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Framing HanleyFraming Hanley – “The Sum Of Who We Are” – Imagene Records

Reviewed By – Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall

Rating – 9 Out Of 10

So here’s the deal on Framing Hanley, on first listen, they’re clearly a very solid, Modern Rock band whom one could easily put them on a stage opening for some of the biggest Arena Rock artists on the charts.  However, it’s very unsafe to stop there and dismiss this as a band that culls the melodic tricks of their counterparts The Exies and a more beefed up Bowling For Soup.  Oh no, BIG MISTAKE!  So, knowing this, I hit “repeat” and listen to The Sum Of Who We Are again.  This is when album opener “Criminal” sounds completely different than it did my first pass.  Being the radio single, I expected to like it because I know it was crafted for that reason, to make me want to hear more.  What I didn’t expect was, I would fucking LOVE it!  Oh yeah, this is as good as they come, folks, a song with all the balls and bombast necessary to get asses out of the seats, a chorus with a hook so big it could land a shark, and lyrics that mean something.  Surprise!  It’s 2014 and here’s a band that actually brought their A-Game!!!  Vocalist, Nixon, is a little bit of a name in the industry and for more reason than he actually has a set of pipes, no…this kid is looked up to.  Where the aforementioned Bowling For Soup and old-schoolers Fountains Of Wayne failed me with their quirky, sorta gay style; Framing Hanley has a cool, sharp looking and “Skater Punk GQ” frontman who not only gets the job done, but delivers a line with such a solid punch he, at times, seems to summon the ghost of Saving Abel‘s Jarrod Weeks.  You feel like getting a little deep with your listening experience?  Dial up “Streetlights And Silhouettes” and let that one take you through the paces of Nixon’s solid-yet-comfortably-lazy vocal acrobatics!  The whole experience of listening to The Sum Of Who We Are is just that…an EXPERIENCE!  When’s the last time you had that from listening to an entire album?  Maybe Tool‘s Latterallus?  Yeah, what; ten fucking years ago?  Please!  This is an entire album full of great tunes that all cohesively weave into one story; your own personal story!  Look, this is one of those bands that I’m sure you know very little about, you’re gonna have to trust us on a leap of faith here; buy this album!  Not Metal in any way, but just a damn good Rock record!  Plain and simple.  Isn’t that what Rock-N-Roll is all about?

Hinder_Official PhotoJuly, 22,2013–According to the band’s Facebook page, Oklahoma City based rockers Hinder were involved in a minor tour bus accident last night, resulting in injuries to both crew and band members.  The extent of the injuries is not known, but they appear to be minor.  The band has been forced to cancel at least one date due to the accident.  The following was posted by the band:

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Earlier this month Hinder announced that they will be continuing with their tour, despite the absence of frontman Austin Winkler, who has entered his second stint in rehab, as a precaution because he “felt himself starting to slip”.  The band has tapped Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks to fill in for Winkler on most dates, with Marshal Dutton of Drankmore filling in the remainder of the dates.   Hinder is currently on the road in support of their latest effort “Welcome to the Freakshow”.  We at Away-Team.com wish not only the crew and band members involved in the accident a speedy recovery, but send our well wishes to Austin as he battles his illness.

Tantric-Hugo FerreiraCHICAGO, IL –  Louisville-based eclectic rock act Tantric have just signed a deal with Pavement Entertainment and will release their eagerly awaited fifth studio album entitled ’37 Channels’ in September 2013. It’s the band’s first work since  their 2009 release, ‘Mind Control’.

‘37 Channels’ maintains Tantric’s tradition of exploring new directions by integrating diverse influences such as old school country, southern and classic rock and Motown with the trademark Tantric sound. Frontman Hugo Ferreira’s unique soulful baritone vocals, ranging from angsty rasps to melodious melancholy are once again present, along with  the usual intricate guitar work and infectious riffs layered over complex textures.

Featured guests on the album include Shooter Jennings and members of Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Saving Abel and Uncle Kracker. The album title comes from what Ferreira describes as “What goes on in my brain constantly; 37 things or channels if you will, all at once vying for my attention”. Typically diverse, the track selection offers unexpected content that will surely impress, as well as something for loyal fans. This album also marks a change in Tantric‘s structure, establishing it as Ferreira‘s ongoing musical project and allowing more freedom for collaborations without deviating from the established Tantric sound.

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2012 – Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
Photos by Marcy J Royce

Mississippi rock band SAVING ABEL has signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music. The band will release its brand new record “Bringing Down The Giant” on July 17th, 2012.

I’m so excited and proud to announce that we have signed to eOne. Thanks to them the world will get a chance to hear this amazing collection of songs,” says frontman Jared Weeks. “Bringing Down The Giant” is the bands follow up release to “Miss America,” released in 2010. The band has been hard at work since then and want fans to know they are back. Weeks continues, “We have taken the last year to write and record the best songs of our career.

Backyard barbecues, front porch jams, old-fashioned family values and hard-partying rock n’ roll is the name of the game for SAVING ABEL. A cross between Charlie Daniels and Tool, their songs cause guys and gals alike to shake what their momma gave ‘em while pumping a fist in the air and serve as feel good anthems for American troops on military bases abroad.

Saving Abel combined meat and potatoes rock with their eponymous Gold-selling 2008 debut, which topped the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The record spawned the platinum single “Addicted” and the followup barn-burners, “Drowning (Face Down)” and the emotional “18 Days.” Their second album, “Miss America,” topped the Hard Rock chart and imprinted the hearts and minds of radio listeners with the title cut, “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)” and another Top 10 single, “The Sex is Good.”

After blazing their own path with two full lengths, six top ten singles with two of them reaching number one, SAVING ABEL is ready to break new ground with “Bringing Down The Giant.”

TOUR DATES
5/27 Loves Park, IL Rockford Speedway
6/2 Anthony, KS Muddy Water Music Festival
6/3 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s
6/5 Abilene, TX Lucky Mule Saloon
6/9 Dallas, TX South Side Music Hall
6/12 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse
6/22 Pensacola Beach, FL Capt’n Fun Beach Club
6/24 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
6/26 Winston Salem, NC Ziggy’s
6/27 Huntsville, AL Sammy T’s Music Hall
6/28 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
6/30 Dayton, OH McGuffy’s House of Rock
7/1 South Bend, IN The Bear’s Big Growl
7/6 Vienna, WV Fishbone Gill & Grill
7/7 Granville, NY Granville Forum
7/8 Hampton, NH Wally’s Pub
7/10 S. Burlington, VT Higher Ground
7/20 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
7/21 Peoria, IL Heart of Illinois Fair
7/28 Redwood Falls, MN Redwood County Fair


















It’s been two short years since America became “Addicted” to Saving Abel, now the boys from Corinth, Mississippi are back, and they’ve brought a friend. Meet “Miss America” the group’s follow-up to their self-titled Gold Record debut. The album lives up to it’s feminine moniker, in that, much like the women in my life, sometimes what I think they’re going to say and mean and what they actually say and mean, are two very different things. While “Miss America” gives us plenty of mental candy for our minds to chew on, I needed to go deeper and get inside of one of the minds behind “Miss America”Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett. Here’s how it all sounded when Scott and I spoke about everything from government, to ghosts, and believe it or not… galloping guitarists…

AWAY-TEAM: So the new album “Miss America” comes out on Tuesday (June 8th), congrats on that…

SCOTT BARTLETT: It’s very exciting man, I don’t think we know what we’re getting into, but either way we’re ready for it.

AWAY-TEAM: Ya know I’ve had the chance to hear it, I’m really digging it. In fact I was just listening to it today.

SCOTT BARTLETT: It’s eclectic, right?

AWAY-TEAM: Yeah man I love it.

SCOTT BARTLETT: I think it still sounds like us, but it sounds like a more grown-up version of us. I mean we just couldn’t be happier.

AWAY-TEAM: Yeah, I think you’ve got a hit on your hands here…So you guys have been touring alot, as you’re kind of known for, but you guys just played “Rocklahoma” this weekend, how was the reception there? I know “Rocklahoma” is traditionally more of an 80’s glam and metal festival, how did you find the reception there for a band such as yours?

SCOTT BARTLETT: It’s funny, we were kinda warned about that before we got there, so you can either cry about it and look for excuses, or you can just go out and rock extra hard. And I like to think that’s what we did because the crowd was actually very receptive. Ya know, everybody loves the classics, and everybody loves the 80’s, that’s an awesome era of music but, ya know, music does keep on evolving. So for any festival it’s good to… you know because they still had that element… I mean they still had Cinderella and ZZ Top, so basically they just expanded it because they’re trying to widen the demographic, so I’m completely supportive of that, and I think we rocked it. I think the crowd dug it.

AWAY-TEAM: I understand you guys have been playing a few of the new songs as well. What’s been the most well received of the new songs? Also, does that kind of showcasing play into what becomes the next single? Or how does that selection process go?

SCOTT BARTLETT: Well, there’s alot of different ways of looking at it. You have a lot of people to please. Ya know, how do you predict what song the fans are gonna like the most? Then you have radio, who is basically what made this band do what it did by spinning “Addicted” , and so ya know we kinda feel like we’d been bold with that one, and so we’re constantly trying to do it again. I don’t think there’s any particular process that works, it’s just thank God for us we have an album with 11 songs, and conceivably 11 singles. I mean, obviously we’re not gonna do that, but there’s something for everyone. When we play live, we just put our heart and soul into every one of the songs, and people always seem to dig it. But we have radio support right now for the single “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)”, so because of the familiarity with that song, that seems to get the best reaction.

AWAY-TEAM: When I’m really digging an album, I tend to get a song stuck in my head. After playing them night-after-night, does that ever happen to you with any of your own songs?

SCOTT BARTLETT: Ummm yeah, but then it just becomes uh, I mean you gotta think with some of these songs like “Addicted” we’ve been playing it for four years so… we’ve played it so many times, it’s like ,you know, it’ll get stuck in your head, but you kinda wanna forget about it…

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs)

SCOTT BARTLETT: You really don’t want to get sick of your own music, like when you play it night-after-night-after-night, I mean the only blessing is that your playing it to different crowds, so they’re still just as excited. So that element of excitement stays up, but no, I try my best not to let our own music get stuck in my head ‘cuz I think I’d go crazy. (laughs) That’s not to say it’s not catchy, ya know Saving Abel definitely has a catchy kind of sound to it, and I think we owe alot of that to our producer.

AWAY-TEAM: Yeah, Skidd Mills is a great producer. I was talking to Andy Brewer (Taddy Porter) about working with him a couple weeks ago. I’m gonna talk to you a little bit about that conversation later on too. But, let’s talk about some of the songs on the album. The first track “Tap Out”, it seems to be fairly obvious it was kinda written as an anthem for MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Were you guys specifically asked to write a song like this? Or was it more of a “Hey, this would be kinda cool..” and hopefully somebody in the MMA arena will pick it up?

SCOTT BARTLETT: I think it was just initially, we had the riffs, and then we were just thinking about it. I mean we all watch MMA, we’re definitely into it, we were just thinking about, ya know we don’t have any of those songs that are just angry. We started just throwing out words and just kinda thinking of a way to parlay that into a song, and umm, no, nobody asked us to do it. We’re not really one of those bands that would be asked to do that sort of thing, because we’ve got so much radio support. They usually look sort of “off the beaten path” , ya know, more hip, for lack of a better term. Saving Abel is kinda confusing like that, because we’ve commercialized ourself, which ya know is a great thing, but then when it comes to people that are looking for more obscure, heavy songs… we’re not that band. Which again, is a blessing and a detriment, but we gotta roll with what works best for us. We know how to write a kick ass rock song, I know that.

AWAY-TEAM: You talk about already having the riff for that song, I thought I detected a little bit of Iron Maiden in the opening of that. Is that correct? Are you guys Maiden fans?

SCOTT BARTLETT: Yeah, I used to cover “Run to the Hills”. I was in kinda like an All-Star session guy band in Memphis, we did some Maiden and some Kiss, it was more of a joke then anything, we called ourselves “The Circus Bears”. And whenever we did “Run to the Hills” we had five guitarists on stage, and when the riff started like “dun-di-di-di-di-di-di-di-di-di-di” we would all gallop…

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) That’s pretty cool.

SCOTT BARTLETT: But yeah, we definitely love some metal over here at Saving Abel.

AWAY-TEAM: You gotta rip that back out sometime. (laughs) I’d love to see you guys all galloping out on stage, even minus a couple guitars, it’d still be pretty cool.

SCOTT BARTLETT: Yeah, I’ve been trying to go as a Centaur for Halloween for the last few years… it’s just kind of expensive, and the costume’s kind of tough to figure out.

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) Now the uh, title track “Miss America”, that kinda completely threw me for a loop, it’s not at all what you expect it to be about. Nonetheless, it did make me feel proud to be an American. Tell our readers a little about the inspiration behind that.

SCOTT BARTLETT: Well the song itself is more-less a play on words, it’s not about “the pageant”, it’s about our soldiers that are overseas missing America. “I miss America, my Miss America”, the song itself actually chronicles three different perspectives of what it’s like being a soldier overseas… it’s like ya know, you can be a son who’s fighting and writing back to his father, you can be a husband writing back to your wife, or you can be a father writing back to your son. And it tries to look at it from all three of those vantage points, and either way, now that we’ve gone overseas and been there, we know what it’s like for each and every person… they all miss America. But they’re fighting the good fight for what we believe in as Americans, and ya know making it so that we have the freedom to play rock-n-roll music, so this album is for them.

AWAY-TEAM: Ya know, that’s something that I really found to be kick-ass, because alot of bands, um not so much any more, but in recent years have kind of been ya know, bashing the government and this and that but forgetting, you know, that we have troops over there risking their lives for us and it’s good to see someone like yourselves putting something out as kind of a “Thank You”. Ya know just to let ‘em know that they’re not forgotten, and give ‘em a little support… so that’s great to see.

SCOTT BARTLETT: Dude who cares if you’re a Republican or Democrat, I don’t even like to go there. Ya know it’s not really that relevant at the end of the day when you’re talking about it, because we’ve got Americans over there trying to stay alive for the sake of Democracy. So… it doesn’t matter who you vote for… just Support the Troops.

AWAY-TEAM: At the end of the day we’re all Americans.

SCOTT BARTLETT: Yup.

AWAY-TEAM: The first single, “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)”, is that kinda based on the same girl as “Addicted” and some of your other songs? I mean, what’s the story behind this chick…

SCOTT BARTLETT: It’s kind of a cool little twist too, um, we had just gotten back from The Grammy’s, we weren’t nominated or anything but, we were invited to go to the parties and everything and ya know we’re kind of a humble southern rock roots band from Mississippi, and ya know I live in Memphis… Hollywood and L.A. isn’t exactly our scene, it’s fun, but ya know alot of the people, ya know “climbing up the list”, ya know “social climbers” trying to be in the right place at the right time for probably all the wrong reasons. And we took that concept, which isn’t just prevalant in L.A., but because it’s like the hub of music, and star, and glitz and glamour…so we took that concept and we applied it to, ya know Jared (lead singer Jared Weeks) is a big fan of Marilyn Monroe, who was not a “Stupid Girl” by the way, and one of her most famous quotes was “A wise girl always kisses, before she’s kissed; leaves before she’s left; and forgets before she’s forgotten”. It’s basically about a girl that goes out there to make it in the industry, and it’s just basically warning her not to fall victim to the pitfalls of that industry.

AWAY-TEAM: Right. Okay, so back to the whole “Addicted” thing, I mean ya know that was the song that kind of broke you… maybe I’m wrong, but it seems like a lot of the songs may be about this same girl. It seems there was kind of a major love/hate relationship going on there…

SCOTT BARTLETT: Well, see the beauty of it is, ya know we all write alot about girls obviously, and I mean that’s one of the more prevalant concepts that you see in songwriting, and there’s always a love interest somewhere. We’ve all been through those relationships, and we all write lyrics, so it’s definitely not all about the same girl.

AWAY-TEAM: That’s the beauty of music, you can take what you want from it.

SCOTT BARTLETT: Exactly, and then ya know whoever listens to it can take from it, can take from it whatever they take from it. It doesn’t matter what the artist’s intention was, as long as whoever’s listening gets something cool out of it.

AWAY-TEAM: So, as I told you before, I was speaking with Andy Brewer (lead singer of Taddy Porter) recently… he told me a little story about you guys…

SCOTT BARTLETT: Uh-oh.

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) He couldn’t remember where it was, so I’m gonna give you a chance to fill me in on that, but he said that uh, you guys were supposed to stay in a hotel that was rumored to be haunted, and uh, he didn’t name any names but he said that you guys were a little too scared to stay there? You wanna give me your side of that story?

SCOTT BARTLETT: I don’t really remember that. We’ve stayed in our share of quote-unquote haunted hotels, but if you’re scared you can just get drunk and pass out in there, ya know.

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs)

SCOTT BARTLETT: Hopefully you wake up. (laughs) I honestly don’t remember that. I don’t know what he’s talking about, should I?

AWAY-TEAM: I don’t know. (laughs) I don’t know, like I said he didn’t go into details, he just said “I couldn’t remember where it was… but man those guys are superstitious, and they were afraid to stay in this hotel…”

SCOTT BARTLETT: Well there had been a couple of hotels, like you know there’s that one where Jeffrey Dahmer did his thing… but we’ve stayed there like four times, I mean…

AWAY-TEAM: Like you said, just get drunk and pass out.

SCOTT BARTLETT: (laughs) Yeah, I mean that’s all we do anyway. Why bother changing for a bunch of ghosts?

AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) Yeah, just give ‘em a beer… Well hey Scott, thanks for your time buddy. I don’t know if you got a chance to check out my review of your album, but the album is killer. I know it’ll do well.

SCOTT BARTLETT: Dude, I appreciate it. You know we’re all a little nervous, but excited, so ya know, especially from somebody that actually reviewed the album and knows what they’re talking about. That means alot. Thank you.

AWAY-TEAM: I mean, I’d only tell you the truth, and I’m really digging it and I think you’ve got something on your hands here.

SCOTT BARTLETT: (sighs in relief) Thank you…thank you so much…

AWAY-TEAM: No need to be nervous anymore…(laughs)

SCOTT BARTLETT: I’ll just go do what I do best man.

AWAY-TEAM: Get drunk and pass out? (laughs)

SCOTT BARTLETT: (laughs) Yeah, after the show. I like to think I rock first, then I get drunk and pass out after. (laughs)

AWAY-TEAM: Well hey bro, hopefully we’ll catch up again if you guys make it here to Florida. I don’t know if that’s on the agenda yet, I haven’t seen it but…

SCOTT BARTLETT: We’ll definitely be down there this summer. Stay up on the website for the latest info. http://www.savingabel.com/

AWAY-TEAM: I surely will. Thanks again, it’s been a pleasure.

SCOTT BARTLETT: Likewise. Later bro.

“Miss America” hits stores this Tuesday June 8th. Saving Abel is currently on tour with We Are the Fallen, American Bang, and Taddy Porter. For more tour info, as well as merchandise and music, visit http://www.savingabel.com/main.aspx

Thank you to Scott Bartlett for so graciously giving me his time, and a special thanks to Julie Lichtenstein and Steve Karas at SKH Music for making this all possible.

Saving Abel

Miss America

Virgin Records

Rating: 8 out of 10

Saving Abel first burst onto the scene in 2008, with the hit single “Addicted” off of their eponymous Gold Record debut. Now they return with their follow up effort, “Miss America”, and it appears lady liberty likes platinum. The band from Corinth, Mississippi appears to be traveling straight down the trail fellow Mississippi natives, Three Doors Down, have blazed for them, and frontman Jared Weeks and company come out swinging this time around.

The album starts off with the catchy “Tap Out”, an anthem destined to make it’s rounds with the gladiators of the octagon, and then quickly reminds us of who they are, with the all too familiar “It’s not who you know, but who you blow” tale “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)”. The status quo continues through the next couple of songs, including the catchy acoustic ballad “The Sex is Good”, which could easily be a sequel to the quintet’s most successful hit “Addicted”. Things start to pick back up with “Missippi Moonshine”, which is destined to become a fan favorite, it’s definitely one of mine.

The album’s climax, however, comes with the title track; when you first see the title “Miss America”, the brain tells us it’s just another story of “a man scorned by a woman whorin'”, Saving Abel had something much diferent in mind. Being the red-white-and blue blooded American that I am, I was struck with pride when I first heard “Miss America”, a patriotic number told through the letters of one of our hero soldiers. It was refreshing to see another band showing some sympathy and support for our troops, instead of the typical politically motivated war songs.

As if they didn’t already throw us a big enough “curve ball”, the guys really start to play with your mind in “I Need You”. Just when you think you’ve got their M.O. pegged, they hit you with lyrics like “I need you, like the Sun needs the Rain” (OK, does the Sun need the Rain for natural balance?, or is it similar to U2’s ‘like a fish needs a bicycle’?), and “Who needs who? Baby, I need you.” (Do you need me, to play your fucked up head games, or do I need you with all of your inadequacies because I can’t say no?). Once you’ve gathered your senses, Saving Abel throw you one more mind fuck with the liberating break-up hymn, “Hell of a Ride”. Are we truly rid of the soul-sucking nymph whose been fueling hit-after-hit since 2008? Only time will tell.

There is one thing, the present time can tell however, and that is this album comes highly recommended. In fact, the only thing keeping me from giving it a complete 10, is the “heard it all before” subject matter. But all-in-all Saving Abel has proved, there’s no sophomore slump here. “Miss America” hits shelves on Tuesday, June 8th.

[Originally Published 5/20/2010]

Upon first glance, Taddy Porter looks like just another young rock band ready to take on the world. While that may be true, there’s much more to this quartet from Oklahoma; I had gotten all of thirty seconds deep into Taddy Porter’s debut offering when I realized this. In fact, I found it quite fitting that the band whose moniker is that of the “World’s Original Beer”, is about to serve the world it’s own original musical brew. Recently, I had the chance to speak with Taddy’s front man, the aptly-named Andy Brewer, about their odyssey from college parties, to haunted hotels, to the creation of a new musical genre.

AWAY-TEAM: First off, Congratulations on your self-titled debut album which comes out on June 29th.

ANDY BREWER: Yeah. Thanks.

AWAY-TEAM: You guys formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma…

ANDY BREWER: Correct.

AWAY-TEAM: How did you all get together?

ANDY BREWER: Uh, well actually, I was attending Oklahoma State University at the time, and uh, I happened to walk into a party one night and I heard live drumming going on at this party. And I didn’t immediately walk into the room with the drums at first, but after a few drinks I gathered enough gumption to walk into the room. And uh, I had been like playing, ya know, and writing my own songs at the time, and so I just walked into this room and my drummer now pointed at me and he goes “Do you play?”, and I was like “Yes I do” and I picked up one of the guitars that had been laying around the room and started playing one of the songs that I had written. We like meshed together real well at first, went together real well, ever since then we’ve been a band ever since.

AWAY-TEAM: Awesome. So your guys’ name, I’m sure you get this a lot, but uh, the world’s first beer? Is that correct?

ANDY BREWER: That’s correct, yeah.

AWAY-TEAM: How’d you come up with that name?

ANDY BREWER: Well uh, we were looking for names, like trying to come up with cool names. None of them which went over very well, we came up with some horrible names like “Honey Drip” and umm “Red Giants” and “Scissortail” (laughing). Just many, many of these really bad names, but uh, me and Doug (drummer Doug Jones) were at a bar just kind of going over names, and I went up to the bar and looked at the import fridge and I was going through them by price, because I was broke, I’m pretty much still broke (laughs), but uh I saw one that was $8.50 a bottle and I was just blown away that one beer could cost $8.50. So I went from price, over to the name and it was Taddy Porter, and it sounded like somebody’s name to me, and how it came about was the brand name was Tadcaster and the nickname given to it was Taddy Porter. And uh, thinking about it, it was like you know how like Lynyrd Skynyrd sounds like someone’s name, and just thinking about these bands where it’s two names that sound like a first name and a last name. And it sounded kind of like a sophisticated beer, so I was like, what we played was like kind of like a southern jam, ya know, and I don’t know I just kinda felt like it had matched what we were playing. So that’s how it happened.

AWAY-TEAM: Right. After hearing the album, it’s funny you mention Lynyrd Skynyrd because I kind of get a little bit of that sound with you, but uh, I’ve heard it and I absolutely love it. It has a pretty unique sound for a young rock band in this day and age, which in my opinion kicks ass, but… is your sound more of a product of your musical influences, or not wanting to be just another cookie-cutter rock band?

ANDY BREWER: See, it’s a mixture of those. Because, ya know growing up we uh, I had been listening to my father’s rock n’ roll music and I loved it. I knew at an early age that I could mimic older rock singers like Paul Rodgers and Lynyrd Skynyrd and stuff like that. So when it came to making our own music, that just sort of came naturally. And ya know, I mean I love all the rock bands they’re all great, but I just didn’t want to be another one of those bands where they’re like “OK, well Taddy Porter, they sound like this band…” that’s like what’s on the radio right now. I didn’t want to be one of those bands, because then you know you get like lumped into a category and that’s as far as you go. So whenever it came to us making our sound, we felt it should be an eclectic mix of modern rock and classic rock. Some bands have started doing that like Wolfmother and The Black Keys seem to be like playing an older style of music, but they’re playing it right now with their own modern spin on it, and that’s kind of like what we want to do.

AWAY-TEAM: I’m glad you said that because you’ve enlightened me a little bit, because I’ve kinda had a hard time describing your music; other than just blues mixed in with good ole’ southern rock n’ roll. For our readers out there who aren’t familiar with your music, how would you describe your music?

ANDY BREWER: Umm, I can’t say hard rock, and I can’t say classic rock, we kinda came up with a little idea, we call it “Swagger Rock”. It’s kind of like a cool, like I didn’t want to call it “Jam Rock” or like “Guitar Rock” or something like that. So I would just say it’s kinda like a southern jam rock, yeah I don’t even know how to explain it really, but “Swagger Rock” is usually the term I use when people ask.

AWAY-TEAM: Well there you go, you just coined it here…“Swagger Rock” (laughs)

ANDY BREWER: (laughs)

AWAY-TEAM: How was it working with Skidd Mills, who also produced your former tour-mates Saving Abel, how’d that work out?

ANDY BREWER: He’s great man. He uh, we have the same manager as Saving Abel, and that’s how we got hooked up with Skidd. When ever we went in there we weren’t really familiar with working with a producer and things of that nature, it’s kind of funny because the first like co-write experience we went in and we wrote “Shake Me”, that was the first song, we were in there for eight hours and we wrote and tracked all of “Shake Me”, and it was weird to me that it could happen so fast, to write that type of song so fast. But uh, Skidd is great, he’s got a great ear, he knows what he’s doing, he’s been doing it for years, and uh, he’s just a great guy.

AWAY-TEAM: Now, that single, “Shake Me” has sort of become a staple around Citifield in New York. Tell me about that.

ANDY BREWER: Yeah, it’s uh, my father is a pitching coach in the Mets organization, and like every summer when I was growing up, I would go out where my dad was and work at the stadium, just to spend a little time with my dad. It was 2006, I think, and I went down there and I got to meet Mike Pelfrey and he was making his way up through the minor league system, and I got to know him, he got to know me, and so with the big league guys pretty much everyone’s got intro music…

AWAY-TEAM: Right.

ANDY BREWER: …and as he was going to pick his, he was hanging around my dad, and Mike Pelfrey was trying to figure things out, and John Maine, who’s another starting pitcher for the Mets said “Well how ’bout you use Brew’s son’s music”, Brew’s what they call my dad ‘cuz his last name’s Brewer. So he listened to it and was like “Yeah, man. I want that song”, so he picked “Shake Me”. It’s crazy to think that whenever he goes out to pitch or hit, “Shake Me” gets played all throughout Citifield. I haven’t had the chance to make it out yet to hear that, but I mean, it sounds so huge in those giant baseball stadiums. I gotta make it to a game sometime when he’s pitching to hear that, it’ll probably give me goosebumps, being the singer and what-not.

AWAY-TEAM: Hell of an audience to have that played for. (laughs)

ANDY BREWER: That’s for sure!

AWAY-TEAM: You guys have got a few big shows coming up, I see you’re playing “Rock on the Range”, with alot of other great bands. Who do you most look forward to sharing the bill with there?

ANDY BREWER: Uh, man I can’t uh, Limp Bizkit probably. I just wanna see that guy play, it’s been such a while since they’ve been touring and I just want to see the production. I heard they would breakdance on stage, and I think that would just be a sight to see. But uh, Chevelle, I’d like to see Chevelle, I think they’re playing it, and the Deftones, I’ve seen them a couple times and they’ve always been amazing live. But all the bands are great.

AWAY-TEAM: You also were on the “Class of ’09” tour with Saving Abel, Red, and Pop Evil. Any good stories from the road there?

ANDY BREWER: Man, we had a lot of good times, we had a chance to be on the road with them during Thanksgiving, and we were at, I wanna say it was, shit I don’t remember, but the hotel was supposed to be haunted and so it was funny because some of the guys in Saving Abel are superstitious, so they were like “I can’t stay here” (laughs) because they freaked out about it and I was like “C’mon guys, nothing’s gonna happen to you” But, we got to know Saving Abel and Red pretty well, and us being the opening band, they were very welcoming to us. We partied, we learned, we learned how to be professional, and how to work because ya know they had like tour managers and everything and they have a set schedule and if you’re not on that schedule you’re gonna get bitched at. So we learned that when your on a schedule, you have to be prompt, you can’t just go wander off and do whatever, you have to be ready for what’s going on. So we learned how to be professional, and it was very easy for us to have a great time because they’re all just great guys.

AWAY-TEAM: A couple of the songs on your album, weren’t originally on there. How did the addition of those come about?

ANDY BREWER: When ever we started to put together everything, we went to Nashville and we were doing some co-writes, and we were also writing more and more of our own songs. And as the time came about we started writing more with Skidd and some of these writers, and alot of the songs we did with the co-writers we didn’t even use, but some of them we did add to the album.

AWAY-TEAM: Well I’ll tell you what Andy, you guys put together a hell of an album, and I wish you the best of luck, thank you for your time; I know it’s only a matter of time before you guys are household names.

ANDY BREWER: I hope so! (laughs)

AWAY-TEAM: Keep at it man, best of luck to you, and I look forward to seeing you come to Florida sometime in the near future.

ANDY BREWER: Hell yeah, man, I’m looking forward to it too. The south is always the best.

AWAY-TEAM: Right on, man. Well hey, next time your in town, I hope to meet you and talk some more.

ANDY BREWER: Yeah man, I got your phone number I’ll give you a call.

AWAY-TEAM: Sounds good. Thanks bro. Take it easy.

ANDY BREWER: Take it easy. Bye.

Be sure to pick up Taddy Porter’s self-titled debut album, when it hits shelves June 29th (you may have to look in the new “Swagger Rock” section). This album is very highly recommended. For more info on tour dates and where to pick up the album head over to http://www.myspace.com/taddyportermusic

Special thanks to Andy Brewer for so graciously giving me his time, and to Julie Lichtenstein at SKH Music for making it all happen.