2008 was the year that the fabulous Matt Powers exploded onto the music scene, gracing college airwaves with his crafty indie rock debut album Never Ending Aftermath. Now, after playing and working with some of the biggest names in rock, Powers is poised and ready to take over the wrold with his endearing and addicting form of indie pop rock. Sovereign Sound was lucky enough to stalk the Los Angeles-based musician down and bombard him with questions. Check out how he graciously responded.
Interview With Denver’s Newly Revamped The Battleship Agenda & A Free Download of Their New Single “Houses”
Earlier this year, the people of Denver were hit with the bad news that one of their staple local bands, the Battleship Agenda, was taking an idefinite hiatus. The pop-punk rock band had been making waves on the local scene, playing shows across Colorado and placing high in radio sponsored competitions like 93.3‘s Big Gig and Hometown for the Holidays. But when 2010 arrived, vocalist Kat Barnes quit, followed by bassist Kellen Niemeier. The band chose bass player Casey Ottmann to fill both of the vacant shoes. Playing bass and taking over vocals, along with Nick Ferro, Ottmann joined just in time to be a part of the The Battleship Agenda performance on the Ernie Ball Stage at Van’s Warped Tour. So close to being complete again, the band suffered another loss when original member Tyler Call called it quits. Enter Keoni Akina, a long time friend of the band to take Call’s place, and The Battleship Agenda is back in full swing and ready to spout it’s musical prowess across Denver and beyond. The band was kind enough to answer a few questions for Sovereign Sound:
Smooth Jazz? Pop Rock? Hip Hop? I don’t know. Neither do they. The bottom line is, as I stood there listening to the refreshingly unique flows of the Graffiti6 gang, I couldn’t help but move and sway with the crowd, sing along, and fall victim to the talents of producer TommyD (who has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kylie and Janet Jackson) and singer Jamie Scott. The swankily lit Lexington was packed with an eclectic array of people, a true testament to the beautiful amalgamation of sounds that Graffiti6 has created, that transcendes genre classification. So What Happened at the Show!?
One listen to San Francisco Bay area-based pop punkers I The Mighty and you’ll be humming their songs for the rest of the day. The saccharine sweet, smooth flowing melodies and addictive beats of the band are hooking fans and receiving recognition from the right entities, such as magazines and radio stations. I The Mighty- Brent Walsh (vocals/guitar), Ian Pedigo (guitar), Chris Hinkley (bass/vocals), and Blake Dahlinger (drums)- are preparing for big things to come their way. Sovereign Sound tracked down Walsh who opened up about writing music, heeding advice, and how to deal with the hype.
(photo by Patrick Bussmann)
Hailing from Lucerne, Switzerland, indie garage outfit The Dandies, is rocking and rolling its way onto the international music scene. The band; Adrian Weber (vocals/rythym guitar), brother Eric Weber (lead guitar/vocals), and Fabian Voirol (drums); blends quintessential aspects of indie, garage, and punk to produce electrifyingly rock songs. Having crushed their recent appearance at SXSW and recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith, The Dandies show no signs of stopping before they achieve world domination. We tracked down Adrian and forced him to answer a few of our questions on writing songs, life on the road, and what’s up next for his kickass band. Read the Interview for your own good.