SIGNAL 99 is the red hot Navajo metal power trio blowing out of the Southwest coming on with a vengeance in support of their nationally noted CD release, “THE GOSPEL”. SIGNAL 99 enjoys a large online following with all major sites and has just been added to Pandora Worldwide Internet Radio. Their hard yet artistically gritty sound puts them apart from your usual Devil throated average Metal sound.
In 2011 the Native American Music Awards nominated SIGNAL 99 twice for, “Best Debut Group” and “Best Video“ for “Banner Of Corpses” on You Tube. Don’t let the name fool you it is about stopping persecution for all races.
Through overwhelming fan support SIGNAL 99 gained the spot with Avenged Sevenfold and Seether at the Albuquerque Hard Rock Pavilion. Winning the “Battle Of The Bands” win for the “RockStar Energy Drink Uproar Festival”.
Road veterans SIGNAL 99 has had extensive press, radio and TV coverage as they have played the southwest with national headliners and festivals including three SXSW trips to Austin for multiple appearances.
They have performed live television on FUSE MUSIC TV’s “Slave To The Metal” tour and Albuquerque television’s “Quote – Unquote” series. Radio interviews and airtime from San Diego to Austin. Press from the Albuquerque Journal – The Denver Post – Denver Westword - Cortez Journal – Farmington Daily Times - Gallup Independent – Navajo Times - Metal Horizon Magazine and No Cover Magazine.
For more info or a full media kit contact front man Chuck Haven @ email@example.com or call 505-635-9628
See The 2011 Native American Music Awards Nominee
YouTube – Banner of Corpses - Signal 99, Loudini Anti-Hate video
Chuck Haven - Vocals, Guitar
Krave - Bass, Back-up Vocals
Mark Curley - Drums
"The Gospel" December 2010, Full length album.
"Armed & Dangerous Vol 1" full length studio album. September 2008
"Track of the Day" June 21st, 2006 -GarageBand Records for "Armed & Dangerous."
"Best Mood" Week of June 19th. GarageBand Records
"Best Bass" Week of June 19th. GarageBand Records
"Track of the Day" Feburary 16th, 2008-GarageBand Records for "Candy."
No Cover Magazine Presents "Groupies Suck:Vol 9. Compilation CD" Jan 2007
Apache Rose Publishings, distributing two songs (Penny, Armed & Dangerous) nationwide to 1000+ college radio outlets in May 2007.
Apache Rose Publishings is distributing "Candy" with the upcoming "Best New Bands, vol 3" this January to 1000+ college radio outlets.
"Strip Club Rock Vol. 1/2" and "Skate Board Rock Vol 1/2" by Versailles Records, distributed by BigDaddy.com, March 2008 release (Armed & Dangerous, and Candy).
Pandora + 40+ Internet Radio and FM Stations. List available upon request.
Signal 99 opening for Uproar Festival
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Signal 99 is tearing up the New Mexico music scene with their original rock style. The band has sho...Signal 99 is tearing up the New Mexico music scene with their original rock style.
The band has shown that they have more than what it takes to make their musical dreams come true.
They have gone from two Native American Music Awards nominations to opening for the major rock group Avenged Sevenfold at the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival Friday, Oct. 7, in Albuquerque.
Signal 99 was nominated for two Nammys for Best Debut Group and Best Video.
The video they submitted was "Banner of Corpses" from their recently released album "The Gospel."
Chuck Haven, front man for Signal 99, said he wants to be recognized not only for the music but the message they are trying to send.
"The anti-hate and pro-culture (message) because we live in a very multi-cultural area and there is a lot of stereotypes that go on," he said. "Music is a universal medium for all cultures."
Voting for the Nammys was done online by the general public and Signal 99 did not make it into the finals.
But Haven said that voting was strong and thanks everyone who took the time to vote and support Signal 99 in this year's nominations.
Not making the final group of nominees didn't slow down Signal 99 because drummer Mark Curley entered them in a battle of the bands with the prize being a gig to open for the Uproar Festival.
Sept. 30 was a normal day until Signal 99 received word that they were winners of the Best Buy Music Gear Battle of the Bands sponsored by Ernie Ball.
"It was quite a shock because we were in the top 20 and for them to go on to pick us is shocking," Haven said. "We're honored to represent the state of New Mexico.
"I wanna thank everyone out there who has been supporting Signal 99," Haven said.
On Friday, Signal 99 will hit the stage at 2:15 p.m. with a 20-minute set inside the Hard Rock Pavilion in Albuquerque.
"We're going to set the tone for the festival," Haven said. "It's a little nerve-wracking but we're honored to open up the festival. I grew up listening to these bands and here we are sharing the stage with them."
Haven started the band in 2005 in Farmington as a solo project that evolved into Signal 99.
The band includes Chuck Haven on vocals/guitar, Krave on bass and Mark Curley on drums.
"Don't be afraid to ask for help," Haven said to all inspiring Native bands. "Don't give up."
Former Cortez resident Chuck Haven rocks music world with Native American Music Award nominations
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Growing up, local rocker Chuck Haven listened to famed metal band Powerman 5000, never knowing he wo...Growing up, local rocker Chuck Haven listened to famed metal band Powerman 5000, never knowing he would one day sit down with the band members to eat posole and fry bread.
“We’ve played with them a couple of times,” he said.“The cool thing is that they remembered us the second time coming through. We had an after-show dinner with them, and actually spending time with them and having dinner with them was a trip.”
A former Cortez resident, Haven is now the front man for the Farmington-based metal group Signal 99 — a band recently nominated for two Native American Music Awards.
“We’ve been putting a lot of work, time and effort into the music project,” Haven said.“Going from it just being a hobby to something with a message behind it — it’s a big deal for us.”
Nominations include best debut artist for their 2010 album, “The Gospel” and best music video for Banner of Corpses.
Produced on a shoestring budget using a hand-held camcorder, the “Banner of Corpses” video features dramatic images referencing the historic genocides of Native Americans after the landing of Christopher Columbus and Jewish people during World War II.
“A lot of people don’t realize Hitler studied a lot of early American history and modeled his book, “Mein Kampf,” after it,” Haven said. “A lot of his policy in the extermination the Jews was drawn from American history.”
The video also references a 2010 incident, in which a Navajo man was branded with a swastika by white supremacists in Farmington.
“The music video we did brings an anti-hate message,” Haven said. “Basically it’s just saying that history repeats itself.”
Nominees for the awards will be narrowed down by popular votes gathered on the website www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com through Sept. 7. The 2011 winners will be decided Oct. 7 in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
In the meantime, Haven hopes the group can work on recording new material and playing for upcoming shows, the first of which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Top Deck, 515 E. Main St., Farmington. Signal 99 will play with all-female metal band Kittie, and tickets are available from the Copper Penny at 505-325-1563.
Haven advocates for the support of local bands.
“I’m glad that the support’s there,” he said. “I like the area. I grew up in the Four Corners area. It’s one of those things where you have to stick together as a community and get the word out, support each other.”
Take Five: An Interview with Signal 99
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Hailing from Farmington, Signal 99 play modern metal inspired by bands such as Coal Chamber and Korn...Hailing from Farmington, Signal 99 play modern metal inspired by bands such as Coal Chamber and Korn. The band’s CD, The Gospel, was nominated in two categories for the 2011 Native American Music Awards: Best Music Video and Best Debut Artist. Signal 99 also won this year’s Ernie Ball “Battle of the Bands,” earning them the honor of playing the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival in Albuquerque. Take Five caught up with guitarist/vocalist Chuck Haven, who serves as a key beacon for the outfit that is Signal 99.
Tell me about your band. How would you describe your musical approach?
Chuck Haven: “I started Signal 99 in late 2005 as a solo project. After winning some awards on Garage Band for ‘Armed and Dangerous’ and several requests to play live, the band was formed in 2006. Signal 99 is me on guitar/vocals, singer/songwriter Hank ‘Krave’ Haven on bass, and Mark Curley on drums. Signal 99’s main influences come from the 90s and early 2000s era of music. You can hear hints of Coal Chamber and Korn in the music. We know we are not the fastest or heaviest band out there, but we do it for the love of music. We all need an outlet to vent our frustrations, temptations, and failures, so playing music to express ourselves was the best thing we could do. We never thought a few years later we would be sharing the stage with some of our idols, winning Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands, being nominated for the Native American Music Awards, and reaching out to literally thousands of people with our music.”
Video: Signal 99 "Banner of Corpses"
Tell me about your CD, The Gospel. What can fans expect to experience?
Chuck Haven: “We were sitting in the studio trying to come up with a name for the album. Our Producer, Tony Crank, helped us brainstorm for a title. ‘What are you trying to say?’ he would ask us. We would tell him things like, ‘We are a voice, and trying to get the word out of being frustrated with today’s problems, and to let people know, we are here, and not going anywhere soon. We are not going to change the style, nor change the way we write music just to fit in.’ ‘It’s like your preaching . . . like the gospel,’ Tony said. From then on, that’s what we named the album, The Gospel. So fans can expect to hear our frustrations of being ‘new’ to the scene, the hate mails/comments we use to get because we were different, the idea of having ‘free will’ and being able to make a choice in our life, and the frustrations of religion trying to impose their ideology in our lives.”
Tell me about the track “Banner of Corpses.” What inspired the lyrics? And what can you say about the video for this track?
Chuck Haven: “‘Banner of Corpses’ was a joint effort with Colorado psychic, The Great Loudini. She wrote the lyrics for the song. It’s about the Jewish Holocaust. When we got together to do the project, we took it a step further and tied in the Native American Genocide. Not too many people know that Hitler was a student of history and studied early American history and the roundup of Native Americans onto reservations. Hitler then modeled that practice into his own roundup of the Jewish population.
“The video was then talked about and made possible by Tom Lord, who helped fund the project along with Hank Haven. The video was directed and filmed by me. The animation in the video was shot on a mini set in Hank’s garage. The video shows the correlation of the Jewish Holocaust and the Native American Genocide, and then ties into the recent branding of a Swastika on a mentally challenged Native American man from Farmington, NM. It’s an interesting and informative video that brings to light the atrocities of mankind, and that history does and will repeat itself. We should take from the past and learn not to make those same mistakes and be tolerant with each other’s differences, whether it’s race, religion, music, or ideas.”
Would you say living in New Mexico (specifically Farmington) has influenced your musical approach?
Chuck Haven: “Yes, it definitely has. When I first started writing music, it was out of frustration and anger. After living in Tucson, then moving back to Farmington, the people, jobs, the music scene, and the environment was way different. Here in Farmington, everything was about race. When I started the band, we got labeled a rez band, even though we were not from the reservation. When we play outside of Farmington, we are just a band. Some of the lyrics of the songs reflect that frustration of being ‘different.’ When in reality, we are all the same, human beings. That’s what I love about music: it’s universal. Music brings everyone together, and everyone can relate. So when I write music, I don’t write about being a Native American, I write about being a fellow human being with frustrations that everyone can relate too in this crazy world.
The band has really hit the road, playing as part of Fuse Music TV’s “Slave to the Metal” tour, SXSW’s MusicGorilla Showcase, and the Heart of Texas Rockfest. What would you say you like best about being on the road? What would you say is the worst part of being on the road?
Chuck Haven: “We love being on the road. Nothing is greater than playing to a roomful of people we have never met before, and seeing everyone have a good time. The mosh pits, the stage diving, and the interesting people we meet, all make it worthwhile to drive 2 to 18 hours for a show. If we can reach out to one person when we hit the road, then it was worth it.
“The worst part of being on the road? Being harassed by the Border Patrol in Texas, the roach motels in Lubbock, TX, the flat tires on the interstate, the alternator going out after a show, not having any money for food and gas, someone stealing our gear, vehicle won’t start, driving over icy mountain passes in the middle of the night, the parking-lot band fight at Denny’s which resulted in the keys being thrown onto the top of the building, and the infamous vehicle rollover on black ice that sent one of us to the hospital.
“Even after all of that, we would do it again. We love what we do. We love our fans. And we are nothing without them.”
Band Finds Place in Metal Music
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Band Finds Place in Metal Music By Journal Staff on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 Chuck Haven has alw...Band Finds Place in Metal Music
By Journal Staff on Fri, Jan 14, 2011
Chuck Haven has always been drawn to metal music. From the intense sound to the spitfire lyrics, it’s a music he relates to.
“There’s a drive behind the music that just moves me,” he said.
Haven is the lead singer of Signal 99, a New Mexico metal band that is making a name for itself regionally.
“We’ve been touring all over the Southwest,” he said. “And it’s starting to take off.”
Haven started Signal 99 in late 2005 as a solo project. It wasn’t until April 2006 that he actually sought out members.
“I got an award from Garageband and people were asking about the music,” he said. “People were interested in what I was putting out there.”
Garageband.com is a website where independent musicians can post music.
Signal 99 consists of Haven, his brother Henry “Krave” Haven on bass and Bryan Becenti on drums.
The band was recently featured on Fuse TV’s “Slave to the Metal” tour and will return to Austin for the South By Southwest Festival this spring.
“Our popularity grows every year,” he said. “We’re excited about the music growing.”
Haven said he never saw himself doing music for a living but he’s glad he has the chance.
“It’s amazing to have an impact in people’s lives,” he said. “I get e-mails about how my words help others.”
Signal 99 is currently touring in support of its second album “The Gospel.”
Haven said he did the majority of the writing for the album.
“We’re starting to collaborate more,” he said. “We’ve let some other songwriters in and it’s all turned out well.”
Haven said the band’s Internet presence has grown over the past year. He said the band’s MySpace site has nearly 50,000 fans.
“It’s sometimes very overwhelming,” he said of the band’s growing fanbase. “It’s something that we’ve always wanted and it’s happening so fast. We are just taking everything in stride.”
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"“Signal 99 ripped my face off at SXSW which is a good thing because I’m ugly. This is a band that d..."“Signal 99 ripped my face off at SXSW which is a good thing because I’m ugly. This is a band that delivers it from the gut and from the heart on all fronts.”" - Jimmy Landry - Producer/Songwriter/Engineer/Artist Relations, Cakewalk.com (Mar 30, 2010)
Music Gorilla Showcase 2010
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"Signal 99 brings to the table a hard dose of in your face rock n roll, like it oughta' be. They've ..."Signal 99 brings to the table a hard dose of in your face rock n roll, like it oughta' be. They've been invited two years running to play in our Label showcases and have rocked the house both times. In terms of their off stage presence and demeanor, one could not ask for a more responsible band to deal with; punctual, ready and respectful."
- Lawrence Co-Founder MusicGorilla.com, MusicGorilla.com (Mar 26, 2010)
Signal 99 concert to benefit N.M. School for the Blind
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FARMINGTON- Signal 99, a local metal band, will play in Alamogordo, N.M., at the Shooters club on Ju...FARMINGTON- Signal 99, a local metal band, will play in Alamogordo, N.M., at the Shooters club on July 18th to help raise money for a blind students' school music program, according to a press release from the group.
The money is being raised for New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Donations will be collected during the 12 hour benefit concert.
The money will be used to buy musical instruments for the students.
Chuck Haven, the band's front man, said, "We are honored to help those in need with what we do best."
The band has also performed at an anti-meth show in Shiprock on Sept 20, 2008, and many free shows for the community in the Four Corners area.
Signal 99 includes, singer/songwriter/lead guitarist chuck haven, Henry Haven III aka Krave on bass guitar; Mark Cornelison, aka Maul, and Mark Curley on drums.
They headlined the Music Gorilla Stage in Austin, Texas, on March 21 during the SXSW, the nations largest indie music showcase.
"Just three years ago, I was a fan in the crowd, now I'm sharing the stage with some of my favorite bands!" said Chuck Haven. "Now I can help those in need, or help get a message across with the music. Music saved my life, and now if I can help just one person, it's worth every effort we put in the music."
The benefit concert starts at 1 p.m. on July 18 and ends at 1 a.m. Bands from Texas and New Mexico will be featured.
Band Burning Sunday is the organizer of the event was inspired by a blind student named Devin who plays the drums.
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By: Dan Rondinelli http://www.northeastintune.com/index.php?bd=reg&sb=land&article=110618 Sign...By: Dan Rondinelli
Signal 99 is made up of Metal kids rocking some aggressive riffs, and lyrics to express their voice and views. Their up tempo heavy metal is controlled enough to distinguish their sound from other Metal. They play with some strong aggression and vocal deepness that is enough to intimidate any misfit. With their first album labeled “Hate Me Now?” they are simply asking you to accept it or hate this stuff, they don’t care either way. The music is solid metal, stays heavy throughout and makes you hate the person standing next to you…sorry dad. They use this medium for expression, expressing the hate, the pain, the sorrow and what can be done for tomorrow. With their MySpace supporters praising Signal 99’s live performance full of high energy and mad metal, this band is creating a new type of music that has yet to be heard.
Let’s review some music.
“Armed and Dangerous” is a song with good lyrics and some intense rhythm and bass. It lacks changes in the music and it seems too basic. It has the metal sound and tone that give it a strong sound but continues to lack the complexity of a strong metal band. Some more changes and louder vocals can make this song solid.
“9lives” has a similar sound as armed and dangerous, but once again the lyrics are strong and make the song work. Recorded on an 8 track recorder may also sway my opinion of the music but for what its worth they maintain the metal sound and have a Korn like sound to them. I’d like them to mix up the pace with some intense yelling and strong bass.
“Took” is a song that has an excellent lead off into the music. It grows intense and gives the heart a pounding like no other. Once again tough to hear the lyrics but give them a studio and I’m sure that improves. Music is tough but needs to distinguish different sounds in order to change the similarity of the songs.
Signal 99 can play and make some noise. Check them out at www.sig99.com for tour dates and album information. With the strong vocals and intense sound, they have an opportunity to influence a different sound of metal to the metal scene.
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Signal 99 originally started as a solo project by Chuck Haven back in 2005, but now consists of a fo...Signal 99 originally started as a solo project by Chuck Haven back in 2005, but now consists of a four peice live band, Hailing from the Four Corners area in a small town called, Farmington, New Mexico, Signal 99 are bringing a new type of metal to the scene and created enough stir to be noticed in the region. Hate, lies, pain, and deception is what drives the music to the next level. With local and regional supports, along with local radio staion playing the music daily, Signal 99 is building a solid foundation in the Southwest music scene. The band is revolutionizing the music scene with it's music and shocking visual performances.
1. Zombie Star
2. Jealousy Breeds
4. The Gospel
5. Ten Fold
8. One More
9. Armed and Dangerous
12. Banner of Corpses
There are no upcoming dates at this time.