Ultrea has not played a live show in forever where are they? But of course we're in the studio! We have promised new music and in order to fill that promise we have realocated our time in focusing strictly on recording. After researching and inquiring at many of the studios southern Wisconsin has to offer we found a perfect fit with Megatone Studios. It is like a second home to us. "More like a club house really." It's a well utilized space with top of the line sound right in our hometown of Madison. We started tracking "This Dream" (Can't Take it Away) to test the waters, and it didn't take us long to belly flop into more. The most important part for us was to be sure that the music was going portray our vision. For many musicians this is one reason why some bands choose to self record. Complete control. We have been working with Paul Schluter as audio engeneer/producer. He is incredibly supportive and of what we want to build. But also adds perspective, a keen ear, and a little extra push to really take the music to the edge. We really feel he's an additional member of the band rather than a hired hand, or tyrannical music junkie. We are finishing up composition of our tracks. Up next is mix and master. We are excited to have been in contact with Dan Cochems to do our mastering. We can't wait to hear what the special fine tuning that Dan does to add to the journey of the music. Next step is to get it into your ears. So behind the scenes of recording we've been compiling artwork and design of the packaging. Also booking the first live appearences and stage extras to deliver the the power of perseverance straight to your faces. There is still much work to be done but trust me you patience will be rewarded. We've stuck every second and every penny into this phase of our journey we are so excited to share it with the world and continue to encourage positivity. There is opportunity everyday to change the world. We hope you join the journey of Ultrea.
Risk vs reward. There is not one without the other This weekend was a testimate to our motto. Always Persevere. Just two words. Words that started as motivation and ended up being our saving grace. Ultimately we had a phenomenal weekend. Three shows, time in the studio, and time with bandfamily. Though we had to battle vehicle problems, work/band time management, and more. Each task, each day could not have been a success without teamwork, support from our friends, and our un broken spirit. We have so many things to be thankful for this week, which is fitting since thanksgiving is this week. Please join is in being thankful, greatful, and humble. There are amazing people in this world. We are proud to know some. And look forward to meeting many, many more. Have a great week ultrealiens and remember no matter what the obstacles you must find a way to persevere!
On this episode of perseverance of the driven and hopeful, we take a peek inside an Ultrealien gig weekend. This story brought to you by Take 20, The Metal Grill, and Pyroil brake fluid. As you see all too often, your favorite emerging band posts about a break in or a break down on their adventures. But with quick thinking and a little help from our fellow man (or women) ;) you will see the power of teamwork and perseverance. We had the opportunity to play with Canada’s Kill Matilda Friday at Take 20 in Cherry Valley, IL. They are 2 months in on a 6 month tour, so be sure to check out their page to see when they will be in your woods. They were awesome! Our friends 4 Asprin Morning and local Rockford favorites Nominate the King made for one hell of a party! Thank you to Phillip and Aharon for organizing the fun Friday. Saturday we returned to The Metal Grill in Cudahy, WI for a night of entirely female fronted music. Huge thank you to Divyded and Once the Sun for representing Wisconsin. While Minnesotians Cwn Annwn and Californians From Light Rose the Angels made their Metal Grill debut! The energy all around the stage was incredible. Thanks so much to Neil, Theresa and the entire Metal Grill Staff for your hospitality! If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, get down to the Metal Grill, their set up is unique and sound is great! As a matter of fact, Ultrea will be back on stage there with our friends THIRA and also Look, I'm Burning (Growing), Under Ageis, Fault Line Empires and Breech! Thursday November 6th. We love traveling to new places and seeing familiar places. We are making memories with so many cool people and are growing tighter as a band family. We are learning so much along the way. A couple of things we learned this weekend. DO NOT I repeat DO NOT feed our bassist starbursts, unless you are prepared to ride home with him… with the windows down... Also have plenty of brake fluid on hand and a few mechanically inclined friends. Most importantly keep your chin up and learn to roll with the punches. It is not wise to waste energy on what you cannot control. THANK YOU for all of your love and support. Together we will PERSEVERE into the future!
Sorry about that lack of blogness as of late! We've been busy busy busy! Having baby Ultrealiens and recording and writing and working and familying and playing shows and sleeping. We couldn't do it without you guys! Go check out our shows to catch one near you! And keep spreading that message of positivity and perseverance! ~ Ultrea "In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision." Dalai Lama
Hello Ultrealiens!! I apologize for the lack of blogging. Things have been so busy but i want to take a minute to update you all that has been going on Here's the short of it: We took our first trip out with the trailer purchased with the support of our Indiegogo backers and generous supporters. Ultrea has a new practice space. (no neighbor complaints, SCORE!) New merchandise is starting to come in. We also have been writting new material and recording is back on schedule! We have had some ups, and downs, and are continually moving forward. Every trial we overcome strengthens us as individuals, as musicians and friends. We are so greatful to have your support. We will persevere! We are stoked to play this Saturday with 11 other amazing bands at Jefferson Rockfest! Its just a short drive from madison, and will be our last full live perfirmance til fall. Speaking of Rockfest we want to send a congratulations out to Left of Reason and Apex Audio for thier performance in Cadott Rockfest! We are proud of you guys! Working for the dream is a labor of love. Climb til your flying. Always Persevere ~Jen
Vulnerability: 1. Capable or susceptible to being wounded or hurt. 2. Open to attack, criticism. An acoustic performance strips everything away and leaves nothing but the music. No flashing lights, no fun stage antics, no bodies crashing into you. It’s just you and those who share that intimate space. You can hear every breath, every note, every word. I normally get nervous before acoustic performances, but I had received two encouraging messages from fans that day. It is always my goal to stay positive, centered, and focused, but I’m not perfect and I have doubts like anyone. So I want to thank you for these messages, they truly reinforce that what we are doing is touching the lives of others in a positive way. One message was from one of our Indiegogo backers, this is what Ian had to say “the message of the band is great… The music really hits home with me… Thank you for the opportunity to support you guys and help spread the message to more people that need to hear it.” Ian you are amazing, I can’t thank you enough for you involvement in the Always Persevere Movement. If you want to join the movement there are many ways. First and foremost. LIVE IT! Be true to yourself, find a goal, work hard, and never give up. Open your eyes to others and the world around you. Be kind to one another. You will be leading by example. SHARE IT! Let others in on the movement. share Ultrea with your friends and family. JOIN US! Click the link below to be a backer for Team Ultrea. Every addition helps us reach more people. THANK YOU! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ultrea-distance-project-2014
People come up to me after shows and ask “What can I do to help you guys out?” Seriously the easiest and most appreciated thing you can do is to tell a friend about us. Tell them what you like about us. And tell them where they can find us. As musicians we ask a lot of our fans. “Come see us play. Buy our music, buy a tshirt, support us!” and YES that is amazing when people care enough to give you their hard earned money so that you can continue to follow the dream. BUT! When it comes down to it we can not be successful without the love support and big mouths of our fans. When you buy an Ultrea Tshirt we give you a wristband for free. If you buy a wristband… we give you another for free. Why? We tell you to give it away. To someone who wants it. To someone who needs it. On each wristband it says “ULTREA” (of course) and ALWAYS PERSEVERE. It is a small but powerful reminder to you that no matter what the day will bring you can make it through. Never give up hope. The popular crowdfunding website indiegogo.com is providing us with a platform to continue spreading this message. Starting May 1st be a part of the Always Persevere Movement! Donate if you can. Contributions can be made throughout the month of May. If you can not donate at this time please pass the link along to someone who can. “We must stand together as one if we want our message heard by the masses” ~Ultrea, Divided We Fall
There are 100 things to think about when you take the stage. But once the music starts a feeling of weightlessness, fearlessness, and ease takes over. Preparation is endless those 100 things start to become natural: don’t forget the words, engage the crowd, don’t cup the mic, use your space, don’t cross cables, breath deep, and don’t point the mic and the monitor. The energy takes over and you can genuinely express each moment as it flows out of your body. It is an almost indescribable feeling, which I pledge to repeat as often as possible. Ultrea had three incredible shows this weekend and each was a opportunity to show our passion. We learn a lot from these three day “mini-tours” not only about each other as band mates but about ourselves. This is a tiny taste of what it can be like out on the road and we know we’ve got our work cut out for us. There is much preparation to be done. We will never stop trying to make our dream become a reality. We know we can do it with your help. Soon we will be launching an Indigogo campaign in which you can invest in Ultrea. Each “backer” will serve to be a piece of the puzzle that with ensure that the Always Persevere message with continue to spread. Stay tuned and thank you in advance for your support! If you weren’t able to hang out with us this past weekend don’t worry there are plenty more opportunities. This Saturday we travel to Tomah, WI to perform at The Break Room. Then we return home to Madison. Stay up to date with all of our shenanigans through www.facebook.com/ultrea or twitter @ultreaband or Instagram @ultrea.
“Never give up” is a theme that lies in most Ultrea songs. We feel it is one of the most important life lessons we can pass along to others. Many of you know that among the Ultrea members there are nearly 10 “little” Ultrealiens. The music that we make started as a way to speak to them and about what our life experiences have taught us. Lessons to guide them through life. So that they might be stronger than we were, smarter, and live happier. We are living this lesson. We’ve had set backs, hardship, slammed doors, criticism, stress, and plenty of rainy days. Still, the dream lives on. It have grown to a dream to share this message with the world; To follow your dreams, make a difference, choose your battles wisely and fight like hell for what you believe in. We will see this dream through, as far as we can go, to show our children that we never gave up. We have sacrificed hobbies, Job advancement, sleep, and sometimes sanity. We want our children to grow up and be proud to say “that’s my dad!” or “that’s my mom!” “They stood up for what was right, and never gave up.” We want them to say “I have a dream and I will work hard for it.” When the road is closed, we will find a detour, or make our own. One way or another we will keep moving forward.
Bash blog: BASH BASH BASH! Thank you to everyone that came out to support the line up in Baraboo at the Pumphouse it was a great night for music and sports as the Badger/Arizona game accompanied Ultrea, Wall of Funk, Sexy Esther, The Blackest Brothers Band, and 4 Asprin Morning! Everybody won. Each band, a different genre, brought something new and fresh to the table. We started the night out early, getting everyones blood pumping. I’m not gonna lie sometimes when we play in places not acusomed to loud head-banging fist-pumping lungs-bursting music I wonder if there will be anyone left in the bar when we’re done. Everytime, I’m pleasantly surprised not only that people remain but the numbers grow. The Pumphouse was packed all night largely thanks to Cyrus. He is a shining example of what local music promoters should be. He has spent countless hours to ensure that this show happened and happened well. He worked up radio and print ads and spent countless hours out at shows talking to people one on one. This foot work is the reason that the Bash in the Bluffs is so successful. Thank you Cyrus for all of your hard work it was a pleasure. Also a big thank you to some local people who support the local scene Alijandro with “We Make Music Happen” Jimmy K with “Max Ink” and David with “WI local bands that Rock”. The scene is growing because of people like this. If you want to get more involved contact one of these people there is always work to be done and the success is sweet. Have a great week everyone. Ultrea is back in studio but we sneak out April 17-19 with shows in Madison, Jefferson, and Cudhuy. Stay Tuned and Always Persevere!