Coquette

Coquette 25 Feb 2015 on Rocket Shop

Words by Jess Slayton. Photo by Morgan Laurie-Day.

Last Wednesday, Cobalt, Titien, and Angus of Coquette sat down with Big Heavy World’s Brent on our local music radio show Rocket Shop on 105.9 The Radiator!  Although all three now live in the Randolph area, Cobalt and Titien lived in France until they were five and four years old, respectively.  They were brought up listening to metal, glam, and specifics like Alanis Morissette, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie, all of which have contributed to who they are as artists today.  Angus was born in Randolph and now lives in Hartland.  He grew up listening to and being influenced by the New York punk scene, the Velvet Underground, and English punk.  If there is one thing that can be said about Coquette, it is the fact that they incorporate many of their incredibly diverse influences and interests into their music.

The trio stated that they spend a lot of time on composition, lyric writing, and the successful usage of polyrhythms in their work.  They call themselves a rock band, but really attempt to keep it interesting by pushing boundaries while still staying simple enough to really rock out and have an awesome time to.  They got their start in 2013 by playing in talent shows and open mic nights—they said that they really owe their early success to Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier.  Their EP, titled Separatio—which is Latin for “division” or “schism”—is titled as such due to the fact that it was written while the three were all over the place, largely working on their own parts in solitude and based off of the work that the others had done and sent over.  This was during the time that the three tried going to college, but decided against continuing for the time being due to the fact that the band was more important to them.  All three agreed that they could always go back to college, and that their success as a band was more time sensitive and worth pursuing.  They plan to start touring for the first time and getting involved in more festivals. Check them out Saturday, February 28 at Higher Ground where they will be playing with Consider the Source! For more info visit http://bandnamedcoquette.com

Tsunamibots

The Tsunamibots 25 Feb 2015 on Rocket Shop

Words by Jess Slayton. Photo by Morgan Laurie-Day.

Last Wednesday, Tom and Chris sat down with Big Heavy World’s Brent on behalf of the Tsunamibots on our local music radio show Rocket Shop on 105.9 The Radiator! The duo hails from Mad River Valley and serve as the creators-turned-slaves of the robots. The final creator, Ben, was unable to join us as he was busy recharging the robots—as any good slave would be expected to do! You may be wondering, “how did this happen…” and trust me, so were we! Tom and Chris told us that back in January 2013, the trio decided to start tinkering around with robotics and managed to create three of their very own, Tomadore64, The Main Frame, and The Master Circuit. After being exposed to things like “The Endless Summer” and the surf Pandora radio station, the robots became aware. They realized that the word “robot” comes from the Latin word for “slave” and quickly decided that that was not the life for them. Since then, they’ve realized that their only true passions are rocking out, surfing, and crushing humans.

The Tsunamibots don’t really care if you like them or hate them, because they’re robots and have no feelings. They do, however, have distinct personalities. Tomadore64, the guitarist, is your typical lead man. His main goals include searching for fem-bots and for the perfect wave. The Main Frame, the bassist, is a little bit more reluctant and thinks of rocking and finding enjoyment from it as a bit more of a task to do. Finally, the Master Circuit, the drummer, is totally wild but definitely knows how to keep a solid beat. They do enjoy playing shows and have released one single and one EP thus far. The EP—Rise of the Robots—chronicles their story and their rise to awareness. The single—Surfing Craze in the Robotic Age—really just talks about rocking and surfing as a robot, which is appropriate given how important these things are to the three of them. Their main influences are Devo and Man or Astroman?, both of which are readily apparent in their style. In all of their music, however, there are many subliminal messages aimed at fellow robots, appliances, and machines urging others to rise up, follow in their footsteps, and crush as many humans as possible.   Come check them out on March 9th and join the rebellion. You will probably only be crushed if you stand in the front. For more info visit http://www.tsunamibots.com/

Cricket Blue

Cricket Blue 11 Feb 2015 on Rocket Shop

Words by Maggie DeCapua. Photo by Sophie Ward.

Cricket Blue, the Burlington-based folk duo, joined Brent Hallenback at the Radiator for Rocket Shop on February 11. Cricket Blue brings together the musical talents of Underhill native Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith with haunting harmonies and poetic lyrics. Heaberlin and Smith have been making music together for over five years, and released their first EP in October. On the Radiator, the two talked to Hallenback about upcoming releases, future plans, and world domination.  “I don’t know if I’d like to dominate the world,” said Smith, “but infiltrate it, maybe.” Cricket Blue will be bringing their music to the area once again on March 5, when they perform at Barrio Bakery. For more info visit http://cricketbluemusic.com/

Ida Mae Specker & The Honest Mistakes

Ida Mae Specker & The Honest Mistakes 11 Feb 2015 on Rocket Shop

Words by Jess Slayton. Photo by Sophie Ward.

On Wednesday, Ida Mae Specker, Rio Mueller, and Faith Wood of Ida Mae and the Honest Mistakes sat down with Big Heavy World’s Brent on our local music radio show Rocket Shop on 105.9 The Radiator! The trio hails all the way from southern Vermont, and was up here visiting and playing in Burlington for the first time ever. Unfortunately, I was unable to make their Thursday night show with The Tenderbellies at Nectar’s as part of Nectar’s Bluegrass Thursday residency, which made me feel even luckier to have had the chance to hear them on Rocketshop. Ida Mae and the Honest Mistakes plays old-time traditional music, from which many modern styles owes a debt to today. They also blend in a bit of modernity themselves by working in some of Faith’s original country songs into their repertoire. During the show, they transitioned seamlessly between the two, and it was clear that they had mastered both sides and functioned extremely well together. They even looked the part, with Ida Mae and Faith in matching shirts and Rio in a color-coordinated suit.

Specker was raised in a musical family, and grew up listening to her father play the Appalachian fiddle, which she now plays.  She joked that it was at some points embarrassing—we all know how it is during teenage years!—but after college, kind of came back around and felt a new appreciation for the music and artistry that went into it. Specker said that their music seeks to combine the southern influences of the Appalachian area from which Traditional music is based with the northern influence that she been subject to in growing up in Vermont. She sang and played the fiddle in the first two songs that we were fortunate enough to hear, and played the washboard in the final song, which was written by Wood. Wood also provided vocals for all three songs and played the guitar, and said that she also writes punk and rock —the rhythmic consistency between punk and traditional music was sensible in the song she wrote, and Brent rightly pointed out a comparison to The Devil Makes 3, another Vermont based band. Mueller sang as well, and played a washtub bass of his own creation that consisted of a stand, a washtub, a string, and a stick. It was truly impressive to watch, and fascinating to learn that playing a washtub bass is about the pressure and pull you put into the string rather than the placement. Ida Mae and the Honest Mistakes is definitely a band to watch out for — I for one am certainly hoping to see them return to Burlington for more! For more info visit http://idamaespecker.com/

Thomson Glaudemans

New Crew: Thomson Gloudemans, Audio Engineer

Words by Thomson Gloudemans. Photo by Morgan Laurie-Day.

“Hi! I’m Thomson Gloudemans, I have been living in Burlington for the past five years, and have been studying art at Burlington College. The majority of my focus is with sound. I am a beat maker, sound artist, and aspiring studio engineer. For me, the best aspect of Burlington, Vermont is the vast community of like-minded creative individuals. I am proud to be a member of Big Heavy World, as they put out a tremendous effort to support and promote Vermont musicians and creators.”

Get A Grip

Get A Grip: Texas or Bust!! Fundraiser Friday/Rutland!

Words by Maggie DeCapua. Photo courtesy Get A Grip.

Rutland Vermont’s homegrown hardcore-punk group Get a Grip is on its journey to legendary music festival South by Southwest (SXSW). With just a few weeks left before the festival, Get a Grip is hosting a fundraising show this Friday, February 27th. The “Texas or Bust!” benefit show features Get a Grip, Morning Comes Early, BE AGGRESSIVE, Jumanji X’s Riot Squad, and Reverser. This will be Get a Grip’s last hometown show before the festival, and all proceeds will go to the band’s travel and performance expenses for SXSW. Texas or Bust! begins at 7:00 pm, February 27 at Merchants Hall, 40-42 Merchants Row, Rutland, Vermont. See the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1611154205780206/permalink/1626625950899698/

argonaut&wasp

argonaut&wasp Release ‘Future Protocol’ EP

Photos by James Lockridge.

argonaut&wasp released the debut ‘Future Protocol‘ EP this week and played at Signal Kitchen, the second stop on a tour that takes Theo Klein and Trey Schibli with the band across NY, MA and out to Austin, TX.

Buy on iTunes: bit.ly/FutureProtocol
Listen on Spotify: http://bit.ly/FutureProtocolSpotify
Listen on Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/FutureProtocolSoundcloud

Help Our Extended Radio Family WRUV Raise Money for New Equipment

WRUV 90.1 FM, the University of Vermont student-run radio station, is holding a pledge drive to raise money for equipment they need to remain Burlington’s better alternative. WRUV is family to The Radiator; they gave us encouragement, broadcasting gear, and even furniture when The Radiator first got going in 2007. ‘RUV will be holding their drive from February 15th to March 1st to raise $5,000 for new equipment. It’s ok to tune in to 90.1FM from February 15th – March 1st to learn more and to hear some great tunes from your favorite DJs — the Radiator loves and supports our radio family! To donate, call in to the station with your pledge at 802-656-4399 or visit wruv.org/donate and select “WRUV” as the gift fund. In return, they’ll be throwing a party to thank their donors and you will be entered in a raffle to win merch with the new WRUV logo on it. For more information visit the website at wruv.org or search them up on Facebook. Contact Karla at: knoboa@wruv.org with questions or concerns.

TJ, Tyler, Rafe, Matt

Countdown to SXSW: Zeroing in on Zero Circle

Words by Eva Weber.  Photos by Sophie Ward.

On Friday I met with Zero Circle, the up-and-coming Burlington-made rock band that packs a punch. Meet Matthew St. Gelais, Rafe Bouchard, TJ Maynard, and Tyler Gurwicz. These four have been playing together since their formation a year and a half ago. While they have been in previous groups together at one time or another, the planets aligned and the friends were finally all free to embark on a music project together.  That project is Zero Circle.

Zero Circle & The BHW Crew

Zero Circle with Morgan, Bob and Eva from Big Heavy World.

Matt, Rafe, TJ, and Tyler are a playful bunch; during the photoshoot they did some goofy shots and played around. They seem close, and they confirmed this when they described how they all write the songs for Zero Circle. It’s a collaborative writing effort, fundamentally supported with the trust that they will all be honest about their ideas; more and more their styles are becoming “one sound.” Writing inspiration comes from themes of good vs. evil, forging your path, happiness, and everyday life. For him, Tyler says, “writing is cathartic.”

Zero Circle

Zero Circle describe their style as “melodic rock,” a departure from what the band has played in the past, but in the same vein. They happily agree that they are still evolving. As for the future, the band says it’s mostly a secret, even from them. They want to do their own thing, form their own style. They don’t really know what’s going to happen, and they’re excited.

This will be the first time at SXSW for Zero Circle. On the horizon for them lie the inspiration of seeing other bands, and making musical connections. Though they admit there’s a pressure to representing the great state of Vermont when they travel to Texas in March, the band feels it’s an honor.