The vintage record store and teen outreach center is nestled in a small town not even a dot on a Google map. Located on the way to Band Camp.
Surrender The Fall, with tour crew, roll into the small town, a picture out of an old MTV video comes to mind. A video by Journey called Faithfully. The video is an array of the road and depicts the worlds away from home.
When Surrender The Fall and the crew walked down the streets of Burlington, Wisconsin carrying their equipment , every head turned. What where these five guys and crew doing here in (Mayberry) all the way from Memphis , TN?
Giving back to a community that has seen way to much loss, and way to many young lives lost to heroin, a Mid West epidemic.
Teens and fans alike gathered outside of Rocking Fun Music tm Records and Teen Outreach, phones in hand snapping pictures as the band entered the store.
Like taking a trip back to 1969 , the band and camp looked around at the album infested crates and walls covered with not only Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin , and Jimi Hendrix memorabilia, but also signatures from bands and people from around the world.
I wish I knew what the band was thinking as they rolled into this ghost town, and walked into this little music store, which is build over a underground railroad tunnel used to save thousands of people on the freedom trail so many years ago.
I first handed the Sharpy to, Jared Cole - VOX, and one by one , each band and crew member signed "the wall." Devin Hightower - BASS, Anthony Pitts - GUITAR, Eddie Tyre - GUITAR , Rick Anderson- Drums, driver Willie, Clay the body guard and go to guy , all placed their signature on the wall, while mingling with the excited teens and Milwaukee Rock Music Examiner crew a like.
After introductions and some pictures, we all, one by one descended to the tunnel , ducking and sliding into the studio, The Dunge0n D1g1tal Undergr0und. As if we stepped back in time , we all sat in a circle and began an interview that was so candid , honest, and revealing. The teens shared their tragic loss of friends and the band shared tragic stories of Hurricane Katrina and loss of loved ones due to substance abuse repercussions.
The guys lightened up the atmosphere by playing some amazing tracks off of their hit Lp , Burn In the Spotlight, playing both Billboard chart toppers , SOME KIND OF PERFECT , and LOVE HATE MASQUERADE.
STF, were sharing with the crowd how music is not about the party , but the music itself. How a clean live style is more common on the road nowadays then people really know.
Jared, (vox) explained how touring and taking the stage is it's own reward and so much work , that a clear head and health are necessary to do what SURRENDER THE FALL does, rock the world.
See the candid interview here via video and enjoy.
Be sure to download or buy a hard copy of Burn In The Spotlight today. (Rum Bum Records)
Be a part of supporting this band who gives back.
After the engagement both crews from the Examiner, and the STF , went for some coffee and talked of the next day . Everyone was tired and needed some rest , so the bus parked over night , the guys did some laundry , rested, and woke-up to roll on to Band Camp and now are heading to a town near you.
Thank You to the Surrender The Fall camp, and to our crew
RFM tm Crew