Blue Root

Blue Root

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Fusing an array of musical styles – from rock to funk to alternative – BlueRoot has earned their place as a fresh sound on the Southern California music scene.

Biography

Fusing an array of musical styles – from rock to funk to alternative – BlueRoot has earned their place as a fresh sound on the Southern California music scene.

Formed in the fall of 2000, BlueRoot made their mark with a First Place win at the Moorpark College Talent Competition, earning enough money to record a six-song EP, In the Hi-Fi. The March 2001 release of this demo disc became the foundation for a wildly successful appearance at Hollywood’s famous Whiskey A Go-Go.
The band continued to write and rehearse their material, setting the stage for jam-packed appearances across Southern California. Dazzling crowds at many of Los Angeles’s hottest nightspots, BlueRoot built a solid fan base that continues to grow.

The Summer of 2002 saw BlueRoot included on An Absolute Disregard for the Common Compilation, a two-disc set released by respected indie label DoughMain Records. Following the distribution of this well-received compilation, DoughMain Records grabbed the opportunity to record the group’s first full-length album of completely original music. BlueRoot headed into the studio in the Winter of 2002 to lay down tracks for their debut studio recording, Holocene Epoch (released on August 5, 2003). With an all-new repertoire of music and a strong buzz, BlueRoot returned to the live performance circuit, playing to sold-out audiences across the state of California. BlueRoot, in addition, took a Second Place honor at the “Got Milk” Battle of the Bands in Los Angeles as well as a Second Place honor at the 1-800-CALL-ATT Battle of the Bands. Three shows at the Canyon Club (the last of which with actor/comedian Jamie Kennedy), moreover, won them a spot on The Vans Warped Tour in Ventura, California.

BlueRoot’s musical style ranges from the bass heavy funk riffs of the 70’s to modern, post-grunge rock. Each member of the group offers his unique style to create a cohesive musical landscape. Wes Pagano’s lyrics are at once topical and introspective, and his vocals are commanding and soulful. Jason Richter (known also for his starring role in the family classic Free Willy and its sequels) and Taylor Corbin combine their musical talents to create a “split personality” of music: Richter offers chunky rhythm guitar while Corbin interlaces a dramatic melody. Ben Reiss and Ryan McCusker create solid meter and groove; McCusker’s drumming is masterful and decisive, and Reiss pumps out the bottom end to ultimately create a warm, funky soul that has become BlueRoot’s signature sound.

We have recently re-recorded "ChaPow!" from Holocene Epoch for the major motion picture "Anacondas", which will be released in August. The song was recorded at 311's studio, The Hive. Ron Saint Germain flew himself in from NY to produce this one.

Lyrics

ChaPow!

Written By: Wes Pagano/Blue Root

You ask for questions when you already know why
Looking for empathy when you can’t cry
You’ll give it away you’ll give it all away
Your giving it all away for one more try
We have reached the mountains as they crumble down into the sea
Fire falling from the sky destroying our security
We have reached the fountains that for all are flowing endlessly
Hunger growing in our throats awakens us in unity
ChaPow! It’s benevolent how everything comes inside
ChaPow! It’s irrelevant how everything molds to you
You’ve made mistakes you’ve wished them all away
What was up is coming down you stumble
You’ll give it a kiss you’ll kiss it all away
You’re kissing it all away for one last try
We have reached the mountains as they crumble down into the sea
Fire falling from the sky destroying our security
We have reached the fountains that for all are flowing endlessly
Hunger growing in our throats awakens us in unity
ChaPow! It’s benevolent how everything comes inside
ChaPow! It’s irrelevant how everything molds to you

Blissining

Written By: Wes Pagano/Blue Root

It's in the book you read at night
It's in your hand you hold it tight
You want a war so you start a fight
It's so wrong yet it’s so right...
You build your armies
You want it all...
You'll tear the walls and die for
And that's not all…
You sail the seas on to the land
You want a war it's in demand
Like those army toys when you play the game
It's so wrong yet it’s so right
You build your armies
You want it all...
You'll tear the walls and die for
And that's not all…
You And I Standing Together x3
You build your armies
You want it all...
You'll tear the walls and die for,
And that's not all…
You and I are on water… in a bliss of stars

Discography

(2001) In the Hi-Fi - EP
(2003) Holocene Epoch - LP
Radio airplay on the Canadian Music Network
Music available to listen to at www.cdbaby.com/albums/blueroot, www.purevolume.com/blueroot and is also available through iTunes, Napster & 13 more online companies like this.

Set List

ChaPow!
Misplaced
Blissing
Broken
King to Be
Hasty
Easier
Things Change
Hang On
45-60 minutes