole new bunch of
Did I mention this film is in for Clerks work for each respecta- jokes are added to the cast.
black-and-white? bly. Rosario Dawson plays the man-
Many people have come to love Clerks 2 begins with the same ager of Moobybuger, Becky, Elias
and respect this film as a classic: scene from Clerks: Dante Hicks, is a Mooby employee who just
Clerks by Kevin Smith. one of the main characters, pull- happens to be a church-loving,
Since then, Clerks has become a ingin front of the famed Quik-Stop Lord Of The Rings watching, naïve
cult classic. It has spawned a few convenience store and opening it teenager, who happens to be the
un-official sequels including Mall- up only to find out when he butt of many of the jokes in this
rats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay unlocks the doors the store is a movie, but rightfully so!
and Silent Bob Strike Back, and raging inferno! Last but not least is Dante’s
now the critically acclaimed Up until the fire can be seen, the soon-to-be wife Emma Bunting,
Clerks 2. movie is in black-and-white, per- played by Kevin Smith’s real wife.
The long awaited sequel to the haps a homage to the first movie. With all the allure of the first
first black-and-white masterpiece At that point, the humor begins. Clerks put behind, a great cast, a
came at a perfect time. This movie, as the first one does, well-written script and the insanity
One may recall that half the tackles the challenges of being a of a day at Moobyburger, the
mystique of the first Clerks movie clerk; however, instead of being a movie is yet another masterpiece.
was that it was in black-and-white. clerk at a convenience store and a continued on next page
Clerks 2 continued from previous page
Clerks was not so much a com- What’s shakin’ in the world of rock
edy as it was a satire, but Clerks 2
is definitely a comedy and the Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger has been charged with impaired driving with
funniest movie I may ever see in
my life. a blood alcohol level over .08. Travis Barker (ex-Blink 182 drummer) recently
There is one disclaimer on this broke his arm after a dispute with his ex-wife and Paris Hilton and filming a
movie. Without spoiling it com- video for his band +44’s song “When Your Heart Stops Beating.” He has been
pletely, there is a brief bit in the advised to stop drumming for at least eight weeks. Guns and Roses eyes a
movie that may disturb some im-
mensely. It made Gene Shalit, a U.S. Tour. Their long awaited new album (the first in years) release date is still
long time movie reviewer for speculated! Police are investigating a fight at a recent Korn (Family Values)
NBC’s “Today Show,” walk out of date. Andy Richardson (the victim) was pronounced dead two days after two
a press screening! unidentified males punched him in the head. Michael Scott Axley was later
I don’t believe the scene is
worth that type of reaction; how- arrested and charged with murder in Richardson’s death. Shaun Morgan, the
ever, it’s not for everyone, so be front man of Seether, entered rehab. The band has cancelled all current and
warned! The only thing I can tell future tour dates until further notice. My Chemical Romance will be releasing
you is: Interspecies Erotica!
their new studio Album on October 24th. The band performed the new track
If you loved any of Kevin
Smith’s other amazing films, this “Black Parade” on the MTV Video Awards in New York City. During the
is definitely for you. video shoot the band sustained some injuries. Incubus will be releasing their
I highly recommend it to anyone 5th studio album on November 20th entitled Light Grenades. Guitarist Mike
who loves comedy. Trust me, you
Einzinger told MTV.com “It sounds like 13 different bands playing 13 different
will not regret your time viewing
Clerks 2. songs.” HIM will be headlining a tour this fall entitled “No Sleep Til Hallow-
—Written By Tony Rowe een” starting October 18th. Along for the ride, will be Kill Hannah, Papa
Roach, and Lostprophets. Dayton’s Hawthorne Heights is currently in dis-
Movie Showings at pute, with Victory Records, sighting that the label has ruined the reputation and
The Wexner Center relationship with their fans. Not to mention questionable accounting practices.
1871 North High Street
Outkast once again defended rumors that they are breaking up. The duo is still
Columbus, Ohio 43210
as tight as ever. Especially with the new album and movie entitled Idlewild
The Hermitage Dwellers, being released. Alice in Chains fans will be treated to 40 dates this fall with a
exploring St. Petersburg North American Tour alongside Hurt. William Duvall will be the front man of
Institution survival. the group, but no word has been given as to whether he is a permanent member
Thursday, October 19th
of the group or if he will record with the band. Panic! at The Disco have offi-
Baby Doll and Pretty Baby, con- cially gone platinum, while Gnarls Barkley has been announced gold. Kate
fronting sexual taboos Hudson and Chris Robinson of The Black Crows are separated after nearly six
from 1932 to 1990. years of marriage. The couple married on December 31, 2000. They also have a
Friday, October 20th two-year-old son, Ryder Russell. The Smashing Pumpkins are currently in the
studio again after a 7 year hiatus. A lineup has not been announced, but Billy
Al Franken: God Spoke, with a
live introduction by the directors. Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin are still the core members. Evanesence is re-
Tuesday, October 24th leasing their sophomore album, The Open Door. Since the mega smash debut,
“Fallen,” the band has had its share of problems, including guitarist’s Terry
The Moon Is Blue and Henry & Balsalmo’s stroke, and the break up of front woman Amy Lee and Shaun Mor-
June, Henry & June is
gan of Seether. The band has also added a new bass player, ex member of The
the first film to be released
with an NC-17 rating in 1990. Revolution Smile, Tim Mccord. Green Day is currently in the studio working
Thursday, October 26th on a much anticipated follow up to 5 times Platinum American Idiot.
Underoath is ready to hit the road again after working through some issues
For more visit www.wexarts.org that prevented them from functioning as a band. —Complied By Erin Nye
Free usable tips offered to aspiring musicians
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The Satisfied Grunt
A Shriner in a red velvet fex
is threatening my life. “ I’m going to beat
you so bad that we’ll have to raise money
by setting a jar on the counter
at Tee-Jaye’s,” he says, spittle flying.
“Your picture on it and everything!”
I cower by a gentlemanly
fellow in a black suit. He leans his face
next to my ear, his kind eyes offering
solace and the smell of licorice
on his breath: “We start each day
with a commitment,” he whispers,
and I notice the priestly collar, relieved.
“A commitment to visiting the Angel
of Death upon the heads of sinners.”
His slender hands squeeze the Bible in one
and a machete in the other.
I scramble for the door, tripping
on the foot of a gaping boy
in a White Sox cap who heads a group
of gaping men and women in athletic
t-shirts and pants with the names of fashion
designers sew to the ass cheeks. A shapely
reporter — microphone extended
with a skewer jutting out — asks, “Is it true,
sir, that you sometimes get the impulse
to leave society?” Admist murderous
Shriners, gentlemanly old men —Drawing by Anthony “Chaos” Proietti—
with matches, and shapely reporters
with threatening microphones
and ridiculous questions,
I find that I am most afraid
of the commercials. Goddamned
“Detriment gum! Now recommended
by seven out of ten masochists!” God damned this heartless world of ours.
A snappy jingle tune, the satisfied So sick of seeing the news cause the puppy stories
grunt of the announcer, bare-assed don’t over-shadow all the evil man has created.
and getting whipped, his genitals When will the fighting stop, when will the government stop
tied-up like a Mapplethorpe model. with the lies? Most of all, when will everybody figure out
A basketball star laces a pair that all this new-aged gadget shit is the very thing that is
of $200 basketball shoes pulling apart the fabrics of this precious life?
sewn together with the skin I hope I am dead and gone before I have to see anymore of
of Vietnamese workers and long, blood- the heartless controlling mindless nonsense. If you ask me
matted strands of virginal public hair. an ancient time is a better time. At least then it wasn't so easy
He then careens through an onslaught to take life from another. If you ask me
of ninjas, lifts off and hangs in the air — money was the beginning of the end.
ball outstretched in his giant hand — while
photographers snap the next day’s cover. —Written By Keith Ryan Sines—
—Written By Timothy West—
A Brownie Vignette
I have more brownies than is perhaps necessary. They have Pillsbury frosting of every make and model: straw-
berry, vanilla, caramel and (of course) butterscotch. And rainbow flavored party sprinkles and peanuts and cashews
inside and out. I have more brownies than is perhaps necessary. They have commandeered my kitchen. Heaps of
stacks of piles of nutty delight on every shelf, cemented in the soup and dish and pan cabinets, clogged in the burnt
maw of my Whirlpool oven. The linoleum tile has been absent for some time, covered as it is with party sprinkle
fugitives and crumb chain-gains in various stages of crustiness and decay.
I have more brownies than is perhaps necessary. They are stacked to ponderous heights in my sink and in my
Kenmore dishwasher (where is my dishwasher my sink I miss them, truly, but brownies instead). Honestly my
kitchen is one giant brownie and I fear that my living room is next. My cats will soon be lost in this Betty Crocker
haze. My books my computer my television and all of it, just all of it lost to creamy sugar morsels.
I have more brownies than is perhaps necessary. I drive a brownie van to brownie work. I smoke Brownie
Lights and pay my chocolate bills with brownie checks (written, as one might suspect, with a brownie pen filled
with brownie ink). I drink brownie coffee with my brownie friends who, in between their decadent melting and
flaking, bitch about the brownie President's recent concession to the pixy-stick immigrants who are stealing our
brownie jobs. And what will our brownie President do, they ask, when the pixy-sticks hijack our brownie cul-
ture? When our creamy chocolate daughters bring their pixy-stick boyfriends to dinner? When, in short, all of our
brownie tradition is flushed down the brownie toilet for the sake of cheap pixy labor? And as my brownie friends
shed their nut filling on the café floor, they mumble about their patience and understanding, when confronted with
the odd frosting flavors and excessive sprinkle habits of the counterculture, the morally questionable activities of
the young liberal brownies. But this, this pixy-stick nonsense is simply the egg that broke the batter's back. This
invasion, this pixy-stick aggression, cannot and will not stand.
I have more brownies than is perhaps necessary. —Written By John Shumate—
Tastes Like Sin Mushroom
The sweat from his forehead Hidden in the forest bed, mushroom crowned in red
mingles with the tears on her Sunrise to sunset is a blank inside her mind
cheek baptizing her with sad- Prayer for her water was already said
ness and lust. To walk into her midst is a blessing of the blind
His breath against her neck, her
tongue grazing the edge of his —Written By Kyle Smothers—
ear; his skin smells like heaven,
tastes like sin.
His eyes show her things she
doesn't want to know,
his lips tell her what she
wants to hear.
Lies upon lies on top of lies until
nothing of the truth remains
beyond useless papers and
broken vows of years ago.
—Written By Amy Baker—
SUBMIT YOUR D.I.Y.
Out Of The Blue —Photo by Anna Cecil—
P.O. Box 388
Delaware OH 43015
With a puppet, confetti, and plastic bubbles The Flaming Lips
and Sonic Youth launch a welcomed attack on Columbus
The media exposure of The Once they rapped up the set, we containing this musician.
Flaming Lips in Columbus is quite all awaited to see the presence of Once he returned to stage, the
excessive. This also applies to Wayne Coyne. music began.
Sonic Youth who’ve been playing When the stage was set up with Songs from Yoshimi Battles the
on the radio consistently. aliens, Santa Clause’s, and a giant Pink Robots and She don’t use
For months I awaited the arrival projector screen, the show was Jelly made up the night until they
of both these musical talents to our beginning. wrapped it up.
local venue, Lifestyles After they walked off the
Community Pavilion. stage everyone began roar-
Rain showers came ing a familiar tune at many
down on the outside shows, ‘Encore!’
venue, right as I arrived. Once returned to their
No one really tended to rightful place, the chords of
complain, for everyone "Do You Realize?" began.
was just waiting for the This being one of my
bands to begin. favorite songs in the library
As people stood in of music history, I was ec-
lines to purchase drinks static. As if this song isn’t
and t-shirts, Sonic truly amazing enough, see-
Youth began. ing it live is a whole differ-
While many of us ent matter.
crowded in front of the Smoke, confetti, and
stage, getting as close sprinkles of rain came pour-
as we could while still ing down on all of us in the
trying to make personal front.
space, some watched The energetic tempo fol-
from the hill of grass in lowed Wayne’s voice as he
the back. strained his voice to the fret
I watched attentively of every last cord.
as Kim Gordon moved Mid-song I realized that
to the music. She on the projection screen was
looked very peaceful, a contrasted naked woman
singing with grace in dancing to the song.
her soft voice. The truancy of Wayne was soon The fans danced, jumped, and
Lee Ranaldo slid his fingers up to come to a halt when the smoke screamed along. It was perfect.
and down the fret board as fans accumulated in thin air coming Sum up: Attend a Flaming Lips
struggled to have their voices tow- from the back of the venue, pro- show.
ering his name above the chords. jecting Wayne in a plastic bubble —Written By Laelia Delaney
The set list went from "Do you just over the venue’s horizon.. —Special thanks for photos
believe in Rapture?" to From there he hovered over the submitted by Garrett Shrigley
"Incinerate," both of which are crowd as we all strained our shoul-
found on the latest album Rather ders up to our fingertips for just
Ripped (Geffen Records, 2006). one grasp at the plastic bubble
“Who love the devil? Who’ll sing his
song? I will love the devil and his song”
“This band is raunchy.”
“Peace, Love, Fuckin’ Death Metal”
-Guy in crowd-
“Oh, sweet, they have a song called “Whorehoppin’!”
-Photographer viewing set list prior to show- Photos by Nicholas Messer, taken at Newport
frontman Elijah Blue talks labels,
undercore, and Phantasmagore
Taking leaps and bounds in Elijah: Lots of
electronic industrial sound experi- Indian instruments—
mentation, California’s Deadsy hammar doll, harmo-
have created a brave follow-up to nium, sitar. Little
their 2002 Commencement release. spots that pronounce
Speaking with frontman Elijah the piano and mello-
Blue Allman about their sopho- tron synthesizer
more release Phantasmagore, and sound. The thing that
current touring support with the this album does is
Family Values Tour, exhibits the offer up progression
wittiness and profound intellect of with more dynamics.
Deadsy’s deserved ostentation. We’re such fans and
worshipers of music
OOTB: First off, I want to tell that we want to take
you that Phantasmagore is truly those risks. It’s
amazing. I never thought it would darker high indie,
be possible to create one unique it’s reverb. It’s a
band that could flawlessly blend little bit more of a
the likes of Skinny Puppy, King commercial record
Crimson, Gary Numan, and Peter and can bring in more people that Elijah: We do more guitar work
Murphy. There is so much going Commencement didn’t. We’ll also on this album and it goes well
on in every song. What instru- be releasing more songs as a together over my riffs. It’s more
ments did you incorporate? re-release or on iTunes as singles. musical and it further explores the
musical universe and tid bits
OOTB: How long throughout history.
did it take to record
the new album? OOTB: You’ve mentioned Lou
Reed and Velvet Underground as a
Elijah: We wrote big influence on Phantasmagore.
and dealt with label How has Reed’s style been
drama. I can’t be- incorporated into this album?
lieve how much bull-
shit we had to deal Elijah: It’s more of the Reed
with because of how consciousness. The Velvet thing,
the labels were like what they were for their time
afraid to release the is what we want to be for our time.
music, we just It’s art rock that is dangerous and I
wanted to challenge. love his personality and his musi-
Now that we’ve cal urban narrative. To me he’s an
gotten over a few extension of what Warhol did.
things, it’s fine. He’s a Warhol disciple and its
Even culturally more palpable with his music, and those
people are getting it. are the people who have created
culture. It’s fun to teach kids
OOTB: When com- about what’s out there other than
pared to Commence- what’s on the radio. We are a bit
ment, what would of a history lesson and a newness.
you say are some
key differences? continued on next page
“Deadsy” continued it’s the best thing and so powerful. It’ll be an extended camp, an 18-
Nothing is higher than what can month thing, touring all this year
OOTB: On stage you turn into cross that power. You can touch and all of next year.
characters, as if in an on-stage it, see it. It’s cryptic and I’ve al-
play using specific colors to repre- ways had these philosophies in- OOTB: You toured with your
sent various entities. What do you stilled. The last album was more mom (Cher) as a guitarist and at
hope to express with this illusion? cosmic and I’m trying to get more the age of 13 Gene Simmons gave
mature with the cosmic attitude. you your first guitar. Did your
Elijah: This time around we’ve childhood influenced you to pur-
made it simpler. We wear black OOTB: Deadsy’s genre is termed sue music as a career?
with white shit and some colors. “Undercore.” What other bands
We are a gang in life. It’s a black would you consider Undercore? Elijah: Everything has influenced
mentality for this record. There’s my life. I gravitate toward any-
no name for it. It’s Lou Reed, Elijah: It’s like Sabbath on the thing that experiences me. I was
Warhol, all black, black nails. We turn table and slowed down to half pushed to do that when I was
try to touch on and cross things speed, like slow heavy music that younger, but I did a good job.
that you don’t see crossover any- reminds me of Frankenstein. We Obviously it’s not a usual situa-
more. The New England gloom don’t have as much in the new tion, but that got me prepared for
look. Our stage show is way elec- album, but we still have some. The living on the road. From twelve to
tric smoke, classic generic rock end of the album (Phantasmagore) sixteen I was with my dad or
that never fails. I like to evoke a is undercore. It’s an abstracted mom, I’d jam with my dad peri-
dream feeling on stage, even dur- arty way of playing metal that is odically. I mean, I’d be playing in
ing the daytime we like to create somewhat strange. front of arenas—not the most
some sort of dream on stage, tak- credible rock-and-roll gig, but fun
ing people to a dreamscape. OOTB: You’ve worked with a nonetheless! I always knew I’d
number of other artists like Jay start a band, and I feel like you
OOTB: It’s been noted that the Gordon (Orgy), Jon Davis (Korn), need to do something different.
lyrics reference Dune, Star Wars, and Chris Vrenna. How have they
David Lynch films among other influenced your music? OOTB: What’s some quick tips
things. The track “Better than you may have to offer the numer-
You Know” totally blows my Elijah: Verenna is a huge innova- ous local artists out there?
mind, and I listen to it over and tor that the black camp produced
over. What’s the song about? for years. Davis is very talented in Elijah: Make sure you’re doing
his range of things that he can do. something that’s very different.
Elijah: It’s a lot of Hindu philoso- He’s done a lot already and in the Something that nobody else is
phy. It’s about the satisfaction in future he will prove to do way gonna do. Be different, use your
life, not acquired from temporary more. I believe he’s just now get- imagination. Being different from
sensory material. Even from the ting started in his personal career. the next guy will push the enve-
pains of being on the road, it’s still Gordon was going to be our origi- lope and you gotta keep doing it.
abstract. It’s about finding satis- nal bass player, then he started Lots of bands bow out before there
faction in something transcenden- Orgy. Of course Orgy is history time comes, they already quit.
tal. It’s about something beyond now. Wait until your time.
the same material that your soul is
made of. The chorus is like a cry OOTB: Are you still planning a In support of their sophomore
for that. It’s strange because it’s video shoot for “Book of Black release Phantasmagore, Deadsy is
not all about what the songs mean Dreams?” teaming up with Deftones for a
to me, but what makes sense is Fall / Winter Tour kicking off late
that they (the songs) mean some- Elijah: We’ll probably do it for October.
thing to someone else. one of the first songs off the re-
It should be about the abstrac- cord. Right now on the tour, —Written, Photos By Neil Shumate
tion that resonates if you’re listen- we’re getting a steady fan base.
ing to the song. The music tells After this tour we’re not rushing For more on DEADSY
you what the meaning of the song on that (a video), we could wait to
is just as well as the lyrics--the go on radio with a single next www.myspace.com/
notes say so much more than just year. We’re going to tour more deadsy
the lyrics. And if they combine, than we did for Commencment.
Band: Almost Aces
Album: Pickup Lines Band: Ipecac Lollipops
Label: Mariner Recording Co. Label: Dissected Angel Records
Genre: Punk Genre: Digital Death Grindcore
Track Picks: “Ready or Not” Track Picks: “Broken Limbs of a Dead 12 Year Old Prostitute”
Lowdown: The four member Mt. Vernon, “Slit Wrist River” “God is a Nihilist”
Ohio band creates traditional sing-along Lowdown: Sucking on an Ipecac Lollipop would eventually
punk music with the likes of NOFX, New induce vomiting through a brain stimulus to rid your stomach of
Found Glory, and Less Than Jake (minus that drug you just overdosed on. The Lollipops will cause a
the brass). The fast-paced danceable tunes pleasurable sickness, a sickness that for some reason you continue
with embedded guitar solos provoke a to ingest—never learning your lesson. Columbus, Ohio’s Dan and
powerful mix of reverb and syncopation. Meghann create a razor sharp digital blood bath Wall Of Sound
With the absence of Blink-182, Almost with harsh distorted vocals, noise, and pure ear-puncturing
Aces will keep the tradition alive, with a incineration. It’s electrogorenoisehorrordeathgrind, and it’s killer!
few added twists. If you’re a fan of Ministry, Genghis Tron, or Type-O-Negative,
Visit: www.myspace.com/almostaces this album is prescribed to you—taken every four to six hours.
Purchase: interpunk.com Visit: www.myspace.com/ipecaclollipops
Album: This Used To Hurt Band: Milkweed
Genre: Alternative Metal Rock Album: Body Floss
Track Picks: “Changing the Stars” Genre: Industrial Rock Hip-Hop
“Explode” “My Calvary” Track Picks: “Body Floss” “Tenchics” “One Mind” “Soap”
Lowdown: The aggressive, no holds barred Lowdown: Milkweed combines vocals, guitar, bass, and
Columbus based Sighlo have instilled a turntables to create an unstoppable, unmatchable sound. The
memorable EP that must be supported by any vocal variations transform from harmonic jazz melodies to angry
fan of the local scene. Sighlo crafts together Chester screams sidelined with smooth Durst style raps. An
piano with head banging in your face thrusts unstoppable force to be reckoned with, using vulgarity to get their
of guitar notes and skilled Chino-like vocal point across, this four member Cincinnati band is sure to inoculate
ranges that can easily compete with today’s the nation with a cure from mainstream sound-alike airplay.
national recording artists. Undeniably one of Visit: www.myspace.com/milkweed
the best EPs any unsigned band can serve up. Purchase: www.milkweed1.com
This is the band’s second EP. They are
currently working on a full length album. To have your band’s album showcased in OOTB’s
“The Lowdown,” mail it out to:
Out Of The Blue, P.O. Box 388, Delaware, OH 43015
Or contact us to send MP3 media files:
—Reviews Written By Neil Shumate—
Imagine for a moment the band
Radiohead had never existed. Thom
Yorke would’ve received his degree
from Exeter and would be working a
Johnny Greenwood? Giving music
lessons to snot-nosed kids in Oxford.
Despite the fact that lots of people
are freaked out by Radiohead, I’d
have to say the alternative is freak-
In either case, the question I ask
Band: Throw the Fight after hearing The Eraser is: would it
Album: the fire within be something to which I would’ve
Label: world record productions eventually listened?
Genre: Alternative Metal Rock Probably.
Track Picks: “Endless Struggle” “These Apologies” When Yorke announced the arri-
Lowdown: The production of a band with adrenaline and sophisticated val of it earlier this year, the internet
vocal talents has been captured by Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Throw The became a virtual beehive, buzzing
Fight. The drudging bass parts, mellow core breakdowns and irresistible with anticipation but perhaps not as
chorus sections spark a fire to burn within. Using stop-time syncopation much as earlier Radiohead albums.
with call-and-response bounces between the guitars and drums lead the He never wanted to draw attention
way for a heavy pop rock dance rhythm with doses of hardcore. away from the fact that they were
Previously scoring tours with Bleed the Sky, Quietdrive, and Bowling for touring again, and springing for its
Soup, TTF are currently touring in support of their EP release. Fans of release on indie label XL was proba-
Papa Roach, Lost Prophets, Killswitch Engage and Trust Company will be bly a smooth move.
blown away by the originality and offerings of Throw the Fight. But buzz, nonetheless. After all,
Visit: www.myspace.com/throwthefight this is the lead singer of the greatest
Purchase: smartpunk.com band in the world.
His first solo album—although he
admits he hates the two words to
describe it—is probably just that,
with some slim prudence from Ra-
diohead producer Nigel Goodrich.
I can see him slumped over a lap-
top, blipping and bleeping his way
through the songs. Some have even
Underground DIY CDR Label kindly given it the moniker Kid B,
which is ironic; I’ve heard moaners
say that the songs on A weren’t
Specializing in Extreme Music “real,” but I’d have to think the lyr-
ics on The Eraser might be his most
tangible, not to mention approach-
Helping promote sick able, yet.
The disc starts out with a title
Music for sick people track of staccato, reverberating piano
riffs and brutal honesty ( “Please
www.myspace.com/dissectedangelrecords excuse but I got to ask/Are you only
being nice/Because you want some-
thing?”) continued on next page
“Thom Yorke” continued
and a self-assured chorus (“The
more you try to erase me/ The
more the more/The more that I
appear”). Let’s just call it a far cry
A sit down with Kill Hannah’s Dan Wiese from “How to Disappear Com-
pletely” in more than one way.
Traveling on the road to play a People I’ve talked to noticed that
show, the last thing you want to Yorke’s voice remains untouched
hear is an exploding tire. On their by digital effects. I don’t even
way to Newport Music Hall in think there is much reverb, if any
Columbus, Kill Hannah’s trailer at all. It is up front and, dare I say,
truck tire blew out. intimate.
“You can always expect these “Black Swan” was the next
things to happen,” laughed Kill track to catch my attention, con-
Hannah guitarist Dan Wiese, “but taining some guitar work (albeit
at least we made it here in time to barely there) and the fourteen
play the show!” f-bombs that give it that special
The charismatic Chicagoans little black and white label on the
recently dropped their forceful front. A lot of the songs are very
Until There’s Nothing Left of Us minimalist electronic stuff, but the
combining goth, dance, and metal. lush “And it Rained All Night”
Sitting in the band’s dressing room sticks out, as does the chilling
Wiese explained, “Everyone has a “Harrowdown Hill,” a politically-
core of British influences. We soaked tale told through the eyes
draw from Greg’s (bass) dance of U.N. weapons inspector David
music influences too. It’s a huge Kelly, who, according to authori-
variety and sometimes there are ties, committed suicide after he
conflicts in the studio, but we spoke with a journalist on the Brit-
always compromise to create our ish government’s information on
sound.” weapons of mass destruction in
Working with renowned producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Three Doors Iraq.
Down) and using the Chicago winter setting to write, Wiese said the Chi- In short, if you’re a fan of
cago scene was a “huge attribute to the recording process” viewing Yorke’s work, you will probably
“Chicago [as] a microcosm of our country.” at least find yourself listening to
Wiese joined Kill Hannah in 1999 after breakups in high school bands, the album. Hopefully it will tide
and singing folk in L.A. “This is the first band I’ve really taken seriously, you over and will likely get you
and I love every second of it with these guys.” talking on the internet about the
The origin of the band’s name was derived from lead singer / guitarist upcoming disc from Radiohead.
Mat Devine’s college ex-girlfriend. Wiese laughed when I suggested —Written By Nicholas Messer
changing the name to Kill Kerry, an ex-band member who has been threat-
ening the band with lawsuits and music rights. “Yea, that would be funny, Upcoming Album Releases
I like that!” OCTOBER 17th
Band longevity is an important key to Kill Hannah’s success. “It’s all
we know and we stick with it, we’ve had more than our fair share of obsta- As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
cles, but we always conquer. Everything we do is an effort to get the mu- Cradle Of Filth Thornography
sic out there.” OCTOBER 24th
Continuous touring has created a large national fan base. At the time of Every Time I Die Shit Happens DVD
the interview Kill Hannah announced joining the Chicago Lollapalooza OCTOBER 31st
line up and expressed huge onstage gratitude toward fans for making “Lips
Like Morphine” the number one video on Fuse. Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
The powerful live show will capture fans of any listening genre. The Type-O-Negative Profits Of Doom
band brings a bit of glam to stage by sporting eye liner and stylistic hairdos The Clash Singles Box Set
including Devine’s Robert Smith messy style. The Placebo-esq feminine JUST ANNOUNCED
vocals, thrashing combo of Jesus and Mary Chain guitar riffs and the Chimaria Resurrection Spring, 2007
danceable NIN drumming and synthesizer samples will be sure to make
Kill Hannah a soon-to-be national headlining act. on the Ferret Music label
—Written, Photo By Neil Shumate
Premier live show:
O.A.R. and Jack’s Mannequin at the LC Love Arcade
opened with smooth This summer Panic! At The
piano-rock sounds Disco and Fall Out Boy took the
and impressive vocal world by storm with their catchy
talent by Andrew songs and elaborate stage shows.
McMahon, who is One of the first bands posi-
also the lead singer tioned to take their place just
and lyricist for Some- might be Detroit, Michigan’s
thing Corporate. Love Arcade.
Twenty-four-year- To promote their debut, the boys
old McMahon was spent the summer on tour opening
also a former Ohio for New London Fire, and Redis-
resident of Bexley, cover.
where he attended The album features twelve tracks
elementary school at with a variety of musicality.
Cassingham. “Can’t Stop" is begging to be sung
McMahon is a in showers and cars across the
survivor of acute lymphoblast leukemia. After receiving a stem-cell trans- nation. It even has its own built in
plant donated by his sister, he announced in July that he no longer takes dance moves.
medication for his former illness. Be careful, don’t slip!
Since the incident, Jacks’ Mannequin have performed at a number of The live performance is very
benefit shows to aid leukemia victims, as well as a current 19 city tour to elating from start to finish, featur-
benefit cancer research. ing the live antics and elaborate
O.A.R. (of a revolution) managed to pack the LC to sold-out status stage presence of front man Chris-
dropping Dave Matthew’s style music. The environment also matched a tian, AKA “Snow White.”
Matthews performance. O.A.R. filled the stage with five members includ- I had the opportunity to catch
ing a keyboard player to drop reggae beats and a saxophonist to put a twist Love Arcade live in Cleveland,
on the style adding some Less Than Jake flare. Ohio’s famed Agora.
The band has always had a strong Central Ohio fan base with members Christian explodes on stage with
being OSU graduates. With a crisp live performance, O.A.R. and Jack’s a dramatic, well-staged entrance.
Mannequin are sure to sell out future shows. With the lit banners behind him
—Written, Photos By Neil Shumate (top OAR’s Roberge., bottom McMahon) and the prosthetic wings on his
back, you can’t help but stare and
wonder if he plans on keeping
those on the whole show.
It’s also very obvious that he’s
no angel, but does it matter? Abso-
lutely not, with a smile and an
attitude like that, he'll cause any
teenage girl to swoon!
The highlight of the perform-
ance was the self-induced mosh pit
with themselves and their own
When Love Arcade comes to
your town be sure to catch Chris-
tian and the band’s antics at a
venue near you! When you do,
don’t forget the golden rule: “Take
a step to the right, back it up and
drop it!” For a music sample, visit
—Written By Erin Nye
On the bus with Flyleaf’s Lacey Mosely
Walking toward the purple tour After a knock, the door opens. Then I switched schools and I
bus, I anticipate an in person inter- Lacey stands before me, repre- gave up and quit!”
view with Texas natives Flyleaf. senting everything beauty can em- Mosely’s lyrics focus on per-
Tour manager Scotty presents power. sonal journal entries about coping
the tour bus door. Lacey holds out her petit hand with experiences of hitting rock
As I enter and climb the stairs I and introduces herself with a bottom and overcoming the brutal-
see guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya sweet dimpled smile. ity of negativity.
attempting an internet connection As we seat ourselves on the Mosely recalls writing in her
on his laptop, while a band organ- familiar black leather couch, we journal as an adolescent and listen-
izer watches Judge Mathis. begin. ing to major band influences Nir-
The smell of chicken noodle Flyleaf metamorphosed from vana, Pantera, and Soundgarden:
soup from a microwave oven en- previous band names Listen and “I was sixteen and being selfish,
velopes my nasal passage. Passerby. hateful, and dishonest. I realized
I introduce myself to both “At a Battle of the Bands we how all the music I was listening
Sameer and the organizer as they actually didn’t have a name for our to was pity music and I had to get
offer me a beverage and encourage group, and we needed a name to rid of it.”
me to make myself at home on the participate, so someone suggested With natural vocal abilities, the
comfort of their leather couch. Listen,” commented Mosely. only lesson Mosley received was
I’m seated directly across from After the Battle of the Bands, from their album producer Howard
Sameer and he inquires about Out Listen turned into Passerby; how- Benson (P.O.D., All American
Of The Blue and I proceed to ever, that name was copyrighted as Rejects, My Chemical Romance)
briefly describe the publication’s a travel agency. who coached her on breathing.
content. Sameer and I continue “So,” Mosely continues, “we “He taught me to really mean
conversing as I wait for lead vo- got a popcorn bowl with random what you’re singing and how to
calist Lacey Mosely to finish prep- words in it and pulled out two compromise. Screaming was a big
ping in the back. words and put them together. I fight. Making an album the way
The band organizer goes back to think the actual words were Car- radio plays it and being an individ-
check on Lacey. bon Flyleaf, but we dropped it to ual, creating something different.
Minutes later I am escorted to- just Flyleaf.” People want to hear different.”
ward the rear of the bus to meet When performing live, and on Finishing up the Family Values
Mosely. the self-titled debut album, Mosely Tour, Lacey recalled her most
As I enter, I see the band’s sings with unique passionate ag- exciting moment while on tour.
bunks laid out toward the left and gression. “I sang a duet with Richard
right, doubling up. “I actually don’t know much Patrick (Filter / Army Of One)! It
A freshly showered smell seeps about it [singing]. I was in choir was so amazing. We sang a cover
under the door. in the seventh grade and tried out of U2’s “In The Name of Love!”
for a solo, but didn’t get the part. continued on next page
And, in return, Korn covered Fil- “because of the help from our
ter’s “Hey Man Nice Shot. It was friends and family that we’re
unbelievable!” here.” As for advice to aspiring
The Mosely / Patrick collabora- musicians: “Know you have noth-
tion will be on the Family Values ing to lose. We had to quit school,
Tour album release in December. quit our jobs, sleep in a van with-
Between tour stops the band out a/c and drive in the cold with-
spends time reading, shopping, out heat. It’s something you know
watching a movie at the city’s you’re supposed to do. Play as
mall, visiting national parks, many shows as possible, release
wakeboarding, and coming to- demos and play showcases. But,
gether for meetings to express the please, please keep a job!”
passion of God and Faith in their The most important thing is
lives. spreading the message. “I want
“Before going on stage we pray you to get something out of this
together and express what we may conversation. Recognition of what
have done wrong and we make we are made to do and accomplish
everything right. We’re like a it, trying to be what you created it
family, and we get through it to- to be.”
gether.” After the conversation, Lacey
For live shows, Flyleaf views and I again shake hands as I help
them as “a new opportunity with myself out of the tour bus and pre-
new people to express the mes- pare for their solid live perform-
Mosely never hesitates to appre- Following the Family Values
ciate the ones who made Flyleaf Tour, Flyleaf will go home for a
happen. few shows, join Dir En Grey at a
“The toughest part about touring Japanese music festival, travel a
is leaving friends and family be- short time to Germany with Stone
hind. Yea, they think it’s great Sour, and later in the year tour
that they all got to see us on the with Disturbed.
“Jimmy Kimmel show,” but it’s —Written, Photos
By Neil Shumate
Out Of The Blue
“Talkin’ bout my generation” from Music TV to Reality TV
On August 1, 1981, broadcasting like "Stairway To Heaven" and These technical shortcomings
history was made, although few "Aqualung" ad nauseum while gave these videos a certain outsider
knew it at the time. completely ignoring meritous art quality befitting the "do it your-
On that day, a New York-based newcomers like Elvis Costello and self" ethos of most post-punk bands.
experimental cable channel went The Clash. MTV would soon They seemed more honest and mes-
on the air, telecasting nothing but change all of that by giving punk merizing than the productions of
promotional films by popular mu- and new wave equal time with today.
sic artists. heavy metal and arena rock. By early 1983, that magic started
Intended as a television version As a culturally stranded mid- to fade. I really started disliking vid-
of Top 40 radio, this new network western teenager, MTV seemed eos when their production became
ignited a cultural powder keg by like a Godsend. In a world that too slick.
transmitting a clip of The Buggles resembled a real-life version of With the possible exception of
lip-synching their 1979 British hit, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Thriller," which appeals to my love
"Video Killed the Radio Star." It my own predilection towards new of Psychotronic horror films, I really
was the birth of MTV. wave music and fashion made me cannot stand any attempt at a "mini-
Early MTV was an unbelievably something of a freak among my motion picture."
exciting experience that can never peers. I do not care for videos that try to
be duplicated. It was almost like With MTV, that passion was tell a story with distracting dialogue
tuning into a secret underground finally vindicated. At last, my and outside actors. Even though they
world of pop music that was the skeptical classmates could see are often attractive eye candy, cho-
exclusive territory of youth. these bands that I had been ranting reographed dancers are just too
Not only did the fledgling net- about for the past two years. For showbiz for me. Add in perfectly-
work show promo videos by up- the first time, my chums realized shot 35 MM film, and the slickness
and-coming pop artists, but they that The Jam, Squeeze, and Mad- factor is far too much to overcome.
were hosted by hip and attractive ness were not figments of my That being said, personal favorite
"video jockeys." The first five imagination. early videos include:
jocks were easily the best, with The first 18 months of MTV "You Might Think" by The Cars
each one having a distinctive on- were truly magical. Even though I (1984)—shot entirely on videotape
air persona. preferred punk and new wave, with primitive computer animation,
J.J. Jackson was the knowledge- there was something highly enter- the effect is a very amusing series of
able elder statesman; Nina Black- taining about seeing all types of stylized vignettes on sexual paranoia
wood, the wild older sister; Mark pop in these strange and experi- and stalking.
Goodman, the opinionated and mental shorts. "Dumbwaiter" by The Psychedelic
boisterous hunk; Alan Hunter, the Some were very rudimentary, Furs (1981)—A very disturbing song
simple-minded-but-charming boy being nothing more than films or given an even more abrasive visual
next door. And of course, my fave videotapes of an artist in concert. treatment. Grainy black-and-white
was the doe-eyed and innocent Others were more daring and footage of The Furs playing a formal
Martha Quinn, whose shag cut, artsy, although low budgets and event, slow-motion, and overlaid
short skirts, and Beatles obsession limited technology made these with colored geometric shapes that
gave me the biggest crush on her. I early presentations seem incredi- echo the cover of "Talk Talk Talk." I
was not alone in these feelings. bly primitive by today's standards. never did hallucinogenic drugs, but
As a cultural phenomenon, Mu- However, that's exactly how I like this is how I imagine the experi-
sic Television could not have my music video. ence.
come at a better time. As Ameri- In general terms, I love those "I Got You" by Split Enz
can rock radio became increas- early videos that were cheaply- (1979)—Cheap videotaped heaven.
ingly restrictive in its playlists, it made, long before anyone realized Singer Neil Finn over-acted, wore
seemed that only established art- that there was a market for them. too much makeup, and pranced
ists could get any airplay. Even as I most enjoy those simple clips about the most cliche set imagin-
the new wave of post-punk was of bands lip-synching in front of able...a minimalist version of a Vic-
cresting, you would not have an artsy backdrop, usually created torian mansion, complete with sheer
known it from radio. on a budget of $6.98. I really get curtains blowing in the breeze. Oh,
The FM dial remained stuck in a something out of the visual ambi- yeah, who can forget the singing
'seventies-based comfort zone, ance of brightly-lit videotape or mural?
rehashing stale heavy rock classics grainy 16 MM film.
Q & A with Nye
"Goodbye to You" by Scandal After being
(1983)—The archetypical early together for four
video. A simple clip of the band years, Colum-
miming their song, shot on tape, bus’ Fat Kid
and overlaid with 'sixties-inspired Dodgeball is
op art visual effects. A prime ex- making national
ample of how many new wave wa v e s . T he
artists tried to turn public taste band has re-
back to a British Invasion-era cently obtained
"mod" aesthetic. a new drummer,
"Left Of The Dial" by The Re- and their single
placements (1985)—Grainy black- was featured on
and-white 16 MM shot of a teen- MTV’s “Laguna
ager crashing in his bedroom, with Beach.”
the camera fixing on a stereo Tell me about
speaker for the remaining 3 min- your new drummer?
utes of the song. The perfect anti- I played in a band called Red Wanting Blue and I played all around Ohio
video. and the Midwest with those guys. I’ve been playing in bands for the last
Kudos should also go to Mad- six years, but just recently came back to Columbus 5 weeks ago. It’s like a
ness, whose grainy 16 MM romps whole new scene to me again.
made every new song a truly nutty What’s your position with MTV 2’s “On the Rise?”
and fun experience. David Bowie It puts the power in the fan’s hands. We didn’t hear about it until late in the
almost always came up with some- game, but once we got it going, we managed to become Number 3, and are
thing visually strange but very currently climbing.
appealing. Also deserving of spe- Once you break into the mainstream, who do you hope to play with?
cial mention are the likes of The All of us have different influences, but I would be interested in playing
Pretenders, Kim Wilde, Blondie, with Fall Out Boy. While our styles differ, our stage shows and energy are
and Missing Persons, who always similar quotes Frank. Pott states Foo Fighters. The band would also like to
looked good on brightly-lit video- mix with Guns N Roses or Bon Jovi. Not to mention The Simpson Sisters.
tape, regardless of minimal pro- Where did the band name come from?
duction budget. That’s always the favorite question. Potts came up with a list of band
But alas, that was 25 years ago. names and no offense to Potts, but some of them were pretty awful. When
MTV has since grown up into I was at OSU one of my roommates hooked up with this girl and he was
something that no longer resem- leaving to go to work and we were all kind of hung over and hanging out
bles its wild and exciting youth. when he swung his head around the door and said, “If she wakes up, tell
Music video is only a small part her I’m out like a Fat Kid in Dodgeball."
of the programming day, with the Is there an album out currently or plans for one?
majority of air time being filled by We’re sitting on an album right now. It’s on hold with the departure of our
reality shows, documentaries, and drummer. We plan to go to the studio and re-record some stuff and hope to
other cultural fluff. Too bad. put out something this winter.
We will never again see any- Do you have any thoughts/advice for bands trying to achieve success?
thing as magical and original as The only thing I can say is just stick with it. It’s hard to keep a band happy
the early days of MTV, and those and together. Let alone be on the road, write and play the songs. It’s a mat-
who remember it will cherish it ter of just wanting it more than anything. After all, a bad day with a band
always. is better than spending it in an office—its better than doing anything else.
—Written By Jim Hutter Being in a band is like being married to three people all at once and you
really have to sacrifice yourself to make it work.
Out Of The Blue What’s the craziest thing that’s happened so far?
We did a show in Dayton in December and at about 1:30AM, without
podcasts on iTunes! sleeping, we drove straight in the night to New York and we got a flat tire
in Pennsylvania and were really cutting it for time. We finally got to New
Keep updated on York, and an hour before we were scheduled to play, our lead singer lost
www.myspace.com/ his voice completely. It was like the domino effect, but we pulled it off!
out_of_the_blue646 Unfortunately, we don’t have any Guns ’N Roses groupie stories yet!
—Written By Erin Nye
Coheed and Cambria live The singer has a nice range of Show
at lifestyles pavilion vocals, the drummer crazy beats
and fills, the bass player smooth Schedule
Following a long wait in line and grooves, and the two guitarists
another long wait inside, the first technical math-metal style licks. Hosted by Jester
band finally took stage. The singer almost took out the every Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
They are called 3. Plain and entire light bar when he decided to on Marion, Ohio’s WDCM 97.5
simple, yet rather odd. take a cymbal stand and swing it
This five piece band proved around stage, jumping on top of November 1st
itself worthy. With a Coheed- amps and smashing the cymbal Mayavirupa
esque sound they were amazing. onto the ground. The raw energy
Their set included a drum-off this band puts on stage makes your
between the drummer and percus- money worth while. November 8th
sionist. The lead singer also played A brief intermission. The secu- Hitting Rupert
guitar with a unique style: for any- rity guards at the barricades began
one familiar with slap bass, imag- to spray down the crowd, perhaps November 15th
ine that on guitar, with a twist. enjoying their jobs a little too
3 El Ninos
He did an acoustic guitar solo,
and in the final song, he broke 2 Coheed and Cambria took stage
strings and began to swing his opening up with their first single, November 22nd
guitar around. "Devil in Jersey City." Kikdown
I spoke with the singer after the After playing through a few
show, in which he explained the songs, Claudio Sanchez [lead vo-
cals] addressed to the crowd that
band name, 3: "It's like the entire
universe is put into groups of 3. Josh and Travis [Bassist and Vicious Whiskey
3rd planet from the sun, the human Drummer] had personal issues to
being is 3D such as Soul, Body deal with and were being filled in contact email@example.com
and Spirit, among many other by two close friends.
things." With wild hair and warm vo- www.radiomarion.com
Next, Chiodos came on stage, cals, Claudio jumped around stage
and they seem to have a rather with Travis [guitar], playing
"Blood Red Summer," "The Crow-
Shidoshi on All Known Aspect’s
large Columbus fan base. Before
the band even took stage, the kids ing," "The Suffering," and others. “Smoke & Mirrors”
were elbowing their ways up front They left the stage and the
"One of the most rewarding aspects about
and making room for the pit. crowd chanted for an encore. Sure
writing and performing primarily instrumen-
When they walked out, the floor enough, they came back for two
tal music is that everyone's personal interpre-
erupted. No one really seems to songs.
tation of the track is something unique and
know how to describe this band, The latest hit, "Welcome Home"
special. We've been asked if this song in
except for saying they're strange, made the Lifestyles Community
particular has some sort of drug reference
yet awesome. Pavilion shake from the crowd’s
because of the title - 'Smoke & Mirrors'. It's
Experimental in the hardcore intensity. They ended their set
an interesting concept to consider, but in
riffs, vocals that range from emo- with "Willing Well IV: The Final
reality, this track was - like the majority of
sounding whines to hardcore Cut," extending the song with in-
our material - just an experiment to see just
screams. They put on a fairly ac- strumental moments, guitar shred-
how well all three of us meshed together and
tive live show. ding, talk box "wow"s, behind-the-
has become one of our personal favorites.
The Dillinger Escape Plan head playing, and just overall good
This is also the last track we wrote with our
(DEP) showed up next. This band time jams.
guitarist ~ and friend ~ Dave Hobbs and, in
was one of the best live acts I’ve The show was full of experi-
my opinion, is one of the best examples of
seen. mental sounds and talented musi-
his skills that we were fortunate enough to
One guitarist looked more like a cians. The line up showed talents
have contributed to the AKA sound.
gymnast on stage than a musician, of all kinds—from nimble wall-
Dave has committed to recording with us in
jumping onto one amp, then jumping guitarists to stage driving
the studio for the full length album, and were
bouncing off another and running singers. All the bands can be
excited to release those tracks soon."
back up front and stomping on top found through a simple engine
of a lit up box. search—you should look them up. myspace.com/allknownaspects
—Written By Josh Davis myspace.com/deviantsexlabs
For The Drive, Kobrakhai break ups and additions
It is often said that when a door closes, someone always opens a win-
dow. Two major announcements that were made in the Columbus music
scene recently did just that!
Following their well reviewed show at the All-Biz Music Conference
this summer, J. Michael Taylor announced his decision to leave the popu-
lar Columbus band Forthedrive.
Forthedrive was founded in 2003 with members Chadd Conkle on vo-
cals, Eddy Hindes, on drums, Micah Dorward, on bass, and J. Michael
Taylor and Rob Smialkowski on guitar.
Just last year, the founding bassist left the band and was replaced with
Nathan Ploesser. Since its foundation, the band has played over 100 shows
both locally and regionally with the highlight being its very own CD re-
lease party in early 2005—selling out CBR for the first time in the club’s
After the shock of Taylor’s departure set in, the band sought a replace-
ment. However, at the risk of compromising what was already a built and
established franchise, the band opted to shift its own Nathan Ploesser to
lead guitar. However, that still left the bass position open.
The band approached a good friend of the band Dustin Rinehart, who
quickly accepted the position.
Rinehart has been known on the scene since 2001 as the front man of
popular band Me Times Ten.
Me Times Ten called it quits in 2003, and Rinehart left the scene for a
brief period of time. After about a year, Rinehart joined Koga which then
changed its name to Kobrakhai.
Kobrakhai’s lineup featured Alan Mauger, on guitar/ vocals and Chris
Beal on drums. Rinehart was the bass player as well as vocalist. Kobrakhai F
also had a very close and tight knit fan base. A
They even had their own cheerleading squad. At larger venues, they
would show the crowd who had 9,423,045 lbs of rock in a ten pound bag. M Deftones
With Dustin’s departure, the band is on hiatus, and their recordings are
shelved, but there is a strong possibility they could return in the future.
I Walls Of
Granted any line up changes may never be as strong as these three were, L
but the fans will be here and will embrace what they bring!
This summer, Kobrakhai played its last show at Victory’s. The vibe was Y Bullets
somber, yet bittersweet for the trio as the crowd cheered with admiration And
and respect. Octane
The tried and true were up in front and were thrown the guitar picks, the V Dir En
drum sticks, buttons and t-shirts to remind them of what will be missed.
The final song was “The Last” with altered lyrics to fit the atmosphere. A Grey
For now, it may be the last time that they sing to us, but this separation L Stone
being as amicable as it was, it may be safe to say that we may see them
again even if only for one night! U Sour
Many fans tried hard to hold back tears, while for others, it was next to
impossible! Since the final show, Alan Mauger has taken up residence
E 10 Years
once again with Wolfgang Parker, and Chris Beal will be part of a cur- S
rently undisclosed project. Regardless, we all wish them the best of luck!
September 3, Forthedrive played their first show with the new lineup in
Hiram Ohio. Change may be hard to adapt to, but this is one change that
fans of this band will truly enjoy.
The energy is more focused to the middle of the stage. The prospect of 0 Shumate
backup vocals will be amazing. Best of all though is that nothing was
compromised in the switch. 0
The songs remain the same and the members, both new and old, are 6
growing a stronger bond than ever before. Most of all, fans and industry
execs alike will love the new look, the new sound, and the forthcoming
album, Fight With Honor! —Written By Erin Nye
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