1. Though their name may be reminiscent of vulture fixings and phantom singers, the long-haired Florida boys of Roadkill Ghost Choir are far from the gloomy spectres their name suggests. Inexhaustible jokesters would be a shortcoming if you had to define these Atlantic coast dudes. Despite their cheery attitudes, Roadkill Ghost Choir has a unique way of mixing twangy guitar melodies, simplistic percussions, and wonderfully shaky vocals to create a style oaf folk rock that is both haunting yet entrancing. Comprised of Kiffy Myer, Stephen Garza, Joey Davoli, and brothers Andrew, Zach and Max Shepard, Roadkill Ghost Choir popped in on the Grooveshark office and delighted the Sharks with an intimate set in our studio. We spent some extra time after the set and found out more about the guys, friends, and brothers that make up the voice of the Roadkill Ghost Choir.


    
GS: How was the process of putting your first E.P. together?

    RKGH: .
    The Process was an interesting one. When we first started recording back in July 2011 we were pretty much a different band. We had only been around for about 6-7 months at that point and we were incredibly naive to recording as a band. After our first recording session we took some time to sort of evaluate what we had produced and where we were heading. That made a big difference in the end. In this time period we became aware of the direction we wanted to take the band. We went back into studio and recorded another group of songs that we felt were a lot better than the first go around. Overall, it was incredibly fun and a great learning experience for us on how to utilize a studio. It was also stressful and had those moments of pure madness but the good outweighs the bad. 


    GS: You guys have an extensive east coast tour coming up, the largest you’ve done so far, how are you feeling about it?

    RKGH:
    This will be our first real tour. It brings an array of emotions. I am mostly excited to be going out and playing pretty much every night for 2-3 weeks but there is also the parking. I hate parking in cities. We’re all kind of terrified of driving in NY. I’ll miss my bed and sleeping for a solid 8+ hours but it’ll be worth it.

    
GS: With 3 brothers in a band, does it feel like there’s ever sibling rivalry?


    RKGH:
    We are all slackers. So, motivation doesn’t come easy. Actually, when it comes to playing and recording we usually get pretty excited and don’t need too much motivation to prop us up on stage. Having brothers in the band is an interesting dynamic. We get along pretty well but we’re looking forward to having our Gallagher Bros. meltdown on stage. That’ll be fun.

    GS: What albums can you say defined you as people/musicians?

    RKGH:
    For me, Kid A by Radiohead. The first time I heard the opening of “Everything In Its Right Place” I was forever hooked. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco is a pretty important record to all of us in the band. Everything about that record is just so strange and continuously relevant. Everything Gram Parsons has touched. Of course, Bob Dylan. Good Ole Bobby D.

    GS: Roadkill Ghost Choir is kind of a heavy name for an indie folk-rock band. Where did you come up with that name?

    RKGH:

    We’ve never really mastered the dark arts and the black magiks so we don’t commune with or for those poor lost animal souls. Maybe one day our hearts will grow black enough to perform such an exhausting feat of pure evil wizardry. Garza came up with the name before he joined the band. He was planning on using it in another folk band. We liked the name so we made him give it to us. We did not ask politely. We almost recently changed it because of some stupid reasons and that might have been a huge mistake. Who knows. I for one, like the name Roadkill Ghost Choir and so does everyone else in the world. No one on this small blue dot has a negative thing to say about us. That’s mostly because most of the worlds population has no clue who we are.

    GS: What is something you want listeners to know about RKGC?

    RKGH:
    We’re all pretty awkward so please, forgive us if we make things slightly uncomfortable. We mean well, really.


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  2. The Water Cooler

    with Jacob Jeffries Band

    A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of hosting the Jacob Jeffries Band for a performance at our in-office studio. This high-spirited Florida band had all the Sharks gleefully bobbing their heads to gritty pop tunes and soulfully charged vocals. Fresh from a chain of performances along the East Coast, the band’s front man, Jacob Jeffries, took some time away from coaching musical theatre in South Florida to catch up and talk about some of the band’s upcoming projects. Be sure to check out the video for Suffocate My Heart off their latest album, Tell Me Secrets, at the end of the interview.

    GS:    Hey Jacob! Last time when you guys were at our office, the band had to head out that evening for a chain of upcoming shows, how did that go?

    JJ:    Great man. It was like a nice little almost-vacation. The traveling aspect is always going to be a part of any band’s career, and in this day and age you have to get the music to the people, but starting in a couple of weeks we are actually going to be based mainly out of New York.

    GS:    Are you excited?

    JJ:    I’m stoked, man!

    GS:    When did music become a part of your life?

    JJ:    Music is really a part of my life because of my mom’s passion for the Beatles and the music she grew up on. My mom is a pretty introverted person, and I think she found a lot of comfort and safety in music growing up. When others would have been going out and gallivanting around town, she found more happiness in just listening to a Beatles record, y’know? So, growing up that was all I listened to and I loved it, I embraced it, and I wanted to be them.

    GS:    How did the band get together?

    JJ:    I met my guitarist, Jimmy Powers, when we were in high school and he was known as this hotshot guitarist. He was in this amazing band that I just literally drooled over. I used to look up to them so much and I was kind of scared of them because, in my head, they were kind of famous. Anyway, in my sophomore/junior year I started jamming with Jimmy and he asked his band if they would be interested in jamming with me. After that his funk band started playing my songs with me and backing me up, and it was kind of this cool full-circle thing. I couldn’t believe that the drummer was playing drums for me, that Jimmy was playing guitar for me, and I was playing with this amazing band that I marveled at and loved for so long.

    GS:    I am curious to know who was Jacob Jeffries in high school. What album really defined you at that time of your life?

    JJ:    I was friends with a lot of different people in the high school food chain but I mainly did a lot of the musical performing arts stuff like drama, chorus, and jazz band. If I had to define myself with an album in high school, I would actually have to mention a couple albums. When Gavin DeGraw came on the scene, and his first album came out, I couldn’t stop playing that with my girlfriend at the time. There was also a Rufus Wainwright album called Release the Stars that I listened to a lot. Sprinkle in the Beatles and pepper in some Fountains of Wayne and you got my high school playlist.

    GS:    You guys have been together for nearly a decade in different incarnations. Any advice to other bands on trying to make it in the industry?

    JJ:    There was advice that was given to me years ago, and I try to practice it everyday: it’s not to compare yourself to others. Comparing yourself is the worst thing you can do, and it’s a disease that we all have. When you start comparing yourself to other artists and their progress or stagnancy, it starts to become more of a competition and you start losing your mind. The advice I have to other people is to put up blinders and only pay attention to yourself and your goals.

    GS:    I wanted to thank you guys, because last time you came through town you left copies of your first full studio album, Tell Me Secrets. What are the secrets or inspirations behind this album?

    JJ:    It’s pretty ironic that the album is called Tell Me Secrets because I don’t have any secrets. I am an open dude and I’ll tell you anything you want to know about me. The album is like a glimpse into some of my relationships with friends, family, and lovers, and how I feel about them, but they aren’t really secrets. That’s my job on this world, on this earth—to play music for people to relate to. And there’s no secret about that.

    GS:    How would you describe your music?

    JJ:    I feel like it makes people comfortable and it really applies to everyone on the planet. It’s kind of like the three little bears: not too hot, not too cold, not too hard, not too soft.

    GS:    Speaking of childhood, what was your program or cartoon as a kid?

    JJ:    When I was little it was definitely Rugrats, then as I got a little older it was Full House, and then I graduated to my favorite show, Freaks and Geeks. It only ran for one season but I can watch it over and over.

    GS:    What is something you want listeners to know about the Jacob Jeffries Band?

    JJ:    The music that we make and the shows that we put on are pure energy and honesty. I hope that people can relate to us and just smile that we are bringing good music to the world.

    Jacob Jeffries on Facebook
    Jacob Jeffries on Twitter

    Love,

    Grooveshark


  3. Dozens of special needs preschoolers view him as Mr. Garfield, but little do they know that after early mornings in the classroom, their favorite musically inclined mentor spends his evenings delivering music to the city of New York. Evan Garfield, along with his bandmates Michael Pedron, T.J. Masters, and Alan Busch of Conveyor are far from your usual mid-twenties New Yorkers. Juggling day jobs, thesis papers, and recovering from a week full of performances at CMJ Music Marathon, the guys of Conveyor exemplify that there is much more that exists behind the music. 

    Just a few hours before an evening show, Conveyor drummer Evan Garfield managed to steal away and find a few sweet minutes to hang with Grooveshark. Despite the hefty list of obligations that day, Garfield had every ounce of chipper still intact when we linked up. He admitted that though his life is riddled with the quintessential New York hustle and bustle, he is loving every minute of it. Primed and ready for a week of performances at CMJ, Garfield shared that despite currently residing in Brooklyn, he still feels like he and his bandmates are still from that college town in Florida. 

    Flacos Cuban Cafe, known for their ability to satisfy the deep-fried cravings of Gainesville’s bar hoppers, was the location that first united the quartet. Pedron and Garfield, along with fellow Gainesville musicians Michael Claytor and Devon Stuart, hosted a weekly music night at the restaurant that brought out the vocalists, instrumentalists, and music lovers from around town. This mecca for musicians introduced the future bandmates to one another and created the breeding ground for tons of other musical entities, including their long time friends Hundred Waters. Garfield shared that some of the highlights of his college experience was the sharing of music from different artists in the cramped back room of that Cuban cafe. Even though Wednesday nights at Flacos offered TJ, Alan, Michael and Evan the opportunity to play music around one another, it was not until leaving Gainesville did their musical journeys coalesce. 

    After moving to the Big Apple for graduate school, fate would have it that the rest of Evan’s mates would all emigrate to New York City as well. The years of making music around each other, paired with the fortuitous circumstances that brought them all to New York, made it impossible for the gentlemen to resist the opportunity to form a band. It all began when Evan and Michael volunteered to add their drum and bass on some demos created by TJ and Alan under the band name Conveyor.

    Evan admits that the choice to keep the name Conveyor came from a pure appreciation for the aesthetic of the word and the humor that came with donning a name that was much darker and grittier than their cuddly personas (as depicted in the above picture). Conveyor’s upbeat indie melodies mixed with their Four Top esque vocal harmonies perfectly reflect the youthful quirky energy of the band. 

    Though the city of New York has yet to set up a Flacos, Garfield shared that the Big Apple is starting to feel a lot more like that small college town. Aside from the new relationships the band is forming with other musicians, CMJ week allowed for Conveyor to reunite with their old Florida friends, Hundred Waters, on the same stage again. Garfield admits that he is grateful to be able to make music, but even more grateful to see the journey that he and his friends from Gainesville are experiencing together. 

    Conveyor on Twitter: @therealconveyor

    Conveyor on Facebook

    Catch Conveyor live in Boston this Saturday, November 3, at 7:00pm at Paradise Rock Club as they open for Geographer and Freelance Whales. Head back to the Grooveshark Blog every week to check out the latest news, exclusive updates, and interviews with amazing bands like Conveyor.


  4. A little over a year ago, Zach Tetreault spent his days in front of a computer managing some of the essential functions of Grooveshark. Flash-forward to the Fall of 2012, and this Grooveshark alumnus can be found emblazoned across the pages of Pitchfork with his band, Hundred Waters. Comprised of singer and pianist Nicole Miglis, multi-instrumentalist and programmers Paul Giese and Trayer Tryon, harmony vocalist and percussionist Sam Moss, and drummer Zach, this five-piece band’s music will soon be featured everywhere from Grooveshark to the soundtrack of one of the biggest video game franchises in history.

    In the heart of downtown, nestled near a record shop and across from Grooveshark HQ, the quintessential kitsch Gainesville hangout Maude’s Classic Café is the perfect place to catch up with the longtime friend of the Sharks, Zach Tetreault. Despite the exciting events unfolding in his career, which include his bands’ newly signed record deal,  the Hundred Waters’ drummer retained his perpetually calm demeanor.

    Unlike bands formed with aspirations for commercial success, Zach poetically admits that Hundred Waters is really just a haphazard byproduct of spending a summer doing the same thing the group had all done countless summers prior, making music that they felt proud of. Despite day jobs, the members would often reconvene at night to listen and discuss developing songs together. In order for everyone to stay up to speed with what was happening, the group utilized a folder in Dropbox to share all of their thoughts and progress. While there was no immediate intent to form a new musical entity, it was the first track on their debut album, Sonnet, that created what is now Hundred Waters.

    “…we finished that song and all just kind of realized that we had something here.”


    The song Sonnet embodies the depth of talent, hours of practice and performance, and years of friendship that serve as the foundation for this quintet. The guys in the band have been in numerous musical entities together since high school and prior to the creation of Hundred Waters, Trayer had already released two solo albums with the aid of Paul and Zach. However it wasn’t until they met concert pianist and lifelong solo artist, Nicole, did they find the last missing atom in the Hundred Waters’ molecule.

    “Last summer when the four of us were living under the same roof together for the first time, a lot of new musical ideas were being brought to the table. The ideas started evolving, began making a lot of sense, parts coming together, and Nicole’s vocals and lyricism just seemed to take everything to the next level, to the point where we were like, ‘Okay, it’s starting to feel like we’re making an album.”


    While many bands release their work in a series of singles, Hundred Waters chose introduce themselves to the world by leaking a free full debut album on their website. After circulating to friends, family, and the Gainesville community, the album caught the attention of different media sources and garnered the band stellar reviews in publishments such as Pitchfork.

    Positive coverage of Hundred Waters marked the beginning of the band’s exciting journey. Hundred Waters has now toured internationally, collaborated with acts such as Skrillex, Diplo, Grimes, Tokimonsta, Pretty Lights, and was recently signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Zach admits that Grooveshark taught him a lot about the intricacies of the music business, but nothing could really prepare him and his bandmates for their experiences more than diving in head first.

    “Grooveshark stood behind Hundred Waters from the very beginning and helped us reach a ton of new people by promoting our music on an international scale. There’s a lot to be said about the power Grooveshark has in connecting artists with fans and I think it’ll continue to improve over time.”   


    The band hasn’t limited music creation to their Gainesville home. During their 12-day Full Flex Express Tour, the band collaborated on a brand new track with their aforementioned EDM tour mates. Zach shares that much like Sonnet, they utilized the power of cloud storage to allow each musician to add their artistry over the tune. Along with this track, Hundred Waters will feature a remixed song for the bonus compilation to one of the most popular video game series in history, Halo 4.

    “We wake up some days feeling as though we’re in a dream.  We’re just extremely grateful for the fact that we’re creating art alongside each other as a profession.”


    This fast-rising band is hydrating the music world by delivering their incomparable sound to thirsty listeners. Check out their latest release, Thistle EP and get a taste of their forthcoming self-titled album along with a series of remixes from the likes of Araabmuzik, Star Slinger, Tokimonsta, Lockah, and Different Sleep/Troublemaker.  

    Head over to Grooveshark.com and get the Hundred Waters site theme and stay tuned for the web premiere of their Grooveshark Session for Visitor.  Check back with the Grooveshark Blog every week to stay updated on our latest news and interviews with amazing bands like Hundred Waters.




  5. The Water Cooler 

          with The Eastern Sea


    Infectious energy, thoughtful lyrics, and a haunting melody, are just a few of the attributes that define the Austin based band, The Eastern Sea. These Texas natives took a break from the Florida leg of their tour to pop by the Grooveshark HQ to delight the Sharks with a refreshing dose of fun and undeniably great music.

    The Eastern Sea Grooveshark the Water Cooler

    Though we only managed to receive 5/8ths of the entire band, Matt (vocals/guitar), Kevin (trumpet), Chris (bass), Charley(drums) and Lauryn (keyboard/flute) refused to cut any corners when it came to delivering their music. Trumpets and flutes seemed to materialize throughout their set as the Eastern Sea managed to juggle nearly 8 instruments amongst the existing 5 members. The experience that each musician brought to the performance was evident from the way they seamlessly maintained the life and intent of each and every one of their songs.

    Though the maturity of their music is undeniable, the members that comprise The Eastern Sea don’t attempt to take themselves too seriously. While Charley and Matt took a break from the performance  by hanging out on the balcony with our artist team, Lauryn and Kevin chose to unwind by body slamming and belly flopping on the bean bags in the office. We all reconvened for dinner where the band teased us with a sample of their upcoming Christmas album, as well as offered up some insight on their recently released and highly praised  sophomore album, Plague.


    What’s songwriting process like?

    Matt:
    The way that i usually describe our song writing process,  especially with the Plague, its kind of like planting a seed and once you have a seed you cultivate the seed and I bring the seed (the basis of the song), and everyone else tends to the plant. Just like you tend to a plant  by manipulating the leaves and trimming the branches, thats what we all together. But every song kind of starts off, music and lyrics with our writer on keyboard or guitar.

    With the band gearing up to gearing up to become a more visible and public entity, what is something you want your audience to know about you guys.

    Matt:
    I think that it’s important for people to feel that we are honest above anything. Because if people feel like we are dishonest or disingenuous then our music is not worth anything.

    Charley:
    Like right now in Austin there is this big folk thing going around, and its hard to buy into because its not believable. Like a kid pulling up in a BMW dressed all raggedy with a straw hat playing old folk songs just doesn’t seem authentic.

    Lauryn: Its the evolution of the hipster. (chuckles)

    Does The Eastern Sea tend to surprise people with their music?

    Matt:
    Often. Especially because a lot of the time we play with bands that don’t sound like us. I think we have music that tends to shake people and its something they can identify with. When we were making the Plague, we wanted to make something that we could put in peoples hands and it would do the job for us. And I believe we accomplished it with this record.

    How’d you like hanging at the office today?
    Matt:
    It has been nice getting know the actual people behind a music streaming service like Grooveshark. Music streaming is such a huge part of today’s music listening as well as today’s music selling and funny to think that so many people use music streaming sites and never think that an entire team runs the functions of the website. Thats part of our generations web culture. But I have to say that hanging out with you guys and doing work with y’all has been exciting because I’m meeting really great people in a very specific side of my industry.

    So what are some things listeners can expect from The Eastern Sea in the near future? Rumor has it a Christmas album?

    Matt:
    We have a Christmas album coming out in early December on our WhiteLabBlackLab label and we are really excited about it. During July we spent some time in the studio putting together 12 songs, some that I had been playing for a while (I’ve been doing home recorded Holiday music every year for the last three years), and some that were brand new, even a few original compositions. I think Plague is a pretty serious endeavor for us and this Christmas album is a great balance of good vibes and silliness that we have been craving as a band, and I imagine our fans wouldn’t mind a break from all of the seriousness either.

    The Eastern Sea on Facebook

    The Eastern Sea on Twitter

    Hop onto Grooveshark and sample The Eastern Sea’s latest album, Plague. Check back with the Grooveshark blog every Tuesday to stay updated on our latest releases and our exclusive interviews with amazing bands like The Eastern Sea.


  6. The Water Cooler

        with TV GIRL 

    TV Girl Grooveshark music free SXSW

    While elements of the 60’s are often used to inspire many contemporary bands, it’s rare to find a group of musicians that turn away from the decade’s psychedelic movement to focus on the pop music of the era. The San Diego based indie band, TV Girl, grabs a hold of the 60’s pop sound and transforms it into an indefinable marriage of electronic pop and urban rhythms. Incorporating hip-hop beats, acoustic instruments, and sound machines, these musicians delighted the sharks when they came in and gave us a private performance at the office.

    We chatted with these high school friends turned bandmates to find out a little bit more about the individuals behind this unique sound. Trung and Brad hung out at the Grooveshark Water Cooler and shared with us everything from adolescent sexual frustration to their lives of touring around the nation while juggling office work.

    GS: Correct me if I am wrong, you guys were working at a marketing firm when the band started. How is it like juggling corporate and concerts?

    Trung: Yeah, I still work there part-time. It is super nerdy Internet marketing stuff, not like Mad Men.

    GS: What do you tell your boss when you have to disappear for a week when you have to tour?

    Trung: Well, we both work from home because it is all based online.

    Brad: Yeah it’s kind of cool because that’s the perfect thing to do and tour because you don’t ever have to go into the office. Though the hardest part is to discipline yourself to do your work when you don’t have to go in the office.

    Trung: During our last tour I was definitely doing work in the hotel.

    GS: Where did the name TV Girl come from?

    Trung: The name TV Girl comes from a Beat Happening song of the same name. I really just liked how the named looked on paper and loved how it looked on my iTunes playlist.

    GS: Who were you guys in high school, and what album defined your high school experience?

    Trung: I used to be really into skateboarding, so I guess that’s how people knew me. If you search for it on YouTube you’ll find some funny old skate footage. I listened to The Beatles obsessively in high school. My friend Wes was pretty into them and he gave me their entire discography. So it was sort of by default that I listened to them because they took up the majority of my iTunes. Of all the albums, I probably listened to Please Please Me the most.

    Brad: The Violent Femmes self-titled album probably defined my high school sexual frustration. Honorable mentions go to The Velvet Underground and Nico, The Thermals’s More Parts Per Million, and The Dead Milkmen’s Big Lizard in my Backyard.

    GS: That’s funny that you mentioned sexual frustration in response to your high school experience.

    Brad: Girls; they’re all you really think about in high school and they are all I really thought about and that Violent Femmes’ record was all about that. It really spoke to me at that time. I still really like it but its one of those records that I cant really relate to the feelings I once had about it.

    GS: While we are on this topic, if you could have a date with one of your music influences who would you be with, where would you guys eat, and what song would be playing in the background?

    Trung: I’d grab a slice of pizza with an early 60s Ellie Greenwich and “Maybe Tonight” by The Shirelles would be playing in the background. I think shes such great songwriter and she was an icon of the music I am in to.

    Brad: I want to see Leonard Cohen’s seduction techniques in his prime so I’d probably dress up as hot girl and take notes and bring that back to my future and use it. We’d be listening to his song “Don’t Go Home With Your Hard On.

    GS: Where did the inspiration come to sample different artists like Tracy Chapman and Bob Dylan in your music?

    Brad: It stems from me starting to work with hip-hop beats. I’ve always composed and wrote songs using a guitar and it was cool to have a new avenue to explore songwriting. Sampling is sort of the bread and butter of hip-hop and it is very freeing because you can have any instrument at your disposal; like you could have parts that you could never play yourself or drumming that you could never get yourself no matter how hard you try. I think its a good tool to have if you are a songwriter. Nothing more than good old-fashioned hours of cruising youtube looking for tasty samples

    GS: How was performing at SXSW 2011?

    Trung: It was just a complete disaster. First of all, we drove out in a Corolla and it was four people in a car, with all of our gear driving out to Austin from San Diego. It was 22 hours of driving only to find out that we didn’t really have a place to stay. The whole situation was kind of last minute and during the day to day we’d have to lug all of our gear across the area because we performed in different areas everyday.

    Brad: It was fun but it was a pain.

    Trung: I think we know how to do it better if we were to go next year but it was still sort of cool just to being able to play with some of our favorite artists at the time, like Wise Blood.

    GS: What are some of the future plans for TV Girl?

    Brad: Well we are working on a record now and we just plan on continuing to play shows and figure out better ways to make our set interesting

    Hop on to Grooveshark and check out the band’s recommendations, “I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now” and “Benny and the Jetts.”

    Love,
    Grooveshark