Lead Guitarist Creates More Than Good Music with New Line of Clothing
Scott Bartlett, lead guitarist for the rock quintet Saving Abel, is starting a new fashion trend with his edgy clothing line, TATCo, the artists tattoo company. On the band’s newest video, Drowning (Face Down), the music video for the band’s third single from their gold certified self-titled debut album, Bartlett wears one of the signature pieces from TATCO that is already in select high-end urban clothing boutiques nationwide.
In Memphis during its largest annual music festival, Memphis in May, hundreds of fans converged on a popular boutique, The Baer’s Den, to purchase pieces from the TATCo line and get up close and personal with Bartlett during the company’s soft launch. Bartlett also unveiled his newest addition to the company with Zach Meyers of Shinedown, a line of TATCO clothing featuring Meyers’ famous body tattoos that are now on vests and shirts for purchase. “It’s pretty cool to see your fans at the concert with your tattoos on their shirts, screaming your name and singing your songs. You definitely feel a connection to them,” said Meyers.
The concept behind TATCo is to fuse rock music and tattoo art in creative clothing designs inspired by the bands and artists in today’s alternative rock genre. “Our fans love our music and our tattoos, but they can’t go out and get the tattoo of every band that they add to their CD collection. TATCo makes it possible to rock out in a new way,” said Bartlett on a recent interview with an ABC affiliate about his new clothing line.
Hundreds of fans have already purchased TATCo gear even though the official launch of the clothing company is not until May 30th in Kansas City, Missouri.
There have been many famous high-profile feuds between musicians, some of the most notable in recent memory have been between Jay-Z and Nas, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, and now brothers Rock Star and Super Star are starting a war with one of metal’s greatest vocalists, Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach. This feud wasn’t instigated with malice at heart, but rather the desire to help kids and bring attention to a great cause.
The feud started when a simple video clip (less than a minute long) was posted on Sebastian Bach’s MySpace page, updating fans about the progress he’s made in the recording studio. The brothers Star caught wind of this clip and decided to ruffle some feathers, but they had much grander plans up their sleeve. They crafted their own parody video, a send-up of Bach’s studio clip, and posted it as a response to Bach’s video. They pulled no punches; with admiration for this legend and a great sense of humor, they cleverly lampooned Bach’s update.
All of the great Rock and Roll feuds sparked a terrific idea for the brothers, which led them to start this war with Bach so that they might be able to draw attention to a cause we all have some relationship with. We Are One (www.weareoneonline.com) is an organization established by Rock Star (Marc Kancler) and Super Star (Kris Kancler) to help kids who are recovering from drug addiction. They’ve set out on a mission to provide these kids with a safe place away from negative influence, offering them workshop jam sessions, free pizza and a place where they can look to someone who can understand what they’re going through.
Tied in closely with their organization is the concept for the brothers’ latest project, a new CD and book package entitled “Serenity.” The lineup of guest stars announced so far includes George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Jon Oliva and Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Bruce Kulick (Kiss) and quite a few other very special surprise guests.
The Rock duo’s video can be found in the “News” section on their We Are One site — www.weareoneonline.com
“VanScott’s debut Thief of Time to top charts”- Producer Duane Baron (Ozzy, Hoobastank)
VanScott is a high energy, hard rock band whose original songs are a melodic and emotional journey taken from the life of VanScott’s front man, Jamie VanScott. Song lyrics have been inspired by everything from drugs and one night stands to hope and love.
Veteran producer Duane Baron, who has produced the likes of Ozzy Ozbourne, Buck Cherry and Motley Crue recorded the album and believes that “this record could be one of the biggest debuts to hit the shelves this year in North America.”
Jamie VanScott and band mates Dean Abram, Jason Dyck and Dave Hoyt-Walterhouse have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Nickelback, Finger eleven, Collective Soul, Creed and many more of today’s icons.
VanScott members say their influences range from Pearl Jam to Ani Difranco and The Doors but Baron is quick to say that “you can’t really compare VanScott to anyone because they sound original.”
Songs included on Thief of Time were recorded in various studios from Randy Bachman’s (The Guess Who, B.T.O) in British Columbia, to Metalworks Studio in Toronto, The Jungle Room in Atlanta, Georgia and The Banyan Tree Studios in Hollywood, California.
VanScott is seeking the guidance from those that matter most – the FANS! They want listeners everywhere to vote for the first single on their album to be released at www.vanscottonline.com
“I would put this record up against any new release coming out today because I feel the songs are that strong!” – Duane Baron
Vanscott a melodic rock band… making more than just sound waves Fall 2009.
There isn’t a whole lot of information about the band called War Hippie online yet. A new video “Exit Hog Hell Hole” was recently released. You can also download this song for free, off of the War Hippie website.
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