This giveaway we did at a concert event and the winner’s name is Amanda! Congrats to her for winning tickets to see Badfish at Upstate Concert Hall and keep following Fr.U.N.T. for more giveaways!
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If you were unsure of what to get me for Christmas, this is it!
Friends that really know me, know that the Rustic Overtones is just about my all-time favorite band. Nearly 20 years ago I attended a show at the late Valentines underground beer joint and music club in Albany, NY. I was there to see a friend’s band Conehead Buddha and Rustic Overtones were the opening act. Now the show was heavily attended but just like many local shows no one was there to see the opening act, in fact the crowd really didn’t even enter the building until after the Overtones played. They had absolutely no idea what they have just missed out on but for the few of us that were smart enough to show them support knew that everyone else had just ignorantly passed up an epic performance. At this show I purchased the newly released album “Long Division” and this became my soundtrack for the next two decades.
In 2002 I went on therusticovertones.com only to read “Rustic Overtones are Dead”. My heart was broken, the band had broken up.
In the summer of 2003, I went on vacation and when I returned my Long Division cd was missing. I searched high and low and also online to attempt to purchase my all-time favorite album but with very little success. In fact during this time I found a copy that was being sold for $75.00, which I almost purchased, unfortunately I couldn’t justify not having all of my rent money to my roommates at the time. In 2005 Dave Gutter and Jon Roods’ new band Paranoid Social Club played on the second stage at Albany’s Tulip Festival and I approached the band to ask Dave if he could point me in the direction of being able to find a copy of Long Division. Dave responded “I don’t even have a copy”. Whether that was true or he was just trying to focus on PSC and not the break up of his former band I realized the hunt would be a tough one. Shortly after, I went on a Rustic Overtones tribute myspace page and I put out the message that I was in dire need of this album. A complete stranger, a young woman from Virginia (I believe) sent me the album in the mail. I lost her information but if she will come forward or if someone can identify her I feel the need to thank her again. I am complete again.
Great news came when the band reunited in 2007.
So I mentioned how the first time I seen Rustic Overtones in Albany the crowd was scarce never having heard of them but that had certainly changed over the years with the support of 102.7 WEQX the band had gained popularity in the Capital Region of New York. In fact in 2008 Rustic headlined Tulip Fest on the main stage. This event had approximately 80,000-100,000 attendees.
Rustic Overtones has had their successes and their hard times like many bands. Over the years they have done songs with notable acts from David Bowie to Naughty By Nature. To me they are huge rock stars like the Rolling Stones or the Beatles, to the rest of their diehard fans we know just how undeniable their sound is. For those that have yet to enlightened, there is still time.
This is why I am so excited about the 20 year anniversary collection “Mood Swings”. We are talking 68 tracks on 4 discs. Below is Dave Gutter’s description of the Mood Swings box set.
“Blame it on My ADD”
Disc 1 will be “The Soft Box” a mix of the more chill, balladeer moments of Rustic’s nine albums. These songs were sprinkled through their albums and represent a softer sound that was rarely incorporated in their live show. Many of these songs began as low-fi outtakes or interludes but the “Soft Box” plays them as a showcase of a songwriting and production style that was a beautiful anomaly among the rest of their catalogue.
Disc 2 will be titled “The Fire Box” and is the band at their most fiery, hard edged moments. Recurring themes of fire and explosions became the dialogue to Rustic’s most cacophonous soundtracks. This disc is the Rustic tracks that are darker in both composition and theme, and show Rustic’s punk and electronic influence.
Disc 3 is “The Pop Box” plays out like a greatest hits (or misses) collection. The pop gems, crowd faves, show stoppers etc. Upbeat and unashamed, these are the songs that defined Rustic on commercial and college radio. When you’re in the mood for some extra cheese.
Disc 4 “The Fan Box” is live bootlegs, television and radio appearances, covers and unreleased demos. This disc also has Rustic live at XM satellite radio in it’s entirety, which went down in history as the first ever concert to be broadcast by satellite radio…. ever.
The “Mood Box CD Release Party” is set for Dec 31, 2014 at The State Theatre in Portland Maine. Order Tickets Here!
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Here are a series of recent posts on social media by Anti-Flag regarding their stance on the recent police brutality and injustice that has swept recent headlines in America. I’ve got to hand it to these guys, they really know how to hold true to their convictions.
Photography By: Rob Smittix
“Through the cases of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and all those who have suffered at the hands of racism, police brutality and an unjust legal system, there is a loud and important public discourse. Based on recent actions, we feel that Brian Drusky, the owner of the company promoting our show in Pittsburgh, is on the wrong side of that conversation. For this reason we do not feel comfortable playing a show he’s promoting. Confronting bigotry and blind allegiance to power with education is something Anti-Flag believe in. We hope that Brian Drusky will have that education process happen in his future. While we believe in people’s ability to change and become educated, there must be consequences for the things that he said. As four individuals from Pittsburgh, PA, our power at times can feel limited; this is an instance where we can exercise our power by not working with Brian Drusky. Anti-Flag has always and will always stand with people who are fighting for justice and against those who belittle that fight.”
“We’ll be announcing the new venue for our Feb. 6th Pittsburgh show in the next few days, along with refund information for those of you who have purchased tickets to the cancelled Altar Bar show. Update: The February 6th Pittsburgh show has been moved to Mr. Smalls. Tickets are available here:”
“The Fuck Police Brutality T-shirts are back. Each shirt comes with an instant digital download of our new version of “Police Story.” A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU to aid in the fight against police brutality.” Order Here