NIGHTLIFE: Band of the Week: Green Language to appear at Ocean City Doo Dah Parade Saturday By SCOTT SEMET When it comes to family bands, the Kinks and the Beach Boys may come to mind. Add Green Language to that list, as the Ocean City-based band is comprised entirely of siblings and cousins. “Relatives singing together have that certain sound, like the Everly Brothers,” says frontman Eddie Shiffler, who plays guitar and writes the majority of the band’s material. “When I realized we could do some three-part harmonies, it was really exciting.” Shiffler formed the band after returning to the area from New York City, where he performed for the past several years. The band’s style is inspired by British invasion bands of the 1960s, grunge bands of the 1990s and reggae music. Shiffler’s lyrics allude to the Bible and mythology. In conversation, Shiffler references the myth of Osiris and the true origins of Cinderella. “I’ve found that I’m really inspired by the fusion of ancient mythology and modern society,” he says. “I think there’s a hidden connection between ancient myths and their subconscious influences on modern society. ‘Green Language’ implies the hidden message that’s found within nature and art.” Fans with quick feet can catch the band as they perform at Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade noon Saturday. Green Language will perform on a float, as it rides down Asbury Avenue and onto the Boardwalk. The band’s mascot, “The Green Man,” will accompany them, passing out download cards and CD copies of Green Language’s self-recorded debut. Shiffler said he believes there is a lot of talent in South Jersey music. “South Jersey is a great place,” he says. “We’re thrilled to be a part of it.” Who are they: Eddie Shiffler: vocals, guitar; Steve Cavaretta: guitar; John Shiffler: bass, vocals; Ryan Shiffler: drums.
Alright guys, thanks for all the support. We are back at number 1 ranked rock band in South Jersey on Reverbnation. We are currently working on tracks for our next album and will announce new concert dates for the spring soon, so stick around!!!
We had a great summer down here at the shore! Got our feet wet at Levari's, Kingpin, Yesterdays, Caroline's, and Uncle John's. We got our album into some people's collection. We were featured on an hour-long radio special which played ten of our original recordings, and we got this awesome article in rockonphilly.com: http://rockonphilly.com/2014/09/green-language-performs-on-uss-new-jersey-on-920/ looking forward to the Sept. 20th show on the deck of the USS New Jersey with the American Hitmen. These guys sold 20,000 of their album with no manager or record label!!! Can't Wait!!!
Since last time we wrote you, we were awarded two awesome trophies from Ventnor Coffee for best alternative band and top male vocals (which made us get a little taste of winning a VMA or Grammy :)=)... We rocked Carolines for five and a half hrs... and we completed our first full length album, "OF THE BIRDS". The album is now available for download on CDBaby and iTunes. We really hope you like it. We are really proud of it. The production is all DIY so its not perfect, but its pretty damn good imho and the songs all kick ass!!!
To celebrate, we invited all our best buddies to rock the Ocean City Music Pier this Friday, May 9th and we will be selling the full album at half price at the door, this one time only. The show starts at 6pm and includes one of Philly's top bands, THE RIVALS, Ocean City's favorites, THE OUTLIPS, Brooklyn's two most notorious groups, (who were recently caught mingling with HR from BAD BRAINS) BAD LOOK and HOUNDS BASKET, and a first time performance from ALMOST HEROES. The show is ten bucks at the door, and that, my friends, you just can't beat!!! I hope to see you all there, and can't wait to hear what you think of the new album!
Wow!!! We played with a lot of great acts and dealt with a whole bunch of technical difficulties, but it propelled us to go into frontman mode and drop to one guitar. We turned up the energy to 110% and took home first place at the spectacular Ventnor Coffee Music Showdown... see you all next Saturday, March 29th, for the final round: for all the marbles!!! WE LOVE OUR JOB!!!
We put in 4 good hours of rock and came up with some footage for our new video for "There Will Be Blood" Thanks to all our friends and family who came out to support and helped us look cool with all their crazy dancemoves and outrageous bar tabs... more to come!!!
We finally accomplished something with our lives!!! In just a few short weeks, Green Language has skyrocketed up the reverbnation charts to become the #1 ranked rock band in our region... I don't know what the criteria is for their ranking system, but I'm not gonna complain! Special thanks to everyone who checked out the page, became a fan, liked us on Facebook, followed us on Twitter or made us dinner, etc... Today South Jersey, Tomorrow, THE WORLD!!!
Well, we played our first official gig at Kingpin Bowling Alley. It was a benefit show, thrown by Kat Leo and others to help a young student with medical costs. We were happy to be a part of it! Aside from a few moments of technical difficulty from the PA system, the band played great. Everybody had a blast, caught a few drinks and went bowling afterwards. We got to pass out some flyers for our reverbnation website with upcoming concert dates. Even the guy who complained that we were too loud said we were good... so, that's not too shabby :) Now comes the real test, March 21st at Levari's in Tuckahoe, where we will have to keep a crowd on their toes for four straight hours. Only time will tell. Time to get back to my guitar and practice those crowd pleasers!!!
As a drummer, it can be difficult learning new beats and fills and such, but my time with this band has been incredible! I first started out playing the guitar which then evolved to playing the drums for the band D-Suspended (locally). After a while, I wanted a new experience with some talented musicians and along came these guys. Since January we have come a long way and I can promise all of our fans that the ball will continue to roll and we will produce many great hits for you all to hear! As a member of Green Language I am committed to answering questions from the fans and perhaps enthused by posting events that happen within the band. Anyways, live strong and Rock on! -Ryan S.
Shiffler has led a musically charmed life which included meeting Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey, Billy Joel and Tony Bennett all in one night, while working at Shea Stadium in Queens (place of The Beatles great concert). He shared a few drinks with Lady Gaga at underground dive Welcome To The Johnson's in Manhattan's Lower East Side, played with hundreds of great acts across the country for countless audiences, sold thousands of albums, even caught the microphone on his birthday at a Soundgarden concert to sing along with the group, and met his lovely wife, fine artist and former Millville Gallery owner, Ivy Chaya Wilson, at a small cafe where he was performing a solo concert. "I was lucky to meet her. I might be sleeping in Central Park right now, instead of raising a beautiful family," Shiffler declared. The couple have two young boys and are expecting a daughter in June. While Eddie was with DogZ of Zeus, Ivy created the album art and did graphic design for several projects and events. Now she is the Art Director and Graphic Artist behind Eddie Shiffler's show, Rattling Chains. The event will feature Rock Art and atmospheric design. Ivy is currently a member of the Ocean City Fine Arts League, shows work at William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, and freelances for ArtC (www.artCnow.com), the region's gateway to the arts. ArtC founder, creative director, and photographer, Bill Horin will be in attendance to help document the event. ArtC has recently produced films of renowned Southern New Jersey artists, Patt Whitt and Victor Grasso. The shows will surely be special performances, highlighting milestones from Shiffler's over 300 original compositions, tales of his musical journeys through the country, walking the length of the Florida Keys, gunfights in Brooklyn, shady encounters in Tijuana, and much more. Tickets will be available through Ocean City Repertory Theater 609-457-6686 or contact 347-813-5090 to purchase directly from Shiffler. For more information on the show, Shiffler and the art projects of he and his wife, Ivy, visit www.ivychayaart.com.