ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Meth Dealer

Central Illinois’ Meth Dealer is a hardcore band made up of four members: Beau Schleder, Macauley Allen, Tyler Brown and Daniel Ledbetter. BRP’s Lauren Van Houwe sat down with the guys to discuss the history of the band, what to expect from them in the future, and to teach us what rockin’ is all about.

[Photo cred: Michael Herrick]


When did you become a band?
BROWN: Beau and I started the band in 2013, I believe. It was myself, Beau, our friend Alex and our friend Nick. We also had a second vocalist, Tony, who wound up moving to bass shortly after our first handful of shows.


Where did the name originate from? Who made it up?
BROWN: Honestly, I can’t even remember [laughs]. Do you remember, Beau?
SCHLEDER: Tyler approached me about starting a band and wanted to call it Meth Dealer. I thought Tyler liked Breaking Bad, so at the time I was all about it. He didn’t even like Breaking Bad at all though. The name was a complete joke, one that we had no plans of continuing with for this long, but it just stuck.


Since you’ve started the band, you guys have had a few member changes as well, correct? What was it like to find backups and/or replacements?
BROWN: We’ve had so many different lineups. Currently, it’s myself, Beau on bass, Macauley on guitar and Daniel on drums. Prior to this lineup we’ve had probably six or seven other members here and there. It’s been kind of difficult finding new drummers but we always have been lucky in finding the people that we’ve had.


When did you all first get into hardcore? Did you grow up with the genre?
ALLEN: I would have to say it happened in late middle school or early high school. I remember going to ska shows when I was in eighth grade with some friends of mine at the McKinley Foundation in Champaign, Illinois. I grew up listening to bands like Metallica, Slipknot, Slayer and a lot of others. The list is huge.
BROWN: I feel like Slipknot is really a common band between the four of us. That was our real gateway into heavy music in general.
SCHLEDER: The first hardcore band I listened to was Throwdown around when Haymaker came out. Hardcore is awesome, but I wouldn’t say I grew up in it. I’m about where Mac is on things when it comes to music.
ALLEN: Yeah Slipknot is the shit. I just liked how real it felt when listening to their self-titled album and Iowa in particular. It definitely eventually led me to listening to more lyrically aggressive music.
LEDBETTER: I probably started getting into hardcore whenever I was about sixteen or seventeen years old. Growing up, I was listening to Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.


How many tours have you been on and what was the longest?
BROWN: We’ve been on one tour and it was just for about six or seven days in July of 2015.
SCHLEDER: That run was down to Oklahoma and then up through Arkansas and Kentucky.
BROWN: With Macauley being in school, it makes our schedule harder to do extensive touring.


What was the most memorable thing about that tour?
ALLEN: Destroying a Toilet.
LEDBETTER: That was amazing [laughs].
BROWN: We played in this super creepy basement called ‘Sol House’ in Little Rock, Arkansas.
SCHLEDER: I thought Mac broke the window in the room [laughs].
LEDBETTER: Not to mention that the basement flooded the night before.
SCHLEDER: And we weren’t grounded. We could have died.
BROWN: Probably the wildest show we’ve ever played. Little Rock went crazy.


That’s crazy intense [laughs]. So how many releases do you have out now?
BROWN: We currently have two EPs and one single out. We’re in the process of working on our new material now.


What’s the writing process like?
ALLEN: I would say a lot of it is collab work between Beau and I. Everyone has their input when it comes to writing the music and probably even lyrics. Usually Beau or I will work on riffs of our own and present them to everybody. We are definitely a band that writes music together. I don’t think we have one song where one person just came up with the whole idea themselves. Everyone has their own niches I think. I know I can hear everyone’s style in each of our songs and I think that it is awesome.


“We are definitely a band that writes music together. I don’t think we have one song where one person just came up with the whole idea themselves. Everyone has their own niches. I know I can hear everyone’s style in each of our songs and I think that it is awesome.” – Macauley Allen.


What are lyrics usually based on? Personal issues or something else?
BROWN: A lot of what I’ve written has been based on personal issues and just problems I’ve dealt with from people in my life.


What is one thing you struggle with as a band?

SCHLEDER: Schedules [laughs].
ALLEN: Yeah, I live a pretty busy life outside the band. It’s hard to make time sometimes.
BROWN: Same for me. My job keeps me busy and getting time away from the show is difficult.


Do you all live in the same area? If not, does that also make scheduling hard?
BROWN: Beau and I live in the MethHouse together. Daniel lives in the middle of nowhere and Mac lives about 45 north of us in Bloomington.


What are two things people don’t know about you as a band?
ALLEN: I sing opera… a lot.
SCHLEDER: I sleep… a lot [laughs]. But most of us watch hockey regularly [laughs].


Who do you record with? Are you guys DIY?
BROWN: We’ve done all of our releases with Brad Tuttle at Seventh Sounds Studios in LeRoy, Illinois. Brad’s the man and has always been really good to us since we’ve started.


What is the most rewarding thing that you get out of playing music?
SCHLEDER: For me it’s seeing people go off to our music and sing along.
BROWN: Just being able to go and play really. I think we’ve all made tons of friends from playing over the last couple years, including each other, and that’s just been the best parts for me.
ALLEN: Playing the music we play is a great way for me to just shed a lot of negative thoughts. I love seeing people get excited about what we play and have a great time as well. But overall it’s just a great outlet.
LEDBETTER: The most rewarding thing for me is seeing everyone sing along and have fun. I love hanging out with all my friends and playing the drums in this band helps me release my anger in a positive way.


“Playing the music we play is a great way for me to just shed a lot of negative thoughts. I love seeing people get excited about what we play and have a great time.” – Macauley Allen.


Are there any other bands/artists outside of the hardcore scene that all of you listen to that’s your guilty pleasure music or go-to bands?
SCHLEDER: I’m not really ashamed of any music I listen to, but my go-to is Blink-182.
ALLEN: Well, I love classical music. So I guess my go-to is probably something in that avenue. Specifically in operas. It’s pretty incredible when you think about it. Human voices filling up 1000 plus patron houses with just their tiny little vocal folds.
DANIEL: My go-to would probably be Coheed & Cambria. They have been one of my favorites since I started playing music.
BROWN: Probably my favorite band outside of the heavy music realm is mewithoutYou. Probably the best band to sit back and relax to, and even just vibe to. BRP


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Written by Lauren Van Houwe

Edited by Chelsea Renee Scofield

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Fallow Land

Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Fallow Land may have found their home in the scene just a few short months ago, but the guys are already making waves with their electric performances that demand the attention of their audience. Whit Fineberg, Evan Veasey, Caelin Amin and Armand Terrell sat down with BRP’s Chelsea Renee Scofield for an interesting chat about the meaning behind the band’s name, how the guys all met and most importantly, their weirdest touring habits. Listen to the band’s single and check out the interview below!


So, let’s start with your band’s beginnings. How did you all meet, and why did you choose to form the band?
AMIN: I met Whit and Armand through Evan because he recommended me for some gigs with them last year.
FINEBERG: So basically I had just finished playing with my old Band Bad Television and I was writing a bunch of tunes, but they were a bit more technically intricate than Bad Television’s stuff. And everyone in the current line-up is a tasteful musician who can play more difficult stuff, so I kinda met them all through their different projects and it just worked out.


So, the rest of you were also involved in other bands prior to Fallow Land?
VEASEY: Yep and we also all have our own side projects. Caelin and I were in Wake Up Jeff.
TERRELL: Yes, I was the drummer for a local band called Arbor Reign.
AMIN: I played in a band from metro Detroit in high school and now I’m working on a math rock project.


Did you guys leave those bands for Fallow Land or did things just fall into place?
VEASEY: We all were just able to make time for this, so we did it!
AMIN: We still do our projects when we have time, but at the moment Fallow Land’s probably my biggest commitment.
TERRELL: Things sort of just fell into place for me, personally. I was nearing the end of Arbor Reign and this seemed to be a step up in the right direction.
FINEBERG: I have a few other projects, but Fallow Land is definitely my most consistent thing.


As far as the writing process, who writes the music?
FINEBERG: I kinda write the skeletons and everyone kinda fleshes the songs out.


Does that include lyrics and music?
FINEBERG: Yeah, everyone contributes a bit to the musical writing. Sometimes I have parts in mind, sometimes I just kinda wanna see what people bring to the table.
VEASEY: We all bring that special little funky seasoning.


So, you guys currently have one song recorded at the moment. What’s the word on your future recording process? You’re recording now, correct?
AMIN: We are in the process of recording demos right now at the Duderstadt Center on University of Michigan’s campus.
FINEBERG: They are going to turn into an EP this winter.
VEASEY: Then, we are recording the real deal this winter.
TERRELL: We are recording demos at the moment. But, along with recording and the EP goes, we have some cool news—can’t disclose it yet though.
FINEBERG: We are kinda shopping it around to a few producers to see who we’re gonna work with.


Since you’re busy with recording, will the band be doing any touring or gigs for the next couple months?
FINEBERG: Sadly, we can’t tour as much as I’d like cause these guys are all in school. We’ll play a few out of state shows, but nothing extensive until this summer.
AMIN: But this summer will see things back in full swing.
VEASEY: Yep, we are just trying to keep it all in balance.


Where are you guys hoping to venture to this summer?
FINEBERG: Hopefully we’ll get out to New York and further south this time around.


Any states in particular that you’re stoked to visit?
AMIN: Everywhere outside the Midwest for me.
VEASEY: Real talk, I think Massachusetts would be cool.
FINEBERG: Honestly I love Muncie, Indiana.
TERRELL: I really want to hit Cali!
FINEBERG: We’ve got some pals who kill it in Cali so it’d be cool to get out there for sure.


So, where did you guys get the band name?
FINEBERG: Basically I was trying to figure out a name that described our sound and I came up with Barren Landscapes, which turned into Fallow Land.


How would you describe your sound then?
AMIN: Sad, loud and proud.
FINEBERG: Existential Space Pop is the term we’re coining.


What are three fun facts that your fans don’t typically know about you guys?
TERRELL: I am a huge fan of the Weeknd and Coldplay. I have side project that sorta draws sound from both of them—it’s called PSEVDOS.
AMIN: I have a mind connection with Armand because we are besties.
TERRELL: Yeah, we have premonitions about each other. Also when playing in the band setting we just do things that work without thinking about it. It’s our version of a sixth sense.
FINEBERG: We have rap battles on the road. They get intense and hurtful.
AMIN: The only winner of those battles is shame.


If each of you were taking a trip to Mars and you could only take one thing, what would you take?
TERRELL: I’d be a god on Mars so everything would be provided. But, I’d take my son along for the ride.
VEASEY: Funyuns for everyone. Also a clone of Armand.
AMIN: But an evil clone though.
VEASEY: A cactus.
FINEBERG: I’d bring Armand in cactus form. I’d trim it up to look like him and dress it and it would be my only friend.


So, since you guys just recently went on tour, I’m sure you’ve gotten to know each other well, maybe too well. So, what’s the weirdest habit that each of you has?
TERRELL: Evan eats too much.
AMIN: Evan talks in his sleep.
VEASEY: Armand is also a fire mc and Whit is a compulsive groomer.
AMIN: We see you, grooming and shit.
FINEBERG: Evan’s just saying that cause he doesn’t shower on tour [laughs].
VEASEY: You are just lying now, I was in the top two bathers.
TERRELL: Evan eats all the mac and cheese and then wants more food and we are like, “Fuck, I wish I had food. Oh wait.”
FINEBERG: Caelin comes up with restaurant names.
AMIN: Great Wall Irish Pub. O’Hallahans Pad Thai. BRP


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Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: UNDESERVING

Formed in Bloomington, Illinois, Undeserving is a five-piece punk rock band comprised of vocalist Dalton McKinley, vocalist/bassist Chris Biggs, guitarist Kyle Hughes, guitarist Greg Tracy and drummer Cory O’Connor. BRP’s Lauren Van Houwe sat down with the guys to chat about their musical influences, guilty pleasures, the hardcore scene and much more.

You Like? You’ll Like: Title Fight // Citizen // Basement


How did Undeserving start? Tell me about the band’s beginnings.
MCKINLEY: Greg and I were just jamming around in our living room last winter and literally came up with a rough idea of our first three to four songs, then perfected those, and added two for a combined five songs. We later acquired Cory on drums, Kyle on guitar and Chris on bass, put myself on vocals.


How would you describe the style of your sound?
BIGGS: Nineties grunge revival with our own twist. We’ve been compared to bands like Title Fight and Basement.


How many shows have you played as a band so far? What venues do you get the best response at?
TRACY: We’ve only played three shows so far and all venues were overall the same: very positive responses. I think it works well being able to jump on a lot of different genre-oriented shows. We plan to do a lot more over the next few months.


“People assume we are a hardcore band or heavy due to our appearance and prior bands/influences. We all deep down have always wanted to start something like we have now and we couldn’t be more stoked.” —Dalton McKinley


Whats the hardest thing to do as a band? How do you stay on everyone’s good side?
MCKINLEY: The hardest part is getting around everyone’s work/school schedules. Other than that, we’re just five dudes that love what we’re doing. We very rarely have any arguments—besides where to eat after practice [laughs].


Who writes the music? Is it a group thing, or does one person write then teach?
MCKINLEY: Basically, Greg and I wrote myself (vocals), the drums and guitar. Chris wrote his bass parts according to the songs and I mainly write lyrics but I take input from Chris sometimes. Now that we’re all established members, we’re all giving our two cents in the new writing process.


Are your lyrics based on personal stories or just typical events that you see a lot of people struggle with in today’s society?
MCKINLEY: In all honesty, this EP is about the shit storm called life I’ve been through the last four years and how I’ve overcome those obstacles in the last year. The new music is definitely going to be influenced by struggles in the modern day life of kids our age and how society negatively effects us and how we try to live our lives.


“We’re doing this for ourselves and for the people who like it. Fuck money, fuck the politics, fuck getting paid to play and fuck paying to play. If you’re a local band, start at the bottom and actually work your way up.” —Chris Biggs


Currently, do you have any releases out?
MCKINLEY: Actually, a week from tomorrow, we are going to South Town Studio to record our first release, which will be on tape through an undisclosed label and will also potentially be a split with another band, so that’s tight. We do have full videos from our last two performances ready to upload, we just haven’t gotten the chance to do so, since all we do is work/eat Taco Bell.


What are two things people don’t normally know about you all as a band?
MCKINLEY: People assume we are a hardcore band or heavy due to our appearance and prior bands/influences. We all deep down have always wanted to start something like we have now and we couldn’t be more stoked. For the second thing, people don’t know Greg is a professional stock car racer for the national association of stock car auto racing and we are his pit crew.


What are your opinions on playing shows solely for cash?
BIGGS: We’re doing this for ourselves and for the people who like it. Fuck money, fuck the politics, fuck getting paid to play and fuck paying to play. If you’re a local band, start at the bottom and actually work your way up.


When you say ‘politics,’ are you meaning those who you feel are privileged?
BIGGS: Yes. Which is exactly why we, as Undeserving, are making waves in our scene. We play for the sake of playing. We will play for any small amount of kids whether there’s two or ten people at a new venue. Why? Because that’s ten kids who have never heard us. That’s why we do this.


“As for Chris and I, hardcore is our life blood and despite what kind of music we play, it will always be our home.” —Dalton McKinley


Chris and Dalton: why did you choose leave the hardcore genre, specifically Deviant, to play music like this?
BIGGS: That’s a sick question and is super hard to answer. I personally haven’t left and I can vouch for Dalton as well. This is just a project we’ve always wanted to do.


Why did you choose this direction for Undeserving’s music instead of hardcore like Deviant, you previous band?
MCKINLEY: We haven’t left the hardcore scene. Although our band is not “hardcore,” we blend in very well with that scene among many. Look at bands like Title Fight and Citizen—they play and tour with hardcore bands all the time. That being said, I believe our genres go hand-in-hand with one another. Undeserving is a result of bands that influenced us during our younger years, bands like Nirvana, Low Twelve, shit like that. We are huge fans of Superhaven, Title Fight, Citizen and Balance & Composure. It’s such a different and fun genre to play, so we gave it a try.
HUGHES: Don’t let them fool you. We just chose this music cause we have a better chance of being in a NASCAR commercial [laughs].
MCKINLEY: I still actively play in the hardcore scene. Cory is the drummer and I play guitar as a fill-in for a Chicago hardcore band called Short Fuse. All of us attend many hardcore shows and Undeserving has played a hardcore show and will continue to actively do so in the future. As for Chris and I, hardcore is our life blood and despite what kind of music we play, it will always be our home.
BIGGS: Hardcore will always be my first love [laughs]. Grunge, shoegaze—whatever you want to call our genre, is like my mistress and she’s a thick bitch. My dad got me into the hardcore genre when I was thirteen. He took me to a Madball show and I was hooked. My mom was into grunge/rock when I was a kid, so she turned me on to bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana at a really young age. Everything kinda just went up from there.


“We play for the sake of playing. We will play for any small amount of kids whether there’s two or ten people at a new venue. Why? Because that’s ten kids who have never heard us. That’s why we do this.” —Chris Biggs


As for other members, what kind of music did you grow up on or listening to? Were you always in this style or genre of music?
MCKINLEY: Kyle only listens to The Devil Wears Prada. Cory only listens to The Story So Far. Greg only listens to Lynyrd Skynyrd.
HUGHES: He ain’t wrong. In grade school, I had a Nirvana album and I jammed that a lot. In junior high, I started watching Fuse Music Network on TV and got into alternative and rock music. From there my taste progressed into screamo stuff like Senses Fail and From First To Last. From there it got onto more heavier stuff. I don’t really get hype on the hardcore beatdown stuff like the other guys, but when I started hanging out with Greg, he got me into bands like we’re pulling the influence from—like Citizen and Title Fight.
BIGGS: Cory’s answers would be Naruto references I’m sure [laughs].
TRACY: I grew up listening to old punk music when I was really young—stuff like Dead Moon, The Smiths, The Cure and Ramones. I mainly heard new music through skate videos. I then moved on to music like Nirvana and Blink-182. A big influence like Kyle mentioned was Fuse Music Network on TV, where I found bands like Senses Fail, The Used and many more. Lastly, I lived in a small town where I was lucky enough to have a DIY Scene.


Are there any other bands/artists outside of the hardcore scene that all of you listen to that’s like your guilty pleasure music or go-to bands?
HUGHES: The Weeknd.
MCKINLEY: Issues.
O’CONNOR: Naruto opening songs, Future and Drake’s new album.
BIGGS: Mostly pop music. Radio shit. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, the Weeknd. That shit SLAPS.
MCKINLEY: Old Tim McGraw. Don’t judge me.
TRACY: I jam a lot of black metal: Leviathan, Behemoth. BRP


Check out Undeserving at these upcoming shows: 
10/20/15 @ Shipman, IL w/ Oceans Grey
11/1/2015 @ Pekin, IL at Mt. Doom


Written by Lauren Van Houwe

Edited by Chelsea Renee Scofield

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Ashland

Hailing from central Illinois, Ashland is a four-piece, female-fronted rock band comprised of vocalist Asia Dupuy, guitarist Aaron Wood, bassist Zebulan Griffith and drummer Tanner Leggett. BRP’s Lauren Van Houwe sat down with the band for an exclusive interview to discuss everything from the band’s beginnings, touring, and what the future has in store for the group.


How did the band start, and how long have you been together?
WOOD: We’ve been playing since 2013. We’d known each other for quite awhile. Funny story: We found our vocalist, Asia on Craigslist.
DUPUY: Yep! They were looking for a singer I was looking for a band. We ended up actually knowing mutual people in the music scene around central Illinois. So it all worked out perfectly!

Where are each of you from?
LEGGETT: I’m from Clinton.
DUPUY: I’m from Champaign.
WOOD: I’m from Sullivan.
GRIFFITH: I’m from Shelbyville.


How would you describe the sound of your band?
WOOD: That’s tough! I’d say it’s creepy-rock. We like to incorporate a lot of strange instrumentation for the genre like accordion, trumpet, marching snares, orchestral strings, and Asia really like 50’s ‘doo-wop’ style background vocals.

Out of the venues that you’ve performed, which ones have you discovered to be the best? Or what areas do you normally play?
GRIFFITH: We really enjoying playing at The Firebird (St. Louis, Missouri), The Castle Theatre (Bloomington, Illinois) and Pop’s (Sauget, Illinois). We play pretty much anywhere from Missouri to Indiana.

What do you see for the future for your band?
LEGGETT: We really hope to be touring in the next year as well as releasing our first full-length!

“We’re avid connoisseurs of smoked meats. We’ve probably tried every beef jerky brand in the Midwest and could rate them on a scale of one to ten if anyone asked [laughs].”

Where are you guys thinking about touring? West Coast, East Coast, or maybe staying in the Midwest?
WOOD: Wherever the road may take us. Anywhere honestly [laughs].


How many releases do you have out now?
GRIFFITH: We have one release, Interim. You can find it everywhere.
DUPUY: We also have two recent music videos that we released this year: Our single from Interim, “Eyes to the Sky” and our cover of “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift.

Who do you record with? Or would you consider yourselves a DIY band?
WOOD: We recorded with Matt Amelung at Encapsulated Studios in St. Louis, Missouri! He’s an absolute genius. We do our own pre-production, so does that count as half DIY? [laughs]

I’d say it is [laughs]. You mentioned your Taylor Swift cover. Why did you choose that song? Was 1989 a random inspiration? 
DUPUY: We’d been wanting to do a cover for a long time so we checked out Billboard. Bad Blood was No. 1 so we went for it!

That’s really cool. I think the cover was pretty good! What’s one thing people don’t really know about you as a band?
WOOD: We’re avid connoisseurs of smoked meats. We’ve probably tried every beef jerky brand in the Midwest and could rate them on a scale of one to ten if anyone asked [laughs].
DUPUY: Our addiction is pretty serious. We’ve actually discussed creating our own line of beef jerky!

That’s the most random thing! But still cool. When you guys play, do you have to have a guarantee from that specific venue to get paid for the performance or do you just play to have the experience?
DUPUY: Some gigs are paid and some gigs aren’t. Just depends! BRP

Check out Ashland via the band’s social media below!
Instagram: @AshlandOfficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AshlandOfficial (@AshlandOfficial)

Written by Lauren Van Houwe
Edited by Chelsea Renee Scofield

BRPTV: Interview with Hogarth

Following the Kelsie Ring benefit show that took place last Saturday, BRP’s Chelsea Renee Scofield sat down with Montpelier’s Hogarth, a relatively new addition to east central Indiana’s music scene. Watch the interview below to find out more about Hogarth’s beginnings, the band’s musical influences and what vocalist/guitarist Trae Roberts, bassist Cj Jones and drummer Travis Scriba have in store for us next.

[Photo cred: Jay Barsha]


Filmed and edited by Jay Barsha

Interview by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Kelsie Ring Benefit Shows offer performances by Chipped Teeth, Oceans Grey, We Love You, more

This weekend, local bands and their supporters will gather for two days of shows at two different locations, but with one goal in mind: raising as much money as possible for Kelsie Ring, the victim of a devastating motorcycle accident that occurred on August 15. She currently remains in a coma, and with the inevitability of expensive medical bills, she needs the help of her local music scene.

The first of two benefit shows will take place on Friday, October 2, at the Savage Yard in Indianapolis. Kicking off at 5:30 p.m., this show will feature Hogarth, Everyone Leaves, We Love You, Dropkick, Oceans Grey, Chipped Teeth, Guilt Trip and Sermos. Admission to this show will cost $10 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Kelsie’s recovery fund. Chipped Teeth and Hogarth will have donation boxes at their merch tables for those who would like to donate more.

The second benefit show will be on the following day, Saturday, October 3, at Cj Jones’ home, 104 W. Windsor St. in Montpelier. Starting at 5:00 p.m., the garage bash will feature Continue The Story, Tall Tales, Hogarth, We Love You and Archives. Admission to this show will also cost $10 and all funds that are raised will go to Kelsie. In addition to the funds collected from admission, Archives and Tall Tales will be donating the profits from their merch sales to the cause as well.

The fact that the show Saturday is close to where Kelsie lived and is around where all of her friends and family live is helping the draw a lot, because I know that everyone in our small community wants to help as much as they can. I’m expecting most of the people there to be people who have never been to a show before. I think that that’s a good thing, because it will hopefully make more people aware that the music scene does exist around here and is very alive, and they’ll want to start coming to shows more often and add to our scene!” said Cj Jones, showhost and bassist of Hogarth.

Local supporters are encouraged to attend both shows in an effort to raise the most money possible. Members of the bands performing are also encouraged to donate the $10 entry fee. Baked goods and other foods may be available with profits being donated to the cause.

“The show’s for an amazing cause to help an amazing person who has their entire life ahead of them. The more money raised, the better chance she has at getting the care she needs so she can live the rest of her life happily and with as little restriction as possible,” said Jones.

For those who are interested in donating but are unable to attend the show, a GoFundMe is available for anyone who would like to help out. As of today, over $1000 has been raised—that’s more than halfway to the target goal of $2000.

“It’s incredible and almost unbelievable to me that so many people, including myself, are able to raise this money for Kelsie,” said Jones.

To RSVP to Kelsie Ring Benefit Show Pt. 1, click here.
To RSVP to Kelsie Ring Benefit Show Pt. 2, click here.

To donate to Kelsie’s GoFundMe, click here.

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Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Oceans Grey premiere “Eat Me Alive,” vocalist Trae Roberts announces tour dates, EP, more

Oceans Grey have just released their highly anticipated single, titled “Eat Me Alive.” BRP’s Chelsea Renee Scofield sat down with vocalist Trae Roberts to discuss the band’s new single, their upcoming EP, their fall 2015 tour and more!

[Photo cred: Errick Easterday]


So, this is the band’s second release since Simon Says. For this single, how have you guys improved your sound? What sets this single apart from the songs off Simon Says or your other single, “Cut Ties”?
ROBERTS: I feel in this new song we’ve brought in a little more of a matured sound. We took a lot more time in and out of the studio to pick at the song and throw in every little thing we wanted for it to come out exactly how we wanted.


You described this newest release as the band’s “hardest hitting song to date.” Does that also mean that you would consider it the band’s best work?
Absolutely!


The single is titled “Eat Me Alive.” What does the song mean, lyrically?
Though the lyrics sound kind of indirect, the song is about growing up with mental disorders (ADHD, ADD, bipolar disorder) with doctors putting you on a bunch of medicines that you don’t think are necessary.


Will this single lead to the band’s second EP or maybe a full-length?
We plan to have a longer EP released early 2016.


What does the remainder of 2015 hold for Oceans Grey?
We’re going on our last tour of the year [dates listed below] and taking the rest of this year to sit back and crack down on writing for this new EP. BRP


Oceans Grey tour dates:
10/9 PLAINWELL, MI @ BAD X SPORTS
10/11 LOUISVILLE KY @ SPINELLI’S DOWNTOWN
10/12 TENNESSEE, TBA
10/13 DOTHAN, AL @ THE DOTHAN PLUGHOUSE
10/14 MISSISSIPPI, TBA
10/15 SHREVEPORT, LA
10/16 AUSTIN, TX @ DIRTY DOG BAR
10/17 SAN ANTONIO, TX @ NESTA DIVE BAR
10/18 DENTON, TX @ MOONSHINE SHACK
10/19 OKLAHOMA CITY, TBA
10/20 SHIPMAN, IL @ SHIPMAN COMMUNITY CENTER

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Check out Oceans Grey’s music here: https://oceansgreyin.bandcamp.com/


Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield