Detroit Bar Presents : Poor Man's Change Record Release Show
Poor Man's Change, Gardeners Logic, New Way On
843 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Poor Man's Change
Poor Man’s Change is a modern day Robin Hood for the ears. Taking and incorporating styles of hip hop, rock, reggae, blues and country. Their unique sound has casted the first stone toward the conventional music scene. With the statement “There is no genre it’s just music”, it is conceivable that the four Orange County natives have laid a new foundation for the way music is played, created, and heard. The variety of influence allows the band to be well versed in all aspects of music while maintaining a trademark sound.
Poor Man’s Change plants heavy roots within fans, communities, and new listeners. The music is well grounded and provides an honest account to the life and journey of the bands songwriter, lead singer, and rhythm guitarist Rob Page. “I once heard that there’s still room in life for honest things, this inspired and allowed me to connect with people on a personal level as well as musically" says Rob. Songwriting became a way to separate from the negativity that surrounded his youth. Early influence and teaching from neighbor and longtime friend Josh Quiroz would ultimately play a large role in Rob’s musicianship. His songwriting would later showcase raw forms of underground hip hop, reggae, old time rock and roll, and the grit of country and western music. Collectively, styles were applied and arranged to create the band’s current, music and lyrical sound.
In late 2011, Rob would meet Cory “Soul Train” Anderson, a fifteen year drummer/percussionist from Tustin, CA. A few beers around a camp fire and a forty five minute jam session was all that was needed to form the band Poor Man’s Change. Cory says “my father was a drummer, so it felt natural to start playing the drums.” Self-taught early on, he would emulate the rhythmic techniques and compositions of legendary father and drummer Cary Anderson, Cory would later refine his sound and playing style with help from Kofi Baker and other influences, eventually solidifying his place as the rhythm and soul of Poor Man’s Change.
Andrew “Birdshot” Ballenger met Rob Page by chance through a mutual friend in Fullerton, CA during the summer of 2012. Andrews’s heavy straight forward bass riffs were an exceptional complement to the music played by Rob page and Cory Anderson at the time. “I heard a new sound and wanted to get involved” after the initial introduction, three days would pass before he would play his first show with the band. Rob says “Andrew grabbed life by the beard when he joined PMC. His musicianship and strong business sense is the heartbeat of the group.” Having ten plus years of playing in other bands, touring and singing with a label, Andrew Ballenger continues to showcase key attributes of a great musician while maintaining a forward progression in regards to the music.
Poor Man’s Change was reduced to a trio after the departure of their first
lead guitarist. The group would eventually turn to John “Jonny Boy” Lovero, an accomplished guitarist and singer of another local band, to take lead. John would later say, “Poor Man’s Change induced a melodic conversation between my guitar and their sound. I couldn’t help but answer back.” And answer back he did, John’s smooth and intricate playing style cooperatively enriched each musical composition from start to finish. Eight years and countless hours later John Lovero is a cool drink of water to the thirsty fans of Poor Man’s Change.
We would like to give a special thank you to our family and friends for your love, support and belief in our music. Shout out to Rick Renear, Jamie Anderson, Derrick Fletcher and Beth Hornbarger for their countless hours of hard work. Also to Ford Drums, Tank Farm clothing, and all the local venues that have opened their doors to our band and allowed us to continue to grow. Thank you all!
(Poor Man’s Change)
Gardeners Logic started out as the solo project of Ian Bailey back in 2008. Two demos were recorded with Mike Willson in his home studio. They were never released. The project took a back seat while Ian joined The Counter Regiment with Mike Willson and Gary Westmoreland. The band gave it a go for three years before deciding to focus more on production and engineering. The three of them opened up Music and Arts Production Studio (MAPS) in Huntington Beach, CA. All along Ian was writing and recording as Gardeners Logic on his laptop. During the winter of 2011 the project inevitably found it’s way out of the bedroom and into the studio where Mike Willson joined the project on drums as well as producer for the first self titled release. Gardeners Logic broke free on the web June 3rd of 2012. The players on the record consisted of friends and local talent including Gary Westmoreland, Chris Rushman, Nate Lown, and Liliana Frandsen, just to name a few. The live band soon took shape with a large rotating line up of friends such as Jimmy Hua (Big Monsta), Gary Westmoreland, Garrett Richenbauch, and Russell Osborne (Those Guys). The band played with anywhere from 5 to 7 players making every show a rowdy and unique experience. After a residency at Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar they caught the eye of Vince Phung (Sound Engineer, Multi-instrumentalist, producer) who soon took on the role as one of the bands guitarists. After a slew of Local shows the band found it’s niche as a four piece. The line up was Ian Bailey, Mike Willson, Vince Phung, and depending on the date Collin Breedlove or Chris Booke (Swing Cats Big Band, Session Player) on bass. During January of 2013 the band hit the road for a two week west coast tour. The band has since been back in the studio with the line up of Ian Bailey, Mike Willson, and Vince Phung. They currently have the monday night residency for the month of april leading up to their EP release show. They are currently finishing their second release titled “The La Habra EP” that will be released in physical and digital formats on April 29th, 2013. They will tour with Big Monsta June of 2013 in support of both their releases “Gardeners Logic” and “The La Habra EP”.