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About the Author
Bill is a teacher by day and webmaster by night. Bill started working with bands and their online presence in 1995. He founded AK Music Scene in February of 2004 and the Pennsylvania Rock Show followed shortly after in September of 2004. In October of 2016, he founded Podcast your Scene Bill hopes that his websites help the bands around the world get their music heard. Unsigned music creates signed music, and there are a lot of bands out there that deserve a shot at that. In late 2017, Bill started his 4th unsigned music website, www.buildthescene.com

Blödhren 3QS022

BlödhrenNorman Stethalacopalus LaStrange of Blödhren takes a shot at 3 Questions & a Song on episode 022!

  • What draws you to the stage and why metal?
  • What is one thing that you love about the Roanoke music scene and what is one thing that you hate that you would change?
  • When you go see a band live, what do you expect? Are you listening to the lyrics, the music? What about them makes you want to see them live? asked by Stringg Harris in Episode 021
  • also get some stage presence advice and find out where the name Blödhren came from?

About the Song: No Weakness

It is about how easy it is to do wrong. How we are constantly plagued with choices and it is always so much more tempting to pick the easy, less morally comfortable option.

About Blödhren

Genre: thrash / groove metal
City: Roanoke, VA

Four piece metal band from Roanoke, Va. We play fast, hit hard, and always have a good time doing it. It’s not often that the planets align in a way to allow a band to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time. In the case of Roanoke, VA natives Blödhren though, the universe has definitely been in their favor.

From October 2016 to January 2017, founding member and guitarist Ox forged the band from the ground up. With a steadfast vision, Ox set out to create metal that not only gave honor to bands such as Pantera and Slayer but also pushed the roots of metal forward into territories occupied by acts likened to Gojira and Lamb of God.

First recruiting vocalist Norman LaStrange (Survival of the Sickest) and drummer Stephen Boothe (Rezult) in October 2016, the three started hammering out material in the months following. The band then brought in bassist Allen Christian (Sophie’s Scar, Metallic Division, Black Rose Mourning) to complete their sound.

https://www.facebook.com/Blodhren/
https://blodhren.bandcamp.com/

Black and Gold Christmas

Black and Gold ChristmasI recently had a chance to sit down and interview Chip and Maleena Dominick from Chip and the Charge Ups, as well as, Brian Gulish the Vice President, Marketing & Communications for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. We talked about the new collaboration by Chip and the Charge Ups and local vocalists: Liz Berlin (of triple-platinum recording artist, Rusted Root), Doug Carnahan (of After The Fall, voted “Best Rock Band” in the Iron City Rocks Pittsburgh Music Awards for the past five years), Jen Craven (of emerging metal band, A Common Crown), and powerhouse gospel vocalist, Char Fields. Black and Gold Christmas. Don’t forget to purchase the track and the shirt! The sell of the accompanying T-Shirt is being donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. In the interview you’ll learn about the making of the song, how to make donations to the food bank, and volunteer at the foodbank. You can listen to the interview (above), watch the official video, and read Patrick McElravy’s review below:

 

The Review

It’s the middle of November in the City of Steel. We just had our first decent snowfall, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Christmas is not so far off. It’s football season which means the black and yellow terrible towels are waving frantically throughout the city of Pittsburgh as people huddle up in front of the television or pile into Heinz Field for the Steelers. Stores everywhere already have good old Saint Nick up on display everywhere and Butterball Turkeys are flying off the grocery store shelves as fast as the stock boy can load them. It’s official, people, we have entered the holiday season…..one of the craziest, most stressful, fun, and most meaningful times of the year.

Now that we got the obvious out of the way, this time of year is a time of giving, gathering, and celebration. It seems as though Pittsburgh power pop band Chip and the Charge Ups are already way ahead of the game with their new holiday anthem “Black and Gold Christmas”. The seed for the project was planted ironically in the blistering summer heat of July. Singer/songwriter Chip Dominick and company would set out to write a Christmas-themed song portraying various landmarks and traditions about the city they love and hold so dear. Once the band had the general structure of the song mapped out they took things a step further: Recruiting various rock vocalists from the surrounding Pittsburgh area (After the Fall and A Common Crown to name a few). With a task as big as writing a strictly Pittsburgh-themed holiday song while collaborating with various vocalists, how would the end results turn out?

“Black and Gold Christmas” definitely hits in all the right places and some. The band do an excellent of creating a fantastic backdrop with melodic gusto and punch for the various singers to showcase what they each bring to the table. The first half of the “Yinzer” track allows for everyone to show their individuality, taking turns showing their prowess, but it isn’t until the back half of the song where we really see the magic really happen. After a short bridge, Chip acts a conductor bringing everybody back in for the grand finale. Everyone works together to display some impressive harmony work to build the ambiance. One of the most definitive qualities of “Black and Gold Christmas” is that it is fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Everyone is there and having fun and hanging out to make this holiday-laden tribute to the city of Pittsburgh.

Chip and the Charge Ups certainly have quite the product on their hands. “Black and Gold Christmas” serves as a fun track that I can see being adopted into Pittsburgh culture with its powerful performances and excellent songwriting. A noteworthy mention is Chip and the Charge Ups have partnered up with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for the track’s release. “Black and Gold Christmas” is now available on all digital platforms with all profits from the T-shirts being donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. So bust out your Christmas wreaths and terrible towels and go download “Black and Gold Christmas” today to rock out and help a great organization within the Pittsburgh community!

Stone Wicked Souls 3QS021

Stone Wicked SoulsString Harris of Stone Wicked Souls takes a shot at 3 Questions & a Song on episode 021!

  • If you were talking to a potential fan, what would you tell them about your band?
  • If you had the opportunity to record a track with a legendary musician as a guest, who would you bring in to sit in with you?
  • BONUS QUESTION: I think we might have a mutual friend in Matt Ferrante?
  • How did you come up with that name? It’s a cool name. I’ve seen a lot of band names, but I want to know how that name came about for that band. – asked by Miss Freddye in Episode 021

About the Song: Glass Houses

This song is about the hypocrisy in our social circles by placing judgment on human beings for simply sinning different than the herd.

A song that’s very personal to me, one that I actually had to pay a couple hundred dollars to argue with my engineer and at that time label owner over the best direction for the song.

About Stone Wicked Souls

Genre: Hard rock / stoner metal
City: Flushing, OH

Stone Wicked Souls is the crown of thorns placed upon the God of Rocks brow. With its influences consisting of Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Corrosion of Conformity, and Black Sabbath; its no wonder this band finds a way to defy all labels and secure itself in its own brand of uniqueness. Harnessing the spirits of their predecessors, this band definitely delivers itself in unapologetic power! Their live shows clearly communicate their effective musicianship and stage presence , solidifying their sovereignty , as the Ohio Valley’s best hard rock group.

In 2017 , courtesy of Supermonkey Recording Company, Stone Wicked Souls released its fourth EP ” Hollow”. Overindulgent and decadent, this collections of songs is a sonic sucker punch of guitar driven tranquility. Fan favorites like “dance of the dead” and “hollow”, show off this bands crowd inclusive arrangements, giving you the feeling of being apart of the show, as you sit back and soak it up through your headphones.

The thing that sets this group apart from most bands is their vocal driven melodies supercharged by a thick, bluesy, riff heavy rhythm section that can quench the thirst of heavy music fans of all genres. If you are looking for a memorable live experience, get out and attend a SWS show near you! Bryan Blake, Joe Conter, and Chris “String” Harris definitely find a way to create a melting pot from their influences and deliver exceptionally interesting classic/grunge infused grooves unlike any other group of musicians from their community.

In 2019, SWS released “drag of a ride”, produced and released by the band on their own label, Heathen Army Recording co.

Their first single ” Crown of Thorns” delivers a power punch of attitude and proves yet again, stone wicked souls cannot be defeated.

stonewickedsouls.bandcamp.com
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5OjlNgvn3b7YxCcR6rqL1j
https://www.facebook.com/Stonewickedsouls

08/21/20 & 08/22/20 The Band Jam

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Miss Freddye

Miss Freddye take a shot at 3 Questions & a Song on episode 020!

  • If you could pick one album that you loved, and erase it from your memory and hear it again for the very first time, what album would it be?
  • What is it about the Blues that keeps bringing you to the stage?
  • It seems obvious there is some great Jazz artists influencing your sound. Do you have any early rock N roll artists who have influenced you in anyway? – asked by SKAR in episode 019

About the Song: Lady of the Blues

The song was written by a former minister out of WV. When Steve heard her nickname Lady of the Blues, he got to know Freddye and wrote the song. She says the song fits her to a T, and it is the Title track on her album.

About Miss Freddye

Genre: Blues
City: Pittsburgh

I started out in church at the age of 15, singing gospel. In 1995 started singing in the blues band “BMW”(Blues Music Works). In 2002 formed my own band, “Blue Faze”. Go on to open for Kelly Richie, Janvia Magness, Eden Brent, and Bettye LaVette.

Purchase Miss Freddye’s Album: Lady of the Blues

Follow her on Facebook

SKAR 3QS019

Three questions for SKÄR – Episode 019

  • If you could design the perfect venue for SKAR to play in, what would it consist of?
  • Can you tell me about the moment that SKÄR came together?
  • What is the hardest piece of music that you’ve ever written? It can be hard because it was tough emotionally, cathartic, or even from a technical standpoint. Also, why was it hard. Asked by Patrick McElravy from 9 Stitch Method on Episode 18.

The Song: Build on Love

B.O.L. (Build On Love) It is in the classic hard rock power ballad style, a song about how no matter where you are in life, love seems to find you. It can break your heart but that helps you grow. So “Build On Love don’t you tear it down, Build On Love when it comes around”

About SKAR

Band Location: Sioux Falls, SD USA
Band Genre: Classic Hard Rock

SKÄR is a powerful 5pc classic hard rock band with strong lead vocals shared by our female lead vocalist and our drummer. We do play covers in our own style and we “SKARIFY” songs which means we take classic out of the box songs and update then with a new energy, we add a heavier crunch yet stay true to the original. released our first album “SKARIFIED” (Volume 1) in Sept. 2018 and are finishing up our second album tentatively called “Butterfly That Stings” with a late Sept./early Oct. release date.

Find SKAR Online

https://skarband.wixsite.com/home
https://open.spotify.com/artist/363Ev1b0ZaMK33nkpw9UC1
https://www.facebook.com/groups/skarband/
https://www.reverbnation.com/skar14

9 Stitch Method 3QS018

Three questions for Patrick McElravy – Episode 018

  • Do you think it is more difficult to play to a track and have to create it ahead of time, than it would be to play live?
  • If I was flipping through my Social Studies page and found a page with 9SM on it, what would that page in history be about?
  • How in the ever-loving hell can you run around that stage, and sing like that?

The Song: Sleep

“Sleep” was a really fun song to write and record. It was the last song written for the album, and almost never came to be. Josh had a different song written originally he wanted to bring to the table to round out the album. He then said “oh I have this other idea, but it prob doesn’t fit with what we are doing”; as soon as I heard the riffs he had going I said “that’s it!!! That’s the final track!!!” The song has alot of cool melodic parts and alot of really heavy dissonant stuff that makes a great contrast in dynamic. Lyrically the song is ironic of it’s title: “Sleep”. Its about the lack there of, the stuff that comes flooding in your brain at night when the day has wound down and you just get stuck in your head stressing.

About 9 Stitch Method

Band Location: Pittsburgh, PA US
Band Genre: Alternative Metal

9 Stitch Method are a 2 piece alternative metal from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Combining their influences of alternative metal, deathcore, and mathcore; the band have been tearing it up on stages across the tri-state area with their unique brand of metal and stage antics, reaching as far down as Nashville, Tennessee. They recently signed to the Brutal Business Entertainment roster early 2019 and have just released their brand new album “Jaywalking Somnambulist”.

Find 9SM Online

https://www.facebook.com/9stitchmethod/

https://9stitchmethod.bandcamp.com/album/jaywalking-somnambulist

https://www.teambrutalbusiness.com/bands

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGncrNLFdZ1XI8z7tVU6X2A

Vincenzo Grieco 3QS017

Vincenzo Grieco

Three questions for Vincenzo Grieco – Episode 017

  • Can you tell me about the moment that you realized you wanted to play the guitar?
  • You can pick 1 album that you’ve already heard to erase the memories of having heard it, and go back to listen to it like it’s the first time again. What would it be?
  •  When I was looking through his music and all the places he has played, what is the one thing that he just can’t live without when he is on the road? – asked by Bastion’s Wake in Episode 016

The Song: Misleading lights of town

“Misleading lights of town” is the title track from Vincenzo Grieco’s first album. It’s about a person who’s driving late at night in a big city, trying to escape from the sense of fear in his mind. While driving, he realizes that all the lights that he sees are not going to comfort him. The imaginary spider web inside his mind represents Vincenzo’s own phobia.

About Vincenzo Grieco

Band Location: Rome, Italy
Band Genre: Hard Rock

Vincenzo Grieco is a guitar player, musician and composer from Rome, Italy. After many years of musical experiences he decided to publish his first solo album. The song involves Piero Pierantozzi on drums, Marco Polizzi on bass, Emanuele Casali on Keyboards and Giorgio Lorito on vocals. Lyrics are written by Sara Facciolo, Vincenzo’s wife, who’s also a singer-songwriter herself.

Find Vincenzo Grieco Online

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4BmjyBrk0SoQ3e8MFvqox9?si=sGBJUogwQIurPYkC8GhYKA
https://www.facebook.com/vincenzogrieco76
https://www.amazon.com/Misleading-Lights-Town-Vincenzo-Grieco/dp/B07QLSPCFL
https://www.twitter.com/vincenzogrieco
https://www.instagram.com/vincenzogrieco