Listeners of our podcast (especially my Dad) have raved about an epic band from Southern California, and their song Bellyfish. The band is Checkpoint Charley, and there’s plenty more where that came from. Kevin Packard is the guitarist and singer from Checkpoint Charley, and he’s agreed to answer some questions for us about his faith and the new Checkpoint Charley album slated for next year. He talks frankly about the state of the world today and the state of LDS music. You’ll find their songs are indeed epic, and as noted in the interview and our podcast, they draw from such diverse and bombastic influences as Weezer, Jellyfish, the Beach Boys, and Queen. Sounds too good to be true? Check them out. Featuring Ian Fowles and Kristin Lawrence.
Ephemerage – Australis
Bellyfish – Checkpoint Charley
Walking on Error – The Sunny Winters
Never Saw It Coming – Fossil Fools
Don’t Go, Stay – Gregg Hale
See Through Rocks – Cary Judd
One At A Time – Armorie
Skeletons – Hourglass
For those of you who have been digging Roxy Rawson’s music, but are bummed that she lives across the Atlantic, rejoice! Roxy is making a short trip to America and will be playing a FREE concert in New York City. Here are the details:
Roxy Rawson live at Cafe Vivaldi
32 Jones Street, off Bleecker Street, Near Seventh Ave, NYC, New York NY10014
10/14/2009 at 8:15 PM
More information can be obtained at her MySpace. Good luck Roxy!
Portland is blossoming like a rose with LDS talent. It takes a special place to be able to support great LDS artists like Lindsey Pool, Canoe, KaRyn Daley, and the very retro and impeccably stylish Fossil Fools, and one need look no further than the 5th Friday Open Mic to see that Portland isn’t your ordinary LDS community. Mark Simnitt is responsible for both Fossil Fools and the 5th Friday Open Mic, but don’t worry- just because he’s smarter and more talented than everyone doesn’t mean he’s not humble, because he is. He said so himself.
In the musically fruitful land of Southern California (Fullerton to be exact), The Steelwells rock and work equally hard. Being in the music industry isn’t child’s play. Joey Winter, an avid blogger himself, recently had a conversation with Linescratchers about Indie rock, trying to balance music and faith, and making money. The Steelwells blend influences from across the grand swath of the modern Indie world (and add personality of their own), but Joey stresses that the important thing is the symbiotic relationship between the lyrics and the music, and above all, the communication to the listener.