Sugar Lime Blue is a band out of Nashville, TN.
They have been performing together for 7 years.
Today we get to listen to some tunes from up north. Way up north. the stragglers is a Canadian band formed by Mark (Vocals), Frazer (Guitar), Grant (Guitar), Eric (Bass), and Brenden (Drums). Claiming to be “Not punk enough since 2010”, the stragglers bring a feel to music that makes you want to jump in with them. Listening to their tracks you can definitely tell that they are friends enjoying hanging out, and making good music just happens. Take a listen and read what they had to say to me.
Furies Magazine: How did the stragglers begin?
the stragglers: The stragglers began when Mark sang ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot’ by Filter on Rockband at Frazer’s house. Frazer was taking a program at college called Music Industry Arts and needed to record a song for his final project. He asked Mark to write the vocals and the first song, These Arms are Yours, of their EP was written.
FM: Who is the bands biggest inspiration?
ts: Everyone has their own individual favorites We’ve always wanted to cover The Decline by Nofx, Eric learned to play bass by listening to Rancid, and Mark and Frazer have Alkaline Trio and the Flatliners tattoos, respectively.
FM: Have any band traditions?
ts: Yes. We drink. At shows and at band practice. Practice makes perfect.
FM: Where does the music come from?
ts: It’s usually 50/50. Either the vocals will come first, i.e. The Things I Know or the guitar part, i.e. A Sad Song (Not at All).
FM: What is your favorite track?
ts: Well we always play Sad Song and You Owe Me but we have a new song coming out on our next 6 song album called Mad Men that is definitely a collective favourite. There’s a youtube video of us playing it live somewhere when we opened for No Use For a Name.
FM: Most memorable performance?
ts: Probably when we opened for the Riverboat Gamblers (Austin, TX). But mainly because they gave us a couple shout outs, let us pick the encore song and pulled Mark on stage to sing with them.
FM: Does anyone have any “professional” training?
ts: Just private lessons growing up.
FM: Does anyone have a Tattoo?
ts: Yes, all of us.
FM:Have you ever wanted to do a stage dive? Had the opportunity?
ts: No, but when we do we will do it for you guys. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us.
FM: What is next?
ts: We are playing KOI Music Festival on September 14th, 2013 in Kitchener, Ontario.
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Who does what?
Ryan Frizzell ( vocals. guitar)
Matt Rose ( drums )
Rikki Jones ( Lead guitar )
Robert Wilson ( bass )
How did the band come together?/How did you get your start?
The Buddy System formed in 2010, a joint effort of two life-long friends, guitarist Ryan Frizzell and drummer Matt Rose, who were soon joined by guitarist Rikki Jones and bassist Robert Wilson. Veterans of the Musictree Festival and the Southern Fried Festival, The Buddy System brings a solid grunge rock sound.
Where does the music come from?
Boredom, relationships, beer, drugs, just living life , and striving to be better.
Who is your favorite artist/group other than yourself?
Ryan ” At the moment, I’m really into Motorhead, & Jimbo Mathus “.
Matt ” Slipknot, Primus, Foo Fighters, and Nirvana. “
Rikki ” Devin Townsend “
Robert ” Killswitch Engage “
Do you have any band traditions?
We just like to get in there, and do the damn thing.
We’re currently writing new material , and recording tracks for our next album at a place called the Garage Mahal on the outskirts of Shelbyville, Tn. with a local musical legend Bill Brown ( the System ) Bill has an awesome setup, and everything you could ever imagine.
From Nashville Tennessee I bring to you a story of a guy. A guy with a dream. You may be asking yourself what that dream is, but for those who read Furies regularly you already know by now. He has a dream of making music. I took a listen to Red Measure and I must admit, I liked it. I caught up with the creator and front man of Red Measure (Randall) and threw some tricky questions his way. Take a look and have a listen:
Furies Magazine: Who does what?
Red Measure: Well the un-short answer is that this project started with me in my apartment writing songs until I figured out what exactly I wanted to do, which ended up being Red Measure. In the case of this project it’s always been my personal creative pursuit, and the process in that pursuit is a solitary one. However, there’s always been a live band in some form (the original lineup was together for a couple of years). Other people have also been involved in various degrees when it came to recording. There are definitely a couple key people I’ve worked with and continue to work with who play a really important role in the process. I’ve been lucky enough to work with really incredible people.
The current live band has Nathan on the bass and Sofia on drums, and I play guitar and sing.
FM: How did the current live band come together?
RM: The old fashioned way – Craigslist. That’s how it’s always been done right? Wait. That’s wrong, but also right. I’d just moved to Nashville a few months back looking to put together a new line-up for shows. I went through a heaping portion of some very interesting characters, as well as some very cool musicians, who just didn’t work out due to bad timing or schedule conflicts. But I ended up meeting Sofia and then Nathan came along just a few days before our first show in Nashville. We’ve been playing shows together since.
FM: Where does the music come from?
RM: I’m not completely sure. I’ve always loved rock music of the darker variety. That’s what I’ve always been drawn to – whether it’s a pop oriented song or flat out weirdness.
When it comes to writing lyrics I usually have to sit down and figure out what the hell it means after I write it. It always makes sense in a vaguely familiar way when it’s going down on paper, but it’s not always clear what the full meaning is behind them until I sit with them for a bit. I usually know that the words are keepers when they start to just fall out onto the page, but part of it for me is figuring out what exactly I’m talking about. So it comes from somewhere. But these definitely aren’t a bunch of love songs. Nothing against it, but I don’t have the urge to write about that. And I also don’t have the urge to pine for my youth as a lot of bands like to do these days. That doesn’t interest me. I’m more interested in dealing with other issues we encounter in life.
FM: Favorite artist/group?
RM: There’s a bunch of really cool shit out there. In terms of music, it’s always hard to say because there are so many bands who have had an impact on me. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of PJ Harvey’s Peel Sessions and a good bit of this band called Enon.
FM: What’s next?
RM: I just recorded a couple new songs. One with the full band and one on my own. That’ll probably be released in some form in the near future. Otherwise, I’ll be recording a bunch of new material this summer which I’m hoping to release as a full-length.
FM: Death by Whale, or Zombie?
RM: Definitely a whale. Zombies are getting to be too boring to be a threat. We already have The Walking Dead, and I think there are still to be anywhere from 4 to 13 zombie movies (one even has Brad Pitt in it – what the fuck!) coming out this year. I’m just not worried about the undead at this point. And while we’re on the subject, Shawn of the Dead is arguably still the best zombie movie ever made. So there is that. Also, whales are huge. I’d at least like to go out against a formidable opponent.
FM: Any Band traditions?
RM: Not yet, but I’m looking into it.
FM: Do you have any tattoos?
RM: I have a couple. I like tattoos that serve as a personal reminder of things other than my address or ICE contact. So mine serve that purpose for me in the life philosophy department. I can always use the help I guess.
If you like what you heard check out more from Red Measure on the web.
“Now Hear This!” is a great statement I like to make. I find it especially useful when I come across musicians that you normally wouldn’t come across. Just recently I had a group come across my desk that made me stop. From the band name to the song titles I was curious, so naturally I cranked up the volume. Today we feature the musical talents of Charlie and James, The Prophet Nathan.
This interview took a quick dip into memorable due to the quick wit and smart-ass nature of all parties involved. I had some questions, some may be simple and others the hard-hitting questions that belong on CNN, but these guys never let me get them down. Quoting James, “As you know by listening to our music, our message isn’t a typical one. It is for this reason that we are going to take the Zappa approach to our Q&A if that is alright.”
Well it is beyond alright. Here is what I found out.
Furies Magazine: Who does what?
The Prophet Nathan: Charlie manipulates the tension of tightened calf skin in order to produce patterns of noise that alternate between rhythm and chaos. James alters the length of oscillating wound steel for the purpose of amplifying the vibration using a vacuum tube amplification source. He also uses his diaphragm to force air through his larynx, while manipulating pitch and volume as he simultaneously recites slightly sarcastic commentary about everyday idiosyncrasies.
FM: What happened in the beginning?
TPN: The two of us initially intersected by way of the underground music mogul and founder of genre defining acts such as party trash, police academy 6, and clearing, Joe V. (Joe V’s last name is omitted to protect his true identity). We then began playing on a much more consistent basis, eventually leading to the formal creation of The Prophet Nathan. We started out as a completely instrumental and mostly improvised musical act, but have since refocused our energy to create a slightly different live music experience.
FM: Where does the music come from?
TPN: It could be said that the music comes from an idea, caused by a short lifetime made of experiences combined with influences of varying physical and emotional importance.
This inspiration, could possibly cause a chemical reaction in the brain leading to the body’s subsequent physical manifestation of the impulse, by way of force applied to devices created for the production of sound that, may or may not be described as aurally pleasing. This depends largely on the ability of the listening party to relate to the message that is being conveyed in the literal or abstract meaning and/or presentation of the music. In this sense, The Prophet Nathan has been less of a “band” and more of an exploration into the appropriation of occult imagery in privileged urban subcultures.
FM: Any Favorite artist(s)/group(s)?
TPN: It is simply impossible for us to choose a favorite artist or group. Instead we will provide a list of musical influences in reverse alphabetical order.
- Xiu Xiu
- Wu Tang Clan
- Wolves in the Throne Room
*due to the extreme length of this response I will be cutting the bulk of it out. My attention span isn’t what it used to be.
- Aesop Rock
- Above and Beyond
- A Tribe Called Quest
FM: What’s next?
TPN: We are currently in the process of completing our next EP, Secret Teachings, and are planning on releasing that, as well as a split with our favorite Nashville band, Gnarwhal, in 2013. If you haven’t heard of Gnarwhal, do yourself a favor and get your brain annihilated by some of the most interesting and innovative rock music that is being created in Nashville and arguably the world. We are also currently planning a tour this spring/summer in support of the release of these two records.
FM: Any band traditions?
TPN: The Cookie Communion, though rare in its full pomp and circumstance, has become one of our most cherished and beloved traditions. The Cookie Communion brings together the finest baked goods from our local friendly neighborhood Kroger and all of our dear friends. We each consume equal part cookie and music in an unforgettable and sacred ceremony. This ceremony is usually immediately followed by a performance of West Side Story, in which Charlie plays every character except The Sharks, which are played by James, and is set to The Prophet Nathan’s music instead of Soundheim and Bernstein’s. Everyday can be a Cookie Communion as long as you share a cookie with your friends. Please pick up delicious cookies and other baked delights at your local Kroger grocery store. Kroger, its only real competition is Publix anyway.
FM: Most memorable performance?
TPN: THE performance that sticks out in our memory of performances past is, without a doubt, the performance of a simultaneous set with the legendary aforementioned Nashville duo, Gnarwhal.
This particular set was unlike any other in the history of The Prophet Nathan, for not only were we going to perform two cover songs, but we were also going to be playing all of this music with our favorite band, in the same room, at the same time. In fact, when the authorities heard about what was taking place they realized the sheer amount of shred that was going to occur would jeopardize the safety of everyone within a 1.5 mile radius. However, when the police arrived and witnessed the magnificence of the double set they were said to drop to their knees and say things like “this is bringing the world closer together” and “this must be the sounds of the Angles of Murfreesboro” (the myth of the angels of Murfreesboro has since been dismissed and explained as a gas leak that was causing residents of the east side of the city to hallucinate for a period of time spanning from the summer of 2000 until the Winter of 2012). Also, this show really didn’t get shut down before we got to play and we are being super serious. The show actually went on and the cops came inside and we all took part in the cookie communion.
FM: Have you ever smashed or destroyed an instrument on stage? Ever want to?
TPN: Neither of us have ever intentionally destroyed an instrument on stage and do not advocate the public destruction of a musical instrument. It is hard for us to contemplate the destruction of such a personal token for two reasons.
1. Instruments grant us the ability to manifest intangible thoughts into a physical reality, so should therefore be respected and protected by all means,
2. We don’t have enough money to buy another one if we break the one we have.
The destruction of an instrument isn’t a radical act. The creation of an instrument is a radical act.
FM: Who has a tattoo…
TPN: We are both heavily tattooed, however, the majority of our tattoos are covered by our clothing.
BUT because we believe in the entrepreneurial spirit, you can purchase a viewing of our tattoos at one of our shows for the reasonable price of 5$.
I will say The Prophet Nathan is different, but where would your refined musical palate be without different.
Remember the wisdom from The Prophet Nathan, “The destruction of an instrument isn’t a radical act. The creation of an instrument is a radical act.”
On this day you will have your mind expanded, and possibly blown. I will give you a moment to get your plastic taped up to save your walls. Done? I will continue then. I would like to introduce to you Echoes In Silence. Together musicians Rob Mead (Vocals), Anthony Hitt (Guitar), Anthony Mattox (Guitar), Andrew “Rew” Stanton (Bass), and Brandon McGowan (Drums) form this alternative rock band. They bring a driving and edgy beat and combine it with melodic guitar riffs. To top it all off you have Rob’s vocals with lyrics that will make you live the music. As usual I had to find out more. Take a listen to some of what they have to offer, and check out what they had to tell me.
Furies Magazine: How did Echoes In Silence come together?
Echoes In Silence: The thought came up about a year ago. Anthony Mattox, Rob Mead and Andrew Stanton started the band along with friends Justin Mattix (Drums) and Eddie Mann (Guitar). The first single “Autumn” was released on October 13th, 2011 and the band started moving from there. Soon after, members Justin and Eddie had to step down from the band due to personal reasons. Drummer, Brandon McGowan and guitarist, Anthony Hitt joined the band soon after and the basis was formed. The band practiced a full set of hard-hitting tracks and recorded a four song EP titled Breaking The Silence that released on January 7th, 2012.
FM: What is the most memorable performance of ENS?
ENS: There are so many it’s hard to pick one. Probably the most memorable show for us was when we played the last band standing at Rivers and Spires festival in Clarksville, TN. We were one of eight selected to play out of 40 or so bands. Even though we didn’t win, the reaction of the crowd when we started playing was unlike any show we had played since our EP release show.
FM: Where does your music come from?
ENS: At the moment, all of the members live pretty far apart which makes constant group practice a little hard. We do a lot of writing on our own in between practices. We’ll email and text ideas to each other and build on them at practice. It’s a different way of doing it, but nearly every song we’ve written so far was created this way.
FM: Who are the musical influences for ENS?
ENS: We all have our own influences and favorite artists. As a whole, we’re more focused towards bands like Chevelle, 10 Years, and Red. Those are the bands we relate to the most but with our own sound.
FM: What is the next step for ENS?
ENS: We just got back from our break. We took a few months away from music for personal reasons and other priorities. We now have all our album material ready. The next step is to go back into the studio to produce our full length and hopefully tour some. We are taking things a little slower this go around and definitely being smarter in what decisions we make.
I love to hear that sound and feel that energy. Stick around for some more ENS. In the mean time listen to more of ENS on either ReverbNation or by clicking around their YouTube channel. You can receive updates from ENS by liking them on Facebook.
Here at Furies Mag we like to bring you the fresh talent. Today we bring to you a group straight from Music City … Nashville for those behind in the times.
Auto Defiance is formed by the talents of Bradley Boyer (Songwriter, Vocals & Guitars), Asheria (Vocals, Piano & Synth), Matt Simms (Guitar), and Jonathan Bradford (Drums).
Auto Defiance combines everything we love about the 90’s with their own extraordinary flare. At first the guitars and drums hook you and then Boyer’s voice and lyrics reel you in. Have a listen, I insist:
Furies Magazine: How did Auto Defiance come together?
Bradley Boyer: After a stint as an airborne paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, I was fortunate enough to meet musicians and songwriters from all over the states. Jam sessions formed, then songs, then a band, and countless shows. We were the only band in the area at the time playing alternative music. The drummer, (my best friend) moved our operation to Louisville, and continued writing, recording. Typically 6- 7 hours a day. His early idea for the band was under the moniker “Auto de fe“,such a name didn’t really flow, nor was it understood either. So I took the idea, paired with my rebel spirit and the name “Auto Defiance” was born. After a year of serious writing, recording and playing open mics in Louisville, friends begged us to move to Nashville for free pro recording, support, etc. So we did.
In music city, I was fortunate enough to play & write with musicians and songwriters from all over the states. Jam sessions formed, then songs, then a band, and countless shows. With the abundance of remarkable talent Nashville has to offer, musicians who we felt are the best fit for our trademark sound were given the opportunity to play live, and if they cut it, they go on tour with us. The addition of experimental vintage film scores projected live on stage brought us in close collaboration with many freelance filmmakers in the area. Currently, we are more of an “art-rock collective” with various film / music projects going on at any given time.
FM: Who is your number 1, favorite artist/group?
BB: oh! so unfair. Living ? – The Cure. They never get old, and sound like no one else. No longer living? Jeff Buckley. What an amazing voice, spirit…
FM: Where does your music/lyrics come from?
BB: A good song always begins on acoustic guitar, with vocal melodies flowing freely first. The band jumps in and builds musical ideas, and we play the songs live,. from there, the final lyrics are penned, and becomes a livin’, breathin’ song.
FM: Most memorable performance?
BB: That’s got to be the 5 dates in 5 days for SXSW this year. Intense ! That’s a close tie with our Art-Rock Benefit show at Exit In. I organized a charity show for Kids with special needs. Art Show with 10 artists showing, 5 bands. We packed it out and raised over $600 for children at Vanderbilt Tiny Tim project, and Project Help at MTSU. It went so well, we are hosting Art Rock benefits now a few shows a year, and taking it on the road. We Rock for a Cause !
My goal for the day was to add some flavor to your playlist. Mission Accomplished.