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All Photos Courtesy of Gipsy Pixel
photo courtesy of Gipsy Pixel
Local music in Boston is a rich cottage industry, chock full of up and coming professionals looking for their niche.
One such company is Gipsy Pixel. Formed in July of 2013 out of a partnership between Chris DeSanty and Eran Shaysh, GP is a “traveling video collective” that produces, shoots, and edits in studio videos with independent musicians. They’ve thrown down with three artists in the last six months including Boston local phenoms Blue Ribbons at Q Division Studios.
Chris and Eran started working together after Eran (founder and producer at The Big Old Big One
) put up a post on Facebook about looking for a director for in-studio shoots. Both of them are musicians (drummers in fact) and both have a solid understanding of studio dynamic and shooting musicians.
“We were looking for a fun collaborative way to work with bands and studios/engineers to produce a great package of new material and video content. Cross-promoting Gipsy Pixel, studio and artist. It seemed like a no-brainer to us. Plus getting bands with serious live energy and synergy to track a live studio record in front of some select fans. It’s an honest approach to recording where you really capture the true essence of the artist, and it’s a great treat for the fans who not only get to check out a show and catch a behind-the-scenes look at the recording and film shooting-but they’re forever a part of that album release. So that’s special for everyone involved.” – Chris DeSanty – Gipsy Pixel
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“Why no voice?” asks yours truly to Catherine Capozzi, the architect behind Boston and Paris (yes – as in Paris, France) based instrumental rock group Axemunkee, which is currently making waves on both sides of the Atlantic.
Catherine replies almost as if she never thought of it before. “Ha, that’s a loaded question!” She goes on to say the following:
“I knew I wanted to do something that was based on whatever my version of guitar is plus make it instrumental; combining all of my musical and non-musical influences to compose some new tunes with the guitar as the voice. And, since I love drums, have two drummers.”
You’ll be able to find out more about Catherine in the interview below, but there was something about the above quote that was somewhat striking. And, in a way, quite emblematic of the sound, the force, and the narrative behind Axemunkee. Headed by Capozzi herself on lead guitar, the songs of Axemunkee are lush with a wizardly technical prowess and a torrid undercurrent of fiery momentum. Though, despite the focused craftsmanship, the songs materialize via basic instincts and whims. Capozzi’s guitar playing style switches from the sludgy arpeggios of doom metal to the frantic strums of jump blues to the wooden slaps of Spanish classical. Song-forms stay completely fluid, allowing the back-up ensemble to fade in and out of the ether while the focus always remains on whatever Capozzi feels like doing with her axe.
Axemunkee combines professionalism and a “just-do-it” ethos that I found to be remarkably refreshing. And, more importantly, it made for two albums — Vortex (2011) and Sidewalk (2008) — that are just flat-out fun to listen to. Talking to Catherine was very much like listening to her music: revealing, spontaneous, and enjoyable.
AG: Before we get into Axemunkee tell me a bit about Catherine Capozzi. When did you first start playing out and what were some highlights of your journey pre-axemunkee?
CC: Sure, let me tell you a little about Catherine Capozzi- I started out on violin and drums (as a kid when they still had music programs in school) in WaterburyConnecticut. I started playing ‘concerts’ at age 7 , then moved to drums in marching band and started guitar at age 10. Continue reading
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I met Joel Simches a few years ago at one of Jason Dunn’s (The Luxury, Halogens, Dirty Bombs and Mad Science Studios) listening parties. Joel was wild-haired, bright-eyed, talkative and engaging. Within 20 minutes of meeting him, I learned more about really *listening* to an album than I had in four years of college.
He has an ability to pick apart song structure AND the recording into it’s disperate pieces. He somehow manages to hold all of this information in his head while keeping an intelligent conversation going. It’s some crazy shit to witness. So, I wasn’t surprised to hear he’s is currently holding it down at Watch City Studios working with Jack Younger, previously of Basement 247 in Allston.
KC: Okay first, to settle the great debate, how do you pronounce your last name? Is it SimCHes (CH as in CHASE) or Simches (CH as in Cat)?
Joel: I pronounce my name with a hard C. CH as in character!!
KC: You’ve been THE go to live guy for mid-market local music gigs for a minute, how long have you been running the boards? Did it start before or after stepping on stage and blasting the keys?
Joel: I started recording bands in the 80s. My old band recorded in someone’s 8-track basement studio, and when I heard our music for the first time blasting out of the studio monitors I was hooked.
A year into college I switched my major into recording and took it from there. I recorded with my band, some friends and such. Whenever I recorded with other people, they would ask me to do their live sound so I could recreate what we did in the studio. That started around the late 80s/early 90s.
Joel Simches: Banger of Drums
I started playing in bands at 14. Started as a drummer. Our first band never had a steady bass player so I eventually learned how to play. The keyboard thing happened as I started recording. I found that for what I needed keyboardwise in the studio, it would be easier for me to take a few minutes and track it. I didn’t become a keyboard player until I joined Nisi Period in 1990-1991.
KC: Where did your interest in recording music spring from?
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Straight Angular is a band that gets the times. They aren’t too over the top like our past pop star hair bands. And, they aren’t your shoe gaze, care about nothing Silver Sun Pickups. They are straight up real.
This Saturday at O’Briens Streight Angular will make a new reality for themselves by releasing their newest EP, “Super Party Fun Time.” And, we here at FSA have an exclusive look at their brand spanking new music video for the single off the new EP, “Will Smith.” Give it a watch… Now!
After watching this video I had some serious questions for front man, Al Polk. This is what he had to say…
DAve: Who came up with the concept… or is there a concept?
Al: I did. I came up with the concept.
DAve: Do you show Boston on purpose, or is that just where you can shoot?
Al: I wanted to show a day in the life of a working person commuting to a city. Boston seemed like the perfect location.
DAve: Is the music video’s star, Rob Potylo crazier than you?
Al: I don’t think we’re crazy.
DAve: How did you get Rob Potylo onto the project?
Al: We saw what Rob was doing with Quiet Desperation. It seemed like he understood the struggle of the everyman. So we asked him and he said yes! He’s a living legend so we were psyched to get him on the project.
…. Continue reading
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We’re gearing up to kick off the March Mischief Tour starting in just over a week at TT’s in Cambridge. Two of our favorite local bands, The Devil’s Twins and Dave Austin and the Sound are touring to SXSW, playing a 13 day stretch down and back. The tour culminates in Austin, TX, during our Unofficial SXSW Showcase at The Aquarium on 6th street.
The Devils Twins
The Devil’s Twins fall somewhere between punk and rock, and if you listen, you can pin down a distinct noir influence. These three musicians take the the guitar/ drums sound beyond the A/B pedal and into a whole new class of tone and rhythm.
Nicole’s powerful voice backed by Ryan and Jeremiah’s hot rod sound puts this band on an even keel with most four and five piece numbers. These three make up for the lack of a four string player with a whole lot of attitude. Their 2013 release “Old Fashioned Mischief” netted them a Limelight Magazine Award Nod for their video “Love and War”. They also won #2 Best Band in New England from Examiner Magazine.
Dave Austin and the Sound
Dave Austin and the Sound embodies the blues rock revival. Yes, they have folk influences, yes they play a lot of blues, but seriously folks, you can’t listen to “Love Me Like You Love Your Pills” and not hear the blood of Southern Rock pumping in time with the beat.
New to the scene, Dave Austin and the Sound started gigging in early 2013. In fact, they cut their teeth with a Full Scene Ahead residency at McGann’s last summer. They’ve spent the last year busting ass and building a name, managing to land sets at The Middle East Downstairs, Hard Rock Cafe and TT the Bear’s Place. Don’t let their up and comer status fool you. All members of The Sound are accomplished musicians, many of whom attend Berklee, all of which are fucking badasses.
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Hi there. This is Todd from Downcity Armory. Yeah, our homebase is Providence, Rhode Island, but don’t let that distract you.
Actually, we’re a Boston band too, since two of our members are from Boston’s Vary Lumar, so this is our turf too. We’re about to embark on a three city, three state, one weekend tour, #event331, and it begins at the Cantab Lounge on Friday 2/28. Then it moves to Brooklyn, NY, Saturday 3/1 at Legion, and wraps up Sunday 3/2 in Philadelphia, PA at the Legendary Dobbs.
Which would make this…not unlike some other random band hitting three states in one weekend representing New England music in other markets, except that Downcity Armory is doing it for a cause. In fact, that’s our thing.
Starting now, and going until Monday 3/3, all music and merch sales, whether online or at shows, will benefit the Integral Heart Foundation, a 501(c)3 helping impoverished Guatemalan children get an education, and keep them out of the international sex trade. That’s right: every purchase of Downcity Armory’s music or merch helps keep a kid from becoming a sex slave.
So. Whatcha doing 2/28?
Catch Downcity Armory with EXH4LER, Emergency Exit, and Doug MacDonald Band at Club Bohemia (Cantab Downstairs), 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.
Full Scene Ahead and CHanneL3 Announce Their Unofficial SXSW Showcase
Friday February 21st, 2014- BOSTON, MA: On March 14th, 2014 Full Scene Ahead and CHanneL3 will come together for an unofficial SXSW showcase called, “ShipWrecked!” at The Aquarium on 6th Street in Austin, TX . Starting at 12 noon, this double stage showcase will be headlined by Southwork of Philadelphia, PA, and will have sideshow performances between sets by Black Widow Burlesque of Austin, TX until the showcases end at 11 PM.
This +21 free showcase is bound to be a feast for both the eyes and ears. Hosted by Austin’s very own Miss Fahrenheit, early attendees will have the chance to score swag and free drink tickets.
This is CHanneL3′s third year producing a show in Austin. It is Full Scene Ahead’s first year to the big dance, although FSA’s owner, DAve Crespo has worked with CHanneL3′s, Gayle Coston on this showcase at The Aquarium for the past two years. This year they promise to up their game by adding a second stage.
“Although two stages are going to be slightly hectic, it will be the element that makes this showcase better than last years,” said Coston. “But, the more bands the better. In Boston we are known for promoting the most local bands in the scene. We’re not going to be in Texas too long, so we aim to make the most of this 11 hour showcase,” finished Crespo.
Last year was the first year that the showcase included Austin’s own burlesque troupe Black Widow Burlesque and it made the showcase one of the best on Austin’s 6th Street. In fact, last year’s showcase finished with Bio Dome super star, Pauley Shore introducing the last set by the dancers and the final band.
Each year the CHanneL3’s showcases get’s bigger and better, and every year it supports some of the best up and coming talent from musically rich cities around the country. This year’s showcase is no exception – with two stages and a plethora of talent the lineup looks like this:
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So! How many musicians have what it takes to be bad? No, I’m not talking bad as in cool. I mean bad as in like, bad – kinda unpleasant, a little ill-prepared, and somewhat vexatious.
Really? No one’s gonna raise their hand? No one wants to be bad?? Bummer. I was driving along with FSA co-owner/sound gal KC last night and we both agreed upon one thing: you must be bad to be good.
It’s not that you aren’t talented, or that you haven’t practiced enough, and it’s certainly not that you’re heart isn’t in it all the way. It’s merely an essential truth that the moment you get on stage for the first couple times, you can forget almost everything you thought you knew about singing and playing instruments because it’s an entirely new ball game.
I often feel that most bands/artists don’t realize just how wonderfully unique, special, and serendipitous it is every-single-time you have a moment to play your music in front of a live audience. When that happens, you have the opportunity to produce a dialogue between yourselves and the crowd that is unlike any other discourse. You’ve been given the opportunity to completely bare yourself emotionally and take the crowd on a journey throughout your mind and soul. You don’t have be concerned about proper decorum, civil politics, or any other social medians. You’ve been granted a unique moment of time to create an everlasting memory for yourself and for the X amount of people watching you play.
It’s pretty cool, but it’s a daunting task to construct such an emotional journey when you’re still worried about hitting the right notes, getting that solo just right, and making sure no band mate is playing over the other. And that’s why you need to be bad. You need to fumble, make big mistakes, and be completely out-of-sync all so you eventually be an efficient, well oiled, rockin’ machine. At that point, you won’t be concerned about hitting the right notes. You’ll only be concerned about making sure the people in the room never forget who you are.
This all takes time though, which in this day and age seems like an increasingly scarce resource. It takes years to get to a place where you are consistently comfortable in, and all your years after that should be focused on getting even better. Personal sacrifice will absolutely involved in all this. Much of it is learning how to be a master of your instruments, but a lot of it truly is knowing who you are as a band, as an individual, and what story you want to tell. So much goes into being a great performer that almost no one is gonna be able to hit a homerun in the first couple games.
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KC “The Management” Hoye
It was way back, during KC’s bad old days, while she was managing the rowdiest, raunchiest strip-bar in all of New England. A dingy dive called the Fuzzy Peach. (In fact, it was there that she earned her nickname “The Management,” being the best damn manager the club had ever seen.) Of course, back then, they just called her Kansas City, after her old stomping ground.
Dave “Dick ‘n’ Ass” Crespo aka “DAve”
Anyways, there was a dancer there, the most popular dancer to ever strut their stuff on that semen-soaked stage. A dancer by the name of Dave “Dick ‘n’ Ass” Crespo or DAve for short. That bitch drove the men positively wild. One man in particular, in fact, who coincidentally was also named Dave. A rowdy fella and a degenerate drunk. They called him Dirty Dave on account of his blatant disregard for even the most basic of human hygiene. That and he used to get so loaded and handsy with the dancers during the shows that Kansas City, well, she made a habit of giving that old sod the bum-rush most every night.
“Dirty” Dave Cupps
Of course, ol’ Dirty Dave had made his own habit too: He’d lay in wait in the alley afterwards, whip out his junk, and flash each and every dancer after they’d finish their shift, the vivacious young DAve especially. By this point, Kansas City and Dirty Dave had become mortal enemies, but that all changed one night when her and Dirty Dave got to talking and he revealed that he was, in fact, from Philadelphia after all and that the lack of basic hygiene and his nasty habit of constantly exposing himself was business as usual for Philadelphians, like waving hello.
This story may or may not be true, this is, of course, the internet. Submit your “Origin” story for Full Scene Ahead to “themanagement” at fullsceneahead.com. The three of us will take a look and the best ones get posted.