Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Bare Bones and Marshall Poole Concert

     the Bare Bones Pictures Taken By Samantha Lee

Marshall Poole Pictures Taken By Samantha Lee

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            I suppose you could call last night one of those life altering nights in which every person involved seemed a little bit happier by the end of it. The setting ,for all of you non idahoans is an eclectic coffee shop in the center of Nampa, Idaho known as Flying M's. When you enter, couches and interesting people embrace you. The employees fit the hip agenda as well with crazy hair styles and terrific clothing that make you want to hear some good tunes and have some great coffee and tea. The gift shop in the corner only adds to the crazy and unique manner of this small coffee shop and when you walk through the doors to the coffee garage, you feel like you've stepped into an industrial makeover of an auto shop from the past including two stories of steel and wood and a stage where bands can rock your world. As for tonight, that is exactly what happened and i don't blame you if you think i am crazy, but my mind was completely blown from the sheer talent that these two bands possessed. In fact, it may be a crime to NOT listen to their music immediately after reading this. If it isn't a crime, then it should be. To begin the night, a funny and loveable  group of guys known as The Bare Bones were just the band we all seemed to need to get into the groove. The Bare Bones are like acid and  weed's peaceful yet empowering brother. When they begin to play, it's as if a cacophany of beautiful sounds explode into your ears leaving you absolutely speechless. You feel as if someone has ripped your heart yet cradled you to sleep all at once. twenty year old Chris Brock,  lead vocalist and professional badass is not only compelling with his bluesy, psychedelic (completely duct taped mind you) guitar riffs and melodic yet aggressive voice for as you listen to the brilliant words to their songs such as ''Devil's Medicine'' and ''Queen Of The Damned'' , you feel like you are listening to a prophetic poet as well. Backed by super tall, mellow and adorable eighteen year old Ben Zickau on rocking bass and the wild and twenty year old seemingly sweet bad boy Aaron Bossart on drums and cowbell of course, there is absolutely nothing off with this outstanding band in the least. Like a train on speed, their rhythms and beats are rough and smooth in unison following along with the words perfectly. This band is a must see for all music lovers and seem to bitch slap The Black Keys  and The Arctic Monkeys all at once. With a lineage to the punk bands of the early 70's and the hard blues and rock bands of the 60's, they give you a performance you are sure to never forget. After a brief intermission came the second band of the night, Marshall Poole. Marshall Poole may have been the second band to play but don't let that alter your perception of what a fantastic band they truly are. Hailing from Caldwell, Idaho, this small town band puts the indie in indie band finder. Their music is like if ''Jett'', ''The Voidoids'', ''Jesus and The Mary Chain'', ''The Dead Weather'', ''The Raconteurs'', ''Blue Cheer'', ''Trex'' and ''The New York Dolls'' had passionate orgy sex and birthed a divine child of musical genius. From the minute nineteen year old guitarist and vocalist Rider Soran began to fly his fingers across the neck of his sunburst guitar and screamed out vocals resembling a richer tone of Jack White, i could feel my mind melting like a piece of ice on a summer's day. They are one of the greatest bands instrumentally i have ever had the privilege to see. It was no surprise that a large crowd encompassed the stage from their first song to their last and with beautifully bitching eighteen year old Melanie Radford  who can easily be compared to pattie smith, florence and the machine, edie brickell , the dead weather and concret blonde combined on bass and vocals playing like a lead guitarist might and the cute and sweet eighteen year old Michael Hoobery on drums, this trio are one of those bands you pray never separates but rather lives on forever. You feel like you are at the greatest rock concert of all time when they hit the stage and despite the size of that stage, they occupy it like true heroes of their generation and with songs like '' Your Generation'' how can you even deny the fact that Rock and Roll still exists and these guys are the epidemy of it? With huge smiles, wriggling bodies, blasting riffs, mind blowing leads and head shaking melodies, these three put hair metal to shame and make the blues proud.  From fans to new listeners, by the end of their performance, all jaws are dropped and all fists are raised to the sky.

    After the show, i had the opportunity to interview both bands one on one and find out about the real them personally. Though i wanted to video tape the interview, technical difficulties with a faulty camera led me to improvise and write down the interview by hand instead. So without further ado, here are the band interviews.

The Bare Bones

1- So why the name The Bare Bones?
Chris- ''well, actually, we came up with the name but it is a bit raunchy to be honest and we really didn't want ot have that name but we had no choice because it caught on pretty fast, haha''
2-How did the band get together?
Aaron- '' well actually, i met Chris and originally we were just a two person band but we recently added Ben to the mix and it worked out pretty well''
Chris- '' But ben is always saying that he got with the band because he felt sorry for us hahaha''
(Group laughter)
3- what are each of your favorite songs to play live?
Chris- '' I would have to say Queen Of The Damned because it is super hard and upbeat and it lets me rock it out and lets the other guys rock it out too''
Aaron- '' i would have to say To fight a Grizzly Bear because it is super hardcore and fun to play''
Ben- '' yeah, i agree with Aaron, that's my favorite too.''
4- what were your worst venues you have played and why?
Chris- '' The worst was definitely this irish pub called Ha' Penny. it was like a restaurant or some shit and the guy just needed some live music. But the stupid part is that we start playing and the employees were really into it but then they came up to us and complained we were too loud. And there were no sound guys so we had to bring all of our own shit too. ''
Aaron- ''I would say the worst was actually the sundance sallon because it was like a two floor place and the stage was on the second floor. You were pretty much like background music for a bar and it felt like you were in a cage.''

5- what is the weirdest thing that has ever happened at a show of yours?
Chris- ''Ben, we need to tell her about your first show with us! HAHA well it was actually a burlesque show and they had a bearded lady sing opera and some chick do pole dancing as princess leah from star wars and they went on for like hours and hours and then the area had this rule that you can't play loud music after 11.
Ben- ''well, we were supposed to be first haha''
Aaron- ''and then we were supposed to go on at ten, but then it wound up being like 11''
chris- ''yeah but the guy still let us play for like twenty minutes and we got paid anyways''
6- if you could each meet one person in history, who would it be and why?
Ben- ''well, i'd say Louis Armstorng in the '20's because i have been watching this jazz documentary recently and i think he is just so talented. ''
Chris- '' i actually was talking aboot this a couple days ago, i think it would be so badass to just hang out and play pool with Tom Waits and Steve Buscemi. I don't know though, maybe they hate eachother haha! But i loved Steve Buscemi in Paris, Je Taime. ''
Me- ''Holy Hell! I love that movie too!''
Aaron- '' I think i would like to meet Henry Thoreau, I just think it was so cool how he isolated himself in a cabin and just lived off the land, you know? Him, or Buddy Rich because he is such a good drummer for his time!''
7- what are your plans for the future of the band?
Aaron- '' Play on the moon definitely''
 Ben- '' In the year 2573!''
(Group Laughter)
Chris- '' No, but seriously, i have been working on getting a new house because of a short sale-''
Aaron- ''we've been working on this for two years now mind you, haha''
Chris- '' haha, shut up, but really, when i get the house, i want to set up a home studio and record and make a legitimate record. ''
8- what genre would you say you are?
Chris- '' i came up with this actually a couple months ago, and i really like it, i would say we are like gothic blues, i don't know if that is really a thing but i like it haha''
Me- ''well i think that's what Tom Waits is''
Chris- '' Exactly!"
9- what do you feel about the music of today? Do you think that the bands of today will be as influential to the future as music from the past is to us?
Aaron- ''I think that it will, unfortunately, because the kids of today will listen to the radio's bullshit and be influenced by it definitely, but i think that indie music is just so mainstream now if you want to know the truth. like the idea behind it changed. ''
Me- '' well indie really isn't a genre anyways, it means independent, that's more of a status.''
Ben- '' well, see, i disagree with you Aaron because i don't think kids will listen to the radio at all. i think that the computer is so huge right now and it will be their first source because the radio doesn't let you chose what you listen to, so i think kids will go find what they want to listen to on the internet''
Chris- '' well as long as dubstep doesn't influence us it's all good with me. haha i think that dubstep is really just a phase, just part of the evolutionary process, i don't think it's gonna last very long, it's kind of like surf rock, you know, it was once big but it isn't any longer. ''
Me- '' skrillex in wheelchairs! i can totally see it, they could use their oxygen tanks to make new sounds haha''
(group laughter)
Aaron- ''yeah, but really i think that it's just a transiltional music phase, we hope at least haha''

10-  if you were all in a zombie apocalypse, who would die first?
Aaron- '' Iwould say Chris.''
Chris-'' dude, why me? I have my own gun bitch!"'
Aaron- "Yeah but i have more guns than you!"
Chris-'' Yeah but they're YOUR DADS! I bought my own! haha"
Ben- (Eyes shifting back and forth in a severe creeper tone) I have more guns than you would think...
Me- ''haha that was a tad bit creepy!
(Group laughter)
Me- no, but seriously, let's get rid of all the weapons, just you against those fast ass zombies, you know the kind that seem like they're on energy drinks and shit, who's going down first?"
Aaron- "Chris haha"
11-what is one thing you would like to say to up and coming artists?
Chris- '' i guess just go at your own pace, don't take yourself too seriously, have fun with it you know and don't try to follow a genre and be something you're not''
Aaron-'' yeah, and don't care what people think of you, just keep doing what you do''
Ben-'' i'd say be great or be terrible, because if you're great then you can play with us and if you're terrible, you'll make us look better haha''
12-  what is one thing you would like to say to all your adoring fans out there?
Aaron- '' We have adoring fans?''
Chris- '' we really aren't too big right now, we'd like to be but we really don't have that many fans at all actually''
Aaron- '' i guess, uh, haha, we need more of you! haha
(Group laughter)

Well that was the end of the interview with this hysterical band, at this point lights began to dissipate in the tiny coffee shop and we were the last people there. As the band walked away, i called over to Marshall poole to take a seat and get ready for the interview so here is their interview with Indie Band Finder:

Marshall Poole:

1- So why the name Marshall Poole?
Rider-'' Well, originally me and Michael were called Black ice haha but then one day, i was walking down the street and i saw this sign that was for a street called Marshall Place but it just said ''Marshall Pl.'' and we actually practice in a pool house so, you know Marshall Pool. We added the ''e''e for class haha''
Michael- '' yeah, like Sam Cooke haha''
(Group Laughter)
2-How did the band get together?
Rider- Well me and Michael started playing together in middle school actually."
Melanie-" Yeah, but my highschool actually had live musicals and we didn't have a guitarist so they hired Rider to play and that's when we met.
Rider-'' but then we all went to this summer jazz camp together and we saw eachother again.''\
me-'' so is that when you started playing together?''
Michael- '' No, actually after that we dind't talk to eachother''
Rider-'' and then one day me and michael were talkign about how we really needed a bass player and i was like hey how about that Melanie chick from Jazzcamp and she came down and jammed and the chemistry was just right and then she joined the band."
3- what are each of your favorite songs to play live?
Rider- '' i'd say mine is crosstops''
Michael-'' mine is miserlou''
Rider-'' wait one, it has to be original right?
Me-'' well it does but i'll let him slip, it's cool."
Michael-'' yeah dude there's no rules.''
Rider-'' no, no, i wanna know which one of ours you like to play most''
Michael-'' fine, fine, i guess i'd have to say just the way i am''
Rider-'' haha, got your ass muthafuckah haha''
(Group Laughter)
Melanie- I'd say mine is Take.

At this point, the Flying M employees were actually leavign and kicked us out so we did the rest of the interview on a metal amgazine holder outside of the store i nthe dark while soft jazz music played from the speakers in the downtown area''

4- what were your best venues you have played and why?
Rider-'' Definitely the fucking Yacht Club!"
(Group agreement and laughter)
Rider-"Its awesome because people get so into it there! It's some crazy ass shit!"
5- what is the weirdest thing that has ever happened at a show of yours?
Rider-'' Haha, well there's alot of those but i'd definitely have to say the yacht club again!
Michael-'' haha, yeah, the biker chicks dude!''
Rider-'' Oh ya! So there were these biker chicks and we are playing and then they just start giving eachother lap dances and shit and there is this girl at the front of the stage and she is lifting her skirt up to us all haha. And then this guy comes in, and the dude is wearing these bright pink booty shorts, and he had this golden curly hair, and a silver sequenced shirt on and he enters the place and walks over to the bar and just powerhouses ten shots and then he gets to the front of the stage and he's like ''you guys rock...'' and i was just like '' no man, YOU ROCK'' hahahahaha''
(serious Group laughter)
6- if you could each meet one person in history, who would it be and why?
Rider- '' oh dude, i would have to say Jack White forsure''
Michael-'' i would want to meet the guy who invented LSD haha''
Melanie-'' I think i would liek to meet Pattie Smith because she had such a great stage presence you know?''
Me- '' Yeah, she was just like 'I AM WOMAN' and she just had this sort of masculine beauty, i mean have you ever seen her armpits?''
Melanie-'' haha, no i haven't, why?''
Me- '' they're just covered in hair seriously, like giant bushels of hair i swear''
Rider-'' haha well that's not cool''
Me- '' yeah, no it isn't haha someone seriosuly needed to take a weed wacker to that shit''
Michael- '' Actually, can i change my answer, i would liek to meet Pattie Smith's armpit hair''
(Group Laughter)
Me- ''well i really think it was an entity of it's own so that might be possible''
Michael- '' yeah, i'd try to talk to it and it would just be like (reaches finger out to imaginary lips) ''shhhh'' hahaha''
(Group laughter again)

7- who are each of your main inspirations?
Rider- '' I'd say mine would be Led Zeppelin because when i listened to their music, i just felt like, ''man, i need to be playing guitar, this is what i need to do''
Michael-'' Well, i'd actually have to say Rider, because if it wasn't for him i wouldn't be playing in the first place''
Me- ''wow, true love guys, this is some seriously romantic stuff''
Rider-'' oh hell yes'' (Both guys reachover to eachother and hold eachother's hands)
 Me- "awww, how cute.."
Melanie-Haha, well mine would probably have to be the white stripes because i have been listenign to them since like elementary school and also Jessica Lea Mayfield because when i heard her music, her songs seemed just so effortless and i thought to myself '' i can do that'' and so i just started singing and playing''

8- what are your plans for the future of the band?
Melanie-'' Touring''
Rider-'' Oh, yes , definitely touring and getting a label''
Michael- '' and part hearty''
Rider- '' yeah, definitely part hearty'' and get more kids into Rock and Roll you know?
9-what genre would you say you are?
Rider- '' i think we are rock and roll, not rock though because that is like nickelback, nickelback is what we call rock''
Me-'' or shit, you coudl call them that too haha''
 (Group Laughter) Melanie- '' i would say we are like Modern Rock and Roll"
10-what do you feel about the music of today? Do you think that the bands of today will be as influential to the future as music from the past is to us?
Michael- '' I think we will but like not at the same level you know?
Rider-'' a buddy of mine named Tim Smith had this great quote, he said, ''Anything great is just backlash for bullshit''
11- if you were all in a zombie apocalypse, who would die first?
Rider and Michael in unison- ''Melanie''
(laughter, melanie raises her hand)
Melanie- ''yeah, haha, me''
Rider- '' yeah we would just trip her and get away haha''
Me- ''god, how terrible haha''
Melanie-'' yeah, i'm in a band full of assholes haha''
Rider-'' i don't know though, me and Michael smoke so she would probably outrun us''
Me- '' yeha, but you said you'd trip her''
Rider-'' yeah, true haha''
12-what is one thing you would like to say to up and coming artists?
Rider-'' Listen More, Play more''
13-what is one thing you would like to say to all your adoring fans out there?
Melanie- '' umm, probably just thank you for all the support''
Rider-''yeah, thanks for just being there for us and shit''
Michael- ''Yupp''

After the interview, we all went our separate ways in the dark finishing off a fantastic night of msuic and laughter. These two bands not only play amazing music but are amazing people as well, so go out and listen to these two bands today because they deserve all the fans in the world and apparently need more anyways haha i have some links for you guys so you can check them out as well, the first two are to The Bare Bones website and their facebook page, the third is to the facebook page for Marshall Poole, the fourth is to Marshall Poole's song '' i know what i know'', the fifth is to their song ''Build me up just to break me down'', the sixth is to their song ''When the lights are low'', the seventh is to their song ''synergy'' , the eighth is to The Bare Bones in the studio, the ninth is to the music video to their song '' Limbo'' and ofcoursem ake sure to hear my personal favorite Devil's medicine on their facebook page because it is really fantastic.

 Well, that's all folks, the big shebang, stay tuned for tonight's show in which i will be doing three more exclusive itnerview, i love y'all sooo much, and i hope you love these great bands as much as i  do guys!

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