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Old 07-11-2003, 05:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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YOUR band...

Lemme tell you all a little story...

My friend and I got tickets to a show at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA to see Dredg, a band we had heard about and had bought their first and second albums.

Record sales were pretty lame, maybe selling ten thousand of each combined at the time we went (last February or March).

Tickets for this event (which they weren't even headlining) cost a staggering $5, and it was an extremely small venue. They had posters up for their newest album "el cielo", and I knew it was going to be an awesome show, since everyone followed my lead and ripped the dredg posters down about 1 song into the first band that started playing.

After dredg played (an excellent live show no doubt), everyone (all 35 people or so) cleared out, and left the headliners playing to empty air. No doubt dredg was getting some recognition.

The next tour, tickets for the show were $37, SnoCore, and they still weren't headlining, but had gotten up with some better-known bands.

The tour after that, they headlined, and now they're opening for the Deftones.

I'm incredibly happy theyre finally getting play on MTV and whatnot, and certainly doing better amongst the consumers.

The question is.....do you have a band that you have seen before they got "made" that you feel you helped start a little bit?

P.S.- More info check out, dredg Or download some of their stuff. Its all good, and in fact, their two albums are actually so good you can listen to them from beginning to end.....rare for an entire album to be like that
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Old 07-11-2003, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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MxPx, back when they were getting play on MTV and then turning to suck. Their newest album is awesome though.

No Doubt, before they got to MTV and then turned to suck. Their latest blows.

Mock Orange is a local band I have been listening to for years. Can't find the EP I have at the moment, but they signed to a big label now.
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Old 07-11-2003, 06:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I missed a RHCP concert back in '91 with 2 unknown bands opening. Those bands were Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins.

I saw Rage Against the Machine and Tool at Lollapalooza '93 when they had each just come out with their first albums.

I've seen Reverend Horton Heat about 15 times and they haven't gotten any bigger (though they've been selling out clubs for over 10 years).
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Old 07-11-2003, 09:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I envy you Derwood for the Rage Against the Machine and TOOL thing.

I saw Spineshank before they hit it big(they arent that big still but they are defenitely good) and i Staind before they put out their first cd. And now, Staind sucks.
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Old 07-11-2003, 11:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I count myself really lucky because I started getting into indie rock in 1988, i.e. a few years before grunge/alternative hit big. I was on Nirvana's mailing list (and still have the letters to prove it--some are signed), though I never saw them live until the In Utero tour. In clubs or small halls I saw the Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Ministry, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Primus, Faith No More, etc. I saw all of the Lollapaloozas except for the last two, so ditto for me with RATM and Tool. Lots of other stuff like that, too, plus lots of great bands that never really made it big. Those were great years...
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Old 07-12-2003, 12:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, right now I'm following two unknown (at least in the US) bands that I think have a lot of potential for recognition. Base 2 (www.b2foundation.com) and Frail (www.frail.tk)

If they get big, you heard about them from me
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Old 07-12-2003, 07:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Queens of the Stone Age: opening for the Smashing Pumpkins at Trammps in New York City, a few months before the Pumpkins called it quits. They'd just released their first EP. They were awesome, still had a very Kyuss-y sound to them (which I found out much later when I actually heard about Kyuss)

The Used: I heard Maybe Memories on an Ozzfest sampler and loved it, and a couple months later, they started playing The Taste of Ink everywhere, and Kelly Osbourne hooked up with Bert McCracken... The Used are really on a roll with releasing all their worst songs as singles now

Chevelle: Heard them play at the same Ozzfest, they kicked ass, I picked up their older CD, and not too long after, The Red just exploded.

Lostprophets: OK, so they aren't a huge band, but their next album (coming out in the fall) could quite possibly lead them to greatness. If you read their website, you can see why.... they're trying to make a "real album" now, with heavy production and whatnot. I can't wait to hear the actual material. I started listening to them when I caught a sample of their music on a Virgin Airlines flight to London in Feburary 2002... not too long after, the Shinobi Vs. Dragon Ninja video got some airplay on MTV2, and they appeared on Ozzfest that summer.
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Old 07-12-2003, 09:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hanging out so much on the Sunset Strip in the late 80's, we used to see all kinds of bands long before they really hit it big, so I kinda had the deck stacked in my favor. Stuff like GN'R, Motley Crue, Great White... when they were all club bands. It was good times. Everyone knew GN'R was going somewhere and we all thought Winger sucked, but I think that was just cuz we were all tired of every girl in the place falling over herself to get to Kip. In retrospect, it was pretty cool to watch Reb Beach play live - the guy was amazing - it reminded me of the old days, seeing Racer X in clubs.

There were some really cool bands from that time that I always thought would be big but just never made it. Lone Justice! Rhinobucket (or, as we always called them, Angusbucket... find some of their music and you'll know why).

I remember seeing Melissa Etheridge in clubs in Long Beach and Pasadena in '88 when it was always just a solo acoustic deal. Seeing her with a full band in the spring of '89 was like night and day.

Train at Freight and Salvage in SF in 98 and 99.

I keep waiting for the Young Dubliners or Brother to make it big so I can say I've been seeing their shows for 10 years, but it just hasn't happened yet. Dammit.

Heather Lawson!! And Jonell Mosser! Both incredible, incredible local artists in Nashville. Heather's "Woke Up More" was one of my favorite CDs last year - can't imagine why it wasn't getting airplay somewhere. Jonell has one of the greatest rock/blues voices I've ever heard live. I got lucky enough to see Reese Wynans sitting in with her once, too. That lady's got some pipes. Nashville folks will probably all know who I'm talking about, but you don't hear their names outside of the city much.

Kim Richey, who used to be in Nashville, but recently relocated to Austin. If you like Sheryl Crow, you'd love Kim's most recent release, "Rise." It compares very well with Sheryl's debut... similar vibe (same producer), but Kim has a much better voice and the music is a lot more soulful to my ears. She's really amazing. Just saw her open for Joan Armatrading a couple of weeks back.

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Old 07-12-2003, 10:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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dredg owns, i was into them when leitmof came out, beat that!

as to being into bands before they got big, most of the bands who blew up i disown now... sooo dredg rules
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Old 07-12-2003, 03:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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dredg owns, i was into them when leitmof came out, beat that!

as to being into bands before they got big, most of the bands who blew up i disown now... sooo dredg rules
Hehe, another dredg fan.....cant beat that.

And about seeing TOOL and ratm, Derwood, I bow before you

Interesting TOOL fact, they're song "Sweat" was played in the movie "Escape from Los Angelas" with Kurt Russell, that was a *long* time ago...
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Old 07-13-2003, 01:59 AM   #11 (permalink)
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My favorite band is Thrice from Orange County, and I've been following them for a couple years, ever since I got a copy of their second album Identity Crisis. I saw them at House of Blues in 2001. Even though they were fairly popular locally here in Southern California the past couple years, they signed to Island last year and they are blowing up everywhere right now.
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Old 07-13-2003, 04:59 PM   #12 (permalink)
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gotta give a shout-out for Holly McNarland

Canadian artist, in Vancouver these days - originally from Toronto. She tours the staes now and then but if you really wanna catch her, go up and see a show at the El Mocambo. Chick's got pipes. And she does a mean "In the Air Tonight"...
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Old 07-13-2003, 10:21 PM   #13 (permalink)
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dredg. They are amazing. I love them.


I got into them in the fall of 2001 during my freshmen year at college.

I have since seen them 5 times, which is pretty damn good considering i live in the midwest.

it's great to see them making it, they are an amazing band.
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Old 07-14-2003, 07:18 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Small list of bands I saw before they made it big....

Kid Rock, he used to play between Detroit and Toledo all the time

Limp Bizkit, they were great before

Alice in Chains, several times before they made it

Korn

Rage

I'm sure there's more, those are just off the top of my head.
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Old 07-14-2003, 11:32 AM   #15 (permalink)
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the used - i heard 3 songs they put o their website way befor they got popular... hose songs happened to be their singles

poison the well - they were local

AFI - they had alot of fans in th underground when i was one of them... i heard they signed to dream works and i knew what wa sognn happen...

OAR- i lied them way back when... when i heard crazy game of poker and no i saw them on mtv... it was akward

dredg iv liked dredg since thier firsta lbum came out and on the new album same ol road got sum airplay ...nothing serious not too big but still
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Old 07-14-2003, 02:43 PM   #16 (permalink)
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radiohead - saw them just before the bends came out. good show, but i don't think i'd like to see them now considering their latest additions to their discography

disturbed - saw them just after stupify started getting some radioplay, maybe a couple months before they got really big

not big yet, but... has anyone seen/heard of laughing colors? they're a baltimore band but tour the mid-atlantic region. great band in general, but an especially great live band.
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Old 07-14-2003, 03:34 PM   #17 (permalink)
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AFI - they had alot of fans in th underground when i was one of them... i heard they signed to dream works and i knew what wa sognn happen...
What's that, exactly? They'll... buy houses now? They'll... quit their day jobs and become full-time musicians?

Yeah; I hate that too.
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Old 07-14-2003, 04:06 PM   #18 (permalink)
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dredg. They are amazing. I love them.


I got into them in the fall of 2001 during my freshmen year at college.

I have since seen them 5 times, which is pretty damn good considering i live in the midwest.

it's great to see them making it, they are an amazing band.
Same here man, freshman year of college. Great stuff.....I've read some interviews and they seem like really down-to-earth guys, its almost going to be wierd seeing them if and when they get really commercialized.
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Old 07-15-2003, 07:28 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I saw Godspeed You! Black Emperor when they were just Efrim and Mauro, opening for Steak 47 in the smallest Montreal venues you've ever seen. They always talked to people after the show to discuss philosophies, whether or not the sound was good and to have a drink. Mauro now owns the Sala Rossa and Casa del Popolo, 2 of the most recognised venues for indie/underground bands in the city, and as for Godspeed's success, well the rest is history.

Up until now, I've had nothing but respect and awe for this great prog band, who wanted nothing more than play music for people who cared and stop greediness in both the music biz and the community at large. Unfortunately, one of their earlier songs, "East Hastings", appeared in "28 Days Later" (but not in the movie's official soundtrack, probably since the song itself is around 20 minutes long). I never thought they would ever put a song in a big movie like that, especially after turning down Oliver Stone's proposal to use one of their songs in "Any Given Sunday". I'm disappointed, but I guess I'll have to e-mail them to find out why they did that. No one like a sell-out, especially when a point was made to NOT sell-out.
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Old 07-16-2003, 11:30 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Same here man, freshman year of college. Great stuff.....I've read some interviews and they seem like really down-to-earth guys, its almost going to be wierd seeing them if and when they get really commercialized.

From what I've met of them they are. the second time I saw them was in Omaha, at the Ranch Bowl. There were about 25 people in attendance and my two friends and I were the only people up at the stage. It was essentially a private show and the band members thanked us for hanging out and supporting them. then when I saw them in Iowa City a couple months later the guitarist came right up to me and my friend and asked how we were doing and whatnot. So from my personal experiences I can affirm that.
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Old 07-17-2003, 04:30 PM   #21 (permalink)
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i saw "mookie blaylock" play in vancouver...not sure of the year....at a club that i've even played at a long time ago.

these guys turned out to be "pearl jam"

great night out
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Old 07-17-2003, 06:42 PM   #22 (permalink)
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i would LOVE to have been old enough to be in the alternative scene before the pumpkins got big. i was an obssessive pumpkinhead at one point. but.... this band i've been following for a year, crosstide, is opening for warped tour i heard. but that probably just means the local warped tour here.. nothing too big. heh.
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Old 07-19-2003, 03:10 PM   #23 (permalink)
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i would LOVE to have been old enough to be in the alternative scene before the pumpkins got big. i was an obssessive pumpkinhead at one point. but.... this band i've been following for a year, crosstide, is opening for warped tour i heard. but that probably just means the local warped tour here.. nothing too big. heh.
I saw SP here in Winnipeg during the MCIS tour. It was amazing, but I was still not hooked enough to fully appreciate the music. Second time that I saw them was the SummerSault tour right before they split. Not a good concert. They were totally not into it. I lost a lot of respect for them that day, mostly for Billy C.

BTW... I used to be a Pumpkinhead too.


EDIT: I don't have a favorite band anymore. I have a lot of bands that I like, but none that I love. It's sad really...
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Old 07-19-2003, 06:33 PM   #24 (permalink)
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My old band played a bunch of shows with the dropkick murphys back in 93. I think we played omaha together and each band got a whopping 30 bucks.

i remained friends with the band and did two more sets of midwest dates as the band progressed to the Palooza status they are at now.

I think they're great guys but there is no way I'll see them play now. Hate the new material.
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Old 07-19-2003, 06:37 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Not anywhere up near the like's of Pearl Jam or anything.

But been to "before they were famous" gigs to see.

INXS, Midnight Oil, Hunters and Collectors, Men at Work, (Flowers)they then became Icehouse, Screaming Jets.

AC/DC with Bon Scott was always a treat too.
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