The People Now is a world traveled alternative rock band hailing from Seattle, Washington - creating their music around social awareness and partnering with charitable organizations. This band’s blend of well-crafted, intricately constructed songs, thought-provoking lyrics and cause-orientation is what draws their distinction from bands of the same genres (Shinedown, A Perfect Circle, Alter Bridge, Incubus, Alice in Chains, Foo Figthers)
Their live performance provides a phenomenal multi-media experience for the audience with a well-orchestrated light show, complete Surround Sound, video backdrop and material relevant to the featured cause.
Examples of such projects produced in conjunction with their live shows include; a food and donation drive in December of 2010 for Northwest Harvest, a Seattle-based non-profit that feeds those in need in the community; hosting a weekend-long fundraiser for the American Red Cross for Japan tsunami and earthquake relief at the University District Street Fair in May of 2011; and attending various concert events and festivals throughout the summer of 2011 as liaisons to MusiCares, a non-profit organization which is part of the Grammy Foundation that provides critical assistance to musicians in need, culminating in the production of a large-scale fundraising concert event on MusiCares’ behalf in August 2011.
The People Now has been a featured band on local Seattle rock radio station 99.9 KISW, receiving airplay and accolades in support of their efforts as well as press and show announcements in the Seattle Weekly, City of Seattle Office of Film + Music and the Grammy Foundation website.
After wrapping up their summer campaign, The People Now entered Robert Lang Studios with producer Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice in Chains) at the helm. Their highly anticipated new material is distributed worldwide, and continued with a tour of Italy and Switzerland in 2013.
The People Now have been honored to work with:
- The American/Japanese Red Cross
- Northwest Harvest
- People for Puget Sound
- Ventana/Roche Co. Music for Malawi
- The Tzu Chi Foundation
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- The University of Washington
- and many others
"Only with You is there We."
*For fans of System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine, Chevelle, Porcupine Tree, A Perfect Circle, and Muse.
Copyright © 20011 The People Now. All rights reserved.
Garth Hockersmith - Lead Vocals; Lead Guitar
Tim Karman - Drums
Reid Strange - live synthesizers, Bass & Background Vocals
Jonny Smokes - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Loop Samples
Dagna Silesia - Vocals, Bass
Album - "Only With You Is There We" (2012)
EP's: The Prologue (2008), The Epilogue (2009)
The People Now - self titled album: May 1st, 2010
Tracks that have received radio play:
"One By One", "Steal The Black Bread" 99.9 KISW and 107.7 The End (Seattle, WA) and CWU Radio (Ellensburg, WA), "Have You Forgotten Who Made All of This?" (91.5 Tucson Live and Local, U of A radio) "Captain Sprocket" (103.9 FM The Mokney, 90.3 KEXP FM)
Banana Peel Radio (B.C.), UnHeard Radio Rock Channel, Blue Crystal Radio (NY), Darksky Records iTunes Podcast, Maximum Threshold Saturday Night Show, ABC's Broadcact Q-Show Radio (Fame Games.com), Northwest Convergence Zone/Best of King5 News Podcast
Streaming audio available online at:
Official TPN website, Facebook.com, YouTube.com, Soundclick.com, iLike.com, Purevolume.com, Lastfm.com, Localbandnetwork.com, Myspace.com, Garagebands.net, Bandcamp.com, Bebo.com, ANRnet.com
The People Now - Launches International Music Exchange Program
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The People Now - Launches International Music Exchange Program July 14, 2013 at 3:27pm The People ...The People Now - Launches International Music Exchange Program
July 14, 2013 at 3:27pm
The People Now to Host Italian Rock Band, Neodea, in Conjunction with the Launch of “Bands Beyond Borders” – International Music Exchange Program in August
Seattle, WA (July 14, 2013) — Seattle-based, cause-oriented rock band, The People Now will host Neodea, a rock band from Milan, Italy as they launch “Bands Beyond Borders”, an International Music Exchange Program the week of August 11-24, 2013 in Seattle, WA.
Bands Beyond Borders provides musicians from around the world with an opportunity to connect, explore and share their music on stages in Seattle. The People Now is excited to host rock band, Neodea from Milan, Italy as the first participant of the program. The program also provides musicians from abroad with housing, transportation, shows and opportunities to explore Seattle’s music landmarks and legacy during their stay.
“Our time in Europe in the Spring of 2013 was life changing – and we were given incredible opportunity to share our music to listening ears. “Bands Beyond Borders” is a program we started based on that experience; a way of giving back the same opportunity. ‘Now’ is the time to give the world our ears, and a chance to welcome their music to the Emerald City whose music is world famous.” – Garth Hockersmith, founder and lead singer of The People Now.
Neodea, will play a number of shows during their stay in August. The band is based out of Milan, Italy and consists of members; Lu – vocals, Federico "Chicco" Valisi – guitar, Igor Mihaljli – bass and Emiliano Coldesina – drums.
“The idea of being able to play and live in the city of Seattle among musicians that influenced us and where this historic rock sound was born is an honor and a privilege, not for fame or glory; it's just for the sheer pleasure of being able to realize a dream.” – Lu, lead singer of Neodea.
Neodea’s passion for Seattle’s music legacy and advocacy to stop violence against women is highlighted in their music video for the song, Scorre Lento which honors the memory of the late Mia Zapata who was lead singer for The Gits.
Shows featuring Neodea will include:
· Friday, August 16 at Louie G’s in Fife, WA;
· Sunday, August 18 at Tony V’s Garage in Everett, WA;
· Wednesday, August 21 at The Central in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle, WA;
· Thursday, August 22 at Floyd’s in Seattle, WA; and
Friday, August 23 at One Eyed Jacks in Lynnwood, WA.
The People Now is a Seattle-based, cause-oriented rock band and non-profit organization with a depth of music and message, striving to make a difference in their community, both locally and globally and acting as a conduit to raise funds and awareness for selected charities and non-profit organizations. Members include; Garth Hockersmith – lead vocalist/guitar, Tim Karman – drums, Jonny Smokes – guitar, Dagna Barrera – bass, and Reid Strange – bass.
For more information about The People Now: For more information about Neodea:
The People Now is managed by Jamie Richards who is also co-founder of the non-profit division and co-creator of Bands Beyond Borders. For more information about this project and program, please contact: email@example.com.
The People Now to Perform at Layne Staley Italian Tribute Concert in Milano Italy
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (January 10, 2013) — 2013 LAYNE STALEY ITALIAN TRIBUTE TO BE HELD ON SATURDA...FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(January 10, 2013) — 2013 LAYNE STALEY ITALIAN TRIBUTE TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013 IN MILANO, IT MILANO, IT
AlternativeGrunge Crew is proud to announce the 2013 LAYNE STALEY ITALIAN TRIBUTE — honoring musician LAYNE STALEY’S life and music — will be held SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013 in Rozzano, Italy at Spazio Aurora. The evening will also honor former Alice in Chains’ bassist, MIKE STARR.
The 2013 LAYNE STALEY ITALIAN TRIBUTE line-up will feature Seattle artists; The People Now (rock band, non-profit), Mike Spine (solo artist) and Jonny Smokes (solo artist who is returning for a third year), and Italian artists; Shame (rock band) and Alice in the Box (Alice in Chains tribute band).
There will also be a tribute party honoring LAYNE STALEY on SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 at Casa Malasangre in Seregno (north of Milan). The party will start in the afternoon and will feature . food, drinks, stands, videos and music by the all of the bands that particpated in the LAYNE STALEY ITALIAN TRIBUTE.
Proceeds will benefit the Layne Staley Memorial Fund, which is held at Therapeutic Health Services (THS). THS is a nationally recognized non-profit organization located in Seattle, Washington offering a wide range of holistic treatment options and services for families affected by alcohol/substance abuse and mental illness. For more information about THS, please visit: http://www.ths-wa.org.
Please visit the official website dedicated to Layne Staley at: http:/www.layne-staley.com.
The 2013 LAYNE STALEY ITALIAN TRIBUTE is organized by AlternativeGrunge Crew in collaboration with:
Emerald City Musicians Network (Seattle) and Moquette Records (Italy). Ticket are € 5 (euros) and will be available at the box office the night of the show until they are sold out.
More information about the event will be posted this month at http://www.alternative-grunge-crew.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/alternativegrungecrew.
For questions about the tribute event, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Emerald City Musicians Network, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/emeraldcitymusiciansnetwork
For more information about Moquette Records, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/Moquette
2013 Layne Staley Italian Tribute
2013 Layne Staley Italian Tribute
The People Now Announce Fall Fundraising Campaign to Benefit MusiCares®
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The People Now Announce Fall Fundraising Campaign to Benefit MusiCares® FOR IMMEDIATE REL...The People Now Announce Fall Fundraising Campaign to Benefit MusiCares®
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seattle, WA (October 23, 2012) — Seattle-based, cause-rock band and non-profit organization, The People Now will donate proceeds from the sale of their newly released single, “One by One” to benefit MusiCares® through the end of the year.
MusiCares® provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares® services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares® also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
The People Now is a Seattle-based, cause-oriented band and non-profit organization with a depth of music and message, striving to make a difference in their community, both locally and globally and acting as a conduit to raise funds and awareness for selected charities and non-profit organizations.
“This campaign is perfect for Seattle! It needs some New Love; a bone-crushing hug to the music world that helped put our city on the map. Everyone in this city knows a musician, or is somehow connected to the music community: it’s in the walls, on the streets, in our schools, and in our economy. To be able to donate our art and the contributions made by you guys (the community) to an organization such as MusiCares® is a dream come true for The People Now.”– Garth Hockersmith.
To download the single, “One by One” and for more information about The People Now, please visit: http://thepeoplenow.com/1x1/
For more information about MusiCares®, please visit:
The People Now Management and Media Contact:
Jamie Richards – Emerald City Musician’s Network: (206) 271-5946 – email@example.com
One by One - The People Now. A benefit for MusiCares.
Photo by: Martin Stranka
One by One - The People Now. A benefit for MusiCares. Photo by: Martin Stranka
Occupy Seattle - Global Day of Action - Westlake Park Music Events - Saturday, October 15, 2011
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Occupy Seattle - Global Day of Action - Westlake Park Music Events - Saturday, October 15, 2011 Oct...Occupy Seattle - Global Day of Action - Westlake Park Music Events - Saturday, October 15, 2011
October 14, 2011 at 11:44pm
Please join us on Saturday, October 15, 2011 for the Global Day of Action at Westlake Park in Seattle. Among the events of the day, there will be music filling the air with performances as follows:
2:00-3:00pm - Virgin Island
3:00-4:00pm - Hendrik
4:00-5:00pm - The People Now
About the artists:
THE PEOPLE NOW
Coined as "Cause Rock," Seattle-based The People Now are a band with a depth of music and message.
The People Now use their unique approach to modern alternative music to raise funds and awareness for charities, non-profits, neighborhood leaders, movements, and individuals. They are working towards ameliorating their local and global communities. Their platform is also their message for all: positive change through personal evolution, communal awareness, and intellectual compassion.
The People Now, as both a musical/nonprofit entity and a Voice in the Seattle Community, are proud to stand with our brothers and sisters (in the Emerald City) on the day of Global Occupation, October 15th 2011. As we all Occupy the space of a single individual, let us not forget that those individuals are the very people for which the word "community" has meaning, and while they "Occupy," Now, to bring attention to the abundance of greed and acquisition over compassion and camaraderie, we will stand and take the spot next to them.
For more info:
(Church of Bass/ Chillography/ h'Art Center)
Hendrik has a passion for community, and a vision to match it. He founded the Church of Bass in 2006, and has made a huge impact in the Northwest electronic music community. He is a talented DJ and performer, with a diverse repertoire of music sure to stimulate the senses. His sets are intentional and tailored to his audience and usually span multiple genres, with a focus on psychedelic downtempo, dub, and breaks.
For more info: http://www.churchofbass.org
Last wave punks Virgin Islands have been making waves in their home city of Seattle and beyond since their inception in the fall of 2009. The band releases their debut full-length “Ernie Chambers v. God” on May 10th, 2011 via The Control Group. ECvG is a politically provocative and musically bold rock album, yes – album, with 11 socially charged manifestos that could be the perfect house music for the last party on earth, or the fight songs for your next revolutionary meeting. Arguably post punk and definitely post modern, this record is an intense and sincere statement from a band who’s not afraid to buck the status quo, much like the man Ernie Chambers himself. Virgin Islands usher in the last wave of rock music with conviction and soul.
The band, consisting of lead singer and guitarist Michael Jaworski (formerly of The Cops), drummer Aaron Ball, bassist Charles Keller and guitarist Christopher Meyer, have stumbled upon something rare in this world. They’ve found a channel to create rock music that is exciting, fun and completely relevant in modern times. Virgin Islands stand out in the sea of sameness and passionately carry the torch of politics and punk rock while delivering one sweaty rock show after the next. Ernie Chambers v. God could be party music for the apocalypse, or it may be what we need to lead us out of darkness. Either way, the last wave of rock n’ roll never felt so good.
Ernie Chambers v. God was recorded to tape over 8 days in November of 2010 and was co-produced by the band and Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, The Briefs, The Cute Lepers, Steve Turner). Virgin Islands will be on the road throughout 2011 in support of the new album.
For more info:
For more information on Occupy Seattle and the full event schedule, please visit: http://www.occupyseattle.org
For more information on the event production, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jeff Kirby Journalist/Writer DOI: 6/7/08 It would seem The People Now are trying to incite...Jeff Kirby
It would seem The People Now are trying to incite some kind of soft revolution. They make no claim to social action, but instead hope to be the soundtrack to it, their manifesto rooted not in the works of Marx or Engels but in the lyrics to "The Shape of Punk to Come." The found their voice, singer Paul Florin, in Bucharest, Romania, and withing months of swapping demos, he uprooted his life to Seattle to front the Band.
It seems everything The People Now attempt is epic in scale, from their long, layered songs to their markedly portentous website. It may only be a matter of time before their words ring so true that they must be sacrificed for the good of the status quo.
Past, Present, Future: The People Now
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Artist/Band Name: The People Now Members/Instruments: Kyle Wimbish (vocals/keys) Tim Karman (Dr...Artist/Band Name: The People Now
Kyle Wimbish (vocals/keys)
Tim Karman (Drums and all things Beaten)
Reid Strange (Bass)
Garth Hockersmith (Helix Guitar 2)
Year Formed: Founded in 2006 by Garth and Tim as a side project, the final addition of Reid Strange has been in February 2010.
1.Past: What is your musical background? What has led you to this point?
As a group, we come from very diverse backgrounds, and I believe this diversity gives us strength and plasticity in our expression. Kyle grew up with Gospel and R’n’B, while Mike attends the University of Washington for Jazz performance on trumpet. I began on classical guitar, both traditional and Latin styles, while Dereke has played in funk and pop groups for years, most notably a gig with Aretha Franklin and as bassist of the late diva Aaliyah. Tim has turned his musical upbringing inside out from his childhood to a host of progressive musics existing today. Suffice it to say, music has been in our lives in some form or another for as long as most can remember.
Perhaps what has “drawn” us to this point is the more appropriate question, as this music we are privileged to create now is a force in itself as much as we are behind it. There is, of course, the notion that each of us, as individuals, strives for crafting excellent music; that which compels others to listen while simultaneously inspiring us inventors. On the other side of that coin is also the desire to make music that is both a challenge and a relief for listeners looking for both the depth in musicality combined with the accessibility that makes music universally enjoyable. The music is in us: all of us, and that has guided us all to where we are, now.
2.Present: Where are you at now in your career? What are you currently working on?
Currently, The People Now is just beginning to take seed and grow. While in “production phase” for a few years, the level of seriousness has increased with the addition of both Kyle (2008) and Dereke (2009), motivating us to believe in each other and the music. We are in the process of finishing our debut album; a collection of 12 tracks, 1 bonus track, band art, and combined “Gratis” web page for fans who purchase the album – having access to some exclusive wallpapers, photos, behind the scenes footage of studio work and others, etc. We are hoping to finish by early Summer, and will continue to book shows in the Seattle area, especially festivals, to keep our momentum building.
3.Future: What’s coming up for you? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The future of TPN looks exciting and challenging for us. On the horizon, we have several shows/festivals in the area, but the scope of TPN is much broader than our local horizon. For many, the density of cities, particularly the US, gives rise to many many bands that can both live and die within that city, never venturing into the “Out There,” out there. While there is certainly nothing ignoble about this endeavor, we are looking to use our music as a platform: one that gives solid footing for ourselves and, most importantly, others to reach higher ground. Ours is a message of community awareness, positive change through personal evolution, and intellectual compassion, and that potential includes (and goes beyond) our city/state/country/political/cultural boarders. As said, there is music in us all, and we hope to tap into as many as we can, from all over the world.
We expect to tour the US next year a bit more thoroughly than our short West Coast tour in 2007 (not with Kyle/Dereke), and in the future have our music (and ourselves!) visit other continents. In addition to physical relocation, we are working on a complete online interface through our website(s), to make our music, message, and information network available to the rest of the globe via the ole’ Information Superhighway. With the internet, there is so much potential for cross-communication, and that’s what TPN is all about. Rawk.
4.Where can people find more of your music?
People can find our music online at:
And a host of other NMC sites such as:
Bebo, Soundclick, iLike, Garageband, Musiciansonly, Facebook, Twitter, Ourstage, etc. (Google it!)
In addition to online radio streams/podcasts at:
iTunes, Unheard Radio, Maximum Threshold, Banana Peel Radio (Vancouver BC), Blue Crystal Radio (NY), ABC Radio’s Fame Games, Youtube
And also at any of our shows in CD, mp3 (Flash Drives), and Live formats.
5.Anything you’d like to plug?
The only direction is Forward. There is a quickening in our times, these times; the sentiments of many towards the point of the few. It is a refraction of lights, brought about across a spectrum spanning a generation, and focused through a prism of courage and unbelievable awareness. Think about it: so many different arenas sharing ideas, communicating with vastly dissimilar realms of understanding, speaking different languages and expressions that, until now, spanned gaps only dreams had the capacity to bridge. There is greater understanding Now than ever. There is a larger willingness to understand Now than ever. The People Now are focused on joining forces with such like-minded others ready for something new. We look to where we WANT to go, not to where we are going. We are ever in support of those chimerical bombasticisms, poetically charged lightning bolts, freedom fighting hipsters, swingers, dancers, hob-knobers, lovers, tight-rope walkers, trail-blazing rangers, bushmen, hardcore’s-men and musical catalysts that push and vie for a chance “to shine:” an infinitive for which there is no opposite verb. We are ready to be a part of this wave; looping and swirling, leading and following, performing and listening, covering and fronting in the helix that is our mortal coils merging and tangenting with others and beyond. With every ounce of white-knuckled emphasis, it is our dedication and hope that we both impact and make an impact upon the lives of others to the enjoyment of all, with the obligatory, if not altogether MANDATORY, “Fuckin’ A.”
ABC Radio's Fame Games
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"... i love the energy here and the vibe and vocals on this! I think we have another great new band ..."... i love the energy here and the vibe and vocals on this! I think we have another great new band here! These guys have potential! Lets hear more, i think you have better to come!" HonestAngel * 3rd Level Peer Reviewer. FameGames.com - Feedback (1 comments) -
Pagliacci Battle of the Bands Review
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"The fact that the Michael Hutchence-looking lead singer of the People Now immigrated from Romania t..."The fact that the Michael Hutchence-looking lead singer of the People Now immigrated from Romania to Seattle to join the band after reading an online want-ad was astounding..."
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Veronica Buckholts Staff Reporter DOI: 6/3/07 From Polos to Ponytails, head banging to keyboard...Veronica Buckholts
From Polos to Ponytails, head banging to keyboard chords, itâ€™s The People now. Friday, May 18th, the band was scheduled for a 9 pm show at the Merchant but didnâ€™t go on until after 12. After the long delay, The People Now finally got on stage and rocked it all out.
Sitting around waiting for their time to shine, the band grew tired. Once they got on stage, though, on would have never guessed they had just been weary. In front of the audience, the band members transformed. They got down to business of filling the bar with energy, passion, and alternative rock.
The Music Matters for the People Now. The guitars literally sang, exploring pitches and chords. The keyboards added some softness to the intense hard rock, and Florin-Gardescuâ€™s vocals sounded amazing. Through sustained notes and screams, his Romanian accent was still faintly audible.
Karman was a badass on the drums, playing so hard I thought he was headed towards breaking his kit. Strange was rockinâ€™ hard on the bass posed in a permanent lunge position, head swiveling like a top.
Every member was totally focused on creating sound while expressions filled their faces and bodies. These varied from Florinâ€™s closed eyes and solemn look to the rhythm sectionâ€™s hard, angry countenance.
Fashion is not a big thing for The People Now: every member just wore what they wanted. With the exception of Florin-Gardescu, who was wearing some flashy shoes and a sexy open chest shirt, the other members wore their street clothes.
The People Now are growing in popularity and are beginning to get known. I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if they continue on the path to fame and get big. This band really loves to play, and I predict they will be off to fortune soon.
Aside from sitting in a mysteriously wet, sticky puddle, my experience at the Merchant that night was great. I could still enjoy it with a wet butt. This reviewer couldnâ€™t help but join in with an air guitar, head bangs, and a huge smile on her face.
- Check out their upcoming performance! June 10th @ The Central Saloon 8:30PM -
Featured Artist - LPM Magazine
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"The Washington crew are rising with a transformed sound and solidified line-up... a choice of inter..."The Washington crew are rising with a transformed sound and solidified line-up... a choice of interesting song titles will have you wondering what will be hidden behind the name, enticing you to press Play... anticipate it to be the soundtrack of the next Musical Revolution."
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http://www.redefinemag.com/comp/index.html THE PEOPLE NOW Despite the fact that The People N...http://www.redefinemag.com/comp/index.html
THE PEOPLE NOW
Despite the fact that The People Now are young, they know what they?re doing and who they want to be. Their music is at times pushing and unrelenting, at times introspective and calming, and at times instrumental and experimental. A five-piece band from Seattle, WA, the band hones in on their songwriting and instrumental skills to stay true to themselves when creating passionate and unrestricted rock.
Visit http://www.thepeoplenow.com to hear what they have to say.
The People Now blend theatre with their performance, utilizing large projector screens with animations, clips, and hybrid footage to coincide with the music's atmosphere and set progression. In addition, TPN's show is in complete Surround Sound, engaging the audience in a one of a kind experience. Guest Singers, duets with other bands, world instruments (djembe, sitar, erhu, keys, apache shakers, etc.), and costume are all incorporated.
TPN also often dedicates their performance to a particular person, organization, movement, or idea that is making a difference in our world, Now. Information is provided if the audience chooses to avail themselves further, but never preached.
Sets range from 30 min - 2 hour, depending upon time, with an engaging set throughout: rarely stoppage unless it is intended for silence, lights out, or dialogue/sound clips.