The Vanguard and Brother's Houligan present
Alien Ant Farm
SocietySociety, Summer on Titan, The Ridgelands, Out of Sink (formerly known as Kick Tree)
222 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK, 74103
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Alien Ant Farm
The SoCal alt-metal foursome Alien Ant Farm formed in 1996 with the raging singer/songwriter Dryden Mitchell, guitarist Terry Corso, bassist Tye Zamora, and drummer Mike Cosgrove. All were bored with their day jobs and sought something else to break them from corporate norms. Music allowed them to freely express themselves, and a friendship was born. They independently released their quirky debut, Greatest Hits, toward the end of the '90s and soon enough noise surrounded the band. It won the award for Best Independent Album at the 1999 L.A. Music Awards and Alien Ant Farm found themselves striking a deal with Papa Roach's New Noize, which is partners with DreamWorks.
Two years later they made their major-label introduction with ANThology, issued in March 2001. Debut single "Smooth Criminal" was a funky metal mix of Michael Jackson's original song, and pop kids of the TRL generation loved it. The song hit number one on the modern rock charts, and the album eventually went platinum. A year later, between tours of Europe, the band was back in the studio recording new music. Their new song "Bug Bites" was featured in the Tobey Maguire flick Spiderman in May 2002. But while traveling in Spain to a gig in Portugal that same month, the band's bus collided with a truck, killing their driver, Christopher Holland. The band and crew members suffered various injuries as well, most seriously Mitchell, who fractured his C2 vertebra. Thankfully, he came out of surgery able to walk, though suffered some nerve damage and a slight loss of motion.
Committed to getting back to work and pushing the incident aside, Alien Ant Farm hit the studio to record their follow-up record. truANT was issued in May 2003, right as Dreamworks was dissolving as a label. As a result, the album barely made a splash on the U.S. charts, though the single "These Days" managed to crack the Top 30. Guitarist Corso subsequently exited the group and was replaced by Joe Hill. Zamora next left for college after recording of the band's fourth effort wrapped. Up in the Attic appeared in July 2006 on New Door Records, as hardcore vet Alex Barreto (Chain of Strength, Inside Out) entered on bass. Alien Ant Farm simultaneously released the DVD BUSted, which included music videos, live footage, and a candid documentary. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide
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.
Ever wonder what it would be like if the ninja turtles drank and sort of played instruments instead of fighting crime? Yeah? Well then we're your band! We are The Ridgelands! We aint got nothin' to lose... cept your respect, but we probably lost that when you stumbled across our page.
ALL HAIL CARDIEL!!!
Out of Sink (formerly known as Kick Tree)
Pop Punk band from Tulsa, OK
Formerly known as Kick Tree
$15.00 - $30.00