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February 6, 2008 > Battle of the Bands bios

Battle of the Bands bios

Darthmouth

Dartmouth is a four-person band from San Carlos. The band members are: Dominic Ferrario- loud percussion sounds; Patrick Bowler- bass; Tommy Norman- lead vocals; and Andr? Paxton- guitar. Their musical style is rock, blues, and funk. Musical influences include Santana, The Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.


TCV: How was your band formed?
Dartmouth: In the summer of 2004, Andr? got an electric guitar for his 12th birthday and Patrick, the bassist, got a bass for the following Christmas. We created vast musical fusion with various other people for a few years until we met Dominic, our drummer, through some friends on the Carlmont football team. We got together and jammed and it was evident he was dedicated, ridiculously talented, and Italian, so he immediately joined the band. Later that year, Tommy, lead vocalist, was spotted in a school play and was recruited into the band. After a few months, Tommy began to write lyrics for our songs and we began to write songs together. We played our first show together on October 28, 2006.

TCV: Where is your band's name derived from?
Dartmouth: Around the same time Tommy joined the band, we decided on the name Dartmouth because it was the name of the street on which the middle school that Patrick and Andr? attended was located. We met at this school and began our musical ambitions together which eventually became Dartmouth.

TCV: How would you describe your music?
Dartmouth: Our songs can go all over the place. Some are very deep, melodic, modern ambient rock songs, while others are very funky, happier songs. Then we have just straight up modern rock songs, as well as some blues. We are also heavily influenced by ska music, which is very evident in a few of our songs.

TCV: How do you go about composing/writing songs?
Dartmouth: Usually Patrick or Andr? will come up with something catchy and bring it to practice and if it flows, it becomes a song, and eventually Tommy writes lyrics to the song. Other times we will just pick up our instruments without saying a word and just jam, and catchy riffs form songs.

TCV: Describe your show, visually/musically.
Dartmouth: We like to show off as well as just jam and let people listen. We like to jump in the crowd as well as let people dance on stage with us. We like people to take in our music and express it back out by having fun with us.


To listen to Dartmouth, visit http://www.myspace.com/dartmouthband or www.experiencedartmouth.com.



Focus On: The Dialed

The Dialed is a four-person band from San Lorenzo. The band members are: Paul Garrett- drums; Eric Moore- bass; Scotty Moore- lead guitar; and Daniel Price- vocals. Their musical style is pop punk, punk, and alternative. Musical influences include Green Day, The Matches, New Found Glory, and Nirvana.

TCV: How was your band formed?
The Dialed: Our band formed when childhood friends got together and jammed on anything that we knew and it all escalated from there. We've been together for around two years.

TCV: Where is your band's name derived from?
The Dialed: Our band name (The Dialed) derived from a slang term meaning perfection, a mind set we try to convey in our music; The perfect day, the perfect mood... and to always look at the bright side of a situation.

TCV: How would you describe your music?
The Dialed: Our music can be described as positive charged pop punk.

TCV: Where, if anywhere, have you performed?
The Dialed: We have performed in places around the Bay Area such as The Pond in San Lorenzo, Weekes Park in Hayward, Rooster's Roadhouse in Alameda, and many other local venues.

TCV: Have you recorded any demos?
The Dialed: We have recorded two demos so far and hope to return to the studio very soon.

TCV: Do you compose/write original songs?
The Dialed: All of our music and lyrics are original, except for an occasional cover song.

TCV: How do you go about composing/writing songs?
The Dialed: When we write songs it usually starts with a simple guitar riff or vocal melody, then we sit down and add on from there.

TCV: What are your songs about?
The Dialed: Our songs are mostly about looking at the bright side of situations and the struggles of being a teenager.

TCV: Describe your show, visually/musically.
The Dialed: Our shows are loud, energy filled, and exciting (hopefully).


To listen to the Dialed, visit http://www.myspace.com/thedialed


Super Deville

Super Deville is a three-person band from Fremont. The band members are: Jason Moore- guitar and vocals; Johnny Kirk- bass; and Dr. Dave "The Professor" Humbird - drums. Their musical style is funk, rock, and jazz. Musical influences include G Love, Beastie Boys, Lenny Kravitz, and Jack Johnson.


TCV: How long has your band been together?
Super Deville: We have been playing together since 2002. We put out our first c.d. BasketballinCadillacinSumertimeMusic in 2004. It is also available on iTunes, which to us is the coolest thing.

TCV: How was your band formed?
Super Deville: Jason had always played and recorded music on his own. He just got together with friends who were in the same boat and started jamming in his living room. We were offered to open for a friend's band and the rest, as they say, is history. We only had about three or four original tunes at the time but we had great feedback from everyone saying how different we sounded. That led Jason to take some time to come up with some much needed original material. Six years later, we are getting ready to finish our second album and play for the biggest crowd we've ever played for.

TCV: Where is your band's name derived from?
Super Deville: Jason is a Cadillac lover and driver. He used to have this '67 Deville that he drove back in the day. He thought it was a "super Deville," which just stuck.

9. How would you describe your music?
Super Deville: We call it "funky rock." It can be compared to artists like Lenny Kravitz, G Love, and Beastie Boys. Some have compared us to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

TCV: Where, if anywhere, have you performed?
Super Deville: The Fremont Arts and Wine Festival in '06 was our biggest show so far, but we have performed all over the Bay Area and even in San Louis Obispo.

TCV: Have you recorded any demos?
Super Deville: We have a full-length c.d. out right now called BasketballinCadillacinSumertimeMusic available on iTunes and a bunch of other download sites. You can also buy the actual disc from CDBaby.com online.

TCV: How do you go about composing/writing songs?
Super Deville: Nothing is forced. We let it come instead of chasing after it. Jason also only works on one song at a time until he thinks it's complete before moving on to the next one. There are those that try to emulate what's popular at the time or try and have that one great song. That's a mistake. We focus on making a c.d. that you can listen to the whole way through. Right now we can count on one hand the amount of c.d.'s that we can do that with.

TCV: What are your songs about?
Super Deville: The first c.d. was aptly named. It was summertime, Cadillac-cruising music you would play on your way to shoot hoops or going to watch a Warriors game.

TCV: Describe your show, visually/musically.
Super Deville: We tend to focus on being musically proficient and sounding good live, but depending on the situation we'll bring people on stage to sing songs and try to play requests. It's kind of like "live band karaoke," sort of. We tell people that we can play 20 seconds of any song they request. It's actually very funny and entertaining for everyone.


To listen to Super Deville, visit http://www.myspace.com/superdeville

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