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Ben Clark of The Lashes

July 25, 2006 by  
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lashesband“Best.Interview.Ever”

Seattle bred band The Lashes formed in 2000 and had been tearing up the West Coast hoping someone would notice when Lookout! Records signed them and released The Stupid Stupid EP.  Soon after, Columbia flew them into NYC for a showcase and signed them.  In February The Lashes released their first full length album GET IT.  The Seattle based sextuplet and self proclaimed best friends (Ben Clark on lead vocals, guitarists Scotty Rickard and Eric Howk, bassist Nate Mooter, drummer Mike Loggins, and keyboard player Jacob Hoffman) have been touring ever since with the likes of OK Go, Damone, and most recently Morningwood.  Rediscovering the lost element of FUN in music, The Lashes seem to bring something new to the stage every night in an ongoing attempt to please the masses, something that remains of the utmost important to the band.  It is this attitude that is helping to build their rabid fanbase.  Whether playing to 1 fan or 10,000, they put it all out there without any pretense.

On the first night of their Morningwood tour, we met up with their alluring lead singer, Ben Clark.  We walked through the quaint town of Northampton, MA with Ben looking for a place to talk.  Along the way Ben managed to befriend two small children, offend a bar full of elitists, and ask a couple if they had seen Sarah Jessica Parker around. (It’s okay Ben, you’re not the first person to confuse Northhampton, MA with THE Hamptons, NY).  Within seconds there was a welcoming aura about Ben and it was easy to see why fans latch on to this band with such unrelenting force, they’re contagious.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette, Julie Zidel & Laura DiBetta | July 2006
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Constantine Maroulis

July 1, 2006 by  
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conmainMost people were first introduced to Constantine Maroulis on the love it or hate it show “American Idol”, but the show was just one step on the career ladder for this Brooklyn native.  He was born into a creative world of acting and music growing up around Summer Stock theater and singing in rock bands all through high school.  He moved on to the Boston Conservatory of Music and completed a minor in Vocal Performance at the Berklee College of Music…playing lead roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jesus Christ Superstar, and RENT, all while fronting his own rock band…there is seemingly not an uncreative bone in his body.

Trying to distance himself from the aura of American Idol aftermath, Constantine has taken the road less traveled post AI and has not rushed into anything, instead working on an album that he is proud of and one that he can be excited to bring to his fans.  He recently embarked on a a mini tour and will wrap it all up with two shows at L.A.s Viper Room in mid September.  During this brief tour, he took time to sit down with TWRY staffer Stacie to discuss his life after AI, his relationship with his fans, and his future in both music and acting…

Interviewed by: Stacie Caddick-Dowty | July 2006
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