Here is another example of a Science Heroes song in the early
stages of development. For this one I took the liberty of adding
some synth instruments on my own--just suggestions for melody
lines, etc. We have yet to do an official recording of this song
but we have a video of us preforming it live in our practice space.
You'll notice how differently the final version turned out.
Science Heroes has
a number of different ways in which we develop songs. One of those
ways starts with me and my guitar. Basically, I write a song
complete with lyrics and chord progression (as you do). At that
point, the song sounds a lot like the above track.
When I feel like I've done as much as I can do on my own, I
bring the song to band practice and Josiah starts to flesh it out
with electronic instruments. During this step in the process,
Josiah will usually come up with a key bridge or breakdown that
pulls the whole thing together. In this case it was the 'extro'.
Have a listen to both versions; let us know what you think.
On March 19th we played The Redoux Parlour in Eugene, Oregon
with fellow Eugeniuses The Tunnel Kings and Control, Inc.
The Venue The
is more than a clothing store: they're designers as well. I know
nothing about fashion myself, so it's probably best if you check
them out for yourself--across from Sweet life, next to Laughing
Planet in the Whiteaker distract.
There is a small stage in the store and once all the clothing
racks are cleared out, it makes for a really great venue.
Comfortable wood floors for the audience to stand on, clothing
lining the walls creating a nice sound space. It works out really
well. Definitely catch a show there, but do some shopping before
hand as well.
The Tunnel Kings We first played with
Kings a few years ago at The Black Forest. They were minors and
got kicked out as soon as they came off the stage. I was impressed
with the raw talent of those kids at the time, but they've even
come a long way since then. I was standing there on Friday, just
listening, and my friend Jeff leans over and sort of understates,
"The guitar players in this band are really good." The fact of the
matter is The Tunnel Kings are a solid rock band in every regard.
Song writing, musicianship, presence--it's all there. Here's a
video of one of the songs I enjoyed.
I couldn't explain it, you just had to see it for yourself. I
told them after the show, "Eugene's not ready for you, but they
should be." I love this band.* We need one or two more doing the
same type of thing so that we can start a scene.
Science Heroes Remember when I mentioned that we put a little extra into our
live shows that might not necessarily be on the recording. Well,
here's an example. This is the end of New World as we play it live.
If you have
Transmission Zero Hour, you'll recognize the beginning part of
this video, but after a while it will diverge into something else
completely. The sound quality isn't great in here, but, enjoy:
"Weber and Martens’ history together shines through on
Transmission Zero Hour. It is not a debut record from a band that
recently formed and wrote an album together. The nine songs on the
disc sound stage-tested and perfected; the tracks blend together
into a cohesive album, showcasing a band that’s found its niche
through years of playing together."
Not a bad review, you ask me.
Don't forget to come see us tonight at
w/ Tunnel Kings and Control.
We've settled on some dates for a small Northwest tour. They
are as follows:
Eugene - Wed, May 5
Portland - Thurs, May 6
Seattle - Fri, May 7
Spokane - Sat, May 8
Olympia - Sun, May 9
The Eugene show is planned for Gutenberg College to celebrate
the birthday of their "patron saint" Soren Kierkegaard, but the
rest of the dates do not have venues booked yet. So, help us out.
If you know of any good venues in any of these cities, or bands
that might be a good match for us, let us know.
As you may well know, we released our first full-length
Hour, on Saturday February 27th, 2010. We played a show at The
Muse Lounge in Eugene, OR with
The Slants and
same night. It was a hell of a show and a really top-notch venue.
Here's some of the lovely people in attendance:
The Venue: The Muse Lounge
is new in Eugene. The building used to be "Jo's Bar and Grill" over
there on 21 6th Ave next to what used to be Taboo. Nice atmosphere,
staff, stage, sound--all of it as good as it gets. If you get a
chance to see a show there, go; you'll be right up close and
personal with the artists and Joel (the sound tech) will make them
Archeology: Although Archeology sounds nothing like Science Heroes
(they'd be more at home playing with The Shins, Fleet Foxes or
Blitzen Trapper), I think we have a similar approach to song
writing: unique song structures with divers influences and strong
narrative elements. I was really impressed with the songs they
played from their new album--which comes out March 16th, btw.
Exquisite vocal harmonies and pop hooks galore. Here's one of my
favorites from their performance that night:
These guys are hot shit right now. They're getting tons of
critical acclaim in Portland where they're from. They played with
Rabbit recently. As the story goes, Frightened Rabbit actually
found them on myspace and asked if they would open for them--I'm
waiting for David Bowie to do the same for us. We've been playing
shows together since the early days of Science Heroes and you can't
ask for nicer or more insightful guys to shoot the breeze with
about the music industry and what's working and not working for
It's a fun song that does
a good job getting bodies moving. You might notice some variation
between the live version of the song and the studio version. We try
to do things a little different when we play live. When we perform
World, for example, it has a really kick ass extended jam at
the end of it that comes right out of left field. One of these days
we'll get good video of it and post it to the blog, but until then
you'll just have to come out and see us perform live.
The Slants: What can I say about The Slants? How about this: my dear
friend, award winning poet
had such a big man crush on them after the show that he came up to
me practically begging for $6 (he had $4 already--god knows how he
got it) so that he could buy their CD. This bohemian (e.g. cheap
ass) motherfucker probably hadn't even downloaded our album yet
(for FREE mind you) and he's hitting me up for money to buy The
Slants' album. I'm not surprised, really; The Slants have that
effect on people. Look at all the people they're effecting in this
Science Heroes has a lot to learn about showmanship from
these guys, that's for sure. After the show, we had a great
conversation about what makes a good stage performance; they liked
our gear, we liked their sweet break moves. The Slants have a new
album coming out on March 16th as well.
So that was the Muse Lounge show. Don't forget that you can
stream our album for free at our music store (click on 'music' in
the panel to your right) and download it for as much or as little
as you want to pay for it--free even.
*The sidebar with the top 20 Portland artists; they're #9.
**This video is not of the show at the Muse Lounge. As if you
Here's some links to articles in Eugene papers concerning the
release of our new album
Transmission Zero Hour:
Weekly--scroll down, you'll get there. It's short but sweet.
Register Guard--the extended interview version.
Here's the deal: We're distributing our album through
bandcamp. It's really easy. Alls
yous gots ta do is click on
music (to the
right there) and that will take you to our music store. We're doing
the whole pay-what-you-want deal. Main thing is: we want people to
have our album. If you got some extra cash lying around, throw it
our way. If not, we're cool.
Here's another track off the album: