Love and Death, the new band of former Korn member Brian Welch, graced the soundscape with a new release the beginning of this year—Between Here & Lost. After several lineup changes over the last few years, Brian is joined by young guitarist JR Bareis, Michael Valentine on bass, and Dan Johnson on drums for this 2013 debut.
Brian took the time to speak with TBB about the formative days of the band as well as the process of creating Between Here & Lost at long last.
Auditioning musicians through YouTube sounds like a great way for you to have discovered the talent for Love and Death. How was that experience, and how long did it take to find the right musicians for callbacks?
If I remember correctly, it took about three weeks. I loved the process because there were so many great musicians I got to see performing my music. And I didn’t have to leave my house! I was stoked that so many musicians tried out, but I also felt bad because I could only choose a few band members.
You said, “This record was birthed from trials, tribulations, pain, suffering, anxiety, depression, and drama.” How do you and the band gel all those emotions in one place when creating a track?
Mainly what we were referring to was the prior few years before the recording. I went through so many emotional problems. And it seemed like me and the band was going through so much hell on tour. So many of the songs on the album remind me of persevering through those battles.
Where’d the idea to cover “Whip It” come from? Do any other covers make appearances in live performances from time to time?
My manager came up with the idea for us to do a cover song. I wanted to do a new-wave 80s cover so I googled a bunch of 80s songs. When I came across “Whip It” and told everybody about the idea, they all laughed at me. But when I and my producer Jason came up with the music, everyone was pleasantly surprised.
Nashville is such a musical city; did recording there contribute to the vibe of the album in any way?
Totally! We worked with other artists on lyrics and vocal melodies. Jasen Rauch, Mark Holeman, Joe Richard from the band Red & his writing partner Josh Baker, Stacey Hogan & Rob Graves.
Does being on the road together inspire the creative process for the band?
No, being on the road for us is always pretty difficult. But it’s also fun. I guess it’s about half and half. We mainly write our songs when we are at home resting, with nothing else to do.
Be sure to check out Between Here & Lost, available now! (iTunes)
The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!
Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.
Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.
We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.
TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?
Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.
Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.
The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.
Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.
After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.
Ho Ho Ho Steve-O? Holiday Laughs with Steve-O at the Improv Atlanta
Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name over the last two decades. Famous for his cringe worthy stunts on MTV’s Jackass and WildBoyz, he is never shy and always up for a challenge! Steve-O is coming to Atlanta this week to perform at the Improv Atlanta 12/3 – 12/5 so get ready for holiday cheer, Steve- O style!
We asked Steve-O a few questions, you can read his answers below:
TBB:First of all, since you are coming to Atlanta this week, tell us what your favorite thing about Atlanta is. Also, do you plan to visit anywhere other than the Improv while in town? Ever heard of the Clermont Lounge? ;)
Steve-O: It was July 4th the last time I was in Atlanta, and I had a great time taping big fireworks to my skateboard and blowing them up while I rode around a skatepark. That was a really wild time. Next week I go to jail for the crane-climbing stunt I did earlier this year in Los Angeles, so this weekend I’ll be sure to enjoy my last days of freedom roaming around Atlanta. I’m sure the Clermont Lounge is awesome, but I think I’m going to skip that spot this weekend.
TBB: The Clermont just might be a little too much for you Steve-O!
Kurtis Blow and the Hip Hop Nutcracker
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, embarks on an international tour on the strength of last December’s sold-out performances of the world premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) in New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker will make a stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the all-female hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre in Brooklyn. It is adapted to today’s New York by Mike Fitelson, executive director of UPCA – the work’s original producer – and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo and violinist Filip Pogády.
For its stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 28, The Hip Hop Nutcracker features special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of the founders and creators of recorded rap music.
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