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The Audio Nut - Issue 27 - featuring reviews from:

1. Midwest Music Explosion
2. Madonna
3. The Darkness
4. Sevendust
5. Flyleaf
6. Five Iron Frenzy
7. Calico System
8. F (as in Frank)
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10. Low Twelve

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1. Neil Diamond
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4. My Morning Jacket
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6. Uriah Heep
7. The Street
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2.    Project 86

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5.    Anoushka Shankar

6.    Soundgarden

7.    I.G.M.

8.    Essence of Logic

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The Audio Nut - Issue 24 - featuring reviews from:

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2.    Bloodhound Gang

3.    Institute

4.    Sons and Daughters

5.    One Nation

6.    Skye

7.    I.G.M.

8.    Gravel

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The Audio Nut - Issue 23 - featuring reviews from:

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    Audio Adrenaline
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    Taproot
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    Death Cab for Cutie
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    One Nation
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    Skeleteen
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    Stryper
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    Sufjan Stevens
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    One Nation
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    Purple Pam
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    Catalog Only
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    311
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    Staind
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    The Suicide Machines
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    Beastie Boys
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    Deadworks
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    Tommy Coma
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    Jonathan Clay

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  3. Big Daddy Weave

  4. Static-X

  5. Mr. Bungle

  6. The Juliet Dagger

  7. Psycotron

  8. The Adorkables

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Vol. I Issue 28

Welcome back to The Audio Nut. In this issue we take a few bands from last issues review of the Midwest Music Explosion CD and get to know a little more about them by checking out their music and also getting to interview some of them. I personally think this is one of the better issues of The Audio Nut all year, and I hope you feel the same.

I would like to thank all of you who took the time to vote on the message board for your band and/or artist of the year. Those results will be up in the ‘year end issue’ due out by the end of this month. Before getting on with the page I would like to send out a huge “Thank You” to Chris Hanks who has helped me out immensely with this issue.

Remember all comments and questions are always welcome.
theaudionut@nutzworld.net

This issue:

Reviews:

1. MODERN DAY ZERO
2. SIX BY SILVER
3. TOBI KAI & THE STRAYS
4. BUILDING ROME
5. RUSTED SHINE
6. OUR GREAT ESCAPE
7. BI-LEVEL
8. ON TRACY LANE
9. STIR

Interviews with:
SCOTT GERTKEN, JON HEISSERER OF BUILDING ROME and TOBI KAI

Reviews
MODERN DAY ZERO
Coming Up For Air (Parental Advisory)

2005 Bullet 339 Records


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http://www.moderndayzero.com

Grade: A

Up from the ashes of the band Mesh STL has risen Modern Day Zero; a powerhouse of rock riffs and great songs. The band owns the rights to Bullet 339 Records and has gone thru great lengths to get themselves seen and heard around the world. MDZ has had an interesting 2005, which saw them sharing the stage with bands such as Velvet Revolver, Breaking Benjamin, and Puddle of Mud, just to name a few.

Their leadoff single “Sick Inside” is a killer up tempo song with an appealing sing along chorus. Another song that grabs your ears is, “Broken,” which has been getting tons of airplay and is one of the most requested songs on the groups hometown radio station KPNT. “Clear Day” and “Smother Me” are also standout tracks on this disc.

The bottom line is that if you like music with a little edge to it that isn’t today’s heavy metal, but more along the lines of good rock then you should come up for air and check out Modern Day Zero.

Note: Check out an interview with MDZ guitarist, Rock in Issue 10

SIX BY SILVER
Earthquake

2005 Code 5 Records

http://www.sixbysilver.com
http://www.code5records.com/store.php (to buy the CD)

Grade: A

Six by Silver is an up and coming band with loads of talent. Earthquake is their debut CD and it displays their knack for penning radio friendly, yet deeply moving and emotional songs. One listen to the disc and you can tell that these guys really feel what they are doing and that their music is made from their passions and not from their egos or need to be ’cool’. 6XS as known by many, combine their heavy guitar sound flawlessly with stable grooves and sincere, honest vocals. Check out songs like, “Disease,” “Rain”, and “Suicidal Love Letter” which are all bright spots on this disc. Overall every song is profound and memorable in one way or another. If you like bands like Days of the New, Shinedown, or 10 Years you probably will enjoy Six by Silver.

TOBI KAI & THE STRAYS
Gutter Kitten
2005 Unsigned

http://www.tobikai.com
http://cdbaby.com/cd/tobikaistrays (to buy this CD)

Grade: A

Tobi Kai & The Strays have been turning heads and catching ears all over the world of music. The group is comprised of impressive artists who have displayed some marvelous songwriting skills on this debut release. The opening track, “Flat On The Floor”, has got to be one of my favorite songs of 2005. Other notable tracks include, “Automatic”, “Losing Myself”, and “Don’t Follow Me”. Tobi Kai has as much attitude and grit in her voice as some legends that have preceded her such as Joan Jett or Janis Joplin. The band as a whole can genuinely hold their own when it comes to bringing the rock. This is a very, very good disc and if you are into bands like L7, The Donnas, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts or Red Aunts I strongly urge you to pick up Gutter Kitten.

BUILDING ROME
Something Left of Nothing
2005 Unsigned

http://www.buildingromerock.com

Grade: A

This release by Building Rome is packed full of songs that could easily make it to rock radio stations worldwide. “Waste Away”, which is the opening track is a flowing rocker that will get stuck in your head. From there the group continues to shower you with honest heartfelt songs and remarkable songwriting. Other songs worth mentioning include, “Miss You More”, “I Know You Slept With Michael Jackson”, “Angel” and one of my personal favorites, “Would You Be Mad at Me?” Fans of Foo Fighters, Something Corporate or bands in between should take stock in Building Rome.

RUSTED SHINE
Chameleon

2005 Unsigned

http://www.rustedshine.com

Grade: A

Heavy, melodic and intricate would be a great way to describe Rusted Shine and their effort on this disc. You can hear influences ranging from Dream Theatre to Rush, and Kiss to King’s X in songs like, “Switchside”, “Hex”, “Boiling Point” and “Dig”. This is one of those bands that I have heard of for a couple years now, but never had the chance to hear. I can see why they have been gaining a steadily growing fan base with every show they perform. Overall Rusted Shine has an excellent blend of vocal harmonies, sturdy guitar parts and a solid rhythm section. Fans of the above mentioned groups will surely embrace Rusted Shine.

OUR GREAT ESCAPE
This Is Why I’m Leaving

2005 Unsigned

http://www.myspace.com/ourgreatescape

Grade: A

This band has an awesome melodic sound that is sure to captivate listeners. Songs like, “Lonely In Space,” “Can You Hear Me Now,” “Do You Wish (The Window Song), and “The Rescue” are all superb showcases for Our Great Escape and their talent for blending the ‘beach-punk’ sound with rock-n-roll. A big added bonus is that the band chooses to venture into creating an original style as opposed to emulating the worn out and standard pop-punk and rock sound. If you like bands like Slick Shoes, MXPX, or Yellowcard you should enjoy getting away with Our Great Escape.

BI-LEVEL
The Songbird EP

2005 Unsigned

http://www.bi-level.com

Grade: A

Bi-Level has a nice twist to them. They have a punk feel, but not the angst ridden ‘I hate the world’ or ‘meat is murder’ feel. It’s more like Goldfinger meets Jimmy Eat World. This is a very straight forward and rocking group when it comes to laying down some serious foot tapping tunes. “Calling”, “Favorite Color”, and “Let It Out” are all standout tracks on an action packed CD. The guitars and bass work nicely together to give the group a firm and rich sound which compliments the singer and drummer very well. This is a great disc, well worth checking out.

ON TRACY LANE
OTL

2005 Unsigned

http://www.ontracylane.com
http://cdbaby.com/cd/ontracylane (to buy this CD)

Grade: A

On Tracy Lane, is a five-piece pop-rock group who has been carrying on the torch of the 80’s pop-rock sound and have been doing quite well in doing so. OTL, as known by their ever growing legion of fans have been making a name for themselves with songs like “Better Again” and “Walk In Like DeNiro” and have shared the stage with artists such as Butch Walker and Avril Lavigne. If you are interested in getting a copy of their CD I would recommend doing so quickly, because as I understand it they have sold tons of them and I am not sure how many are left, or if there will ever be more once these sell out. If you like groups like Bowling For Soup, American Hi-Fi, or The Killers then you may want to take a trip On Tracy Lane.

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Blast From The Past
This time around we take a stroll with a band that broke out of the St. Louis music scene a few years back, Stir.

STIR
Stir

1996 Capitol Records

http://www.stirband.com

Grade: A

I know you often see a band in this section that hasn’t been a household name, and I will say something like; ’This is one of the most underrated bands’. Yeah, I know I tend to do that a lot, but I honestly feel that way about a lot of the bands that I pick to put in this section.

Stir is no exception. Songs like, “Looking For”, “Nothing’s Wrong”, “Until Now”, and “Don’t Understand” all hold up strong to the music of today when it comes to good, solid rock oriented music. There isn’t a dull moment on this CD as the group fuses its own style of smooth bass licks with great guitar driven rock and unforgettable vocals.

This St. Louis based band enjoyed some recognition in the late 90’s for their exceptional songwriting skills and musical talents. Unfortunately, the band was largely overlooked by the likes of MTV and their own record company (Capitol). But if you like bands like 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, or Jars of Clay then you should already have Stir in your musical collection; if not add them now.

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7 Questions With...
Scott Gertken-Executive Producer of Midwest Music Explosion, President of Bullet 339 Records and Lead Vocalist of Modern Day Zero

Q. How did you come up with the idea for the Midwest Music Compilation, and who else is involved with you behind the scenes on it?

A. I wanted to have an outlet to help other St. Louis bands get exposure and since 105.7 The Point has not done a Pointessential in quite sometime action needed to be taken. I hooked up with another local start up label, Code 5 Records; Kevin Gagnepain, longtime St. Louis musician (Stir, Joe Dirt, Tobi Kai and the Strays); MDZ's tour manager, Joe White; and our Web/Graphics go to guy Chris Hanks; along with our own imprint and started finding some noteworthy bands to launch the compilation immediately.

Q. How often are you planning on releasing the compilations? Do you want to do a couple a year, one yearly, or does it just depend on how the first one goes over?

A. I feel the first one was already a success so there is definitely more to come. I would like to put out at least two a year but very possibly even more. The plan is also to expand this through the entire Midwest including Chicago, Minneapolis, Nashville, Kansas City, etc.

Q. I saw where you were accepting submissions for the next release. How can a band or artist get in touch with you about doing so?

A. The bands simply need to submit their information to www.midwestmusicexplosion.com or send an email to info@midwestmusicexplosion if they have any questions.

Q. Do you think that this will just be a collaborating effort between Code 5 Records and Bullet 339 Records, or is there a plan in possibly getting other record labels involved?

A. Right now the plan is for Code 5/Bullet 339 to continue this effort but we are open to anything if the opportunity is right.

Q. The list of bands on this CD is pretty impressive. Did you contact them, or how did you go about getting the bands lined up for the disc?

A. This one initially was all bands we have worked with previously and bands that we knew were working their asses off. About 3/4 of the bands were placed by Bullet 339 and the rest a collaboration of everyone involved.

Q. Seeing how the disc focuses on bands from the Midwest, what is the geographical limit as far as accepting bands, or are there any?

A. An American Music Explosion would be phenomenal. But I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. But right now I think a 600 mile radius would probably do the trick with MO, IL, KY and KS as the focal States right now.

Q. Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about Bullet 339 Records or the Midwest Music Explosion?

A. Keep your eyes and your ears open for sure. We have big plans and we are going to help these bands succeed by joining forces with distribution companies, sponsors, and whatever it takes to get noticed in the middle of the American pool. Our current compilation, MME: St. Louis Volume 1, is available at all Slackers CD's and Games as well as online at http://www.midwestmusicexplosion.com SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC!

Jon Heisserer of Building Rome

Q. Who are you and what do you do in the band?

A. I’m Jon Heisserer, and I sing and play guitar.

Q. How did you come up with and decide on the name Building Rome?

A. Back in the day, I wrote a bunch of songs and decided to start a band. I put up flyers everywhere advertising for musicians, and even made a demo recording in my basement with Brian Jenkins on drums (who now happens to be our bassist). I tried out countless musicians, none of whom were working out for one reason or another, and started to get disheartened. I was on the verge of giving up when a friend of mine told me, ‘Keep trying, Rome wasn’t built in a day!’ I decided to call my new band Building Rome because of that.

Q. How would you best describe Building Rome's style to someone who hasn't ever heard the band?

A. Our style has been compared to many bands, including Nerf Herder and Jimmy Eat World. There is a song for every mood in our set list. We have angry Nirvana-esc songs and Something Corporate-type ballads, mixed in with songs like “Belly Dancer Girl“, which is about a chimpanzee on ecstasy. Oh, and we also have a rap song about a self-conscious gangster rapper man.

Q. Who would you say is one of your biggest influences both musically and non-musical?

A. I didn’t start getting into music at all until my junior year in high school. I was really into Third Eye Blind and decided to start playing  the guitar partially because of Kevin Cardigan’s guitar playing. Later on, I got really into Weezer. There was a time that I could play and sing every Weezer song note for note. I am also a big Kurt Cobain/Dave Grohl and Beatles fan.

Q. If you could be anyone in world history who would you be and why?

A. I would be the guy who invented toilet paper.

Q. What are you listening to these days?

A. I listen to a lot of early 90’s alternative and grunge. Lately I’ve been getting into piano-based bands like Waking Ashland. This is a hard question because the CD in my player changes about 10 times a day.

Q. Is there anything else you'd like to share with us about Building Rome?

A. Check out our website http://www.buildingromerock.com. You can buy our album at Slackers, Vintage Vinyl and CD Warehouse in St. Louis.

For a full album, send $5.00 to:

Building Rome
P.O. Box 29474
St. Louis MO 63126

For a free teaser CD, send your address to:
buildingrome@buildingromerock.com

Tobi Kai of Tobi Kai & The Strays

Q. Who are you and what do you do in the band?

A. I'm Tobi, and I sing lead vocals.

Q. What would you like to tell us about the CD, "Gutter Kitten"?

A. "Gutter Kitten" is demonstrative of what is possible when talents are allowed to run free. The mix of writers using their own distinct styles to form one cohesive style make this a very unique record. I feel very lucky to have been able to work with any and all of the musicians on "Gutter Kitten".

Q. If you had to pick a 'favorite' song off of the CD which one would it be and why?

A. I don't think I could, there are too many parts and pieces I favor about each!

Q. I read somewhere that you have been entertaining some offers and having some meetings with a few 'major' labels. Is there anything that you can share with us about that at this time?

A. Probably not...

Q. Who would you say is one of your biggest influences both musically and non-musical?

A. Musically and non-musically together would have to be the women pioneers of in your face music, Joan Jett, Wendy O, Pat Benatar, the list goes on. They broke the ground and built the foundation.

Q. If you could be anyone in world history who would you be and way?

A. Oh for f**k's sake... Probably Sharon Osbourne, she's a killer. I'd probably kiss her feet if I ever met her!

Q. What are you listening to these days?

A. My iPod on shuffle? You're going to think I'm weird; this is what I just heard... Snake River Conspiracy, Prince, Alice Cooper, and The Cure...

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Top C.D's of 2004

1.About a Burning Fire by Blindside
2.Absolution by Muse - Reviewed in Issue 1
3.Summer of Darkness by Demon Hunter - Reviewed in Issue 1
4.This Type of Thing (Could Do Us In) by Chevelle - Reviewed in Issue 3
5.Deja Entendu by Brand New - Reviewed in Issue 1

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