Friday, October 9, 2015

Palisades w/ Vocalist Lou Miceli

Palisades w/ Vocalist Lou Miceli
By Song River
(Live Concert Photography and Interview Coming up in Vents Magazine)

Song River: Originally what was the attraction to electronica?

Lou Miceli: Well I wouldn't necessarily call it electronica, but
our producer/DJ really got us all into it. We all became infatuated with different styles of music and this was a main part.

SR: Coming together from New Jersey, what were the influences that brought you together, and drew you all towards the band's development?

Lou: The band all came from New Jersey except for me (I'm from Florida). They all went to high school together or close to each other and that's how they started to play music together. I was added later when their previous singer left. Being from such good musical states it was all kind of natural. The tri-state area has always had such a blend of amazing music so that helped.

SR: Was the band originally formed around electronica and then post hard core was added to develop a Rave sound? Or vice versa? Talk about the sound mix and how you arrived.

Lou: When we started we definitely played it safe and went the post hardcore route with little hints of electronic music on top, but as we started to grow as artists and have our musical taste buds heighten it became more of- let's just make the music that comes natural to us based off of what we love and listen to. “High and Low” off of our album "Outcasts" was the first true venture and that direction and It was the model for our album "Mind Games" and ultimately our sound.

SR: Would you consider Palisades to be labeled as a “Rave” band?

Lou: Not at all, because labeling a band is putting it into a box and that is something we never wish to limit ourselves to.

SR: How challenging is it to meld these two styles?

Lou: It really comes very naturally to us.

SR: There was a ton of thumbs up from your fans back in 2014 when you all did the Beyonce cover, “Drunk In Love.”

Lou: Honestly, when we released the "Drunk In Love" cover we didn't really get too much response at first, but it seems like now it's been reaching people organically which is awesome.

SR: Do you have requests for your version to be played often live?

Lou: A lot of kids ask us and we did play it once.

SR: Has Beyonce herself ever contacted you over your version?

Lou: Ha,ha! No, but I wish she did that would be great!

SR: With 2 Ep's and 2 Studio Albums, how has “Mind Games” (2015) been received?

Lou: Mind Games has been the best received musical venture thus far which is great because they shows forward progress.

SR: Watching the video to “No Chaser,” I felt like I was getting an overdose of alcohol, and drugs just by watching it mentally. Message here, as I felt this song spoke strongly to a point that may be a bit deeper than just the abuse of consuming too much liquor. 

Lou: Honestly it was just kind of metaphor for a love interest that's got you messed up in all sorts of way. That's what we wanted to portray, how someone can make you feel so many different ways like you're wasted on substances.

SR: Reading some of the reviews over “Mind Games,” do you feel that the album tried to tackle too many styles and fit them into one album? Or do you feel like it flows just fine... (respond to why it fit what you wanted.)

Lou: I feel like it fit exactly what we wanted and for the people who say it was too many genres, they just don't understand what we're trying to accomplish. We want to amass certain genres that we like into one genre and that genre is Palisades. Our own unique sound that no one can replicate.

SR: As you all work together, do you each take a part of a songs development? How does your process work to create?

Lou: Usually it starts out with our guitarists Matt and Xavier making the skeletons of the songs and we hand it over to our DJ/Producer and then we collectively go over how we want everything to sound and add the vocals in last.

SR: I had a few fans ask about the 'character symbols' used along with Palisades... care to elaborate?

Lou: Yeah, its Japanese katakana. We're all big into fashion and that's where a lot of our fashion sense comes from and it was a growing trend so we hopped on it before anyone else did. 

SR: Have you found the east coast fandom different from the west coast? How about your fans overseas?

Lou: I feel east coast and west coast both show love very well, but European kids are on a whole new level because they don't get shows as often, so I feel that they really appreciate it.

SR: Your band has six members... what is life-like traveling and touring? Give your fans a glimpse into your life on the road.

Lou: It's like being with your brothers, it's annoying and amazing at the same time! Ha,ha.

SR: Is there one of you who is the loudest? 

Lou: Lou

SR: One who snores?

Lou: Xavier 

SR: One who always steals the last slice of pizza?

Lou: Xavier

SR: How do you all get along?

Lou: Really well!

SR: What do you do in between stops to keep up with being tired and the driving road hours?

Lou: Malls, gyms, movies, food.

SR: Favorite games to play while touring on the bus? I.E. Cards, video games, find the out-of-state license plate?

Lou: We love to play the scenario game ha,ha! Where we make up all crazy scenarios and say would you rather do this or that. They're usually realllllllyyyy weird and funny!

SR: What is it you want most to give your fans? 

Lou: We want to give our fans an experience. So much so that when they leave the show they leave saying, "I have honestly never heard anything like that before, but that is my new favorite band". 



No Chaser” by Palisades

FAME Recording Studio

Rick Hall
Muscle Shoals
FAME Recording Studio
By Song River
(Coming up in Vents Magazine)

Song River: I know the goal is to have people purchase and read your book, so it is important not to give too much away. However, I'd like to build an opening to your beginning. Lets talk about your early years, childhood and the influences that took place in your life.

Rick Hall: I grew up actually in the area known as, Freedom Hills. It is in the northwest corner of north Alabama and my father was a saw mill worker, and cut timber for a living. He was a poor man, and my mother had left us when I was about five years old, and I had a sister that was four years old. My mother left us and went to work in a, “Red Light District,” that's the shameful part of the book.

We were poverty-stricken, as daddy couldn't find other work, he had to work in the saw mill and he cooked for us, washed our clothes, got us to school, had to be there when we got home, so he couldn't get a good paying job. So, he had to work at the saw mill or sell whiskey.

Living in Freedom Hills, the word “Freedom” was taken literally throughout the area, because either you couldn’t find work or you were running from the law. I spent my early life there, and my sister and I well... when ever you saw one of us, you saw both of us. We stayed close together. Growing up living in a little saw mill shack with dirt floors, we never wore shoes. We had a cook stove, a two person bed, and we all slept in the same bed. We had chiggers, you call them bed bugs and they would eat you up at night. We hadn’t any bathroom facilities or windows in the house. It was built out of scrap lumber.

SR: You did what you had to do it sounds like to survive and your dad had to the dual parent role to play. What was it Rick that happened to your momma, and why was she no longer in the picture?

RH: I had an older brother, who was born a year before me. I had thought my mom and dad had split because my dad was away working in the saw mill, but my sister, brother and me, along with a couple of cousins were playing around the area where my mother was washing our clothes. And my older brother and one of the other girls were both pulling on the opposite ends of a stick, and the girl turned loose of her end, and when she did he fell back into the wash-pot full of boiling water. My mom went running through the fields screaming for my dad and he didn’t know it, so he came home later and they took my older brother to a doctor in Red Bay, Alabama. When the doctor pulled his clothes off, all of his skin came off with his clothing, so he died of blood poisoning about three or four days later. So, I guess I always figured that incident was the reason for my mother and father separating and her moving to town.

Of course she never felt that my dad would amount to anything, and my moms mother was involved and told her she was a beautiful girl, and my mom was 15 or 16 years old, so her mom told her she was smart and she should move to town and become somebody. Her mom told her she could find somebody better than Herman, that was my dads name. So, my mom moved to town and went to work for the “Red Light District” with my Aunt who ran the Red Light District. Of course all of this is in my book, my life story, and in the documentary that comes with my book is on the music side of things. Which of course both will give you a lot more to this story.

SR: I know your book is certainly more in-depth, but I would like to know more about your attitude and how you've approached everything you've accomplished during your life. There must have been something in your circle of influences that gave you such strength and endurance. We all have choice of how we are going to be- no matter where we come from. What were the bones that drove you?

RH: Poverty. I was born in poverty, raised in poverty and tragedy. My first wife was killed in a car wreck, and I was driving the car, and then my father had died on the tractor I had bought him. At this point I was making good money and my dad had turned to farming to make a living and was used to using a plow, but I wanted to make things easier on him and bought him a John Deere tractor. But it was two weeks after my wife’s death that while by daddy was driving his tractor that it turned over on him and his neck broke, it killed him. So a lot of tragedies in my life, starting with my mother leaving. Then I couldn’t get into the music business. I went to Nashville, I went to Memphis, I went to anywhere I could afford to go and no one wanted me in the music business.

SR: Why was that Rick?

RH: They didn't know who I was, or how determined I was to be a hit record producer. So, I went back to Muscle Shoals and built my own recording studio and started producing hit records and people began to come in from all over the world. They came from all over the world and I did Aretha Franklin's first number one record, I did all the Osmond's number one records, I did Tom Jones, and uh, well I will list you the names: Otis Redding; Wilson Pickett, Allman Brothers, Alabama, Waylon Jennings to name just a few.

SR: When you set your determination Rick, what was it you were really setting out to create?

RH: I was all the above! I wanted to be a song writer, producer, engineer, musician, I wanted to own a record company. I was a country picker first for a pretty long time.

SR: You really are multi-talented.

RH: Well, I didn't want to just be a 'country bumpkin.' I wanted to be somebody special and so far with God's help I have managed to become a part of it. I had to work hard, but I did it in a town called Muscle Shoals, a town of only 8,000 people.

SR: Your faith is obviously a huge part of who you are. Did your dad raise you in the church?

RH: I found it along the way, but my father was responsible along the way. He was a Gospel singer, he loved the sound and taught my sister and I to sing together. He also taught singing school when they came around once a year.

SR: Do you remember one of your dad's favorite Gospel songs he used to sing?

RH: Oh, yes. “Have a Little Talk with Jesus...,” “Keep On the Firing Line...,” of course “Amazing Grace.” He was a great singer. He would sing in quartet's that came through the country. He would walk ten miles to get to an all day singin with dinner on the ground.

SR: Rick would you feel comfortable singing a stanza from “Amazing Grace” for me?

RH: “Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me...” (Rick continued to sing the first full verse.) 

SR: Amen. Is there anything left in the music industry that you would like to do?

RH: That's a good question, let me see if I can come up with answer. I feel today's music has lost a lot. Today's musicians don't have the hard times to draw from, this I feel as affected our music. With the advent of computers coming in and downloads being available no one in the industry is getting paid to make music. Not the producers, writers, performers. And if it doesn't change, I feel in the next ten years music will be gone as we know it, the old will be around, but nothing new. We need to get back to communication. Not texting or over the net, but really face to face and living life in order to create music. Plus, everyone needs to get paid for what they are doing.

We need a work ethic to come back. When I was young I wanted it. And I wanted to make it. We had to give a lot but by the time I was 30 I did it. My wife and I are a team, we raised three boys, and I couldn’t do it without her.

Now, I want to tell you a little something. You tell me how does this little old town of Muscle Shoals of 8,000 people compete in the industry with the size of New York or Los Angeles? I tell you, it can happen, we did it. So, success has nothing to do on the size of anything it has to do with hard work and you can make it anywhere if you want to.

SR: Rick, I am amazed. May I ask how old you are?

RH: I AM 82 YEARS OLD. But you'd never know it by looking at me. I do all the things you do to live a long life! My wife came from the country, she was from a farm, and they don't make them like her anymore. She believes in hard work too. She has been with me on this journey and handles a great part of the business. She has been my accountant for the last 23 years! I have always been a family man first, and God has blessed us and given me my talent... He didn’t give me a work ethic, but gave me the gifts, now I just needed to use them!

*Rick Hall has developed two music studios, owns his own cattle ranch, has a condo on the beach, and yet his heart is humble and his work ethic carries him forth still today. Visit Fame Recording Studios, and take a tour. Feel what hard work, and passion create.


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Half Hour Radio Hour - Episode Two

Guest Writer - Travis Marsala

Interview Show - Adrienne Teeley (Episode Two)
In this second ever episode of The Half-Hour Radio Hour, Travis sits down for a one-on-one interview with Adrienne Teeley.

They talk about what comedies and actors have influenced their work and what it feels like to have your own work rejected repeatedly.

Adrienne Teeley is an improviser and sketch performer in Chicago, Illinois. She plays with the team On Hiatus and pops up in random dives and bars to make you laugh.

You can listen here on SoundCloud:

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The Half-Hour Radio Hour is produced by Travis Marsala. Do you remember buying old Monty Python records? Maybe you were more of the National Lampoon type? Well, we as a group missed that style of comedy, and with the advent of podcasting we realized the ability to bring strictly audio-based sketches to the masses was right at our fingertips. Warning: Explicity Content. Not for kiddies. Please like us on Facebook at


Welcome to October
Welcome to October. Here's what we're up to this month.  

Partnership with poet Tyler Knott Gregson:

Every day for the past seven years, Tyler Knott Gregson has written a simple haiku about love and posted it online. These poems, some previously unpublished, will be featured in his upcoming book, “All the Words Are Yours: Haiku on Love.
In celebration, Tyler and his publisher, Perigee Books (an imprint of Penguin Random House), are donating $1 of each pre-sale to TWLOHA. You can order your copy at AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, and Independent Book Sellers near you.  Pre-sale ends Oct. 19.
This week, we're running a special Instagram contest to win a copy of his new book, our new collab shirt, and a custom handwritten haiku from Tyler.  

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