The Vanguard and Brother's Houligan present
House Of Heroes
SocietySociety, The blank tapes, COME WIND, Beach Day
222 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK, 74103
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
House Of Heroes
"It takes a lot of cold hard want to just persevere and continue believing in rock n' roll. !And if it is dead and we're just fools on the sinking ship, that's fine. !We're happy to go out that way." – Tim Skipper, House of Heroes.
Pressure is the element that separates the men from the boys in this industry. When it's do or die, sink or swim, the truly special bands are the ones who emerge from the furnace not just intact, but as gold. Conceived in fire, Cold Hard Want is House of Heroes' most urgent, most tangible, most undeniable artifact in their marked career.
"At this point, it's vital we transcend everything we have done before. Music is at a desperate place," Skipper explains. "Musicians like ourselves are at a desperate place as well, trying to make a living in a dying economy. We had to do something that would propel us to the next level. Good thing we work best under pressure."
Known for their creativity, House of Heroes has always taken pride in their ability to blend the experimental and the quirky into hooky, classic-rock-influenced anthems. But with Cold Hard Want, the band has taken the gloves off. It is as immediate, as candid, and as vulnerable as anything the Switchfoots and Anberlins of the world have released to date.
"Musically, we tried to keep it a little simpler than we have in the past. !We wanted to make our points very sharp and easily understood. !So we listened to a lot of anthems and tried to hone in on what made them great-- everything from the Clash and U2, to Guns N' Roses and Aerosmith."
The band took a markedly different approach to writing this time around; they wholeheartedly embraced the concept of the band. They wrote together, they recorded together, they slept, ate, and went to war together. In the era of technology and virtual community, the concept of being a true band itself is refreshing, if not downright foreign. And you can feel it in the music. Cold Hard Want is four guys harkening to the heavens collectively, with all their might, moving the speakers in your ear buds, your laptop, your car stereo, as one.
From the moment the Queen-inspired, acappella harmonies of the intro take flight, you know that you are in. And when the opening track, "Out My Way," takes hold, it will not relent. You will sing, If you've got shots you wanna take, better hope it buries me. If I'm going out then so it be, you know I'm going out my way. Every song has an unavoidable, magnetic chorus. Every moment is desperate. Every track is modern rock, that is hopelessly candid—in the best possible way--complete with bombastic beats, shredding leads, and triumphant riffage.
Make no mistake about one thing, however: House of Heroes has not placed their hopes on the fickle fortunes of rock n' roll. These four realize the fate of their souls cannot be hinged on something so mortal. Faith is—and always has been—the crux of their creation. But, it has always been a mandate within this band to find a creative way to present belief, and onto this mantra they cling more tightly than ever.
"Some people want us to play the same worship song they've heard hundreds of times already," states Skipper. !"And that's frustrating for us because while I do believe those songs have a place and have something to say, the last thing I want to do is regurgitate the same thing someone else said. !It wouldn't be genuine, and I certainly don't want to be disingenuous before the God of the universe. !We are creating to honor the Creator. !It just makes sense to me to put deeper thought into it."
AJ Babcock, the band's primary lyricist, is a champion of wit, blending sensitivity with righteous indignation. On "Out My Way," he reflects on the dismal state of rock music, hoping to incite insurrection: Because you'll never find out 'till your body's been broken on the canvas...If you belong with the ghosts and the has beens, or if you live on like a little piece of greatness. On "Remember the Empire" he calls anyone listening to resist the personal forces of darkness which are at play in all spheres of life: Here they threaten with murder and bribe us with peace, Here they treat us like slaves and convince us we're free. There's no turning back once enough is enough, We can't, but we must, so stand, stand up! And on "I am a Symbol" he speaks about having courage to go against the status quo: The first one through is an easy kill, but no one's safe if we all stand still. This record is ripe with great one-liners and a depth that will leave you not simply rocking, but contemplating.
If you have never experienced the music in a live setting, quite frankly, you are missing one of the most dynamic, well-oiled machines in underground music today. Every note, every harmony, every squeal is placed on record to be replicated in the performance setting. Perhaps that is why HoH has shared the stage with everyone from Silverchair, MxPx and Family Force 5 to Toby Mac and Skillet. And with Cold Hard Want lying in wait, perhaps this is the moment the band moves from packing small clubs to overflowing large ones.
Regardless of the outcome, House of Heroes has created something that will last, something they bled for, something that they can hold their heads high knowing they created for years to come. After all, if nothing else, they want to be known as a band that went down swinging.
Skipper proclaims, "All we hear from the higher-ups in the music industry is, 'Dumb down your music a bit and write some silly pop songs and then maybe we'll talk about working with you.' !What we're saying is that for better or worse, we won't do that. We CAN'T do that. And if we're going out like that, than so be it. !But at least we'll know we went out the way we felt right about."
When people hear about a new band, the first thing they ask is normally “what type of music do they play?” That’s understandable, but sometimes a band can’t be described in just a couple simple words.
For SocietySociety, the easiest and probably most accurate description would likely be “full band hip hop,” but that still leaves something out. A punk rock attitude and delivery takes the music to a different place, as does the band’s willingness to incorporate influences from all directions.
As guitarist William Vickers shared “I’ve noticed that people take what they want to out of our music. They tend to incorporate their own influences into it when describing our band, but at the same time, we can hear it in both our music and where they’re coming from.
As such, fans have associated SocietySociety with bands as disparate as 311, Modest Mouse, Gym Class Heroes, Jane’s Addiction, Rage Against the Machine, Beastie Boys, XX The Transplants and Thievery Corp. Surely, a little bit of each can be heard in the band, but its reach goes far beyond that. With influences ranging from punk rock with guitarist Joe “MySide” Dufresne, roots in the hardcore and metal scene for guitarist William Vickers and roots in R&B, Soul and Hip Hop for lead singer Devo “The Man” McFarland, the band can’t help but defy description and blur the lines between genres.
Initially formed out of the dissolution of an early incarnation known as Vito Ninefingers in 2008, SocietySociety polished off the rough edges of its former self to become one of the most popular and consistent live acts in Tulsa’s independent and underground rock scene before imploding in 2010.
After a two year hiatus that saw band members follow their musical calling in different directions, the group was drawn back together to recapture a rare chemistry that can’t be recreated. After reconvening in 2012, the band has reemerged in 2013, this time more matured, more focused and more motivated than ever.
Known for a high energy and infectious live show, SocietySociety’s “quiet” return to the live stage in January 2013 drew over 100 fans out on a Thursday night, followed by nearly 200 in February for the band’s second return performance, proving the band’s popularity in the live music community had not waned during its absence.
In fact, the live arena is where SocietySociety’s diversity sets it apart from its peers. By marrying a rock attitude to hip hop lyricism and giving it a punk rock delivery with a singer who has just as much R&B in his soul, the band touches on all genres without painting itself into a corner.
Who else could share the stage with a hard rock band (Hell or Highwater) one week, a dance pop singer (Aaron Carter) the next, then follow up opening for a melodically focused modern rock band (House of Heroes) and win over each audience with equal authority? That’s exactly what SocietySociety has done while also standing shoulder to shoulder with both punk bands and rappers and creating a sound that appeals to fans in each scene.
When capped off with an independent DIY attitude, SocietySociety is winning over venue owners as well as the fans by not only using a keen sense of social media networking, but also its old school guerilla marketing tactics. It’s not uncommon to see the band hitting the record stores, postering light poles and business windows and standing outside of venues handing out show flyers and connecting with potential new fans.
With a vision for the future, SocietySociety has used its new maturity and focus to design its own marketing strategy and merchandise and record a new EP, due just in time for the band to hit the road to expand its reach on in its 2013 summer tour.
Good music knows no boundaries and its fans know no longer care about labels and genres. That suits SocietySociety perfectly as the band processes everything it takes in and distills it down to create its own unique signature and sound. Now the band is poised to expand its geographic boundaries as the members focus on the future with no limitations in sight.
The blank tapes
THE BLANK TAPES is the moniker of Los Angeles & San Francisco based musician & artist, Matt Adams, who has produced over 10 albums of 1960's psychedelic-surf-pop-folk-rock on an old 8 track cassette tape recorder in various garages, basements, sheds & bedrooms across the California Coast. Matt is also the artist behind his band's posters & album covers, and along with his band mates, Pearl, DA, & Will, they've toured throughout America, Brazil, Europe, & Japan. They just released a 7" with 20-Sided Records and a few new cassette tapes with Burger Records, Curly Cassettes & Dome of Doom. They also have a new studio album called "VACATION" coming out on Antenna Farm Records Spring of 2013! Matt Adams is also the artist behind The Blank Tapes.
There are so many options before us as we approach life. There are so many ways we could spend our time. What's great is that each one of us has a destiny to fulfill, each one of us has something specific to accomplish while here for the while on earth. It is a beautiful thing when a person figures this out. The guys in Come Wind have been lucky enough to look into this beauty, and walk away with a mission.
Driven by the conviction that life was meant to be lived, instead of just wandered through, Come Wind seeks to craft music that helps people become who they're supposed to be. More than anything, the band hopes their music ministers to those who hear it and inspires them to do great things.
From Canton, Ohio, Come Wind hopes to break into Ohio's music scene early in 2010. This winter, the band will travel to Nashville to record their first EP. This project is being produced and engineered by Joshua Silverberg, formerly of Edison Glass. The guys have very high hopes for this project, and are extremely jazzed about it.
Come Wind invites everyone interested to be a part of their experience with music. With greatest appreciation for all support, the band is very excited for the future.
Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
"Beachy and fun, this band is sort of like a Ronettes meets Black Lips mash up." ~ Brooklyn Exposed
"They are like the band that sonically beats-up the resident surf rock bands. Cut from the same cloth as Dum Dum Girls, Raveonettes, Black Lips and all the others I feature here on a normally basis, Beach Day have a slick and steady 60s garage rock sounds with those girl group vocals you crave." ~ Music Snobbery
"a truly distinct air of youthful rebelliousness and manic playfulness"
~ Consequence of Sound
"Beach Day specializes in a beachy (duh), garage-minded breed of girl-group pop. Indeed, this wellspring goes back about 50 years, and lots of young acts are reviving it now, but this band's interpretation is so natural and incandescent that they make it feel completely fresh again. They have all the romantic nostalgia that you want from this fare but with just enough garage grit to be au courant. But their universal virtue is their rare melodic gift. Most of their ilk simply don't have the stunningly easygoing songwriting instinct that Beach Day does. And that's the difference. It's basic but it's everything. It's why all their songs sound like singles. Moreover, singer Kimmy Drake has the true voice of a girl-group leading lady, something like a young, white Ronnie Spector raised on punk."
~ Orlando Weekly