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Halestorm w/ Adalene & The Nearly Deads

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Halestorm w/ Adalene & The Nearly Deads

Adalene, The Nearly Deads

Sun, January 27, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Marathon Music Works

Nashville, TN

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Halestorm
Halestorm
After scoring two top 10 singles ("I Get Off" and "It's Not You") from their self-titled debut and touring steadily for two years with acts as diverse as Shinedown, Stone Sour, Disturbed, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Godsmack and countless others, Pennsylvania quartet Halestorm are back with their second full-length, The Strange Case of…. Musically diverse and emotionally revealing, the album resonates with a newfound poignancy that takes Halestorm to a new level of creative achievement.

"I was extremely proud of Halestorm when we released it, and I still love it, but I think I was using mostly one musical technique throughout," explains frontwoman Lzzy Hale. "We were on 'ten,' and we blew through the songs in a safe way – or as safe as something that goes, 'I get off on you getting off on me' can be. This new record demonstrates more depth and heart. It's a lot more expressive and really lets down the barriers."

Halestorm started writing for the new record while they were on the road in 2010. Then when the band finished the Uproar Tour in May 2011, they entered the studio with producer Howard Benson (3 Doors Down, Seether, Three Days Grace) and tracked one of the heaviest songs of their career, "Love Bites (So Do I)."

"At that time, I decided, 'I'm going to scream my head off and make really gritty songs,'" Hale says. "When we finished 'Love Bites,' the engineer at Howard's studio, Bay Seven, said, 'I'm pretty sure that's the fastest song we've ever done here.'"

Excited by the escalated tempos and raw energy, Hale returned to writing mode and bashed out more anthemic rockers filled with uncompromising rhythms, soaring vocals and searing leads. Then one night at 4 a.m., after enduring a personal setback, she wrote a bare, vulnerable sounding song and recorded it on her cell phone. Flooded by emotion and maybe a glass of wine too many, she immediately emailed the unpolished song to Benson and the band's A&R man.

"The next morning I regretted having sent it because I didn't hear back from them," she says. "And then a day later they got back to me and went, 'Oh, my God, we didn't know you had this in you. Please write more songs like that.'"

Encouraged by the support and inspired by the urge to purge, Hale wrote more intimate numbers, including the sensitive piano ballad "Break In," the sparse and melancholy "In Your Room" and the mid-paced ode "Beautiful With You." She and her band mates also crafted heavier numbers, including "I Miss The Misery," with its start-stop chorus rhythm and confrontational lyrics and "Rock Show," which blazes with euphoric vocals and motivational riffs. That was when Halestorm realized the new collection of songs was somewhat schizophrenic. At first Hale was unsettled by the polarization, then she penned the song "Mz. Hyde" specifically about the two disparate sides of her personality and the album immediately swam into focus.

"When they heard that, the guys went, 'Oh my God, you are Mz. Hyde!'" Hale says. "So suddenly this predicament with having this record that had a split personality was about having a split personality. Sometimes I need a shoulder to cry on, sometimes I need to wear a pair of jeans instead of fishnets. But I also like being powerful and being a leader and yelling, 'Hello, Cleveland.'"

Halestorm recorded The Strange Case of… in three sessions with Benson. By the time they entered the studio for the last time, they had written 56 songs, which they narrowed down to the 17 they tracked. The first single "Love Bites (So Do I)" is a storming rocker that illustrates Hale's individuality, sense of humor, and willingness to represent young women in today's fast-paced society.

"I was talking to this little girl over Twitter who was going through her first breakup, and she was asking me for advice," recalls Hale, who regularly interacts with her fans online. "She typed 'Love Bites,' and I replied, 'Well, so do you, darling. You can still bite back.' It was meant to be an empowering song for people when love goes down the tubes, and I think it's a very realistic way of looking at relationships. Nobody talks about all the crap you have to do to keep something alive or just deal with your boyfriend or girlfriend. They always talk about falling in love or having your heart broken. So this is a way of saying, yes, everything can end, but it's rejuvenating to stand up and go, 'This sucks right now, but it's not going to take me down with it.'"

Other tracks, such as "You Call Me a Bitch Like it's a Bad Thing" and "Freak Like Me" turn epithets into proud slogans, while "Daughters of Darkness" is an admission that women, like men, have their dark side. "Even with the sweetest woman in the world, you click a switch somewhere, and she's a little bit crazy or she has her secrets," Hale says. "And a lot of times you see these girls let all that stuff out at our concerts, which is really gratifying."

One of the most meaningful songs on The Strange Case Of… to Halestorm is "Here's To Us," a declarative mission statement which starts with a delicate arpeggio and builds to a rousing pop/rock refrain. As much as it represents the band, "Here's to Us" was actually an afterthought. "It came together after we already thought the album was complete," Hale says. "It's our 'bottom of the ninth, bases are loaded… home run!' The song is about celebrating the ups and downs of your journey as you go along because even the bad times can be reasons to crack open the champagne."

One reason Halestorm has developed the ability to sound completely self-assured and cohesive whether they're tearing down the rafters or gently massaging a bruised psyche is because they've had plenty of time to hone their craft and celebrate their exceptional chemistry. Hale and her brother and drummer Arejay started the group more than a decade ago when she was 13 and he was just 10. From the very beginning they were in it to win it even though they paid their dues along the way. Back in the day, the members lost a talent show to a tap-dancing cowgirl, played Friendly's for free ice cream, piled the stage with homemade explosives that sometimes went off right in front of their faces, and even played at a funeral.

Halestorm's determination paid off. Before long, they were playing local bars even though they were underage. They secured guitarist Joe Hottinger in 2003 and bassist Josh Smith in 2004, and in 2005, Halestorm signed a deal with Atlantic Records and released the live EP One and Done, which included an early version of fan favorite "It's Not You." The band continued to write, tour and record and in 2009 released their self-titled full-length album. Inspired by Halestorm's exuberance and spirit, the band's loyal legions rapidly grew. They became favorites at rock radio, highlights of music festivals and friends of the multitudes of groups they opened for or headlined with. Halestorm went on to sell more than 300,000 copies.

Backing their monster riffs and euphoric choruses with pure rock and roll attitude, Halestorm followed up their eponymous release with the covers EP ReAniMate. In addition to including aggressive fist-pounders by Skid Row, Guns N' Roses and Temple of the Dog, Halestorm demonstrated their sonic scope with versions of tracks by The Beatles and Lady Gaga. The boundary-stretching was just a prelude to the muscle and sensitivity of The Strange Case Of…

"We've taken everything we can do and stretched it in both directions," Hale says. "This record goes from one song that's just vocal and piano and the lowest and softest I've ever sung all the way up to the highest notes and craziest screaming I've ever done."

As musically advanced as The Strange Case Of… is compared to Halestorm's debut, the band still has plenty of growth left in them and continue to write songs at an alarming rate. "I create all the time," Hale says. "And the four of us are working together more now, so we're really gelling better than ever. We're really excited with how far we've gotten with this album, and we can't wait to see where we can go in the future. It feels like there are no rules or boundaries, and that's the ultimate freedom."
Adalene
Adalene
Nashville, Tennessee, often referred to as “Music City” has long been associated as the hot spot for country music, although in the midst of the hype, its rock ‘n roll scene has been on the rise and still growing for quite some time. In Fall 2009 the rock scene had witnessed many bands come and go, starving for a new band to grab their attention. Adalene was present and energized to step in and fill that void. Formed in October 2009, Adalene consists of members from top local and nationally signed acts from around the United Sates. Members include lead vocalist Brett Moyer originally from Ohio, lead guitarist Corey Rozzoni (ex- Burden Brothers) from Illinois, bass player Jonathan Stoye and rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Josh Mitchell both from Michigan, and drummer Jeremy Moore (ex- Faktion) from Texas. Says Josh, “We wouldn’t be the same without each individual member.”

With influences ranging from 70’s Rock to Hard Rock to Alternative Rock, it’s no wonder that their sound is reminiscent of those eras. Stylistically, Adalene has been compared to the Foo Fighters and Incubus. “Our singer actually sings. He doesn’t scream,” Corey says “We play rock music, but it has a funky kind of flare, so some of the beats have a dance feel. Even though it’s rock, it still has some movement. It’s not just straight ahead metal or anything like that. It’s all about being melodic.”

Adalene’s first performance took place at the renowned 12th and Porter in Nashville to a nearly sold out crowd. “It’s rare to see a band create such a buzz around their first concert”, says Justin Roddick (Owner of 12th and Porter) “but these guys delivered a great crowd and performance their first time around.” Even though it was the band’s first time performing together, the members were no strangers to the stage. Each member has done national and regional touring in past, while bringing their exceptional talent together creating the true talent most music enthusiasts have been missing. Engaging their audience with phenomenal stage presence, delivering a power-packed show and keeping their fan base broadening, this group is moving up… and fast!

The band continued to play out live around Nashville the remainder of 2009 while writing and preparing for their debut EP, “Night on Fire”. In Spring 2010, Adalene setup shop in the studio with producer Seth Goodman. The EP was recorded at OmniSound Studios in Nashville. The five-song disc is a launch pad of an original rock band ready to make their mark in rock music. “Night on Fire” was released May 8 with the CD release party following at 12th and Porter.

Since the release of the EP, the band is revved and ready to play out as much as possible. With a 2012 schedule that boasts big things, Adalene is heading back in the studio and plan to release an new EP in the summer of 2012. Nominated for “Best Live Rock Performance” for the 4th Annual Nashville Independent Music Awards and having shared the stage with many national acts within the short time of the bands inception, it’s impossible to stop their driving momentum.
The Nearly Deads
The Nearly Deads
Fresh off a Converse Battle of the Bands win at the Journey's Backyard BBQ in Nashville, TN, and a #14 spot on the Billboard Next Big Sound Chart, The Nearly Deads are primed and ready to explode. The Nashville-based DIY band has created a buzz of their very own, mixing the polished pop vocals of singer Theresa Jeane with aggressive grunge-inspired instrumentals of Steve Tobi, Cory Walen, Kevin Koelsch, and Brandon Barnes. The Nearly Deads have managed to create a truly unique genre that not only gives a nod to gritty grunge, but brings it back in a way never heard before. Imagine Kelly Clarkson as front-woman of the Foo Fighters.
The band, originally formed in Tampa, FL, recently filmed a music video for their song "Never Look Back". That video lead to a viral outbreak creating over 2 million views on YouTube. Not only did Nashville producer Jon King (Augustana, 3 Pill Morning, Throwing Gravity) record and produce their EP, he also directed the video. The buzz continues to grow every day, partly due to the social networking prowess of the band members themselves. The Deads are truly connected to their fans, and they have built up a "zombie nation" of die-hard supporters.
Recently the band conquered two of the world's largest musical festivals, Summerfest and the Vans Warped Tour, and they have no intention of slowing down. TND will be touring in the fall as well as getting back into the studio with Jon King. What makes The Nearly Deads so likable is not just their undeniably catchy songwriting, but the fact that they are down to earth and passionate about what they do. Their self-titled EP is currently available on iTunes and Amazon MP3, and in other fine digital retailers.