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March 31, 2011 Posted by admin in News, Tour

Acoustic Show April 10th in Milwaukee

On April 10th there will be a special acoustic performance by Bay and Ambre at Club Anything in Milwaukee. It's been awhile since we've done an acoustic show and the few rehearsals we managed to squeeze in have been a lot of fun! Expect old favourites as well as a bunch of new songs [and maybe even a surprise cover or two].

Anna Bohn and Adam Didier of OncetheSun and The Light Asylum, and Mark Allen of My Mourning Belle will also be playing acoustic sets so get there early!

Some Hear Explosions interview - Denver Music |

Some Hear Explosions is the collaborative effort of ex- The Mercy Kiss guitarist/vocalist Bay Dariz and singer Ambre Leigh along with the combined rhythm section of Alex Gallner on bass and Joe Herrera on drums. Since the band formed, they have received an influx of positive reviews and great opportunities- they played Milwaukee's Summerfest in 2009 and were featured (thanks to fan votes) on the festival's compilation CD, they've licensed some music for the films Lake Effect and Pound of Flesh, and recently released an album, It's Our Time Now, to much praise. Despite the band's busy schedule, I caught up with Dariz who opened up to me about writing music, playing in Denver, and rocking out to "Lady In Red".

What do you think about Denver? How do the fans treat you?

Denver was one of our favorite shows on the tour! We played with a great local opener named Calling Out West and we had a very fun, energetic crowd. We hung out downtown for many hours after the show with some friends we met in town and had an amazing time. Denver seems to have a really interesting music scene and I wouldn’t be surprised if some really great bands start exploding onto the national scene out of Denver.

Briefly explain the songwriting process to me.

Typically, I demo a bunch of song ideas and if Ambre responds to them, she starts writing lyrics. Then we track a more complete demo together and take it to rehearsal where Alex and Joe – our bassist and drummer – breathe real life into them. Often what inspires me to write the music and Ambre to write the lyrics are two totally different things. In the next record I’m hoping to get together with Ambre and plan more of a thematic arch ahead of time, but you can’t really plan too much when it comes to rock n roll.

What's the weirdest thing to inspire a song?

When someone hears our music, I want it to stir something within them, be it happiness, excitement, romance, or something decidedly more carnal. When I wrote the music for “Give / Take” I specifically wanted to write something that would sound great if you heard it in a strip club. That’s weird for me because I really don’t enjoy going to strip clubs.

If your music was the soundtrack to a movie, which one would it be?

We actually have songs in a few upcoming independent feature films (The Lake Effect and Pound of Flesh) so based on that I’d say it would be an indie drama with a definite dark side. I know I’d love for it to be a Darren Aronofsky film, and Ambre would probably veer more toward David Lynch.

What has been the defining moment of your career thus far?

Our defining moment so far was definitely our national tour in the fall of 2010. We had just released our debut album and just added our new bassist, and over the course of the 10,000+ miles we traveled we became the band we are today. We’d been working hard for two years and to finally be able to share our music with crowds all across the country was truly inspiring.

You’re at a karaoke bar and forced to sing one song- what's your go-to tune?

Actually, back in LA we hang out a karaoke bar all the time. No matter what song I sign up for, they always make me sing my number one jam “Lady in Red” by Chris De Burgh and everyone in the bar slow dances to it. To be fair, I really do love singing it, although I can’t remember why I chose to sing it in the first place.

If you were going to cover any album, by any band, from start to finish, which one would it be?

I’m sure we would all pick different albums and never be able to agree on one, but we often sing Jimmy Eat World together to warm up our voices before shows. I think we could do their Bleed American album some justice.

If you could have anyone in the world be your #1 fan, who would it be?

David Bowie. Thankfully, he’s still alive and well so there’s still some time to properly impress.

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Video Blog Ep. 15 – The Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ

The saga picks up right where it left off (well... 2, 500 miles or so away from where it left off) as SHE rages on to Scottsdale, AZ. A great show, a great after party, and an epic all-nighter lead to further character development of some of our Beeping friends who tagged along for the adventure

Video Blog Ep. 14 – The Long Road Home and Some Time Off

SHE minus Joe jams across the country on the 2,780-mile drive home from New York to Los Angeles. Back in lala land, they enjoy some time off before the last leg of the tour by attending the grand opening of the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, hanging with friends (some of whom also happen to be "Beep" music video costars), and enjoying the Circus Vargas. article on band merch featuring Bay Dariz

Recently, 3OH!3’s Nathaniel Motte penned a thoughtful, lengthy blog on his band’s website decrying the practice of “price matching.” The blog was spawned from a specific instance at a holiday radio show in Sacramento, California, where 3OH!3 were required to price their shirts at a equivalent cost to the headliner’s merch—an amount Motte and bandmate Sean Foreman deemed too expensive for their fans. The incident, which Motte describes in detail in his post, is indicative of a larger issue, one that affects bands and music fans across the board. Motte’s post raises a slew of intriguing questions: What is price matching? Why is it done? Who does it benefit and who does it harm? And, most importantly, what is and what should be the purpose of selling merch?

In simple terms, price matching is a practice in which the headlining band on a tour set the merch prices. If that band sell their T-shirts for $40, every other band on the bill must comply with that price. DAVID GALEA of The Agency Group, who books Paramore, Dredg, Relient K and Four Year Strong, explains that price matching is just one element the headliner controls in the business of touring. “The headliner dictates everything from production to amount of merch items, to number of comps the support gets, to how long they play,” he says. “It is common practice for support acts to fall in line with what the headliner is dictating on any and all things—from clubs to arenas.”

3OH!3 manager MIKE KAMINSKY describes price matching as “a request from the headlining band asking the support bands not to undercut them in merch. It looks bad—and could affect sales—if one band is selling their merch for considerably less than another [band]. It’s essentially forcing a monopoly in the market for that show."

The ability of the headliner to determine all these aspects on a tour is a privilege that Galea believes must be earned, and that there should be a balance between respecting the band taking you on tour with them and standing up for your own fans once you’ve built a fanbase. “Simply put, that is the right of the headliner, and they have earned this right,” Galea says. “A first-of-four [act] on a show complaining about the practices of a headliner, frankly, is inappropriate. This isn’t utopia; from the biggest band to the smallest band, this still acts as a business, and any band who tells you different is probably lying to save face.”

For a smaller, up-and-coming band, each T-shirt and album sold at a show can mean gas and food for the next day. In that scenario, being forced to sell your shirts at a higher price can mean you don’t sell any, which in turn hurts your ability to travel to the next venue. BAY DARIZ, singer/guitarist for Los Angeles band SOME HEAR EXPLOSIONS, has found that sometimes there is little thought about the fact that merch sales directly allow small bands to literally continue touring. “The money from merch goes directly into our gas tank to get us to the next city,” he says. “It's extremely important we sell enough merch to keep going. Many times people want free shirts and CDs, and I don't think they realize how expensive touring is and how little money we really make. We don't travel with a crew, so we do all our own merch sales. We have to become salespeople as well as artists/performers, and that's a tightrope to walk sometimes.”


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Westwood One 2010 Artist look backs

2010 IN REVIEW artist look backs

Escape The Fate singer Craig Mabbitt:

I’ll always remember 2010 for:

Escape The Fate getting signed to Interscope Records

When I look back on 2010, the things that will stick out will be:

Releasing our self-titled album on November 2nd, moving to LA, buying a Dodge Challenger and the movie The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.

My “rock star moment” of the year was:

I'd have to say it was our show on October 1st in NYC at Roseland Ballroom when I jumped off a balcony into the crowd.

  • Escape The Fate released their self-titled album earlier this year, featuring the single “Issues.”

Dredg guitarist Mark Engles

I’ll always remember 2010 for:

Finished our new record with Dan the Automator and toured with our friends Circa Survive.

When I look back on 2010, the things that will stick out will be:

Well I live in San Francisco and have been a Giants fan my whole life…World Champions.  And I personally went to Vietnam for the first time...incredible.

My “rock star moment” of the year was:

I can't think of one, because I'm not a rockstar or care about rockstars.

  • Dredg finished promoting their “The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion” album, and recently concluded work on a still untitled disc that’s expected in March.


Echogram singer Kilian Pettit

I’ll always remember 2010 for:

Finishing our debut album and becoming an uncle!

When I look back on 2010, the things that will stick out will be:

The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the death of Leslie Nielsen and Ricky Gervais
hosting The Golden Globes; I couldn't believe what they allowed him to say live
on air!

My “rock star moment” of the year was:

Playing Crazy Girls in Hollywood!!

  • Echogram arrived earlier this year with their single, “Walk In The Sun.”


Some Hear Explosions’ Bay Dariz

I’ll always remember 2010 for:

We went on our first national tour and got to see the whole country. We met so many amazing people along the way and the whole tour was truly unforgettable. We also shot a music video for our song “Beep” where we were running around the wilderness with a group of our best friends drinking beer and shooting water guns at each other. Priceless memories.

When I look back on 2010, the things that will stick out will be:

The series finale of Lost was certainly an event for me.  The show debuted right as I moved to LA and it really felt like the end of an era.  I’m not ashamed to admit it made me cry.  Twice.  Darren Aronofsky’s brilliant new film Black Swan is easily my favorite film of the year.  It’s beautiful and haunting and absolutely riveting.

My “rock star moment” of the year was:

We stayed in a suite on the top floor of this amazing hotel in New York called the Eventi. We had just wrapped up the first leg of our tour with Lights Over Parisand this was cause for much celebration. We drank almost everything in our mini-bar, went to a club where a girl was standing on the next table playing violin along with the DJ, and everyone in our group was giving each other simulated lap dances. Afterwards we took a cab all the way down to the East Village so I could get late night pizza at Ray’s on St. Mark’s, the best pizza joint in America.

  • Some Hear Explosions are promoting their latest effort, “It’s Our Time Now.”

Video Blog Ep. 13 – The National Underground in New York, NY

SHE bids adieu to their friends Lights Over Paris and Hollywood Heartthrob in New York, leaving a trail of empty mini-bar bottles and a few broken hearts at a nightclub with a petite violinist with hair as tall as herself. They catch cabs (poorly), fake orgasms in Katz's Deli, play an intimate set underground at the National Underground, and Alex loses his mind (hysterically) in Times Square and debuts "the private tour blog." Winner.

Video Blog Ep. 12 – The Basement in Columbus, OH

SHE butt(head)s their way into Ohio where a plane awards Alex with his first speeding ticket, Darlz "drinks himself gay" on stage with LOP, an accident keeps them within the state lines for 2.5 extra hours, and they play for some of the coolest kids ever in the Basement. Featuring a full performance of their "Mysterons" cover.

The Sunset Strip pick of the week - SHE!

Some Hear Explosions!? One of The Sunset Strip’s best and brightest takes the stage at the Viper Room on Tuesday, Dec. 7 along with Hollywood Heartthrob, EchoGram and Shawn Chrystopher. School yourself on some great local up and comers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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Video Blog Ep. 11 - Mac's Bar in Lansing, MI

SHE travels to Michigan where they crash with a ninja actor, explore detroit's masonic temple, throw breakfast burritos at bees, don't bathe, play an intimate show at Mac's Bar, finally bathe, visit a thundercat at his awesome video game job, and embarrass two of their youngest, cutest fans.