Aaaaaaaaaand we’re back! All of us had stellar holiday weekends and we sincerely hope you did as well. Alongside Thanksgiving leftovers we’re dishing up a steaming delicious serving of new Boston local music videos.
First up we’ve got 2012 Boston Music Award Winners, and rising stars Mean Creek with “Cool Town”. Keep your eyes on these cats folks. It’s a rare combination to see talent, drive and stamina in a band and Mean Creek has all three in spades.
The Full Scene Ahead CD Swap kicks off Wednesday, December 4th and runs through the month of December! We’re totally stoked to meet up with folks that love local music and want to swap some CD’s!
The venue has been changed from Radio Bar in Somerville to this week’s event at legendary venue O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, Massachusetts.
Here’s how it works. Gather all of the CD’s you can get your hands on. Get your ass to O’Brien’s Pub on Wednesday night. Swap the shit out of said CD’s. Keep your peepers peeled for the next location! We’ll be bouncing around the city for the month of December, facilitating the Christmas spirit with a little CD swapage!
I met with the dudes of God Damnit Maverick on Monday November 25th in the depths of The Sound Museum Rehearsal Complex in Brighton, MA. It didn’t take long for me to figure out this bands is new, but putting it together fast.
This trio is comprised of two Boston local music veterans, Anthony Fariole and Matt Smith. Lead singer and guitar player, Froni as Anthony is known on the local rock scene was in bands like Cars On Mars and Atlantic/Electric. Matt, the band’s bassist did time with The Gypsy West and Blaze P’s rock hop line up.
The other Matt, the drummer is new to me at very least, but a killer player. He hails from New Jersey and has a clean slate on The Boston scene.
It was a Monday afternoon and damn was it chilly. I met the Happy Time Harry dudes in front of The Sound Museum. They awaited in their Jeep eager to rock an interview with me in the new FSA space in the old Magic Room green room.
Happy Time Harry is a guitar/drums duo based out of the North Shore. The guys are not brothers, but the way that they gell it sure seems like they do. The thing about these guys are they are as hungry as any creating musician that is on the scene. The difference with Happy Time Harry is their focus on their project’s goals is damning. From their tones, dynamics and promotions this band is driving forward.
This week on Cause a Scene I had the pleasure of sitting down with The Big Lonesome on Tuesday Nov. 26th, down at FSA headquarters in The Sound Museum Rehearsal Complex in Brighton. We got to talking about their start, the scene, their music, and brought back playing a couple of songs live. We went Old School Cause A Scene.
We started off by getting acquainted since we have never met. I noticed they brought instruments, so in the fashion how my show was started I asked them if they would play two songs. Of course they said yes. So I got everything set up to record, and not only did they play 2 songs, (S.O.S.), and a brand new untitled song. I actually remembered to take a video.
Chestnut came in quick like cold has on Monday November 25th’s episode of his Hullabaloo. This is his 6th episode being back with his show.
You really can’t tell that he stopped doing it for the summer. With his dedication and position in the scene, Chestnut is such a credible dude to know what the fuck is going on in Boston’s punk and metal scene. So, this is what happened in this hour long episode…
Chestnut preaches the good word of the scene every week. In addition to yapping up awesome shows that you should definitely give a chance, the dude will give you scene etiquette.
In this episode, Chestnut also awarded a pair of tickets to the Negative Approach concert to Duck and Cover, yes the band. Negative Approach is coming to town via local promoters, General Assembly on December 5th at Church of Boston near Fenway. It’s crazy that a full band won. I wonder how they will decide who goes.
“In a place where the music scene is as dense as the dead sea, it can be tough to rise above the crowd. While mediocrity is abundant, undiscovered talent awaits beneath the surface.”
This little blurb from the Ryan Jackson Troika Facebook page is pretty dead on. The musician population of Boston is about as compact as atoms are in a big ol’ block of uranium and to be discovered as a diamond in all of that rough takes a skill set so refined and well-rounded that anybody with two ears should be able to pick you out of an aural line-up of other bands in the same position of their musical trek. In much simpler terms, bands need “it” to get noticed. And true to the above FB passage, Ryan Jackson and his newfound Troika have “it” in big, bold capital letters.
Jackson originally started off as a solo project, releasing a superb album in 2009 called Out of Nothingness. Filled with funky acoustic pop songs with insanely catchy hooks, super smooth guitar licks, and vocal harmonies that make this grown man purr with delight, it was very clear that Jackson had “it” from the get-go. The solo debut sounded like a cross between Beck, Steve Miller Band and Elliot Smith. His songs were packed-full of hooks, but had complex structures filled with twist after twist and turn after turn. And yet throughout all the precision and attention to detail, he still was able to make everything sound effortless and sexy. “It”? Thy name is Jackson.
Four years later, Jackson has assembled a supporting cast of local Boston musicians to form the brand new Ryan Jackson Troika. This character parade helps Jackson funnel his je ne sais quoi into a whole new oeuvre. The acoustic/funk aesthetic now replaced with a Zappa-esque progressive style, Jackson now has a full-fledged rock band unlike no other past or present. And his new vision was put to tape on his recent 2013 release, Plethora.
On Wednesday November 20th, DAve Crespo geared up for the weekend with an interview with Gerry Perlinski of Lost Romance.
Gerry and the band are all the way down in New Jersey, so the two conversed over Google Hangouts on the Full Scene Stream yesterday. They talked about Lost Romance’s show on Saturday November 23rd at McGann’s and much more.
Lost Romance just recorded a 4 song EP, called, “The Light and The Dark,” off Starving Dog Records out of California. Spo played 3 tunes off this EP during the interview. You can hear, “Top of the World,” “The One,” and, “(Looking For That) Silver Bullet,” off the new EP in this podcast.
Crespo gets in depth with Gerry in this 40 minute podcast. He gets Gerry to describe the dynamics of the band, which used to be simply a recording project for himself. In addition, the two talk about what it was like to promote shows in the past before the internet and they even talk about rock n’ roll show nightmares. Gerry talks about a late night gig in Manhattan that an old band of his was stiffed on pay.
You can catch Lost Romance in Boston THIS SATURDAY at McGann’s near The Boston Garden where they will be rocking with Kyle Flynn and The Vespers Nine, Short Wave Mystery, Bombs Over Brooklyn and more.
We get A LOT of questions via the Full Scene Ahead Contact Page. Most of the time it involves booking events and setting up shows. Occasionally we get folks asking advice about how to promote bands locally and while on tour.
After responding to these requests for information, and talking shop on the subject we decided that there is a void of “How To’s” about local music promotion. We’ve talked with bands at shows and shot the proverbial shit about the subject and come up with a solution. The Dave’s and I decided that we’d put together a list of the basics that any band or local promoter can use as basic guideline for promoting independent music.
Below is a list of the essentials to put together at the start of your journey into promoting a band in a local scene. Of course you can use these tools to promote other events, and even apply the concepts to building a web presence for a small business. All circumstances may not apply to you, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page, or by leaving a comment on this post.
1. Facebook page: I know it’s obvious but using your Facebook page as a means of communication to your audience is essential.
EVERYBODY uses Facebook! Like 1.11 BILLION people. With thousands more joining every day. People don’t just access Facebook to find out what their friends are doing, or post pictures of food and cats, but increasingly to gain information about goings on in their communities. Events are obnoxious, we all know it, but if you use them as a means to promote ride share, or exclusive content, you increase your chances of growth and interaction with your audience.