Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Static Tones compete for popularity

My first publication in printed press!!!!!! This is a truely exciting moment for me, my heart skips :)
A big thank you to the Sentinel and Chris for making it possible.

The Static Tones compete for popularity

Coeur d’Alene indie-rock band needs votes to join Warped Tour, Seattle venue

by Anastasia Gal
edited by Geoff Carr

The Sentinel. The official student newspaper of North Idaho College
Monday\April 9, 2012

Left to right: Ian Nelson, Chris Delbom, Josh Nelson, Ronnie Ross
Photo by Steven Sturges/Courtesy

The Static Tones entered a ‘Global Battle of the Bands’ contest to compete for a chance to perform at the 2012 Warped Tour, a music festival that brings together extreme sports and music of different genres from hip-hop to hardcore.

The Static Tones are struggling to win a chance to perform on one of the Warped Tour stops at their home venue in Seattle. Fans can vote online for each venue. Four bands out of 100 will be selected to perform for each date of the tour.

The Static Tones official Facebook page calls for the fans and friends to support the band in the voting process.  The voting started on March 5 and it will last until the middle of July when the panel of industry professionals review and select bands, according to the official site of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands.

At the present moment the band finds its place in the top 50 for the Seattle venue among all genres.  Guitarist Chris Dehlbom said he was surprised his band has been doing so well. He confessed that he registered the band just to put the name in and get a wider-than-local recognition.

“I’m really curious to see what’s going to come out of that,” Dehlbom said.

It looks like the band is destined to move further than gathering people at CDA local shows, which it has done successfully for about a year. Dehlbom said the band is “somewhere in between metal and soft rock.” Vocalist Josh Nelson uses his lyrics to propose needed changes in the society, often using vivid phrases and grotesque metaphors.

“Usually we don’t promote ignorance of any sort,” Dehlbom said. “We don’t like people judging people for no reason. We like people to be open when they judge. We have songs about moral decay. We have songs about people being fake for profit.”

 Four young men in their 20s form the Static Tones: Josh Nelson (vocals/guitar), Ian Nelson (bass), Chris Dehlbom (guitar) and Ronnie Ross (drums). Nelson and Ross are current NIC students, while Dehlbom used to attend. Dehlbom said the band works hard combining music, study and jobs, but the result is worth it.

Having played together for only about a year the bands is already planning on releasing their first full-length album, which will include 11 songs. The musicians will start working on it this April and promise a quality result, though no release date has been announced.

“It’s just going to be whenever it’s done,” Dehlbom said. “We want it to be a really, really good sounding album.  So it could be two months, it could be two days. I don’t know.”

Right now they are working on the last two songs for their album and gaining more popularity in their native area. They played at The Grail in Post Falls on March 31, and they are planning a short tour through the Northwest and California this summer.

Dehlbom claimed 2012 is a big year for the band, during which they are going “to make something career wise.”

To support the band in their quest to play at the Warped Tour visit: http://bit.ly/GT5hQT

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