Street Rock Mafia showcases their hits at Gordon’s
Utica’s Street Rock Mafia is getting ready to release their brand new EP, “Music Is Life” at their CD Release Party Saturday, April 25 at the Gordon’s Tap Room, 413 Burnett St., Utica. That night is stacked with local music with Glen Street, Masons Revolt, Copper Vein Clones and Nineball with Street Rock Mafia closing out the night. Music kicks off at 8 p.m. Admission is only $10 that includes a USB with the EP along with other fun things. There also will be a photo booth that will be provided by Big Shots Photobooth.
The Fuze Magazine had the opportunity to ask vocalist, songwriter, and front man Anthony Owens some questions about SRM’s new music, and their upcoming event.
Owens: The “Music is Life” EP is a reflection of our love for having a good time. Listeners can expect an innovative sound that fuses funk, rock and hip-hop to make a unique blend of booty shaking and head banging music.
Fuze: What was your inspiration behind your songs?
Owens: We inspire each other and let our chemistry lead the way in the direction we would like the songs to go. I personally use what is happening around me to dictate the lyrical direction I would like to take with the song’s overall content. Plus we all like to have fun and that just makes making music 100 times better!
Fuze: You recorded at Big Blue North. How did you choose the studio?
Owens: It was an easy choice. Jeff and Pam are amazing people and we knew they could help us capture the energy we bring to our live shows on a professional recording. They have the best facility in the area and the knowledge and experience to match our level of expectations that we put on ourselves.
Fuze: You mentioned on the event page that you had help from local bands. Who are they? How did they help you?
Owens: Wow, honestly we have received such a vast amount of support from the local music scene, it would be long enough to write a short story. Nineball’s Joe Sweet and Mason’s Revolt came in the studio with us and are featured on the EP, along with Sam Kinninger who played sax on ‘Milky White Booty’. Other bands that have supported us are Sqaull, Copper Vein Clones, Nineball, Masons Revolt, Kayla and the Tellers, Falling from One, The Bomb, Spring Street Family Band, Ryan Montbleau, Anti-Social Club, Flat Black Visuals, Glen Street, Wicked, Just Joe, Hank n Cupcakes, Pinkwing, Max Scialdone, Into Shawdows, Pete Franchell, Dave Snediker, 1 Fresh Set, Floodwood, Upstate Outlaws, Simple Props, Conehead Buddha, Joey Batts n Them, and .moe to name a dozen. We are truly blown away by all the love the local music scene has given us, as well as words of encouragement, and it created a collaborative spirit that all of us in the Utica music scene can thrive on.
Fuze: What’s next for Street Rock Mafia? Upcoming shows? Tour?
Owens: Next up is focusing on our EP release party on April 25th. After that we have several shows in the Northeast. We open up for Fishbone May 6th, and then we are in Hartford, Ct. June 5th. We play again in Utica at The Dev June 6th and then we play for the festival Groovelink in Pulaski, NY. We will be in Auburn Aug. 14th and then we go back to the Utica Music and Arts Festival for the second year, Sept. 12th. During these few months, we will be working on a full-length album and look forward to working with new bands in our area and outside of it.
[symple_box color=”blue” text_align=”center” width=”” float=”none”]If You Go:
What: Street Rock Mafia CD release party
When: 8 p.m., Saturday, April 25
Where: Gordon’s Tap Room, 413 Burnett St., Utica
Admission: $10. This includes a USB with the EP along with other fun things
Lineup: Glen Street 8-8:45; Masons Revolt 9-9:45; Copper Vein Clones 10-10:45; Nineball 11-11:45; and Street Rock Mafia at midnight [/symple_box]
The Fuze Magazine
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