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EARTH ANCHOR: VIRTUE AND FAULT

What do a mechanic, exterminator, office administrator and audio engineer have in common?  Well, besides being honest career choices, each of the four people in question make up ¼ of Earth Anchor– a heavy-hitting rock band who calls Portland, Oregon home. 

Earth Anchor proved their self-sufficiency early on with no deterrence from quality or excellence.  In less than a year, the quartet released 2 EP’s, 1 music video and an album of B-sides and covers with no outside help. 

Kevin Carafa moved from New Jersey to the other side of the nation to start Earth Anchor on guitar.  He handles ALL of the mixing and mastering of ALL of the band’s output.  Andrew Carreon and Todd Fowler showed great interest in the original 4 Earth Anchor tunes (Outshined EP) when they were posted online.  Together, they make up the band’s rhythm section.  Additionally, Andrew handled the editing duties of their debut music video which perfectly represents the band and their relatable songs.  Heather Steele binds everything together with her emotional melodies and sincere lyrics.   

You won’t find over-the-top story lines or a giant back-line of fake guitar cabs with Earth Anchor.   Nor are they masked by skunky hair-dos (PEE-YEW!) and caked on make-up or flashy photos and “fake” production.  What you will find are four passionate people combining their various abilities to play songs they wrote and love: truly the greater sum of the individual parts.  Listen to them at their (current) best on their sophomore EP, “Virtue and Fault” below. 

EARTH ANCHOR DEBUT VIDEO/BOOK 1ST SHOW

Kevin Carafa is an addict…and moving 2900 miles (45 hours by car) across the country, changing his scenery, delving into a new circle of friends and starting from scratch do not lend to his recovery.  Relapse is an understatement.  He just can’t stop releasing quality tunes and experimenting with different genres and instruments while nailing them all.  This time, he’s taking three others down with him and calling it Earth Anchor.  They recently released a four song EP, put out  a DIY video, put out another EP of covers and “b-sides” and most importantly booked their first show at the Hawthorne Lounge in Portland, Oregon, which is scheduled for tomorrow evening.  Check out the EP and video below. Andrew Carreon, the drummer, edited the video and Kevin Carafa handled the audio- showcasing the talent each member offers beyond the instrument they play in the band.  Lets hope they continue to utilize all the tools at their finger tips and we hear a lot more from these guys/gal in the future.

EARTH ANCHOR’S FIRST EP OUT TOMORROW!

If you happen to be awake at 11:00 am Pacific Standard Time (2pm Eastern Standard Time) don’t sleep on Earth Anchor‘s 4 song debut “Outshined.”  This release marks Kevin Carafa‘s first collaborative effort since the disbanding of his old bands, Young American Artists and Control and features Heather Steele making her recorded vocal debut.  The alternative-indie rock duo seeks a powerful rhythm section (guitar, bass ‘n drumz)  to complete their live sound, so if you live in the Portland, Oregon area and this sounds like something for you, hit them up! Listen to the anchor track from the ep below!

HIMALAYA: THE MOUNTAIN

When I’m not playing music or working, I like to get out and do stuff in the woods…nothing crazy, I just like being outside on a nice day away from the things that normally surround me.  This usually manifests itself through day hikes, lake trips, river walks, hanging out on scenic overlooks or anything similar.  It typically acts as an escape from “the grind” and allows me to indulge in something that’s not music.  I basically separate the two.  I have woods-shit on one side and music on the other, I love both, but rarely do they cross paths physically (though it has happened. Rawest venue ring a bell?). Kevin Carafa effectively took aspects of both  realms and forced them to play chicken.  In this game, neither side “won.”  They collided, resulting in his masterpiece, appropriately titled “The Mountain.”  With this collection of 5 songs Kevin leads us on a journey beginning at the base of a mountain where he redefines “earth-tones” as we peer up at the challenge that awaits.   We’re soon met with adversity as a musical storm erupts, but we forge on and begin the ascent, regardless.  The atmosphere he creates with multiple bass tracks and tasteful drumming build into the “ascent” with vocals sharing tones and style from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.  At this point, the “no turning back” cliche reigns true and gets us to the peak where we have time to relax and reflect.  At the top, Kevin provided the perfect soundscape for us, returning to the bass and drums that set the tone at the beginning of our trek.  An obvious Om, influence can be heard in the carefully constructed rhythms and droning bass.  When it’s time for “The Descent” we feel accomplished, but we know  we have to climb down just as we climbed up.  We’re reminded of the difficult path home that Kevin illustrates through more tense bass ‘n drums paired with a vocal melody similar to something that can be found on Tool‘s “Lateralus.”   So we begin…Kevin guides us down the mountain to another crescendo filled with distorted bass and pounding drums.  Now, Kevin does not exactly suggest that we survive this long/strenuous journey.  “The Mountain” ends on a cliffhanger with the lyric “…and if we die, remember that time was with us.”  With “Himalaya: The Mountain” Kevin Carafa overcame the challenge of writing a cohesive concept album that makes perfect sense, and leaves you guessing/wanting more without coming off as cheesy, pretentious or ill-executed. Listen/download below!  He has it set with “The Ascent” as the featured track, but I suggest listening to it from start to finish.

Canajoharie Church Retreat: Volume 1

In 2010, Eric Stroud, shark enthusiast, bought a church in the small town of Canajoharie, NY in order to take advantage of the immaculate organ that it houses. In the summer of 2011, he opened its doors for a weekend to let 13 bands stay, play and record. This is documentary of that weekend. Despite this being a “church” retreat, there was nothing really religious about it except for the fact that Eric’s a saint for letting us do this! Download full sets FOR FREE here: http://www.ccrlive.bandcamp.com

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: HIMALAYA- THE MOUNTAIN

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Kevin Carafa May Have Moved

across the country, but his creative energy still flows and runs more rampant than ever.  Four years passed since he last released a solo album and these songs stray far from the melodic/metallic punk rock tunes on his first two albums.  Kevin certainly entered another stage in his life and these OM/Foo Figthers-esque songs strongly suggest just that.  I know what you’re thinking.  Om and Foo Fighters?  How?  Why?  You’ll understand it all after one listen. On Tuesday, he will unleash “Himalaya” via 4 relentless drones and one high one speed chaser appropriately titled, “The Mountain.”  Listen to the teaser below and be sure to download it when it comes out on Tuesday!  He never fails to surprise and impress!

Local Music Februrary: Dead Ringer

A mere 3 months passed since Dead Ringer’s 3 song demo hit the internet to nothing but positive reviews.  With a west coast tour already in their past and a 20+ day east coast/mid-west stint (w/ Melissa and Paul) in the works for August, Dead Ringer’s momentum continues in full force.  With Dead Ringer, Kristia and Carlos depart a bit from their previous band’s (Exit She Calls) sound, offering a more straight forward/undeniably catchy brew of pop-punk and upbeat circle-pit anthems.  Their line-up solidified recently with the addition of drummer, Luis Luna who heard their tracks on punknews and immediately showed an interest.  He joins the Dead Ringer family with a rather impressive music resume.  Click readmore for the 100% FREE download and more info.

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