Lionize will be working on a new album in Oct/Nov for a label the band is not allowed to reveal yet. The record will be recorded in Baltimore, MD at the Magpie Cage with J. Robbins at the helm. CLICK HERE to check out the band’s MySpace for its upcoming Tour Dates with Lee Scratch Perry and Clutch.
Archive for August, 2009
I remember The Expendables playing this song (Positive Mind) when it recently opened for 311 in Seattle.
Well it’s offical…DH is back in Cali. As I write this we are crossing the Oregon/Cali border. The Seattle and Oregon shows were awesome. Next up is Fresno and our Nor Cal shows. We’re on the home stretch and can’t wait to be back in So Cal. See everyone soon.
Mike Pinto is about to embark on his first national tour and will be supported by a killer band (Matt Brein and Todd Elrod)! Lucky for us at The Pier, Mike had the time to drop into Tommy Dubs studio and bust out a brand new song for our Pier Compilation Volume 1.
CLICK the PIC, to read the Interview with a Pier favorite!
The Pier: Never Say Never is a very unique song, I love the guitar lead in it. How did this song come together?
Mike Pinto: I stumbled upon the lead while messing with different minor scales, and wanted something darker. I love minor scales! I was listening to a lot of John Lennon’s solo stuff at the time, and wanted the lyrics to be broad and unspecific.
The other part of the inspiration for the song was from my girl actually, who (before becoming my girl) told me she’d never get with me (haha). I used to sing, “Never say, never say, never say never.” She hated it! It was just going to be an acoustic song, then Tommy Dubs talked about putting percussion on it.
The Pier: As you mentioned you worked with Tommy Dubs (Gadfly) on the track. There is a tight little musical community in Ocean Beach isn’t there?
Mike Pinto: Yes and no. The thing about O.B. is that it’s filled with many transient people. Many artists, musicians, etc. briefly pass through, spend a year or two, and then move on. There are those who will never leave, simply because the town is so special. I’ve moved in and out of O.B. a few times. I have crossed paths with tons of good musicians here though, especially at Winston’s. As long as that venue is in Ocean Beach, there will always be a music scene here.
The Pier: You just dropped an all acoustic album, Everything I Got. Why did you release something like that now? It is such a great listen.
Mike Pinto: There were two reasons for the acoustic album. First off, a lot of fans knew or saw me as an acoustic performer, not in a band. There were a lot of emails saying they wanted to hear me with just a guitar in my hand. So I wanted to keep the true fans content.
The other reason I released the album was honestly to put gas in the van. I haven’t played with the band enough on the road, I’ll be the first to admit that.
The Pier: What else has have you got planned for 2009? Any touring plans?
Mike Pinto: TOUR, TOUR, TOUR! That’s all I want to do this year! I just came back from touring acoustic with The B Foundation and Ballyhoo! through the South, and the band will be joining me for five weeks on my first national tour. I’ll be sure to let The Pier know where exactly, but some dates are already on my MySpace.
The Pier: So what are some of your favorite compilation albums?
Mike Pinto: My best friends got me into Fat Wreck Chords compilations, SURVIVAL OF THE FATTEST and PHYSICAL FATNESS. They stick out the most to me. Reminds me of stealing liquor and getting drunk in the woods in high school (haha).
Everyone on Everynight Track-listing
1. Casting Of The Cares
2. Keeping In Touch
3. Lay Awake
5. Here In Front Of Me
8. Queen Of Spades
9. You’re Here
10. The King
11. Leave The Lights On
The album drops Sept 15.
The Pier: Reggae Party is such a fun summer jam. It must be a great song to play live?
Pato Banton: Yes it is! When we were recording the new album “Destination Paradise” we wanted to add a song that had a really get up and dance, feel good factor. Reggae Party does just that while still conveying a positive message.
The Pier: After recording so much music over the past 25 years, how do you keep it fresh and draw new inspirations?
Pato Banton: Traveling the world, meeting new people and jamming with new musicians keeps life and creativity very fresh. The journey of life with all its up and downs inspires me in so many ways I think there will always be something new to write about.
The Pier: What do you think of these new generation of reggae rock artists coming up today in the scene? Is there anyone who you think had got mad skills?
Pato Banton: There is a new wave of Rock/Reggae bands popping up all over the place. We just finished touring across America and playing in 45 States. It’s so cool having new local bands open up for us in different cities. And it’s even better when they throw down an awesome set. I love the way they experiment with various styles of music, especially when they throw some Ska and Roots in the mix. A recent band I just saw that had mad skills was called Rising Son with an amazing lead singer/rapper called I-Levi.
The Pier: What else have you got planned for 2009?
Pato Banton: I’m currently working on a song for a movie soundtrack, a couple musical collaborations and trip to Germany and the UK. Apart from all that I intend to continue with my musical ministry, touring across the USA spreading the Good News!
Today The Pier celebrates its Second Birthday! We would like to thank everyone that has supported us in any way: from providing content, handing out flyers at shows or even just telling their friends to come check us out.
I know that all the bands featured on this site in the past couple of years (and there is a lot) really appreciate the support and passion our readers has for reggae rock music! We also love that bands love The Pier and we thank them deeply for willing to participate in all this!
The site has grown into an amazing community of fans and bands and so much more than what we thought The Pier would ever be. We look forward to many more years and to keep growing so we can bridge the gap between the fans and your favorite bands!
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The Pier is proud to present an MP3 Leak preview of five songs from its new compilation The Pier Volume 1. Included in this mix is:
- Dirty Heads
- 3rd Alley
- Another Day
- Stick Figure
To read more about the compilation and behind the scenes interviews CLICK HERE! To pre-order the compilation, featuring all new and unreleased tracks just CLICK on the PIC above. Album drops next Tuesday!
A first for The Pier, The Black Seeds is the first New Zealand band to be featured on one of our compilations. We thought we might as well start with the best, so we are extremely fortunate to have them on-board.
The timing could not better, as the band is about to embark on a US Tour with John Brown’s Body. So grab a copy of The Pier Compilation Vol 1 to listen to the band’s amazing music and then head off to what is bound to be an incredible show.
Just CLICK the PIC to read an Interview with these Kiwis.
The Pier: For the uninitiated how would you describe The Black Seeds sound?
Barnaby Weir (vocals/guitar): We sound like a sizzling BBQ, beside a vintage car, next to the beach on a summers day after a few beers pressed to vinyl.
Mike Fabulous (guitar/vocals): Or old school 60’s and 70’s reggae meets funk and soul with a little afro, tied together with modern songwriting techniques and an ear towards the future.
The Pier: What can you tell us about the reggae dub scene in NZ at the moment?
Barnaby Weir: Well NZ roots scene is healthy with heaps of different bands making their own south Pacific soul, funk and reggae. Most of NZ’s best bands fit within that scene. There’s definitely a strong flavor coming out of Aotearoa and locals and internationals are starting to take notice. It’s encouraging.
The Pier: Tell us about the songwriting behind the track you are contributing to the compilation, Strugglers?
Barnaby Weir: I wrote Strugglers for the Solid Ground album. To me it’s about not forgetting those who struggle just to survive. It’s easy for privileged and educated people to get complacent about the state of the world. If anything we have even more responsibility to do something about it. “Do it, give what you can.” I believe first we must be conscious and then take action.
The Pier: You must be excited to make your first trip to the US and with John Brown’s Body no less?
Barnaby Weir: Yes!! So so excited to be touring with JBB! We can’t wait. The Black Seeds have been to the States before but just a short trip. We will get to see a lot more this time around, and I know our U.S fans have been wanting to see us for ages. So we are all really looking forward to a big US adventure. New people, new venues and new cities. Bring it on