Monday, December 12, 2011

Mark Dzier

Where's Mark?  How come I don't see him on stage anymore?
Well, Mark, as everyone knows, got a role in the movie/musical Rock of Ages.  Which, by the way, has a release date, right now, of June 15th, we believe.  Mark will be featured in the movie several times.  He has face time in every "Arsenal" performance throughout the movie.  
While filming he was offered a position as the bass player in the touring musical Rock of Ages.  They were looking for someone that was actually IN the movie and Mark fit the bill to a T.  The money was too good to turn down and Mark, being the whore that he and all of us are, took the position after weeks of us telling him he was crazy to pass that up.  He moved to Tampa, FL where he has wanted to live for quite some time and joined the musical.  

     A few weeks into the tour he realized that it wasn't rock n' roll enough for him and decided to quit.  Playing two to three shows a day just wasn't for him.  He enjoys drinking, fishing, and hanging out on the beach too much to be caught up in that much playing on stage.  "Touring in a broadway musical like that is the furthest thing from a touring rock band than you could imagine" Mark said of his brief experience in the touring musical.  So what's he doing now???  Well, rumor has it that he has gotten back into the adult film business and has shot a few scenes already.  We've also heard that he's possibly jamming with another band.  We don't really know really.  Every time we talk to him we just catch up on personal life stuff and forget to even ask him what else is happening with him.  He's a private guy when he's not performing on camera.  
     We wish that boy well and have since hired Cody Elliot.  He's from Florence, AL and is a natural blonde.  You might recognize him as the baby on the cover of the Nirvana "Nevermind" album.  You might also recognize Cody from a couple of old "COPS" episodes.  He's also been featured on A & E's show Intervention.  Besides how he qualified to be in the band he's also a snappy dresser and was nominated in his high school as "Most likely to not surprise anybody at the 10 year reunion."
     Follow him on twitter @I_HATE_CODY.  As a rule of any new hire in the band he's required to take an unbelievable amount of ribbing.  So he's been the butt of more than a few jokes in our camp.  We hope you'll continue this tradition by giving him a hard time any time you see him.  No one joins our band without some bumps and bruises.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

White Trash Christmas

As we gear up for another holiday season we want to remind you that we have a song, White Trash Christmas available for you to throw on your holiday play list.  Quick story on that song.  If you've heard it then you obviously know that it's White Trash Superstar with different lyrics.  What you probably don't know is that White Trash Christmas came first.  We wrote and recorded that song for a kids benefit cd to put out locally around Birmingham around the time we were about to start pre-production on Tragic City Symphony.  We went in and cut that song in a day and rushed it over to the people heading up that organization as soon as it was done being mixed.  Something happen ... we're not sure what happened but the song was never put on the cd and the cd was never released.  Somehow the whole project got scratched.  We ended up just keeping the recording of the song and Jacob went in and made it "White Trash Superstar" by just changing the lyrics and backing some jingle bells out of the mix so we could use it for the new album.  It wasn't til after we released Tragic City Symphony that we went back and released "White Trash Christmas" as a holiday single.  I know that story is riveting.  I hope you sleep better tonight knowing the story behind those songs.

Download the song by clicking HERE

Monday, November 28, 2011

New Years Show Announced

We will be playing in our hometown New Years Eve at Cafe Firenze!  We will be playing with our good friends Ugli Stick.  Tickets are only $10 for over 21 and $20 for under 21.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Zydeco Thanksgiving Eve

We will be playing a special Thanksgiving Eve show at Zydeco tonight with special guests Black River Wine.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Back From Mexico!

We had an amazing time on Shiprocked!  All of the bands, staff and fans were great!  Check out all of the photos on our Facebook page Here.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thank You Gadsden, AL!

We had a great time at Chestnut Station in Gadsden, we'll see you soon!  Next stop Mexico with Sevendust, Buckcherry, Hinder, Candlebox, Living Color, In This Moment, Broken Teeth, and Queensryche!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rock N' Roll

Had a blast in Montevallo.  We'll see you again in February!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Giving Up On Rock N' Roll" Playlist

Check out the Spotify playlist for "Giving Up On Rock N Roll".  These are the songs and artists mentioned in the song in order.

Click HERE

Giving Up On Rock N' Roll

Hang the DJ he's driving me insane
I'm watching all my heros fade away
Where are you Mr. Ice Cream Man?
Where are you Mr. Brownstone?

Woh, oh, oh I'm giving up on you
Woh, oh, oh I'm giving up on you

Whatever happened to the youth gone wild
Too fast for love and rock n roll all night
Where are you Mr. pyromania
In the still of the night

Woh, oh, oh I'm giving up on you
Woh, oh, oh I'm giving up on you

Somebody save me rock is dead
Somebody save me rock is dead

Hang the DJ he's driving me insane
Oh my god look what the cat dragged in
Still we reach for the sky

I'm giving up on you (woh oh)
I'm giving up on you (woh oh)
I'm giving up on you (woh oh)
I'm giving up on you (woh oh)

Free download of "Giving Up On Rock N' Roll"

Giving Up On Rock N' Roll by lynam

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Download Our Music For Free

We encourage everyone to download our music and share it with your friends.  We have put up several songs on the right side of the page that you can download for free.  If you like them, please share with your friends on Facebook, Spotify, E-mail, or however you wish.  If you'd like a physical copy of the CD, click the merch store link Here or on the right side of the page under links.  You can also download all of our albums on iTunes by clicking Here.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Shiprocked 2011 Playlist

Since people are always asking us what we've been listening to, we decided to create a few playlists on Spotify.  Since Shiprocked is now less than a week away, we created a Shiprocked playlist of our favorite songs from the bands playing.

Click Here to view Jacob's playlist

1. Sevendust - Black - This was my introduction to Sevendust.  I bought this record in Memphis, TN at Cats music.  The first time I heard this song it blew my mind.  It was so heavy and brutal, but the band was tight as hell and the vocals were amazing.  A lot of the heavier bands around this time were either screaming or doing death metal style vocals.  Lajon has a great since of melody and an amazing voice.

2. Hinder - Up All Night - These guys are some of our best friends in the world.  We've had some of the best times of our lives with Hinder.  This song pretty much sums up life on the road.  The first night we met these guys, Mike and Blower were drunk as hell when Mike decided to moon everybody in the dressing room.  Blower picked up an industrial staple gun off the table next to him and started walking towards Mike.  We were laughing thinking he was about to put staples in Mike's ass.  He then proceeded to pull down his pants and staple his own ball sack to Mike's ass.  We were floored.  The antics got crazier as the tour went on.  The shows went from packed to sold out completely.  As soon as "Lips Of An Angel" took off, the venues got huge and things got nuts.  Those guys are our brothers for life!

3. Queensryche - Silent Lucidity - If you ask most people what there favorite song ever is, they'll tell you that's too tough of a question to answer.  My favorite 2 songs ever written are "Silent Lucidity" and "Doves Cry".  Songs are attached to memories.  A great song to one person might be a terrible song to another.  I've got great memories as a kid of both of those songs.  I was discovering music, life and everything was exciting.  Whenever I hear "Silent Lucidity" it takes me back to being a kid and being excited to what life would hold.

4. Buckcherry - Lawless And Lulu - I love Buckcherry's first album!  For a while it seamed like straight ahead rock bands were dead.  Buckcherry came along and gave me hope that there were still people out there that loved music like AC/DC, Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, etc.  Before this record came out, Dreamworks had the band doing a residency every Monday night for a month in Birmingham at a club called the Nick.  I used to hang with Josh and Keith and just talk music and girls.  I've always had so much respect for this band.  This is my favorite song off their debut.

5. Candlebox - Change - Another band of good friends of ours.  We toured with these guys a couple of years ago and they are one of the best live bands period.  This is my favorite song of theirs to watch them play live.  It's so intense and the crowd sings every word.  I get chills every time they play it.

6. Living Colour - Glamour Boys - My favorite track off of Vivid.

7. Filter - Welcome To The Fold - I loved this record when it came out.  The girl I was dating at the time stole it from Wal-Mart and gave it to me for my birthday.  It was still in the big plastic anti-theft case when she gave it to me.  I listened to it non stop.  I loved how Richard Patrick's voice could break-up, but yet he could sing so clean.  When the band played Birmingham on that tour, I went to the 5 Points Music Hall and saw them play.  I was blown away because the drummer was wearing my band's t- shirt (Mars Electric).  I thought "Wow, this guy is a fan of my band"!  After the show, I asked him about the shirt and he said he found it stuffed inside his kick drum at the studio they recorded at in Chicago (the same studio we recorded at).  He didn't know anything about the band, it was just a free shirt that he thought looked cool.

8. Broken Teeth - Devil Money - This is just a kick ass rock song.  I've been a fan of Jason McMaster since Dangerous Toys.  When I was a kid in school, we used to play Tesi'n, Pleasi'n in one of my first bands.  The clown always freaked me out, I thought the artwork was amazing.  Lynam used the guy that designed the clown to do the cover of Slave To The Machine.

9. Lynam - Better - Always a fun song to play live.  This is the live version from "Thank You Good Night".