Threat Con Nation Magazine Issue 5
Some Fear None Of Us Giants Taking Back Sacramento Roseville's Happiest Punk Andrew W.K.
FEB 2014 OF US GIANTS TAKING BACK SACRAMENTO ROSEVILLE’S HAPPIEST PUNK ▪ ANDREW W.K. ASK HELLEN BACK ▪ THAT METAL CHICK ▪ FLYER GALLERY Threat Con Nation Magazine, is an independently owned, local music news and events publication available on a monthly basis for free. Content is property of Threat Con Nation. We encourage sharing, but please ask for permission before using any excerpts or images in other published work via internet or print. Please feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, or suggestions. Threat Con Nation would love to hear from you! The band/ artist interviews and narrative sections may have opinions and suggestions that are not endorsed by Threat Con Nation. Front Page: Some Fear None Other image Credits: Andrew W.K. Rebel Radio, Constellations, A Mile Till Dawn, Of Us Giants, Black, In The Silence Marketing / Advertising Director: Shawn Ernst Editor: M Montez Contributing Writers: Johnna Dean, Shawn Ernst, M Montez, Stefan Adcock, Tonya Whitworth Follow Us On Facebook! www.threatconradio.com firstname.lastname@example.org INSIDE 04 SOME FEAR NONE 10 Andrew w.k. 13 Of us giants Taking back 14 sacramento 17 ASK HELLEN BACK Rosevilles 18 happiest punk 20 That metal chick 22 Flyer gallery SOME FEAR NONE S ome Fear None has some lofty plans in store for you in 2014. Winners of “Most Liked Rock Band” by KRXQ 98 Rock and Sacramento News and Review Sammie Award Nominee for Best Hard Rock in 2013; it is hard to imagine how they will top last year, but they are on a roll with no signs of stopping. Get to know some of the most ambitious Rock artists in Sacramento and become one of “The Some” of Some Fear None. 4 Threat Con Nation Magazine Members Nathan - Vocals Chuck - Guitar Gina - Bass Jason - Drums Was there a particular style you guys were aiming for or did it naturally progress to what you guys sound like today? Nathan- We know what we like, so we just play individually what we like and because our tastes are slightly different, that’s where we’ve arrived at our sound. I think we all kind of plugged in our different tastes that we individually like. How do you express what you want to sound like to people? I don’t know how you do that without having a point of reference. I think we just started playing and when something we liked came out, we said, “Hey, I like what we just did there. Let’s do that again real quick.” Chuck– Something that’s really important for any band that’s trying to craft an original sound is that things progress organically and it’s mainly off of each other’s influence. What Nathan is saying is that we have a lot of similarities in the music that we listen to, but there are probably an equal number of differences between what we like. Jason and I probably have more similarities than anyone else but even we like a lot of different things and on any given day, I might pop off a riff and it catches Nathan’s ear. Same thing with Gina. She came in one day with this little progression for “Tell Me When You Want It To Stop” and it’s simple and basic, but it’s catchy as hell and we just kind of plugged into it and took off with it. So would you say that your style still sounds the same or is there a little bit of a difference? Nathan– I think you’ll see from what we originally did on the very first album, it is a broad range of us working out different themes and we wanted to get that album out, so we picked and chose different stuff. “Bathing In You” for example, compared to “Exit Wounds” or “Eyeful” or “Borne” are completely different songs. Gina wrote Borne 10 years ago, so we have all these different themes. I don’t know if the next album will still have those differences but you’ll see it’s us heading or moving, and not necessarily to a destination. Jason– I’d say it’s constantly evolving and changing. We all get a little bored with repetition and we always have to change it up somehow. Chuck– You’ll hear this from a lot of different bands and it’s true, each song that we come up with kind of ends up becoming a representation of that moment in time or that period in time. It was how we were thinking or what we were feeling that day. That new song that we played for you, “Staying on The Zero” with that riff that I came up with actually came about when I came into the band room after having a really difficult day and it just came out. I just picked a couple of notes and started hitting it in a certain rhythm. Nathan– And I was really sick. I was heavily medicated. You Wrote lyrics when you were heavily medicated? Nate– Yes and it was fantastic. Chuck– The first time that I played the riff and it wasn’t even one of those moments where I was like, “Hey everybody check out this riff.” I was noodling around and I just hit it. Nathan stopped me and said, “What was that? Play that again. I like that.” We took off from there. Has Some Fear None gone beyond your expectations? If so, how have your goals continued Threat Con Nation Magazine 5 and aspirations changed to meet your next hurdles? Gina– The answer to that question is yes. Obviously. I think anybody who starts in the music industry has a goal where they want to become famous. I mean nobody says, I just want to write songs in my room by myself and play for myself except for maybe Shawn Ernst. I think subconsciously our goals are to make it big. In hindsight, I don’t think that we anticipated to accomplish what we have accomplished in such a short period of time either. I think we’ve worked really hard and what we are doing hasn’t come easy or naturally, but I think at the same time, we’re all equally impressed and excited with what’s happened. What is the one thing you hope people take away from a Some Fear None Show? Chuck– A t-shirt. No, actually a merch pack would be ideal. (joking) Honestly, One thing that I would want people to take away from a Some Fear None show is memories. Memories of feeling impressed and that feeling you get when you discover something that you would be willing to come back for. Nathan– Being the one that writes all these lyrics, I’m always trying to tell a story. I always want it to be something that the band thinks is cool or agrees with, and it’s a constant thing for me to try to make sure that whatever I’m saying is representative of what we want to portray. I actually think a lot about that when I’m writing, but it’s not all about words. it’s about the music too and the combination. I think that somehow in some way, everybody kind of has a soundtrack to their life. If you think about different experiences that you have and you can tie some of them to music, If you heard a song, you go, this song reminds me of that trip that we took to the mountains or to the beach or to the whatever. That’s part of the soundtrack I’m talking about, people take music and they tie it into their lives. I would love for somebody, even if it’s just one person at every one of our shows, to find a place for our songs in their life soundtrack. Where do you see Some Fear None in 5 years from now? Gina– I’d like to play Wembley Stadium. Nathan– I’m not necessarily going to refrain from answering that question, but in a way, I Jason– I would hope that people would have feel like at the rate that we’ve been going, it’s a sense of the music sounding familiar, but all been rather exciting and fun to see what still, it’s nothing like they heard before and we’ve been able to accomplish on a yearly that It‘s not just another repeat of another basis, maybe even a monthly basis. It’s diffiband. I hope they walk out of the building af- cult for me to say in 5 years. ter seeing the show, thinking-That was really In 2014, for example, we will have some realgood. It sounds familiar, but I know I’ve never ly exciting things happening that have been heard it before- then grab a cd or download it goals for us for a long time. I think a lot of from ITunes or whatever and take it all in. It’s where we end up 5 years from now will have definitely catchy but it’s not mainstream. I everything to do with what we accomplish hope people would just recognize that. this year. I’m so excited about it that I have a Gina– I want each fan to take home a picture hard time not telling everybody in the world about what it is we’re planning and doing. of one of the members of Some Fear None or something autographed and a connection To me, it’s just like a dream come true. This with us. is stuff that I’ve always been excited about seeing other bands doing and our band will 6 Threat Con Nation Magazine be doing that this year. A lot of it has to do with collaborating and giving people a different view of what a local band can do. It won’t be anything you’ve ever seen us do before. Chuck– But it won’t be the last time you see this sort of thing. It’s something that I think expands a band’s horizons, not to sound too cliché, but in ways that sort of elevates that band to a different status and showing that diversity is instrumental in establishing yourself as something more than just this band. What makes Some Fear None happy? on it. I look out past Nathan’s head because I’m in the back. Gina’s flying around over here and Chuck’s flying around over there. I see a big crowd of people and they’re moving in unison. I’m pumped. That makes me happy. Nathan– We had a show in Reno and we were down in the green room. Karl (SFN Manager) came down. He told me the place was packed. I remember everything changed for me. It’s packed! I had no idea there would be this sea in front of us. Chuck– I’ll tell you the other part to that. Jason– Fans make us happy. We are staring What gets me pumped up is the very second out over a crowd and there’s 50 to 1,000 that we finish a song and you hear people people. You just get pumped. That’s my take continued Threat Con Nation Magazine 7 just light up. There’s that moment whether you’re a performer or a spectator, I think on both sides of that equation; there’s that moment when the song stops and you can just let go and be like, “Yes, that was the baddest ass thing that I’ve experienced in the last 31/2 to 4 minutes and I can’t wait for the next 31/2 to 4 minutes because I was so pumped up off what they just did.” That feedback you get from the crowd when you finish a song is priceless. That does it for me. Nathan– I think the better question would be the “Why?” I have no history in Sacramento’s music scene. Literally none. I’m a person who doesn’t have any history, but kind of just dropped in the scene about three years ago. I took a very deliberate position to find out what the scene is about. I’ve dedicated literally years of meeting people, promoters, venues, and learning the system. I booked our own Ace of Spades shows and I didn’t know anybody. That was a learning exNathan– You know what doesn’t make me perience because I wanted to understand happy? Waiting to play. We get to a show what everybody deals with. I personally beand we have to wait. I literally turn into a lieve that what you have relationship wise complete a-hole. It’s terrible. I actually feel bad after because I don’t want to talk to peo- from the bands and how they react against one another, or with each other and why it’s ple. I don’t want to see people and I don’t the way Chuck described it now has everyknow what to do about it. thing to do with the almighty dollar. Jason– You have to mentally block out all the There was a time that you could have a venBS. It’s hard. ue that was known for having quality acts Gina– Isolation is the whole thing. It’s better come up and perform for that venue. The bands were booked there because of the to isolate. time and energy they put in to develop a Nathan– I wish I could just relax a little better sound, to have good timing, to be all put together, packaged up and ready for that kind and kick it. of venue. That venue would book those What are some of the values you feel the bands. If you wanted to go out and have a good time, you weren’t saying, “Well, I’m not local music community are lacking? going there unless I know who’s playing.” Gina– More camaraderie and support for one You would just go there knowing it would be another. a good night out. The bands performing would be entertaining and solid. There Chuck– Which is not to say that there isn’t wouldn’t be this whole getting through three some of it out there. I want to make that lousy bands to get to the band you want to clear. There is a fair amount of it but Jason hear. and I were lucky enough to have been in anI think all that shifted to a point where it’s all other period of time when the Sacramento music scene was big and we have something about how many tickets you can sell. As long as you can sell tickets and get enough peoto compare it to. There’s a lot of fractured ple out there. Anyone can throw together cliques in the scene right now and I know three or four members and show up to play that term is a little played out and if I could think of another word off the top of my head that show. Now you have people that are thinking, well, I don’t necessarily want to play for cliques I would use it, but it’s what I bethere. Now you have these bands that are lieve. picking and choosing. They’re protecting 8 Threat Con Nation Magazine themselves and their sound instead of being buddies with everybody and just working together. Now, its like everybody is protecting their own interest and how can I get to where I want to get and avoid certain things. That to me has made it a little bit difficult as we’ve tried to grow, develop our sound and try to be neighborly. warding, seeing those bands that have never played in that place before getting to have that opportunity and it’s equally as exciting for us as it is for them. We are doing this for the love of music and that’s why I was having a hard time answering your question about where we see ourselves in 5 years. It’s less important to me than it is to enjoy everything that we’re doing It's been a huge goal for Some Fear None to on the way and when it’s all said and done, be the band that everybody knows as being we will have fun and just have a blast. hard working, that are nice, and that are soChuck– That in itself is an investment in the cialable. We support other bands and we try scene that we’re so concerned about as far to reach out to other bands. We do shows as it being fractured and not as viable as it and deliberately try to identify bands that we used to be. By giving these other bands that think are hard working. We do shows with opportunity to play these bigger venues and them and I don’t care how amazing or how bigger shows, they’re probably going to be many tickets they sell. It’s not going to affect enthusiastic and put out the best show that whether I want to do a show with them. they can, and if it impresses 5 or 10 people There’s been times where we’ve been offered to play shows and the very first question asked is, How many tickets can you sell? How many can we put you in for? I’m thinking, is that really all you care about? I believe in some cases, the truth is, they don’t care what you sound like, they have to cover a certain number on the bill and to me that’s a little difficult. who will come out to another one of their shows, then we’ve made an impact. We’ve done something that will benefit the scene above and beyond just our show. Fortunately, we're at the point where most people know who we are and we don’t have to do a lot of the things that we went through for what felt like years. We had to figure ourselves out and figure out how to protect ourselves. Now, I absolutely love every show we’ve done at Ace of Spades because we’ve made a point to bring a band that has never played there before. It didn’t matter how many tickets you sold. We are doing it again at The Assembly. That to me is the coolest thing. They’re usually younger bands and it’s their dream to play these places . We couldn’t care less about how many tickets they sell. We can carry that burden. That’s more re- SFN Reverb SFN Facebook SFN Website Threat Con Nation Magazine 9 tracks as “It’s Time To Party”, “Party Hard”, and “Party ‘til You Puke”, its an album that was best enjoyed at full volume and screamed along to with all of your closest friends. As well, the song “I Love NYC” is a staple at most New York Mets games, and “She is Beautiful” was also featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Freaky Friday”, starring Lindsay Lohan (pre-collapse) and Jamie Lee Curtis. This initial success helped garner a loyal fan base for Andrew, especially in a far flung place like Japan, where his later releases The Wolf (2003), Close Call With Brick Walls (2006), and his Japan only release Gundam Rock (2009), which was him covering songs from the Gundam anime series. As well, his tenacious touring schedule helped him earn a permanent spot on 2010’s Vans Warped Tour. In addition to his powerful music, Andrew has taken his positive message of partying and having a good time to other forms of media. He has taken his positive message across the country for self-help and motivational speaking seminars, speaking not of partying, but believing in Back on December 23, 2013, Sacramento’s yourself and those around you to accomplish own K Street venue, The Assembly, played host your goals. to the greatest party I have ever been to. Ever. As of February 2010, he also hosts the Cartoon And it was hosted by Andrew W.K. himself. Network show, Destroy Build Destroy, where Who is Andrew W.K.? Well, if you don’t already two teams get together to literally, blow stuff up know, he is a solo artist dedicated to one simple and rebuild the blown up pieces into other creations. thing: Partying. When Andrew’s debut album I Get Wet was released in 2001 on Def Jam Island Records, it was a smash among the punk and alternative crowd. Combining the hard, drop tuned guitars associated with early 2000s punk, and the heavy synth and bass effects usually associated with hip hop, it proved to be the most uplifting and energetic musical venture of the year. With such 10 Threat Con Nation Magazine He even streamed a video of him playing drums, continuously for 24 hours. I don’t even know why he did it, but he did. Now you may be asking yourself, “Why are you telling me all this?”. Well, back to the 2013 Assembly show. Normally, Andrew has a full backing band helping him crank out his hellacious tunes, but that partic- ular night, it was just Andrew, his piano, and a fellow musician named “Leggy” (I think). Leggy had nothing but a microphone for him to use as a back -up vocalist. Sounds weird, right? During the mayhem of that particular song, I looked on stage and realized something that I wouldn’t have seen anywhere else. People from all walks of life: young guys, middle aged women, large shirtless men, and even people dressed in their Sunday best were up there singing along and partying their hearts out as one united group. It was truly amazing to see that so many people could come together and celebrate Andrew W.K.’s party-tastic message. I have yet to go to a show that could bring together people like that in such a positive way. Well, once they took the stage, and the backing music began blasting through the P.A.’s speakers, the crowd went absolutely berserk. Myself included. It was just in your face, high energy, party rock at its finest. Everyone around me knew every single word, musical moment, and scream that was issued from Andrew himself. As the show went on, people began hopping on the sparsely populated stage and running around, before security If you are sad, having a bad day at work, or just escorted them off. want to party: Andrew W.K. is for you. What happens next really shows the positive atti- -Stefan Adcock, Contributor tude that Andrew brings with him. After a spirited rendition of “Tear It Up”, from The Wolf, Andrew says, “It’s great to be here tonight. Here in Sacramento. It’s great to be alive, and you know, not dead.” Crowd response: Cheers and screams. I looked over to the side and Leggy is talking to the security guys, about what I have no idea. Immediately, Andrew kicks into “Party til You Puke”, and the crowd gets to dancing, moshing, and whatever else they wanted to do at that particular moment. One guy gets on stage and starts dancing, then another, then two shirtless guys, and five more guys all flailing around and screaming at the top of their lungs as best as they could. The party had moved to the stage and during every song after that, the crowd would surge onstage and party with Andrew. Even yours truly wound up there headbanging and screaming with the rest of them. Andrew even reworked the lyric of “I Love NYC” to “I Love Saramento”. Threat Con Nation Magazine 11 THREAT CON PRESENTS Every second Sat at OLD IRONSIDES Every last two Sats at Back 9 BaR & Grill 12 Threat Con Nation Magazine seems to be crafted in a way the really draws out those underlying demons we all hide. As you journey to the end of a song, you reach a Central Valley California Indie Rockers, Of Us culmination of completely devastating climacGiants, have a newly released full length al- tic awesomeness. bum titled, “Nova Scotia” and it is definitely If you’re one of those lyrical snobs like me, worth a listen. I was hooked on the first go you will not be disappointed. There are some around and each time I listen, I find somesweet spoken word bits that were a nice thing new to love. change of pace and lots of hidden quotable Genre: Indie/Rock From: Turlock, CA Nova Scotia is a little reminiscent of Alterna- gems just waiting for you to take notice. tive Rock songs of the 90s, but there’s really no comparing it to any one genre or mainstream style. The tracks are catchy and have a way of sticking around in your head after the music has stopped. Each song has a different flavor that leads you down a different path, yet each song is tied together by a similar underlying theme. The entire album is packed with so many perfectly executed vocal styles that I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at the talent it took to pull that off. The gradual buildup of driving guitar riffs and crisp drum work accompanied by vocals that range from sweetly drifting to heart wrenching Threat Con Nation Magazine 13 acramento once was a vibrant city of music. You could go to just about any place in downtown Sacramento and be entertained. $5 at the door got you a night of hanging out with friends and enough music to please the joyful soul. S With bands that delivered music, not as a tool to make money, but as a deliverance that was up to you to take and feel what that band or musician was giving you. What happened? Why can we not see that anymore? There are still a few places left that have stayed with these old ways of attracting people. off. While some of the impatient fans were doing donuts in the parking lot kicking up dust anticipating that nightâ€™s show. The Cattle Club was that one We were given that light at the end of the tunnel every weekend and pretty much throughout the Art Galleries, coffee shops, and just about every entire week. Seven days a week of excellent, talpark, or better yet, on a street corner there was a ented and caring musicians wanting to share that musician of some sort. You could not go anywhere one song they felt could change the world. It did, without hearing music,. The man standing on the but not in the direction we would think. corner of J street playing his guitar and singing with Who are you here to see? was most likely the his old ass dog giving you that look as you walked questioned you were asked when walking through by. Sometimes I wondered if he trained his dog to the doors of one of Sacramento's most legendary give people that look, you know that look of, your venues, The Cattle Club. The doorman would ass better drop some change. make a mark on his dusty clipboard after wiping it 14 Threat Con Nation Magazine place in Sacramento that was everybody's home for the weekend. That one place you could escape to and leave everything outside where it belonged. When you were in the Cattle Club, the only thing that mattered was what was happening in the Cattle Club for the night. The rest of the world was put on hold. The Cattle Club was known for it’s talented local bands that were booked every night. Sure there have always been those bands that people say do not belong on the stage, but 99.5 % of the time, a damn good time was bound to happen and it did. After talking with some musicians who were in bands from the 90’s, I learned a few things that could change some minds of hose that say things could never be the same again, or possibly light a fire under their little tushies to help bring back what we all miss. Certain techniques, relationships, and taking back Sacramento is on my agenda as long as Sacramento bands give me a chance to learn from them. The question remains, do they really have to? Have they realized in a world full of corrupt politics and the so called “apocalypse” that maybe, just maybe, there is that one fighting chance we can bring it back before it all comes to an end. for awhile until they took a break and made a comeback not to long ago, but what is it going to take to get people in the right position to do the right thing? What do we need to do as a music community to come together and take back Sacramento? I remember one of the coolest things was to hear 98 Rock announce my friends show on the radio and seeing fliers everywhere. What happened? There are still some of those musicians from that Why is there not advertising for these shows? era in different bands today. Things back then were Obviously, the venues would have to pay for the different, of course, but those same musicians had radio spots, exactly how much that cost, I’m not to adapt to change and try to teach the younger sure. generation of local talent to accept that change. Now we have Local Licks which has been around Will we ever be able to make this scene live up to the 90’s? I hate calling it a scene, it’s a community people; Music community. Definition of community: A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals. Some will say no, but I have to say yes. First there are a few things that need to change in order for this to happen again. Who am I? I am that guy that gives a shit about what led to me doing what I do now. Bands like Snapdraggin, Far, Simon Says, Deftones, Cake, Oleander, and way too many for me to mention played a role in a dream that I hoped to fulfill, Unfortunately that dream came to a halt before it even started. There are so many variables that could be ignored to fill the pockets of some. The other side of those variables are argued to fulfill a dream, a dream as a musician. To have that chance to be heard by the right person. Some just want to play with no intention on making it to the big stage, but there are those that are busting their ass trying to make it, and trying their damnedest to make it through all the political bs just to share something with you. Have people forgot the true meaning of what music does for people? Music makes us feel alive. With music, we connect with others on a level that is unexplainable. Some make babies to music. continued Threat Con Nation Magazine 15 Whatever one individual’s reason is, we all need music, but should others road block the path to a musician's dream,? That dream of a musician could save the life of one person and I totally can relate. There is rumored to be an underground coalition that consists of musicians. Musicians that have said, enough is enough, but no one listened. These musicians consist of people that have been involved in the music community since the 90’s and still today. This underground group consists of I am not innocent, but rather ignorant for getting involved in the scene with no knowledge on how our next generation of local talent, and these muto do certain things, and I am always trying to find sicians are the future of Sacramento. I want to ways to improve. I ask musicians that have been shake your hand and I want to join this cause. in the music community for a long time questions. I’m not a musician, but I do care. I don’t know There are few that I go to for advice on how to do about the rest of you, but I need music in my life. I certain things, you people know who you are and need to know that I’m not alone in this world and through music, I get that. I am calling out to this I thank you. coalition and I ‘m asking, (ok begging) can I join There needs to be change. I am always trying to you and take a stand along your side? I challenge improve my involvement and for those that really all bands and all fans to stand up and take back know me, know that I am fair and also know I’m Sacramento. trying to do what’s right. I’m learning everyday and I’m willing to do ANYTHING that I possibly can to do my part to improve the music community. 16 Threat Con Nation Magazine Non-scientifically speaking, today women in their 30s, 40s and beyond are generally more comfortable in their skin. Because we are more comfortable with our bodies, we are better able to relax and let go during sex, which Thank you -Anonymous primes us for orgasmâ€”and in turn, increases desire. Mature women have been increasingly willing to take the Dear Anonymous: Yes. Mr. Back confirms this to be true. Science backs this lead in the bedroom. We know our wants and needs and are not shy about up as well. getting those needs met. 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Hellen Back Facebook Hellen Back Twitter Dear Hellen: Is it true women start to hit their sexual peak at 40? I feel like my libido has been a lot more active over the past few months but I'm only 38. Threat Con Nation Magazine 17 Roseville may not be the most punk-friendly city in America, but one man is taking charge in his own unique way. Tim Williamson brings his own flavor of punk, ska, and rock to the table, regardless of what your initial perception of his town could be. Splitting his duties between lead vocals and guitar for his 3 piece punk outfit Rebel Radio, and bass for the rock band Constellations, Williamson maintains a very busy schedule. I first met Tim at an open mic at Shady Coffee and Tea back in 2011, when he busted out an acoustic guitar and played an Operation Ivy cover to a patio filled with a very hip crowd, and rocked every second of it. From there, Williamson and the rest of Rebel Radio have played all through Sacramento and Roseville, even opening for such punk mainstays as Agent Orange and Suburban Legends. Williamson, along with his band mates Jason Sensation on bass and Jerred Whitbey on drums, have also put out their first full length album White People Problems which is available for sale at all their shows, and at http://www.reverbnation.com/rebelradio916. 18 Threat Con Nation Magazine As I sit down with Williamson, he mentions that Rebel Radio and Constellations are both playing at The Press Club on February 4th. To which he adds, offhanded and with a laugh: “We have done that a couple of times and it usually almost kills me.” This positive attitude that Williamson brings to all his projects is what both keeps him going and makes for great, fun shows. He even cracks a joke about Constellations, by saying, “Our keyboardist [Constellations] has his own studio kind of set up, so its a seemingly neverending cycle of recording”, he remarks with another round of hearty laughter. As for Constellations, they are a departure from Williamson’s usual punk motif and draw on multiple influences to make their own unique brand of rock music themselves, as he put it. He also adds, “The one guitarist that sings a lot more, Leshanta [Perera], a guy I have known for a long time, he used to be a rapper. He’s really good. He was also in punk bands when we were kids, so he is all over the place”. These two guys, along with Tony Eddlemon on vocals/guitar, Shea Ritchie on keys, and Josh Branard on drums combine to create something that is a bit of a departure from Williamsons punk roots. For a sample of what they sound like, check out their website at www.consband.com. As for the future for Williamson, Rebel Radio is also playing at Luigi’s Fungarden on March 21st, a venue that he calls “a sweet place” and for a man with his punk background, who could argue? Williamson’s attitude towards Rebel Radio is, as he puts it, “Its a band full of buddies who just like to make music and have fun, and that suits me very well with my background”. And suits him it does. Williamson and his crew are always a great sight to see play and will leave you either smiling, dancing, or laughing so hard you spill your drink. ROCK 1 Papa Roach 6 restrayned 2 Tesla 7 FRANK HANNON 3 Some Fear None 4 dalie dough redline 8 HERO’S LAST MISSION 9 THE ANDROMEDA PROJECT 5 arden park roots 100A MILE TILL DAWN ALTERNATIVE 1 SYNE FAETH 7 WRINGS 2 FATE UNDER FIRE 8 SAD NUMBERS 3 MARCH INTO PARIS 9 THE ADAM ROTH PROJECT 4 DOG PARTY 5 FAIR STRUGGLE 100ONELEGCHUCK 6 WALKING SPANISH METAL 1 Lifeforms 6 DEAD IN SECONDS 2 LIFEFORMS 7 I WISH WE WERE ROBOTS Either way, checking them out is a win for all those present. 3 havenside - Stefan Adcock, Contributor 50 IN THE SILENCE 4 plague widow 8 DRUMMER DAVE 9 ART OF CHAOS 100 THE KENNEDY VEIL Threat Con Nation Magazine 19 To thread yourself into a throng of people; To rip away all your social scruples; To shed your social skin. Ya know, the one. The one that says “stay out of my personal space”. The one who frowns on any physical contact that's unnecessary. Slicing thru a Pit is like cutting into the core of humanity with only the joy of the music still with you. The comfort of a connection with others inside that “Post-Mosh” Thoughts space with you on a level that polite society so easily forbids. Inflections of pain are soothed by the helping hand of To come away battered and bruised, a stranger. Every push and shove beyet feel so completely alive and recome balanced by the acts of steadying charged is a difficult thing to explain. Especially to those who don't have this and comforting. innate mosh pit philosophy. I don't even know why I have it or how I got it. For ▪▪▪▪▪▪▪ me, It's a chance to shut-down all intel- As we all know, Moshing is often mislect and let my body feel a language understood. It's a great way to build that only this 'different part' of my brain lasting friendships. After a show, take a understands. In those post-pit hours, moment to watch the crowds of people comes pure clarity, a feeling that every- hugging and patting each other on the thing in the past happened because it back, as well as checking on and lookwas supposed to happen and any ad- ing over one another. It's an amazing ventures that come my way in the fusight to see!! This process of "Postture will happen for good reason as mosh Triage"... well. ▪▪▪▪▪▪▪ Most girls agree with me that they feel ▪▪▪▪▪▪▪ a sense of safety inside the pit, even My mouth hung open for far too long, the taste it collected I will never forget. I though it's very physical and very aggressive. This is because of the etitruly felt I should claim temporary insanity, if not for myself, at least for eve- quette being maintained. Guys that ryone else around me. But, now that I mosh are very welcoming to having us know what's really happening here...It's girls in the pit. - Believe me, they are Classic! However, shocking it is. Since pleasantly surprised when they receive "true assholes" are such a rarity inside a solid hit from a girl!! - Metalheads will naturally create a sense of equality the Metal community....(written after within a pit. People look out for each meeting a true-asshole) other, Bottom-line! -Johnna Dean 20 Threat Con Nation Magazine A Mile Till Dawn In The Silence Black Rock/Hard Rock Talented female vocals on a crunchy rock canvas. Progressive Metal Mood altering ambient music. Thrash/Metal Classic Thrash reinvented. A Mile Till Dawn Reverb In The Silence Reverb Black Reverb Threat Con Nation Magazine 21 ————————————————————————————————————— 22 Threat Con Nation Magazine —————————— FEB/MARCH 2014 Threat Con at Old Ironsides every 2nd Sat @8pm Threat Con at Back 9 every last 2 Sats @9pm 80 Threat Con Nation Magazine 23 CONTACT/ SUBMISSIONS MORE INTERVIEWS ● MORE ARTICLES MORE SHOWS ● NEW WEBSITE TCN MAGAZINE AVAILABLE AT A LOCATION NEAR YOU! 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