"Hey wait! – Can I get your autograph?"
A few seconds pass...
“Us?” (as Solo 67’s Matt Bishop & Chris Romain look around behind them for a member of one of the popular bands on the tour”)
“Yeah! I just listened to the record you sold me in the parking lot a few minutes ago. You guys are going to be huge!”
The following dialogue played itself out time and time again inside and outside concert venues across the United States during the summer of 2008.
Sharing a D.I.Y. work ethic similar to bands like Mayday Parade and Never Heard Of It, Solo 67 spent the hottest and most exhausting summer of their lives following the 2008 Vans Warped Tour selling their band’s new debut full length CD “Everybody Has To Know” both inside at Warped Tour Merch Booths, and outside to people tailgating in the parking lot. The band even played on several of the Warped Tour Venue’s properties, each time to enthusiastic crowds of over 300 people.
Perhaps Cooper Omundson, Solo 67’s drummer, summed up the experience the best when he said, “Crashing the biggest and longest running summer music festival in world when we weren’t originally invited is definitely a very punk rock thing to do, we made some enemies but a lot more friends and most importantly new fans. Overall it opened up a ton of doors for us, which is great because we are full time musicians and are 100% dedicated to this band. The ironic thing is we consider ourselves a bit more of a rock band now then a traditional punk band!”
Whatever genre Solo 67 is a member of, it seems the trio originating from North Texas are well on their way to belonging to something else as well – the top of the charts.
In 2008 the band was thrilled not only because they appeared on the Purevolume “top artists” charts multiple times, but also were able to get endorsed by Moss Amps and Brady Case.
With Solo 67 now in the midst of booking their rigorous full time 2009 North American Tour schedule, 2009 should prove to be the year that “Everbody Has to Know” about Solo 67.
Matt Bishop: Lead Vocals & Guitar
Chris Romain: Bass & Vocals
Cooper Omundson: Drums
Full Length (LP): Everybody Has to Know ©
Release date: 2/19/08 on Getaway Records
Solo-67 is as hot...
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Solo-67 is punch-you-in-the-face-while-simultaneously-break-dancing-and- starting-a-circle-pit IMPR...Solo-67 is punch-you-in-the-face-while-simultaneously-break-dancing-and-
These kids know what they're doing. And I say "kids" because they are just that. And that's part of what made my mouth drop open when I heard them for the first time. Cooper, Matt, and Chris just graduated from high school last June. By their clean tracks they just released on the full-length Everybody Has To Know you'd never know it though.
This Texas pop-punk trio has "it." I know that "radio-worthy" sometimes isn't a compliment these days, so instead I will say that if they showed at Warped tour, every scenester, punk, and prom queen would have their track on their MySpace this summer. Their hooks are catchy but their style isn't bubble-gum so they have the ability to appeal to just about anyone.
Their tracks have hints of influence from plenty of pop punk greats. "Better Safe Then Sorry" reminds me of Dude Ranch Blink-182 while "The Truth Is" is more Enema of the State. "Street Lights" is reminescent of an older Yellowcard while the darker "Down and Out" hints at an Alkaline Trio influence.
Even so, while it's easy to compare them with other great bands, their style is fully their own. They're not a copycat band. They don't rely on anyone to feed them ideas. Their creativity for such a new and young band is just... impressive.
Their lyrics are the only things that give evidence of their age. Full of teenage angst about girls and hearts, the words compliement each track well. Lines like "Goodbye heartache, I can make it on my own" and "I'll follow you for miles and miles, how can you blame me?" are borderline cliche, but only make these boys more adorable.
Solo 67, First Class Fever, Other Locals Vie For Warped Tour Gig
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We've started getting emails and spotting bulletins from bands wanting us to vote to get them on the...We've started getting emails and spotting bulletins from bands wanting us to vote to get them on the Dallas stop of Warped Tour 2008 (July 3 at Smirnoff). Thus far 174 bands have entered the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands to nab one of the open spots on the Dallas stop. We looked through the pages and pages of bands and picked out a few highlights.
First Class Fever bring traditional Warped Tour fare of the pop-punk style with the solid song “Mind Over Matter.” A little less sure about the other track the band posted on its contest page, “Step It Out, Sweat It Out.”
When I clicked over to the Solo 67 contest page, I was surprised to see that the track “Better Safe Than Sorry” only had 10 plays so far. The radio-friendly rock band signed with Getaway Records not too long ago, put out Everybody Has To Know this year and deserve a listen more than most of those other 174 bands. Six other songs are up for your aural enjoyment over at the group's MySpace.
My Last Entry, a female-fronted post hardcore quintet, has around 80 “you are so awesome” comments on its contest page already. The track “This Silent Dismantle” is worth checking out, but the vocals are unoriginal. (Though, admittedly, I'm probably too hard on her.)
And of course we saw some of the expected acts like The Lash Outs and Shorelines End. -- Chelsea Ide
Typical Set List Time: 30-35 minutes (Time can be adjusted accordingly)
Better Safe Than Sorry
The Truth Is
What Are You Waiting For?
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