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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

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Big Ugly battles with 3 Questions & a Song on episode 025!

  • Ozzy Osbourne has been doing a lot of collaborating recently, including some artists that you wouldn’t expect. Which non-metal artist would Big Ugly want to collaborate with?
  • If there was an apocalyptic event and most of the human race and a handful of people have to repopulate the Earth, which Big Ugly song should they listen to?
  • What is your why for your music, and what motivates you to created music.. on the deepest level? asked by Matt Westin in Episode 024

The Song: 4 Walls and an Empty Bed

The song is about overcoming addiction and depression.

The Band

Band Location: Akron, OH
Band Genre:  Metal
We started in 2015 in a garage and after 2 years recorded our first record. We have since released our newest record titled “Forgotten” in December of 2019. We had the fortune of playing with such acts as Jinger, Narcotic Wasteland, Hed P.E., and many others. We are currently signed to Misanthropik Records and have  plans to play as many shows as possible in 2020.
Anthony Gonzalez – Vocals
Mike Nemes – Lead guitar
Eric Hatten – Rhythm guitar
Sean Renshaw – Bass guitar
Dwayne Gupton – Drums

 

01/31 Local Music Madness 3

02/01 A Common Crown – CD Release

Mr. Smalls Presents
A Common Crown “The Reckoning” Album Release Party
w/ Blue Clutch + Victoria Fire

Saturday, February 1st
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm
The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
Millvale, PA

Tickets: $10 – $12
Tickets on sale now!
This event is all ages

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Matt Westin takes on 3 Questions & a Song on episode 024!

  • What is it about country music that drew you away from engineering and to the stage?
  • If you could go back in time and follow a musician around for 1 year and not change history, who would you follow and what would you like to learn from them?
  • What instrument do you use to write with.. and do you write the music or the lyrics first asked by Richard Leko of Broomfiller on episode 023

The Song: Hey Bro

Hey bro is a rockin country song that celebrates the bond between brothers from another mother, as they say. This song means more to me now then it did originally, because my cousin was almost killed in a terrible accident and he barely survived. When I saw his reaction to this song, it really hit me hard on how important it is to be there for each other and have each other’s backs through thick and thin. This song and the lyric video on YouTube celebrate this bond, whether it’s between friends, or soldiers, or 1st responders, or whatever it may be.

The Band

Band Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Band Genre:  Country
After leaving a career in engineering to follow my passions, I ultimately decided to pursue music professionally to honor my father’s memory who passed away in 2016. He loved my singing and encouraged me to continue to pursue it. I dedicated my debut album Legacy to him. Music was a huge part of my healing process and has now become a new purpose for me in my life.

Acoustic set at Point Street Tavern

I spent the evening of 12/27/19 in a cool little venue in Saltsburg called the Point Street Tavern with a few friends. We were there to watch a 2 hour acoustic set by Tim Henry (Sourmash), Jared Greece (formerly of Hybrid), and Bill Duff (Colorblind Willie).

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BROOMFILLERRichard Leko of Broomfiller takes his turn at 3 Questions & a Song on episode 023!

  • If you could erase any album from your memory and listen to it again for the very first time, which album would you want to do that with?
  • Can you tell me about the moment that you knew you wanted to be a musician?
  • Where did you get the name BROOMFILLER? asked by Norman LaStrange of Blödhren in episode 022.
  • BONUS Question: Have you ever written a 7/8th grade Social Studies textbook?

The Song: How Long, So Long The song

It is about the trials and tribulations of loving someone close to you, who is on the decline.

The Band

Band Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Band Genre:  Melodic punk rock
BROOMFILLER is Toronto, Canada’s answer to melodic punk rock. Blending melodic vocals, bass lines and rhythmic drumming with a very energetic live show, enables them to easily stand out. “The album kicks some serious ASS !! Full of great hooks and riffs!!” Trikeman69, Trike’s Trax BROOMFILLER began as a one-man band in Richard D. Leko’s parent’s basement, recording demos on his 4 track cassette recorder, while singing and playing all the instruments. “BROOMFILLER is proving that guitar driven Punk Rock is still alive and well” Matt Hartwick, Kingston Music Reviews After moving to Toronto, 3 albums were released: Watching the girls go bi (2002), Enter the Storm (2006), Third Stage Propellor Index (2015) with several Canadian & USA Tours in support of them. “damn easy to listen to…very tuneful and as catchy…” Mosh, The Moshville Times Compared to Foo Fighters holding hands with Millencolin and Bracket, while sitting on a park bench built by Jawbox & Husker Du, while eating a sandwich prepared by Bad Religion and washing it all down with a stiff drink mixed by Face to Face. “It’s tricky finding a balance between punk and musical, and BROOMFILLER does it well.” Bob Mersereau, The Top 100 Canadian Singles Recently awarded the FACTOR Demo Grant, BROOMFILLER recorded 3 songs which helped begin pre-production on new music for a new album possibly later this year. Watch for many more music videos and show & tour announcements coming soon near you!!!

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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!

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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