June 26, 2013

Semeron in 8-bit!

When Semeron is writing a new song, new riffs and ideas are flowing back and forth. Often times, songs get converted into MIDI format for the purposes of quick sharing. This leads to some incredibly epic sounding video game music.

Since converting contemporary songs into “8-bit” is all the rage with the kids these days, here is our first (of many), “Semeron in 8-bit” entries.

This tune was something we played live a few shows back. Maybe it’ll end up on the next album? Or better yet, maybe it’ll end up on the next Zelda remake.

Zelda

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May 22, 2013

Band Bio Mad Libs

Hey everybody, band bios are so hard to write as it is, so why not make it easier by using our easy Mad Libs-style worksheet to create yours!  We asked our buddy Courtney Klos from Minneapolis reggae band The Prizefighters (http://theprizefighters.net) to help us create a great band bio that anyone can use.

Think you can do better?  Check out the online version of this http://www.wordlibs.com/mad-libs/music/band-bio.  Post your best results to our Facebook page.  We’ll choose the best one and the winner will get a free cd or t-shirt (t-shirt sizes are limited)!  Happy libbing!

*Also – if you are in a band and your bio has this same format – ctrl + A (or Command + A for Apple users) and then hit delete.  Thank us later.

Band Bio - Courtney

 

 

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May 3, 2013

Breathing Scarlet… Now Available!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/breathing-scarlet/id640208262

 

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We’re now officially available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc etc.  Release show is tonight at the Fine Line Music Cafe.  This release is a long time coming, so we hope everyone enjoys it.  Now go pick it up and crank it!

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April 26, 2013

Hey… How about a single?

The-Most-Interesting-Man-in-the-World CrusherCrusher is probably the most light-hearted track off the new album. We wanted to write something that wasn’t as lyrically deep as the others, as well as something people could dance to. As much as we love writing songs in 3/4 with multiple time signature changes, one needs to simplify every now and again. It’s the simple things in life you know. Enjoy.

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April 19, 2013

Shredding with Semeron: Quick Lick #1 Shredding the Blues

Welcome to another installment of Shredding with Semeron! This week I’m going to show you a quick blues lick in E.

Here’s the lick!

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Theory

This lick uses the E Blues scale, listed below.

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The Blues Scale (1, b3, 4, b5, 5, b7) is a technically a minor scale, but this sort of blues lick can work over E major situations as well. This lick uses string bending, legato (hammerons and pulloffs), and vibrato. It is sort of a Joe Satriani meets Jimi Hendrix sort of blues lick that works great in a hard rock or metal context. If you’re playing a slower blues or something more laid back, simply play it slower, or chop it up and uses smaller bits of it.

Have fun, practice slowly and accurately (building your speed up), and let me know what you think!

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