THE ZONE @ 94.1 PRESENTS: SCION'S BONZAI 2013
10 Years, Crash Kings, Diamond Youth, Drop Kick Murphys, Family of the Year, IAmDynamite, Panic! At The Disco, Pepper, Sick Puppies, and MORE to be ANNOUNCED!
900 East Main Street
Rochester, NY, 14605
Doors 2:30 PM / Show 3:00 PM
This event is all ages
"This chapter of 10 Years began in 2001, when Hasek took over as vocalist. Three years later they released their independent album, Killing All That Holds You, featuring the groundbreaking single “Wasteland,” which led to their signing with Universal Records. “That song was created in 2001 or 2002,” says Hasek. “We weren’t seeking to write a smash single. We were just writing music.” The Autumn Effect (2005) led to widespread radio and video play, a fiercely loyal fan base, and tours with heavyweights like Linkin Park, Korn and the Deftones. When their sophomore effort, Division, was released in 2008, 10 Years had cemented their place as one of hard rock’s top contenders and most sought-after live bands. Still, says Hasek, despite the success, “it all came to a head” with the band’s 3rd major label release, Feeding The Wolves. “When you feel like you’re being told to go through motions and jump through hoops, it takes the heart out of it,” he says. “We know that we need a hit and we understand that it’s important. However, as musicians, we’re not a band that says, ‘We’re going to make a hit.’ It’s better to do what comes naturally and then figure out the after-effect.”
One thing that won’t change is 10 Years’ connection with their fans. With the release of Minus The Machine, the band is looking forward to hitting the road, performing in close contact with their dedicated audience. “After the last touring cycle, we realized where we should strive to be, and that’s to be totally fine in the club environment,” says Hasek. “We don’t plan to chase after arena rock or amphitheaters. If things like that happen, then so be it, but we live and die by the loyalty of the club audiences. Our fans are loyal. They travel with us, and they want us to be loyal to ourselves. That’s what keeps them coming back. What we tried to do on this album is really give them what they want and what they need because they’ve been so good to us through the ups and downs of our career.”
“First and foremost, when it’s all said and done, we’re proud of this album in its entirety,” he says. “That speaks volumes to us because we’re our own worst critics. We pick everything apart. An album is your child, it’s your baby, and you know it better than anyone. To sit back and be 100 percent proud of what we’ve accomplished is so gratifying, and we think everything else will fall into place. We hope that everyone will enjoy what we’ve tried to do.”"
"Growing up in suburban Massachusetts, the Brothers Beliveau knew they were meant to make music together. One grainy family photo even shows Tony at three-years-old sitting at his dad's piano next to Michael just a year old. Growing up, they jammed together constantly, but it wasn't until the duo graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music that their own vision started coming into focus.
In 2006, Crash Kings came to life in Los Angeles. Shortly after forming, they caught the ear of the legendary producer and songwriter Linda Perry who signed them to Custard Records. With Perry's guidance, the group developed an enigmatic sound all their own. That sound resulted in a deal with Universal Motown in 2008, laying the groundwork for their self-titled debut to hit shelves in 2009.
Everything has been kicked up a notch (or eleven) for the band's second album. Michael explains, "On our first album, we focused on making edgy rock n’ roll that featured the piano. This time around, we delved into using synthesizers and the clavinet a lot more. We've evolved and expanded - this is unexplored territory for us."
The only thing otherworldly about Crash Kings is their music. Their explosive live shows have entranced audiences of all shapes and sizes. They're unique brand of rock has lead them to share the stage with the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Jet, Anberlin, Chris Cornell, The Bravery, and more."
"Between Sam Trapkin and Brendan Yates (Trapped Under Ice), David Wood (Down to Nothing), and Justin Gilman (We Read Minds), Diamond Youth brings quite the diverse resumé to the table. Despite being in other bands, this is no side project. Claiming Baltimore as their home, members of Diamond Youth are spread across Richmond and Chicago as well, creating an obstacle in terms of actually practicing as a band. However, using tools of the trade such as 3-way iChat, garage band, and voice note files, Diamond Youth has released 2 EP's in their short tenure since the summer of 2012.
Despite the varying musical tastes of each member in Diamond Youth, they all share a very common back catalogue of bands who have inspired and defined their developing years as budding artists. From Weezer to Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and all the way back to the Beach Boys, the influence these bands has had on Diamond Youth is ever-apparent in the music they write.
When it comes to what Diamond Youth has to offer, what you see is what you get; what you get is often times more than you can handle. With a rigorous background in art, design, and skateboarding, the boys of Diamond Youth are known for their ability to create and produce all of their own artwork, merchandise, web sites and videos. From silkscreen printing their own t-shirts, directing and editing their own music videos, to designing their own album art, Diamond Youth is a band that has a tight grip on their career and firmly believe in the DIY mentality which allows them to do all of this, and still give away their music for free."
Drop Kick Murphys
" Dropkick Murphys have many reasons to celebrate. Since they first hit the scene in 1996, the Boston seven-piece have racked up record sales in excess of 3 million worldwide. Their smash hit single “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” exceeded platinum status and was featured in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning film, The Departed. Their 2007 offering, The Meanest of Times, debuted in the Billboard Top 20, marking the band’s highest chart entry to date and heralding the formal arrival of their independent label Born & Bred Records. The band has sold out shows worldwide and cultivated one of the most fervent fan bases in rock music. They even penned the theme song to the first Red Sox World Series win in 86 years. Going Out In Style, their latest on Born & Bred Records, is an opus that’s both explosive and endearing.
Dropkick Murphys also remain an integral part of Boston’s cultural identity. Not only are they the sound of the city’s sports teams, but Casey also started a charity representing the band, called The Claddagh Fund. Since its formation in 2010, The Claddagh Fund has raised close to a half million dollars. "Boston is such a tight-knit community,” says Casey. “We got involved with some charitable endeavors, and that inspired me to start something for us. I knew we could tap into so much more if we built a charity on behalf of the band and were able to incorporate the fans. We work with some great local charities and some in Ireland. It's nice to take a look at the bigger picture. That's the whole nature of the band—community. It's not bullshit because the fans step up for a good cause beyond the music."
Ultimately, it’s all about evolution for Dropkick Murphys. Casey concludes, "Slow, steady growth is the key. We're fortunate enough that it’s continued to grow. It's real, honest, and we put 110 percent into it. There's a bit of an underdog vibe not only from the stories but literally the band itself. It’s a great feeling that fans respond the way they do. I feel like we won a contest sometimes."
Family of the Year
"Most bands function like a family, seeing how touring, writing, and studio time force them to share a lot of small spaces for extended periods of time. But Family of the Year has taken that familial feeling a step further, and not just with its moniker. The members of the Los Angeles outfit have formed unbreakable bonds amongst themselves that come from cohabitating in a run-down house and relying on each other for inspiration and support, which has led to the kind of camaraderie that allows members to finish each other’s sentences. It also doesn’t hurt that frontman Joe Keefe and drummer Sebastian Keefe are real-life siblings.
Family of the Year’s story began in 2009, when Joe assembled a band around an album, Songbook, that he completed while decompressing from a five-year stint with Unbusted, the alt-rock trio he started in Boston with Sebastian that gained some notoriety for its inclusion on the soundtrack to the Farrelly brothers’ film Stuck On You. Instead of relying on the distortion of his past, suddenly pianos, horns, acoustic guitars, and other assorted instrumentation were being used to display a more sophisticated—yet equally as playful—indie-rock sound that brings to mind classic pop bands like The Smiths, The Byrds, Fleetwood Mac, and The Go-Betweens.
To say that Family of the Year has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time would be an understatement. In addition to Songbook, the band has issued a pair of EPs on its own Washashore Records imprint - 2009’s Where’s The Sun, 2010’s Through The Trees – in addition to last year’s 2011’s St. Croix. Songs from all four discs have made their way onto various international releases. Media attention has come from various corners of the world, including heavy rotation on French radio as well as glowing reviews from NME, BBC, IFC, Rolling Stone and Spin."
"In 2008, the band caught the ear of producer Matt Noveskey, who recorded their 2012 debut ‘SUPERMEGAFANTASIC’ at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Recording Studio in Spicewood, TX, in the Hill Country outside of Austin. The duo was recorded in the same spirit of their live show, using analog tape and minimal layering. “The harmonies are the nucleus of the whole thing, really,” adds Noveskey. “Sure you've got the bombastic drums and the big 70s guitar but the harmonies are really what this band is all about, there are seemingly shades of The Police, Weezer, Modest Mouse and the Beach Boys.”
IAMDYNAMITE has been touring the US consistently since 2008, and have been selling out headlining club dates. On the strength of their music alone, IAMDYNAMITE fought their way to the US Top 40 Modern Rock chart for over four months (and counting). Their video for “Where Will We Go” has reached over 250,000 views in only a few months.
Their approach is pretty simple: “If we don't have a good time writing and playing this music, no one will have fun listening to it,” says Phillips."
Panic! At The Disco
Las Vegas' Panic! At The Disco is an internationally acclaimed rock band. Their most recent single, "Hallelujah," has accumulated over 3 million streams on Spotify and almost 3 million plays on YouTube within a month of release. The band's fourth studio album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die!, was released in October 2013, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The album's lead single, "Miss Jackson (Feat. Lolo)" was certified GOLD and hit Top 10 on Alternative Radio outlets nationwide with over 19 million YouTube views to date, while the follow up single "This Is Gospel" has nearly 28 million views on YouTube. In the Fall of 2013, the band hit the road with their friends Fall Out Boy for The Save Rock and Roll Arena Tour. Next they set out on the sold out national headline, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! Tour and the hugely successful "The Gospel Tour," another headline tour. Previous albums include 2005's double-platinum A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, 2008's Pretty. Odd. (which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Album chart), and Vices & Virtues, which debuted at No. 7 and racked up critical accolades.
"The trio, who formed in 1997 and moved to the mainland from their hometown of Kailua Kona, Hawaii in 1999, pressed pause after the release of their fifth album, Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations, in 2008. There was a sense of fatigue and disunity amongst the three musicians, who took some time off from music both apart and together before rejoining to create an EP, Stiches, in late 2010. The songs on that release re-energized the group, revealing an urgent desire to make a new album that reflected where they are in their lives and career now. After some tour dates in support of the EP, Pepper sat down and focused on their sixth album, a self-titled released that swings open the door on this new chapter.
“We learned so much,” Yesod says. “Matt help us really focus on the art of songwriting. He sat in the room with the three of us with a fine-tooth comb and went over every word, every melody, every sound. He showed us that it’s important what you do play as well as what you don’t play, creating both spaces in the songs. We learned how powerful simplicity can be. Plus, we had such a good time recording this album and I think that shows.”
“We’re so blessed to be in this position,” Kaleo says. “We want to do the best we can with it. We had humble beginnings in our small town in Hawaii and we’re still that same humble band. We don’t take any of this lightly. Every day I wake up and think about how I have the best job in the world. The level of gratitude and happiness I have that we’re able to do this is incredible and I hope people can hear that when they listen to our new songs."
"The band, co-founded in 1999 by Moore and Anzai while still in high school, signed to Paul Stepanek Management, soon after they rounded out their line up by adding Orange County, California-bred drummer Mark Goodwin, who they met through a classified ad following their move to LA in 2006. Soon after, signed to Paul Palmer’s indie label through Virgin Records, a fortuitous video pairing with a friend led Sick Puppies to online fame with the song “All The Same” (AKA the Free Hugs video), which earned an astonishing 75-million-plus views worldwide, and led to appearances on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Other outside-the-box endeavors also pepper the band’s impressive resume. Sick Puppies were featured on Cinemax’s Tour Stories, a five-part documentary about the band; “You’re Going Down” was the official theme for the WWE’s “Extreme Rules”; plus, as dedicated road dogs, playing over 750 shows in North America, they’ve shared the stage with bands including Muse, Tool, The Killers, Papa Roach and Deftones.
Drummer Goodwin notes: “We’re a career band. We want to build and take the time to make things right. The first time we ever jammed it was a massive wall of sound; amazing for a trio. It’s been that way ever since. On Connect, we went more for ‘big’ rather than ‘heavy.’ We did a lot of percussion--tambourines and shakers—and that’s rounded us out when we play acoustically as well.” The third time is the charm on Connect. With two powerful albums and three varied EP’s preceding it, Connect ties the Sick Puppies sound and vibe together and sets the stage for future aural adventures in all shapes and sizes. To wit: the persuasive lyrics of “Run,” which is a favorite of Moore’s, contains his personal mantra in lines such as: “You better run as fast as you can / cause this world tries to stop you, stop you, stop you / whenever it can.” He confesses, “I only subscribe to that half the time, so it’s good to have a song you can sing to yourself for inspiration as much as to your audience!” Even with Connect’s myriad lyrical and musical layers, the record still manages to breathe. “I believe that we succeeded in making an album that will stand the test of time,” Moore concludes with a laugh. “At least I hope so!”"
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