Choosing the right band name and avoiding names like “Triple Sundae Melt”

I don’t want to go to Sunset Strip I don’t want to feel the emptiness Bold marquees with stupid band names I don’t want to go to Sunset Strip Warning: This may sound like a sort of “Old Man Yells at Cloud” story – particularly since I’ve addressed this topic previously – but I will not apologize for that. If you’re a fan of Cake (the band, not the dessert), you probably recognize those lyrics.

I am here to help you avoid being one of those bands with a stupid band name. Now, I’m not talking about bands like Foo Fighters, in which Dave Grohl himself has admitted that it’s a stupid band name. No, I am talking about those bands who take totally generic names. You know, like you were doing Mad Libs and one of the blanks specifically called for generic noun(s). In fact, The Generic Nouns would be a better band name than some that I’ve heard. I’ll give you an example, which on first glance doesn’t appear to be an existing band name, but if it happens to be your band name…well, it’s a stupid band name, and you should have chosen something else. The Necklaces is a good example of a generic band name. When you Google The Necklaces, the first result is a short story by Guy de Maupassant. Then of course you’d get into the websites for jewelry stores as well as “entertainment news” stories about necklaces worn by celebrities.

Now ask yourself this.

If you have a band name, why would you choose something like The Necklaces for your knowing that your fans will have to wade through a bunch of results about literature and jewelry before they get to your music? And if you really feel compelled to give your band the name of some generic noun, at least add another word. Sticking with the example of The Necklaces, make it The Garlic Necklaces, which gives it an anti-vampire vibe. Or add the word Atomic or something like that. Just do anything to make that name unique to your band. Why am I so concerned with what you call your band? Frankly, if you want to give your band some generic name, that’s up to you. I am merely giving you the perspective of a music journalist. I get loads of music submissions all the time, and guess what. If your band name is generic, the chances are pretty good that I’ll forget it, and therefore your music. And it’s not just me. Other people that see your band perform will probably be hard pressed to remember your name if you choose something nondescript. Furthermore, if it comes right down to it, and I have to search for your band, I’m going to have to wade through a lot of non-related results, and I may not even find your band after all. Let me just boil it down like this.

There are a million bands out there, so getting noticed at all is hard enough. But then if you choose some band name that is not memorable, fans and potential fans won’t remember you. You’re basically saying “We like playing music, but we don’t really want anyone to find us.” Well, how hipster of you. There’s no problem if you just want to get together and play music with some friends. But in that case why would you bother giving yourselves a performance name? It’s basically the same if you do come up with a band name like The Necklaces. Why bother if that’s the best name you can come up with? All I am saying is to avoid being one of those stupid band names on a Sunset Strip marquee or anywhere else. Choose a name that belongs to your band alone and not to a bunch of other topics completely unrelated to your music.

-End rant-

We sat down with the guys from Just In Case to chat a bit about their latest Album “Prior Knowledge”

Artist: Just In Case
Album: Prior Knowledge
Release Date: September 27, 2016
# of Tracks: 13
Label: Rdub Recordings
Band Members: Brian Rash-Zeigler (Drums/Vocals) | Adam Bucciarelli (Guitar/Vocals)

Years as band: 17

What inspired this LP?

 “Prior Knowledge” is the result of a metamorphosis / self-actualization that both Adam and I have gone through moving to San Diego from southern NJ. We have both matured and evolved a lot since leaving the only place we ever had known as home.That combined with the status of the society we all live in and boom, an album was born. 

Where did the name of the LP come from?
 After listening to the pre-production a lot, the name just popped up and fit beautifully with the theme of the album.

How long did this CD take to make from start to finish,recording-wise? 
We started writing the album in 2013, pre-production recordings started in 2015, and we finished final recordings and mixing/mastering in late 2016… so 3 years

What kind of ‘sound’,production wise, did you have in the back of your mind,prior to entering the studio? 
We wanted the album to speak for itself. We envisioned a big, polished sound that exclaimed the songs. We really wanted the sound to engulf the listener.

What is one of your favorite tracks on the new LP? and why?

 There really are a bunch that we both feel are our favorites… I would have to say “Lakeside” is my (Brian’s) favorite track. It encompasses a lot of what we do musically. There are breakdowns, double-time punk riffs, and hard driving parts that really hit the spot for me. All around a well balanced song with something for everyone in my opinion. I feel that Adam would choose “Rollercoasting”, because it has a lot of the same elements I spoke of previously. He has always had a soft spot for that jam for sure.

What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new LP? 
We actually chose 2 singles from the album. The first was “Profiles”, because it was an in-your-face track that really sets the tone for the album as a whole. The second was “On A Wire (Ready To Fall)”. We chose this, because it is a very straight-forward rock track that we believe will appeal to a larger audience more so than most of the other tracks. To put it plainly, it was our most “radio-friendly” track.

Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?
 We really just take in what is going on in our lives, society as a whole, and what feels right at the time. We always bring a raw, high-energy feel to any song we write. It’s what we have always loved, and how we roll.

Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
 We feel that all serious musicians go through changes as they mature. It is part of the development as artists. We have seen changes in ourselves of course. Even with the evolution of our music, we still bring that Just In Case sound that our fans have grown to love and expect from us. It’s healthy to mature.
How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
 “Prior Knowledge” is a polished punk/rock powerhouse that will cater to one’s love of high-energy music. It’s a great cross between skate, pop, and hip hop vibes. We try to put a lot of different feelings into the music, so we guarantee that anyone can find something they love about this record.

Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise) 
There is far too many to note here, but the key ones are: Goldfinger, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, NOFX, Saves The Day, The Get Up Kids, Strung Out, Lagwagon, Green Day (circa mid-90’s), etc…

OCML Axiom: “Absence of basic sanitation facilities”

There are certain comforts we take for granted in our lives.

“People deserve to be able to sit down and go to the bathroom,

in a safe protected place.” – Angel

(Monday May 15th), three portable restrooms were attempted to be removed from the riverbed in Santa Ana. The porta-potties sat in location for less than 48 hours before a notice of removal was placed by county officials.

Over the last two weeks, our team(OCML) worked closely with OCPAC to raise the money to purchase, deliver, and service three portable restrooms for the homeless community of the riverbed. With donations from many parties, over $1000 was raised to solve this issue, and give this community one less hardship – a place of restroom privacy as well as proper sanitation.

The city as well as the county have both denied requests for restrooms on location for the homeless encampments, leaving community leaders and advocates to move on their own. Residents of the encampment have advised the lack of proper equipment for sanitation is not only dehumanizing, but can ultimately lead to unwanted spread of diseases.

“Absence of basic sanitation facilities can:

  • Result in an unhealthy environment contaminated by human waste. Without proper sanitation facilities, waste from infected individuals can contaminate a community’s land and water, increasing the risk of infection for other individuals. Proper waste disposal can slow the infection cycle of many disease-causing agents
  • Contribute to the spread of many diseases/conditions that can cause widespread illness and death. Without proper sanitation facilities, people often have no choice but to live in and drink water from an environment contaminated with waste from infected individuals, thereby putting themselves at risk for future infection. Inadequate waste disposal drives the infection cycle of many agents that can be spread through contaminated soil, food, water, and insects such as flies.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/sanitation/toilets.html

One of the complaints that drove animosity to our joint efforts was it’s location; about 30 yards from some playground equipment. OCML Co-founder and Axiom host John Safari stated, “This argument only makes sense if we don’t consider that the playground exists unused, along a lightly trafficked bike path, because this area has become an encampment for the homeless community.”

Lawyer and advocate Mohammad Aly rallied early Monday afternoon after locals saw the notice placed by the county. Apparently, the county wanted $2,000 for permit paperwork to be filed same day, which is double the cost of the portable toilets themselves. Ultimately, a long day of hardship ended up being solved with a few dollies, one lawyer, one little girl, 200 feet and the homeless community working together to keep their right to somewhat safe sanitation and hygiene. The County truck arrived, but could not remove the porta-potties as they now sat on city property.

Moving forward community efforts hope to be approved from county and city officials as it will only help to improve the current homeless quality of life within Orange County.

 

New Evil chats with us about their band, music and inspirations.

What inspired this EP?
Sophia Anita: The need to create music that represents my aggression against our dangerous society especially in how we treat female identified individuals, not just in America but around the world. When I perform I am expressing myself for everyone who cannot, everyone who has been a victim of violence and prejudice just because they are comfortable in their own skin and live their lives the way they want to. 
Ian: We see this album as a kind of a musical backlash against some of the current trends in rock music in LA and Southern California in general. People often find us hard to classify as a band, and it makes people sort of uncomfortable about what you’re doing musically when they can’t fit you neatly into a particular genre. Rather than try to find our niche in one of the many scenes going on around here, we decided instead to embrace what makes us different and we feel this album is a reflection of that.


Where did the name of the EP come from?

Ian: When we were kicking around ideas for the name of the new album someone asked what we were all reading at the time and one of us happened to be reading a Robert E. Howard Conan the Barbarian story called “A witch shall be born”, and it just seems to fit with the overall theme and feel we were going for with the new album.
 
Sophia: Being in a band, especially in LA where there are so many bands, has definitely made me a little harder, a little lighter on my feet, and a little meaner. Not that all my experiences have been negative,don’t get me wrong, there is more positive than negative for sure especially working with organizations like PLAG, and being given opportunities by other female fronted bands like Barb Wire Dolls, but LA will make you a witch over night. Hence, ‘A witch shall be Born’ 
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
Ian: We recorded the whole album in just 2 days, but it took a few months to mix and master the album to get the sound just right, and we’re really happy with the result.
 
What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?

Sophia Anita: I personally wanted to make an album with unique/haunting transitions much like Dead Man’s Bones first album. There are a lot of spooky sound clips on our album  like children laughing, menacing winds, and my voice interrupting an old radio show reading the sentence that our band name was based off of which is from the Anne Rice book, The Vampire Lestat. 
 
Ian: One of our hallmarks as a band is the energy that we put into each live performance, so it was important to us to not only try to capture the energetic sound that people have come to expect from us, but to also balance that energy with lots of atmospheric/ambient sounds to balance it out. We recorded each track playing together as a band instead of recording each track individually which we feel helped to convey that sense of energy and urgency that is vital to our sound. 

What is one of your favorite tracks on the new EP? and why? 

Sophia Anita: Oh man, I love all the tracks! One of my favorites has be ‘A witch shall be born’ because it is a summary of all of the emotions and experiences we have been through as a band. 
 
Ian: Pale Skin Latin Girls is one of those songs that just took on a life of its own from the minute we wrote it and I’m really happy with how that song turned out, but I think that Spiritualistic Racket is the best track on the album overall. 

What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new EP?
Sophia Anita: The musical drive/power of Pale Skin Latin Girls and the lyrics that reflect how overwhelming life can be/also how we have created such amazing relationships with so many female fronted bands since day 1. PSLG is such a true representation of what NEW EViL is about. 

Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?
 
Sophia Anita: Sophia Anita: For me, my lyrics and melody create a mood that is a mixture of compassion, aggression, angst, and hunger for life.
Ian: We don’t necessarily set out to create a mood when writing a new song. It usually starts with one simple idea which we build on and then the mood of the song seems to develop organically, which has seemed to work pretty well for us so far.

Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
 
Sophia Anita: Definitely, I feel like every musician goes through dry spells. Especially if you have a second passion. My second passion is martial arts. I am constantly trying to find the balance between the two. 
 
Ian: Time is definitely a factor when it comes to writing new music. We all have pretty busy lives outside of the band, so we find ourselves having to constantly find the balance between passion for the music and obligations in other areas of life. Also, since the members of our band are spread out throughout LA and OC, we have to make sure that we are very efficient with the time that we have together.

How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
 
Ian: There’s a lot of talk lately about rock n’ roll being a dead genre with the rise in popularity of EDM/hip-hop etc. I would say this album sounds like a sonic slap in the face; reminder that raw, energetic rock music is still alive, if you know where to find it. 

Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)

Sophia Anita: Sleigh Bells, any musical movie Anne Margret has been in, Public Enemy, Wu-Tang clan ,and ALOT of movie/tv soundtracks.
 
Ian: Black Sabbath, The Stooges, Television, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Motörhead, Talking Heads, Iron Maiden… way too many to list but those are some that come to mind right away.

Get their latest full length album New Evil “ A witch shall be born”  on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify  Check out their Facebook and their website www.newevilmusic.com for more information. 

Catch them LIVE on their next upcoming show at The Wayfarer Wednesday April 26th at 8pm For more information and tickets click the link here

OCML Podcast #27: Art’s Impact on Society & Your Role

In this episode, we talk about the role the artist holds in society, the impact art can have on culture, how artist’s roles have changed over the years and what we are doing with our platform to elicit positive change. On this podcast we have DJ Ear, Kevin Martin, Chris Barrett, Dominic and our host John Safari

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Who said rock ‘n’ roll was dead? Long live! Them Evils!

Who said rock ‘n’ roll was dead? Young, fun, and full of…riffs, Them Evils are a 3 piece sonic assault ready to melt your face. Coming straight out of Orange County, they just released a brand new music video for their single “She’s got Nothin'”. It’s a heavy, sexy banger with some guitar licks that even Mr. Jimmy Page himself would approve of. These guys take us back to a carefree time of Marshall stacks, long hair, hot sex, and good hash. We caught up with them on the eve of their national tour with New York City band “The Pretty Reckless”, to talk about their single, what they’re most looking forward to on tour, and the things that influence them while writing music.
Q: How did the idea for this single come about? Do you have a “typical” process for writing songs?
A: Well, this song is a re recorded song previously on our “Cold Black Love” EP. It all starts with a riff and a hook line.
Q: Where did the title “She Got Nothin” come from?
A: It’s about fuckin’ a woman and that’s all she’s good for. It’s like waking up in the morning having to entertain the women that slept in your bed last night and she won’t leave when you need to be productive.
Q: You have a pretty in-your-face, ballsy sound, who are some of your influences and hereos, modern and old school? (it doesn’t necessarily have to be a musician either)
A: AC/DC, Zeppelin, Sabbath, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Judas Priest. The list goes on! I’d have to say Bon Scott is my favorite singer. He’s sexy and sleazy. He did it the best.
Q: In what ways did your previous EP, released last year, influence the “sound” production-wise on this new single?
A: It didn’t. We just always try to compose songs and albums better than the last.
Q: Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs
A: They have to be about sex, struggle, and partying. We’re young. That’s all we know about.
Q: How long have you been a band? How did you meet each other?
A: About three years. Jake and I were raised in Las Vegas on the same street. We started a band down there and decided to move closer to LA. I met David, our drummer, through a co-worker. We jammed once and the rest was history.
Q: How would you describe the sound of your new single to any potential new fan?
A: Heavy fuzz riffs with the ease and sleaze of AC/DC.
Q: You are just about to head out on tour with “The Pretty Reckless”. What parts are you most looking forward to?
A: Seeing new faces and playing to massive crowds. Partying with my best friends.
Q: What song do you guys have the most fun with live?
A: She Got Nothin’, Untold, and Have One On Me. They’re just all bangers.
Check out their new single and subscribe to their Youtube Facebook
and check them out at www.themevils.com 

Lookout for “Them Evils” in a city near you throughout the rest of April and March, and as always, #enjoylocalmusic
– Ryan M. Bratton

Tunnel Vision took a trip that would go down in the record books.

It’s not everyday you get to say you’ve booked a band that holds a world record, but having booked Tunnel Vision out of San Clemente a handful of times, we get to say just that!

On February 11th, Tunnel Vision took a trip that would go down in the record books. Boarding a plane, they to head to Africa with DELA from Slightly Stupid to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 18,652 feet and play the world highest concert, while DELA attempted the world’s highest saxophone solo.

The purpose of the record breaking event was to bring awareness to the slaughter of the African Elephant, through poaching, simply for the value of their tusks. There are just over 400,000 African Elephants left, and they are on the path to extinction in the next decade with a poaching rate of 33,000-35,000 per year, simply for their tusks.

WhiskeyBarrel Records sponsored the event which saw 300+ porters and 45 individuals to reach the mountain, and 35 individuals and 12 porters to reach the summit where Tunnel Vision performed their concert. Tunnel Vision & DELA were both successful in setting the records.

Here at OCML we want to give a big shout out to Tunnel Vision, DELA & every musician who uses their art to elicit change. Thanks for doing what you do!

WildLife First Foundation is a non-profit 503(c). Proceeds go to our anti-poaching campaign. You can donate to the campaign and help Tunnel Vision out here! 

 

Follow Tunnel Vision on www.tunnelvisionsc.com

We chatted with the guys from Broken Field Runner about their latest EP and its backstory.

Where did the name of the EP come from?

From the title track.

How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?

A weekend in August of 2016.

What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?

We wanted it to sound as heavy as the songs make you feel. Jo-Jo [Rose, bass] and I also talked often and at length about our favorite interludes or skits in many hip hop records. Kendrick Lamar’s discography comes to mind immediately. We wanted to do something like that, which lent itself to Jo layering guitar, bass, synth lines, and samples in order to make this EP feel more like a complete thought.

What is one of your favorite tracks on the new EP? and why? 

“Wish You Were Here Instead of Me” is fucking dope. You’ll understand when you hear it. 

What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new EP?

“Expecting” is the most accessible track on the record and succeeds in masking a message that’s difficult to swallow with a poppy, “two spoons of sugar” sonic feeling. Some of my favorite songs do that masterfully; Saves The Day’s “Ups & Downs” immediately comes to mind.

Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?

I’m a big lyrics person. I connect to the words of a song first and only then get wrapped up in the rest of the music, which is a problem, because I’ve immediately written off some incredible music because I thought the lyrics were shit. For this reason, I take far too long to write simple songs. I try to find a story worth telling and tell it well. Often, that means that the mood is either heady or downright somber. I think this batch of songs leans heavily on the latter. 

How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?

Heavy indie rock with slowcore tendencies. Guitar-based music as a vehicle for lyrically dense story telling. That hardtimes headline that goes something like, “Musical Inability Confused as Creative Genius.”

Check out the band on the social media world Facebook  Bandcamp   Instagram Twitter
Order their EP Heavy Hanging Fruit  here, Purchase New EP Here or stream it by clicking Here

Saint Blasphemer releases a new EP called,”Theotokos” Listen to a preview of their latest single.

What inspired this EP? 
This EP was inspired by the need to make art out of personal and sociological conflict. Sometimes the choice comes down to holding feelings in and self-destructing or externalizing them into audio or visual mediums. Making music is a kind of exorcism.

Where did the name of the EP come from?
Theotokos means bearer of God, an appellation of Mary. I learned it in a class called In Search of the Goddess – women in religion. The cult of worship of the divine mother survived the supression of the Abrahamic religions in the symbolism of Sufi poetry, Alchemy, and other mystic systems. The title song is about Alchemy.

How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
We recorded the music live on a Friday evening in several takes per song, and spent a couple hours recording additional vocals and guitar on one more evening.

What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
We wanted to continue the story with the same feel and grit started with our first EP released in October. We knew we had a handful of slightly more progressive songs, and hope this new disc shows some evolution in the band.

What is one of your favorite tracks on the new EP? and why? 
My favorite is Collapse, because it’s about not letting the circumstances of life beat you down or make you compromise your values. Basically, knowing when to stand your ground and say “Fuck you”.

 

What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new EP?
After getting feedback from 10 of our closest friends, we had a pretty good idea what song to lead with.

Any overall theme or mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?
The first two EPs, we’ve just been trying to tell honest stories from our lives thru the lyrics and the playing. Our first full length album will follow a theme from beginning to end.

Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
It’s hard for an artist to not to be affected by the time they live in, unless they cut themself off from society. With our music so far, obviously there is a lot of concern over the drug epidemic. Stylisticly, we try to draw from what we like best about the artists who started the grunge and alternative era, and just bring that into modern songwriting.

Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)?
Tool, Peter Gabriel, Jane’s Addiction, Stooges.

 

Check out them out at Facebook, Youtube Bandcamp where you can get their latest EP April 1st.