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Bruised but not Broken

I woke up Sunday morning with fist/elbow sized bruises. These are but temporary battle scars that give you that good kind of soreness only felt after a weekend of good rock’n. The Wisco was packed from wall to wall Saturday, but there was just enough room for a small but intense mosh pit during The Gunderson Project’s last song. The Gunderson Project, a 5 piece Metal band from DeForest, had their live debut opening for us. Murdercore also brought intensity with their new bassist “Wookie.” Greg even commented, later on Facebook, “I’m surprised The Wisco is still standing.” But let’s back up just for a minute. Before brutalizing Willie Street, we were at the Badger Bowl stage, with One Last Run and Left of Reason. These are two unbelievably fun bands to play with. We will be playing with Left of Reason again Friday May 3rd at Rev. Jim’s Saloon to benefit the family of Jessica Frank and May 11th at Bar3 in Rockford. One Last Run will join us again Saturday June 8th at Frank’s Power Plant in Milwaukee with BREECH. During rehearsal this week we began work on ballad composed by our own Greg. You can expect to hear this mixed into our normal set soon. We also got a chance to stage an impromptu photo shoot to display our new T-shirts available for sale at all of our shows small-3X large for $10. They will soon be available for online purchase here on Reverbnation.com. As you go about your business this week I hope you think about how much you impact others. We are constantly in debt to everyone who supports us as musicians, as people, and as a family. We only hope that we can impact others with our message of positivity, patience, persistence, and perseverance. This is our life. This is our journey. We hope you will join us on our journey to change the world. ~Jen

Living the Dream

There is nothing like getting to spend time doing what you love with people you love. The performances that feel the best always leave us wanting more and this weekend was no exception. Thursday we were up at UW Oshkosh Reeve Union for their Local Live Music feature at the Titan Underground stage. We had a blast playing with Final Motive, a heart stopping rock quartet, whose members include UW students. We want to wish them luck with their future endeavors. We also want to thank Vinney, Steve, and Mersadies for hanging out with us we hope to see you at more shows! After our set we weren't quite ready to call it a night so we moseyed on into a local watering hole called the Twisted Karma. Decorated garland made from bras tied together and artful dollar bills as backsplash to their inventory we unwound with a few beverages and bar dice with bartender, Jessica. We hope to get back up there to perform sometime this summer. Saturday night was a unique experience for our girl Jessica. We traveled back to her hometown of Monroe to Papa Don's Horseshoe Saloon. "Monroe was such a great experience for me, still overwhelmed at the crowd that came out," says Jessica. We shared the Stage with Grey Matter Mechanics, a high energy pop rock 4 piece. They have a groovy signature sound that kept us all moving. I recommend everyone check them out. Keeping the party rolling was Sexy Ester a Hot alternative rock band from Chicago. Front woman Lyndsay commanded the stage and packed the dance floor. I could see the look of envy on several faces. These guys were amazing! Ultreans united onstage soon after. Along with our usual set we had a special feature spot for miss Jessica. She sang a sultry version of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" that made Monroe proud. I want to thank everyone who rocked out and moshed to "Through the Ashes" and "In Your Face" that was the best crown interaction I've ever seen! I want to send a special shout out to "BBQ" for his involvement and encouraging words after our set. Playing shows, getting sweaty, meeting great people, together with my friends this is living! See you all Soon ~Jen

Oshkosh and Monroe ARE YOU READY?

Some of us had the weekend off to rest while the rest of us were hard at working putting all the bells and whistles on to 424 Studios. Looks like we'll be up and running shortly. This is great news since we are chomping at the bit to get out some new material for your ears. Last week at practice we ran through a special cover that will feature Jessica on lead for a special performence in her hometown of Monroe this Saturday. I wont say what it is you'll have to come out and see... or check for videos on you tube afterward. But first team Ultrea will be headed up to the UW Oshkosh campus this Thursday to perform for HARD ROCK NIGHT at the Reeve Union. This show is FREE to all students that bring their student ID. Stay Tuned to our Facebook Page tonight as Jessica and I will be debuting pictures of our new Ultrea shirts now available for sale at all of our upcoming performances. Rested and ready to rock out! ~Jen

Pain in the neck? The good kind

You know you’ve had a good weekend when you wake up Sunday morning with a good old fashioned sore body as the result of headbanging ect. from the night/s before. We had two amazing shows back to back this weekend that were like night and day. Let’s compare shall we? Friday night we ventured to Antigo, WI (A) and Saturday we rocked Milwaukee, WI (M). A: A Quaint town in central WI. M: The largest city in Wisconsin. A: Grand opening for bar/nightclub Headquarters II . M: The Rave, A longstanding venue. A: a cozy intimate stage. M: Spacious. A: 31 and snowing! M: 57 and sunny. A: Opened for an up and coming band Dead by 7. M: opened with Breech, Evoked, Headstone, ect. for Candle Light Red, Lacuna Coil, Coal Chamber, and Sevendust. The thread that ties these to shows together is that at both locations we met amazing people that are passionate about music. We had a blast performing at each location and we hope everyone had a great time. Each day that we get the opportunity to share our message and generate positive energy is the best days of our life. We are constantly humbled by the amount of support we get, and are eternally grateful. We are up for some amazing opportunities in the near future that we could not have and can not achieve without your help. Second round voting for MAMA’s (Madison Area Music Awards) has begun and guess what? If you voted in the preliminaries your vote is FREE this round. Also we are climbing the standings for Ernie Ball Battle of the bands for the chance to play Milwaukee’s Warped tour this summer. Please help us spread the good words of positivity, persistence, and perseverance. www.themamas.org and http://www.battleofthebands.com/u/Ultreaband

On a personal note, I am so proud our success thus far and where we are headed. I am blessed to be a part of this amazing band with phenomenal band mates. I love you guys ~Jen

Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better.

We are so honored to be 2013 MAMA nominees in two separate categories. In the hard rock genre we have been nominated for best performer and best song (“Calm Before the Storm”) This is amazing news that we were pleasantly surprised to hear. Thank you to everyone who got us into the finals and please vote for us to win! This has been an amazing year. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to win a MAMA or two. Thank you to all who came to see us at The Wisco to perform our first live acoustic set. Also thank you to those who listened as it was broadcasted over MAXINK radio. It was great to talk to Jimmy K and the boys again, and to support this local media outlet. Next up for us is a trek up to Antigua, WI this Friday followed by The Rave in Milwaukee for Sevendust, Coal Chamber, and Lacuna Coil this Saturday. If anyone doesn’t have a ticket for this show please contact us soon as we are running out. Shirts, can coozies, EP’s, and stickers will be available at that time.. Should prove to be and amazing night. We hope to share it with all of you. A new song is in the works, which is our heaviest yet. I am so stoked to finish it and share with everyone. The guys have been putting on all the finishing touches to 424 Studios. Soon 424 will be home to not only Ultrea but other supporting bands, ETM Records, and 301 Productions. For more information please visit their corresponding Facebook Pages listed here. Thank you all for your continued support keep it up we can’t do it without you. …For the Storm, it rages on, all around, to break you down. ~Jen

Turning down, so Tune In

In addition to regular practice this week, we got together for a casual acoustic jam to prepare for a feature on MAX INK radio. We will be joining the boys from The Jimmy K Show this Tuesday at 6pm CST to discuss our current endeavors and to broadcast the acoustic version of some of our songs. This will all be taking place live from the Wisco on Willie St. Tune in online and don't miss the radio debut of our newest song. Our next plugged in performance will be at The Rave in Milwaukee with Sevendust, Coal Chamber, and Lacuna Coil we will be opening along with our friends from BREECH and Headstone. If anyone is interested in discounted tickets contact us. We have a few left at $20. Jason and I ventured out this weekend to support some fellow local bands: The Killer Dolphins With Rabies, War of Abaddon, our friends from The Faith Hills Have Eyes, Cleobury. (now called The Circuit Theory) From Iowa the opportunist charged the stage, And from Minnesota, Reaping Asmodeia. If you haven’t heard them yet check them out. Props to Midwest Mix Up for putting together such a great line up. And the Reagent Street Retreat for the Free Hopalicious beer. Were putting the finishing touches on 424 studios, we are eager to get back into recording so that we can put out our new material for your listening pleasure. Stay tuned! ~Jen

Sweaters, leprechauns, and can coozies

I hope everyone survived this St. Patty’s Day weekend. We had a blast up in Appleton Sharing the stage with some great bands at Sweaterfest 2013! That’s right, tacky sweaters invaded The Cold Shot to mingle with the lads and lassies celebrating the most famous of Irish holidays. Headstone got the night rolling with there heavy beats and ear catching lyrics that, I think, would complement those of our buddies from 626. We will be sharing the stage again with them at the upcoming Sevendust show in Milwaukee. The energy only snowballed from there with the addition of Ground Zero Warhead. Props to their Guitarist for rocking a sweater dress, accented by a studded belt. Up next was our hosts Antidote for Sorrow, a fellow female fronted group. Mixing feminine melodies with vicious screams from not only singer and guitarist, but also their drummer. We want to thank them for putting together such an entertaining night. We debuted one of our new songs, still a work in progress in addition to our usual set. Everyone gave us great energy and positive feedback, for which we are always grateful. Also a Big thank you to The Cold Shot bar for accommodating us, and Razor 94.7 for taking some great photos and video. All in all, our first overnight road trip was a success. No tires fell off. No one was seriously injured. We can’t wait to continue spreading the words of hope and perseverance all around the Midwest. Back home 424 studios continues to move along with the addition of carpeting and paint. Next up trim and final touches… and equipment. We are writing new material for our next EP. We will begin recording within the next 6 weeks. In other new T-shirts are on order, and we have added stickers and can coozies to our available merchandise be sure to look for these at our next appearance. As always thank you for your support, we could not do this with out you. “you’ve got to balance your life around your dreams” ~Jen

Happy Birthday Ultrea!

I am pleased to say that Ultrea has officially been around for 1 year! We’ve accomplished so much in this short amount of time. Our EP Always Persevere has sold almost 200 hard copies and is sold on itunes, Google Play, and Amazon.com. We’ve played with some amazing bands such as In This Moment, Two Dollar Grey, CAVO, Another Lost Year and we’re about to play our largest venue to date. Joining our good friends from Breech we will warm up the crowd for SEVENDUST, COAL CHAMBER, and LACUNA COIL at THE RAVE in Milwaukee. Mark your calendars and contact one of us for a reduced rate ticket. I know I speak for all members when I say we’ve worked so hard and have been so blessed with our success. There’s no stopping us now we have never been more motivated to rock the nation. Thank you to everyone who continues to support us, gives us feedback, and vote for us in contests. Speaking of contests we are again in the running for Ernie Ball’s battle of the bands so please head on over there and vote, vote, vote! We can’t do it without you. The Regent Street Retreat was host to a showcase of great local performers over the weekend Anna Wang and the Oh Boys, Adam Domack, Brandi Held, Katie Scullin, and we Ultreans. It was such a great mix of sounds from pop to country, hip hop and rock. Look for us to play with these amazing performers again in the future. Back at 424 studios the writing process for our new EP is taking form. This week we are working on a song about temptation, staying strong, and how you shouldn’t always follow your heart because you have a brain for a reason. We hope to test the waters of this new song out at our next show. Over the weekend a road trip is in order for us. We’re headed up to Appleton to rock an ugly sweater show with Antidote for Sorrow. Those pics will be worth sharing tune into our facebook page to view them. So, I’m curious… does anyone actually read my blogs? Please leave me some comments. Hello, is anybody out there?

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In Ultrea News

Well it's no secret that we have been working on getting some new merchendise. We currently have our EP Always Persevere available for $5 at our live shows. We are in the process of designing shirts, stickers, and more. Jess and I found another way to earn that tshirt dough. We competed in a local Karaoke Contest at the Sports pub on the East side of Madison. We performed our current show ender "uninvited" which resulted in a 3 way tie. We scrambled together an arangement of "My Immortal" by Evanescence and ended up Tieing (again) for first and added some cold hard cash to the tshirt fund. We had a good time, met some new friends and plan tp go back and win next time!!! Speaking of making new friends, we played with some amazing bands this weekend at the Regent Street Retreat. One Last Run, Autumn Reverie, and from North Carolina, Another Lost Year. We had Lance from BREECH help us out with some video, which I will let speak for it's self coming soon. You can also see photos captured by Eric E Designs and Fans on our FB page!!! This week we will be at the Club Tavern on Thursday night and back to our home away from home the Regent Street Retreat on Saturday for a chill out acoustic show! hope everyone can come hang with us. Even with our hectic show schedule we are still finding time to write new material. Im excited to continue work on a powerful song that goes through the five stages of grief. There is so much death, destruction, corruption, violence, loss, and pain in this world I hope this new song will help those along to a better state of mind and a brighter tomorrow. Keep your chin up, your fists high, and your heart open. ~Jen

Dear Ultrea Diary

This weekend was busy for us. We opened up for Eye Empire with Surrender the Fall and Autumn Reverie. Playing with nationaly touring acts is great exposure and fantastic experience but this particular show left us a little contained to say the least. Due to all of the equiptment each of us was left with 3 square feet of space for which to rock out in. I know I stepped on Jason's foot at least 6 times and got hit with his bass at least twice. It took a little extra concentration not to fall off stage, but I hope we were still able to deliver a solid performence, concidering. It was great hanging out with the fans and the bands after our set. Saturday we returned to the Regent Street Retreat (home away from home it seems) to support Divyded at their CD Release Party. With quadruple the space from the previous night We were able to really explode our energy on stage and dare I say it was our best performence to date. There is nothing like loud music surging through your body, lights tickling your sences, and energy from the crowd to feed off of. We are so blessed to have eachother to share this experience with night after night. We are bandmates yes, and you have heard me refur to us as a family as well. We truly enjoy eachother on and off stage as friends. Every morning I look forward to seeing a new thread on FB on which we talk all day... everyday. There are never less than 800 posts in these threads most of them end with "home safe" and "Nighty night ultreema." Although we do discuss band things, you can only imagine the rediculousness that also pops up. There is everything from Doc Mcstuffins to Photoshoot ideas, derp photos to t-shirt design ideas. It is difficult to separate band life from real life, because this truly is our life. Our music and our message bonds us as brothers and sisters. (big daddy J and momma Jen) hahaha. More importantly it bonds us with you, the fans. Welcome to the Ultrea Family! See you soon. "Listen to me I'm in your heart" ~Jen