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ROCKIN' 101 MINNESOTA HOMEGROWN
Attn: Tim Ryan
PO Box 366
1010 2nd Street North
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
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
APRIL 2014 BAND OF THE MONTH
J - Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Evo - Lead Guitar
Ben - Drums
BIO: "VIA is a Hard,
Grunge Rock band from St. Paul, Minnesota. It's refreshing to see a band
of this genre in today's industry with true passion, real talent, and a
drive to succeed. Since forming in the summer of 2013, VIA has produced
their EP entitled: Acid, opened for national acts like: Smile Empty Soul,
Three Years Hollow, Saving Abel, and 3 Pill Morning, signed a record deal
with Canadian label: Blackstream Records, and they're currently recording
their full album and planning a national tour.
Passion is a word you will hear a lot when talking about VIA, and it
deserves to be repeated because it shines through every single thing this
band does. The band was formed by Jason Tuthill, who sings lead vocal and
plays rhythm guitar, after three other bands he put together didn't quite
make it over the hump. The songs you'll hear on VIA's first album were
primarily written by Jason, probably alone at 2 AM after a pack of beer.
The rest of the members have joined in on the writing and creating aspect
since getting together and have added their personalities to the existing
songs. Jason will tell you that the well-known song, "To Those of you With
a Guilty Conscious" was written after a late night of watching horror
films, particularly the cult film American Psycho. It was enough to spike
some creativity and the rest was history. The song was played in a
previous band of his, but only really came to life in its true genre after
forming VIA and sinking into the quick sand of Heavy, Grunge Rock. The
genre wasn't chosen before the band was made. In fact, you may catch the
members having a joke about it here or there since none of them believe
they are 'heavy' or 'hard'. That title was a process of the evolution of
the band and was given to them by fans. It's no shock, since the rock
scene in general is getting less and less 'heavy', so bands like VIA are
even coined Heavy Metal (which will really get a laugh out of the guys).
The members all met on social media/online/through auditions that the band
held. An original drummer and bassist came and went until VIA settled into
their current members who all possess the drive to succeed and embody the
rock and roll persona. The lead guitarist is Erik Vobejda, but he's known
to his band mates and some close fans as EVO. Evo has also played in a few
bands prior to VIA, but none that took off in a national sense. He's the
perfect fit for the dirty, gritty, grungy rock but he's not afraid to
throw in a psychedelic riff here and there. Watching him on stage is
particularly impressive as he jumps, thrashes, and throws his head back in
pure bliss as he plays. He keeps the party going, and he knows how to play
to the crowd.....quite similar to other members including drummer, Ben
Leff. It's not every day you find a drummer who has the same stage
presence as the rest of the band. You find that with Ben. Ben plays
flawlessly and effortlessly. He adds drum riffs and beats that create
layers you wouldn't see coming. All the while, he has time to add stick
flips every other hit and if you keep your eye on him you'll catch him
throwing his sticks 5 feet in the air on a regular basis. The most recent
member of the band is bassist, Justin Von Rueden. Justin played with Ben
in a previous band, so when VIA was looking for a bassist he came aboard
to help them out with some shows they had booked. Well, fast forward a few
months and he hasn't left! Justin was a fast learner and a skilled bassist
so he fit the bill. You can catch Justin throwing his long curly hair
around onstage while slappin' da bass and putting on a great show.
VIA has national tours and big local shows in store for their fans.
They've also got a debut album set to release by the summer of 2014. But
they're real goal is simply to give back a voice to all Hard Rock or
Grunge Rock bands both locally and nationally. The genre is out there, but
the variety is dwindling. We should ask, is that based on what people want
or is it based on the people in charge? From the reaction VIA has gotten
to their music in such a short time, I think it's safe to say that the
people want Hard Rock! VIA will bring you the heavy, they'll bring you the
grungy, but they also bring outstanding vocals and melodies, dynamic
Lyrics and intelligently structured songs. They're a blast to watch live
and after a song or two it suddenly hits you that they're talent is
enormous, because everything they do live sounds like they're album.
They're known in the studios for 'one taking' and not using help to get
their sound right from electronics, auto loops or tone altering. What you
hear on the album is truly what you get live. And what you get at a live
show is a God, Damn party! So come to the next show near you and join the
party! Sign up for the emailing list so you don't miss out on info, check
VIA out at their other pages, and stop by their merch site to get yourself
a VIA shirt so you can say you knew them when. "
April 7, 2014
32Headshots "Vertical Smile"
Gemini "Old Man Johnson"
Agora Forte "Mary After Midnight"
7th Ascent "Battleground"
( Break )
Vaudeville "Through Bright Red Skies"
Soul Asylum "School's Out" (
Cover Feature - Alice
Skywynd "Sunny Day Believer"
The Oddfathers "Hey You"
Gabriel And The Apocalypse "Until We Dream"
( Break )
La Madness "Hella LA"
Jonny Lang ""Blew Up (The House)"