Quite possibly the most bizarre video of 2008, has to go to the progressive metal band, What’s He Building In There?
Music Video for Group’s Debut Single Features Canada’s Largest Indoor Playground, 90’s Fly Dancers, and Time Travel
Canadian progressive-metal newcomers, What’s He Building In There (WHBIT?), have announced more dates in support of their self-titled debut album, which was released earlier this year on Year of The Sun Records. The band will hit the road in late January with Metal Blade Recording Artist Epicurean for a string of tour dates.
“We’re getting tingly feelings in our bathing-suit areas just thinking about playing with Epicurean,” howls philanthropist and WHBIT drummer, Liam Epps. “Seeing them perform those songs on stage night after night will be as euphoric and inspiring as realizing that it was just a wet one, and that you, in fact, did not poop your pants.”
In keeping with the haunting Tom Waits composition that spawned their name, What’s He Building In There are a deranged group of genre-bending musical madness. Drawing influences from the contrasting worlds of Mike Patton, Tool, Between the Buried and Me, Frank Zappa and many other innovators, the band has synthesized their many facets into one gripping and demented masterpiece. What’s He Building In There hail from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
The band has also revealed a new video for their single “Avian Taxi”, taken from their Year of the Sun debut. The video was shot after hours at KidZone Family Fun Center, Canada’s largest indoor playground, with members of What’s He Building In There donning a wide range of costumes (including a lobster, turtle, tree gecko, chicken, and a psychotic carnival host) as part of the video’s psychedelic dream-like concept. The video can be viewed below:
Minneapolis-based symphonic metal band EPICUREAN will release their debut album, “A Consequence of Design”, on May 4th, 2008 through Metal Blade Records. Formed in early 2004, EPICUREAN quickly gained the attention in the Minneapolis metal scene and developed a reputation for being a powerful and unpredictable live act. The buzz about the band caught the ear of Metal Blade Records who quickly signed the band and put them out on the road with Finnish metallers TO/DIE/FOR.
The first cluster of interviews between Matt Pinfield and ASHES dIVIDE leader Billy Howerdel are now available on theASHES dIVIDE YouTube channel . Howerdel goes into detail about his musical upbringing, recording with A Perfect Circle, the formation of his touring band, working with drummer extraordinaire Josh Freese and the inspiration behind the song “Enemies.” The guitarist/vocalist is best known as a co-founder of A Perfect Circle along with Maynard Keenan of Tool. ASHES dIVIDE will continue to add clips from the Pinfield interview in the coming weeks. Their debut album, Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright, will now be released on April 8th through Island Records.
How Billy got into music:
Recording with A Perfect Circle:
Working with Josh Freese:
Talking about the song “Enemies”:
Getting the touring line-up together:
L.A. GUNS – featuring Tracii Guns on guitar, Jeremy Guns on bass, Chad Stewart on drums and Paul Black on vocals – are the latest act confirmed for Rocklahoma 2008, the annual festival of ’80’s rock groups which takes place at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma from July 11th – 13th.
Other acts scheduled to appear are Switzerland’s KROKUS and all-female hard rockers VIXEN.
Currently there are a limited amount of VIP Tickets available for the three days for only $325 which includes free beer and food. Over fifty percent of the VIP seats have been renewed, making the remaining seats in great demand. The public is encouraged to get their VIP seats early as they are becoming more limited.
The facilities include over 6,300 assigned and numbered seats, as well as general admission on the lawn for over 40,000 people. The grounds also feature over 4,000 campsites, on site parking, bathroom facilities, a convenience store, and overnight security. Rocklahoma also has a Picture Alley that allows anyone in attendance to approach the stage during any performance and take photographs of their favorite artist at close range.
The public can also order tickets online at here or charge by phone at 1-866-310-2288.
Former SPREAD EAGLE frontman Ray West has launched his new band HOSTEL INC. Rounded out with members from two of New Jersey’s more popular bands — guitarist Ladd, bassist Chigger (both formerly of SMOKE STAR) and drummer Jeff Hardee (formerly of SYNDROME 8) — the group has a clear intention of making a massive impact in 2008.
With an East and West Coast tour already under its belts in 2007, HOSTEL INC. has already started out strong in 2008 with dates supporting GREAT WHITE and JOE LYNN TURNER. The next live date for HOSTEL INC. is February 22nd at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ.
HOSTEL INC. has three unmastered songs posted on its official MySpace profile.
SPREAD EAGLE burst upon the scene playing a brand of rock that came straight from the New York City gutter. When Paul DiBartolo (guitar), Rob De Luca (bass) and Tommi Gallo (drums) moved to the City and met up with vocalist Ray West, a new attitude was instantly born. While rehearsing/writing in an East Village basement for their first gig, rumors began leaking out to the record industry. The group was quickly snatched up and signed to MCA/Universal, then sent straight into the studio. Additional tunes for the debut album had to be written while recording was taking place. The self-titled debut — which was recently reissued through Lovember Records — featured wailing vocals and razor sharp guitar, demonstrated through songs such as “Switchblade Serenade”, “Scratch like a Cat”, and “Broken City”. The honesty of SPREAD EAGLE‘s debut release quickly gained the band worldwide critical acclaim and propelled them to the forefront of the genre. Four years later, after the release and touring of their second album, “Open to the Public”, the band disbanded and went about their own personal projects. Rob De Luca went on to play with Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), OF EARTH, and OUIJIPIG. Ray West has been locked up in a studio in south Florida by way of NYC creating and producing powerful new music. Paul DiBartolo went on to score music in the motion picture industry.