8pm showtime, $8, 95 Stanton St! #letmerun #thescandals
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Chance 4 Change Records just put up a benefit compilation to help aid in the relief of the New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy. Our Mad/Sad b-side “Holidays” is on here too. Go check it out.
Hello computer world!
We’re super stoked to announce that after all of the waiting, “MAD/SAD” is now available on vinyl through Devildance Records!
The records will be available in two variations:
Blue/Purple/White Marble… /346 copies.
Clear Beer w/hints of Red….. /79 copies
Head over to the DEVILDANCE RECORDS WEBSTORE (devildancerecords.bigcartel.com) to order you copy(ies) right now!
The first 10 people to order the records will also receive a special LMR bundle which includes:
1 MAD/SAD LP
1 Let Me Run T Shirt
2 Let Me Run Pins
2 Let Me Run Patches
1 Self titled Let Me Run EP CD
One lucky fan will also receive a test press of MAD/SAD with their order!
Somewhere between pop-punk and A Wilhelm Scream you will find Holyoke, Massachusetts alternative rock quintet, The Stereo State. To some, a combination of the two musical concepts might be a scary proposition, but one listen to the Stereo State’s earnest and honest music and a quick conversion is sure to commence. The guys will be the first to admit that they are not breaking much new ground here, but that is not what they are all about. Rather, the quintet aims to create something that is authentic and passionate. To that end, they have accomplished all that and more.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Andy Frongillo – Vocals, Brandon Spence – Drums, Gabe Griffin – Guitar & Vocals, Matthew Spence – Guitars, Pat Kelliher – The Bass.
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Home base for us is Holyoke, Massachusetts. That is where Matt, Brandon, and Gabe grew up. Andy is from the Boston area and Pat is originally from Connecticut.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Matt, Brandon, and Gabe have been playing together since the late ‘90s, but we started The Stereo State in the summer of 2008 with Andy. Our prior bands had come to an end and we wanted to work with each other, so we started writing that summer and later that year started doing some shows.
Why should people listen to your band?
We write music because we have something to say, not something to prove. There are many other bands out there still creating honest music and they are genuinely inspired. I am very happy we have been consistently kept in that category over the years. If that is important to you I encourage you to give our records a chance.
How have you grown since you started?
The end of our last band had us writing much more technical and faster paced music. At that time the lyrics and the melodies always took a backseat to anything else. The Stereo State began in the tail end of that and quickly evolved into something different. The lyrics and the melody are now paramount in our music. Each song needs to be a great song even with just a single guitar and vocal. I feel that with each record we grow more comfortable as artists and we have a much better idea of how we want our band to sound. I know calling ourselves “artists” sounds pretentious but I mean that in every sense of the word.
What sets you apart from other bands in the scene?
At the end of the day we are not reinventing the wheel. However I do not think any band has ever quite done what it is that we do. We set out to write music that we love, and we want it to be honest and relevant. Our influences pull equally from the texture and passion of Samiam, Farside, and Jawbreaker and on the other hand it is the attitude and charisma of bands like Lagwagon, Bodyjar, and ALL. I feel the end result sounds inherently different than any bands currently making music, if not ever. I cannot claim that is intentional though, it is just the sound of what we are doing.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
Writing and playing music with each other. I am not sure if that sounds corny or cliché but it is such a privilege to be playing with people you care about so much about and who inspire you to be a better writer and musician. That is as good as it gets.
Dear Ann Coulter of the Day: After Ann Coulter referred to President Obama as a retard in a tweet during Monday night’s presidential debate, Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens penned her this open letter:Dear Ann Coulter,
Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?
I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.
I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.
Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next.
Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.
Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more.
After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV.
I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash.
Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.
No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.
Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.
A friend you haven’t made yet, John Franklin Stephens Global Messenger Special Olympics Virginia