Slow To Surface
to surface ??? from las vegas, playing the cd release
party here in vegas here's the interview.. From the
horses mouth: " in forty years you might find us STILL
in vegas workin at a local music shop moonlighting
with our Creed cover band reminiscing of the days
headlining at the boston. " We doubt it but, it's
good to see they understand the music industry and
the one in a lifetime chance it is to make it in the
world of music.
We stepped back and took a look at slow to surface,
asked them some questions and got some answers. From
the youthfulness likings of Jonny Cash, NWA and our
favorite hair bands, the guys are well rounded and
have the drive and stage show to get there.. Get to
know slow to surface… I can remember the day that
I stumbled into the Boston Grill and Bar on I think
was a Tuesday night. I was told by a friend to check
out this band that they were something to see. It
had been a long time since I was taken over by a band
in Vegas... this night proved to be a milestone for
this action. These guys had drive, a stage presense
and some music to back it up. Get to know these guys
if you haven't already, take it from us.. they are
definately a band to watch !!!
YourLocalScene.com From the days of Product
to present day, what has changed musically for Slow
To Surface ?
STS: We’ve grown tremendously in pretty much every
aspect. Our live show is more alive, our song writing
is more focused, and we are sounding more and more
like ourselves. There is still a lot of room to grown
and we can improve on everything just mentioned and
more but we feel confident with where we are.
YourLocalScene.com Someone reading this interview
right now has never heard of Slow To Surface, define
your sound both recorded and live:
STS: Hopefully we just come across as an honest,
smart, rock band that has its own individuality and
place in music
YourLocalScene.com What can one expect from
a live performance ? What will fan of Slow To Surface
take home with them ?
STS: Tons of energy, sincerity and some emotional
hills and valleys. Idealistically we would hope people
leave feeling inspired but if they just go home feeling
like they had a good time, that’s good too.
YourLocalScene.com Growing up, what types of
music and which musicians/groups have influenced your
Benwood: I liked a lot of soul and singer songwriter
stuff, Lionel Ritchie, Al Green, America, Simon &
Zach: I grew up listening to a lot of Motown and
a lot of hippie rock. I’ve taken a strong liking to
a ton of great country ( Johnny Cash, Holopaw, Hank
Williams) Mac: I listened to some Motown and
60’s rock, and I really enjoy classical music (Aaron
Copland, Holst, Stavinsky) and a lot of Jazz artist
( Fourplay, yellowjackets, Gene Krupa)
Adam: Country, Oldies, most Hair Bands Steve:
Stevie Wonder, FNM, Pantera, Fleetwood Mac, NWA, Pearl
Jam, Depeche Mode
YourLocalScene.com What cd's would we find
in your cd player right now ?
Benwood: the Postal Service, Godspeed you black
emperor, holopaw Zach: RJD2, Holopaw, and all
Mike Patton CD’s
Mac: Mock Orange, Lewis, Elliott, Engine Down
Adam: Johnny Cash American IV, the Used, Finch,
Steve: Massive Attack, Cursive, the new Jovis
YourLocalScene.com What local bands do you
guys dig ? Local bands you might listen to on a regular
STS: Local music is kind of a different dynamic.
There are all sorts of bands that we either like there
music, like playing shows with, or just like being
around as people. Some but not all would be… Jovis,
Magna-Fi, Joynt Chiefs, left standing, OMW, Ill figures,
the Chapter, Corner Stone, Clockwise.. and a lot more.
YourLocalScene.com What local bands are you
looking forward to playing with this coming year ?
STS: We’re real excited about playing with
some of the younger high school bands, because of
their enthusiasm and excitement for just playing a
show, any show. We’re also waiting for Jovis to have
a complete band and hopefully play here in town
YourLocalScene.com Million dollar question..
Joe Millionaire and Zora have decided to give their
million dollars to you guys to throw together the
ultimate show for 2003. Along with you guys, who else
is playing this night ? Where is the show and when
Benwood: Brazil with Godspeed you black emperor,
Cursive, Pinback, Deathcab for Cutie, and Ugly Casanova
Zach: London with the Flaming Lips, Johnny Cash
before he dies, and Radiohead Mac: the Police,
Mock Orange, Pearl Jam, and the London Symphony at
the Kentucky Derby
Adam: the Doors w/ Eddie Vedder, Gwen Stefani
without No Doubt, just her on stage by me, Pantera
at my house
Steve: Sandusky, OH. With the Flaming Lips, Pantera,
and Ozzy- just because of the after party.
YourLocalScene.com What would you guys rather
be doing - writing/ recording or live performance
STS: We all get such a different feeling doing
the three that it’s hard to compare. They all kind
of go hand in hand for us and they each have their
YourLocalScene.com How do you guys feel the
Internet and the new technology behind it is affecting
the world and the delivery of music today ?
STS: It is affecting it tremendously. The music
business has really been turned on its side and having
to start fresh. Indie artist have the same exposure
that Major label artists get which causes the funds
to be spread out more instead of being focused on
the few artist that are on MTV or Radio. It really
takes things back to when the music was more of an
expression of things as apposed to a financial means.
YourLocalScene.com What are the goals of Slow
To Surface for the 2003 year ? Touring ? New CD ?
STS: We are currently in pre-production for out
first full length CD tentatively titled “Waiting is
Wasting”, and we should be in the studio and day now.
We plan on having it be a nationwide independent release
with radio support and hopefully distribution.
YourLocalScene.com You guys have received some
extra play outside of the Vegas market through specialty
radio shows, has this helped boost sales of An Effort
In The Deconstruction Of The Struggle ?
STS: Yes, it has helped our sales of the Effort
EP, but more importantly we have built some relationships
and made ourselves know to a lot of the radio stations
across the country which will definitely help us when
our full length drops.
YourLocalScene.com If you guys could head out
of Vegas on a 6 month tour tomorrow, what bands would
you like to tour with ? See the world with ?
Benwood: Cursive and whatever project Mike Patton
happens to be in
Zach: Christina Aquilera, Jessica Simpson, Britney
Mac: Denali, Lewis, Elliott and of course the
Harmony Express dance troop.
Adam: Pantera, Slaughter, Dwight Yokam Steve:
Deathcab for Cutie, Pinback, Faith No More with Mike
YourLocalScene.com Speaking of Vegas, what's
missing in the Vegas scene ? Is it Venues ? Is it
the fact that Vegas is so transient that there is
no support for local music ? What do you guys think
eould help this city get back into the grove of things
STS: We kind of see it as simple business, supply
and demand. There are so many forms of entertainment
that it’s really hard to compete, especially without
the budget that the casinos have. We just need to
find creative ways of getting the word out and maybe
start targeting different markets locally.
YourLocalScene.com Who has been your favorite
band to play with so far ? Local and National ? What
has been your best experience as musicians so far
Benwood: I couldn’t pick one local band there’s
too many to choose from. Nationally I loved the Pennywise
show and the Used
Mac: I like playing with H is Orange and the Used
and Before Braille
Adam: the Used, Rumbulfish/onesidezero, Willhaven,
Steve: Pennywise was cool, there a great band,
and also H is Orange, very cool.
YourLocalScene.com The compilation cd this
year features indie bands from 4 markets ( denver,
vegas, los angeles and san diego ), do you guys like
the idea of being on the cd and getting into the hands
of folks in the other markets ? Or, do you feel that
the cd should stay on a local Vegas level ?
STS: Of course it’s better to get it into as many
hands in as many markets as possible, not to mention
the relationships we can build with all the different
YourLocalScene.com When it's all over and done
with, where do you guys see yourselves on the musical
map ? What do you guys want to be remebered for ?
STS: Eventually we see our selves 40 years old,
working at some hole in the wall music store, still
here in Vegas, playing together in a Creed tribute
band called “Arms wide Open”, and talking about the
glory days of headlining the Boston an a Saturday
night with not one but two girls hanging out backstage
YourLocalScene.com Any last comments or plugs
you guys would like to throw out...
STS: Just thanks to lvlocalmusicscene and thanks
to everyone who has supported us and continues to
Thanks to Jeff @ YourLocalScene.com
for the interview!