Ok so I spent most of this show laughing! It’s not surprising really as joining us from a secret location in the beautiful state of California was ERIC BLACK better known as EROCK producer and host of the weekly show REVOLVER UNDERGROUND.
I am finding it very hard to know what to write in this week’s blog post because to be honest the show is best listened to, there is no way I can replicate the banter and the humour that happened throughout the show! It all started in the first 2 minutes when he told us that he had been herpes free since 1983 and then went on to describe his tattoo! (See above photo), Well from there on we knew we were in for a great show!
Like Mark and I EROCK is trying to get the word out to those that take the time to tune into our shows – that you don’t have to listen to a mainstream radio station to hear fantastic music, in fact listen to REVOLVER UNDERGROUND and you will not only hear some of the best independent music around but you will also find out about heaps of useless random crap!
Erock told us that he has no idea why his hour-long show has been a success! Of course it has nothing to do with his drop dead sexy dj voice, his warped sense of humour and his ability to bring a smile on the face of those that listen! And Yes my husband and I are one of many that do tune in and listen when we are able!
Erock prides himself on only presenting the best music on his show and has an ever-increasing submission list of hopefuls hoping to be the artist featured on his next show!
Erock told Mark and I that it all started in the corn state of the world Iowa (I thought it was potatoes but that is somewhere completely different)6 years ago when he was working for a privately run radio station. He got the idea to produce a pre-recorded show that featured not only local Independent musicians, but also artist from all over the world.
So in 2008 Erock developed a 30 min indie rock show, and after receiving other genres of music, he thought why not open it up for other genres other than rock and run it for an hour! So that is how REVOLVER UNDERGROUND was born and has been growing in numbers ever since! To date he is reaching listeners from all over the world and last count was around the 150,000 mark, which is a fantastic achievement!
I just had a thought as I am writing this…….we never did ask him how he came up with the name for the show! Duh!
Love this photo.
EROCK has had the great pleasure of interviewing from the red carpet at some big music events. He related to us one of his first experiences while working for BALCONY TV in NASHVILLE, which was to interview at the GRAMMY’S! Paris Hilton, Steve Vai, Bret Michaels and Johnny Lang are just a few of the stars that he has interviewed! You can check out some of the videos from this event from his site. And its not as clear cut as you think it is…..its damn hard work but EROCK does it with style!
Check out the interviews from the Red Carpet of the Grammies
BALCONY TV NASHVILLE http://www.balconytv.com/nashville
Erock has the funniest sense of humour and if you check out his web page, you will see some examples of that, especially if you take the time to read his blog post about his journey from Nashville to L.A! You just have to take a look at the above photo; I mean is that the look of a serious person!
You really need too listen to our interview with EROCK to appreciate what he is doing for all INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS everywhere! You will also hear how he behaved when I decided to send him off on a deserted island, gee talk about trying my patience! I mean, what guest comes on and wants to know about the real estate value of my desert island before I let them take three items with them? Gee! EROCK in a hula skirt and jellybeans, now that would be a Kodak moment! See, now you have to go check out the show to find out what that was all about, trust me, you will laugh as hard as I did throughout the show!
So, go grab a drink or two, some nibbles and go find somewhere comfy to sit and listen to this fun filled show!
Erock is also a musician, and normally we will feature three songs from our guest, however today we focused today more on the radio show and asked Erock to choose the songs that he wished us to present (one actually was his own band though)
MANIC BLOOM- PUSH OFF THE GROUND
Epic Melodic Rock band from Nashville, TN!
“Three years after forming in a room where the only pieces of furniture were a piano bench and a drum throne, Manic Bloom is finding its voice. It wasn’t the delusion of grandeur or the promise of fame that inspired the five members to let go of everything and pursue their musical ambitions. That isn’t quite the style of Nashville, Tennessee’s “Epic Melodic Rock” band.
“We played plenty of shows to empty rooms when we were first starting out,” drummer Jeff Brinkley admits. “It was during that time we had to ask ourselves a lot of questions about who we are and what we were trying to accomplish. If any of those answers had anything to do with money or stardom, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
5 M.I.C-Z – HEAD TURNA
“I’m am not a singer nor am I a rapper.
I’m not a producer nor am I a writer.
If it’s too confusing I’ll end the confusion.
I am 5 M.I.C-Z, and my DNA is music..”
MORTAL RISING – FEEL AGAIN
Mortal Rising is a Folk-Rock duo originally from Des Moines, Iowa. Brother in-laws who finally decided to write a song for a Nashville Talent Search. This endeavor led to their official beginning in September 2008. Releasing their first single “Feel Again” December 2008, EROCK and Vance Lambert are writing and recording demos for their near future EP… Thank you for checking out our page! Please leave comments!!!
I can’t believe that we have had two of their songs on the rotation for a long time now and we never realised that this was EROCK’s Band. Btw I never told Erock this but, I love the dreads and I never did ask him what made him lose them! L.
Anyway this is EROCK’S BAND and during the show he told us that he really wants to get back to recording and performing again! At the moment there has been a bit of a hiatus, well not surprising really with one in L.A and the other in Nashville. But with technology the way it is today anything can happen!
Check out REVOLVER UNDERGROUND web page
If you wish to submit music to EROCK for consideration for airplay please check out this link: http://www.revolverunderground.com/#!submit-music
Please bear in mind that if you do submit your music, that it could take some time to be considered. Like Mark and I we do this on our own time and we don’t have a team of people working with us! So please be patient!
During the show, Erock also talked about TOXIC TUESDAYS at La Velvet Margarita Cantina, which is the no1 Mexican restaurant and live in Hollywood!
http://velvetmargarita.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/clubtoxicLA
Here are a couple of interviews that EROCK did at TOXIC TUESDAY
9 Electric Interview With Revolver Underground
Micah Electric and M. Lopez stopped by Toxic Tuesdays at Velvet Margarita Cantina in Hollywood…and then they ran into me. I’m fine but they may not be. Anywho…we had a little chat about what it takes to put on a great show, a few influences and what to watch out for in the industry as a new artists. Take a listen!
Jason Sutter Interview With Revolver Underground
Current Marilyn Manson drummer Jason Sutter stopped by Toxic Tuesdays! Hear about his experience in the music industry, Which gig has been the hardest to perform in and what advice he gives to new artists!
Eric, thank you so much for taking the time to join Mark and I and let us get to know you a bit better……well, I think we did, maybe, maybe not lol. Anyway, now that we have met, we will certainly help you promote your show! We would love to have you back in the not too distant future; you were heaps of fun! Next time we will give you a bit more notice!
INDIE MUSIC BUS – BAND OF THE MONTH
LOVE AND A .38 – JUST A WOMAN
“Love and a .38 are not to be trusted. This four-piece hard rock band from Los Angeles has given rock- starved fans something to get excited about. They’ve crafted a sound that is both familiar yet fresh, blending growling guitars with catchy, emotionally powered vocals. Fuelled by instinct and driven by desire, they have written songs that fans from across the rock spectrum can get behind”.
If you would like to connect with Walter Hargrave and hop on the INDIE MUSIC BUS please check out this link http://indiemusicbus.com/
THE COMO BROTHERS BAND – LATE NIGHTS
I chose this song, as it is one of my favourites off their new album BABY STEPS that was released on ITunes on 1st October. I have purchased this album and it is now playing in my iphone and ipod! Love it!
“Matt and Andrew Como are songwriters and musicians that value organic music, musicianship, and songs with original integrity. Music is not a hobby of the brothers but a way of life and a career. Early in life, their father and his brothers would play at family parties. Growing up in this environment inspired them to play music, and it fast became a central part of their lives.”
LATE NIGHTS the official video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYGZxwuLIEE
BABY STEPS the new album https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/baby-steps/id712299277
We also showcased the following artists:
MOONSHOT – SOMETIMES ANGELS WEAR BLACK
“London based Moonshot (Daniel Kent and Richard Wolfe) combine atmospheric dance and electronica with pop melodies to create songs that are challenging yet accessible. Blending the pop sensibilities of 80s electronic bands with cutting edge rhythms and beats, Moonshot occupy a unique and relevant space in the current music scene. New LP Angels Wear Black continues the bands prolific output which has produced six albums and three EPs in 10 years.”
CORT CARPENTER – LIPSTICK ON A CIGARETTE
“Cort Carpenter has taken the Northwest and Southern California by storm and has left a wake of amazing new fans and excited venue owners each time he plays! Cort is now located in Nashville TN, and is making a name for himself in one of the biggest entertainment cities in the world. Cort has packed out each venue he has played in Nashville thus far, and the trend continues…
Cort & his band have the parking lots packed an hour before the show starts and the dance floor jammed till the last song is played.”
THE STONE PINES – STRAIGHT THROUGH
“Part Rock, part Blues, and with a hint of Reggae, The Stone Pines are tenacious about creating a new brand of soulful classic Rock and Blues with a wide range of sound and energy. Josh Larsson (Lead Singer), Ryan Krumins (Lead Guitar), and Corey Fenton (Rhythm Guitar) have a longstanding history playing music together, and were excited to reform the band in early 2010 after a long hiatus from their previous reggae-rock band, Thornbird. They were soon joined by Clark Buchanan on bass and enlisted the services of “Slick” Tim Watson (James Byrnes, Sam Roberts) on drums and the new band was complete.”
RICK BRINDELL –MY GUITAR MAKES ME WANT TO SING THE BLUES
“The musical genre is a combination of Blues; Country, Rock, and Folk. A finger-style guitar player by trade, I have written songs that are fun; satirical; sophisticated; current; and touching.
His songs are easy to relate to with themes from everyday life. From a satirical complaint about technology; to a spoof on a common colloquialism; to an uplifting theme after a devastating storm, and of course a love song.”
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