The Expendables

The Expendables

The Expendables enjoyed a laid-back lifestyle growing up in Santa Cruz, CA; surfing, skating, partying, and playing music were commonplace. Since 1997, The Expendables have staked their claim in the California surf/rock genre by headlining venues from coast to coast. Blending Reggae, Punk Rock, and 80s style dueling guitar solos, The Expendables have made heads turn and floors shake for years.

The band consists of four longtime friends: Geoff Weers (Guitar and Vocals), Adam Patterson (Drums and Vocals), Raul Bianchi (Lead Guitar) and Ryan DeMars (Bass). The first seven years of their career was fueled with three full-length, completely independent releases. No Time To Worry (2000), Open Container (2001), and Gettin’ Filthy (2004), would bring in a combined total of over 40,000 units sold with no physical distribution and no record label.

While touring and supporting their album, Gettin’ Filthy, The Expendables would share the stage with Slightly Stoopid and catch the attention of founders and front men Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty. In 2007 Slightly Stoopid formed their own independent label, Stoopid Records, and signed The Expendables for the label’s first non-Stoopid release, which was The Expendables self-titled. Released in September 2007, the album would be accepted as an instant classic by fans and received rave reviews from critics.

The band continued supporting the album with hundreds of shows over the next two years, gaining fans around the world, and respect from the bands that influenced them. Early 2009 The Expendables toured relentlessly. Within a few short months, they hit the road with NOFX, Less Than Jake, Pennywise, and Pepper. In case that was not enough, The Expendables were honored to join 311 on their Summer Unity amphitheater tour, rocking huge stages, and opening new doors for the band.

The boys decided idle time was not an option after the conclusion of their tour with 311, so they went straight in to the studio to begin recording their next album, Prove It. Paul Leary (producer of Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Supersuckers, as well as guitar player for Butthole Surfers) and El Hefe (guitar player of NoFX) would split producing duties at Big Fish studios in Encinitas, California.

Prove It was released May 11th 2010 debuting at #158 on the Billboard Top 200, #30 on Billboard’s Independent charts, and #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers! The album also pushed to #15 on iTunes Top 200 and #5 on iTunes Alternative Charts, jumping The Expendables to a new level in their career. The band’s new release would include guest performances by C-Money, OG, and Dela of Slightly Stoopid throughout the album. Jumping into the mix as well would be long time friend G. Love on the ballad “Wells”.

To support the release of Prove It, The Expendables continued their tenacious touring schedule with their popular yearly Winter Blackout Tour, a headlining Spring Tour, a slot supporting Slightly Stoopid and Steel Pulse on this summers, Cauzin’ Vapors tour and will be in Europe with The Mad Caddies during the fall. The band will close out the year with a national headlining run that will be sure to keep The Expendables strong hype building.

Thirteen years later, five albums down and countless miles covered The Expendables show no signs of slowing down.

Through the Roots

With new music and two nationwide tours on tap, 2015 promises to be breakout year for THROUGH THE ROOTS, the talented reggae/rock band out of San Diego, Calif.

THROUGH THE ROOTS was scheduled to release Feb. 3 on iTunes its much-anticipated single, "Bear with Me," featuring Eric Rachmany of Rebelution and TTR's Evan Hawkins, followed by the single's music video.

Along with the new music and the pending release of its third CD in the summer of 2015, THROUGH THE ROOTS was scheduled to join Hawaii's The Green on its Chocolates & Roses nationwide tour, which kicked off Jan. 27 in San Diego and runs into mid-March.

The Chocolates and Roses tour was slated to hit 11 states, with a number of shows in California, Colorado, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas, as well as shows in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, and Boston. In addition to the Chocolates & Roses tour, THROUGH THE ROOTS was scheduled to headline its own nationwide tour from February through March, with support on a handful of shows from Brooklyn-based band New Kingston, and Northern California-based Thrive. This tour will include shows in Virginia, New Jersey, Washington D.C, Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California. For the new year, THROUGH THE ROOTS was building on its momentum from its highly productive Spring Rising Tour in 2014. TTR was joined on the 21-show tour of eight Western states by New Kingston out of Brooklyn, N.Y., and The Steppas from Hilo, HI. TTR closed the year with a two-month nationwide tour with The Supervillains out of Orlando, Fla.

In 2013, THROUGH THE ROOTS, released its highly regarded "Take You There" nine-song album in July and went on back-to-back national tours with Rebelution and Iration. THROUGH THE ROOTS' "Take You There" CD debuted at No. 3 on the iTunes Reggae Top 200 charts and followed up on its 2011 four-song CD, entitled "Here To Stay," that debuted at No. 2 on iTunes. Both albums remain among the top selling CDs on the iTunes Reggae Top 200 charts.

THROUGH THE ROOTS also headlined shows in Guam and Hawaii in 2013, and played in the prestigious Cali Roots Festival in Monterey, Calif. TTR started off 2014 working on new music and touring the Western States with Tribal Seeds. THROUGH THE ROOTS topped 2011 by being named The Pier's 2011 Newcomer of the Year. The online website covering the reggae/rock genre based its selection on fan voting across country. THROUGH THE ROOTS came together as a band in 2008 and blended its unique sounds of reggae and rock music. TTR quickly captured music fans' attention all over the West Coast as the band rose in popularity and became a must-see show while sharing the stage the past six years with highly respected groups like Rebelution, Iration, The Green, Pepper, Passafire, Tribal Seeds, Natural Vibrations, Fortunate Youth, and Alborosie, in various venues across the United States. THROUGH THE ROOTS is led by lead vocalist Evan Hawkins, one of the rising young stars in Cali-Reggae music, and a talented supporting cast in Taylor Boatwright (Drums, Vocals), Brady O'Rear (Keys), Scott Curtis (Lead Guitar, Vocals) and Budda Foster (Bass, Keys). For more information: Contact Through the Roots

Pacific Dub

Coming from Surf City USA, Pacific Dub resides in Huntington Beach which is nestled nicely in southern California's Orange County. Other bands such as Korn, The Offspring, Avenged Sevenfold, and The Dirty Heads all have members that call this surfer's paradise home.

Combining catchy chorus's, heavy rock n' roll guitar melodies, and smooth hip-hop and reggae rhythms are all significant characteristics that add to Pacific Dub's coastal vibe, and genuine objective of creating innovative alternative-rock-reggae while sharing a message of love and peace.

Now with 4 Western US Tours, 3 Albums, 1 single, and an ever growing and enthusiastic fan base under their belt, Pacific Dub shows no signs of slowing down now. Following multiple sold out shows supporting bands such as- The Dirty Heads, Iration, & Rebelution on their 2011 Spring Tours, PDub has been hard at work writing new songs, which eventually will turn into the bands next 12-15 song full-length album.

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