been an exciting couple months here for the Ameros. First off, we've got some
great reviews from Melissa L. Walker at Utica Music and Arts Festival!
"The Ameros from Albany, New York also
has a catalog that transitions across several styles. They are as capable of busting
into the soundspace with a big, gritty guitar under a rap explosion as they are
to deliver something folk or southern rock. Name Your Price for Freedom is a
melodic blues rock anthem fit for the end of an arena set, while several other
pieces are evocative of 60s singer songwriter bands. Sometimes the sound is undeniably
funk. They incite and move. Their songs are present and political."
"The Ameros return for the night with
their unique fusion sound and political and social messages. Each song has a different
approach, making them diverse and interesting vehicles for the ideas that inspired
them. They're like several bands in one. Rap, rock and folk meld around lyrics
that are consistently conscious and driven to express. Intrigued? Anyone who
has missed their past performances is about to get another chance to experience
their fiercely independent spirit through their music."
second thing going on is that we've had some great shows, and made a lot of new
friends lately. We recommend checking them out. We'll be playing with
Capital Zen on February 26th at the Hudson
River Coffeee Shop, and we'll be playing again with the Blind Spots coming all the way from Ithaca,
NY on March 26th at Valentine's. We're also happy to be playing with some
old friends on March 26th as well, Black Mountain Symphony will be joining us
and we'll have Annie Campo making a guest appearance on "Babylon" not
to mention Capital Zen as well! It's gonna be a great month. The album
is approaching completion, it's just a matter of getting Sten at Bender Studios
during his few available slots.
On March 15th, Sean and Jesse be heading to Pizza Boys for a free acoustic appearance
at 8 p.m., and better yet... $1 slices all day!!
Of course, we're gearing up for the Utica
Music and Arts Festival and applying for other festivals as well. Tickets
will be announced so stay tuned for that.
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new listeners, and your help is greatly appreciated!
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"Next up was The Ameros, who opened with one of my favorite songs, “Ain’t
No Rest for the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant. This not only pumped me up but
the rest of the crowd too, causing a massive surge to the front of the stage. Lead
singer Jesse Calhoun belted out lyrics of freedom and rebellion with great passion
and honesty, almost causing a riot on the dance floor. Charles Pope blew me away
with his sharp guitar riffs especially during “New American Century.”
The Ameros musical style ranges from reggae, rock, funk and explosive hip hop. This
was their second time playing at the MOVE Music Festival and Calhoun said it went
way better this year since they got to play at one of their favorite venues, Valentines,
and were able to support their friends’ bands by catching more music too."
Albany knows how to MOVE – recap of MOVE Music Festival, April 27th
Rice, Upstate LIVE
"Albany's The Ameros
have a lot going on: They just released their debut album, "Backs Against the Wall,"
and will celebrate that with a special show at Dinosaur BBQ. The Ameros are singer
Jesse Calhoun, guitarist Kawari, bass player Sean Muniz and percussionist Kiki Vassilakis.
They meld rock, reggae, hip-hop, funk and riveting political commentary.
This is a politically charged combo, with songs like the apocalyptic title track,
the Patriot Act ode "Name Your Price For Freedom," "Weight Of The World" and "Way
of the Gun."" Unknown, Times Union
"The songs, primarily
written by Calhoun and Muniz, showcase influences ranging from classic rock - artists
like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin - to metal acts like Dream Theater,
to hip-hop, to reggae. All these influences can be felt throughout the album, sometimes
in the same song - the epic-length title track features a winding metallic riff
with a midsection rap." Brian McElhiney, The Daily Gazette
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