Now Hear This: Red Measure

RandallRedMeasurePortFrom 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:

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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.

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If you like what you heard check out more from Red Measure on the web.

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Now Hear This: WARE

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Now here is a musical artist that is on a level that all of us “Guitar Hero” or “Rock Band” players wish we could be. Today I present to you WARE. A perfect blend of everything anyone can like. Mix Rock with some Pop and Hip-Hop, shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel (Sorry for the Gratuitous Bond reference). WARE gives you music that just feels natural and keeps you salivating for more. When your ears set their sights (it makes sense!) on the tunes and lyrics that WARE produces you may be fooled into thinking it is another group, but that is what happens when you create catchy music that people love. I had a nice sit-down via the internet with Michael Ware to find out more about WARE.

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Furies Magazine: How did WARE get started?

MW: I was always a musician. It’s the only thing I remember always doing. I was always around music as a child, and it just stuck to me. I listened to everything growing up, and I mean EVERYTHING. I became a student of music at a very early age. Soaking up as much as I could as fast as I could. I wanted to be in band and sing as soon as my school would allow it. I joined, and I never looked back. Music was even my focus in college too. I found myself often wanting to hear certain styles at the same time though, but could never find an artist or band to scratch that itch. So I decided to try my hand at making that kind of music myself. I never thought about becoming an artist. I just wanted to hear a certain thing. It wasn’t for the “masses” it was just something for me to enjoy myself. Well then someone else heard what I was doing and said “Man, you really gotta do something with this stuff.” Then another person said it. Then another. After a while, I ran out of excuses for not pursuing being an artist. Then I performed for the first time, and it was like home. I’ve never left the stage since.

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FM: What was your first instrument, besides your voice?

MW: My first formal instrument was actually (!@%*^#), and if you print that, I will come and find you.

FM: Who is your number 1, favorite artist/group?

MW: Green Day No question. If it weren’t for the song/video “Basket Case”, I would have never picked up a guitar. The first CD I’ve ever owned was “Dookie”.

FM: What musical style do you tend to lean to?

MW: Rock. Without question. The louder the better. I’m all about guitars on 11, and broken cymbals that sound better than new ones. Garage re-verb on top of slightly distorted bass. Songs that make sense only to me, but people singing them at shows better than I do. Somehow we all understand what we all are trying to say. Other genres have that too I guess, but to me, a good rock show crushes everything. 

FM: Where does your music come from?

MW: Well, the “right” answer here is; “My music comes from my life experiences”. That’s true, but in my case it’s the other side of the experiences. You can throw a rock into a music store and hit 14 “went to the club, met a girl, fell in love, took her home,” and the eventual “break-up” songs. What you won’t hit with that rock is a song that tells you about what happened in-between all of that. Every one has cheated. Everyone LOVES to write about how they’ve been cheated on. What about that third person in the situation who isn’t doing either one? What does he/she have to say about what’s going on? Another good example is everyone loves to bash the person that hurt them in a song, but they leave out the part where they were warned in advance and every step of the way by that same person not to get involved. Ware Music comes from those places in life that everyone has been to, but talking about them from different perspectives.

FM: Is there a specific motivation that drives you?

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MW: Making a living for my children mostly, but the other thing is being a part of music history. I don’t want to just be “rich & famous”. If I’m doing what I’m supposed to do, money and notoriety will come. I want to be someone mentioned when people talk about the history of modern rock. Like Hendrix, Cobain, Billie Joe Armstrong, Bono, Steven Tyler. I want to be one of those artists whose legacy lives on long after I’m dead and gone. 

FM: Most memorable performance?

MW: My most memorable performance almost wasn’t a performance at all. One night some friends and I were downtown on Broadway in Nashville hanging out. We hop from bar to bar, making “the rounds”, because that what we do. We sometimes sit-in for the house band, and play a few songs. Give whatever band is playing there a nice break, and then on to the next bar. Took us a while to be able to do that because a black guy walking into a places known for country doesn’t exactly get the benefit of the doubt about being able to play. Well one night we go to “The Stage”, a popular venue in Nashville, and it’s packed front to back. The band playing that night was from out of town promoting their record, and playing the usual cover songs along with their originals. Well we walk in, and as usual we get the “what are these guys doing here?” look. We asked the band if we could play a few songs, and they of course say “No.” Well a young lady from the crowd recognized us from another bar and yelled in-between their songs “Let them play”. Then a bartender yelled “Yea man, those guys are good!” So they reluctantly let us on stage. We get on stage, and you could hear a pin drop. I start the guitar intro for “Sex On Fire” by Kings of Leon, and the crowd LOST. THEIR. MINDS! They we jumping, dancing, singing, throwing money at us. Maybe 200 or more men, women, young, old, different races, drunk, sober, but ALL together as one for those 15-20 minutes we were on stage. We stop playing, and all the women in the front are reaching out their hands for me. They just want me to touch them. It was crazy. Everyone wanted to buy us drinks afterwards, talk to us. I mean for one night I was a full-blown celebrity. I felt bad because some people actually booed the other band when they came back up to play. Nothing was ever the same after that night.

FM: Of all your music, which song is always with you?

MW: Wow, I’ve never thought about that. And what does “ear-worm” mean? hahaha! Always with me?…hmm….Man, that “Always” is such a strong word. lol. I’d have to say “Till It Hurts No More”. A song of revenge. Darkness. It’s born of that point in anger right before you go crazy. A place I don’t often find myself, but when I do get there, look out. Now that think about it, it sucks that THAT is the song that’s “Always” with me. That song does exactly what it’s supposed to do to anyone that hears it. I’ll post it on my SoundCloud as a free download just for this article, because it would be a little hard to find.

FM: What’s next?

MW: My next project called “No Landing Gear” is being released party-style in October by WareWorks Entertainment. Other than that, I’m just trying to stay busy and promote, perform, and party.

FM: How does the “Magic” happen?

MW: I write, arrange, and produce most of the songs myself. I put things together, and then call on my musician friends to help me translate my thoughts to stage. I play guitar and front the band , but everyone that has played with me brought something new to the table that wasn’t there before, and it just makes the next WARE show that much more unpredictable. I have a Super-Team from WareWorks Entertainment that do an amazing job at doing all the things that a scatter-brained artist like me forgets to do.

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So there you have it. Some new tracks to add into your musical listening device of choice. Keep up with WARE on facebook or go straight to Ware Music to find more on this magnificent artist.

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