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Squid the Whale

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to see a great show in Cleveland, OH at “Now That’s Class”. The headlining band was an extremely talented group of guys from Michigan. Their name was Squid the Whale. The band made their presence known the second they stepped on the stage, which was a refreshing change from the previous acts because they all seemed to blur together for me. Despite the size of the stage, Squid the Whale had no trouble moving around like a bunch of guys that were having a blast. That passion and excitement was then  emulated by the audience.

Unlike most shows, Squid the Whale’s sound was amazingly clear and could easily be understood and enjoyed. Frontman, Brad Walden’s voice sounded incredible. Bassist, Dan Mataczynski had as much energy as a hardcore punk rocker, which is a terrible comparison… oh well. Guitarist, Brandon Kubiac was an artist, concentrating on hitting all of the right notes (he nailed every single one, by the way). Drummer, Jonathan Wagoner shot out incredible beats throughout the show and flaunted bloody hands to show how hard he worked.

After the show, my friends and I got to hangout with the guys. They’re very fun people to be with and if you ever have the chance, I’d strongly recommend striking up a conversation with them!

Squid the Whale’s new EP, “New War.” is out now. Go listen to it on Spotify and buy it! Below are some links to help you better understand and help out Squid the Whale.

Official Website

Facebook

(Picture courtesy of Transcribed In Audio)


CurbsideAudio Presents: Shut Up and Deal

Hey all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything… actually, it’s been a while since ANYONE has posted anything. With Jake and Kriston gone that leaves pretty much just myself and Brandon to keep up the blog. Yes, the posting has been slow, but we always have it in the back of our minds.

After visiting the 2011 Vans Warped Tour yesterday in Cleveland, and sitting in on an EIY (Earn It Yourself) meeting with tour owner/founder Kevin Lyman, my eyes were opened. From hearing various speeches by Kevin, Shut Up and Deal’s lead vocalist, Joe Heafy, and many other “behind-the-scenes” people of Warped, I discovered that being in the music business isn’t the easiest thing. You can’t just say that you love music; you can’t just say that you want to go somewhere in the music industry; you can’t just say that you want to do something musical. You actually have to go out and do those things. And this is me going out and doing what needs to be done.

 

After hearing Joe talk, I thought it would be a great idea to go see his band, who was playing at the Kia Kevin Says Stage later that day. I honestly couldn’t believe how great they were! A completely independent band that sounded incredible and had great stage presence and a charismatic personality to match. They really are worth the time to take a listen to a song or two. If you like pop-punk, or, in my case, like pop-punk bands, then Shut Up and Deal is just for you! They recently released an album entitled “This One’s For Me”.

Shut Up and Deal Myspace

Shut Up and Deal Facebook

Shut Up and Deal Twitter

1. Just So You Know

2. Learning How To Lose

3. Dangerous

4. Someday, Somewhere

5. Sink or Swim

6. Anything and Everything

7. Not Shipwrecked, Not Quite Yet


IMPORTANT NEWS: UNDER THE GUN REVIEW

Hey everyone,

If you haven’t heard already, I have happily accepted the managing news editor position at Under The Gun Review. This means I am no longer updating this blog. Neither is Kriston. She has joined me at UTG as a writer.

If you haven’t looked at UTG, do it. We have plenty of exclusive interviews, reviews, and streams for your listening and viewing pleasure. I’m sure you’ll be quickly fond of the site and our content.

As for CurbsideAudio, its sad to leave it behind, but it was never meant to go anywhere. It got my foot in the door and for that, I am very grateful. Thanks for reading <3.

You can still reach me at my Twitter or at Under The Gun Review

Promotional requests/business stuff can be sent to UTGJacob@gmail.com.

Thanks Again,

Love,
Jake


Concert Review: Call it Fiction Release Show.

Saturday, March 5th

Bands:
– Call It Fiction
– Second Time Around
– Love & Fear
– Fighting Words
– The Whenever Plan
– So Many Ways

Let me start of by saying that local shows are definitely worth it. If all you do is go to big name shows, you are missing out. The Call it Fiction release show was no exception. $10, a half a tank of gas, and an Arizona Tea or two and I was there.

Unfortunately, I was there about 20 minutes late. My good friend Quinn Starkey (drummer for Fighting Words) had originally been set to play 3rd or so, however after a lineup change, they were slotted for 1st. So, I got there just as the second band, Love & Fear got started. I don’t have much to say for this band, I wasn’t really listening. I was saying hello to some pals but they were alright.

The first band I was really watching was The Whenever Plan. This group really surprised me. A group of 5 high school kids making some great pop punk tunes. The lead singer looks 15 but sings exceptionally well. The blonde curly haired guitarist also had a great voice. Personable kid to boot. He did some very interesting things with his voice that I’ve only heard the pros do before. The best part of the set for me was the use of a violin. It isn’t often you see the utilization a violin in a local venue such as The Grog Shop. So, to the kid playing violin and singing, mad props. Keep it up. To the band, if you read this, hit me up. Let’s talk promo.

Next up was Second Time Around. I’ve heard about these guys from my band friends, but had never heard them play. I was into the energy, but it didn’t really grab me. Sorry.

After STA, was So Many Ways, this band came from Chicago to play. And they played! I really enjoyed this set. Lots of energy, great music, and a hardcore John Mayer cover. That’s right, these guys did a fantastic rendition of “Your Body is a Wonderland”! I want a recording of this, so guys, when you read this send one my way.

Finally, Call it Fiction took the stage. This band is special. They are oozing talent and charisma. Alex Gaskarth needs to watch his back, because Elliott Blair has some seriously good vocals. I wasn’t surprised to see that I wasn’t the only one to know a majority of the song’s lyrics. The EP had leaked the week before show time and I will admit that I downloaded it myself. Granted, I got my hard copy at the show that night. Nevertheless, the crowd was really getting into the pop punk sound. Alex Tucker was blasting away on the synth, while Alex Hylton sang backup. Both Alex and Elliott have great voices that compliment each other greatly. Nick Rinaldo was strumming out some seriously catchy rhythms while Brandon Young kept beating our hearts (and drums). The set was flawless, they played a majority of the new EP as well as some old favorites. On the last 2 songs, the musicians from the supporting bands decided to give the Call It Fiction show a taste of gang vocals. Stealing Alex Tucker’s Mic, the guys screamed the lyrics producing the best example of musical kinship I can recall ever witnessing.

It was a great show and I plan on seeing many of these bands many more times. If you live in Ohio, check out Call It Fiction at a show. If you live elsewhere, you can check them out on Purevolume or get their newest EP on iTunes and Amazon


Belated Parkway Drive Concert Review

I meant to do this monday but ive been tired and busy that i havent been able to get to it til now, but last sunday i went to the house of blues in Cleveland to see Parkway Drive. This wasnt my first time seeing them but it was my first time seeing them headlining so they would be playing more than just 6-8 songs.

The opening band was The Warriors which i just listened to their newest album “See How You Are”, which is awesome. As soon as the first strum of the guitars, the crowd erupted into a moshpit. They were an awesome band to start out the night. A tad bit too many ninja moshers for me tho.

Once the Warriors were done, the next band The Ghost Inside came on. They were a bit more hardcore style so it was ninja moshers galore. I was hit in the face by a faggy swinging arm, but i didnt let that get my down. The band was awesome, heard a lot of songs that i never quite paid attention to.

The third band Set Your Goals…i never really listened to them, and i dont want to piss anyone off but when i heard them i remembered why i steered clear of them. If i was a 14 year old girl i probably would of been into them. Doesnt mean that they didnt put on a good show, just not my cup of tea and was definitly the odd band out.

Then once they were down making the little girls ginies tickle, Parkway Drive came on and as always did not dissapoint. I saw so many bloody faces there than i have ever see in all the shows ive been to…including mine from a headbutt to the mouth lol.  They started out with the intro Samsara, then went right into it with Unrest. After that you can tell who was out of shape, including me. After playing for 45 minutes they went off stage and of course the Cleveland crowd wants more so after so loud PARK-WAY-DRIVE chants they came back out to do Carrion for the encore. I have never heard a crowd say the words to songs so loud before, especially to past parkway drive shows. After leaving the show, there were guys with ice bags on their arms, a guy sitting up on a stretcher. Thats when you know youve been to a good show.

Upcoming Shows for Parkway Drive

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FEBRUARY / MARCH 2

Parkway Drive North American Tour February / March 2011.with Set Your Goals, The Ghost Inside and The Warriors.Fri Feb 25 Montreal, QC – The Olympia
Tickets: www.admission.com

Sat Feb 26 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Tickets:  www.livenation.com

Sun Feb 27 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Tickets:  www.livenation.com

Mon Feb 28 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Tickets: www.tickets.com

Tue Mar 1 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
Ticket: www.sonarbaltimore.com

Wed Mar 2 Richmond, VA – Hat Factory
Tickets: www.etix.com

Thu Mar 3 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Tickets: www.etix.com

Fri Mar 4 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

Sun Mar 6 Austin, TX – Emo’s
Tickets: www.ticketweb.com

Mon Mar 7 Houston, TX – House of Blues 
Tickets:  www.livenation.com

Tue Mar 8 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
Tickets:  www.livenation.com

Wed Mar 9 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Tickets: www.detourtickets.com

Fri Mar 11 Phoenix, AZ – The Nile
Tickets: thekollective.ticketforce.com

Sat Mar 12 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
w/ Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, Set Your Goals, The Ghost Inside, The Warriors
Tickets:  www.livenation.com


Concert Review: Bayside/The Sleeping/Terrible Things @ The Grog Shop Cleveland

Date: 1/15/11
Venue: Grog Shop – Cleveland

Call it Fiction
Starting off was Akron, Ohio native band Call It Fiction. They play very catchy Pop Punk. I’ve heard of these guys before and actually seeing them play was a treat. I’ll see them again I’m sure. At their merch table they had $2 Demos each with a personalized drawing. Mine had a troll. It is three tracks of awesome and it has been on repeat for over an hour now. We’re Rolling Deeep!

Terrible Things
Let me start by saying I’d heard good things about the Terrible Things. I didn’t really know what to expect from them. All I really knew was it was a star lineup containing members of some of my favorite bands.

They started off their set with “Terrible Things.” This song got the crowd moving and I really enjoyed it. I forget the order and I forgot a few songs, but they played “Revolution”, “Lullaby” and “Conspiracy“. The reason I remember these is simple, they are great songs. I want anyone who reads this to go out and get the CD so you can see what I mean. The CD is great, but honestly, they were better live. Great band.

As for the band, it was cool to see Josh Eppard (Coheed and Cambria) slam away on the drums. I never got to see him while was with Co&Ca. Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit) is a very good guitarist. He really gets into every song he plays. Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, The Color Fred, Breaking Pangaea) was awesome. He is 1. A solid vocalist. I didn’t hear a bad note their whole set. 2. A very personable guy. After his set, he went off to the merch table to meet fans. There really weren’t that many over there due to the headliner, Bayside playing, but I went over as Bayside was playing their last 2 songs so I could say hello. I asked him which Terrible Things Shirt he preferred, as any good salesman, he said, with his very charming smile, they were all good. I told him which one I wanted and he pulled it down. After paying, he shook my hand and said “hi I’m fred”. To which I replied, “I’m jake”. (This story is awesome huh?) We chit-chatted, I mentioned I was the guy he replied to on New Years Night about Damned Things vs. Terrible Things (Terrible Things first tweet in 2011 haha) I told him I liked them better than The Damned Things and he said thanks. He handed me a sticker and that was that. Great guy, very friendly, if I had more time, I would have most likely had a very good conversation with him. But getting out before the Post-Show Merch Rush was a must for my friends and I.

I’ll be seeing them next month.

The Sleeping
I had never listened to The Sleeping prior to the show. Now, I think I might. This band was crazy. They were all great musicians and vocalist Doug Robinson was the most energetic Lead I have ever seen live. He was head banging harder than I thought humanly possible. He was nearly crowd surfing at times and used a few of those in the front to push himself back up. The set was great and a lot of fans were really getting into it. A mosh circle was formed. I am a skinny guy. I have very little muscle, yet I was stuck on the edge of this circle. I’m all for getting into shows, but sometimes, there needs to be a limit. As I will tell soon, limits were pushed, then broken.

Bayside
The band I and so many others came to see. A band that has been stuck in my head for about 6 years. Bayside is my favorite band and seeing them live for the first time was honestly a dream come true. I came with some friends to the show, one was one of my best friends “Tweet”. Tweet and I have both adored Bayside and I was happy to take him to his first concert.

Now, I don’t remember the full set list, I’ve done my best to recall what songs were played. I believe I have all the songs played, but not necessarily the order.

Set list:
1. The Walking Wounded
2. No One Understands
3. Duality
4. Already Gone
5. They’re Not Horses, They’re Unicorns
6. Masterpeice
7. We’ll Be Ok
8. Existing in Crisis (Evelyn) (Feat. Fred Mascherino)
9. Sick, Sick, Sick
10. Landing Feet First
11. Montauk
12. Blame it on Bad Luck
13. I and I
Encore Songs
14. My Name is Jonas (Cover)
15.Devotion and Desire

All of these songs were performed flawlessly. Bayside has been doing it so well, for so long, that its just natural. Listening to Anthony Raneri sing live is just like it is on a Bayside record, Studio or Live. As I’ve said, Bayside is my favorite band. As most can relate, there is nothing like seeing your favorite band play. Being able to experience the songs I listen to so often live with my best friend was unbeatable. They played most of my favorite songs, “No One Understands”, “I and I”, “We’ll be Ok”, and my all time favorite song, “Landing Feet First” as well as some classics such as “Montauk”, “Masterpeice”, and of course “Devotion and Desire”. A special treat was Fred Mascherino taking Anthony’s spot on guitar while he fully embraced the mic for “Existing in Crisis (Evelyn)”. As an Encore, the band played “My Name is Jonas” by Weezer. That was fun and my friend, a major Weezer fanatic enjoyed it immensely.

I only have one bad thing to say about the show. There was a long haired, muscular, wife-beater-wearing stoner in the audience that was causing trouble. If you’ve gone to a lot of shows, you’d know the type I’m talking about. This dude was moshing when nobody else was and completely apart from the mosh pit. Moshing is alright by me. But when you are the only one doing it, and around those who don’t want to mosh, you need to stop. The line was crossed when he knocked over a girl. That didn’t fly with me or any of her friends. We told him to back off, and he did. At first. Soon after, he started up again, this time he punched a girl in the mouth. That didn’t bode well with her. She reached out and grabbed his nasty hair as he was sprinting the other way. He was jerked back and he turned around. He saw the girl and he had that Im-going-to-murder-you-and-hide-your-body-parts look. I shoved him into a bigger group of people and he came rushing back. At this point, 2 large security guys and a couple fans took him down. He kept fighting. This piece of trash wasn’t about to leave. Eventually they dragged his ass out into the street where it belonged. I hope he froze.

Its guys like this who really make a show unenjoyable. If I had more to say about this guys idiocy than the show. There is a problem. After his removal the show was 100x more enjoyable. Music lovers, when you go to shows, remember, we are all there for one purpose, and that’s the music. There isn’t any need to get excessively rowdy. Injuries are unnecessary. Just listen to the band and sing along. /rant

Overall, this concert was fantastic. If you’ve never been to a Bayside show, go. Its not just a group of scene kids and posers, its a diverse group of fans. I saw kids from high school sporting their Bird Tees and 40 year old dudes with Bayside Flat Bills. Bayside is a CULT and a cult I’m proud to be part of. See you at the next show.

*shout out to Quinn (@QuinnStarkey) , Sylvia (@Sylviax0), and Tweet.

Who to follow: @BaysideBand @AnthonyRaneri @TerribleThings @TheColorFred @TheSleepingNY @DougSleeping

-jake