Archive for March, 2012

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OHIO BAND ‘TAKEN IN VAIN’ EXPLODING

March 27, 2012

A young band that are making waves and creating a rapidly expanding fan base have exploded onto the music scene. Taken In Vain, a metal band consisting of members from Orrville and Smithville, Ohio are well on their way with interest and concert and club appearances.
 
Taken In Vain was formed in 2010 and by 2011 settled into the current solid line-up of Andrew Diehl, 24, on rhythm guitar; Chase Christie, 18, on lead guitar; David Wilson, 21, on vocals and Kameron Jenkins, 17, on drums.
 
Since that time they are amassing concert and club appearances, have released an original song online and are currently working on an EP release and booking more appearances. They have also begun to issue band merchandise and have two new T-Shirts available.
 
So how would one categorize Taken In Vain’s music? “Loud, aggressive, dark, melodic, heavy, fast, intricate, harmonized,” explained David Wilson, lead vocalist. “With so many sub-genres out there, we find it hard to identify, so we just call it metal. We draw influences from all over the place in the rock and metal world and beyond.”
 
“Although some of us listen to and play much heavier stuff sometimes, you’ll typically hear us range all the way from acoustic rock to thrash metal, industrial to metalcore. In a live setting, we’re still establishing our niche but like our music, we’re loud, aggressive, and in your face. Most of all, we just want to get everyone moving and having a good time!”

The band’s first professional gig was at the MXTP venue in Grand Rapids, MI that was met with great success. “The show went phenomenally,” commented David Wilson, lead vocalist. “We were very tight and even had natural stage presence according to those in attendance.” Since then they’ve played elsewhere, including Lakewood, OH and are currently booking upcoming concerts and appearances.
 
Some of their upcoming appearances include Saturday April 7 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Lamplighters Social Club in Wooster, OH. Appearing with Taken In Vain will be Demi Darkhart & the Beast of Bailey Downs, Worth The Wait, The World Inside of Me, A Filthee Sound and more. Advance tickets are available at $12.00, $15.00 at the door.
 
Other upcoming appearances will be Friday April 13 at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI at 6:00 PM. Appearing with Taken In Vain will be STRUC/TURES , Lakeland, Eyes of Anthea, Divided They Fall, Oceans Over Earth and Hand of Uziel. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.

On Friday June 22 Taken In Vain will be performing at Peabody’s in Cleveland, OH starting at 6:00 PM. Also appearing will be Modern Day Escape, Dr. Acula, From Atlantis and other bands to be announced. Tickets are $10.00 advance and $12.00 day of show.
 
Advance tickets for these shows are available through the band’s website.
 
The band currently has one song available online, “Self-Destruct” that can be downloaded for only $.50 from the band’s online music store at: http://takeninvain.bandcamp.com “We also have video footage of that song and four others from our January 14th performance at MXTP in Grand Rapids,” said Wilson.
 
The band is currently in negotiations for several other appearances in Ohio and Michigan and a ‘Mini-Tour’ is a possibility being worked on. For bookings, to order advance tickets and to stay up-to-date on Taken In Vain’s activities, upcoming gigs, merchandise and recordings visit their website at: www.takeninvain.com

(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!

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Cutting Edge Technology – 50 Years Ago!

March 3, 2012

Late this afternoon my 10-year-old grandson made a proclamation to me: “Grandpa, I know what you can get me for Easter. An I-Pod.” A…. what? I’ve heard of them, but didn’t know precisely what their function was. Hunter explained it.
 
Oh.
 
So I asked him, what’s wrong with a transistor radio.
 
His turn to go, “A….what?”


 So I tried to explain to him and then, finally, started digging through containers in the basement and dug put two of my old ones. I dug out new batteries, stuck them in, and damned if they didn’t still work! AM!

(NOTE: They are both pictured here. Click images to enlarge!)
 
While mildly amused, and at first quite curious, within minutes he said, ‘So, is that all it does?”
 
After assimilating the information and demonstration, he wasn’t impressed.
 
But in 1965 I sure was!
 
For Christmas that year Mom got me my first transistor radio, a small Westinghouse, with an earpiece even! (It measures 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ x 1-1/4″). It was green with a green leather carrying case. I was thrilled. Now I could listen to WIXY, WHLO and the Mighty CKLW at night! Without borrowing my older sister Cheryl’s!
 
I loved that thing and used it constantly. Over the years I recall ending up with a several more transistor radios but none would ever replace that Westinghouse. It always worked, and always had a strong receiver.
 
I had one other transistor radio that I thought was pretty cool when I first got it, a Sunoco gasoline promotional radio that the stations were giving away if you bought so much gas. They were manufactured to look like Sunoco gas pumps. The Old Man came home one day in 1967 or ’68 with two of them, one for myself and one for my kid brother.


The Sunoco radio was a damn good radio, but nothing compared to the green Westinghouse Mom got me.

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One thing that was pretty cool about the Sunoco radio in ’67 or ’68 was the pump numbers changed as you moved the tuning knob. It was made in Hong Kong.

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Having a transistor radio in the 60’s is comparable today of having a cell phone, or Iphone or SmartPhone or whatever the hell they are calling them this week. Transistor radios were first developed in 1954 and soon became the most popular electronic communication device in history, with billions manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s. Of course, it won’t be long and may have already happened, that today’s ‘cell phone’ has eclipsed that.

One thing’s for certain, those small radios communicated to an entire generation during the 60’s. It was the major media for the young generation of the 60’s and it’s impact is likely immeasurable.
 
42 years ago, in 1970, the last assembly line producing transistor radios in America shut
down. The Zenith Trans-Oceanic 7000 was the last American-made transistor radio on the market.

(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!

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