Archive for July, 2013

Version 5 – Last Ride

10 QUESTIONS WITH V5

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Breaking Music Magazine – So the band is just the two of you? How did that come about? Does the name reflect that?

V5 – In the past, we’ve played with several other bands and musical acts. However, we had trouble maintaining a steady line-up, so we decided to strip it down to the two of us because we know we’re dedicated and willing to put in the effort to make it happen. We came up with the name “Version 5” because it’s our fifth band (clever right?).

Breaking Music Magazine – Whats it like being brothers and being in band? do you guys ever fight?

V5 – Yeah. we definitely disagree all the time, but it’s the fact that we are able to resolve conflicts that we feel separates us from the majority of other bands. It’s also our disagreements in our music tastes that led us the genre that we’re in. Besides, being brothers seems like a pretty cool niche.

Breaking Music Magazine – what’s the music scene like where you live?

V5 – In Minnesota, the music scene revolves around Minneapolis, so bands from all over the state go there to play, and a bunch of genres collide. Where we’re at, outside of St. Cloud, we feel most of the music is dominated by cover bands, or original hardcore metal bands. From what we’ve experienced, our genre seems to be unfulfilled here in Minnesota.

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Breaking Music Magazine – I see that you guys are putting up a lot of video content. Where do the ideas come from? How often are you doing it? Tell us about them.

V5 – Well, besides being into music, Spncer makes short films and does freelance film work, so the videos were a natural progression for us. The band’s “Version 5 TV” is just another outlet for film efforts and makes it fun for the both of us. Our biggest influences come from other online video logs and YouTube personalities like Ray William Johnson and DeFranco. We take that whole idea and mix it with Jackass and early CKY style videos, and recently we’ve been releasing new content every week, whether it’s a new song, music video, or photoshoot. Along with that, we’ve been trying to release a new video log every two weeks or so to keep our fans updated.

Breaking Music Magazine – You also just put out a video for your single? How did that come about? Did you do it yourself?

V5 – Yes! We just finished up and released the “official” music video for our single “Last Ride”. The lyrical content of the song is about someone liberating themselves from thinking the same as everyone else, or being “brainwashed”. We portrayed that in the video by showing the character mindlessly watching our music and deciding instead to break free. We had some help with the filming of the video from a local photographer and friend, but everything else was done by us.

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Breaking Music Magazine – With just the two members, how do you do the live show ?

V5 – We play over prerecorded drums and use electronic pads and a variety of other midi devices to trigger and incorporate sounds, synths, and other tracks. Andy, who plays guitar, maintains a live rock feel to the show, whereas Spencer is responsible for triggering most of the effects, and is influenced by DJs and electronic music. Together, we’re able to create a huge sound coming from only two people, and manage to have a unique and energetic live feel.

Breaking Music Magazine – What’s the rest of the year look like for you?

V5 – Our main goal is to finish up and release an EP within the next few months, which will include our two already released tracks “Last Ride” and “My Addiction”. Besides that, we want to get out and start playing more shows and polish up our live act. You can also expect us to keep putting out video logs, music videos, and other content throughout the year.

Breaking Music Magazine – if you could put together a festival with any bands/ acts, what would it look like? who would you like to see re-unite to do a reunion show at it?

V5 – Andy- I’m a rock n’ roll guy, so I’d love to play with bands like The Who, GnR, Alice in Chains, and Godsmack. Those are my primary influences, and even though we play a different genre than them, I feel like like elements of my style are attributed to those guys.
V5 – Spencer – I’m definitely more electronic music based than my bro. If I we’re putting on a festival, I’d want to see Gary Numan, Nine Inch Nails, and maybe even deadmau5 or someone completely electronic based. Yeah I listen to a wide variety of musical genres, but I feel like most of my musical influence for this band comes from artists like these.

The combination of our two music styles led us to play industrial rock.

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Breaking Music Magazine – aside from being the band, what other hobbies do you guys have?

V5 – Like we mentioned above, film making is a passion of ours (mostly Spencer). Everything else we enjoy doing is portrayed in our video logs, skateboarding, hangin’ on the lake, and just messin’ around. In general, I’d say we’re fans of any extreme sport.

Breaking Music Magazine – Lie to us about your band name and how you formed. try to include superpowers please. If you do a good job you can also plug anything you would like afterwards. Thank you.

V5 – Growing up in the Klondike during the gold rush, there weren’t many musical opportunities for Andy and Spencer Olson. Together they saved enough money to purchase a didgeridoo, which is their true instrumental passion. If it wasn’t for the freak Yeti accident of ’78, Andy wouldn’t have gained his freak musical senses that soon lead to the creation of industrial rock music. They ditched the didgeridoo, being that it wasn’t a popular form of musical exploration at the time, and instead invested in drum machines. “Version 5”, which later became the name of the band, was the brand of pick axe that Spencer spent hours swinging in search of minute amounts of gold dust.

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What We Are Listening To: Alexander – Say Hello

IN DYNAMICS REVIEW

In Dynamics

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IN DYNAMICS ? They most certainly are, and going from strength to strength from previous projects, these guys are unstoppable .
Their approach to their music is fast paced and punchy and certainly keeps you on your toes.

After watching the video to ‘STAY’, i was immediately convinced that these guys will go far in this industry as their imagination and ingenuity shone through in every part of the song, and there it was right in front of my eyes.
The video is very cleverly done, and was painstakingly filmed and directed by the extremely talented Bertie Wrench after coming up with this amazing concept. Once recorded it was then played backwards for our enjoyment, leaving the lads the hard task of having to learn and lip sync everything backwards in real time and although done before, this only shows me the passion and dedication these guys have for their craft.
The track itself boasts an energy that’s second to none that not only would pull a crowd but would certainly keep any audience glued to the stage and increase their fan base.

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The track Oceans although a more down tempo piece is beautifully crafted and has a clever play on words throughout and very parabolic in nature and creative. It sets a mood that certainly makes you think.

Alive: certainly lives up to its name from start to finish as its energy courses through your veins giving you hit after hit of the adrenalin it produces.

She Radiates: to me is the track that really demonstrates this new dynamic sound that gave birth to the name In Dynamics as it produces that vibe throughout the song leaving any LIVE audience thrown against a wall punching the air for more.

Through Strength And Craft: is a song with attitude and an energy that leaves you breathless trying keeping up with the pace and a must see first hand on stage as you ride their tidal wave of sound .

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I have said it before and I will proudly say it again as nothing has changed, these guys have a truly amazing full house of vocals and harmonies to die for, it takes the band to dizzy heights in the listening experience and to see these guys LIVE is a MUST especially when you see the power house that is Jack Wrench in the engine room at the back pounding those skins with the solid bass techniques of brother Will Wrench complimenting to the full. Take that along with the amazing lead guitar and vocals of Beau Boulden, this all forms a really tight package that takes it all to another level.

Over all, this is an album so well put together its at risk of busting apart at the seems with the enthusiasm and energy that went in to it.
Each and every song is well set out at and truly beautifully crafted.
The end result is something to be proud of both from the artist and the fans buying it.

So go on , give it a try , you’ll be silly not to .
In Dynamics are here to stay and there will be plenty more where this came from .

SOLO SOUND SCORE……10/10

SOLO SOUND SUGGESTION
If ever there was a song to tempt
the listener into buying this album
it would be ‘Stay’

5

Ian Davies
SOLO SOUND PRODUCTIONS

THE COLLECTOR REVIEW

THE COLLECTOR

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Bringing music back to its origin to a more simplistic flow is the order of the day with the members of this band .
If you were to buy any of their material you will find yourself whisked away to a sea of tranquillity, yet left in a very thoughtful frame of mind with a collection of beautifully crafted material to stir the very soul.

The Collector was originally a project and the brainchild of Simon King , pictured above left, who set up the band purely to get his music played and an album of songs recorded. This was all born through the frustration he had with past bands and with recordings that never really ended up how he originally perceived them . So Simon bought a small digital studio and some mics and set about creating what was going to be a truly amazing album. Now with the reins held tightly in his hands, Simon took a leap of faith, and in 2008 started to build his team with local musicians he knew that were of the same mind set, and most importantly reading off the same page.

By 2009 after allot of hard work they had completed the album aptly titled ‘The Be All And End All’ but sadly by this time it seemed it was not enough for some members of the band and slowly they all started to drift into other projects. Simon managed to pull together a few acoustic gigs to at least air the songs bringing in the help of his original double bassist Gary Holder and Simon Mole. This was a good move as it started the creative juices flowing and got Simon thinking of the possibilities of writing completely new material and performing them acoustically as what they had just done ticked all the boxes.

By 2010 Simon grabbed the bull by the horns and with fire still in his belly the band almost completely re-formed with the help of local musicians Leah Miller, Matt Andrews with Gary Holder and Graham Noon from the previous album available when needed for live performances.
And boy what a team he has picked as the talent was close at hand but with an end result that’s simply perfect, giving him the cream of the crop that’s top of their class.

The angelic tones of Leah Miller are capable of moving a mountain with just a whisper as she leaves you breathless in wonder at this beautiful voice almost Celtic in nature.
She has vocal abilities capable of reaching out and holding you in the palm of her hand in every breath leaving you centred and intoxicated.
Leah has been singing since the tender age of 11 when she bought her first guitar and started writing her own songs. It wasn’t until she was 15 that Leah set foot on stage and has since performed with such local bands as Eight Dirty Pages and Dogs In Space. With Jeff Buckley, Imogen Heap, P.J.Harvey and Martha Wainwright as inspiration Leah is truly an asset to the band giving it the spirit it needed.

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Matt has been performing both vocally and as a guitarist for the best part of 18 years starting with his first band called Phreak in 1994 covering most of Nirvana tracks until they split in 1999. Matt didn’t do much more from there until he joined Everafta later to become Madeira Drive. He then doubled up with Classix all of which played venues across the counties.
Inspiration comes from all angles from Simon and Garfunkel to Slayer and Sepultura and bows to such idols as Dave Grohl and Slash.
Matt is truly an accomplished musician with not only the talent to succeed but also the stamina and will power to drive this band where it wants to go with host of past experience to bring to the table. With a voice renowned to crack the sound waves wide open he also also adopts a more placid and calming vocal to grab every ones attention . A true valued member of the band .

Simon was a late starter and didn’t pick a guitar up until his mid teens and is pretty much self taught learning his chords straight from a book, and went on to play with such bands as Frantic and Spoiler . His musical influences stem from listening to The Cure, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Chameleons, New Model Army and New Order yet is influenced now by Tom McRae, Passenger and Damien Rice . But with the will to succeed Simon’s self taught qualities certainly shine through giving us a performance that’s second to none , and as the driving force in this band Simon will certainly steer this band where it needs to go and thats to the top of their Genre.

This mix of talent is is perfect in every way and a true recipe for success, creating moods to stir the very soul, making you stop and think and even take stock of your life adding comfort and thought to the listening experience that is The Collector.

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SOLO SOUND SCORE……9/10

SOLO SOUND SUGGESTION
If ever there were two songs to tempt
the listener into buying this album
it would be ”This Time” and ”The Collector”

5

Ian Davies
Music journalist
SOLO SOUND PRODUCTIONS

Bird Names Review

Bird Names

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Psychedelic mayhem courses through the veins of this very different yet outstanding band . Their music has not only created a new sound but also a new genre to chalk up and is described as Gnarley Psychedelic Pop.

I have been trying to pin point another band or genre where this is similar , but this is where this project is clever as you cant , its original in its own right, so I am not going to compare this music with other artists as I feel it would be unfair to judge something so unique, but will leave it to you to form your own opinion.
This album along with the rest in the collection reflects the detailed and layered mind of David Lineal. This is reminiscent of the retro styles of the 60’s and 70’s giving a feel that flows to such a degree that order does not exist. But this is the clever part as this all works beautifully creating a style that is so unique its pushed the boundaries of music into another dimension .
The album “Naming Names” is as colourful as the artwork and in fact reflects every part of the album perfectly. So now its time for David and the gang to blow their own trumpet , to coin a phrase, and let the world know they have arrived.

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There is something very childlike in the performance both vocally and musically taking you to places in your mind that you have long forgotten from childhood or even never knew existed.
If you are a first timer to Bird Names then my advice to you is to find an empty room free of visual distractions and a good pair of headphones and loose yourself for a while on what will be a journey of re-discovery.

This trio consists of David Lineal on guitar and vocals, Peter Nichols on bass and vocals and Alex Edgeworth on Drums and vocals and who’s influences consist of “ Captain Beef heart, Bob Wills, Dolly Mixture, Can , Ray price and Orange Juice”.
Based in Brattleboro Vermont David steers his musical genius to dizzy heights with a vast collection of 7 albums and although his music is totally out of my comfort zone the more I sit here trying to fathom out what to say the more I like what I hear as it most certainly grows on you as the whole album is unpredictable and possibly unappreciated by the masses so I say to you all, “give it a chance”

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“Piedmont Spring”, track one on the album is the one that should be paid attention to the most as it has a certain strange aura about it enveloping the mind taking you to strange places yet aiding your decision about this band .
If you lean more towards the commercial flow of things then I’m afraid you will be disappointed as you are not going to find it here. But to help you along the way try
“Star Light” and “ ‘Flush It”.

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Over all I am very impressed at the achievements of this band and wish them every success for the future hoping their continuous hard work brings them to a more mainstream audience.

MY SCORE……8/10

MY SUGGESTION…….
If ever there were 3 tracks to tempt
the listener into buying this album
they would be ……
“Star Light” “Flush it” and “Piedmont Spring”

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Ian Davies
MUSIC JOURNALIST

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