the Velvet Teen, Siren [band]

the Velvet Teen

There are few bands out there that have been able to consistently churn out albums that are both appealing, but also challenging to the listener. The Velvet Teen are one of those few. For the past decade, founding members Judah Nagler and Josh Staples have been surprising their audience with exciting and incredibly dynamic music. Drummer Casey Dietz is the perfect blend of Keith Moon and drum machine, and recently added guitarist Matthew Izen is the ideal candidate to lay down the foundation over Judah and Josh's vocals. The most recent release, No Star (Side With Us Records), is a four song strong, no frills, straight up rocker of an EP. The Velvet Teen have never been willing to repeat themselves, and although No Star is definitely going to awaken nostalgic memories of Out Of The Fierce Parade, it is by no means a carbon copy.



Multiple tours of Japan, Europe, and the U.S. show just how far their voices can be heard, and it is certain they are not showing signs of slowing down. Their live show is always top notch, providing ear candy for those that are drawn to both their softer and edgier sides. A recently sold out album release show at Bottom of The Hill is testament to this, as they played for nearly an hour and a half, showcasing their entire catalog. If you've never seen The Velvet Teen live, you are in for a real treat. Be ready to move your feet, shout your heart out, have your ears pleasantly destroyed, and most likely have your mind blown.

ANDREW POHL

Siren [band]

Siren was a band from 1994-aproximately 1997. Formed by Brian Zero, Joe Carr, Kevin McCracken & Adam Glidewell for the purpose of creating community, with music that not only moved people, but informed and included the audience. Siren shows were much more than a scene, it was an opportunity for people that felt they did not belong to come together. Brian & Kevin had formerly played in Engage together, and Kevin & Joe were the rhythm section in the band Twine. Adam was a long time friend and shared many of the same ideal's, plus he listened to a lot of ABBA. ..

Two things that were a guarantee at a Siren show: An all audience included version of Money Changes Everything & Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches made by Brian after Siren's set. Other interesting facts, if you brought a shirt, Adam or Kevin would screen the Siren logo on it for free, there was always free information about animal rights, and corporate greed, this table was handled by Miriam Wilding along with many other responsibilities including booking, promotion, and general assistance. ..

The primary song writers and only permanent members were Singer Brian Zero & Guitar Player Adam Glidewell. There were various live Bass Players including: Joe Carr, Chuck Goshart, Tim Shehan, and Felix Thursday, though Joe was the only one to record with Siren, Adam handled the Bass on the bands only full length release Becoming Wheels. Two Drummers: Kevin McCracken & Nate Lamar ..

Siren played their first show at Santa Rosa's venerable all ages space, Cafe This in 1994. Over the short time that Siren was together they had the opportunity to play with some amazing bands; Jawbreaker, Tilt, Citizen Fish, Cringer, Fifteen, Ground Round, Rancid, MDC, Jara, klickitat ikatowi, Universal Order of Armageddon, Tribe 8, Kid Dynamo, Nuisance, Econochrist, Shelter, the Dwarves (really), Screw32, Tiger Trap, Sari Flowers and many, many more. During 1994 & 1995 there were also two short tours with Avail. Kevin left the band under less than good circumstances in 1995, The band continued to play and record until 1997.

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the Velvet Teen, Siren [band] with Cropduster, Aim Low Kid/Stoner Dad, The 50/50's, Jeff Bretz (MC)

Saturday, June 25 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM at The Phoenix Theater