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Chrysalis Links Chrysalis Chrysalis was formed in Barstow California in 2003. Founding members Yessi Burton (Vocals/Guitar), Billy Norris (Drums) & Jared Sturgis (Bass) were in their early teens at the time. Part-time keyboardist Noel Castillo, & guitarists Gabe Gallego and Chris Norris (younger brother of Billy), were later added to the lineup. After going through the obligatory early band phase (demos, local shows, ect.), the group independently released a full length album in 2006. Local reaction to the album was lukewarm initially. Emo and Post Hardcore music were popular at the time. Chrysalis had a metal symphonic sound, that was uncharacteristic of the Southern California scene. Undeterred, the band hit the road in a van and trailer and played shows all over the western half of the United States in the following years, going as far north as Portland, and as far east as Oklahoma. As the group soon found out, life on the road for a young unsigned band isn't easy; money is tight, careers, education, and personal lives have to be put on hold, all while dealing with the day-to-day grind of the road (there was one instance where all the members of the band, plus 2 roadies, were stuck in a single hotel room for an entire week after the Van's transmission went out). Eventually, the persistence started to pay off as the band carved out a niche following. At one point, the album became one of the top all time sellers in the Gothic Metal genre on CDbaby, and the record found a foreign audience as streams in Europe steadily increased. The band also landed a small stint on Warped Tour in addition to opening slots with A Day To Remember and Fear Before. Licensing and endorsement deals followed, as well as features in various media outlets (ESPN X-Games, Meta Edge Magazine.) After going on a semi-hiatus, the band put out the album "Focus on the Center" on February 11th 2014. The album has a more rock oriented sound, but still retains the synth and aggressive elements from the bands' earlier years. It feels like Chrysalis has been around forever, you could even call them "veterans" of the Southern California metal scene, but with the members of the band being in their early & mid twenties, they might just be getting started. Fields Of Mars Links Fields Of Mars If every musician is searching for that elusive sound that they hear in their heads then that would make Erich (Three Days In Vegas, Psycho Sonic Cindi) no different than the rest. He has said that it is like "musical sounds capes bouncing around like bells reverberating off the walls of some cathedral". This was the genesis of The Fields of Mars. Erich set about bringing together old band mate Brandon Lewis (Permanent Darling, Honey Driver) on guitar and Synth and Mary Anne Barckoff (Viva La Venus) on Bass. For two months or so they crafted songs that would eventually evoke the darker side of the 80's a sugary mixture of indie, pop, post rock. They eventually brought in filmmaker and musician in his own right Ismail Abdelkhalek on drums. For fans of: Pink Floyd, New Order, Radiohead Lose Control Links Lose Control LOSE CONTROL was founded in Hermosa Beach, California by Jeff Nisen and A.J. Bartholomew in the Fall of 2011. With a shared love for heavy metal music, Nisen and Bartholomew began playing music together at a young age in middle school, and while Nisen went on to form the band Sand Section and Bartholomew formed Allura, destiny did eventually reach down her guiding hand and steered them back in each other's direction in 2010. At that point it was painfully evident that both their chemistry and "kick ass" factor were undeniable and they soon began writing songs together. In the Fall of 2011, Nisen and Bartholomew teamed up with drummer/producer Mike Sutherland and began work on their self titled debut, Lose Control EP, which was released in June of 2012. They enlisted Bret Bollinger from Pepper and Andre Davis from Tomorrow's Bad Seeds to share time on the bass guitar in the studio and ultimately birthed a completely new heavy metal sound. The bass has since been taken over by Mitch Davis who is also a key songwriter and vocalist for the group. In the Fall of 2013 Patrick Salmon, formerly of Tomorrows Bad Seeds, became the band's full-time drummer. In April of 2014 Lose Control released their first studio LP, Let If Be Known, to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The album is a further realization of their signature "dual lead" guitar sound, complete with strong vocal melodies, and a heavy metal backbone comparable to anyone else in the business. Within a short time the band has already shared the stage with Unwritten Law, Shiny Toy Guns, and Authority Zero, as well as played two venerable KROQ Microbrew Festivals in Southern California. Currently the band has its sights on a lengthy summer of touring in 2014 in support of Let It Be Known. Lose Control has its roots tied closely to bands such as Black Sabbath and Guns N Roses, but they have added their own contemporary twist combined with guitar shred virtuosity ranging from Randy Rhoads to Dimebag Darrell. One thing is for sure, Lose Control has crafted a sound that reminds people that hard rock is far from dead. It is a sound that is guaranteed to captivate fans of all styles of hard rock music, and all connoisseurs of awesomeness. It is a sound that looks you square in the eyes and tells you to sit down while it explodes all over your face, peeling flesh from bone. So go ahead, crank it up and LOSE CONTROL. Venue Information: Local 506 506 W. Franklin St Chapel Hill, NC, 27516 http://www.local506.com/
Address: 430 S Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27601 Phone:(919) 833-1255
Sounds Like: Pink Floyd, The Church Band, Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order, Radiohead
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Q: Did you perform the song "Razor Blades" that was included on the 2006 Evergreen Alumni Compilation Album for The Evergreen State College? If so, where can I buy the rest of that album?
A: Nope wasnt us :-(
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