Like a Storm

Meet Like a Storm

Known as one of the hardest working bands out there, Like A Storm fought hard to be heard. The New Zealand brothers came to the United States knowing no one, and built a diehard and devoted fan-base by tirelessly touring to promote their debut album, The End of The Beginning with top acts such as Alter Bridge, Shinedown & Creed. In the midst of that whirlwind, the road served as the foundation for their forthcoming sophomore set, and first album for Another Century Records, Awaken The Fire.

 

While supporting Creed on a summer 2012 run, the band— Chris Brooks [lead vocals, guitar, didgeridoo, keys/programming], Matt Brooks [vocals, lead guitar, keys/programming], and Kent Brooks [bass, vocals, keys/programming]—would immediately retreat to either their dressing room or hotel after each show and begin recording new music until daybreak. This intense work ethic fostered a fertile creative spell for the boys.

“We were growing as a band and getting inspired by life on the road,” Chris explains. “We never stopped writing as we were touring. Our fans were hungry for new music, and we were hungry to put something out. We didn’t want to sit around and wait to see which label came knocking at our door. So, we decided to make the album ourselves, produce it, tour it, and preserve this awesome connection we’re lucky to have with our fans. We made a mobile studio rig and brought it everywhere.”

Cut on the road, their new hit single “Love The Way You Hate Me” began to make waves on its own. Midwest radio station “The Banana” in Flint, MI started spinning it, and it eventually spent four consecutive weeks at #1, owning the station’s “cage match”. Organically, other stations picked up the track, such as KIBZ in Lincoln, adding it to regular rotation. Soon, Sirius XM’s rock station, Octane caught wind of it as well, and it seized #1 on their nationwide Big ‘Uns countdown for five weeks. The single eventually went Top 30 on the US active rock charts, a major achievement for a completely independent band, and making them the first New Zealand group to ever do so.

 

It’s no surprise though. “Love The Way You Hate Me” slides from a gnashing guitar and entrancing electronic flourishes into a genuinely unshakable refrain. As the musical madness subsides, it breaks into a warped and wild didgeridoo breakdown, heralding the band’s proper arrival.

“The lyrics are important,” Chris goes on. “It’s funny when we walk through a truck stop or pull over at a diner for some food because everybody turns their heads and looks at us. We were in some tiny town, and someone muttered, ‘Freaks’, as we were walking past them. It really stuck with us. It’s such a great thing to be different and have the freedom to live the life you want to live, rather than conforming to everyone’s idea of who you should be. The song’s about being true to yourself.”

 

As “Love The Way You Hate Me” exploded at airwaves, Century Media reached out and signed the group in 2014. They immediately jumped back into recording, converting a remote lake house in Michigan into a recording studio and self-producing Awaken The Fire. As a result of this approach, Like A Storm fully realized their sound.

 

“We’re making the music we want to make,” the singer exclaims. “There are no rules when we’re writing, except the three of us have to love whatever we’re doing. We push it creatively. We love to see how far we can take things. That’s the sound of Like A Storm.”

 

 

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Everybody PANIC!

                              Everybody PANIC! everybody

Members:

TY – Vocals
PROVO – Guitars
GOG – Bass
RYAN – Drums

What a great turn of events for the band Everybody Panic. These Raven Skies were unable to make it to Oklahoma City for their spot at Uproar/Kattfest and Everybody Panic was there to claim the slot. Many fans had never seen this awesome local band that has been breaking the mold of what is expected at a Rock show. Singer Ty was  enticing all of the fans gathering in front of the main stage staking their ground, to get closer and come join the party on the side stage.

Everybody Panic consists of the members  of some Oklahoma’s biggest bands including Skinlab and Lure as well as Whitefall.  

Everybody Panic puts on one hell of a show I’ve been able to catch a few of their shows here locally and they were definitely playing their A game as everyone at the Zoo Amp migrated to the side stage where the energy was becoming electric.

It was great to see the camaraderie  between local bands when Frank Knoles from the band Dark Ascent was invited to join them on stage and help perform a song with them.  Dark Ascent was the local winners of the battle of the bands to perform at the OKC Uproar/Kattfest.

Check more out more of Everybody PANIC!  And download their music!

http://www.reverbnation.com/EVERYBODYPANIC

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Dark Ascent Uproar Battle of the Bands winners!

Uproar/Kattfest Local Winners Dark Ascent

Dark Ascent

BleachBANGS Radio would like to congratulate our local Oklahoma City Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival Winners Dark Ascent! 

Clif Easterday – Drums/Backing Vocals
Frank Knoles – Vocals
Chase Everett – Bass
Jordan Barbour – Guitar/Backing Vocals

 Dark AscentHave been making a real statement in the Oklahoma City area and this win could be the springboard needed to propel them to the next level.
The Uproar Battle of the Bands consists of fans voting on what bands they want to open Uproar in their local area, With the top winner given the opportunity to join the entire Festival full time next year and prizes worth over $15,000 That’s a huge deal, touring with National acts from state to state.
So let’s VOTE Dark Ascent Grand Champion and let them show us what they are made of!

Here is the link to vote for our hometown Boys and BleachBANGS alumni. 

http://uproar.battleofthebands.com/u/Dark_Ascent666

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

 

The 2014 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival kicked off Friday, August 15 at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Michigan and is receiving positive feedback from the bands and media.

The fifth annual Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival tours the U.S. from August 15 through September 21. The festival’s powerful lineup includes multiplatinum mainstage bands Godsmack and Seether, along with SkilletBuckcherryPop EvilEscape The Fate3 Years HollowWithin ReasonNew Medicine, 2013 UPROAR Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner Sons of Revelry,These Raven Skies, and Tattered.

Here’s what some of the UPROAR bands are saying about their experience during the first week of the tour:

“Having played the UPROAR Festival previously, we had high expectations. After three shows, it has been just what we expected: kick ass bands, no attitudes backstage, great food, great parties, and a general feeling that the fans are getting the best bang for their buck by every band laying it all out on the stage every night! #rockisnotdead #1000hp”

Shannon LarkinGodsmack

“UPROAR is the perfect forum for Buckcherry’s live music all day and night, up close interaction with our fans, and constant mayhem that only Rockstar Energy can produce. Come out, rock out, pick up the F*CK EP, and we will host the party!”

Josh ToddBuckcherry

“It’s the most bad-ass tour of the summer. Every band is bringing something unique—it makes for a great day of music.”

Keith NelsonBuckcherry

“Imagine waking up Christmas morning and getting every single present you dreamed for and more. This is what UPROAR has been for us so far. The crew, the crowd, and the music has just been epic. It’s been a life changing first few dates and we are stoked to keep the train rolling into this revolution!”

Toby BlackSons Of Revelry

Check out some video clips from the first week of the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival here: http://youtu.be/R2kb6GjA7II.

Here’s what renowned music journalist Gary Graff of the Oakland Press had to say about the festival’s opening day: “A full day of music on Friday, Aug. 15 at the DTE Energy Theatre came down to one simple thing — how good Godsmack was at the end of theRockstar Energy UPROAR Festival tour’s opening date…The return and the presence of new music clearly energized the group and powered a 14-song, 90-minute show that put a satisfying cap on UPROAR‘s eight-and-a-half hours of heavy rock on a sunny and unseasonably mild summer day [August 16, 2014].”

In conjunction with their performances on this year’s Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival, 2013 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bandswinner Sons Of Revelry are offering a free digital download of their new Fractal EP through the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands website (http://uproar.battleofthebands.com/sonsofrevelry).

The deluxe digital edition of the Fractal EP is available through iTunes (http://bit.ly/FractalEP) and the physical deluxe EP can be purchased at the band’s merch booth at 2014 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival shows. As part of their 2013 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands grand prize package, Brantford, Ontario’s Sons Of Revelry recorded the Fractal EP in Los Angeles with renowned producer Jay Baumgardner (Sevendust, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Godsmack). Visit www.sonsofrevelry.com for more information.

At each Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival show, the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner plays live on the Festival Stage and is then entered in the Grand Prize competition, with the chance to win prizes valued at over $15,000 and a coveted spot on the 2015 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival.

The local 2014 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winners so far are as follows:

     
August 15 Detroit, MI The Oath Lies Here
August 16 Peru, IL Aterra Tale
August 17 Cincinnati, OH Beside These Walls
August 19 Pittsburgh, PA Recollections
August 20 Uncasville, CT Twin Berlin
August 22 Syracuse, NY Blame Anchor
August 23 Mount Pocono, PA Moxie & Rebel
August 24 Noblesville, IN Soulsik
August 26 Camden, NJ Rewind The Crisis

       Sept 7th                                Oklahoma City                                               Dark Ascent

Tickets and details for each Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival show are available now at www.RockstarUPROAR.com.

The UPROAR festival area features a variety of activities, information booths and vendors throughout the afternoon and evening. Concertgoers arriving early will also have the chance to meet some of their favorite bands daily at the Rockstar Energy Drink Compound, and COLDCOCK Herbal Whiskey will host other autograph signings. For band performance and signing times, visit www.RockstarUPROAR.com.

The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Blackstream Records, Ernie Ball Guitar Strings, Yamaha Motorcycles, COLDCOCK Herbal Whiskey, Rockford Fosgate, MATADOR Beef Jerky, Fxck Cancer, Pura Vida Tequila, and UNKNOWN Industries.

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Purge

Well, 20 minutes into the “Oklahoma Purge” and nobody has come by to visit yet. Not sure if I should be offended or not.

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Still A work in Progress

Thanks Everyone checking us out so far!  This site is still a work in progress, lots of things are not added yet but soon will be.  We look forward to having lots of great concert footage as well as entertaining interviews in the very near future.  We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.  And we hope to be your one stop for great footage and festival consumption.

Thanks a Million,

Randy Norris

BleachBANGS Radio

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Mushroomhead Mayhem 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgoRlqsKg_8

I have never been blessed with the opportunity To see a Musroomhead show (I know, where have I been?) They have played Oklahoma City numerous times in recent history But as often is the case, life has other things it thinks I need to be doing… Usually work.
But I am so glad I was able to catch this awesome stage performance as well as get to sit and talk with J Mann for an interview afterwards. I was joined by my wife, Zain, and Levi of Anti-Mortem (huge fans themselves) And of course My daughter Rebecca did an excellent job with the questions and research in anticipation for this interview.
I have formed a new respect for this band in the way they treat their fans and how open and approachable they are. Not to mention the stage show, WOW! Crowd surfing on an inflatable Shamu, water drums, and non-stop action on stage, keeping you pumped up from start to finish. I will say, I will never miss another Mushroomhead show when they come to town that’s for sure.
Thanks to J Mann, Everyone Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, and everyone at Adrenaline PR for such an outstanding Festival<span id=”59a9fc15-ac67-4f96-9f08-24c84b6b3d9f” class=”GINGER_SOFTWARE_mark”> .</span>
Randy Norris
BleachBANGS Radio

Check out all of the Photos here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christy-Norris-Photography/1448542488744548

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Kill Devil Hill Rocklahoma

 

 

This is our interview with Dewey Bragg, and Mark Zavon from Kill Devil Hill.  Thanks a Million Guys.

What an honor it was to sit down and talk with Kill Devil Hill at Rocklahoma in May.  I have never been able to catch these guys before now, and  I am hooked!  Straight up metal to the face along with melodic hooks to keep you singing their songs under your breath for hours after.

Kill Devil Hill Headlined the Hard Rock Stage  Saturday night and was by far the best band I was able to catch all weekend.  I rarely left the media tent but after being treated so well during the interview there was no way I was missing their set.

We had mentioned to them what a party Rocklahoma can really be. We recently heard from friends who run Camp Jager, an after party stage area in the campgrounds for the ones who don’t wanna go to bed yet, and we were told that Mark and Dewey headed out to party with the fans.

It was great to see Dewey on stage with Black Label Society and Down as well. Its always amazing to meet and interview humble people who love to support music like we do!

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REX BROWN – bass
MARK ZAVON – guitar
DEWEY BRAGG – vocals
JOHNNY KELLY – drums

 

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Mike Tramp Salina Kansas

It’s Not the normal “Rock Star” protocol, you would expect when Mike Tramp prepares to set out on his U.S. tour. Mike has far evolved from the pretty hair, tight jeans, and smile pretty for the camera days that sent him skyrocketing to the top of the rock scene with White Lion in the 80’s.
Today, Mike rents a car, loads a suitcase of CD’s and T-shirts, throws in his acoustic  guitar and he’s off. And that’s just how he wants it, no pretending he is still who he was years ago, and no one to answer to or ask if they need a potty break while trekking from show to show consisting of primarily smaller suburban towns.
After talking with Mike for only a minute you realize how intellectual and strong willed he really is, he will not give an inch if he doesn’t believe in it wholeheartedly.
Mike wears his scars from the music industry proudly because he has learned and adapted from every tough blow he has received.
There will be no pretty boy diva coming to entertain you with his full-on one man acoustic show comprised of a great mix of all time favorite White Lion “hits” as well as his latest release, “Cobblestone Street”.  So Full of emotion you won’t know if you should scream out loud or just say Amen, brother at the end of every song.  Mikes lyrics have always contained a solid storyline, but,  Cobblestone Street pushes his songwriting ability to go straight to the heart and make you feel what he is feeling with every verse.
Mike pulled up at the front of the club pulled out his guitar, and Merch. And walked right in the front door.  Once you see him in this awesome and intimate setting, you will just “Get” it. And you’ll be glad you were invited to spend a once in a lifetime evening of great music from a great guy. I know I am.
Randy Norris
BleachBANGS Radio

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Candlelight Red

Ryan 547821_4990350955710_576936393_n Brian Brian in action Jeremy on Bus Ryan rYAN PLAYING US NEW SONGS

 

Ryan pumping crowd When I Found out one of the hardest working bands out touring in my opinion was coming to Oklahoma city I was so excited to see what they have been up to since we last talked to them in K.C. on the Uproar tour.  So thanks to Rizzo CLR tour manager for setting up another chance to check in with Candlelight Red.

We were Lucky enough to catch up and talk with Jeremy (guitarist) And Ryan (vocals) at the Oklahoma City Show to help us fill in the gaps of what’s been happening in the Candlelight Red camp.

After the Rockstar Energy Festival CLR jumped straight into a tour of the NE with Chris Jericho, and Rich Ward’s Band FOZZY. Directly followed by heading into the studio to record 9 new songs with Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose.  The album is scheduled for release in about 6 weeks and will include all of the songs off of the Demons EP.  The amazing part of this album is not only the music itself, but the time it took to record, 2 weeks start to finish which to me is unbelievable considering they have been perpetually on tour.  Some of the songs were actually written the same day that they were recorded (over morning coffee heading to the studio)!  Just goes to show what talented musicians these guys truly are.  There music is riveting and intense,  but combined with the high energy, in your face, crowd centered live performance it’s like a shotgun blast with both barrels to the face.

After Recording the album Candlelight Red headed out with NonPoint, then joined Sevendust/Lacuna Coil/Coal Chamber.

Candlelight Red never fails to amaze and just keep getting better every time around.  If they are within a 200 mile trip do yourself a favor and catch these guys!

Don’t forget to pick up The wreckage: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-wreckage/id466044783 Demons EP:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/demons-4-song-ep/id549614993

And mark your calendar and stay glued to http://www.candlelightred.com/band/ for information on the release of the new album!

Randy Norris

BleachBANGS Radio

 

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Sonny Sandoval

Sonny Sandoval, Lead singer of the band P.O.D. Humbled me from the second he came to meet us outside the bus.  With a great big smile he welcomed me and my wife and our photographer Ben. It was 1:40 and our interview was scheduled at 1:00 not because he was late but because WE were late.  The gates opened late and we were unable to get in on time.  He was concerned that he had missed us and was waiting for us at the scheduled time.
Sonny is the real deal, a true devoted husband, father, and a man of  faith that knows what he believes and who he is as person.  And neither the music business or the world is going to tell him what to believe and what comes first in his life.
No amount of preparing on my part for this interview would have helped me, he was just so not what I was expecting.
Like when I asked Sonny when was it that you  realized you wanted to be a Rockstar?
Rockstar? I’ve never asked for this and I don’t see myself that way, my Family is 1st my kids travel with me.  True to what he was saying his kids were riding scooters around us as they smiled at Dad doing his job.
P.O.D. Headlined the Rockstar stage that day and I saw them all in a different way. They have never hidden their beliefs but they showed me that they LIVE it too.
Check out P.O.D. new album Murdered Love and their video Lost in Forever

 

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