Saturday, May 14, 2011

YEIBICHAI! Say that 10 times fast and maybe you will see the potential of Music with Andy V Galeon

Andy V Galeon (former drummer of Death Angel) took some time to share his current project, YEIBICHAI and his views on the power of MUSIC!!


HJB: Hey Andy!!! Great to hear you are jammin with YEIBICHAI (pronounced yay-beh-chay). What does Yeibichai mean?

Andy V Galeon: The name is Native American in origin, Navajo to be exact. Yei's are spirits, they connect Man and Creator, they control the natural forces on Earth, day, night, rain, wind, sun, etc. The Yeibichai is a talking God, who speaks to Man, telling him how to live in harmony with all living things, with a few rules of behaviour, while using only basic things for survival.

HJB: What brought you guys together?

AVG: We all gravitated towards one another through the medium of Music, with the intent of playing meaningful, heartfelt, yet aggressive and powerful Music. As you may or may not know, I have been a disciple of Music for a long time, as have the other members, Stephen Vincent Ezell-Vox, Jimmy Tomahawk-Guitars, and Tai Hake-Bass, we all come from different backgrounds and have different Musical taste, but what we bring to the table is heavy Music, with an organic and indigenous style, with nothing but respect for all that came before us, as in all the natural forces. We're not reinventing rocket science or building an indestructible machine, we're doing the opposite like using a drum to communicate, or using arrows and machetes instead of nuclear bombs.

HJB: I love the CD. Cactus Buttons, Badwater & The Ritual, I can feel the Native American ambiance just in the name of some of the songs. Do you have a song that has become your favorite or is especially meaningful to you?

AVG: Since all the songs are so different, each one brings out various forms of emotion, but Cactus, Badwater, and The Ritual specifically really ring true to me personally, but maybe that's because they took longer to internalize and learn! Haha! We're in the mode of recording all the spontaneous jams right now and locking in with each other which has come surprisingly fast. When all members are on the same page you really would be surprised how little verbalization there is between members. It's a nice change and one that I really needed in my Musical progression as a player. Who says Democracy can't work? If you don't stretch your boundaries then you'll never know what can be accomplished.

HJB: I love that idea!! I hope to hear some of that spontaneous jammin live soon!!!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

April/May 2011 Hella Hawtie Donna J. Carter

Donna J. Carter aka She-Wolfe Presents Hawtie is so HAWT she needs TWO months ;). All the Hella Hawties are special to me but Donna is a distinguished Hawtie as she is not only one of my beautiful friends and confidantes, but she is also my business partner at MADHOUSE, a wonderful wife, an awesome mother, and most important, my metal sister. Thank you so much Donna for being everything you are!!

1. What are your top three favorite bands and why?

RUSH- Rush is my all time favorite. The music and the words have pulled me out of heartbreaks and break up and just empowered me that these are all “Experience through Extremes…”
I re-energize as often as I can by going to one of their concerts.. They got me and they really make me happy. My favorite Rush album is Hemispheres.
SLAYER- They represent a time in my life that always had Slayer playing in the background.. A killer Castro Valley party, a road trip to Fresno or LA to see them.. I love to listen to  them loud in my Jeep and watch the people look at me.. Also, it was our way of saying Hello and Good-bye… “Slayer". My favorite Slayer album is Seasons In The Abyss.
PANTERA- Pantera was the first band that made me groove.. I mean from jamming to a song, then…it just takes you there…erotically at times. I love that. Had a lot of killer fantasies running through my head while they were playing, that’s for sure. My favorite Pantera album is Cowboys From Hell.

2. What is the first concert you remember attending?
It was 1978, I was 12 years old and my mom and step-dad took me to see The Rolling Stones at the Oakland Coliseum. It was Mick Jagger's 36th Birthday and it was crazy! There were helicopters circling and dropping blow up naked lady dolls and a ton of neon painted ping pong balls with the Stones lips logo and KSAN Jive 95 on it. I had a bunch of them for years, but slowly they dissappeared.

3. What are your thoughts on the music scene?
Coming from the Bay Area, (and a native San Franciscan) I’ve loved the metal/thrash scene for over 20 years. I used to videotape bands and actually made a fun video called, “Thrashin’ the Bay” back in the 90’s. Someday, I hope to shorten and re-release it.
In 2009-10, She-Wolfe Presents… booked shows for a short time Brisbane’s Historical 23 Club, shortly after that, a friend introduced me to Al B. and we got along great. All we needed now was a tight team to manage this responsibility. This is all due to being at the right place at the right time with the right people… MADHOUSE was born. Ace Cook, Stage Manager/Sound Engineer, Jenn of the Hella Jenn Blog, as our Public Relations Liason and Al B. as our Security and PR rep. Suddenly, we have this dialed in venue that holds about 1,000 people and has a great patio area for our summer Sunday BBQ series shows.. And for all you HAWTIES out there.. We are holding a MADHOUSE calendar contest!!!
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Donna with Eddie Trunk of That Metal Show

4. What are the next few shows you plan on attending?
All Shows and Death Angel, DDP, RUSH, Slaughter by the Water 2, Mayhem & Project Independent.. to name a few.

5. If you could meet anyone and ask a question, who would it be and what would you ask?
It would be to Neil Peart...
Do you know how much you have meant to me..even before we shared the loss of partner, almost around the same time and how do you find time and energy to continue with the projects that are important to you, while knowing we are all mortal and we can go at any moment? Too deep? Well, this question is between Neil and I :)
Sorry fellas she's very taken

Sunday, May 1, 2011

HATCHET has Slaughter By The Water 2 Tickets at a special price for bay area metalheads!!!

To all you bay area metalheads looking for a deal...HATCHET has tickets available for Slaughter by the Water 2 on June 25th at The Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. 
They are giving special HATCHET fan prices 
and will even deliver them to you if you are close by!!!
Support local metal!! Get your SBTW2 tickets from HATCHET!!

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