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Aug
13/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: OPM

West Coast reggae rock pioneers OPM recorded a brand new spanking track for its contribution to The Pier Compilation Vol 1. The Pier can vouch it is one multi-musically layered beast – there is tons going on in it!

Vocalist and band co-founder John e stopped by The Pier to give us all the behind the scenes details. Just CLICK the PIC to read!

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Aug
13/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: OPM

The Pier: Holiday in the Sun is such a dope track, had you been working on it for some time or is it brand new?

John e (vocals): Thank you! It’s brand new.

The Pier: There are lots of sounds going on in it and it has a lot of depth. Did it take a while to produce this track?

John e: Matt laid down the first beat at his studio in San Diego a few months ago and then Geoff went down there and recorded the guitars. Then we brought it up to our studio in LA and Shane laid down the drums, Jonathan dropped the clav line and our neighbor Bones laid down a violin track.

Then, I vibed on it for a few days, wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals. At that point, there was a lot going on and it took days to get the mix right. The overall process did take some time.

The Pier: Your latest album Golden State of Mind, is probably the best OPM album released to date. Looking back on it now, how do you feel about it?

John e: I agree 100%. We really got into a different mindset before we started this record and wanted to crush it. I think, as a band, we have all really jelled and everyone is very focused on their individual role. On this record, we spent more time writing than recording, which is different for us. In the past, if there was a problem with a song, we would just re-record it. With this record, we would re-write the song, which meant we all had to have an open-mind about it, which is rare for bands who have been together for as long as us.

Also, working with Jim Perkins and Andrew Nast on this record had a big effect on the sound. They were instrumental in keeping us focused, especially with me, by taking the pro tools reigns so I could focus on singing rather than engineering.

The Pier: What other plans does OPM have for the rest of 2009? Any touring? Videos?

John e: We are actually on tour right now with Rehab. In fact, I’m somewhere in between Oregon and Reno right now, sitting in our brand new sprinter van typing away on my iPhone. We are still planning a UK tour for this year and we will also be touring in the South-West in October.

We have a new video coming out any day now for the track Feel the Vibration. It looks amazing. We also shot a video for Run Away, which I directed. It is being edited now. It’s like a short film and the song is the soundtrack.

We are also putting out a B-Sides record in a few months; it will have songs from our past records that never came out in the States, a few songs we did with Big B, as well as four re-records of songs from the Menace to Sobriety record.

The Pier: As a producer, what else are you working on at the moment?

John e: I am producing a bunch of stuff right now. I’m producing the first record for a band called Stinky Pinky. I’m also working with a band called Chico and the Sapphires, recording and mixing their hip-hop record Filth. As well, I’m recording a Japanese band called Inazuma. I’m in the process of finishing a few OPM mixes for the new CD as well as two tracks for our friends from HHR. Once I get all that wrapped, I’ll start to record Thunderchief’s record. And, as always, I am working on new OPM tracks.

OPM MySpace

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Aug
13/09
Pepper Update

Look for Pepper to start recording a new album after its Back in the Trenches Tour this Fall.

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Aug
12/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: John Brown’s Body

Legends in the reggae jam scene, John Brown’s Body amazingly continues to grow in strength every year. Dubmatix’s remix of The Gold from JBB’s Re-Amplify was one of the choicest cuts from the EP and The Pier is thrilled to have the two hook-up again for the bumping version of Make Your Move, featured exclusively on The Pier Compilation Volume 1. This remix will get any booty shaking!

CLICK the PIC to read a new Interview with drummer Tommy Benedetti!

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Aug
12/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: John Brown’s Body

The Pier: It is cool to see John Brown’s Body hook up with Dubmatix again, who remixed one of your songs on Re-Amplify. You must really like working with him then?

Tommy Benedetti (drums): It’s great to have Dubmatix on board for another remix. I’m a real fan of his work and his version of “The Gold” on RE-AMPLIFY really inspired the band and has been a great addition to our live show. We hope to keep collaborating with him well into the future. I feel like we’ve laid a great foundation to make that happen.

The Pier: What was the lyrical inspiration for the original Make Your Move track?

Tommy Benedetti: The song is sort of a dig at the music industry, about how rigid and self serving it is. “Make Your Move” is a call to action for people to become self efficient in doing their art.

The Pier: I see JBB is bringing The Black Seeds out for an upcoming US tour. How was this put together?

Tommy Benedetti: We are truly psyched to be bringing The Black Seeds to the US. We were turned on to them last year while we were on tour and they instantly became our pre-show music. The last bunch of tours that we’ve done, we really have tried to bring a quality support act to make it a full show. Passafire, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Blue King Brown are all good friends and killer bands and those tours were a lot of fun. It seemed like The Black Seeds would also fit the bill so our manager reached out to them, and with a lot of work by both teams, made it happen. I really can’t wait to meet them.

The Pier: What else has the band got coming up for the rest of 2009?

Tommy Benedetti: The rest of the year is looking real good. We’re heading out on a 13 date run with our friends Passafire that takes us from Philly down to Orlando; then we gear up for 11 US dates with The Black Seeds. In October, we head to the UK to support the Easy Star All Stars for three weeks and after that, amazingly enough, we are heading to New Zealand for three weeks!! The Black Seeds are returning the love by having JBB support them in their homeland. We finish 2009/kickoff 2010 on Jam Cruise, which is rollin to Jamaica and Grand Cayman Islands, not bad, not bad at all.

John Brown’s Body MySpace

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Aug
12/09
Skindred Are Standing for Something

Skindred has posted its new single, Stand for Something on its MySpace. The track is taken from its forthcoming release – Shark Bites & Dog Fights.

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Aug
11/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: Rome

Huntington Beach solo artist Rome, has been drawing a lot attention ever since he took to the stage in Reno ealier this year and jammed on some Sublime song’s with original members Bud and Eric.

On The Pier Compilation Volume 1, the talented vocalist/guitarist is featured on two tracks. One of his own solo efforts and guesting on the Dirty Heads contribution.

Just CLICK the PIC to read all about it!

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Aug
11/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: Rome

The Pier: Only is a such a great summer track. Tell us about the song-writing behind it.

Rome: Well I was singing humming the chorus melody for a while and I played it totally different, but one day at the studio I guess I decided to just skank it out. Lewi (Richards), my engineer/bass player conjured up a sick bass line and after jamming it a few times we put it on wax. As far as the lyrics go it’s plain and simple, it’s about being sick and tired of living on the Rich Man’s agenda and more importantly it’s about the realization of, “There is more of us than there is of them.” We have entered the age of “Class-ism” for sure.

The Pier: You also get to perform with the Dirty Heads on its contribution to the compilation (Lay Me Down). What was it like being in the studio with those guys? They can be quite the handful.

Rome: All I got to say is that if you hang with the DH you better know how to do two things 1. Drink and 2. have a good fuckin time. Hahaha naw, the boy’s and I have been good friends for a while and to not do a song with them would be a crime. We all wanted to collab on some new stuff so we met up in Duddy B’s backyard, sat in the sun with the beer and bong and just started beastin out.

We hit the Hurley Recording Studio later that week to drop what we had wrote and it all fell together wonderfully, but to get those booming drums and that extra little rub-a-dub feel we had to finish it up with our boy Lewi at 17th St. Recording. Those guys are mad talented and have the most unique sound in the whole scene if you ask me. You can definitely count on seeing some more DirtyHeads/Rome shit.

The Pier: Are you prepping a solo album release? If so when can we expect to see that?

Rome: At the moment I have some other projects in the works.

Now I know Pier readers are asking where the hell is the questions regarding jamming with the Sublime boys (Bud & Eric)? Well we asked and got nothing. However, The Pier is guessing a big announcement is just around the corner. Look for it here first.

Rome MySpace

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Aug
11/09
The Pier Compilation Vol 1 Pre-order Update!

FREE RASTA WRIST BANDS! Courtesy of Skullcandy!

The Next 150 people who Pre-order The Pier Compilation: Vol.1
Will receive a FREE Rasta Wristband Courtesy of Skullcandy

If you have already Pre-ordered, rest assure your FREE Wristband has already been packaged!

Order today and RECEIVE it before the Aug 18th Release!

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Aug
10/09
On our way to Cananada Eh

As we move west the shows have been getting incredible. Salt Lake City and Denver were rockin. We’re currently in the middle of Wyoming heading north to Montana. Tomorrow we’ll cross into Canada and end up in Calgary.
The Denver show was at Mile High Stadium

Matty is learning how to sign breasts. We told him to practice on guys first.

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Aug
10/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: The B Foundation

The Pier is super stoked to have the mighty B Foundation featured on The Pier Compilation Vol 1, as it is one of the hardest working bands out there today and it is not afraid to try new things – like the rocking punk rock of Time, the band’s contribution to the compilation.

CLICK the PIC to come read a new interview with the band and don’t forget to preorder the compilation! It’s dropping next week!

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Aug
10/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: The B Foundation

The Pier: Time is a pretty rocking punk rock tune, it must be cool as band to explore different genres of music?

Jason Moorehead (bass): We at this point pretty much stand to be that band in our scene that feels that we can get away with anything. We have immersed ourselves into music since we were youngsters and have soaked up so many different vibes and different styles. We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel but instead push the boundaries of whats “acceptable” in our genre of music. The songs on Souvenirs are still rooted in reggae but if we are feeling some metal, punk, or jazz we’re gonna do our best to rip it. We only try to please ourselves and hope that all the kids and fans dig what we dig, ya dig?

The Pier: This track is from your Souvenirs recording session, what was it like working with Josh Fischel as producer?

Jason Moorehead: Josh was great, we really respect him as an artist first and foremost. We took him on tour last fall as an opener and he was so much fun to have in the van and to watch him perform every night was awesome. He has one of the most awesome voices I’ve ever heard, it’s very powerful and soulful. When it came to the actual recording sessions, Josh took over as an engineer when we had problem with our first engineer. What he didn’t know he learned on the fly and pushed us to make a record that sounded like The B Foundation, which was our goal also. He did a great job, although he did have some mean gas.

The Pier: This is your first album with Tyler on guitar, what do you think he has brought to the band?

Jason Moorehead: Well Tyler has brought a lot to the table, he’s a different dude. He moved down here to LA from Portland Oregon, he learned all our old songs without a hitch, he jumped into the band feet first and hit the ground running. I try to put myself in his shoes and see how mind boggling it all could have been to join a band that tours 200 days a year, in debt, trying to record its most important record to date, and under the pressures of everything that comes along with it.

It must have been tough, but Tyler seems to be having the time of his life. Meeting new people and enjoying the road, and committing everything he has to The B Foundation. His guitar playing level is above many and sometimes it even seems as if he’s bored playing. He really digs in and loves to feel the music he’s playing. His mind operates on another level musically and I can’t wait to get to explore it even further when we start writing for our next record.


The Pier: We just read that you signed a distribution deal with EMI, that must be pretty exciting?

Jason Moorehead: Yeah we signed a deal with Fuel Records out of Orlando FL, they are going to be working Souvenirs and distributing it through EMI. We are stoked to get our album into new markets and to have people pushing it beyond what we’ve been able to accomplish alone as an independent artist. The best part is the album is made and the people at Fuel/EMI love the record and are passionate about pushing it. We aren’t looking too far into the future with this thing, we are just happy to have our CDs available to the masses and can’t wait to see what doors it opens for the B.

The Pier: What else has the B Foundation got planned for 2009?

Jason Moorehead: 2009? Its almost over isn’t it? We are going to continue to market the new record and push it through our radio channels. KROQ in Los Angeles shows us love, which is immensely cool. The are pretty much the taste maker for all alternative radio stations across the country. We’re hoping to get some songs placed in commercials and movies to further expand the touch of The B.

We are currently chillin’ and enjoying some much needed time off. We’ve been working non stop for over two years. When I say time off I just mean a month, a month with five shows. So I guess we really are only giving our van a break, we are booking up a nationwide Fall tour that starts in September and is going to run up until Thanksgiving time. We really hope to get on some bigger tours again this year. It’s very hard to follow up last Fall’s tour with Slightly Stoopid, but being on tour as a headliner and doing the groundwork is what has made us who we are and we’ll continue to grind it out until we strike oil, or lose our minds! I’d bet on the oil.

The B Foundation MySpace

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Aug
09/09
Hor!zen Readys New Release

Ready for some new Dirty South Dub Rock?

Well the boys in Hor!zen are prepping for the release of its new EP Bottom Out.

Hit up the band’s Myspace to see a new lay-out, which includes six tasty new song samples and the EP’s very cool cover art!

While the wait has been long, it looks like Will and the boys have put everything they have into this release!

Look for more coverage here at The Pier, as we get closer to Bottoms Out release date in September.

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Aug
08/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: Flip & Rollie

Flip & Rollie are quite the duo. New to The Pier, these California buddies have got a fresh acoustic sound that has certainly piqued our interest and we think folks are going to really dig ‘em!

With its first album (Spittin Gold) about to drop in a couple of months, we thought The Pier Compilation Volume 1 was the perfect time for an introduction. CLICK the PIC to read!

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Aug
08/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: Flip & Rollie

Born and raised on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Phil Carrillio (Flip) and Ryan Brolliar (Rollie) first met in 6th grade when their cross-town elementary schools combined making the jump to middle school. Ryan was the cool jock guy and Phil was the rebel skater guy. Both were cocky, arrogant, and thought they were way cooler than they really were. They tried to avoid each other but their two worlds collided when they started going after each others girlfriends. It was then that they decided it was best to just get along and combine forces. They have been best friends ever since and have always shared a love for music. From bangin’ on tupperware to drunken campfire songs, they quickly realized how fun and fulfilling music was to create and perform… The rest is history.


The Pier: Your song on the compilation (Reggae Show) is a cool tribute to reggae music. Was your aim to write the “happiest song of the summer?” Cause I think you succeeded.

Flip: Well actually we were shooting for the “happiest song of the year” but according to you, we came up short. Thanks.

Rollie: No, really it was actually written to express how much we enjoy going to reggae shows and listening to reggae music. The vibe is different than most other shows. Everyone seems so chill and at peace, and it goes to show how positive and impactful reggae music can be.

The Pier: Is Reggae Show a good reflection of your band’s overall sound?

Flip: Funny you should ask because we are really all over the place with different kinds of music. When it comes to placing us in a specific genre its tough. We may play a reggae song followed by a jazz piece then turn around and sing an acappella 50′s style doo-wop. The love of performing ALL music may ultimately be what defines the Flip & Rollie Band.

Rollie: I agree with Flip. Right now we’re still enjoying experimenting with different types of music. However, if there is one sound and type of music that we both agree upon writing, it’s acoustic.

The Pier: When can we expect to see an official release from you guys?

Both: In the next couple months. Most likely September. We want to also take this opportunity to thank Paradigm Studios for all the hard work and patience in the last months to complete this album.

The Pier: What are your plans for the rest of 2009?

Both: Write, record, perform, and surf.

Flip & Rollie MySpace

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