The Wild!, Dark Sky Choir
124 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
THE TITLE OF ADRENALINE MOB'S SECOND FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, MEN OF HONOR [CENTURY MEDIA], REPRESENTS THE BAND'S COLLECTIVE PHILOSOPHY. IT'S A MINDSET OF RESPECT FOR BOTH THE HARD ROCK GENRE AND THEIR DIEHARD FAN BASE. IT ALSO SETS THE TONE FOR THE QUARTET'S NEXT CHAPTER.
"MY DAD CAME UP WITH THE TITLE, BELIEVE IT OR NOT," ADMITS LEAD GUITARIST MIKE ORLANDO [SONIC STOMP] . "WE WERE THINKING ABOUT NAMES FOR THE RECORD, AND HE SAID, 'WHY DON'T YOU GUYS CALL IT UOMINI D'ONORE [TRANSLATION - MEN OF HONOR]?' I KNEW THAT WAS IT. WE'RE TIGHT LIKE BROTHERS. THIS IS A MUSICAL GANG. THE MESSAGE IS TO STAND STRONG WITH ADRENALINE MOB. REGARDLESS OF WHAT'S CHANGED, WE ARE MEN OF HONOR, AND WE WILL HONOR THIS ENTITY UNTIL WE DIE."
THE ALBUM REMAINS EMBLEMATIC OF THEIR STEADFAST ADHERENCE TO THE FOUNDATION LAID ON 2012'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT, OMERTÀ, AND THE 2013 COVERS EP, COVERTÀ. WITH VETERAN DRUMMER A.J. PERO, NOW IN THE FOLD ALONGSIDE BASSIST JOHN MOYER [DISTURBED], SINGER RUSSELL ALLEN [SYMPHONY X, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA], AND ORLANDO, THE BAND LANDS A KNOCKOUT PUNCH THROUGH INCENDIARY SOLOS, UNSHAKABLE GUITAR GROOVES, AND CRUSHINGLY CATCHY HOOKS. AT THE SAME TIME, THE CREATIVE PALETTE EXPANDS WITH ACOUSTIC GUITARS AND MAGNETIC MELODIES. IT'S AS DYNAMIC AS IT IS DESTRUCTIVE.
UPON FINISHING A SOUTH AMERICAN RUN WITH HALESTORM IN MID-2013, ORLANDO IMMEDIATELY RETREATED TO HIS SONIC STOMP STUDIOS TO BEGIN WORKING ON WHAT WOULD BECOME THE GROUP'S SECOND FULL-LENGTH ALBUM. ORIGINAL DRUMMER MIKE PORTNOY RECENTLY DEPARTED AMICABLY AFTER THE TOUR CITING SCHEDULING CONFLICTS, AND THE GUITAR PLAYER FOCUSED ALL OF HIS ENERGIES ON SONGWRITING.
"I WAS DYING TO WRITE," HE SMILES. "I LOCKED MYSELF IN MY STUDIO FOR THREE WEEKS AND BROUGHT RUSSELL 13 IDEAS AFTERWARDS. WE HAD A REALLY CLEAR VISION THIS TIME AROUND. OMERTÀ WAS MATERIAL I HAD BEEN WORKING ON FOR A LONG WHILE. I KNEW EXACTLY WHERE THE BAND HAD TO GO HERE. IT CAME FROM PLAYING LIVE AND SEEING THE REACTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE. EVERYTHING WE LOVE TO DO MUSICALLY IS ON THIS ALBUM. IT'S REAL, HEAVY, AND MELODIC HARD ROCK."
"WE KEPT THE INTEGRITY OF WHAT ADRENALINE MOB SOUNDS LIKE, BUT WE PUSHED THE BOUNDARIES A LITTLE BIT TOO," CONTINUES ALLEN. "ON THIS RECORD, MIKE AND I STRONGLY IDENTIFIED THE SOUND OF THE BAND. IT FEELS LIKE IT CAME TOGETHER FOR REAL. THIS IS US."
THAT NO-NONSENSE GUSTO COURSES THROUGH THE PROPULSIVE "FEEL THE ADRENALINE". THE SONG GOES FROM ZERO-TO-SIXTY IN LESS THAN A SECOND, COASTING AHEAD AT FULL SPEED ON A PUMMELING RIFF, MIND-BLOWING BASS LINE, AND ALLEN'S INIMITABLE WAIL.
"IT'S ABOUT A CAR, BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT US," ORLANDO EXPLAINS. ARE YOU FEELING THE ADRENALINE WE'RE BRINGING YOU AS A BAND? YOU CAN TAKE IT A FEW WAYS. THERE'S THE DOUBLE ENTENDRE OF A BEAUTIFUL GIRL AND THE CAR TOO. IT'S WHATEVER GETS YOU REVVED UP."
"YOU COULD CALL THAT SONG 'ADRENALINE MOB'," LAUGHS ALLEN. "IT'S A STAPLE OF THE BAND'S HEAVY SOUND THAT MIXES THE CLASSIC VIBE AND NEWER ELEMENTS. IT'S A DRIVING FORCE. YOU CRANK IT, AND YOU GO. IT GETS YOUR BLOOD PUMPING. WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE MOVED BY IT. IT'S VERY BASIC, BUT IT'S REALLY POWERFUL. WE WANT LISTENERS TO TAKE THAT RIDE WITH US."
ALBUM OPENER "MOB IS BACK" CHANNELS AN "ERUPTION"-STYLE BOMBAST WITH ITS GRANDIOSE SHREDDING, WHILE "HOUSE OF LIES" CAPTURES AN INTENSE ENERGY OF ITS OWN. ABOUT THE LATTER, ORLANDO GOES ON, "IT'S HIGH ENERGY WITH A COOL GROOVE AND SEXY BASS LINE. IT'S ABOUT A STRIP CLUB. YOU GO INTO THOSE PLACES, AND THEY'RE HOUSES OF LIES. MAKE ME FEEL GOOD. LIE TO ME HONEY!"
ELSEWHERE, THE FINAL WORD ON "FALLIN' TO PIECES" SHOWS THE MORE PENSIVE AND POETIC SIDE OF THE GROUP PUNCTUATED BY GENTLE ACOUSTIC STRUMMING. "IT'S DIFFERENT FOR US," ADDS ORLANDO. "WE GOT THE CHANCE TO SHOW EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN DO."
"I PLAYED MIKE THIS IDEA ON THE ACOUSTIC," SAYS ALLEN. "WE FED OFF OF EACH OTHER THOUGH. I WANTED A 'TELL IT LIKE IT IS' SONG. EVERYBODY IN NEW JERSEY AND STATEN ISLAND REALLY SUFFERED FROM HURRICANE SANDY LAST YEAR. MIKE SAW IT FIRSTHAND. I WANTED TO REACH THOSE PEOPLE WITH THE SONG AND SPEAK TO THEM IN A WAY. THAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND IT. WE ALL GO THROUGH THINGS THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO GIVE UP AND LAY DOWN AND DIE. YOU CAN'T THOUGH."
SINCE FIRST BURSTING ON TO THE SCENE IN 2011, ADRENALINE MOB HAS ALSO BECOME AN EXPLOSIVE LIVE PRESENCE. TOURING WITH EVERYBODY FROM GODSMACK TO HALESTORM, THEY'VE CONTINUALLY LEFT AUDIENCES BEGGING FOR MORE WORLDWIDE.
ULTIMATELY, THEY HONOR THOSE CROWDS THE MOST. "I WANT EVERYONE WHO LISTENS TO THIS TO FEEL PSYCHED," CONCLUDES ORLANDO. "I WANT THEM TO GET EXCITED ABOUT WATCHING US KICK ASS LIVE. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE'RE A LIVE BAND. THE ALBUM CONVEYS THAT. I THINK IT'S GOING TO LEAVE EVERYBODY WITH A VARIETY OF EMOTIONS, AND THERE'S NOTHING BETTER THAN GETTING A REACTION."
"THIS IS A ROCK 'N' ROLL MAFIA," ALLEN LEAVES OFF. "WE'RE HERE, AND WE MEAN BUSINESS. MEN OF HONOR IS A STAMP THAT SAYS WE HONOR THIS MUSIC, AND WE'RE NEVER GOING TO BETRAY IT."
Former bandmates of the successful independent act, Bucknife, Dylan Villain (guitar/vocals), Lucas "Boozus" Jancikic (bass/vocals) and Rowdy "Rick" Riegs (drums) amalgamated to create a sound that is properly described as "The bastard son of AC/DC and ZZ Top".
Hailing from Kelowna, British Columbia, The Wild! are living anything but the cliché faux-California lifestyle the Okanagan is known for. Instead, they are ripe with grit, Southern-fried twang and a give-'em-hell attitude that has struck a chord with listeners everywhere. Blending a bold mixture of supercharged rock and roll, blues and equipped punkrock attitude, The Wild! is recognized as being a reckless group of individuals who write music for reckless groups of individuals. "We aim to write music that makes people feel something" says frontman, Dylan Villain. "Whether it's to dance, yell, fight or just get straight up fuckin' crazy, we're writing this music with strong conviction for what we stand for; having a good time in the name of the party and in the name Rock and Roll." Further to the point, The Wild! is quick to admit that they draw their influence from their troubled pasts, the road, and good old fashioned parties. Backed by the gratuitous citing by Raw Dog (The Jason Ellis Show) that legitimately labels The Wild! as "Shitkicker Rock", the band embodies the unpolished backwoods with a sincerity to produce a musical experience that is nothing short of fucking brilliant.
2012 proved to be an eventful year for The Wild! with their first single, Road House, released. Road House was then featured on The Jason Ellis Show on FACTION (Sirius/XM) and is in current rotation in the UK (Steve Taylor's show 'Retro Rock' on 102.5FM – Stourbridge), Canada (Power 104.7FM – Kelowna) and on various online stations such as Punkradiocast.ca and Hotshotbands.com. After teaming up with Vancouver hip-hop music video director, Stuey Kubrick, the Road House music video received more than 10,000 views in its first week and an additional 20,000 views within the first month. Backing the vision, sound and attitude of The Wild! Adrian Grenier, star of Entourage and owner of Wreckroom Records in NYC, posted a link to the Road House video on his Twitter feed.
Maintaining the momentum of the past year, The Wild! is currently working on their EP, Wild at Heart, slated for an early 2013 release. Following up Road House, Party 'til You're Dead is expected to be the next single to go viral. The Wild! hasn't only garnered a reputation for their vocals, but also their stage presence and with plans for a spring tour in the works, The Wild! delivers fans straight-up good-time parties celebrating a no-bullshit approach to music and entertainment.
Dark Sky Choir
Dark Sky Choir is an original hard rock/metal band from NY/NJ. The band was originally formed by 4 veterans of the area music scene as a classic metal tribute band playing the music they all grew up listening to. Metal fans continued to flock to their area shows in large numbers and the conversation about writing their own music began almost immediately. Spurred by the soaring voice of vocalist/front man “Hollywood How,” it was inevitable that “these guys have to do originals.” “Hollywood How” has spent many years on the local scene fronting various bands, most notably a Judas Priest tribute band, which showcased his stunning vocal range. Guitarist Fred Gorhau spent the last 7 years touring the USA and Canada with the holiday-themed progressive band The Wizards of Winter, playing alongside some of the original vocalists from Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Fred has also toured the USA and Europe as guitarist for the metal band Exxplorer. Drummer Mike Sakowski has been a drum teacher and career drummer for the past few decades. He has performed the local scene with countless cover bands and also toured the US and Europe with metal band Exxplorer. Veteran bassist Joe Stabile has been a constant member of the NY/NJ scene with decades of experience performing with 80’s bands Monroe, Taylen Storm, hard rock outfit Lords of Mercy, countless national acts, and touring with veteran metallers Anvil.
Inspired by a lifetime love of metal, Dark Sky Choir brings years of live and recording experience to the table with their own brand of hard rock and metal. Their self-titled debut is due to be released in the spring/summer of 2017, and is sure to gain national attention on the metal scene.
$20 ADV $22 DOS
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