Welcome to part two of the interview feature portion on this Rock Industry Showcase, the announcements have been made as to the further opportunities for these performers and we shall share that news very soon, first let's get to the remaining featured bands on this fine roster!
The mid afternoon line up started a bit of a harder vibe for this showcase and it was a welcomed change for this fan, as we enjoy a walk on the harder side around here! This portion of the day brought many talented acts across this stage and here are a few to name: DRVN, A Gentleman Army, Progressive Chemistry, A(K)New and Sunshine and Bullets finished out this late set and it was grand. Congratulations to Sunshine and Bullets for being signed one day following this event, with MMR Records!
The first afternoon interview was with Progressive Chemistry, and what a fine group of lads! I enjoyed speaking with them immensely. Right off the bat I ask bands to describe their sound to me, kind of like say I was hearing impaired, how could I identify what you put out there? With how music changes so rapidly, it's interesting to hear what words come back at me, as labels mean less everyday in this grand world of sound we all enjoy.
Progressive Chemistry came up with the most original 'tag' for what they do and it was: Progressive, melodic, metal punk! Not only was it brilliant, it truly describes what this line up rips open on a stage. Their sound is on the harder side, with the welcomed growl and bellowing of lyrics tucked in there...but it also does hold some melody in the madness and this is in part due to their singer's personal touch of singing to the crowd, crouching down to their level while on the stage, with a temporary angelic expression -- until the riff lets loose and Matt masters his drum kit! Then it's a free for all in the venue when Progressive Chemistry is throwing down in a live show. This band has been together less than one full year...and to see them play and come together, that would be the furthest thought from your mind, well done! Any fan can detect the influence of Five Finger Death Punch on this group of lads, so if you'd like to walk on the harder side, please see Progressive Chemistry!
Be sure to check out Progressive Chemistry:
Next up on the interview docket was another stage favorite of mine and that band is DRVN. This band wanted to create a sound that took the music from the 90's and made it still cool and relevant in today's realm. This band does touch upon the energy of the live shows from the 90's era, while presenting their own dark and hard shaping to things and it works on a live stage! Their show was a good one and the entire band worked this crowd well. This band has successfully taken what they loved of the music past and molded it into the DRVN sound.
Lead vocalist, Jason Donadio added that this band wants to have the harder edge, but to also be able to maintain some form of cross appeal in their audience and their show provides just that.
It is clear to note the influences in their style, as they originate in the 90's era with: Guns N' Roses, Toadies, Soundgarden and Tool. This band takes these sirens of song that spur them creatively and bring them onto a stage in the modern day sound that DRVN has shaped.
The panelist comment of sounding like Papa Roach may be the clue that this band has indeed gotten on the track to making the music of the 90's and that energy into their own angle, not a bad place to build from, as this fan worships Jacoby Shaddix. This band does hold the harder side down well, but there is again melody to the madness and it's a grand blending of everything this fan seeks in a show. Writing groovin' modern music is what these boys have set out to accomplish and if you get a copy of their EP, you will see what these boys are DRVN to become...and they shall! Stay tuned and catch DRVN when the chance arises, there are some lovely future dates with some mutual friends in a little hard rock band known as Stone of Madness! We will see you on these dates for sure!
Stop on by and get a little DRVN:
Congratulations to the bands receiving recording contracts, studio time and other great endorsement deals from
this fabulous day to showcase the regional sound around St. Petersburg, Tampa and Orlando to name a few. All
are well deserving of any opportunities that come your way in the future, you all have something very special to share with this world through music.
Here is the run down on the results of the showcase:
Sunshine & Bullets (Tampa) signed a contract with Melodic Revolution Records. The band Blaine the Mono (Orlando) signed a Development Deal with High Sonic Records. The bands For Those Like Us (Brooksville) and Screaming at the Silence (Tampa) received endorsement deals from Spawn Guitars. Virginia Rose Band (St. Pete) was awarded 5 free hours of consultation time with Q Entertainment Law. The band A(K)New (New Port Richey) was awarded 5 free hours of recording time at Full Wave Sound. Movie Producer Sharon Whetstone has chosen the following bands music to be featured in 'Vendetta', Virginia Rose Band, A(K)New, Sunshine & Bullets, DRVN, Drive 31. Blunt Force Trauma (Australia) will be getting a DDRUM endorsement. Famed producer Matt LaPlant was in contact with The Defiant (St. Pete), and Blunt Force Trauma!
CONGRATULATIONS to all bands that performed this was an awesome day of music and community! Very well done and I only hope to come back and cover more dates, shows and showcases please?! It was so impressive to watch everyone come together in union to put their best on a stage and then see fellow musicians competing, spurring the next act to do just the same. Thank you all for the welcome and I hope to see you very soon.
**The above are taken from the last conversation with J-Rock, any that may have been missed will be added as I receive any new updates.
As the day went along the change overs got quicker and with critiques and added portions of the day, it ran a bit late to head home for us, as we had to be in Tampa again the following day on another shoot. Apologies for not being able to catch up with everyone...I have a list to catch up with some bands to feature here that may have not been featured for this event. Please get in touch if any bands are interested, features are a favorite in what this fan does and loves every minute of it, so thanks again and all the best to our friends in St. Pete, Tampa, Orlando and other regions.