The Velvet Teen, Siren [band]

The Velvet Teen

Since its inception in late 1999, The Velvet Teen has traveled the world and challenged the very concept of genre with its eclectic and at times schizophrenic appeal. From the early EPs which showed prowess in the pop realm, to the dynamic indie jangle of Out of the Fierce Parade, to the romantic strings and quietly political lyrics of Elysium, to the sexually charged whip-it beats of Cum Laude, The Velvet Teen truly has a talent for seducing the masses into a cult-like state, before promptly leaving the faithless with nothing but a kool-aid aftertaste. The believers, however, will vouch that the experience is well worth the trouble.

The Velvet Teen officially made its debut in a brief Icelandic tour in the debatably millennial new year, finding founding member Judah Nagler accompanied by electronic arrangements programmed on a portable sequencer. After returning home, Nagler teamed up with former bandmate Logan Whitehurst, and together they recorded the first EP under the moniker. Joshua Staples soon joined the group, and the trio recorded a wealth of material while touring North America, Canada and Japan until late 2004, when Logan was diagnosed with brain cancer. He died from the disease in 2006. Casey Deitz filled in during Logan’s absence and later joined the group to help extend the band’s reach to Europe and record Cum Laude.

The present day finds The Velvet Teen writing and recording as always, the newest material a culmination of its history, its vision set on the horizon. You are cordially invited to take part in the madness. All Is Illusory, the band's first full length since 2006, will be available in June of 2015.

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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