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Spotlight Band: Your Best Friend

June 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Spotlight Bands

Now YOU have a friend in the music business!  This progressive rock quartet hails from Saginaw, MI.  Their music will make your ears happy, their hijinks will make you laugh, and should you ever have the misfortune of being stuck in a tree, they’ll be there to rescue you!  Meet YOUR BEST FRIEND.

 
Your Best Friend is:
John Bonham
Dale Brown
Nick Edler
Steve Colyer

Interviewed by:  Debie “Jinx” Patton
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Robert Schwartzman of Rooney

June 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Interviews, Pop, Rock

How do you measure the true character of a band?  Is it the success they have with the backing of a major label or their ability to bounce back once they’ve taken full creative control back into their own hands?  Either way, Rooney (Robert Schwartzman on vocals and guitar, Louie Stephens on keys, Taylor Locke on guitar and Ned Brower on drums), know that staying true to their music and their core fanbase is their highest priority.

On June 8th the band returns with their third full length album “Eureka”.  After their up and down experiences with previous major label releases the band decided to go the indie route with this one and shoulder the full responsibility.  The album is 100 percent Rooney from start to finish – written, produced and released on their own label California Dreamin’ Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). 

Since their major label debut in 2003 the band has felt a bit stifled by the suits and this album gave them the opportunity to do things their own way.  Mixing their old soul with new tricks the result is an album that has all of the Rooney charm that we’ve come to expect.  Sharing the writing duties this time allowed for the songs to cover a broader range of sounds and styles.   Their influences are widespread but they’ve pulled together a cohesive collection of songs that deliver on all marks –  clever wordplay through honest storytelling, well-crafted catchy choruses, and the throwback addictive beats.

We recently caught up with Robert Schwartzman to talk about the new album, the long road getting here, the departure of bassist Matt  Winter and of course we had to throw in a little West Coast/East Coast sports rivalry courtesy of the NBA Finals.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette
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The Second Advance

September 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Spotlight Bands

thesecondadvance1The Second Advance


Meet The Band:
Brett – Guitar/Vocals

Dan – Bass
Chad – Drums

Location:  Danbury, CT


Let’s start with the basics, you’re based out of CT, how and when did you guys find each other and come together as a band?
In 2007 we found Brett naked and curled up in a balling the middle of a field after a meteor shower. Chad and I rescued him and showed him the ways of the guitar.

What are your backgrounds in music? Formally trained, self-taught, etc? What made you want to be involved with music?
Formally trained except for Dan who had only a hand full of lessons by Craig Fairbaugh of the band (+44)

You’re currently a three piece, is that by design?
No we just couldn’t find any reliable musicians so we did it ourselves and knighted Brett as the singer. By our design – no; by the universe’s design…perhaps.

What section of the record store would we find your album Hollywood filed under?
Bargin bin!

Describe your sound in three words?
Awesome awesome awesome!

In listening to your music the first comparison that comes to mind is Blink-182, were you influenced by them?
Who isn’t influenced by Blink-182?  They are incredible, not for the fact that they are unbelievable at their instruments, but the fact that they are normal guys that make up the catchiest music.

The album is called Hollywood which is also a track on the album, do you feel that that song is the best representation of the band as a whole on the album?
Yeah it’s a fun summary album and Hollywood does sum up our album into that one song, loud fast and fun.

The Second Advance in the studio

The Second Advance in the studio

What’s the most difficult part about being an indie band in today’s music industry?
Getting on the effing radio! If you’re not independently wealthy it’s tough, and if you’re not bringing in a ton of money already then no one wants to take a chance on you.

What do you think defines a great song?
It’s all about the hook.
My favorite song on the album is After-Thought, can you tell us a little bit about the song and what inspired it?
It was written after Brett’s close encounter of the 4th kind. The meaning can be taken however the listener seems fit.

What is the writing process like for the band, is everyone involved?
Yes one of us has an idea or a riff and we all just run with it.

I’m sure you get asked this all the time but what’s the significance behind the name of the band?
It’s when you make a move on a girl and get shot down then think, “let me try that again”.  Plus we just didn’t want anything long and gay like a fall out boy song title.

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For fans who want to know more about you where can they check out your music, find out about upcoming shows?
Not many people know about this site but we are trying to make it a big thing, it’s called myspace.

When considering the future, what are your goals as a band?
Keep moving forward.

In honor of the king of pop, we’ve been asking everyone what their favorite Michael Jackson song of all time is?
Thriller/ Billie Jean

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Catch The Second Advance Live:

Sep 17 2009 Hot Topic In-Store Acoustic Set/CD Sale Danbury, Connecticut
Sep 19 2009 he Cutting Edge Theatre@City Ale House Danbury, Connecticut
Sep 19 2009 Brooklyn Fundraiser Brooklyn, New York
Oct 10 2009Big Giant Extravaganza! (w/ BAYSIDE SOCRATIC) Jermyn, Pennsylvania
Oct 13 2009 Hollywood Remixes Available on iTunes Worldwide
Nov 7 2009 Studio Recording Union, New Jersey
Nov 8 2009 Studio Recording Union, New Jersey