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May 30th, 2008

Carpenter Move One Step Closer at Verge on XM

This week, Carpenter’s song "Off The Road" made it to #2 on the Verge charts. Keep climbing, sweet song, keep climbing

http://www.thevergexm52.com/

Category: Carpenter

May 30th, 2008

The Reason Reach New CMJ High

I could make some stupid outdated quip about drugs or whatever here, but i won’t. I’ve realised that no one gives a shit about the quixotic rumblings of an aging punk ass. So just the facts you yell…oh yes, just the facts. This week, the second that The Reason is on the CMJ charts, the young lads from Hamilton reached #106 on the glorious CMJ Charts. Thats up from their debut on the Charts last week at #127.

Category: The Reason

May 30th, 2008

Carpenter Interview In The June Issue of Exclaim

This article deserves more than just a yawn and a stretch. But that’s all myself and the office cat gave it. But we are both old, tired and fuzzy.

Carpenter and the Cougar
By Sam Sutherland

“Mid-’90s hardcore is the music that changed our lives,” says Daniel Sioui, guitarist and vocalist for Vancouver’s Carpenter. “So I remember talking to friends when this band started and telling them that John Cougar was my biggest influence at the time, and they would stare at me in disbelief. Or they’d outright tell me it was going to be terrible.” A veteran of bands like the under-appreciated All State Champion (“Super angular, no repeated parts”), Sioui returned from a 2005 tour with Sparta to find his current band broken and bloody. Then he found Mellencamp’s American Fool, booked some studio time, and decided to make a new band. “I purposely wanted to write these pop-rock songs that were more straightforward,” he says. “Listening to Bob Mould’s stuff with Sugar, and John Cougar, those songs are timeless.”

By bringing together former members of West coast punk and hardcore heavyweights like By a Thread and Daggermouth, Sioui’s vision wasn’t likely to end up being American Fool 2.0. “I wanted to be able to take that, and translate it into a different version,” says Sioui. “We play John Cougar before we go on at every one of our shows. At our last show, some promoter friends of ours bought us this huge backdrop with ‘John Cougar is God’ on it and a huge picture of his face. It’s crazy, dude! It’s ten by ten!” Carpenter’s outrageously earnest enthusiasm for a guy that’s low on the cool-to-name-check list (as opposed to Springsteen, punk’s dude de jour) is matched by an equal dedication to the roots of’90s post-hardcore and early emo. As much Avail as Mellencamp crops up in the band’s anthemic, driving tunes, and Sioui’s upper-range holler connects as clearly to Piebald as Tom Petty. But Carpenter has taken more from Mellencamp than just his backdrop likeness. His dedication to supporting struggling small farms has rubbed off on Sioui in a big way.

“In terms of the punk and hardcore community, I don’t know how many bands are down with farming,” Sioui says. “Agriculture is fundamental to everyone and yet no one talks about it. There’s a lot of information on our CD, and we’ve been working with some different groups in town to help promote their work and their message. I want to be a farmer — that’s what I want to do with my life.” That themes of agricultural struggle run through the band’s debut full-length is no surprise. Law of the Land, recorded with no label, management, or support to speak of, is a huge, bombastic statement that straddles genre lines without flaunting its uniqueness. And people are taking notice.

“It just seems like finally we’re getting some help,” says Sioui, whose band now boasts the support of Smallman Records and Underground Operations Booking Agency. “Everyone in the band, in my mind, has paid their dues. These guys have slugged it out for years, done a lot of really hard tours. I think we’re just really appreciative of what’s happening to us right now. It’s one thing to have word of mouth in your town, but to get emails from all over is surprising. We hoped we would get some help, but we were planning to do this all ourselves. We just really believe in this so much, and I think that comes across.”

http://www.exclaim.ca/articles/multiarticlesub.aspx?csid1=122&csid2=4&fid1=31347

Category: Carpenter

May 29th, 2008

Vote for Carpenter At PunkRadioCast.com

Carpenter is in the running for some chart standing on our favourite online radio station - punkradiocast.com. Go vote for "You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down" at the link below.

http://www.punkradiocast.com/REQ10.php

Category: Carpenter

May 22nd, 2008

The Reason Debut on CMJ Charts

In their first week at US College and Specialty Radio, The Reason have made a nice fat impact - debuting on the CMJ Charts at #127. What does that mean? Well for debuts, it’s higher than Mates of State, Thrice and Aimee Mann. Go!Go!GO!

Category: The Reason

May 21st, 2008

Carpenter Creeping up the charts

The first numbers are in and Carpenter are starting to attack Canadian Radio. XM channel 52 (The Verge) has got Carpenter on their charts at #3 this week. Carpenter will be going into the Verge studio to record some live songs and for an interview in mid June, so watch for that later in the summer.

http://www.thevergexm52.com/

Category: Carpenter

May 20th, 2008

Carpenter on Georgia Straight

Carpenter is one of the featured artists at The Georgia Straight’s Instant Playlist this week. Go check out “Until The Sun’s Up”

http://www.straight.com/article-145570/instant-playlist-may-15-2008

Category: Carpenter

May 12th, 2008

Kerrang Video Diary with Broadway Calls

Broadway Calls chat to Kerrang! at the Give It A Name festival 2008. Check out the Podcast with Josh and Ty.

http://podcast.kerrang.com/kerrang/video/kerrang_podcast_2008_05_10_broadway_calls.m4v

Category: Broadway Calls

May 2nd, 2008

Broadway Calls in AP

Broadway Calls are part of this month’s issue of AP as one of the bands that the magazine recommends.  Read on, comrades.

“THE STORY SO FAR: while their hardcore outfit Coutndown To Life were on hiatus in 2006, Ty Vaughn (vocals, guitar) and Josh Baird (Drums) conceived the melodic Broadway Calls with former CTL roadie Matt Koenig (bass, vocals) according to Baird, “Pretty much to make van payments and fill in the gaps of tour.” But within weeks of forming, BC managed to bang out a six song EP, Call The Medic…, and book their own month-long jaunt. Soon after, the band released their proper full-length debut, which was picked up and reissued by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s Adeline Records.”

“WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW ‘EM: Many hardcore kids these days start post-Lifetime pop-punk bands and fill them with nasally vocals, ill-advised keyboards and double bass drumming. Broadway Calls rely on no such gimmicks. Their self-titled album is an earnest affair, featuring nods to un-coventional inspirations in the realm of hardcore. (It even includes a cover of the Smiths’ “A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours.” With Broadway Calls set to play UK institutions like the Reading & Leeds Festivals this year (not to mention stateside appearances at Bamboozle Left and Warped Tour), is meeting the Moz - their unlikely hero- a possibility? ‘If we do [meet him], someone might faint,”, says Baird. “I won’t name any names, though.”

Category: Broadway Calls

May 2nd, 2008

Carpenter on tour!

Tons of new dates for Carpenter. Including the official announcement that the band is on the Atticus Clothing Tour this June, with Strike Anywhere. As well, CD release shows in Vancouver and Whistler are now posted.

Category: Carpenter