Quite poppy indy rock with an ear for a hook and some tasty hooks. Reminds me of Weezer mixed some lighter Foo Fighters. “Josuha” has some big chunky bass lines rolling and “Top of the World” rolls with a spirited abandon. Gotta be honest, I’m waiting for the band to just bust out. They show some signs of this on their best song, “Top of the World,” where they gargle out with some punk ferocity and some real charge to the riffs. “One Single Night” follows suit with some infectious zip, but songs like “Wreckless Soul” sound strangely restrained and anything but wreckless. Like they’re chained at the starting line and can’t quite fire off when the light turns green. Good stuff. Fun for a road trip, but I can’t help thinking there’s something more lurking under the surface. One to watch.
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Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I grew up with an older brother who played music and was literally my idol. Jason has always had such finesse with a guitar in his hands. I always wanted to be like that. But I was a drummer, so I didn't write a lot of songs on the guitar until years later after our band Five Hoss Cartwrights fell apart. I really took a big step back and away from music, at least performing it. I had a family, went to school, got a job. So I figured that was a good time to start plugging away at some riff ideas I had. I got a J Mascis signature Jazzmaster and started tracking some stuff where I played all the instruments. Big time Dinosaur Jr. influence in my guitar solos for sure. And then in 2015 when I went to see MUSE with my daughter, I couldn't be a spectator any longer after that. It just looked like too much fun. I was born to do that same thing. Matt Bellamy is literally a guitar god though, for real. But yeah after that, I seriously had to get a band going.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
For real this isn't going to be like any other answer you've gotten. I don't know if this WAS the craziest, or if it just caused me to GO the craziest I've ever gone while doing this thing. Anyway, a couple summers ago now, we were in Los Angeles which was our turning around point for a little West Coast Tour. The first night was a Saturday night at the Mint, where we opened for Zoo Keeper's Palace at their CD Release party. Great show, great night, no issues. The problem was the second night we were playing this art gallery showcase Downtown, and we had these two huge motor-homes and a van full of gear to park in the middle of the afternoon on a Sunday. So I found a location we were probably not legally supposed to park, but it was large enough, and seemed like it wasn't too likely to bother anyone. We were a few blocks away from the venue so after checking in an argument ensues about whether or not to move the RV's to this rooftop thing the promoter had pointed out us. I lost the argument, and we moved the RV's, but the one I was driving ended up getting stuck on the ramp up to this lot, because it was too long for the ramp angle. It blocked off the entire exit to this thing, so none of the people who had just gotten out of church could get their cars out of this lot. It took like 4 hours to get a tow truck with the proper set of gear down there to move this RV, all of this BEFORE we took the stage. I was losing it. Not a good night. Lost the damage deposit on the RV's too from the bumper damage the tow truck cable caused when it was wrapped around the bumper dragging us back down the ramp. I went absolutely nuts, I hope no video ever surfaces of my epic meltdown in the street that day. I did get a couple of good sized chunks of Los Angeles asphalt as a souvenir.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Getting to take the stage just this last August at the Whisky A Go Go to open for Agent Orange was pretty damned awesome. I skateboard, I have for years, since I was a kid, so to share the stage with those guys, and my two brothers was really very special. So i'd say that, and of course being in the studio with a legend like Jack Endino. All that history and knowledge, it was like a bucket list thing. I have always loved recording music as well as writing and playing, so to spend time with him, watching and learning, having him ask me what I liked and disliked in a recording. It was all very surreal, and the best part was watching him jam air guitar to my solos. Pinch me, you know?
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Mike and I usually come to one another with a riff idea, and then between the two of us we hack out an arrangement. Matt, now that he's on the drums, spends a great deal of energy during that time also, when we are discussing when and where to change, how many times to do something. Of course as soon as I start blurting out my impromptu lyric and melody ideas Matt is not only starting to line out the drums, but he's immediately sampling harmony ideas even before he has any idea what I'm even saying, which at that point in the game is usually something pretty stupid. Inevitably a catchy hook or tag line will emerge, and that will be the back bone of what I go and do lyrically on my own after the fact. Then when we all reconvene, I'll have something more structured written down to share with everybody. Then when it comes to the bridge, that is a crap-shoot in terms of who will end up producing that. Mike and I go back and forth, lately we have been doing it together. They come together really quick though. They go from an idea to a new song in minutes, then we kind of chisel them out more clearly over time afterwards.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Well, it's very pay to play. So if you don't have a lot of your own capitol to burn, good luck getting things to happen quickly. I mean, you'll still overcome it if you're committed and seriously driven, but it takes longer, because you have less resources to shine a light on what your doing. I'd like to change that in the way that a guy like Rob Dyrdek changed access to skateboarding. Since he kind of set up the template for how to make these kinds of inner city construction projects a reality, parks are literally everywhere. Beautiful ones, in communities you'd almost never expect. So I want to do that for independent musicians, in a way. I want to show them the template for how you can take your art, and your resources, and your networking skills, and a little blood sweat and tears, and make a recipe for success that doesn't necessarily require the backing of a major label. There are a lot of heroes like that to choose from, but a majority of them are not playing rock music. I want to show the kids it can work there too. The days of artist development are gone, you are the manager, you are the agent, you are the label, but you also get to be the owner of your art, which has some advantages. You just need to figure out how to get over some of the branding and marketing hurdles that having a larger budget can help you blow passed.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
The Foo Fighters. I love the way Dave Grohl carries himself. I love the band, the music is always rock and roll, but yet always very beautiful and sophisticated. He's a drummer turned song writer, local ties to Seattle, the drummer for his band was my favorite drummer before he was even in the Foo Fighters. What more could you ask for? I also very badly want to play with MUSE. I feel like Matt Bellamy and I would be terrific mates. We read the same kind of books, I love his style. I think I would die a very happy man if either of those things managed to happen.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are long. We don't live in the same area all of us. Jason lives in Austin, Texas, Matt lives in Bellingham, and Mike and I are practically neighbors. So when Matt and Jason are here, it's time to work. We play for like 6 or 8 hours a day for two or 3 days then we are a part again until the shows or tour dates when we get back together, knock off the rust the night before and hit the road the next day.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Joshua's Song, but not necessarily because the song was a struggle to write physically, or musically, but because of the emotional journey that it represents. The song is about a child that passed away in my arms after a car accident, and my failed attempts to save him with CPR. Processing the personal guilt, remorse and disappointment after an experience like than can really derail a guy. So this song will always be very special to me. Without it I think I'm still stuck there blaming myself for not being better trained at CPR, or not having acted fast enough, or too fast, should I not have breathed and only tried chest compressions? So much going through your mind. Eventually through writing this song, I came to the conclusion that I did what was very best for him, basically I held him and told him not to be afraid. I suppose that was the reason for me being there, not to save him, you know? It's not so easy to accept that though.
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What's coming up in the future?
Another studio record. An LP. We have been working with Jack Endino already doing some of the groundwork now. We hope to be ready for it to drop around New Year's. We will be touring the West Coast again, turning around in Hollywood at the Whisky A Go GoFriday January 19th with Agent Orange, most likely with that record available at our merch table.
Where can fans can access your music?
iTunes of course and Google Play.
What happens when a band parts ways? Some people go on with their lives and some decide they want to continue with creating music. Seattle-based musician illfunk (Greg Bilderback) was one such musician who wanted to stay on the path to musical enlightenment. After his last band called it quits, illfunk decided to create music on his own terms…or so that was the plan. What happened was the formation of a new musical ensemble called SIXTWOSEVEN.
Together with musicians bassist MK Ultra (AKA Mike Knapp), Rhythm/Lead Guitarist J Danger (AKA Jason Bilderback) and the Machine (AKA Matt Bilderback) on keyboards and backup vocals, and DC (AKA Dave Cook) on drums, illfunk created a new group in SIXTWOSEVEN that seems to have decided to create music that carries on the traditions of bands from the nineties. The band’s sound borrows its Alternative style from groups like Nirvana, Foo Fighters and even Queens of the Stone Age. The heaviness in the music from SIXTWOSEVEN’s various musical influences shines through in their own music. About one year ago, SIXTWOSEVEN released a four-song EP. That release is entitled Some Other’s Day.
Some Other’s Day from SIXTWOSEVEN begins with the track “Wreckless Soul”. The song’s musical base has a large amount of Weezer’s sound for starters. The Alternative Rock track also has some other influences as well, which help to add more body to the music. “Wreckless Soul” is truly a classic Alternative Rock song, especially when comparing it to the early days of Alternative Rock. The track would have seemed rather out of place in commercial radio playlists from the mid-nineties but would have fit right in on the early Alternative Rock formats that were popping up throughout the country. “Wreckless Soul” is the perfect track for those looking for the “good ole days” of Alternative Rock when it was more about the music than fitting in on radio.
The second track off of Some Other’s Day from SIXTWOSEVEN is the song “Joshua’s Song”. Like the track before it, this song finds the band in a very nostalgic mood as the band once again borrows their sound from one of the best Alternative Rock bands. With the track, the band launches into a track that brings to mind the Red Hot Chili Peppers; more specifically, that band’s song “Californication”. As the listener makes their way through the track, they’ll notice the driving nature of the guitars as well as a very strong thumping bassline. While the track has plenty of SIXTWOSEVEN influence, ultimately, the track feels like old-school Alternative Rock. And just like the track before it, “Joshua’s Song” keeps the spirit of that style alive rather nicely.
Changing things up for the next track, SIXTWOSEVEN goes from Alternative Rock to Old-School Punk. The track “Top of the World” contains a title that is rather misleading. While the title suggests something rather upbeat, it’s something totally different that the listener encounters as the band performs a Punk tune about how fast things can from one moment to the next. Like the first two tracks, the band uses their musical influences rather well when creating their music. The resulting Punk track in “Top of the World” borrows more from bands like The Ramones than from Punk-pop bands like Green Day. When looking for an “anthem” of sorts, the listener should look elsewhere as the track is about a man who is down on his luck. If looking for a powerful Punk track that never eases up, “Top of the World” from SIXTWOSEVEN is definitely something to check out.
illfunk and the rest of SIXTWOSEVEN bring their 2016 release of Some Other’s Day to a close with the song “One Single Night”. While the previous track on the album contain plenty of energy, SIXTWOSEVEN comes at the listener “with everything that they’ve got,” to paraphrase the band from a lyric contained within the song. “One Single Night” contains strong guitars and keyboards that blend together to create a track that feels much like a three and-a-half minute jam session. The band feel tighter on this track than any of the other three tracks. Of any of the four songs contained on Some Other’s Day, SIXTWOSEVEN chose the right one to end their newest release with as leaves the listener wanting more.
Some Other’s Day from SIXTWOSEVEN is a four-song EP that is just what you want: A strong release from a talented band that knows how to make use of their musical influences. While the band uses influences from bands that were at their peaks more than twenty years ago, these influences help SIXTWOSEVENto create a release that blows many of today’s bands away.
To check out some of the music from SixTwoSeven, check out the video to “Wreckless Soul“.
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The great thing about this release is that the music has the weight and energy of authentic rock, yet it’s also been recorded and produced to a supremely crisp and clear quality – you get all of the intensity, without any of the haze or fuzz of the distortion.
The riffs featured on opening track Wreckless Soul offer up a memorable and uplifting signature sound that runs effectively and intermittently alongside the snippets of vocal melody that make up the verses. The leading vocal comes through with power and character, yet similarly it has that clarity that allows you to enjoy the thickness of rock music and still pick up on and follow along each and every lyric.
Joshua’s Song begins by presenting the skill and passion of the band’s drummer, followed shortly by the pace falling away to reveal an emotional and enjoyably melodic bit of songwriting. The hook brings the weight back a little, and the lyrics here really utilise story telling in a way that sinks in after just a single listen. The song has depth to it, and still the heaviness and style of the instrumentation makes it yet another moment of rock and roll bliss that can (and should) be listened to at high volumes.
Top Of The World initially has the feeling of being a song about overcoming. The opening chord progression and the title alone create this mood of positive evolution, of leaving being the bad and focusing on the good. The lyrics, however, tell a more detailed and revealing version of the story. The band write songs that really open up in an honest and unapologetic way – this is something that always has and always will have value in music. The key change in this song makes for a powerful moment of contrast and lets that central section really hit with impact. The truth of the song is far from the expected, and that adds to the individuality and realness embedded in the sound. This track is a definite highlight.
The final song on the EP is One Single Night. There’s an immediate level of attitude and angst to the fast paced, delicately urgent opening riff, and the sheer emotion and grit that can be heard in the leading vocal. The band utilise contrast effectively once again, the verses have that Foo Fighters sort of gentleness that comes soaked in anticipation of what’s to come – All My Life came to mind a little. This final song makes for a strong finisher and showcases some really creative musical performances that surround and support the song’s sentiment and story with brilliant relevance and artistry. This EP in its entirety is a worthy contender in today’s world of original rock. A live show is a must and hopefully there are some longer projects in the pipeline.
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Hi Greg, welcome to back VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks, I have been awesome, it’s good to be back. Lot’s has happened since we last spoke for sure. I think that was just before the record came out, before the tour and everything. So we have some catching up to do.
Can you talk to us more about your song “Wreckless Soul”?
Yeah, this is our single off of the EP. We figured it was a good one to start off with, nice and up-beat. Not too serious of subject matter. It’s actually the lightest hearted song in our set I’m guessing. I love Jason’s rhythm guitar on that one, screeching super high with those chords and moving them around as fast as I’m playing the lead, it just creates a really interesting sound. We kind of try and do that same thing on most of our songs, I feel like it creates a really strange sort of melancholy undertone that works really well with our mood as a band. But yeah this song has a bit more playful of a vibe than some of our other tunes.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
Not one event per se, more like one individual. It’s really about my son. He’s kind of a bad ass, I mean he has always just done his own thing. No matter what the group, the school, society thinks is the way to go, he will find his own way and do that instead. Sometimes I think it’s natural, sometimes I think he does it out of spite. To prove he can maybe, I don’t know, either way it’s cool and it has always left an impression on me, so much so I wrote a song about it.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
We do have a video for the track, and it’s pretty funny if you ask me. You definitely get a sneak peek at what it’s like to ride around with us idiots, because that is pretty much exactly what it looks like when we go on the road together. Of course, in this case, you get to hear a beautiful studio recording of Wreckless Soul over the top of the action, as opposed to one of the 5 million acapella odes to hamster fellatio you might hear if you were actually riding in the tour van. Don’t ask. I digress, my best friend Joe stars as the delivery driver in the video, and he’s great. We plan to use him to do a continuation of this video for One Single Night, where he kidnaps me “Misery” style and forces me to perform privately for an audience of stuffed animals. It going to be epic. Watch here
The single comes off your new album Some Other’s Day – what’s the story behind the title?
We recorded the EP at the legendary Soundhouse Studio in Seattle with Jack Endino. We ended up getting a break on studio rate or something I believe, because it was Mother’s Day weekend. What sucks for my mom is, I have two of my three brothers in this band. Which means, that if we are all in the studio with Jack Endino on Mother’s Day, we aren’t with Momma. I felt like the right thing to do was to dedicate the album to our mother, and the title of the record (obviously) is a play on Mother’s Day, we chose Some Other’s Day to go and make a record for Mom.
How was the recording and writing process?
Well for this one the writing process was fast, because 3 of the 4 songs were ones that I had been playing by myself for several years. One Single Night we wrote as a group together as it was important for me, to have at least one track where everyone had some kind of ownership. The next album will have quite a bit more of that, as Mike and I have worked together very closely with Matt on drums, to come up with new stuff. The recording process was really amazing for the EP, as I mentioned we recorded at Soundhouse, where just about every Seattle music legend you can think of has recorded. We did it with Endino, who has personally been a long time hero of mine in the music production world, where I pretend to spend some time myself. It was really really “pinch me”.
How has Foo Fighters and Muse influenced your writing?
Foo Fighters definitely influence my sense of rhythm, and structure when writing songs. I’m a drummer first and foremost myself, so I think about writing music in a similar way to Dave Grohl, albeit Mike (bass) seems to come up with the riffs that are most heavily Foo Fighters in feel. Foo Fighters never really used to have guitar solos though, so I took a lot of cues from Matt Bellamy (MUSE) when it came to leads and solos. Matt Bellamy’s primary influence, however, can be heard in my guitar tone. I can’t write or play like Matt, at all, I wish I could but I can’t, not many people can. But I can hear his guitar tone you know? I would say that is where you would hear the Muse comparison, is in the tone of my guitar. That mid-rangy “cuts right through the mix”, Digitech Whammy kind of sound. That is the Matt Bellamy in me. As far as how I play the solos, J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. Nobody hits me harder in the feels when they solo than J.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The songs are all really just about my everyday blue collar lunch pail life you know. I work a day job, I built a house, raised a family, lost a job, got a job, had a failed marriage, I have been dumped, been single, fallen in love, been heartbroken. I’m just like everyone else. The one thing I have always gone to, in every single one of those situations, my post to lean on (J Mascis), was music. Playing it, listening to it, writing it. It has always been the most reliable of mistresses. She is always there to put her arms around me and help me deal, you know? I think even people who don’t play music, still connect with and use it as a healing mechanism the same way. I want very badly for the music I make to help people deal with life struggles, in the same fashion that it does for me when I write it.
Any plans to hit the road?
For sure, we will be in Portland in October, Seattle and Bellingham in November and Hollywood in January. We have some gaps in between that will be filling up fast as the weeks go on. We have to leave a little time to hit the studio and finish up these new tracks we have. We would like to be dropping the full length LP around the first of the year.
What else is happening next in SIXTWOSEVEN’s world?
As I mentioned we are trying to narrow down the long list of new material to the 8 or 10 songs we think best go on one LP. We have been writing machines as of late, so having time away from our jobs and touring to flesh out all these song ideas has kind of been the real challenge. We need longer days, and weeks in order to squeeze all of this in while working 40 plus hours a week and raising our kids. But we have about 18 more songs that need to be recorded, and then we have to decide how to best package them up and have them out to you by January. The good news is, no matter what songs go on the LP, there will be enough material not going on that one, to release another very shortly after, hint hint.
Fueled by solid musicianship, booming vocals and empowering lyrics, SixTwoSeven’s “Some Other’s Day” represents a rich, deep and enticing musical experience that doesn’t let up, in spite of its length. If you thought the days of solid alternative rock that borrows and improvises on ‘90s classics was over, you’ll find SixTwoSeven a group that would have fit in beautifully when Alternative Rock meant more than ever before.
Make no mistake, this band will attack your ears quickly. That has everything to do with the fact that their vocalist, “illfunk” sounds a ton like Tenacious D’s Jack Black. Regardless, this band is anything but a parody. Although Some Others Day is a four-song EP, the depth to the sound is there. It’s full and it’s smooth. It has tone. It has ambiance. There are stories being told. Simply put, there isn’t a weak member of the group.
“Joshua’s Song” has that Tenacious D, or even Smashmouth or Sublime feel to it, but serves a purpose as well. Showing us more speed and a catchier tone, you can see the group has the potential to serve up more than solid Alternative musings. This is a song that could definitely work on the radio.
The cool part of the EP is that all the tracks sound and feel different. “One Single Night,” for example, definitely has a Weezer feel to it, but Jason Bilderback on guitar absolutely nails this one with a guitar lick that matches the brooding vocals and lyrics wonderfully. The same goes for the angry, but focused drum work by Dave Cook and the smooth Mike Knapp on Bass, which when all put together make it an awesome tune.
In the end, four catchy tunes and plenty of potential are enough to make this EP a winner and one that’ll force you to keep an eye on this band for years to come.
SixTwoSeven is a rock band out of Gig Harbor, Washington. They’re out with a new EP called Some Other’s Day. SixTwoSeven compares themselves right off the bat with stellar bands such as the Foo Fighters, Muse, Weezer, and Radiohead- a tall order, to say the least. The band is made up of illfunk (vocals), Dave Cook (drums), Mike Knapp (bass), Jason Bilderback (lead guitar), and Matt Bilderback (keyboards and backup vocals).
While illfunk’s voice isn’t the strongest, it does fit well with SixTwoSeven’s sound. Everything works together seamlessly and you can tell that the members know what they’re doing- Jason Bilderback’s work on the guitar is likely my favorite component.
“Wreckless Soul” shows you right away that they weren’t kidding about being inspired by Foo Fighters. The similarities are a little disconcerting, even, which isn’t exactly what you want. The guitar is the star of this song, and while the lyrics aren’t amazing, they’re still good enough to be worth paying attention to.
“Joshua’s Song” is the slowest track on Some Other’s Day, which isn’t saying that much. The lyrics are great and I love the drums in this song especially. It’s solid all around and I like illfunk’s voice the most in this song. It evokes the most emotion from me in terms of the story- regret and sadness are strong and you can hear it clearly in the vocals.
“Top Of The World” is my favorite song on the EP. It has my favorite lyrics by far and it’s a definite earworm. Everyone’s at the top of their game in this song- guitar, drums, bass, and vocals are all top notch. There’s a sense of resigned incredulity in the song. Nothing went right, nothing ever goes right. My favorite lyrics from this song are, “Just when I’m thinking I’m on top of the world, next thing you know I’m face down on the floor / Just when I’m thinking like I’m saving the world, next thing you know I’m to blame for a war.” Simple but the point gets across, and you can feel the frustration in illfunk’s voice.
“One Single Night” was a strong contender for favorite track, and it just narrowly lost out to “Top Of The World”. SixTwoSeven is incredibly talented “I’m here to tell you there’s no rest for the wicked / I couldn’t spend one night in your head.” I’m not sure why that stuck out to me so much, but I love it. This song is the heaviest one on the EP and it sounds fantastic.
Overall, I really like Some Other’s Day. There’s nothing profound or cutting edge in their approach, but sometimes you just want good back to basics rock music, and that’s what they deliver. While I was a little disappointed at not being able to see where the inspiration from other bands (outside of Foo Fighters… and Weezer, if you squint), it was still an enjoyable EP. I’d suggest SixTwoSeven to anyone who is a bare bones rock fan.
By Louise Parker (Contributor) | May 4, 2017 | 10:15am
We had the chance to catch up with SixTwoSeven frontman and brainchild Greg Bilderback, who hails from Seattle. Making waves with their new record Some Other's Day we dive deep into the making of the record, as well as the band. Let's dig in, shall we?
How did you get your initial start playing music?
I have been playing drums since I was little like 4 or 5. I didn’t get a real drum set until sometime later, like in 4th or 5th grade, but I had a snare drum and a case for it, and I used to take a music stand and make a hi hat, and put my practice pad on the snare case like a tom over a bass drum. I had a waste basket I placed upside down for the floor tom. My brother had a bass guitar, and my dad for some reason was always chill about us using his guitar, so we would write songs like that and dub them onto tapes. I have always been obsessed with writing and recording music.
What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
I would love for things to progress to the point where we could spend more time working on music and less time doing other things, like engineering Naval weapons facilities, or writing emails to radio station music directors. Seriously, besides full time day jobs, we get to balance writing, recording, organizing releases, booking tours, interviews, features, and reviews, all independently. So the dream would be for all of that foundation to be the groundwork for bigger and better projects down the road. We really long for a time when we could spend more time writing and playing music, instead of spreading ourselves so thin trying to support it.
How long have you been writing your own music?
I think I wrote the lyrics and melody to my very first song at about 2 or 3. Maybe it was as late as 4, I don’t know, my memories of it are super hazy but I do know it was about a Black Truck and I still remember the melody. I could still sing it now. So could my Mom I assume. I have never stopped writing songs and melodies since, although this collection is the most flushed out any of those ideas have ever been, considering their commercial implications. That being said, it is also one of the more stripped back, in terms of the song structures being simple, rather than some of the more math-rocky projects I have been in over the years, like Wheelchair, Test Proof Positive or Five Hoss Cartwrights.
Who are your top three influences and why?
I would have to say it is a tie between number 1, and number 1 (A), if that makes sense. So I’d say first Foo Fighters. I really like the way Dave Grohl writes songs, and moreover I am drawn to how he conducts himself in the public eye. I really like the way he goes about his business, and they never fail to deliver when it comes to making records. Even if at first I am a bit skeptical about a direction they decide to go, time always wins me over and I fall in love with pretty much everything they release. Then of course I have to go with 1 (A) being Muse. I went to see them play at the Key Arena last December for Drones, and they were absolutely unbelievable, I could not sit on the sidelines after seeing that. Matt Bellamy is literally my Guitar Hero, and that voice! He is amazing. I feel like we could be friends too lol. We have similar tastes for sure, including the fact that both of us have publicly declared “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins to be our favorite book. It is a life changing read, you should check it out. I would say my third biggest influence is Dinosaur Jr. at least in terms of this project since I am playing guitar. Nomeansno out of Victoria B.C. is my biggest musical influence ever, but having grown up obsessing over J. Mascis guitar solos, I’d have to say you can hear that influence above anything else when you listen to the way I play leads. I am not the most technically proficient guitarist by any means, maybe not even proficient at all, so I am really big on “feel”. Nobody gets that better than J. Mascis, and on top of that, he actually has mad technical skill. But yeah, love all three, and Royal Blood from the UK too. Damn, tough question because I love so many different kinds of music.
Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
It’s a lunch pail kid, blue collar kind of record. I have survived all the same BS that everyone out there is going through. Struggling to make ends meet, being a single parent, surviving an ugly and publicly humiliating divorce, regaining your children’s respect after surviving shame, switching jobs, whatever it is. The truth is, you can recover from that stuff, even though when you are in the middle of it, it seems like there is no light. I would like for this record to be a shot in the arm for the weary, a vote of confidence for the self-conscious, something that everyday people can grab onto when they feel like they can’t get over that next hurdle, and when they hear it they say “Hey, just a few more inches to go, I can grind this out” because I am living proof, that you can. Believe me, if Jesus still has the patience to peruse me after everything I have done in my life, there is hope for everyone.
Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favorite venues?
The scene here seems like more beards and flannels with perfectly combed hipster hair, than the long hair and flannels of yesteryear. If you are playing instruments, like with strings and amplifiers, with tubes and such, there seems to be a limited number of venues to host you. This scene seems very focused on that indie sound that harkens back to old school swing/soul, or maybe even gospel roots, but with alternative subject matter. There seems to be a large gap between that, and the metal or post hardcore scene. There isn’t a lot of mainstream Rock and Roll to take up that space in the middle, we are hoping to occupy some room there. We play at El Corazon or Funhouse, we played Lo-Fi. Didn’t care for the vibe at Studio 7 much at all, though it’s probably not too big of a deal since they are primarily a metal venue. The Analog in Portland was my favorite place we have played so far, besides the legendary Mint in Los Angeles. That was pretty sick too.
Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
I’m so glad you asked. My favorite undiscovered bands at the moment are of course Drive on Mak from Austin, TX. You have to see Scott Feigh play drums and a harmonica at the same time while singing harmonies with Sean Makra. It’s a trip. I am a huge fan of Adam Kennedy’s project, the Welkin Dim from Portland, OR. I’m surely not the only guy talking about that band right now, in fact they have a record coming out in November 26 called “Learning to Relent”. I am super excited to hear that. I really dig this two piece sort of post hardcore band from Eugene called Amelia. You haven’t heard a duo this chunky sounding since Royal Blood, these ladies will hand you your ass in a brown paper sack and all you will have to say is “Thank you may I have another”. Really good band and Jennifer and Tess are really cool people too, inspiring role models for young women everywhere.
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By Jennifer Palou (Patch Poster) - April 24, 2017 12:41 pm ET
SixTwoSeven who hails from Wuana, has been taking over the WA scene for the past year, surely and prominently. From a mostly theoretical solo project to a full band on the cusp of something much bigger, the start of 2016 saw SixTwoSeven growing from frontman Greg Bilderback, into a quintet that includes two of his brothers. The Seattle band has teamed up with producer and local legend, Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) to record the four-song EP Some Other’s Day, which was released last year. We had the chance to catch up with Bilderback from the group, to dive right into the heart of SixTwoSeven.
You have a new album out right now, "Some Other's Day" What can you tell us about the new release? What fueled the inspiration?
MUSE, lol. I mean the songs on the EP for the most part were already conceptually in existence in some form or another, but after seeing MUSE at Key Arena (Seattle) in December of 2015, I just could not sit on the sidelines any longer. I knew it was time to make something happen. So I reached out to Mike (Knapp – Bass) and we got to work. We recorded the album on Mother’s Day weekend, so we were away from our mothers. We titled the EP “Some Other’s Day” and dedicated it to our Mothers.
Was there any specific storyline you had for the song when writing?
Most everything we sing about, is just based off of our regular blue collar, working class experiences. We work day jobs, struggle to make ends meet, get our hearts broken, get passed over for promotions, learn life lessons the hard way, same as anyone else. We try and cover topics that are relevant to us all. I personally don’t feel very connected to stories about making it rain, drinking Cristal, or partying in Limo’s. I’m not up in the club, but if I am you can be sure if I was I’d be holding a $4 well drink in my hand, while trying to gauge if I should have another when I’ve got to be up at 5:30 am for work the next day. We are just like everyone else, so we are your band. We have written songs about divorce, grieving the loss of loved ones, overcoming shame, and growing into yourself as a person. You name it, we have been there too.
When writing music, what are your influences? How long does it typically take you to write a song? Do you keep coming back to the piece and revising?
My influences personally run the gamut. I love everything from Brandie Carlile and Tom Petty, to the Foo Fighters, Weezer and Royal Blood. My guitar solos are 100% the fault of J. Mascis from Dinosaur Jr, he is unreal. I’m also pretty obsessed with Matt Bellamy and Josh Homme, and my new thing is the Pretty Reckless. Ben Shepard is a shredder. The EP songs are old, like 7 or 8 years in the making. So that process was really personal and evolved over a great deal of time. Certainly the arrangements have been revised a time or two by now. I think it’s important to play with a song for a while before putting it on a record. A lot can happen when you start flushing out ideas with other people. We are on a roll lately though, we are creating things so fast it’s hard to keep up. If we weren’t spending 50 hours a week at our day jobs, maybe we could get there sooner.
What are your influences musically and lyrically? Even though this record is all instrumental, for your prior release, where do the lyrics draw from.
Well, “Some Other’s Day” the original release was a 4 song EP with Lyrics, all about the topics I was referring to above. The re-release of the “Deluxe Edition” with the instrumental versions was an afterthought that really only happened because we had an issue with delivery of the original EP from CD Baby to Spotify, and after getting caught in a perpetual customer service loop I just finally concluded that releasing the Deluxe Edition as a digital only for $29 was a much more timely and cost effective solution to getting the music back up there, as opposed to hiring attorney’s or what have you, so yeah, $29 later we were back in business.
What was the recording process like for the new record? Did you self-produce? How long did it take to write and record the album as a whole?
The original idea was to self-produce, but the stems that I recorded myself for the EP were not commercial quality so the decision was made to go back into the studio with legendary Jack Endino and do them again. Working with Jack was amazing. We were in the studio for a total of 4 days from start to finish, but if you consider the time we took demo-ing out those songs on our own, it was the better part of 6 years. We hope not to take that long for the next one…we are way ahead of the game now, compared to where it all started a year ago.
We see you have a handful of dates announced for the Spring and Summer. Will you be adding anymore within the West Coast and throughout the US?
We just at Jazzbones Tacoma on April 19th, in what is an audition for a stage at Seattle Hempfest. It doubles as an audition for the Highway to Hemp Tour as well, which we hope/plan to be a part of this August. Aside from that we have a handful of other dates, like the Roswell Independent Film Festival April 28th, at Third Street Station Roswell, NM. We are playing the Pittsburgh Gay Pride Festival June 10th, and then we will be back in June auditioning for a stage at the Clone-A-Palooza festival in Tacoma in September. I’m sure we will be filling some gaps in between as time goes on. Working on a contract for NickStock in Owego, NY in June as well.
What do you hope to accomplish in 2017 with the new record and beyond?
hope to put out a full length LP around Christmas, or maybe New Years. We have about 9 songs ready to go, we are ironing out the last of a few more. I’d like to make a few more music videos, and I’m going to be starring in a short film by NakedFringeFilms. I’m super excited, we plan on being everywhere.
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