September 28, 2009
Pop/rock band “SafetySuit” is set to play at Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Red Riot Concert on Thursday, Oct. 8. The Percefull Fieldhouse doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the show are now on sale for $10 in the Northwestern-Alva Business Office where personnel will accept payment by cash or credit card. Tickets may be charged by calling the office at (580) 327-8534. These tickets may be picked up at the Will Call window in Percefull Fieldhouse beginning at 4:30 p.m. the day of the show. Tickets at the door will cost $15.
Originally known as “Crew,” singer/guitarist Doug Brown, drummer Tate Cunningham, and bassist Jeremy Henshaw (with two other original members) first came to prominence in their hometown of Tulsa after entering – and winning – a local Battle of the Bands contest that they entered at the last minute.
The band became a local phenomenon through the next year, drawing up to 1,000 people per night on the local circuit. However, for the band to grow, it needed to move to where the music scene was bigger. Members wanted space to think, to grow and, most importantly, to focus. With that in mind, the usual rock music meccas of Los Angeles and New York gave way to the musical city Nashville, even though it’s known to be more of a country music location.
By the summer of 2005, the band members had recorded an EP and begun a performance schedule that sometimes saw them hitting stages two to three times a week. Eventually, the band scored a deal with Universal, and with guitarist Dave Garofalo taking on the guitarist slot, SafetySuit recorded its debut full length disc, “Life Left to Go,” which was released in May 2008.
The album has received some good reviews with comments like “Life Left to Go is unabashedly catchy. It feels like that album that’ll live in your car stereo for months on end.”
The first single was “Someone Like You,” which peaked at No. 15 on the alternative rock chart and crossed over to Top 40 and Hot AC. The single “Anywhere But Here” was played on the television show “Kyle XY.”
The title of the album is named after their last song on the record, which Brown said is their least commercial song ever.
“It chronicles the thoughts of someone who wants to end their life,” Brown said. “Then it presents the counter of that, the person begging them to stay. It’s a song to let people know that, no matter what, somebody notices them, that someone cares.
“That song is a big deal for us,” Brown said. “I don’t want to wave any sort of flag, but the focus on music is always so ego-centric. We wanted to flip that. I wanted this to be a song about the artist giving for a change.”
The band has been busy touring with Collective Soul, Blackstone Cherry and Seether, and are one of a handful of bands to join 3 Doors Down, Lifehouse and Shinedown for VH1’s Best Cruise Ever event from Tampa, Fla., to Grand Cayman April 15-19.
VH1 also has named SafetySuit as one of its “You Oughta Know” bands. On the VH1 blog, it states:
“If a band can overwhelm you with a first flourish of sound, there’s a good chance that you’ll be impressed forever. SafetySuit likes to make a big splash. That’s why they blast their way through “Someone Like You” to kickoff their disc, Life Left To Go. They’re asking questions all over this album: how much emotion can one relationship handle? What do you do if you believe the end is near? Isn’t holding on better than letting go? Singer Doug Brown, guitarist Dave Garofalo, bassist Jeremy Henshaw, and drummer Tate Cunningham love their music to punch the air – fierce yet graceful, their songs have a way of soaring. They know about catchy refrains, too. Fans of Rob Thomas and U2, the southern boys bend their influences to come up with something unique.”
The band’s video for the current single “Stay,” recently was voted in as the No. 1 video on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown, and they are up against some pretty stiff competition like Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Daughtry, Jay-Z and Pearl Jam, just to name a few.
Just recently members of the band learned they’ve been nominated for a Nashville Music Award in the category of Best New Artist. The NMA’s honor the music contributions and achievements of artists and music professionals who choose to call Nashville their home. Winners are determined by popular vote (www.nashvillemusicawards.com) and will be announced during the Next Big Nashville Festival taking place Oct. 7-11, so the band could be in Alva when they hear the news about the award.
To learn more about the band, visit their official web site at www.safetysuitmusic.com. For more information on the concert in Alva, visit www.nwosu.edu/red-riot-concert.
Mon, September 28, 2009
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