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Arcadia Landing

July 26, 2007 by  
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almainNathan – Vocals/Strings
Seth – Vocals/Strings
Jay – Bass
Chris – Drums

An interview with Nathan Powers
By:  Gregory Morris

To the people who haven’t heard any of your music, how would you describe it, and can you compare it to any other bands?

Our music is more rock than anything else. It does cover other elements such as alternative, pop, metal, and punk. We have been compared in write ups to such bands as The Police, Pink Floyd, and Sparta.

When and how did you decide to come together as a band? In retrospect, is there anything you would have done differently?

It all started in 1999, freshman year of high school. We were all in the same grade, and I (Nate) played in a band on drums while Chris and Seth were in a band together. Jay had just moved into town the year before. I quit my band and picked up the guitar and started writing songs immediately. I really don’t recall how it fully happened but I remember jamming a lot with Seth and our friend Andy. For some reason we ended with the line up we still have today:  Jay on bass, Seth singing and playing guitar, Chris on the drums and I sing and play the guitar. I wouldn’t have changed a thing except I would have made jay sing.

Was there a special influence that made any of you want to play a certain instrument?

For me I was inspired to play the guitar because of green day and Jimi Hendrix. This was in 1998. After that good riddance song came out, I wanted to play guitar. Took me about a month and then I was strumming chords on an acoustic and singing. Before then I had been playing drums for a few years and of course I was a band kid and played trumpet too.

Have you found an easy and straightforward way of reaching new listeners?

Be outgoing at shows and in the city. Wherever there is music being played we try to relate to the listeners and connect with them. Now, the internet is a helpful tool however everyone is on the internet trying to exploit themselves so that makes that difficult to stand out from the heard. All I can say is become creative!

You released a CD a few months ago. What are your favorite tracks and can you describe the meaning of them?

Ninety-Seven, Slowly Turnaround, Pangaea and Bottom of the Ocean are my favorite songs. I like the CD as a whole. Ninety seven is about being at college remembering all the past good times with my buddies and how as we get older things change in our lives. Slowly Turnaround Seth came up with the idea and it was about a girl who was severely beaten by an adult which happened in his neighborhood. It’s all in the perspective of the culprit. Pangaea is about how our society needs to come together in order to get by these times in which our country is at ends with other countries rather than resorting to war. It is a song of hope. Bottom of the Ocean is about a soldier going over to fight for ones country and trying to make it out alive. We had a lot of friends who went off and fought in the war at Iraq and this was inspired by them.

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Are all of you happy with the outcome of your new CD?

Yes and no. Yes because I enjoy it, especially the secret song. No because musicians are never fully satisfied with their work.

Was the making of this CD fun and exciting, or was it a process that you just wanted to get over and done with?

The album was a blast to record. I absolutely loved dubbing the solos and singing. It’s really amazing making an album because a lot of the stuff that happens on tape is off the cuff and if it was a good take, hopefully the record button was on. On the other hand when it came time to mix the album that was a whole different story compared to recording it. We had to listen to 20 seconds of a part of a song for about a few hours and decide what things we like better than others, a very lengthy process, but rewarding in the end.

“Slik Willy” was the name of your band before “Arcadia Landing”. Why the name change, and does this new name have a particular significance to you?

The name changed because the name Slik Willy wasn’t helping us expand our name nationally. It’s actually the name of a jelly dildo, Google Slik Willy. The new name Jay thought of.  Arcadia because it’s close to us, (I like it because it means a place of peace) and landing because of Roswell alien landing in the 40s. Word has it extra terrestrials landed in Arcadia in Rhode Island!

What is the most memorable moment that you have of being on stage together? What makes this memory stand out in your mind more so than others?

One of the most memorable moments was being on stage at a show, I believe it was a high school because we used to play a lot of shows at schools, and seeing about ten to fifteen people singing the lyrics right back at me as if we were all a gang. That was a memorable moment. I was younger at the time and I had never seen any response from fans before and it was quite the moment. When I see people singing along it really gets me excited for the show.
Can you describe a time when everything seemed to be going wrong on-stage, and you just wanted to be done for the night?

For me, maybe some chords breaking during a set, but I always found a way to keep playing. Things do go wrong a lot on stage, but that’s when you have to be witty and ‘roll with the punches’. Only other musicians can really tell when things go wrong. Actually there was this one time when jay was rocking out at a gig and had a short chord plugged from his amp into his bass. He went out a little too far and his whole bass head, mind you it weighs at least 70 pounds, crashed on the floor. We all didn’t know what happened, I look over and Jay had this horrible look on his face. We then tossed the amp back on his cab and it worked, so we finished the set!

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If you could travel back in time to meet any band, who would it be and why?

The Beatles, or The Who and ask them how their lives had been affected by being in a band.

What is one major goal you want to accomplish, as a group, within the next 3-5 years?

Get a record deal that is feasible that funds us for what we love to do; rock out, play and write music!

Where are some of the venues that you are playing this summer?

Lupos, Providence Piers, The Living Room, and Basements.

What is the website that anyone can reach you at?

www.arcadialanding.com or www.myspace.com/arcadialanding

Are there any last words you can leave us with?

Check out Arcadialanding.com and check out our new CD, “Bottom of the Ocean” available on iTunes and at Newbury comics!

Vains of Jenna

July 3, 2007 by  
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vojmainOne listen to Vains of Jenna and you may be transported back to a time when The Sunset Strip ruled the music scene – Gazarris, The Rainbow, Whisky-A-Go-Go all running full force and a whole sleazy subculture living within it.  Their style identifies with a time when music not only had a sound but had an image and an attitude that defined it. Vains of Jenna have been compared to the likes of Guns n Roses, Aerosmith and Hanoi Rocks. What might come as a surprise to you is that no one in Vains of Jenna has even hit thirty years old yet, so where the hell did they come from?

This quartet, straight from Sweden, is ready to rock your faces off – even if you don’t like it.  After all says lead singer Lizzy DeVine, “that’s why I have middle fingers”.  The band (Lizzy DeVine on vocals and guitar, JP White on bass, Nicki Kin on lead guitar and Jacki Stone on drums) landed in the US a few years ago for what they thought would be one dream gig at Cruefest and then a return trip home but a few strokes of good luck got them noticed by both Stevie Rachelle and Bam Margera.  Shortly after, Margera opened his own record label just to sign them.  Now that’s some sort of first impression!

With their debut album Lit Up/Let Down under their belts they’ve been road warriors touring all over the United States tearing up any stage that will have them, forcing people to notice them and eating up every minute of it.  They must have done something right because they just landed the gig of their lifetime opening for Ratt and Poison on the big stage all summer long.  This band is a great reminder that rock n’ roll is here to stay.

The band sat down with us after their recent show in Mansfield, MA to give us the lowdown on how all this happened and what they want you to know about them…

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | July 2007
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Kyle Patrick of The Click Five

July 3, 2007 by  
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click1A new single – CHECK. A new album – CHECK. A new singer – CHECK! What’s not new about The Click Five these days? With a renewed passion for their craft and a hunger to hit the stage, the band (Kyle Patrick on vocals and rhythm guitar, Joe Guese on lead guitar and vocals, Ethan Mentzer on bass and vocals, Ben Romans on keyboards and vocals and Joey Zehr on drums and vocals) has been tearing up the East Coast previewing their new digs to eager fans everywhere. Their new album, Modern Minds and Pastimes, was just released on June 26th but fans were offered a little teaser with the first single Jenny to whet their appetite. The verdict? Pop princesses everywhere are dancing around their living rooms in sheer glee.  The band has been out on a Fan Appreciation tour for a few weeks giving their legion of followers a taste of what’s to come, playing their new songs and hosting listening parties.

Many feared it would be the end for The Click Five after the departure of lead singer Eric Dill last year. But fear not, when the band needed a new singer, they knew exactly where to go, the place where all the magic started to begin with – The Berklee College of Music. They quickly found Kyle Patrick who they reeled in and called their own and the rest is just another page of Click history.  While the band may sound a little different, their songwriting and musicianship has never waivered, it’s only been strengthened with their new addition.

Newest member Kyle Patrick recently took time out of the band’s busy schedule to talk to TWRY’s very own Click-ologist Ellen about joining an established band, the new experiences involved, and all things Click….
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Naked Beggars

July 3, 2007 by  
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Interviewed by: Amanda Sixx

What is it you love about music?

Lisa:Letting my emotions out
Kris:I think rock and roll can save the world and the chicks are great.
Eric: You can turn it off whenever the fuck you want to.

Describe your music…

Eric: I dunno, Depends on if it’s a good night or bad night?

A good night..

Eric: oh it’s cool.
Kris: bluesy rock n roll, you know old school.
Lisa: Catchy rock n roll that has a lot of meaning to everybody in the band, because we all write, basically from the heart.

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be a musician?

Lisa: After i sat down behind my dad’s drum set, after his band rehearsal one day I sat down there and started screwing around and thought that’s what I want to do.
Kris:It’s probably when I saw The Song Remains The Same for the first time.
Lisa: oh really!
Eric:That was too long ago. I can’t remember when I didn’t want to be a musician.

Who were your influences starting out?

Lisa: Tommy Lee, Tommy Aldrich, Keith Smith, that’s all I remember.
Kris: I would say: Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley.
Lisa: Oh fuck I forgot Bonham.
Kris: Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley , a lot of Beatles.
Eric :Dung beetles, June beetles, Japanese beetles.

Is there anybody you are inspired by or listen to now?

Eric: Neil Diamond.
Kris: Clay Aiken, Ruben Studard, who’s the American Idol?
Eric: American Karaoke.
Kris: We all like the new bands, Breaking Benjamin, and bands like that. Nickelback, Hinder, Evanescence, all that kind of stuff, it’s cool, you know the modern stuff – Buckcherry, Saliva …
Eric: Buckcherrysaliva.
Lis: I even listen to Maroon 5 believe it or not!

What’s the best moment you have had together as a band?

Lisa: The night that we farted together.
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Kris: We were a six piece a one time, to know we could pull of a four piece.
Eric: We got rid of Jeff and we didn’t really need him and we were like wow!

What happened?

Eric: Difference of opinion, he has his, we have ours.
Kris: And now a month later we are getting better gas mileage.
Eric: And the club owners have a smaller alcohol tab, it’s a win win situation, except for tonight, for some reason, I thinks it’s you guys, but anyhow.

What was the worst moment as a band?

Kris: Rock bottom I think was before Lisa was in the band, when we played in Albany, on the anniversary of 9/11 and we played to like three people and a couple of cockroaches.
Eric: The three people were three people from the opening band that were still there, so that was pretty bad.
Kris: When we were playing we weren’t sure if the bar was open.
Eric: we don’t play in that area now.
Kris: Especially on the anniversary of 9/11, that’s kind of a bad idea.
Eric: Yeah that kinda sucked.
Kris: Kind of like the Village People playing a biker bar.

If you could pick any musician living or dead to resurrect who would it be and why?

Lisa:Bonham, or Jesus.
Kris: first one that pops in mind would be John Lennon, I’d like to collaborate with him.
Eric: He died so long ago he’d look really bad, But he would still look better than Yoko Ono.

What is the biggest challenge working with your spouse?

Eric: Diplomacy.

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What is it like to be a woman in rock? Have you been you been treated differently? If so how did you handle it?

Lisa: I hate this question. Everyone obviously thinks when they first see you, Oh, it’s a chick. This one time I was setting up my drums and this guy that actually was the promoter of the club didn’t realize and he was watching me set up. And thought I was a girlfriend, or a wife of the drummer and was like oh that’s so nice, oh look his girlfriend is setting up for him, and he heard me play said do you mind if I write that in my article and I was like I don’t give a shit whatever you say whatever you think write. Basically he said at first he just thought it’s a hot chick setting up and she’s going out with the drummer and then I heard her play and It just floored me. Of course you’re going to get that, because you’re a chick and they don’t think you are going to do as well as a guy, which is stupid because tits and a cock don’t make you play different, that’s the way I look at it, unless you have tits and a cock, they don’t make your playing any different.
Kris: Both if you have tits and a cock.
Lisa: You can have a third hand to hit your snare with your dick, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t bother me,I don’t really give a shit, I just do what I want to do anyway and play the way I want to play, it’s not to impress or do anything for anybody but myself.

Eric what’s the biggest difference coming from Cinderella to playing with the Naked Beggars?

Eric: I think it’s just we’re structured differently. Cinderella from it’s inception kind of evolved into a certain thing and it was not, god, it’s hard to say this, I’ll probably burn in hell for this, but it didn’t evolve into very much of a democracy. It kind of evolved into this is how it’s going to be. With this band we’ve been weeding that kind of crap out, were actually involved in something where everyone is equal and contributing and we are just having fun doing it. So Cinderella I think our goal was to get to a certain level and we did and once we got there, everybody had their fingers in the pie and guiding the way things go and with this band it kind of sucks that we haven’t gotten their yet but I think our journey to getting there is a much better path.

What’s next for you guys?

Eric: More driving many miles for no money.
Kris: Well were working on our third record.
Eric: It should have been done months ago, we started it last week, playing a lot of gigs and not making money.

Any parting words for your fans?

Lisa: Buy our next cd XXX!

Kris: Check out nakedbeggars.net, Myspace.com/nakedbeggars.