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"Electric Candy Shop"

The immensely talented Electric Candy Shop has taken the music scene by storm. In just a few short years they have a lot of people thinking, they very well may be one of the finest Modern Rock bands out there. Electric Candy Shop is addictive and Contagious! The songs will stay in your head long after the music stops. It has people talking, and from the sound of it, i don't think it will fizzle out any time soon.

What is it about the Electric Candy Shop that makes them so addictive? It's everything they do! From the deep emotional lyrics to the music expressing it. It pours from the speakers like a lifelong journey, with all the emotions of love, heartache and life.

You find yourself wondering how these guys from Northeastern, PA got so talented. They have that kind of original modern sound that Modern Rock fans crave. If they can do this with every CD they will have fans counting off the days until the next release.


One of the things that puzzles me is, why these guys are not on one of the Majors? Maybe they don't need it. Seems to me, they are doing a great job so far. They have people out there that really believe in them and the fans just keep growing. I do know this, if they are shopping deals with the majors...those labels better act quickly because the Electric Candy Shop is on the road to stardom with or without them!


The Electric Candy Shop is the kind of band you want to hear on your radio and see on your T.V. The kind of band that can capture your attention and make you feel. Music you can relate to. What we wish every band would be.

My first listen of the Electric Candy Shop(their Cd Sampler) just blew me away. It has made me wonder "How many times can you play a CD before it wears out." The first CD(Theories of Emotion)was absolutely one of the finest I have heard. The second CD(Symphony on Saturn)was every bit as good and maybe even better. It would be real hard to pick "one" track off of these CDs and say this is "Electric Candy Shop" because each song is great, original, music. You can't just listen to one song, anyways. "Space Machine" from the first CD is what really open things up and inspired me to continue to check them out. This is when i realized that no matter if it was "Space Machine", "Fallen", or "Placebo" from the first CD, or "Stubborn", "Symphony on Saturn", "Marrya", or "Sponge" from the latest CD, all of the Electric Candy Shops's music is like this. Wonderfully inspiring, moving music that you just can't get enough of. - Bandsbackstage.net


"Symphony on Saturn Review"

Electric Candy Shop's ten song CD, "Symphony On Saturn," has a running time that's a little more than half an hour. But, they do more in that time that most artists do with a number of full length releases. We're talking top quality musicianship here, great production, nice packaging. A lot of local releases come my way and, I've gotta tell you, this is one of the better, more enjoyable releases that I've heard in a long time. You can tell that a lot of time and effort went into this release. The songs are well written and, hell, the first two songs, "Stubborn" and "Must Have Been," have the potential to do some serious damage if you threw 'em on the radio and put a little push behind 'em. They could make Electric Candy Shop the next big thing to break out of Pennsylvania.

With a name like Electric Candy Shop, I expected the band to come off sounding like an 80's influenced band. I happen to like that style of music. So, that's not really a bad thing. But, it was a nice suprise to hear something that I wasn't expecting...and for it to be as good as it was.

This is a great band, it's as simple as that. If you like good music, "Symphony On Saturn" is the disc for you. If you don't like this one, there's something wrong with you and you have no business listening to music...end of story.
- Parocks.com


"Symphony on Saturn Review"

4 out of 5 stars

GUT REACTION: The beginning of the CD started out sounding like a cross between Orbital and Enigma, then shifted into a more mellow rock feel.


INFLUENCES: If anyone likes Our Lady Peace, they will definitely enjoy this album as well. The band seemed to encompass a little bit of everything instrument wise; and with a name like Electric Candy Shop, one should expect nothing less.


HIGH: In addition to the great layout presentation of the CD visually, and the crafty whimsical song titles, "Sponge" and "Furniture of the Mind" were my favorite two.


LOW: It was two songs too short. Also there could be more hooks.


REVIEW: Overall the album is very catchy. The intro’s remind me of Incubus. Vocalist Anthony Giamusso has a familiar style that sits well with the listeners. The band has a very Creed way of presenting itself. Meaning- when they get heavy, it’s not a smack-in-the-face heavy, more like controled heavy. The lyrics are memorable which certainly adds to their marketability.


Would I Buy This? Yes
~Domenique Hathaway - Origivation Magazine


"Sweet Music"

Electric Candy Shop releases its second album

With most of them clad in T-shirts and dirty blue jeans the five members of local rock band Electric Candy Shop slowly filed into three small tables at the Barnes and Noble Cafe.

Accompanied by their co-manager Brian Emershaw, ECS gave a collective appearance of being relaxed with each other, confident in its musical ability and, most importantly, proud of its latest accomplishment, its second CD "Symphony on Saturn."

After vocalist Tony Giamusso leafed through his copy of Koi Carp magazine, ("All the songs are about my Koi pond," he joked) and the band discussed the merit of placing live fish in drummer Mark Lieback's bass drum during a show, they were able to focus on the new record.

"We accomplished what we set out to do, which was to put the best songs we possibly could out there," bassist Todd Maisano said.

As the rest of the band bantered around about the significance and merits of "Saturn," lead guitarist Pat Clarke paused to find just the right words.

"We wanted to record something that people never heard before," Clarke said and then paused again.

"Fresh and evolved," he said.

"Good!"the rest of the band yelped in agreement.

The entire exchange sheds light on the band's dynamic. While each musicianhas an opinion, they exchange ideas and feed off each other's energy.

On the album, each song is dubbed a "movement" which further explains the symphony moniker.

"We try to tell a story and the musical intermissions (between songs) help us do that," Maisano said.

Much of that sonic flow is delivered by keyboardist Fred Sadge, said both Maisano and Clarke.

Sadge, along with Lieback, are the least vocal members of the band, yet it is clear from the exchange that the band acts as a single unit rather than parts of a whole.

ECS' approach to music continues to be one of "originals first," which is most certainly the way they prefer it.

"We want to be the band that is known to have made it by never playing cover songs," Giamusso said reinforcing the band's commitment to its own music.

Maisano indicated that, despite the lure of increased gigs and larger crowds and paydays in the region, the group couldn't do that and remain true to itself.

"There is no passion (for us) in playing cover songs. Who cares if people cheer for something you didn't do," Maisano said with conviction.

The group acknowledged that some of its fans and critics have always held the belief that the band would be better off blending more cover songs into its set list to attract and keep club audiences.

"From day one people have said we couldn't do this," Clarke said.

"And they're still saying it," Giamusso said.

Fortunately for the band, those originality-killing critics increasingly have to state their case in spite of a growing buzz and fan base. Each ECS show is well attended, thanks in part to the large underage fan base that the young group, who range in age from 18-21, attract.

The band clearly believes that their age works for, rather than against them.

"As far as what we're doing (originals) it does. If we played covers it might hurt us," Clarke said.

"I think it makes us more attractive to record labels," Maisano said.

The bliss of the group's youth sometimes can't help but manifest itself. While they and Emershaw verbally wrestled over which song should be the first single, Giamusso and Clarke wrestled literally, placing their arms on the cafe table.

After the debate Emershaw smiled and said "It hasn't been decided yet," in reference to the single.

The arm wrestling match, however had a clear winner, as Clarke pinned Giamusso's hand to the table.

Emershaw laughed right along with the band at the duo's antics. He and his business partner Dan Falkowski manage both ECS and indie band website signalfading.com. The group is slated to play many of the site's Tuesday night original music showcases at the Staircase in Pittston.

"They do everything we need, but are too lazy to do," Giamusso said while grabbing his wrist.

Emershaw and Falkowski have also booked the band into venues outside of the NEPA realm to further expand the reach of their music.

Summer dates are planned in Ardmore, Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

Before they make those important trips though, they have local fans waiting to sample their latest effort.

As the group departed the cafe Maisano asked if he could be featured as part of this newspaper's Man of the Week feature, as the rest of the band cackled at the concept.

Though Maisano will not serve in that capacity, one could argue that with the release of "Symphony" ECS are collectively the Men of the Week anyway.
- The Weekender (knight ridder)


"An Oppertunity to "Be Original""

In make shift studios, racking their brains to come up with catchy lyrics and clever guitar rifts, young musicians, spend hours, days and months, writing their original songs.
The make shift studios are in Northeastern Pennsylvania. These young, local musicians have played in front of hundreds of crowds, but very few times in front of hundreds of people.

Their work is about to pay off, not only for them, but for their fans as well.
In a huge stepping stone for original music in the area, the Staircase Lounge, Pittston, will host three original acts for the first time Friday night. If successful, the musicians hope the Staircase will continue highlighting original music bands as an option for the NEPA scene.
"If we can show a major club owner that we could do this, it would be a milestone," said Felix Sarco's manager Bill Franklin, whose band is one of the three performing Friday, along with Cell 7 and Electric Candy Shop.
The "Be Original" concert series was started by Daniel Falkowski and Brain Emershaw, two men whose love for original music brought them together to form Signalfading, a culmination of local and out of state original bands.
Falkowski explains when he was younger he listened to all the local original rock bands in the area.
When he left home, though, and came back, he knew something had to be done with original music in the area. "I moved to Tampa and when I came home the original music scene was dead," said Falkowski. "It was all cover bands. The original scene is gaining popularity but it's still relatively small. To have a club like the Staircase hold this event is huge."
The bands are viewing this opportunity as a way to increase their fan base, and also give something back to the loyal fans they have gained along the way.
"The underage crowd shows a sincere interest in what we do," said Felix Sarco front man, Gavin Robb. "They feel they are a part of a movement. Nothing is more rewarding than turning someone onto music."
"Thank God for Signalfading," Bill Tamaica of Cell 7 said.
"We usually play at Battle of the Bands shows, and that gets discouraging because you can only play those venues so much. Now, because of Singalfading, we're getting a chance to play more gigs."
Cell 7 and Felix Sarco, who have been together for about a year, are excited but Electric Candy Shop has been waiting for this opportunity since their conception three and half years ago.
"This is such an important show," said Tony Giamusso, lead singer for ECS. "I think we will get a good turn out because our fans have been so supportive. They are who we are, and before we started playing at bars, it was all underage clubs. They are what built us."
- The Citizens Voice


"“Music is entertainment of the soul”"

“Music is entertainment of the soul”

Tony Giamusso is as modest as a musician can be, and he’ll be the first to tell you that many obstacles stand in the way of stardom.  But Giamusso and four other young men have the talent and desire to pursue their dreams at any cost.


“When my Dad said that I have something that very few people have, I realized that I wanted to do this the rest of my life,” Electric Candy Shop’s (ECS) front man Tony Giamusso says.  And who’s going to argue with Dad?  With heart pounding lyrics and bone-thumping beats, mixed with slow harmonizing melodies, Giamusso and his band have something special.  Electric Candy Shop consists of five young musical talents that love to write original music—original being the key word.  Bands like ECS who write and perform their own songs are hard to come by in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  However, Giamusso notices that more people are growing accustomed to their music.  “People have started to watch us rather than chill out at the bar and talk to their friends,” he says.  “This area is changing in a good way.”

 Changing Styles

Much has changed since Giamusso and his band started writing songs.  “I believe that our music has changed in a way that is better for radio,” he says.  This couldn’t be more evident when a week ago ECS’s song, “Fallen”, was heard over the airwaves on 98.5KRZ.  Listeners called throughout the night to express their opinion that ECS was not an ordinary local band, but rather a band that has a certain something that could propel them to things that these musicians never would have dreamed of.


Although the radio stint was a big breakthrough, the band still yearns for something more.  ECS -which seems to becoming more talented with every new song and gig- knows the buzz about them and they thrive off the energy the crowd gives them.  “People started to like the stuff I wrote and it just became an everyday hobby,” he says.  A hobby that has grown into an obsession.  An obsession that might grow into a life.

The Mission. The Promise. The Dream.


Giamusso isn’t alone in his crusade.  He makes it very clear that he could not write music without his lead guitarist Pat Clarke.  “Without Pat this band wouldn’t be here today.  He pushes me to do my best and the only real way I could finish a song is with Pat,” Giamusso says.


The most motivation, however, comes from Giamusso’s friend Pat Flynn.  Flynn is in a local band called Bent Blue and has been playing music for the last 11 years.  “I promised myself I would be like him and never give up,” he says.


There isn’t a certain aura that makes ECS special.  What makes them unique is the chemistry they have, the talent they posses, and the desire that drives them to be the best musicians they can be.  There a local band looking for something that some of us only dream of.  Their dream isn’t to make millions of dollars and be known throughout the world.  Their dream is to do something they love, and that is to write and play music.  “Music is entertainment of the soul,” Giamusso says.  “It’s everything you love, hate, fear, and hope.  Spoken like a true musician. - Kings College Newspaper


"Sweet Smell of Success"

Electric Candy Shop front man and resident sugar daddy Tony Giamusso says that people who attend their shows often stand at a loss for words when pressed to describe the band's unique sounds.

"They say we're different, but they can't explain exactly what makes it different."

And any band that performs its own material on a regular basis will tell you that is one of the greatest compliments one can be paid. It's what every "original" band strives for, and it's what Electric Candy Shop does with a sweetness.

ECS's sophomore album doesn't just offer fans new songs, it does a bit of service (perhaps unintentionally) by finding the best three words to describe the band's current sound: "Symphonies on Saturn."

"Saturn's" core lies within the first handful of tracks, highlighted by the catchy "Stubborn," "Must've Been," and "Beautiful," which dare I say has a little Def Leppard influence to it, and that's a good thing.

Fred Sadge's candy-coated keyboard compositions hug the album's 10 tracks like Saturn's vibrant, rock-filled rings. A prog-rock music fan may even liken these tracks to "pop music as interpreted by Jordan Rudess."

Sadge is the band's newest member - the Baby Ruth, if you will - and his dreamy influence marks a noticeable difference between the band's debut album "Theories of Emotion" and the new disc. The easiest way to describe the ECS sound was to cross Fuel with Our Lady Peace, but since Sadge's arrival that distinction has gone the way of the PB Max.

That peanut-buttery reference might whisk over ECS's heads ... they're a bit younger than your standard nightclub entertainment. Giamusso, lead guitarist Pat Clarke, and bassist Todd Maisano are each 21-year-olds, drummer Mark Lieback is 19, and Sadge is 18.

Their self-recorded releases, headlining slots at The Staircase and battle-of-the-bands victories at Keystone College and Banana Joe's have the local music scene treating them as anything but hyper kids on a sugar buzz.

In anticipation of their June 5 CD release, e.c. sat down with ECS to find out what makes it the sweetest product to emerge from Wilkes-Barre since Lion Root Beer.

Why the name Electric Candy Shop?

Mark: Pat was tying his shoe, and he's said "That's a candy bar" and I thought he said Electric Candy Shop.

Tony: Well his mom said something first and they were talking about it.

Mark: They were talking about Whatchamacallit and Pat said "that's a candy bar" and I thought he said "electric candy shop."

Todd: Yeah it has nothing to do with drugs or anything.

Pat: Yeah a lot of people think it's a drug-induced name but it isn't.

You guys don't seem very cocky at all. What's your motivation for entering all of these band battles?

Tony: I don't like being in them, but I guess it just gets us more exposure. We get our name out to people.

Todd: Yeah it just gets us in front of new faces.

Where do you guys like to play?

Tony: I liked playing the F.O.E. because it was nice and close. It was a nice, cozy atmosphere.

Pat: That's where we started.

Tony: We'd like to go back, but I don't think they're having bands ever again.

What happened?

Tony: They had a hardcore show and there were like riots outside and the cops came.

Todd: All-ages places anywhere are cool.

Mark: The original scene is coming back. I don't know if it was ever around here but it's coming up very slowly. The Staircase is having a big thing with original music now on Tuesday nights.

What's been your most memorable gig to date?

Pat: There was a Monday night at the Voodoo Lounge.

Tony: Yeah it was incredible. The crowd was doing anything you said. It was just like: "Yes."


What's in your CD player right now?

Pat: Breaking Benjamin.

Todd: Finger 11.

Tony: Teenage Girls.

Mark: Evanescense.

Fred: Failure and a new band, Year of the Rabbit.

Those are strange tastes. Is there any one sound you're shooting for on this disc?

Pat: Whatever comes out.

Mark: Any rock audience.

Tony: With this one we're trying to go for a more radio friendly audience because we're basically trying to ....

Sell out? That's cool.

Fred: I'll sell out. I'd love to sell out.

Tony: Every show, every night.

Talk about "Symphony on Saturn."

Tony: It's sexy, it's scary, it's beautiful, it's angry, it's happy - it's every kind of emotion. It's a good variety of our songs.

Mark: It shows every side of our band.

And you recorded it on your own?

Mark: Everything's the same as they have in a big studio. We use all the same programs and stuff. We just don't pay all that money to go into studios.

Todd: It shows we took our time on the recording. It's not rushed. You can hear the relaxedness. If that's a word.

How's the music scene around here now as compared to when you first started?

Tony: It's taken a 180.

Todd: When we first started everybody told us we had to play covers to make it in this area.

Tony: Now we say we might try a cover and people are like "No." It's changed a lot over a year.

Pat: If we're playing at a bar where people are expecting covers then we don't always get a good reaction.

Todd: It depends on the people.

Pat: You can't compare the fans we have who are under 21 who come just to hear our music to the people in bars it's just so much different.

Why don't you guys play covers?

Pat: We don't like them.

Mark: There's no passion involved.

Tony: We don't get any rush out of it. People are cheering for something that you didn't write.

Fred: You can't get into something you didn't write.

Tony: If we go out and play 10 covers in a night and people said we were the best band in the area, we wouldn't feel like it. We'd be like "OK." It's not our music. We're just playing stuff that you hear 1,000 times a day on the radio. If someone said that after we just played 10 of our own songs then that goes right to the heart.

Does it help or hurt that you're so young?

Pat: It can be good and bad.

Fred: It was bad when I first started because we couldn't get into any clubs.

Pat: It's good because if people are looking at us for the long run they see we're playing out in clubs all the time and we're 21. But to try and make money in a big spot in a bar on Friday night, it's tough. A lot of club owners don't feel comfortable with people being under 21.

Todd: Plus we really can't bring all our friends and fans.

Who influenced you to start playing?

Mark: It doesn't come from any of my parents. Billy and Pete (Lieback) of course are my brothers. If it weren't for them I wouldn't know what music is. Billy taught me everything I know since I was five. Without them, nothing would have happened with me.

Tony: The very first person to influence me to play was Pat Flynn (of Bent Blue). He bought me a little plastic guitar from K-Mart. I thought it was interesting. I always wanted to play guitar when I was younger. He's my sister's boyfriend since forever. I probably wouldn't have got into music if it weren't for him.

Todd: I don't know who really got me started playing.

Tony: Actually it was all of us sitting at a lunch table and talking about starting a band. We had no idea how to play anything. But we did it. - Electric City (Times Shamrock)


Discography

Theories of Emotion - 2000
Symphony on Saturn - 2003
Rings of Saturn (bonus disc) - 2003
Live at the Cellblocl - 2004
Animated Test Pilot - 3/17/2005

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Bio

Everyone who experiences the music of Electric Candy Shop can tell you that their music will take you through an emotional spin cycle of relationships and the human condition. The music, coupled with their high-energy stage performance, brings the audience an experience they will not forget.

Electric Candy Shop started their careers just a few short years ago in early 2000 with focusing on writing and performing original music that would break through all the barriers of a regional music scene infatuated with cover bands. Electric Candy Shop began their career as a 4-piece rock band including Tony (Vocals / Rhythm Guitar), Pat (lead guitar), Todd (Bass / Back-Up Vocals) and Mark (Drums) but realized their sound was still evolving. With the addition of the multi-talented Fred Sadge on the Keyboard / Back-Up Vocals and Rhythm Guitar they knew they found their missing link. They began writing new material as a 5-piece to integrate Fred deeply into their musical personality, while continuing to play shows to hone Fred’s on-stage performance.

With word of this band spreading like a wild fire, Electric Candy Shop has been afforded numerous opportunities to share the stage with some well know acts such as Breaking Benjamin, Midtown, Bent Blue, Mere Mortals, July For Kings, Lifer / My Downfall, Negative Space, Teenage Girls, The Badlees, The Collective, The Underwater and many others.

With the release of Theories of Emotion, their first single “Fallen” has received prime time airplay on 98.5KRZ as well as numerous college radio stations. Fallen was added to soundclick.com and premiered at # 63 in the overall rock charts and # 23 on the rock (general) subgenre. After only 5 days on the chart, they quickly moved to # 6 and # 4 respectively. In addition to the success of Fallen, Space Machine was selected to be the opening track on “Initial Stages” an indie comp released by NEPA EXPOSURE.com and DELAWAREROCKS.com.

While playing out and to support “Theories of Emotion” the band continued to perfect their stage performance, as well as write new material. Shortly after releasing their second full length album “Symphony on Saturn”, the band created a buzz around them like no other all-original act in Northeastern Pa. “Symphony on Saturn” allowed the band to showcase their diversity, musicianship, songwriting ability, as well as the talents of its newest member. “Fred Sadge’s crystalline keyboard compositions hug the albums ten tracks like Saturn’s vibrant rock-filled ring … and his dreamy influence marks a noticeable difference between the bands debut album “Theories of Emotion” and their new disc [Symphony on Saturn].” - Gene Padden, Electric City.

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