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CLEAR THE CHAOS delivers a powerful, unique, exciting show, connecting the crowd with the band, the music and each other.
It was no surprise to fans when Clear the Chaos won the 2013 Meeker Days Battle of the Bands with an amazing performance that included a cymbal stand crashing to the stage and a broken guitar strap during the final number. Having spent the last year shredding Pacific Northwest venues with their unique fusion of intricate melodies and crunching rhythm, nothing fazes this powerhouse band.
Formed in 2010 as the rock cover band “Just Cuz”, the teenagers learned the business of music the hard way, playing parties, all age venues, open-mic nights, and even busking. Confident in their abilities they emerged renamed and reinvented in 2012, dropping cover songs in favor of an all original set list. Now free to follow their passion wherever it leads, CTC has found its natural groove, integrating powerful alternative rock themes and classical roots to create the distinctive sound that snared them an invitation, from Louie Galarza to open the 2013 Dreamfest Music Festival at Louie G’s in Fife.
When the band talks about musical influences they cite Coheed and Cambria, Rush, and Foo Fighters as major influences. No less important to them are the classical composers and jazz performers both Dalton Rouse and Adam Masucci study. Dalton says, “There’s something unique about every different musical form. We like to experiment with different ideas and see how they affect our songs.” Dalton and Adam write Clear the Chaos’s songs as a team. “We start with the music, then try to connect the emotions it evokes to lyrics that expand its depth.” Both feel that music is the best way they can reach people. “Music is the theme of many different art forms,” says Adam, “It’s the tool we use to communicate, like an artist uses paint. Making the connection with our fans on a personal level is what inspires us.”
With their debut album, Brothers & Sisters, which dropped on March 22 of 2014 at a release show for more than 450 rocking fans, CTC is ready to take their show to the next level. The band members all agree that recording the album was a great experience, but playing live will always be their focus. “The energy that flows between the crowd and the band during a live show is incredible. It fulfills us and encourages us to give even more in return.” “We’ve done the work, now it’s time to go out and get our swagger on,” says the bands drummer Braden Merod. “We poured ourselves fully into recording the album and now look forward to getting all the “feels” like when we play live!” With an invitation to play the 2014 Seattle Hempfest for the first time this year, the band is well on their way to doing just that and so much more.
Matt Kees, Music Producer at Smithbuilt Studios in Fredrickson, Washington talks about recording with the band in glowing terms. "Clear the Chaos are a talented group of guys... way beyond their years. Their songwriting skills and their musicianship chops are quite impressive."
Polly Osborn, DJ PO Honey/PO Honey Promotions, echoes those sentiments. “Clear the Chaos is a young dynamic band with a unique sound that stands out with catchy guitar riffs and honest heartfelt lyrics. Although these talented musicians are very young, the maturity and professionalism of both their recorded and live performances is surprising and refreshing. With strong management behind them and continued upbeat attitudes and hard work, I see much more in the future for Clear the Chaos! Cheers and ROCK ON!”
“We do this because making people happy makes us happy. That’s the way the Universe works; you send your effort, passion, and love out unconditionally, and eventually it comes back to you tenfold. We see every show as an opportunity to give everything we have in order to pull new people into our circle and connect them to us, to the music and to each other. That’s what it’s all about.”