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Five- Seven Music Presents: Tour Odyssey, The Dirty Heads, Shiny Toy Guns

Five- Seven Music Presents: Tour Odyssey, The Dirty Heads, Shiny Toy Guns

Midi Matilda, Oh No Fiasco

Thu, April 18, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Marathon Music Works

Nashville, TN

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The Dirty Heads
The Dirty Heads
The first time I listen to Cabin by the Sea, the new album from The Dirty Heads, it’s 40 degrees outside and a cold, bitter rain is lashing against my window.
Inside, it sounds like summer.
“That’s exactly what we wanted,” says Heads front man Jared “Dirty J” Watson. “It starts with the title. No matter where you are or what’s going on, when you hear this record, we want to transport you to this place, this ‘Cabin by the Sea.’”
For the SoCal rock/reggae/hip-hop band, Cabin represents more than just good vibes. It’s the culmination of years of hard work and endless touring, and a chance to refine and improve on their breakthrough, 2008’s Any Port in the Storm. That’s not an easy act to follow – their debut album featured one of the decade’s biggest rock singles, “Lay Me Down” (which spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart, a record for an independent release and more than any single that year by anyone, including The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and 30 Seconds to Mars) and a shout-out in Rolling Stone as one of year’s best new bands.
But the Heads knew better things lay ahead. “Last time was our first time in the studio, working with a producer,” says Watson. “This time out, we nailed it. We trimmed the fat and got the sound we were always going for.”
Cabin by the Sea was co-produced by Mario C and Lewis Richards - splitting time between Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas and 17th Street Recording Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. Maintaining the diversity from their first album, Cabin ranges from sunny acoustic pop (the title track) to hip-hop with mariachi horns (“Disguise”) and feel-good reggae (“Day by Day,” “Your Love”). The album’s defining trait? An insistence on positivity and good vibes (with an herbal assist), a philosophy summed up nicely by the single, “Spread Too Thin.” “It’s about having too much going on, work or whatever is stressing you out,” says guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell. “It’s about needing a breather in life.”

(The album’s one outlier, “Smoke Rings,” is a punk/hip-hop fueled rager. “We’ve matured, but we still have that side of us,” says Bushnell. “It’s talking shit for a couple of minutes, and we use a sample from an old movie called Satan’s Satanists. It’s fun, nothing more than that.”)
While Port contained an expanded roster of guest stars, from M. Shadows to Billy Preston (best known for his work with the Beatles), Cabin keeps the guest list tight. Still, a few A-level names make an appearance, including a return engagement from Rome (from Sublime with Rome), Del the Funky Homosapien, Ky-Mani Marley and Hasidic hip-hop star Matisyahu. “He’s awesome. We got to know him years ago on tour,” says Bushnell. “We had built this great relationship, so we asked him to guest on a track. He came down to the studio and knocked it out of the park.”
The recognizable guest stars, big tours and hit songs are a long way from the group’s humble origins in Bushnell’s garage. Back in 1996, school friends Watson and Bushnell started their musical career almost on accident. “It was hilarious: I was in a punk band, but Jared had no musical inclination,” remembers the guitarist. “Then one day he started rapping over these cheesy hip-hop songs I’d make with Casio beats, and I’m like, wow, you’re really good!” (Note to fans: Bushnell recently rediscovered tapes of those teenage sessions, but don’t plan on hearing anything in the near future)
The group, later rounded out by percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bassist David Foral, eventually outgrew the funny rap vibe and developed a local following as an acoustic hip-hop group. Surprisingly, the Heads grew to be very successful on a small label with little to no resources, an indication of their organic momentum and appeal. The Dirty Heads are now signed to a worldwide deal with Five Seven Music.
The group plans to spend the rest of the year on a number of different tours. For now, though, you can experience the band’s sunny, good-time outlook on their new record. “Whatever has happened to us over the years, we’ve always kept a mindset about staying positive and squashing negativity,” says Watson. “And that’s the vibe we had making this album. I think that comes across to anyone who hears it.”
Cabin By The Sea will be released on June 19, 2012.
Shiny Toy Guns
Shiny Toy Guns
The road that led Shiny Toy Guns into the abyss — and now, triumphantly, back from it — was fraught
with peril, full of steep grades, twists, potholes, detours and dead ends. That the Los Angeles-based quartet
has emerged firing on all cylinders is testimony not only to its members' artistic vision but to their personal
renaissance.

III, the new album that reunites the original four members whose pioneering synth-pop and DIY ethic
made Shiny Toy Guns worldwide sensations so many miles ago, is symbolic of that journey. On III, their
first album in almost four years, the band refines its signature electronic sound with a collection of
exuberant, intensely personal songs about life, love, loss and redemption.

To create them, though, the foursome — Carah Faye (vocals), Chad Petree (vocals, guitar), Jeremy
Dawson (synth, bass) and Mikey Martin (drums) — was forced to heal the fissures that began showing
even as they were sharing their Grammy-nominated debut, We Are Pilots (2006), to hungry audiences.

That rift resulted in Faye departing Shiny Toy Guns for their second album, Season of Poison (2008),
moving to Sweden and finding her own place as a songwriter (and, she adds, as a human being). Only after
Dawson and Martin traveled to Sweden for a series of soul-searching conversations were the friendships
that made Shiny Toy Guns such a special unit patched.

"We learned that you have to know what's important to you, and what battles you're willing to fight," Faye
says. "Most of all we learned you have to take care of your relationships."

Those bonds were frayed by 2007 after years of unrelenting touring behind their debut. Shiny Toy Guns,
after all, had already been on the road for two-plus years by the time they self-released We Are Pilots in
2005, selling thousands of copies out of their van. With the hit "Le Disko" leading the way, the album was
later picked up by Universal.

"We had been playing 300 shows a year, sometimes two a day, sometimes not even in the same city,"
Dawson says. "When you're living in a bus or airplane, you don't have the ability to deal with real-life
trauma. Things started to fester as we were robotically going through the motions. Nobody stopped us,
nobody told us to take a break — we never dealt with our issues and the band broke down."

The same driving ambition that made Shiny Toys Guns an Internet sensation and road warriors — they
were the first band to tour Alaska by ground — sabotaged their chemistry. "We were the people that said
yes to everything," Dawson recalls. "Yes, we'll go to Brazil and then back to the U.K. the next day. Yes,
we'll do Miami and then London. But as four people who loved each other in the band, we just stopped
talking."

"It took a toll on everything — our friendships, our health, on who we are as people," Charnow says. "We
worked our butts off because ther are so many bands; we went above and beyond what we had to do. But
none of us had a life outside the band."

Faye, a California native, had joined the band as a teenager after Dawson and Petree relocated to Los
Angeles. In a way, she had grown up with Shiny Toy Guns as "my reality, so the whole experience shaped
who I became," she says.

So when the band hit the wall, Faye moved to Sweden, the native country of her then-boyfriend and
onetime STG sound engineer Daniel Johannson, whom she eventually married. Together, they started their
own musical project, Versant. "I went from being weighed down by the dynamics of Shiny Toy Guns to
being able to completely start over," she says. "It was a time for me to be stationary, to be domestic, to actually experience the life things that songwriters write about."

Meanwhile, Shiny Toy Guns' second album was a less electronic affair, made with Sisely Treasure
contributing female vocals. "We were so burned out on our own sound, we put down our keyboards and
picked up guitars — a lot of that being influenced by the fact we had toured heavily with the radio rock
bands of the time," Dawson explains. "The title speaks for itself. It was the 'Season of Poison' for this
band."

Still, Season of Poison expanded the band's artistic palette and fan base, with two Top 20 rock radio singles
in "Ricochet!" and "Ghost Town," as well as a staggering number of placements in film, television,
commercials and video games. One of those, their version of the ’80s classic “Major Tom (Coming Home),”
was ranked by Adweek.com as the No. 1 song in a commercial (for the Lincoln MKZ) for 2009 and went
on to sell 600,000 units digitally. Their version of “Burning For You” was featured in another long-running
campaign for the Lincoln MKS.

And Shiny Toy Guns' musical fingerprints can be found on songs in films ("The Smurfs," "Wall Street 2"),
on networks (HBO, NBC), in television shows ("Dancing With the Stars," "The L Word," "Gossip Girl,"
"So You Think You Can Dance," "America’s Got Talent," "Smallville," "Ugly Betty"), in video games
(Rock Band 3, Grand Theft Auto 3 & 4, Guitar Hero 5, Fifa Soccer 2007, Tony Hawk Pro Skater) and in
products (Motorola, Nokia, Apple, Honda, Ford, Burton, Vestal, Volcom).

But Shiny Toy Guns' deep-seated desire to create another musical document — their third album —
remained powerful. And Dawson knew fences could not be mended from 5,500 miles away.

What happened next seems straight out of a movie script: Despite Faye's protestations, Dawson and Martin
flew to Sweden for a visit.

"We spent hours just catching up," Faye says, "and that was needed, because before anything else happened,
we needed to be friends again first."

Says Dawson: "We ate pizza and played ping-pong and just talked. We rehashed the funny stuff and fondly
remembered all the adventures. And by the time we got to the issues, we found that everything we had
thought about the other person was not really true. There had just been no communication."

After the trip and some further long-distance courting, Faye decided to rejoin Shiny Toy Guns. "I didn't
want to fall down the same rabbit hole, and I didn't want to latch onto something just because it was the
biggest thing we'd done in our careers," she said. "I wanted us to be friends who make music together."

The Faye who returned to the band, though, was not the same person who had departed. Through her work
in Versant, she had become a songwriter and studio hand herself — and Shiny Toy Guns songwriters
Dawson and Petree welcomed her into the band's creative circle.

"She's very present in the writing of the new album — and it's a great thing for a singer to be saying
something that's coming straight from her heart," Dawson says.

The process of making "III" was long and sometimes agonizing, but ultimately worth it, Faye says. "We
didn't want to settle for the first thing melodically or lyrically." During that process, the relationship
between Faye and Johannson (who had joined the band for a short time) ended.

Producers Dawson and Petree later teamed up with the legendary mixer Tony Maserati to finalize and
sharpen the new 2012 sound of the band, and the dynamic range and reach of their new album reflects
maturity and youthfulness at the same time … in a way, a direct representation of all of the band members'
personalities.

So Shiny Toy Guns are back to their four essential parts, with III serving as a document of what friends
who've been through the wars can achieve. While not a literal chronicle of what Dawson jokingly calls "the reality show that is Shiny Toy Guns," it nods to mile markers in the quartet's rejuvenation — most
obviously in "Carrie," with Petree and Faye trading verses and delivering both sides of the band's story.

Also notable is the band's first single, "Waiting Alone," which will be accompanied by a short film titled
"#Loverunner." In the film, a girl runs cross-country from Los Angeles to New York City in a quest to join
the love of her life, overcoming daunting obstacles posed by a mysterious evil figure. During the making of
the video, the band covered almost 6,000 miles through 22 states over 24 days, filming Faye at such
landmarks as the Grand Canyon, Pike's Peak, the Alamo and the Empire State Building.

"The whole video is about the journey you undertake when you follow your heart," she says. "It's about
what you're willing to do to get something."

III will be released on Five Seven Music on October 23, 2012.
Midi Matilda
Midi Matilda
The indie electro-pop duo Midi Matilda has barely begun their career yet has already made a permanent impression on the music community. The Bay Area outfit exploded onto the online scene with dozens of enthusiastic mentions about their debut single, "Day Dream," including The Huffington Post and Neon Gold Records, which propelled them to an impressive near-top placement on The Hype Machine. In addition, the accompanying self-produced music video for that single, has garnered extensive positive attention across varied media formats that includes radio, as well as online.

Midi Matilda was born of gifted musical poets Skyler Kilborn and Logan Grimé, who serendipitously met in college in 2008, while learning the production skills they would ultimately use to form this innovative and self-contained project. They have been making music together since, and ever evolving in their collaborative sound. Their refreshing style brings together the best of live instrumentation, synthesizers, gorgeous vocals, and the open spaces of consciousness, to take all who listen on a journey into the ether.
Oh No Fiasco
Oh No Fiasco
With their eclectic sound of dance rock and and a stage show that will make every hair on your body stand on end, Oh No Fiasco is an emerging light of the new sounds to come.

After an extensive touring throughout 2010 from Florida to Michigan touring and playing with the likes of Finger 11, Train, Owl City, Sevendust, 10 years, Red, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Framing Hanley, and Saliva among many others, Oh No Fiasco has emerged stronger than ever with a new name and bringing on brand new tour dates for 2011.

Fueled by the quick success of their first single, "Where You Used To Be," the band is on the verge of releasing their debut album this spring. Formed by vocalist Lindsey Stamey, guitarist Seth Rowlette, bassist Thomas Boyd, and brothers Colin and Kamryn Cunningham, drummer and keyboardist–Oh No Fiasco, formerly known as The Few, have created one of the biggest surprise efforts to come out of Knoxville, Tennessee.

"This is the most powerful project that I've ever been a part of," Stamey explains, adding that the band is an evolution of their past experiences and their desire for new ones. And with new experiences comes an entirely new enticing sound that leaves dancers, head bangers, and wallflowers alike salivating. Drawing influences from bands like Muse, Mew, Circa Survive, Massive Attack, and Of Montreal, Oh No Fiasco create an intimate yet energy charged experience for listeners.

"Their music is a refreshing blend of two unbelievable bands. The music this band produces in the future will be worth looking out for." – Metro Pulse Knoxville, TN

Never lacking in explosive live shows, Oh No Fiasco has plans to make 2011 a fiasco.