Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hey Bombshell - A Band On The Rise



Since 2010 Calgary Band For The Weekend has been taking over the music scene, they became the $200,000 winners of the Amp Rockstar contest, played the Coke Stage at the Calgary Stampede and their song “Rockstar” became the most requested song on Calgary radio. Much Music also featured Hey Bomshell on the show Discovered in 2011. Now 2013 For The Weekend has become Hey Bombshell, they are signed to XOXO Entertainment a division of Universal Music and have not one, but three videos in heavy rotation on Much Music and working with leaders in the music industry such as Adam Hurstfield. During the 2012 MMVA’s their song “The Single Life” provided the background music for the entire show.  It seems that the guys of this band are well are their way.

Still living and working in Calgary Alberta, Myles, Colton, Jay and Dennis travel between Calgary and Vancouver to complete their soon to be released album and making videos. Most recently Hey Bombshell opened the final Amp Rockstar show where another lucky musician was awarded the grand prize to further their musical career. During their set, I was able to meet Jay’s parents and Colton’s mother who were all very proud to watch the success their son’s are upon. When I asked them how it felt to see how far their boys have come all three parents responded the same.  “It’s very surreal, we are so proud of them but glad to see them staying grounded. They are very down to earth guys and it’s nice to see them stay the same.”  Now this was paraphrasing, but the Hey Bombshell family is defiantly proud of their boys and even more proud that they are staying true to themselves.

After their performance I was able to talk to the boys a little. We did lose Dennis and Jay in the crowd, but Myles, Colton and Matt Aaron who played bass for the show had a good chat with me. We discussed what is coming up for them in the future, and they promised to be hitting the road soon. They don`t have a release date for the already completed album, but hope to share it with all of us soon.

Make sure you check out their website,  Facebook and Twitter. You can download their music on iTunes now. I think we are going to be hearing a lot from the boys of Hey Bombshell as they continue to rise up the charts and take over the Canadian Music scene followed by the International scene. To see my video interview with the boys check out www.radionation.ca and watch on our YouTube channel as it will be up shortly. Thanks again to Myles, Colton and Matt for chatting with me and I can`t wait to see what 2013 brings for you.


For One More Day - Something New



For One More Day is a popular band from Calgary and after a year together they have definitely made a name for themselves. With a popular release of By You Side and numerous live shows, local music lovers are getting to know these five young men. I had the opportunity to chat with three of the boys and they filled me in on what’s happening in 2013 and it’s exciting.  Chase Myles (drums), Jordan Rumrill (guitar) and Matt Aaron (Guitar) were hanging out at the Calgary Amp Radio Rockstar contest in January 2013 when they told me “We are taking a big curve ball right now. We used to play pop/rock. Coming up we will be going in another direction. More of a harder sound, we should have a song out by spring” say drummer Chase Myles. “We are breaking away from our old stuff” explained Matt Aaron. Lead singer Tanner Forbes and bassist Jeremy Richardson were not at this event, but are also great guys that I have had the pleasure of meeting in the past.

They boys have been working with some friends to perfect their new sound and have a show coming up on March 1 at the Fall City Fall album release party.  This will be a opportunity to show fans their new sound. In music there is no in between when you want to take your music further than the local music scene. To get signed or get radio play musicians must choose one sound. Bands like Marianas Trench experienced this with their debut album “Fix Me” The music was too pop for rock and to rock for pop. Since then we have seen a consistent move into the pop genre. Bands like For One More Day are learning this early in their music careers and making the choice a lot sooner.

This is a fun bunch of guys, they like to goof around and before the interview they did a little workout. Goofing around they three did chin ups on the beam of the room we were in and after the interview Chase helped keep a few girls warm by making a human sandwich. Earlier in the evening they were enjoying the show where bands such as Hey Bombshell and Makeshift Innocence played. For One More Day, are not only talented, but they are hard working down to earth guys that appreciate every opportunity the come by. Keep your eyes peeled for this band and expect some great and exciting things to come in 2013.

For One More Day is planning on hitting the studio this year and hope that you will join them for the ride. With nightly practices, live shows and experienced writers and producers behind them, For One More Day is soon to become a heavy hitter in the music industry. You can check them out on Twitter @41moredayband and face book at https://www.facebook.com/ForOneMoreDay.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Guest Post by Allison Foster

Please welcome Allison Foster, she has provided us with a wonderful book review.
 
Review of Warm Bodies

I first noticed this debut novel by Isaac Marion because of a preview of the upcoming movie. I’d never heard about the book before that but the movie preview left such an impression on me that I just had to go find the book it was based on. I was not disappointed.

The idea behind the book is a humorous one. A zombie falls in love with a human and slowly becomes more human himself. I love zombie stories, though they are usually far bloodier and more gruesome than this one. In fact, this story is more about the complicated romance between the zombie, R, and his human love, Julie.

The thing I enjoyed most about the book is the way it made me think. What makes us human? Is it having blood or a heartbeat, or is it our spirits? What impact do our memories have on our humanity? The tragic part of the story is that R cannot remember his past, but he looks forward to his future. However there are other characters that can’t let go of the past until they have no future. Which one is more human?

Between the funny twists, the serious turns and the complex array of characters this zombie romance is definitely a must read, and not just for zombie fans.

Author Byline:

Allison after graduation allows her to combine her two passions: writing and children. She has enjoyed furthering her writing career with www.nannyclassifieds.com .  She can be in touch through e-mail allisonDOTnannyclassifiedsATgmail rest you know.

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Meet Half Hearted Hopes




A few months ago I met a young man named Will in line at a Marianas Trench concert. We started talking and he told me about his band, Half Hearted Hopes. This week I had the pleasure of meeting the rest of his band and we had a little chat after their show at The New Black Center in Calgary.
Lead singer Will on stage at The New Black 
Charlotte: Can you all introduce yourselves?
HHH: I’m Will and I’m the singer. I’m Nick and I play Guitar. I’m Jacob and I play guitar. I’m Doug and I play the drums.
Charlotte: Ok and who’s the one that ditched us?
HHH: That’s James, he plays base.
Charlotte: How long have you guys been together?
HHH: As this group only about a month and a half.
Charlotte: How long have you been playing for?
HHH: (Will) I started singing when I was about 5 and playing guitar in grade 7. I just got a keyboard for Christmas.
Charlotte: Are you teaching yourself?
HHH: (Will) Yeah
James on Bass
HHH: (Nick) I started playing guitar when I was 10. (Jacob) I just started playing guitar a few months ago. (Doug) I started playing young because my brother also plays drums. (Will) You have a brother?
Charlotte: So how old are you guys?
HHH: (Nick) I just turned 18. (Will) I’m actually 55, I’m 17 J. (Jacob) I’m 16. (Doug) I’m 18 in nine days. (Jacob) I’m 16.
Charlotte: And how old is James?
HHH: He’s 17, we think.
Charlotte: What can you tell us about your music and why should people listen to you?
Jacob enjoying playing to the crowd
HHH: We work hard, we practice a lot and are all dedicated. Our goal is to get signed, but most of all we want to write music that relates to people. We don’t want to be a band that sells out.  We want to write songs with meaning.
Charlotte: What are your musical inspirations?
Doug  on skins
HHH: Marianas Trench, A Day To Remember, All Time Low. We don’t want to be to heavy and we don’t want to be to poppy. We try to make a good mix of the two but for the most part we just play what we think sounds good.
Charlotte: You hope to get signed, but how do you plan on doing that?
HHH: Right now we are just playing, but we are learning how to market. We are working on a EP at the end of this month and then will start to send it out. You have to start small and quality over quantity is important. We want to try to keep the passion.

Nick working a riff
After the interview the boys and I had a great chat, they asked my advice and listened to everything I had to say. The following day they created a twitter account, so make sure you follow the @HalfHeartedHope and also check out their Face Book page.
Half Hearted Hopes has only played two shows as this group, but are working hard at making a name for themselves. The crowd enjoyed their set and Michael the promoter at the New Black was ready to book them for upcoming shows. HHH is a new band to the Calgary music scene, but they have the drive and the passion it takes to succeed. They are well on their way to gaining the experience needed and are only going to get better with time. Make sure to keep an eye out for the five boys that make up Half Hearted Hopes.
Half Hearted Hopes (Minus James)

Friday, January 4, 2013