Takeover Records has announced the launch of Takeover Digital, a next generation digital record label at www.TakeoverDigital.com, based upon an innovative Dashboard SystemÃ¢”ž¢ created by Iventa Corporation. The Dashboard SystemÃ¢”ž¢ provides Takeover Digital with the ability to give each artist their own webpageÃ¢â‚¬”including customized display of the latest news, tour information, message boards, and streaming videos for purchaseÃ¢â‚¬”resulting in a unique interactive experience for the customer. The software is completely integrated, giving artists the ability to sell merchandise, downloadable music files, and ringtones via text and side load, directly to their fan base.
Gtr/Vox for LA based Rock group Oh No Not Stereo:
You guys recently signed with Takeover Records. How are they treating you guys?
SN: We released our latest EP through Takeover Records for their distribution ability, and we are creating our follow-up full length right now independently as free agents. It seems to totally be the way to do it right now. Honestly though, Takeover isn’t involved with anything we do at this point.
What kind of touring plans does the summer and fall of 2007 hold for you guys?
SN: Oh No is gonna be doing a whole lot of touring the rest of this year. We’re going to see a lot of places for the first time and we’re really stoked. (Like Alaska and Florida) We always keep our website and myspace page up to date with our tour dates, so we advise keeping in an eye out for us. Also we’re gonna be doing a few Warped Tour dates in July. The new Alternative Press issue is gonna feature our band so check that out too!
You guys have a new LP coming out. Can you talk about it?
SN: It’s coming together really well so far. A lot of new direction, really. We have accumulated 20 really great songs already, and plan on having between 30-40 by the time we leave here. We went through a little phase where a lot of the songs we did were very piano generated, so we’re stoked to be working outside the box, going out on a limb because we can. Our friend Airin from the band Sugarcult has been down here helping us out with a few tracks and hanging with us, and we seem to keep getting guest vocalists for the record which is awesome. Danny from National Product and Shawn from The Matches are a couple of my favorite singers, who are helping out with a song each.
Where do you guys draw your inspiration for the songwriting process?
SN: Other music for sure! Girls, working/partying, traveling, living life like it’s your last day every day, friends, and all the crazy motherfuckers we come in contact with that impact the creative aspect of our lives. We live really fast paced lives and draw a whole lot of inspiration from every moment that passes.
How are you guys feeling about the new record so far? Any favorite songs off the record yet.
SN: Yeah we got a song called ‘Miss Hard Time’ that just came out of nowhere a few days ago. I think that one of the coolest things about our new songs is that whenever we have people come over to listen, they all seem to have a different favorite. We’re feeling really good about the progress of the record so far, and have a couple conceptual ideas of what to do with all the songs. Our friends from the band ‘The Photo Atlas’ were here last night and we talked about doing a split with them and ‘Sugarcult’, so we’re anxious to see what’s to come.
Oh No Not Stereo went through an overhaul. Who are the new members, and how has the change affected the band?
SN: We started the band as a duo, just Myk [Lee (drums)] and I… so changing bass players and finding Pat [O’Donnell (guitar)] was quite a smooth process, fortunately. We tour as a 4-piece with Mike Rosenthal on bass. Having four members instead of two or three is quite a sonic difference, and we are stoked to have such a great team to be able to do that.
What was it that brought you to them or vice versa?
SN: We met Pat in LA. Our bands played together once in Hollywood. He was in a band called Knife Fight. Jew Mike randomly fell in our lap via the information superhighway. (Thank you Al Gore)
You guys are currently located in Arizona working on the LP, have you guys started missing LA?
SN: We totally miss LA. We’ve been gone for a while now, it’ll be five months by the time we get back, so we really miss our friends and our house. It calls for an amazing party when we get back so, once again, we’re stoked. Arizona is treating us well though, so no complaints. It’s about 118 degrees right now and the nightlife here in Scottsdale is off the hook.
I read on ONNS Myspace blog that Sky and Pat had a near death experience. Are you guys feeling okay and is it going to inspire a song for the record?
SN: It already has, good call on that one. We are adventurous as hell and had a Rescue 911 moment in the desert. Craziest thing I’ve been through in quite some time. Don’t ever believe 12 bottles of water is enough on a hike, and that you can get water by stabbing a cactus. I almost had to have a kidney transplant from being so dehydrated. Give it up for heat stroke! Pat and I learned some shit that day about helping your homies out. Nothing better than writing a song about something that real.
What or who influences ONNS DIY approach on touring and music?
SN: Our friends are huge inspiration to us, watching them do the same thing that we’re doing, only THEIR way. We consider ourselves a very hard working ‘DIY’ band because it’s the best way to ensure a long career. You’ve gotta climb your way up to the top. We are influenced in many ways just watching how other people do things.
Describe a typical ONNS show?
SN: Well, you can assure yourself that there’ll be an enormous merch table setup on our beer pong table, and ‘running around the venue’ session. Of course crazy amounts of energy, cookies and punch, and one hell of an entertaining and refreshing show where we stick around until the last minute meeting and hanging out with everyone we possibly can. It’s all about having fun with new people on tour.
What kind or music are you guys listening to right now?
SN: Myk is always cranking up the Glassjaw, while Pat is obsessed with the new Brand New record. I was just listening to The Used’s latest record.
How do you believe the Hollywood music scene should be defined? And does ONNS meet those standards?
SN: The Hollywood music scene is pretty dilluted. There are a few clicks going on where people are starting to team up and work together, try and do something different. There’s still a whole lot of stuff going on in LA that’s already been done a million times though. We really like the scene there, as shallow as I make it sound, and every moment that we’re there we strive to make it better any way we can. It needs something else…
What are some of the unforeseen expenditures that come with touring full time?
SN: What, like $6000 in charges for damages to our hotel room in Oklahoma City? We have countless stories where we get button-hooked with some crazy charge. We generally try to be respectful and avoid getting fined- but when you’re driving past the Texas state sign and you see ‘Proud home of President George W, Bush”, what’re you gonna NOT cover his name up with 60 of your stickers???
How would one know if they caught the ONNS disease?
SN: We hope that everyone catches the Oh No disease! Check us out and say hi cause we love hearing from new people, and we’re all personally very responsive. The bug is pretty damn contagious, I’ll warn you. And we know how to party so watch out.
Thanks so much for doing the interview. Anything you guys would like to add?
SN: We have a DVD coming out soon from our SxSW tour this year. We had over 90 hours of hi-definition footage so it’s gonna be sick. Also, we have merch and videos and ringtones, etc. on myspace.com/ohnonotstereo. If you already have a CD, burn it for your friends!!
List of CDs on sale:
River City High – Not Enough Saturday Nights
HeyMike! – HeyMike!
NearMiss – Testing The Ends Of What They’ll Put Up With
Strike Fire Fall – Still Life
Bracket – Requiem
Oh No Not Stereo
Yellowcard-Where We Stand
Inspection 12-Get Rad
Takeover Records owner Benjamin Harper recently confirmed his departure from the Hopeless Records pop-punk act Amber Pacific, whom he had been playing guitar with since August. Citing a need to focus his attention on Takeover as reasoning, Harper made clear that his leaving had nothing to do with the band itself. Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Amber Pacific are a bunch of great guys, but after writing with them in Seattle, I felt I needed to rethink my position in life.Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?
With a move thatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s reminiscent of his exit from Yellowcard last year, Harper is currently focused on bringing Takeover Records to the top. Though the guitarist has received an offer to play in a band you may have Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”never heard of,Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? heÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s not confirming his membership just yet.
Takeover Records recently signed the Los Angeles-based pop-rock group Oh No Not Stereo, a band that has been sought after by both indie and major labels alike. Though they independently released their self-titled EP earlier this year, Oh No Not Stereo will be re-releasing it with Takeover on February 6th. Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Oh No Not Stereo are owning Hollywood, and their live performance kills it,Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? said label head Benjamin Harper (Amber Pacific, ex-Yellowcard). Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”ThereÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s no doubt that this band will go places.Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?
Formed in the summer of 2003, the energetic duo that is Oh No Not Stereo have taken a Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”DIYÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? approach to their career, putting out a full-length in 2005 and releasing the aforementioned six-song EP with no label assistance. The band has also successfully completed three US and Canadian tours, which only proved to expand their ever-growing fan base.
Possessing a work ethic that just wonÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t quit, Oh No Not Stereo are currently working on their sophomore LP, which is tentatively set to be released via Takeover in Summer 2007. The band also plans to continue touring, thereby delivering their mind-blowing set to avid music lovers across the country.
River City High have unleashed a new e-card, and their sophomore LP, Not Enough Saturday Nights, is now up for preorder at TakeoverRock.com. All preorders will receive a free stainless steel Takeover Records can koozie to keep your beerÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦er soda cold, while supplies last. Not Enough Saturday Nights is set to hit streets November 14th.
River City High has been a band going at it for years but has never really been mainstream or hugely popular, which is funny because they have plenty of single worthy songs on the records they put out. If you have not heard of River City High then I urge you to go check out the newest release, or anything you can get a hold of.
I guess the thing with the new record “Not Enough Saturday Nights” is that it is just more material from the band not different material. That isn’t a bad thing, but the record just doesn’t really offer anything new. The songs while all slightly different, flow nicely and keep the record moving. Rarely becoming dull.
The vocals and the summer melodies are the best part of River City High by far. The scratchy vocals are very reminiscent of Rancid’s “Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦And Out Come The Wolves” and man do I love the way the vocals sound. The melodies on most of the songs are ones that beg to be played on a summer blowing through. River City High keep the hooks coming all through out “Not Enough Saturday Night’s”. Like I said earlier if you have not heard of the band before please go check them out. The band plays some good catchy rock n roll. If you have heard of the band before and are a fan, then you should still be fan because there isn’t anything here that they probably haven’t done already.
1. Dogwood Queen
4. Pass That Riff
6. We Want the Radio
7. Run Run Run
8. A Better Day
9. The Hard Way
10. Be There
11. This Times the Last
12. Makes No Difference
The band is streaming about 7 songs on their Purevolume Site
Takeover Records will be revealing the top ten finalist for their third annual “Sign My Band” contest.
After collecting thousands of demos from the Warped Tour and via mail, Takeover Records will be revealing the ten finalists for their third annual Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Sign My BandÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? contest on December 1st. The finalists will be voted on by the public at PureVolume.com, and the winner will receive a three-month sponsorship from Ambiguous Clothing, recording time at The Wedge Studios, and candy from Wonka Candy. The winner will also have a chance to be signed by Takeover, and will be presented to a panel of independent labels, including The Militia Group, Fat Wreck Chords, Hopeless Records, Epitaph, and more.
RCH Tour Dates:
September 06, 2006 – 1982 Bar – Gainsville, FL
September 08, 2006 – Backbooth – Orlando, FL
September 09, 2006 – New World Brewery – Tampa, FL
September 10, 2006 – The D Pad – Palm Harbor, FL
September 12, 2006 – Beta Bar – Tallahassee, FL
September 13, 2006 – The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
September 15, 2006 – Walters On Washington – Houston, TX
September 16, 2006 – Red Eye Fly – Austin, TX
September 18, 2006 – Fox Theater – Newton, KS
September 19, 2006 – The Hi Pointe – St. Louis, MO
September 20, 2006 – The Muse – Nashville, TN
September 21, 2006 – The Basement – Indianapolis, IN
September 22, 2006 – Small’s – Detroit, MI
September 23, 2006 – Howards Club H – Bowling Green, OH
September 24, 2006 – The Agora Theater and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
September 25, 2006 – Touch – Pittsburg, PA