This last few weeks Kyle and I (Jen) have been breaking down the barrier between stage and listener. Bearing our music and ourselves with just a guitar and a voice in the busy downtown of Madison, WI. The initial idea was to set up a donation opportunity to benefit a Milwaukee women's shelter through the "Heel the Pain" show put on tonight (8/14/2015) by the Whiskey Warriors. We received more than just monetary support. Not everyone stopped to listen. Matter of fact most people just dropped their dollars and change into the guitar case without glancing at our cause flyer. And reflecting on that in particular fills me with hope. Those individuals didn't need to hear our cause. Who knows if they even enjoyed the music? But still took those seconds to give what they had handy to another human being. We as musicians give a piece of ourselves to anyone who will listen. We hope that encourages others to pass along that connection. A few people stopped to listen for a few songs. And at least one person each night listened to our entire set. These people blew me away! They were committed. In it till we played no more. It's one thing to play to a crowd that comes to see you. It's a completely different rush to play a neutral ground, to people who don't know who you are, and engage in the lives of strangers. We got some great comments and accepted coins and bills from coffee/sandwich shop workers on break, Students getting back into the school habit, and families with children. The kids were the best. And I have to give my utmost gratitude and kudos to those parents for teaching their children in some way to appreciate music and to give to others. Kyle and I raised around 50 dollars in all for the benefit. And gained some much more in the experience we had. We are human. We are the change. We will pick you up when you can go no further. We will PERSEVERE. ♡Jen
This week is ALL about organization. After spending 6 straight weekends on the road we’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t and now its time to get everything set for our next run of shows. Last week I destroyed my “office” doing mostly administrative stuff. writing press releases, making sure our music was up and running for purchase, drafting proposals, ordering merchandise, and more. On top of that we have moved practice spaces and are temporarily working in a smaller space so the excess is now resting in my garage. So yeah, there’s a lot going on even though it may not seem so. The goal: an efficient and effective working space, and rebuilt packing system for the new tshirts, coozies, hats, ect. for you all to snag at the upcoming live events. Nothing is going to stop us from achieving our goal to create positive change through music for all mankind. Wish me luck LETS DO IT!!!!
WARNING: SAPPY CHEESINESS AHEAD. I've been stalling in sharing with you all how the Ultrea CD release Party went mostly because I turn into a sappy pants. But there is just no other way that I know. The love and loyalty shared with us this past weekend brought tears to my eyes. We had Ultrealiens travel from Milwaukee, la Crosse, Eau Claire, and beyond to share this much awaited celebration. Many were decked out in ultrea gear! OVER half of the special edition EP's were claimed. Even family came out for their first Ultrea experience. I hope everyone enjoyed THE CAKE it's a small thank you for all the support and positive impact you've given us along the way. Having been on the road this last couple months there was no better homecoming than embrace we received from our fellow madisonians. It's been a lot of blood sweat and tears it is worth every moment. -new EP... check -Video release... check -awesome feature and cover in MAX INK MAGAZINE. .. check What's next????? You can bet that there is no slowing down THATS FOR SURE. time for new designs, new music, new territory, new friends and continued and renewed passion for reaching people on a deep level through music, compassion and PERSEVERANCE. :') THANK YOU ALL
F*kn Awesome weekend! Bobby and Danny you guys put together one hell of a Festival. We packed two vehicles full and headed north this weekend to take part in the Totally F*KN Awesome fest in Minneapolis, MN this past Saturday. Armed with equipment, sustinence and a conquer the road attitude we are happy to report that the trip was successful. We experienced in a new city, shared the day with some of our favorite bands to play with, and were accompanied by some of our Wisconsin grown fanfamily. We met some incredible new faces to which we say "see you next time!" For we shall return to twin cities end of summer/beginning of fall if all goes as planned :) thank you to the staff at Skyway Theatre who hosted the bands including the legendary IL NINO, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH BLUE FELIX THE BLOODLINE MOTOGRATER MY ZERO THIRA DEAD HORSE TRAUMA LYDIA CAN’T BREATHE GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE PIRANHA WHITHER THE TIDE NAMES TO FACES SPACEMANIAM IRIDIUM SUN DARKC3L TRIGGER ARMADA REDSHIFT, AND THE CONVALESCENCE thank you to Karly, Ken of Broken Branch Drumstix, Chelsea, Pat, Luke, And Brad for sticking with us all weekend. Including our stop to play the Warehouse in LaCrosse with The Bloodline and Remedy. Special Thank you to Pat Callan for his expert roadie powers! Until next time... Be the change, Seek the truth, and ALWAYS Persevere.
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