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"16 Second Stare"

"Florida’s 16 Second Stare have just released one of the best self released discs I’ve heard in a while. Catchy, hook filled rock ranging from the potentially huge single of Anymore to the bluesy, Take Me Back which brought to mind AC/DC. Other notable tracks are the highly memorable PA2001, Down and Roxy. 16 Second Stare’s sharp riffs and big hooks brought to mind Forty Deuce." - East Coast Romper


"Red Carpet Material Album"

"Blues sounding rock with a solid rock feel, but also a poppy on some tracks. Fans of Rhino Bucket, Buckcherry and Creed will enjoy this band."

-Toxic Flyer (Baltimore, MD)
- Toxic Flyer


"16 Second Stare"

This is definitely what I call some straight out good rock and roll. They aren't reinventing the wheel or anything of that nature they know good music and that's what they deliver. They travel a twisting road from good rocking numbers to almost ballad numbers to blues and southern rock and anything in between. They produce good solid riffs and infectious grooves along with melodic numbers that you find yourself tapping your toes to. It's obvious that they're influenced by good old school rock bands of yesteryear and they add their own flourish and style. The vocalist has a nice raspy voice that fits in with each song and the instrumentalists just wail away. This is definitely a highly recommended CD. – Rock Net Webzine - Rock net Webzine


"16 Second Stare- Rockin The Desert"

16 Second Stare - Rockin’ in the Desert: Tampa Bay Based Powerhouse Band Sends 10,000
Free Copies of Their Debut CD ‘Red Carpet Material’ to U.S. Troops Serving in Iraq and
Afghanistan
Thanks to Tim Shanks, aka “Angry Tim,” one of the two lead singers and lead guitarist in the Tampa Bay based
powerhouse band 16 Second Stare (www.16secondstare.com), our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are
getting ready to rock!
Shanks partnered with Universal/Fontana Distribution & Mighty Loud Records to send overseas 10,000 copies
of Red Carpet Material, the band’s blistering, critically acclaimed debut CD. These have been distributed free
of charge to military personnel serving their country as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Camp Victory) and
Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
The CDs were put into care packages that were distributed by AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) to
be distributed to the troops around the world, which includes AAFS locations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“All parties involved simply wanted to show support for US troops and thank them for the sacrifices they
endure for the nation and the world,” says Shanks.
Red Carpet Material is currently available via the band’s website and at all the major online retail sites,
including iTunes and Amazon.
The band is currently planning their first major multi-city tour in early 2009. This expansion builds on their
tradition of local gigs at Tampa’s The Green Parrot and the many informal jams they’ve had. 16 Second Stare
has also been doing local benefit shows for non-profit organizations like the American Cancer Association.
Red Carpet Material is also snagging fans across the country thanks to rock radio airplay for two of the
collection’s most fiery cuts, the title track and “Ballad of Billy Rose.” While the Detroit born and raised Shanks
wraps his whiskey drawl around tracks like the passionate closing ballad “Goodbye,” “Ballad Of Billy Rose” and
“Red Carpet Material” are sung by 16SS’s “other” lead singer, Muscle Shoals, Alabama native Todd Pettus.
Together with producer and bassist Miguel Gonzalez (who has worked with Brian Howe of Bad
Company and Matt Kramer of Saigon Kick), and the insanely charming and groove intensive drummer Chris
“Beano” Davis, Shanks and Pettus lead listeners through a twisted maze of unpredictable riffs, mixing
substantive modern rock with old fashioned rock and roll.
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"16 Second Stare Turns Anger Into Edgy Real Deal Songs"

16 SECOND STARE
TAMPA BAY BASED ROCK POWERHOUSE WITH TWO LEAD SINGERS TURNS ANGER INTO
EDGY, REAL DEAL SONGS, WILD PERFRORMANCES AND PLENTY OF ‘RED CARPET
MATERIAL’
Balancing The Partying With A Heart For Charity,The Band—Whose Raucous Debut Was
Produced ByTheir Bassist Miguel Gonzalez (Brian Howe, Matt Kramer)—
Is Hitting Rock Radio With “Red Carpet Material” And “Ballad of Billy Rose” And Has
Performed In L.A., NYC and On Lead Singer “Angry” Tim’s 20 Acre Property In Tampa
When it comes to inspiring edgy, blistering real-deal powerhouse rock and roll,
sometimes a little righteous anger at the world is a good thing.
Raspy voiced Tim Shanks, aka “Angry Tim,” one of the two lead singers in the Tampa Bay based band 16
Second Stare, was mad at the unfair state of the world one day and was at a local bar writing a song called
“Suck.” A beautiful redhead named Danielle, who told him she only dug hip hop, listened to what he was
working on and loved it so much she started to cry. Hoping to keep in touch, she gave Shanks her email
address, which was, in part, “redcarpetmaterial.”
Danielle didn’t know it, but she became his muse and he wrote a song based on that unique phrase. Cut to
2008--she’s now the girl on the provocative album cover for his band’s critically acclaimed debut Red Carpet
Material. While the band has been making waves with their wild, partying performances for the past few years
in and around Tampa, they’re quickly expanding their fired up fan base thanks to recent shows at L.A.’s
Musicians Institute, the Santos Party House in NYC and the University of Connecticut. They’re currently
planning their first major multi-city tour in early 2009.
This expansion builds on their tradition of local gigs at Tampa’s The Green Parrot and the many informal jams
they’ve had with other local groups at the amphitheatre with a 20x30 ft. stage that Shanks built on his 20 acre
property. When they’re not partying all night, 16 Second Stare is doing benefits for local cancer organizations;
proceeds from their new, as yet unreleased grungy version of “Amazing Grace” are earmarked for this as well.
The band also sent 9,000 of its CDs to the troops in Iraq.
Red Carpet Material is also snagging fans across the country thanks to rock radio airplay for two of the
collection’s most fiery cuts, the title track and “Ballad Of Billy Rose.” While the Detroit born and raised
Shanks wraps his whiskey drawl around tracks like the passionate closing ballad “Goodbye,” these two tunes
are sung by SSS’s “other” lead singer, Muscle Shoals, Alabama native Todd Pettus.
Together with producer and kick-ass bassist Miguel Gonzalez (who has worked with Brian Howe of Bad
Company and Matt Kramer of Saigon Kick), and the insanely charming, oversized and groove intensive
drummer Chris “Beano” Davis, Shanks and Pettus lead listeners through a twisted maze of unpredictable
riffs, mixing substantive modern rock with old fashioned rock and roll. They added Trenton Falls, New Jersey
vixen Amber Nichol on bass this past fall to allow Gonzalez to focus on the production booth on future
recordings.
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Aside from their quirky name—based on an alleged law that says staring at a woman for longer than 16
seconds constitutes sexual harassment—16 Second Stare sets itself apart from other indie bands for its
unique mix of personalities and musical influences. Shanks grew up a child of the Detroit rock scene, inspired
by Keith Richards, AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. His love of making
music and partying with the crowd go hand in hand. “When we go out and play, we like to have a lot of fun
onstage and offstage,” he says. “We get in with the crowd, belly up to the bar and meet and party with our
fans.”
Pettus, who is also the group’s lead guitarist, hails from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a city that plays a unique
role in American music history as a hotbed of soul/gospel, country and rock influences. Artists who have
recorded classic works there include Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, The
Allman Brothers, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. “Growing up learning Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith and
Metallica,” Pettus says, “my style’s a little different than Tim’s…he’s a little more old school. I grew up in a
great music city, listening to Southern Rock till I got into 90s grunge.”
“I love Todd’s voice, and I love hearing it,” adds Shanks, who originally hooked up with Pettus in Nashville
through a mutual friend. “It’s got a cleaner sound than mine and the contrast works well.” Citing the very
melodic and introspective mid tempo ballad “Stuck In The Moment,” he continues, “We’ve got a lot of
crossbreeding going on over here. This song appeals to fans of both the new and old school of rock.”
Shanks isn’t done yet. He’s still got to explain his passion and lifelong infatuation with the blues: “Look, the
world’s not fair and it pisses me off. I like the blues because it talks about life as it really is. Because I felt that
way, I decided to do something about it and became a songwriter to express myself. A lot of people complain
about the way life is, but I did something about it—I wrote songs and joined a band! I think our fans can sense
we’re for real. When we’re onstage, we’re crazy but we don’t act like fools. We‘re not slick and perfectly
choreographed, wearing MTV styled leather pants and trying to impress anyone. We just sit there with our
guitars and let our music do the talking. It’s a cool range of sounds, because they can rock to it, dance to it and
also get into some real deep blues. The new album we’re working on now is more aggressive, an even harder
style of rock. We’re going to be posting the new track I wrote ‘Fire In The Hole’ on our website soon as a
preview!”
Shanks says he gets a lot of his day to day inspiration from his wild man of a drummer, Chris Davis aka
“Beano.” “He’s really passionate about stuff,” he says, “an angry son of a bitch.” But Beano insists there’s a
“really nice guy” behind those maniacal facial expressions that scare people when he’s banging on the drums.
16 Second Stare offers Davis a dynamic, permanent and forward thrusting situation after a handful of years
when he found himself jumping between five different bands.
“I played everything in those groups,” he says, “guitar, bass, drums and I sang, and they were all heavy metal,
completely one dimensional compared to the kind of music I get to play now. I love heavy metal but this is
more fun to play. It’s energetic but I don’t come off the stage and pass out like I did before.
“People need labels,” Davis adds, “but we’re cool with just calling our music ‘rock and roll.’ It’s like massive
fertilization, where we come up with an idea or a vibe and just run with it and make it grow. If it’s Zeppelin or
Pink Floyd influenced, we’re on it, and if we go the Skynyrd route, that’s great too. The guys are amazing, and
we’re all like brothers now. We’ve gone through so much over these few years, but we still keep the groove
going. That’s what I’m about. If I’m not in the studio or on stage playing drums, I’m banging on a trash can!
After 23 years of living in Florida, it’s a kick having the chance to play for people in places I’ve never had the
chance to travel before.”
Pettus isn’t crazy about the travel grind stuff, but he loves everything else about his experience with 16 Second
Stare. “I can’t really explain the amazing chemistry we have as a band,” he says, “but I know the core of it is
that Tim and I are total opposites and as they say, opposites attract. He’s the real go getter, he ambitious in
your face, never let it die guy. I’m a little more laid back. But we work hard, and when we’re onstage together,
we’re totally focused on giving the audience a great time. I’m excited about the songs we’re already writing for
our next project and can’t wait to get out and tour more and see how things unfold. People will be staring at us
for more than 16 seconds, that’s for sure.” - Luck Media


Discography

Red Carpet Material - 2008 - All songs are streaming on our web site www.16secondstare.com and featured on top 40 radio stations.

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Balancing The Partying With A Heart For Charity,The Band—Whose Raucous Debut Was
Produced ByTheir Bassist Miguel Gonzalez (Brian Howe, Matt Kramer)—
Is Hitting Rock Radio With “Red Carpet Material” And “Ballad of Billy Rose” And Has
Performed In L.A., NYC and On Lead Singer “Angry” Tim’s 20 Acre Property In Tampa
When it comes to inspiring edgy, blistering real-deal powerhouse rock and roll,
sometimes a little righteous anger at the world is a good thing.
Raspy voiced Tim Shanks, aka “Angry Tim,” one of the two lead singers in the Tampa Bay based band 16
Second Stare, was mad at the unfair state of the world one day and was at a local bar writing a song called
“Suck.” A beautiful redhead named Danielle, who told him she only dug hip hop, listened to what he was
working on and loved it so much she started to cry. Hoping to keep in touch, she gave Shanks her email
address, which was, in part, “redcarpetmaterial.”
Danielle didn’t know it, but she became his muse and he wrote a song based on that unique phrase. Cut to
2008--she’s now the girl on the provocative album cover for his band’s critically acclaimed debut Red Carpet
Material. While the band has been making waves with their wild, partying performances for the past few years
in and around Tampa, they’re quickly expanding their fired up fan base thanks to recent shows at L.A.’s
Musicians Institute, the Santos Party House in NYC and the University of Connecticut. They’re currently
planning their first major multi-city tour in early 2009.
This expansion builds on their tradition of local gigs at Tampa’s The Green Parrot and the many informal jams
they’ve had with other local groups at the amphitheatre with a 20x30 ft. stage that Shanks built on his 20 acre
property. When they’re not partying all night, 16 Second Stare is doing benefits for local cancer organizations;
proceeds from their new, as yet unreleased grungy version of “Amazing Grace” are earmarked for this as well.
The band also sent 9,000 of its CDs to the troops in Iraq.
Red Carpet Material is also snagging fans across the country thanks to rock radio airplay for two of the
collection’s most fiery cuts, the title track and “Ballad Of Billy Rose.” While the Detroit born and raised
Shanks wraps his whiskey drawl around tracks like the passionate closing ballad “Goodbye,” these two tunes
are sung by SSS’s “other” lead singer, Muscle Shoals, Alabama native Todd Pettus.
Together with producer and kick-ass bassist Miguel Gonzalez (who has worked with Brian Howe of Bad
Company and Matt Kramer of Saigon Kick), and the insanely charming, oversized and groove intensive
drummer Chris “Beano” Davis, Shanks and Pettus lead listeners through a twisted maze of unpredictable
riffs, mixing substantive modern rock with old fashioned rock and roll.
Aside from their quirky name—based on an alleged law that says staring at a woman for longer than 16
seconds constitutes sexual harassment—16 Second Stare sets itself apart from other indie bands for its
unique mix of personalities and musical influences. Shanks grew up a child of the Detroit rock scene, inspired
by Keith Richards, AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. His love of making
music and partying with the crowd go hand in hand. “When we go out and play, we like to have a lot of fun
onstage and offstage,” he says. “We get in with the crowd, belly up to the bar and meet and party with our
fans.”
Pettus, who is also the group’s lead guitarist, hails from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a city that plays a unique
role in American music history as a hotbed of soul/gospel, country and rock influences. Artists who have
recorded classic works there include Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, The
Allman Brothers, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. “Growing up learning Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith and
Metallica,” Pettus says, “my style’s a little different than Tim’s…he’s a little more old school. I grew up in a
great music city, listening to Southern Rock till I got into 90s grunge.”
“I love Todd’s voice, and I love hearing it,” adds Shanks, who originally hooked up with Pettus in Nashville
through a mutual friend. “It’s got a cleaner sound than mine and the contrast works well.” Citing the very
melodic and introspective mid tempo ballad “Stuck In The Moment,” he continues, “We’ve got a lot of
crossbreeding going on over here. This song appeals to fans of both the new and old school of rock.”
Shanks isn’t done yet. He’s still got to explain his passion and lifelong infatuation with the blues: “Look, the
world’s not fair and it pisses me off. I like the blues because it talks about life as it really is. Because I felt that
way, I decided to do something about it and became a songwriter to express myself. A lot of people complain
about the way life is, but I did something about it—I wrote songs and joined a band! I think our fans can sense
we’re for real. When we’re onstage, we’re crazy but we