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ROCKIN' 101 MINNESOTA HOMEGROWN
Attn: Tim Ryan
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Minnesota has a TON of very talented bands. Every month Minnesota
Homegrown will highlight one of those local favorites. As music fans
who support the local music scene, simply vote for one of the five choices
in the right hand column. You can vote ONCE PER DAY.
The band who has the most votes during the month will kick off Minnesota
Homegrown for every show of that month. We'll also highlight the
band right here at Rockin101 - dot - com.
Top non-winning band will carry though to the next month's voting.
NOTE: Bands can only carry over one month.
Qualified band should have enough material for a month of airplay on
November 20, 2016
Average Mammals "The Senses" (Band of the Month)
Sirens & Stardust "Scar"
Buzzard "Fists Of Thunder"
Blue Felix "Beating Heart"
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Flipp "Le De Da"
Modern Condition "Crack The Code"
Lamp Shade Betty "Party At The End Of The World"
Cold Kingdom "The Moon And The Fool"
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Sin City Escape "White Flag"
City Of The Weak "Censor This"
Left In The Lurch "Out Of The Night"
Crossroader "Touch Of Cruel"
Arena "Take Me Down"
NOVEMBER 2016 BAND OF THE MONTH
Ryan Mulner -
Vocals & Guitar
Grant Hagen - Bass
Josh Lubovich - Drums
Average Mammals out of Hibbing, Minnesota, have taken the area by
surprise. While bands are being turned out of the Twin Cities and the Twin
Ports on a regular basis, they have worked their way out of a smaller
environment with an original mix of indie-rock and other original
experimental material featuring solid instrumental and vocals that
shouldn't be ignored with their latest album, Life Under the Influence.
Their music has evolved over some years and they recorded many of the
songs on Life Under the Influence locally, but eventually went out to Pie
Studios in Pasadena, CA in June 2013 to record a final version of several
years of material. The results of the album launched the band into another
step of their current place in Mid-West rock.
The band consists of Ryan Mulner (guitar/vocals), Grant Hagen (bass) and
Josh Lubovich (percussion/backing vocals). Mulner mixes songwriting with a
definite drive to this band's material. Average Mammals are an unexpected
addition to the music scene of what is coming out up north. They have the
charisma to keep people happy for hours and the original purity to gain
the attention of the most discerning of concert goers. Over the years
they've gained a definite presence that is undeniable.
OCTOBER 2016 BAND OF THE MONTH
Spencer Olson -
Andy Olson -
Version 5 brings an addictive blend of rock and electronic instrumentation
that grabs the listener and hits them with catchy hooks that won't let go.
This quickly caught the attention of multi-platinum record producer Jeff
Blue (Macy Gray, Linkin Park), and in December of 2013 they recorded 3
singles, which are now available on major online retailers.
Version 5, or [v5] is an electronic rock duo featuring brothers Andy and
Spencer Olson. They got their start playing music after their Grandfather
(a Midwest Rock & Country Hall of Famer) bought them their first guitars
in 2003. After playing with numerous bands and lineup changes, they
decided to strip it down to a two-piece in January of 2013.
[v5], create an inventive live feel from blending live vocals and
instrumentation while also implementing and triggering beats and
industrial style effects. This creates an infectious combination of rock
and electronic/industrial (“Elo-Rock”) that is perfect for fans of Nine
Inch Nails, Muse, & Linkin Park.
In 2009 lead guitarist Jimi Paulet and frontman Max Bergstrom were jamming
together and trying to get a band off the ground. They immediately started
putting together a killer set list and began the search for band members
to fill out the rest of their lineup. Soon afterwards, Avenue Army was
born. Over the next few years Avenue Army played Minneapolis-St. Paul’s
most iconic venues, all the while crafting their unique, radio-friendly
alt. rock sound; combining catchy vocal melodies and harmonies with
hard-hitting drums, low-end bass, and gritty guitars. In 2013 they
released their breakout debut album “Words With Action” to critical
acclaim and followed it up with their first national tour in early 2014.
Shortly afterwards, drummer Jeremy Galloway and bassist Josh Thacker
joined Avenue Army. Fully armed with a ton of new material they wrote
while touring and playing the Minnesota club scene, Avenue Army returns to
the studio to record their follow-up album entitled “On The Level” which
will be available this Fall. Come join the army of fans who support the
band and find out what the buzz is all about!
AUGUST 2016 BAND OF THE MONTH
Pete Haas, Lead
Slinger, Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Duane Plath, Rhythm/Lead Guitars and Backing Vocals
Andrew Dubman, Bass
Jay ‘Bomb’ Stevens, Drums and Backing Vocals
FATAL KALIBER was formed in North Minneapolis in September 2008. The name
came about thanks to the Military Channel and a program it aired about
body armor and damage caused by varying calibers of bullets. From 2009 to
2011, the band went through its share of lineup changes and jokingly
compared itself to an Xbox video game: each year there was a new version
that was better than the previous one, with a couple new characters. In
2011 the band solidified its lineup and entered The Terrarium recording
studio in Minneapolis in February 2012 to record its debut self-titled CD.
Before the CD was released, the band knew its rhythm guitarist was
leaving. After finding a replacement, Fatal Kaliber spent the next couple
of years playing a steady schedule of shows in the Twin Cities.
In recent years, the band started gaining traction on the local scene by
putting together consistently solid shows with distinguished bands in its
peer network and receiving airplay on Minneapolis radio. The members of
Fatal Kaliber focused on writing songs with better dynamics as part of a
natural growth period during this time. In early 2015, the band replaced
its bass player and continued with plans to record again later in the
year. Fatal Kaliber returned to The Terrarium studio and recorded 11 songs
with an idea to release one EP in 2015 and another in 2016. The EP titled
‘Bashed On The Rocks’ was released on December 4, 2015. The band’s
performance at its EP release party caught the attention of a local
promoter - it led to Fatal Kaliber’s recent appearance at Rock Fest 2016
in Cadott, Wisconsin that featured national acts Alice In Chains,
Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, and others.
Fatal Kaliber’s EP titled ‘Grab A Vice’ was released on July 22, 2016.
Prior to its release date, the EP’s opening track ‘Shine’ received airplay
on Minnesota radio stations.
Fatal Kaliber prides itself on being self-produced and sounding like a
classic hard rock band, especially since the members’ influences include
Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, and
others. When describing modern rock, Buckcherry’s Josh Todd was quoted as
saying “I just think it’s boring. I think it’s forgettable.” Song
structures and arrangements have certainly changed with modern rock, which
is why Fatal Kaliber is often described as a breath of fresh air on the
music scene - its music contains the same elements that made classic rock
memorable. A Fatal Kaliber show is full of raw energy and a certain amount
of unpredictability, just like a rock n’ roll show should be!
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE HAS RESURRECTED! Having survived severe
addictions, countless tours, the major label minefield, and the death of
guitarist Bryan Ottoson, they have returned to create new music and
decimate crowds across the globe. Following the 2007 deactivation of the
band (due to reasons that aren't terribly interesting), the classic
line-up of vocalist Cameron Heacock, bassist Chad Hanks, keyboard player
Justin Fowler, drummer Chris Emery and guitarist Karma Cheema is back! To
solidify their return, they've added guitarist Ted Hallows to round out
In November 2011, the band quietly embarked on a 10-date Midwest tour,
cheekily dubbed American Head Charge's Tourette, that saw them
triumphantly returning to markets they hadn't played since their earliest
days. The run concluded with a sold-out show at the 1,200 capacity
Primetime in Burnsville, MN. In the middle of the tour the band took a day
off to record live-to-tape 4 new songs and a cover of the Patti Smith
classic "Rock N Roll Nigger". These 5 songs, formally christened the Shoot
EP, were recorded by Don Debiase at Studio D Productions in Cleveland, OH,
and mixed by Dave Fortman at Balance Productions in New Orleans, LA.
Artwork was created by Sam "Mister-Sam" Shearon. "We're extremely proud of
this little gem. For an EP, it was a long, arduous process that spanned 5
states and 6 studios, but we persevered and succeeded." notes bassist and
co-founder, Chad Hanks. "This is our first major step back into the game,
and the next step in serving up a full-length AHC record. The "heavy music
scene" is even worse off than we left it 6 years ago. We're looking to
rectify that." "Shoot" was self released by the band on CD and digitally
on July 23, 2013. The first leg of the Shoot Tour soon followed on August
2nd in Madison, WI and wrapped up on September 6, 2013 with a blowout
homecoming event at the famed Minneapolis concert venue, First Avenue. The
band continued on with the Shoot Tour II in November of 2013 which marked
the first time the band toured the UK in several years and then returned
to the US in February for third and final leg, Shoot Tour III that
concluded on March 1, 2014.
In January, 2012, the band made their first appearance at the NAMM
convention in Anaheim, CA and headlined the Schecter Guitars party at The
Juke Joint. Making the most of their journey west, the band played another
9 shows and dubbed the run the West Coast Tourette. Shortly after the
Tourette wrapped, AHC were invited by fellow midwesterners Mushroomhead to
join them on their Head2Hed 3 tour (featuring Mushroomhead and Hed PE).
After (nearly) 40 shows across the USA, plus another dozen headline shows
after that, the band decamped to the studio to complete the Shoot EP and
work on new material for their upcoming fourth album.
American Head Charge burst onto the national scene in 2001 with their Rick
Rubin produced American Recordings debut The War of Art. Aggressive,
strange, cathartic, dangerous and, perhaps most importantly, different,
they blended the industrial grind of Ministry and Marilyn Manson with the
tripped-out melodic experimentation of Faith No More. OZZFEST 2001 and a
worldwide tour with Slipknot followed. During that time, The War of Art
went on to sell in excess of 250,000 units, and it propelled the band to
international acclaim with the singles "All Wrapped Up" and "Just So You
The follow-up, The Feeding had its genesis during the limbo in which AHC
found themselves after touring intensively behind their debut — two years
of prolonged exile from the road and ongoing internal tumult that found
several band members in a virtual death match with their personal demons.
American Recordings turned a deaf ear to their bold sonic forays, but Greg
Fidelman, who'd engineered The War Of Art, embraced the band's new
material. The band requested to leave AmericanRecordings, and signed with
Nitrus/DRT. "Rick Rubin was gracious enough to let us leave American
Recordings without hassle. It could have been a litigious nightmare," adds
AHC's final release before dissolving in 2007 was a DVD/CD compilation
ironically titled Can't Stop the Machine, a 75-minute documentary with
tour and studio footage from the five year period between the release of
The War Of Art and the conclusion of the touring for The Feeding. Packed
with numerous extras, music videos and live, remixed, and unreleased
tracks, viewers are granted an all-access pass to the enigmatic band like
never before. It also includes jarring and candidly-honest interviews with
members both past and present. Holding nothing back, the film captures the
dark genius inherent within American Head Charge.
American Head Charge have supported Wayne Static on a few select dates of
his 15th Anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip Tour and have returned to the UK
to perform at the Download Festival along with a performance in London
with Kill Devil Hill in June 2014. Based on the success of their recent
Indiegogo campaign to help fund the recording of a new album, American
Head Charge will be entering the studio this summer to begin recording a
American Head Charge have literally survived it all, and are back to show
that they are the stuff rock and roll is made from.
David E. Paquette
THE GREATEST BAND NEVER HEARD!
All original members of the 1980s/early 90s Minneapolis, MN original band
Chasing Colors released their first ever album available to the public
July 18th 2015.
The band has renamed ourselves, Chasing Colors...so much more
appropriate!! Chasing Colors (Formerly The Colour) back in the day were
compared to The Cure, U2 and even The Cars. Surprisingly, Louie Paretta
(Lead Vocals/Guitar), David Wagner (Bass/Vocals), David E. Paquette
(Drums/Vocals) and myself, Scott Patton (Lead Guitar/Vocals) have written
and professionally recorded original songs all through our careers but
were just never able to get past handing our cassette demo tapes out to
our fans at live shows. We had a good shot when local talk radio host
Terry “Griff” Griffen was managing us. Unfortunately, Terry passed away
from leukemia and with hard times, the band broke up. In the last two
decades, Louie Paretta, David E. Paquette and I were active in the local
music scene together as well as on our own. Louie then moved to Georgia,
had a go at it but later moved back to Minnesota. Louie played with local
musicians including Dave E. Paquette while I, Scott Patton had moved to
California, played in bands there, and after a decade moved back to
Minnesota. In 2014 we got the original band back together including Dave
Wagner on bass guitar who had taken a two decade hiatus from the music
Prince "Creep" (Radiohead cover live from Coachelle
Prince "Crimson And Clover" (Tommy James & the
Prince & the Revolution "Raspberry Beret"
Prince & the Revolution "7"
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Prince & the Revolution "When Doves Cry"
Prince & the Revolution "Purple Rain"
Foo Fighters "Darling Nikki"
Sinead O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U"
APRIL 2016 BAND OF THE MONTH
Crossroader was formed in the fall of 2012, after Johnny O'Neil and Kelly
Peterson teamed up to start an all-original hard rock band based on a
twin-lead guitar format. Kelly suggested Sean Smith for the lead vocalist
spot soon thereafter, and Billy Thayer joined on drums in the winter of
2013. The most recent member of Crossroader, bass guitarist Craig
Williams, joined the band in the spring of 2015.
Crossroader features five eminent veterans of the Twin Cities hard
rock/heavy metal scene, who have merged their songwriting and live
performance talents to create an incendiary musical force:
Andy Reyerson - Vocals & Guitar
Jesse Polak - Bass & Vocals
Matthew Wallberg - Guitar
Spencer Knefelkamp - Drums
A power house group of young, but experienced musicians with over 1,000
combined shows in the past 5 years, Arson River has Andy Reyerson at the
songwriting helm backed by Jesse Polak on Bass, Matt Wallberg on Guitar,
and Spencer Knefelkamp on Drums. Their debut record "Any given Day"
dropped late in 2014, and is quickly becoming one of the regional
benchmarks in Rock albums. All that combined with a pounding, heart
stopping, and massively entertaining live show, Arson River has what it
takes to do very big things. Poised to keep rolling further into the
public eye, they are currently supporting their debut record, playing with
other renowned acts on the regional and national levels. It goes without
saying, but you will want to keep an eye out and an ear open for these
Children 18:3 was originally formed in 1999 as a five-piece ska band, with
David on guitar, Seth on drums, and some friends that played bass guitar,
trumpet, and saxophone. In a later interview with HM Magazine, David
admitted, "It wasn't like we wanted to be a ska band. It's just that our
friends, who wanted to play horns, wanted to play with us. So it was like,
'Okay, we'll be a ska band.' It wasn't like a conscious decision." The
three friends ultimately left the band in 2001 and, after going through
several replacement bassists, David and Seth settled on their sister, Lee
Marie, a year later. Now adopting a punk rock sound, the band recorded
their first EP, Places I Don't Want To Go, in 2004 to sell at local shows.
Around the same time, the band entered the local Club 3 Degrees' annual
Music Tournament competition, and in 2005, they were awarded the grand
prize of free recording time at Winterland Studios in Minneapolis. The
band used this opportunity to record a second EP, Songs of Desperation,
investing their own money when they had used up the allotted time. The
band released the EP in 2006 and sent a copy to Tooth & Nail Records CEO
Brandon Ebel. Ebel, having already taken a liking to the band as one of
the judges at the Music Tournament, signed the band in January 2008.
The band released their self-titled debut, Children 18:3, on February 26,
2008. On April 21, 2015, the band released what is believed to be their
final album, Come In.
Dani Engum - Vocals
Evan Ogaard - Guitar
Jason Michael - Bass
Zac Boyd - Guitar/Vocals
Chris Morley - Drums/Percussion
Cold Kingdom was created to be a full-out, juggernaut hard rock band and
with their first released album, “The Moon and the Fool,” they achieved
their goal. Originating in Minneapolis in January of 2014, Cold Kingdom
has brought members from local rock bands to construct a lethal
combination of fury, rock, and emotion.
In their first year of performing live, they’ve had the experience of
playing with well-known acts such as Buckcherry, Saving Abel, Puddle of
Mudd, Saliva, Nonpoint, as well as festival slots on Northern Invasion,
RockFest and Summerfest. This is, of course, because of their distinctive
sound and unfailing drive to play energy-filled shows every time they walk
on stage. The singles “Crash Poet,” “Let it Burn,” and “Surrender” quickly
have become fan favorites and have lyrical and live footage videos online
that are rising in views every day. Their album is easily played from
front to back, over and over again because of its angry and sentimental
lyrics wrapped in an unbreakable hard rock casing.
Each member of the band brings something diverse and fresh to the table.
Dani, Evan, Jason, Zac, and Chris all work 9-5 jobs, but they knew that
being in a touring band means sacrifice is a given. They are all willing
to pay that price for their fans and their love of music. When you see
them at shows, you can tell they are a close nit family that is open to
making new fans and friends a-like. Their easy-going off stage personas
help to make approaching them at their merchandise booth or bar easy
because of their love making new supporters. They would also love to
accept the free shot you are offering them.
Just like many groups, Cold Kingdom had an unfortunate bump in the road at
the beginning of October 2015. They lost a trailer due to thievery: a
trailer that was filled with a majority of their equipment and
merchandise. They didn’t lose their passion or their drive to move on as a
band, though. They continue to move forward looking to bring on new
challenges, new venues, and new fans even if it is with missing, borrowed,
or donated gear. They were surprisingly able to miss only two shows (which
they are still bitter about) because they wanted to play for their fans
and wouldn’t be brought down. Because that’s what it’s all about to Cold
Kingdom: you the fan. The Midwest is their home, but they want to play all
around the country for fresh faces and maybe just make a new fan or 100.
In late October of 2015, Electro-Voice and ColdCock Whiskey became
sponsors of Cold Kingdom. They are blessed everyday because of it and
would love to talk your ears off about how wonderfully remarkable these
companies are. They are also thankful to the friends, family, fans and
bands that went out of their way and contributed to them to help replace
the loses they had. Cold Kingdom is forever thankful to these incredible
people and would like to thank them again for their generosity and
Cold Kingdom released their first feature music video “Crash Poet” in
December 2015. They are extremely excited to share it with all of their
Cold Kingdom plans on getting back into the studio to start recording
their second full-length album within the next couple months.