With Memorial Day Weekend almost here and the lack of shows during the holiday weekend. The Danny Says! zine is coming out a week early in select venues. You can find it this weekend at: Vintage Vinyl- Fords, NJ 5/21 Dock Street- Staten Island, NY 5/22 The Saint- Asbury Park, NJ 5/23 The Saint- Asbury Park, NJ 5/23 Station 36- Waretown, NJ
In addition the special edition May issue will still be available at: 5/21 Marlboro Rec Center- Marlboro, NJ 5/22 Hasbrouck Heights VFW- Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 5/23 The Trocadero Theatre- Philadelphia, PA
As if Philadelphia's live music clubs staying in business wasn't a problem enough, now if Bill No.100267 is ratified then Philadelphia's music scene is in even greater danger! The new bill would require all promoters to apply for a permit from the Philadelphia Police a minimum of 30 days before any event is to take place. Besides the massive amounts of paperwork and redtape proposed for doing a single show, the police can deny the event from happening as little as 11 days before the show. The bill will also hold the promoter liable for the crowd's behavior at a show. (So if a fight breaks out, it's the promoter's fault?).
The Garden State's own Pop-punk band Crash Romeo and pop-pop band For The Foxes have been added to the lineup for the indoor festival Get Heard Fest along with NY's Mourning District which features three ex-members of the Ataris. Get Heard Fest is happening June 12th in Marlboro, NJ. The 40+ lineup includes The Morning Of, Thieves & Villains, Young & Divine, Ian Walsh, Set In Color, The Waffle Stompers, Calamity Menagerie, Solfege Radio, Statelman, and way more bands than I care to type!
Today would have been the 59th birthday of Ramones' front man Joey Ramone. Tonight at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza is the 10th Annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash featuring HR of Bad Brains, Jesse Malin, Matt Pinfield, and more paying tribute to the Punk icon. "Danny Says" takes its name from the Ramones song of the same title and wishes to thank Joey for the legacy that he helped create!
Long Island is home to many well-known names in music, such as Pat Benetar and Billy Joel. Emerging from the ever-growing music scene, Set In Color, a power-pop quartet, is intent on joining the ranks of the famous Long-Islanders. Set In Color, comprised of Trey Ewald (lead vocals/guitar), Anthony Purpura (guitar/vocals), Chris “Topher” Mayer (bass), and Chris Capuano (Drums), is known for being a musically-diverse group. So what inspired the members of Set In Color to come together? “My uncle plays music and it was constantly around me when I was younger, so as soon as I found people with a similar love for music I knew I wanted to start a band,” says lead singer Trey Ewald. Practicing almost everyday, these guys are no strangers to hard work. All that hard work paid off, scoring Set In Color gigs like the home date of Warped Tour ’09, Bamboozle ’06, and even Six Flags! They are also competing in the 14th Annual Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands (so don’t forget to go to battleofthebands.com/setincolor to vote for Set In Color to play at Warped Tour!) When asked what their career choices would be if not a musician, most of the band said they would stay within the music business, either in the studio or on the road. However, Anthony Purpura (guitar) claimed that if he were not a musician, he would be “A history teacher.” But don’t be expecting Set In Color to throw in the towel anytime soon! They expect to be back in the studio by summer, working on a follow-up for their self-titled debut. After building a dedicated fanbase, the guys are anxious to get back onto the road. While on tour, fans can expect to see Set In Color showing off their brand loyalty. “I like to use Fender bass guitars, an Ampeg cabinet and an Orange bass head,” says Topher (bass). Set In Color also gave a shout-out to Gibson, as well as thanking their sponsors (SJC and Zildjian, Vic Firth and DW, D'Addario, Planet Waves, Evans, and Orange). Set In Color are playing June 12th at Get Heard Fest in Marlboro, NJ. For more information on Set In Color, go to setincolor.com or myspace.com/setincolor Their self-titled debut is available online now.
Ian Walsh, a singer/songwriter from New England, has proven that a sophomore album can be just as amazing as the first. 2008's notable, *Please Remember EP,* struck a chord with many listeners, debuting Ian Walsh as a rising star. Following the debut was 2009's "Seeing Stars" EP, which was released on September 25th.
Taking a leave of absence from Berkley College of Music, Ian Walsh is focused solely on his career and making a connection with his fans. His music is known for having a powerful sense of raw emotion. When asked where he gets the creativity and energy to turn that emotion into such a collective group of songs, the singer says, "For my last two records, Seeing Stars and Please Remember, it has been a very natural process. I would sit at the piano or sit down with a guitar and I could translate anything I was feeling easily through music. These records were a great outlet during everyday life. But on the contrary to the music, I'm a very happy guy!"
Of his songwriting process, Ian claims, "Every song happens a different way for me. I could spend weeks reworking a tune and putting a lot of thought into it, or I could simply hear a song playing in my head while driving my car. For each song there is a very different way it came to be. I start most of my ballads by banging away on the piano and most of the rock tunes are written on a loud guitar or the drums. But I'm always looking for a new instrument and a new way to start writing songs."
When looking for a new instrument, Ian is loyal to the Fender brand. "I love Fender guitars and 65 amps. This may be a plug, but it's very true. Hauling instruments around from place to place, meeting fan after fan, and sitting through long drives is part of an ordinary working-day for a musician, but how does a musician balance their home-life and their career? This is the hardest part of being a musician. Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to have more than the life of a musician. Every day you spend doing other things can hurt you and harsh schedules find any way they can to ruin any life you have outside of your music life. You have to be born to do this."
Focusing on making connections with his fans, Ian Walsh has seen his fair share of crazy tour moments and fan-encounters. "Every memory on tour seems like a crazy one, but the memory that comes to mind right now was a very drunken night in the parking lot of a venue in Kentucky. The whole tour package was partying and we somehow accidentally broke multiple windows and left a huge ruckus. Other things happened, but I'm not at liberty to discuss," he laughs. Ian is also keeping his lips sealed about crazy fan-encounters, saying he "won't call anyone out!"
Of his family, Ian Walsh claims they are quite musical, "Most of the music I make is with the assistance of my Dad, who could crush me on the guitar any day of the week."
When listening to Seeing Stars, Ian Walsh wants listeners, both long-time fans and first-time listeners, to come away realizing, "It was purposely made different from the rest. Most bands today just play the same song over and over again. I want people to take in a good vibe and realize that different is good (and that is NOT in any stretch of the imagination "pop-punk")."
Ian Walsh is playing June 12th at Get Heard Fest in Marlboro, NJ. For more information on Ian Walsh, go to myspace.com/ianwalsh or ian-walsh.com His second EP, "Seeing Stars", is available now, along with a deluxe edition of "Please Remember".