1069 ROCKS 2nd Birthday Bash! SEVENDUST!
Pop Evil, Monster Truck, Super bob, 82MM
7607 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus
Columbus, GA, 31909
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 1:01 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Somehow, Sevendust grow stronger with each successive album. Their personal bond not only strengthens, but the music tends to get tougher and tighter as well. Their ninth full-length offering, Black Out the Sun [7 Bros./ADA-Music], staunchly upholds that tradition. They don't stray from the bruising hallmarks of their patented style, but they also don't stick to a script either. They deliver what their diehard fan base has loved since day one, but they continue to challenge themselves in the process. As a result, Black Out the Sun sees Sevendust at their most uncompromising, unwavering, and undeniable.
For the first time since their formation, the quintet took a much-needed break right after touring for almost two years behind 2010's Cold Day Memory. The record served as a milestone for a few reasons. It welcomed founding guitarist Lowery back into the fold after a 6-year absence and yielded the band's highest first-week debut ever on the Billboard Top 200, reaching number twelve on the chart. After the roller coaster tour cycle, the group enjoyed a real "vacation". Lowery and Rose joined forces for Call Me No One, dropping their debut The Last Parade, and Connolly and Hornsby formed Projected and released Human. However, by the summer of 2012, everyone began chomping at the bit to return to Sevendust.
"It was cool to recharge for a minute and come back hungry again," admits Connolly. "We needed to hit the reset button and remember how important this band was to us. The juices started flowing, and we were thrilled to do it."
"Taking a break helped tremendously," Lowery agrees. "We're family, and we missed each other. We were ready to write, record, and laugh together again."
That excitement carried over to the studio. The band retreated to Architekt Music Studios in Butler, NJ where Call Me No One recorded and immediately got back in the groove, self-producing alongside engineer Mike Ferretti. Writing and recording as they went along, the entire album was finished in merely 31 days, only breaking to enjoy a beverage or two at "The Murder Bar."
Connolly laughs, "There was this bar that looked like a house across the street from Architekt. The first day we got there, the studio owner George Roskos told us if we went there we'd get murdered. Within five minutes of checking into our hotel, Lajon, Vinnie, Morgan, and I were in there checking it out. It happened to be the most unassuming and harmless place on the planet, but it's part of the album's story."
That story also happens to be the band's deepest to date. Prior to recording, Lowery endured the loss of his father Willie, a patriarch for the group as a whole. The title track went on to serve as a tribute to him.
"Lajon kept saying the line Black Out the Sun over and over again, and I attached that title to my experience with my dad," recalls Lowery. "He was a huge part of my musical history. He was a great musician, and I idolized him. The song is about the anger I had over losing him. It's not lashing out, but it's dealing with that sadness positively. Life gives and it takes. It was important for me to give him this one last message about how much he means to me."
With its staggering guitars and impactful melody, "Black Out the Sun" stands indicative of the record's vibe as a whole. "I always felt like this album was going to be dark," Witherspoon goes on. "It's darker, but it's lighter too. From the end to the beginning, you're able to tap into every emotion. As we get older, we see death more, but we also life more with these babies we're having and our kids growing up. We're going through this transition of life and seeing the devastation and change in the world."
The first single "Decay" directly reflects upon the state of the world today. Primed with an explosive groove and guttural distortion, it's Sevendust at their heaviest. "That song deals with what's going on around us," reveals Witherspoon. "There is so much decay, but we're trying to get to a better place together. It's a hard-hitting track that really defines what Sevendust is."
There's also another side of Sevendust, and that comes through on the pensive and poetic acoustic musing, "Got a Feeling". Penned by Lowery, it's a haunting moment punctuated by vocal harmonies from all five members.
"It's all of these random thoughts about life and humanity," the guitarist explains. "I thought it'd be cool if everyone sang on it. We always like those dark and moody songs, and this is one of them."
That moment when everyone sings remains emblematic of the unity at the heart of this group. It's a big reason why Sevendust stands as strongly as ever since their landmark self-titled debut. Along the way, three of their eight albums have reached gold status and they've played to sold-out crowds around the globe. However, it still feels like the beginning.
Now, the Sevendust freight train shows no signs of stopping with Black Out the Sun. "This is the culmination of our career thus far," proclaims Connolly. "There are all of these bits and pieces of what we are, but it's newer and updated. Our style is our style. We constantly strive for a better version of it. There aren't a lot of bands that have all five original guys after 15 years. It's a very unique gift we have, and we treasure it."
Witherspoon concludes, "I can't wait for people to feel the emotion and energy in this album. I'll never forget the first time we got together. There was something magic about it. It's like this band is what we were all meant to do. I still feel that way. I never want to stop. This is what fans have been waiting for, and Sevendust is here to stay."
Named as one of iTunes "Top New Artists of '08," Pop Evil continues their march across America and the airwaves.
As their fan base grows, a history lesson on how they got to "here" might help:
Lead singer Leigh Kakaty
whose background includes rap along with rock finds
drummer Dylan Allison through Leigh's best friend's room mate. Guitarist Dave Grahs is playing in another band when Leigh and Dylan invite him to join them. If you're a Grand Rapids local, you know them as TenFive.
The time: November, 2001
Play the nightclub circuit, find fans, write, perform, fans, write, perform, fans – you get the idea.
Band cuts a deal with nightclubs: three sets a night – two sets of covers in exchange for one set of originals.
Leigh makes a promise to himself, for the band and its future.
"To take pride in the work we're doing now and the work we'll do in the future …and don't forget to pat yourself on the back for what might be considered a small thing."
Write and record a three-song EP as the band now has
earned enough money from their shows to finance the recording.
Producer Al Sutton (Kid Rock) gets demo from Leigh's bro, an entertainment attorney.
Al loves what he hears. Records the band.
Result: Ready or Not EP containing the title track, along with "Somebody Like You" and "Hard Highway."
HOMETOWN BOYS MAKE GOOD
97.9 WGRD in Grand Rapids supports the band, spinning "Somebody
Guitarist Dave Grahs shares this thought. "From the beginning it meant a lot to see our friends embrace what we were doing, but it didn't really set in just how much our local market stood behind us until I was driving down the road and heard, "Somebody Like You" on the radio.
2005. ON THE ROAD AGAIN
now with Ready or Not EP to help spread the gospel.
Two years, countless dates throughout the Midwest and Florida and 12,000 EPs sold out of the trunk of their car.
Play, write, drive, sell.
Winter, 2006. RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME
Major label radio promo rep visits WGRD in Grand Rapids to talk about label's upcoming releases. DJ gives rep a tape of Pop Evil. Leigh gets a call to meet the rep, hand delivers a five-song demo to the rep and continues to keep in contact. Rep sends Pop Evil demo to his father, who co-owns independent label, Pazzo Music. In the winter of 2007, one year following the fateful hand off at WGRD, Pop Evil signs with Pazzo Music.
2007. ROLL TAPE, FULL LENGTH CD.
Guitarist Tony Greve and bassist Matt DiRito, both from Muskegon, MI join Pop Evil. The sound is a divine collision of "crispy, crunchy, mainstream rock with a little bit of evil," thanks to the musical and cross-cultural diversity (Eastern Indian, Hispanic, Turkish, American Indian and Polish roots) of the band.
Production for CD begins with Al Sutton and Marlon Young (Kid Rock guitarist) at Rust Belt Studio in Royal Oak, Michigan. 12 songs recorded.
Band heads to spring break in Panama City for more gigs and gets word that Pazzo wants more. In Florida, in-between shows, band does pre-production at Destin Recording with Dave Cox.
Band heads back to Michigan (Canton) with producer Chuck Alkazian at Pearl Sound to complete the three final songs for the CD.
May: Pop Evil complete recording their first,
full-length CD, Lipstick on the Mirror.
August 12, 2008
Street date for Pop Evil's Lipstick on the Mirror.
After eight years of funky bars, sleeping in cars and miles of highway leading to another strange city, nothing has changed. Well, perhaps a bit.
Pop Evil has toured consistently since (and prior to) the release of Lipstick on the Mirror with a combination of headline dates and "Special Guest" support with Puddle of Mudd, Tesla, Theory of a Deadman, P.O.D. and Saliva.
"We watch the bands opening for us," states bassist Matt DiRito, "and we not only remember what it was like for us in that slot. We know that band is warming up the crowd for us and in turn, there will always be something for us to learn from them."
Lead vocalist Leigh Kakaty carries a video recorder with him at all times as the ideas for melodies or lyrics happen constantly.
"There is no separation from my life and my music," states Leigh. "Pop Evil is lifestyle; leading instead of following and having your opinions matter. It is about being heard when no one wants to listen to you. It is about trying to fit in when no one has room for you. It is about overcoming obstacle after obstacle and knowing how to reward yourself for the little things when there are no rewards from your peers. Pop Evil is about making the world BELIEVE."
Time for you to believe.
Welcome to Pop Evil.
The term Rock n' Roll gets thrown around pretty haphazardly. One can go as far as stating it’s
been bastardized to the point of being unrecognizable, ironically shouted on stages worldwide,
and classified dead or MIA by the very musicians that once upheld its standard.
Enter Monster Truck. There's something comforting about a band name that delivers exactly
what you expect to hear. Born in 2008 from the ashes of various Canadian Indie bands,
Monster Truck began as a sonic affront to the very industry its members were bred from.
After feeling more like cogs in the music industry machine, Jon Harvey (bass & lead vocals),
Jeremy Widerman (guitar & vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ & vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums
& vocals) broke free to forge their own path, answering only to themselves. “It was admittedly
a bit selfish from the get-go as we only were looking to please ourselves,” laughs Widerman.
Their unabashed approach to making and performing music became infectious. “We just
wanted to mix all of our favorite hard rock, punk and classic rock favourites into something raw
and basic,” states Widerman, almost as if to suggest that no one had done it to his liking yet.
The band was doing something right. A ground swell of regional fans quickly began rushing to
any local venue to see the band perform live. Rock n' Roll is clearly not dead.
Offers began to pile up for Hamilton, Ontario’s prodigious sons, and the band soon realized
they had to make a decision to jump in hip deep and take the record label and tour offers
more seriously. “The decision was probably easier than I'd like to admit,” adds Widerman,
suggesting they were probably all kidding themselves thinking they weren't willing to make
sacrifices once again in an attempt to make music for a living.
What started as a fun and albeit ‘selfish’ musical side-project, quickly gained momentum and
took on a life of its own. Monster Truck self-released a self-titled EP produced by Gus Van
Go & Werner F (The Stills, Preistess, Hollerado) in 2010 and followed up with The Brown
EP (2011) produced by Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Three Days Grace) on Indie
powerhouse Dine Alone Records. The Brown EP aggressively showcased the band’s ability
to keep a firm grasp in the classic roots that enabled them, while staying contemporary and
true to their vast influences. Singles “Seven Seas Blues” and “Righteous Smoke” became
runaway hits reaching Top 10 on Canadian Rock radio and true to their notorious maxim
“Don’t F*ck With The Truck”, the band hit the road with a vengeance. Tours included a 2011
cross-Canada sold-out run with The Sheepdogs. Additional tours followed in 2012 when
Monster Truck was handpicked to open for Slash on his North American tour, as well as sold-
out dates in support of legends Deep Purple.
After an unexpected, yet highly successful year of relentless touring, Monster Truck returned
home hell bent to record a full-length album. Over the course of 2 months, the guys put
together 12 original songs showcasing not only their determination to continue churning
out heart-pounding rock tracks, but that also highlighted another dimension to the band’s
songwriting and performance. The result is their debut full-length LP aptly titled Furiosity.
Produced once again by JUNO-nominated Eric Ratz at Vespa Studios in Toronto and Echo
Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Furiosity showcases Monster Truck’s ability to seamlessly
integrate influences from grunge and punk era greats that they love so dearly with alt-sounding
vintage rock. The resulting album remains anchored in grooves, yet propulsive and volcanic,
fueled by frontman Jon Harvey’s colossal vocal delivery.
The album impressingly runs the gamut from crushing first single "Sweet Mountain River" which
features a highly infectious chorus juxtaposed against a killer riff, to tracks like “The Lion” and its
definitive old-school, boogie-rock vibe. “While the bulk of songs were written and executed in
fairly quick fashion, tailoring the pace and fine tuning the transitions took longer than usual,” says
Widerman of the writing process. “We really wanted the songs to take the listener on an exciting
journey.” Gems like “Old Train” featuring epic gang vocals were in fact kept under wraps from the
producer and the label until the band reworked them to their liking while “Power of the People” -
- a Rage Against The Machine inspired track -- is a commentary on a society in turmoil and an
anthem for those who wish to band together and make a difference.
The band intentionally challenged themselves with “For The Sun”, spending more than a year
playing the song live in order to perfect it. Slower-paced and with thought to ensuring every
moment was well-crafted and building in intensity, Widerman spent 2 days in the studio just
recording the intro and solos leaving other members of the band to wonder whether he would
ever be satisfied with the end result. Finally, last minute addition “My Love Is True” shows a
more soulful side of Monster Truck, and is another shining example of how even a down tempo
song can shake you to your core.
The constant show regiment and recording process is sharpening the band’s delivery and there's
no doubt that anyone still interested in original and authentic rock music will be compelled to pay
attention. Monster Truck will continue doing what they do best, steamrolling from town to town
leaving legions of fans in their wake.
"Going to a SUPER bob show is like getting on a f'ing roller coaster,
they rock your ass off and you can't wait to get back on."
-Whitney (On Air personality) DC 101
... SUPER bob is a four-piece high energy rock band based in the
Washington DC area. Childhood friends Adam Smith (guitar) and Matt
Santoro (vocals) formed the band, under the name "bob" in '05 with
the vision of bringing something fresh to a rock scene that seemed to
have forgotten what rock n roll was really about. Soon after, they
added Drew Recny (bass) and Chris Faircloth (drums). This band
breathes rebellious authenticity back into music and reminds you that
rock music is supposed to make you get up and not give a damn about
When you see SUPER bob live your senses will be overwhelmed by a
borderline excess of stage presence and heart pounding sound. P.R.S
sponsored guitarist Adam Smith brings a package of uniqueness, flare,
and pure adrenaline that is rarely found in any one musician, while
classically trained Drew Recny packs a clean, punchy bass style that
is loaded with obvious talent and a technique that only comes with
full dedication and commitment to his craft. Christopher Faircloth, a
Spaun Drum Company sponsored drummer, brings an almost indescribable style
to the table, one with high flying stick tricks, and hard pounding,
ear deafening, strong beats. The proverbial icing on the SUPER bob
cake is provided by Matt Santoro's vocals which can only be described
as unabashedly his own. Full of ear catching melodies, unapologetic
and blatantly honest lyrics, and a flow that is uncommon yet
undeniably at home in rock, Santoro's songwriting couples with an
unrivaled stage presence that caps off one of the best live bands you
will ever get the chance to experience.
SUPER bob's buzz was established with their eye
catching live shows, non-stop hustle, and no excuses work ethic.
Tattoos, colored hair, dread locks, and plenty of good old fashioned
rock n roll grit distinguishes them from the undedicated and
identifies them as the real deal in an industry riddled with fakers.
After three years of hard work at gaining recognition, winning the
loyalty of fans in their local scene, and growing a fan-base across
the Mid-Atlantic, SUPER bob hooked up with Grammy nominated producer
Garth "GGGarth" Richardson. They went to Vancouver BC to record their
first full length record entitled "bbbob" and then hit the road for the
next three years playing an average of 130 shows annually over a span
of 19 states.
Having just released their second full length record (Rock N Roll) in
the spring of 2010, SUPER bob stands prepared to release a third full
length in the summer of 2011. Produced by Matt LaPlant at the Bieler
Brothers studios in Pompano Beach FL, the new SUPER bob album promises
to blow minds and take the rock game to whole new dimensions. This
band grows in exponential steps and has a collection of recorded songs
that they can proudly boast is only surpassed by the full-effect of
attending a live show. Keep your eyes and ears open for this uniquely
amazing band. You won't be sorry.
"I have seen over 7,500 bands in the last fifteen years, and SUPER bob
is one of the best. Never have I seen a band gain fans so quick and
rock it on stage with such energy. They will woo grandmas to teenies"
-Mick Minchow Owner/ Booking Agent/ Promoter - Ground Zero—Spartanburg SC