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"Fight From Above named as Emerging Artist of 2010"

Fight From Above named as Emerging Artist of 2010 - The Deli & BestNewBands


"Positively Celebrity Interview"

The objective: Rock out in front of a packed house and make sweltering hot, 113 degree days a distant memory in their appropriately titled, 2nd annual “Kill Summer Show.”

For nine months, most people crave the onset of never ending days and magical nights characteristic of summertime. But for the Los Angeles based, indie/rock band, Fight From Above, “killing summer” is indicative of a re-energizing of the creative processes. A starting anew.

Four enigmatic, incredibly talented musicians make up Fight From Above; Justin Miner, the vocally versatile front man whose curly afro is one of the biz’s most stylish set of locks, lead guitarist Jeremy Miner, who is Justin’s brother and is quiet but charming, Justin Krook…known simply as “Krook,” is the bad-ass bass player who escaped Michigan’s cornfields to become a rock star, and drummer Dave Schechtman, who, as the band’s most talkative member, is the “unofficial” spokesperson.

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Fight From Above adorers in a crowded Viper Room on Sunset Blvd, I witnessed a most sensational performance as the band entertained with tunes from their current album, LA Kids.

Their style infuses bits of well-known bands like Muse, MGMT, The Kooks, Death Cab for Cutie and Phoenix, but Fight From Above, even as new kids on the block, already has a solid fan base; 80% of the crowd knew most of their lyrics and the other 20% pretended to know for the sake of looking cool. And the fact that LA weather plummeted from record breaking heat to cool, fall temperatures within days of their “Kill Summer Show” proves that even the forces of nature are yielding to this band’s command.

So I was stoked to meet the guys.

What is the story behind why you guys call yourselves Fight From Above? Who came up with this name?

We’re actually not at liberty to talk about it. It’s a very mysterious situation, you know? And everyone always asks us. But we really can’t say. Gotta make sure we keep the mystery behind it!

So you’re pleading the 5th on how you got your name, but you can tell me about your influences. Across the musical spectrum, what kinds of and whose music inspires you most?

We’re really inspired by bands like Phoenix and Broken Social Scene. Of course, we are influenced by the greats – Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Rolling Stones. But even though we’re a rock or indie band or however you label us, we can’t deny we listen to and like a lot of music. One of our favorite records this year, for example, was from Janelle Monae.

Many musicians seem to still be finding their voice with the release of their first album. But your first album, LA Kids, seems to be right on the money in every aspect.

Well, that’s because we stayed true to what we set out to accomplish and that was to make an album about the coming of age in the very bazaar city of Los Angeles. Originally, we are from all over – Miner and Jeremy are from Maui, Krook is from Michigan, and I [Dave] am from New York – and LA Kids is a kind of manifesto of what it means to survive in a city with no substance.

You probably get a lot of “You sound so much like …” Do the comparisons offend you, and how do you set yourselves apart from other bands whose sounds might be similar to yours?

It’s probably pretty important for a new band to establish its sound as one-of-a-kind. We don’t make this a conscious effort, but we try not to follow too closely in other bands’ footsteps. When it comes to the writing process, we try to stay away from songs about relationships because that can become a crutch. When it comes to the composing, that’s an organic process for us where we all contribute. When it comes to creating our “sound,” we really don’t know how we get the end result. Ultimately, it’s hard to categorize our sound, and that’s what sets us apart.

Everyone at your show knew the words to your songs, so clearly, you guys are a big deal. When was your “Aha! We’ve made it moment?”

We’re still waiting for the BIG moment, but it was cool to hear one of our songs on KROQ radio [in Los Angeles] while we were filming our video for “Between The Curves.” Our music was also featured on The Hills, so that was cool, too. It’s a common misconception people have – that because you have an album or a video, you’ve “made it.” All that’s really great, but we’re still an unsigned band, and getting signed is one of our biggest goals.

Winning awards – AMAs, Grammys – are some of the ultimate markers for success in music. How important is it for Fight From Above to achieve those kinds of accolades?

Success is relative, and you have to define success for yourself. These days, winning a Grammy is a dubious distinction. What is most important to us is that we can make a living playing music. We want to look out into the crowd and see thousands of people. When we can fill up the Hollywood Bowl for a show, that will be success for us!

The boys are currently busy writing their follow-up to L.A. Kids and playing shows to road-test the new material. Their music has been featured on L.A’s KROQ 106.7, STAR 98.7, Rock The Vote, as well as MTV’s “Real World” and “The Hills”.

Songs like “Between The Curves” will have you at the first listen…and look. Check out the official music video:

Still, nothing on the record quite compares to seeing them live, where the band has developed an undeniable reputation for passionate, frenetic live shows:

For more info on this truly talented band, visit:

www.fightfromabove.com

www.myspace.com/fightfromabove

www.sonicbids.com/fightfromabove - Positively Celebrity


"Artist in Residence for BestNewBands.com"

There are certain bands I get consistently amped to see- and even though I can have the CD on for a week straight- still cannot wait to see them live. Meet Fight From Above (Justin Miner, Dave Schechtman, Jeremy Miner, Justin Krook).



Since I was introduced to their L.A. Kids CD a year ago, they’ve been consistently on my itunes playlist- so naturally I was more than excited to hear the Hot Hot Heat/ Modest Mouse hybrid was back in the recording studio to feed my fancy with more addicting beats. - BestNewBands.com


"Interview with Dig Lounge"

There is no doubt that local favorites Fight From Above love LA. It shines through in the music and especially their latest video for their new song Between The Curves. Shot mostly among the streets of Downtown LA, the video showcases them romping around the streets of downtown like giant guitar wielding Godzillas, getting drunk and having fun. I can relate to that. We sat down with Zack, lead guitarist for FFA, and avid LA blogger at Lost Angeles and asked the questions that matter. Stick around for the video (or just scroll down) after the insightful Q&A.
The band down on the Venice Beach Boardwalk.


How did you guys find each other and form the band?
Dave was the first person I met when I moved to California. I sat in front of him in math and he told me to get a haircut. 13 years later here we are. We had a band in high school that had some success in the punk/ska scene. We were called Off-Center and played with a lot of Drive Thru Records bands like New Found Glory, Midtown and RxBandits. When I got to college at USC, I met our singer Justin Miner who was this kid from Hawaii who just wrote the best acoustic songs. I pressed him into forming a band with Dave and a roommate of mine, Justin Krook and four years later, here we are.

It looks like you shot a lot in downtown. What locations did you feature in your video?
We shot on the east side of downtown near Union Station and the LA Times building. The interiors were in a really cool loft with an awesome old elevator. We wanted to show the part of the city we met in and spend most of our nights. We are a whiskey-first band and we all met while living downtown at USC so places like 7 Grand, the Edison, Golden Gopher have been hangouts we support. We need to get out to Tony’s soon. Hunter S. Thompson/Cedd Moses mash up? Yes, please. We’ll hit the Pantry afterwards for some sourdough toast and some inappropriately loud conversation.

What’s the restaurant you find yourself returning to again and again?
It depends on what the occasion is and how much money I currently am pretending I have. My girlfriend is a very adventurous eater and I really enjoy discovering new places with her. As for my frequent spots? I am a huge Loteria fan, but I still need to get out to the other location. Clementine is a personal favorite of mine in Century City. Annie Miler does some really cool seasonal cooking that isn’t fussy or intimidating. As I said before, the Pantry is a sentimental favorite. If money were no object though? Lucques. Not even a question. Just checked out Suzanne Goin’s new digs in Brentwood, Tavern. It’s a winner.

Top 5 things you love about LA?
(In no particular order) 1. The LA Dodgers. Chavez Ravine is in my mind the crown jewel of this city. A perfect playing surface surrounded by green hills and an open air stadium. There are none of the modern monstrosities found in newer stadiums (like the silly rock “A” that spits water down in Anaheim). 2. Mexican food. You think this is a joke, but when you grow up in New Jersey, you don’t get to eat tacos. At least I didn’t in the 1980’s. You come to California and there are tacos. We even have trucks that drive around all day trying to find you so you can have a taco even when you aren’t in a Mexican restaurant. 3. Careers. I really dig how your bartender is a model who works in PR during the day and also teaches a few spinning classes here and there. It’s a city filled with crazy creative energy and it is really exciting to be a part of it. So many people are in bands, it is crazy. To finally hear our music on KROQ was really insane. 4. Screenwriters at Starbucks. I love them. I know I pick on them in my blog, but I get it. If other people see you do it, maybe it is more real. Like buying a lotto ticket. 5. The Valley. I am from New Jersey which is to New York City what the Val is to Los Angeles. I may live in Beverly Hills, but I plan to return one day in a blaze of glory.

What does Between the Curves mean?
Man, I am not totally sure. Miner writes some really cool lyrics. The rest of us are interpreting them as much as anyone else. We know what the album is about. It’s about transition and being young and stupid and holding on and letting go. It’s about wasted youth. I have always interpreted that it meant we were between curves in life. We aren’t on the upswing trajectory like we were as students, thinking everything was ahead of us, but we definitely aren’t our parents yet. We’re between the curves I guess. But you’d have to ask Miner I think. And you should. - Dig Lounge


"Fight From Above"

Local LA darlings and recent featured artists on KROQs Locals Only, Fight From Above’s power rock pop ballads will have you dancing in no time. They put together great melodic riffs in songs like Between The Curves, featuring one of the best cities ever, Los Angeles.

http://www.diglounge.net/city-beat/dig-weekend-guide-june-12-14/ - Dig Lounge


"Featured Artist on Rock The Vote"

Tell us about your first concert experience:
Miner: Growing up in Maui, I didn’t have a lot of big-name acts come through. So when No Doubt came to play, it seemed the entire island showed up to see them. It was general admission in a large green field, and by the time they got on stage, a giant mosh pit of hundreds of kids was in full force. No one stopped moving for the entire set, and I was hooked on live music for the rest of my life.

If you couldn’t be a musician, what would you be doing instead?
I’d love to be a photojournalist. It combines my love of travel, photography, social awareness, and adrenaline. All members of the band are talented in other areas: Krook currently directs and edits music videos when not playing with the band, and both Zack and Dave are screenwriters. Music is what brings us together.

If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Just one?? Let’s say: Brian Wilson, Thom Yorke, Jeff Tweedy, Elliott Smith, Conor Oberst, Bob Dylan and Freddie Mercury all jamming in John Lennon’s L.A. beach house during his lost weekend. Or maybe just run the streets with Banksy.

If you became President, what is the first action you would take?
With apologies to Mayer Hawthorne (I’m co-opting his answer here), pot would be legalized. After that decree, we would get down to solving the other, more important problems facing this country – assuming anyone could still focus.

What social cause is closest to your heart?
Currently, universal health care has been taking the majority of our attention. Although America has historically been a leader in so many other areas, healthcare in this country has been so backwards for so long… it’s truly embarrassing. At some point we have to make the decision whether we collectively care more about corporations or people.

What does the right to vote mean to you?
It is the most essential part of a functioning democracy. The only problem is that those who have the right to vote do not exercise it nearly enough. Get informed and GO VOTE! - Rock The Vote


"Interview with Positive Exposure"

They might be a little nuts, but Fight From Above is, without a doubt, a deeply inspired band. - Positive Exposure


"Interview with Valley Scene Magazine"

Strong Indie Rock winds with a slight chance of pop is to be expected as this group of four longtime friends combine forces to fly listeners across their own brand of sonically friendly skies with powerfully intelligent, addictively catchy songs. Featuring the masterful skills of Zack (guitars and vocals), Dave (drums), Miner (guitars and vocals), and Krook (bass) to form that which is Fight From Above.

How do you feel about living and working in LA? "We love and hate this city. For every negative, there is another counterbalancing positive - and at some point you just have to accept LA for the sprawling, somewhat stained mess that it is. Speaking for myself (Miner), I initially had a very strong negative reaction to the city upon arrival, but slowly over the years have come to love it, and every time I think of leaving I find it hard to imagine living anywhere else. The record L.A. Kids was part of our process of learning to love the city and claim it as home. L.A. is what you make of it."

How did you meet your band? Were you friends or did you have auditions? "All members had played in bands in high school other than Miner. Zack discovered Miner after he had holed up over a spring break at college and laid down some acoustic demos. After a passionate and somewhat drunken monologue in the parking lot, Zack managed to convince the reticent Miner to start a band with him. Having never performed before, Miner initially only played guitar in their first band (called Hurlyburly), which consisted of Zack, Dave and Miner. Due to several issues, the band took a break, and then reformed with the current lineup of Miner singing, Zack on guitar and Dave on drums - the current moniker: Fight From Above. They needed a bassist, and since Krook was a good friend who was at every show anyway, we fed him a steady diet of vodka and grilled meat until we convinced him to buy a bass rig even though he'd never played the instrument before. Within a couple months, we were performing with the current lineup. To be clear - Miner, Zack, and Krook all attended USC - Dave was a friend of Zack's from high school he had played in a band with, and was the only drummer we knew. We are, in every sense of the phrase, a "friends first" band. That makes it easier and harder."

Do you have any previous or concurrent releases? "We have a previously released EP entitled It's Just Something to Say and a rare, never-really-pressed set of demos called Tigers of Toluca."

How does your new album compare to your previous work or your peers' work? "We can confidently say that L.A. Kids is the best thing we've laid to tape yet, and we can confidently also say we will do better next time. It was our first attempt at a full-length record - and even though it drove to the edge of madness and back, we're happy with the product. We are our harshest critics, and while we all can pick apart our own record's flaws - it is a solid document of that moment in the band's existence."

Where can we buy or listen to your music? "For buying: iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Napster, so many others hard to remember. To listen: Myspace, Facebook, YouTube. We're in your internet, clogging your tubes. Sign up for the mailing list at our MySpace page!" What advice do you have for fans that appreciate your music and want to hear more artists similar to you? "Our advice would be exposing yourself to all music - there is really a renaissance explosion of music happening at the moment due to the internet, and it would be a shame to limit yourself to any one sound. Also, if you figure out who we DO sound like, please let us know. Really, email us. We need to know so we can do these interviews better."

What would you say to a fellow musician trying to make it right now in the music industry? "The night is darkest before the dawn. And also, I hope you're not here for the money." Who would you like to open or close for, or collaborate with? "Every member of the band, despite their disparate individual music preferences, would love to work with the Gorillaz in some fashion. Damon Albarn has fashioned something strangely beautiful with that cartoon concept." - Valley Scene Magazine


"Featured on MTV's "The Hills""

Brody tells Kristin he wants to work things out with Jayde. - MTV


"Between The Curves"

"It's so nice when I open a package, and I'm like 'YES!'"

The music video for "Between The Curves" is currently featured on KROQ's Local's Only website: http://www.kroq-data.com/localsonly/localsonly_all.asp

And the single is still on rotation on Los Angeles radio KROQ 106.7 as well as Star 98.7. - Kat Corbett, KROQ Locals Only, 106.7 Los Angeles


"SonicBids Indie Pick of the Week"

Fight From Above hail from Los Angeles, a city they have a love-hate relationship with that fuels their well-crafted pop hooks and insightful lyrics. With a loyal west coast fan base, the band is on the verge of blowing up on a national scale. And if their tunes sound familiar, it’s because you’ve probably heard them before on MTV’s “Real World” and “The Hills.” We recently chatted with Miner (lead vocals/guitar) about their past, their future, and his thoughts on social media.

When/How was the band formed?
The band has been a rotating cast of friends, lovers and family — and we’ve always put friendship above musical ability for better or worse. Currently, the band consists of Miner (lead vox/guitar), his brother Jeremy (lead guitar, vox), Krook (bass) and Dave (jungle drums).

What’s the best gig you ever played?
Anytime we’re playing a large show in our hometown of L.A., it’s a blast. Our record release at the Troubadour and our “Kill Summer” show at the Viper Room come to mind.

How has social media effected the way you marketing/promote your band?
Social media is literally just about the only way to market a band nowadays. Whether it’s your Sonicbids, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. page — you need to have a presence everywhere on the web to create your brand and connect with your fans. Also, it is an excellent way to network with other bands.

What’s your prediction for the next big advancement in how we
find/listen to/share music?
Despite my own propensity towards record collecting, in the future the vast majority of people will have a different concept of music ’ownership’. Casual music fans will likely pay a small subscription fee to access a giant ‘cloud’ of music, or will purchase digital music to create their own cloud, accessible from anywhere, at anytime - without the need for local data storage.

What’s your next big gig coming up? When/Where?
We’re playing a KROQ locals only showcase at The Roxy on July 22nd and we’re playing another big LA show with our friends Relax to Paris at the Troubadour on August 26th. For tickets, click here. - SonicBids


"Interview with Best New Bands dot com"

Thursday night I was privileged enough to spend an evening at www.theroxyonsunset.com with L.A.’s promising band Fight From Above who have gained quite the loyal following in the past few months thanks to their completely addicting tracks and continuous live performances that leave you lust-struck at first listen. The “L.A. kids in faded kicks” completely blew me (and the rest of The Roxy occupants) away with their song set fusing old favorites with surprising new auditory tricks and treats.

The fab four (composed of Justin Miner on lead vocals and guitar, Jeremy Miner on lead guitar and vocals, Justin Krook on bass, and Dave Schechtman on drums) shocked the hell out of the city of angels with their upbeat tunes set to entrance the entire audience with irresistible beats that beg for a little leg movement.

The boys had Cali kids enjoying “another night, another fix” by playing favorites off their former L.A. Kids CD, along with brand new songs from their expected upcoming release. Because FFA’s chemistry is so evident, I was more than a little shocked (and slightly scared) when they announced the replacement of their original lead guitarist Zack Jerome with Jeremy Miner- but the amicable switch-up went off without a hitch and their former chemistry was not altered, but amplified. Clearly keeping it all in the family is working well and Jeremy Miner (lead singer Justin’s younger brother) was completely adept at adapting the tunes and tracks as if he’d been rocking them his whole life.

Because when curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought him back- I asked the boys a couple of questions regarding the transition:

BNB: So lets not avoid the large pachyderm in the room- what’s up with the L.A. kids switch-up?

FFA: It was completely amicable- Zack went off to pursue his biathlon training.

BNB: Have you decided on shared custody or can we look forward to a knockdown drag out battle in the courtroom?

FFA: We’ve decided on shared custody of our pet piglet.

BNB: So really the important question is, now that mini-Miner has joined the FFA ranks, will he be growing out the signature Miner hair?

Jeremy: I think I’ll grow out the beard instead.

BNB: Perfect, so you’ll balance it all out on stage then- that’s fro-tastic.

Jeremy: Exactly.

Their set had the entire Roxy unable to stand still with their pop-rock song style that contains dark lyrics cleverly concealed behind upbeat tunes- and not one person could resist the undeniable onstage charm. Music enthusiasts were privy to a track off their expected upcoming album, and if “refugees” is any indication of what we can anticipate, we are all in for a sweet surprise. The boys ended the night by inviting anyone and everyone (and their mothers) to an onstage celebration of life, love, and the pursuit of musical happiness. The Roxy platform now served as a makeshift pedestal for the four quarter-life crisis kids and about fifty of their closest strangers that couldn’t find it in their hearts to resist the enticing invitation. The energy had everyone engulfed in a euphoric haze as converse-clad kids pranced onto the platform that had no child left behind. - BestNewBands.com


"Featured Artist on LikeZebra.com"

n/a - LikeZebra.com


"Interview with Fever Magazine"

Fight From Above is like a group of guys you’ve known forever that just happen to make great music. On a phone interview that would have been better suited across a table topped with beer bottles, I had a chance to talk with the band, one of many on the L.A scene and arguably one of the most deserving indie rock bands currently looking to expand their reach.
The group is made up of old college buddies and former high school band mates who like to crack jokes, laugh at each other’s expense, and create music that sounds good on disc but truly sounds better live, when the chemistry and cohesiveness of the four is visible. On stage you see a band that’s really in tune with the flow of the music and the crowd around them. At the risk of sounding cliché, you see a band that’s meant to be together, each member in their zone while performing, handling their part with intense ease. Within this collective independence you can also see the members don’t have to look at one another, the music comes together naturally. Surely this comes after years of band practice but it isn’t something that all bands can achieve, ever. This group seems to have cohesiveness down to a science, an effortless science at that.

Raised in Hawaii, frontman Justin “Miner” first learned to play a ukulele. He didn’t begin writing music until he went to college at the University of Southern California, where he met his future band mates. His first attempts were what he calls “little acoustic songs” and were the exact thing that caught the attention of Zack, the now guitarist of Fight From Above.

Zack: “When I heard Miner’s acoustic album I was like this guy just has something really good. And I played it for Dave, who really dug it and same with Krook who later came on board.”

Dave and Zack had played together in a band during their high school days and Justin “Krook” was a friend at the time. Krook had been in bands in the past, though never as a bass player; he reportedly learned the skills of the instrument in under 5 months time.

Zack: “Basically we all liked what Miner was doing and were like, ‘this is the best reason to get a band together’.”
That appreciation of talent brought the group together in 2005, creating a musical team and a friendship of four that has reached beyond music.

After forming, they began playing shows, perfecting the union, and released two EP’s within the next few years. Tigers of Toluca was released in 2005 followed by It’s Just Something to Say in 2006. Now, the band is promoting their first full-length album, playing shows in their home state and sticking pretty close to L.A. They are looking to branch out as they collaborate schedules to bring their music to the masses in hopes the energy they have created in L.A. clubs will catch on in other locales as well.

The album, L.A. Kids, draws inspiration from the city they call home. As Miner said “It’s kind of a love/hate letter to L.A. There’s no better or worse place in the world.” The first single off the album, “Between the Curves” exemplifies this in the video, showing the band as massive figures stomping through the L.A. skyline. Directed by Krook himself, the video makes it obvious music isn’t the only talent among these friends. They admit to making viral videos for fun and their newest video for the single “Winter’s Night” shows the group doing some things you might expect from a You Tube sensation, the band dressed in layers of winter clothes on one of the hottest days on record.

Dave: “There was a moment when Miner turned to me and said ‘this is what it feels like to have a thousand eyes on you.’ We were at the beach and everybody was giving us these looks…some people were taking pictures and loving it and others asked us if it was for an episode of Jackass. You throw on some heavy clothes in hot weather and people freak out, they don’t know what to think. We had a blast doing it.”

In the video, the band wreaks some summertime havoc, perhaps killing summer as the name implies.
Miner: “I especially enjoyed the scene where we destroyed the sand castle and the kids chased after us.”
“Winter’s Night” is an ode to innocence lost, things weighing down on you, and adulthood moving in. Miner points out it was once a darker song but his negative original got a bit of a positive boost when the band overruled one line, making it their new “hope anthem”.

Miner: “I agree it’s better now and now it has kind of become our ode to making it through whatever you’re struggling with, that there’s a light on the other side.”

The band makes music that lifts you. The lyrics may be deep and some even cynical, but they are balanced against passages and melodies that are notably positive and easy going. The formula seems to be working as Fight From Above has established a following at several venues in the area, getting airtime with the nationally recognized KROQ and keeping a steady calendar of shows.

Ask anyone who has played live shows and the vibe comes down to much more than who shows up. The environment, the set up of the bar, the intoxication of the patrons, and the mood of the band on the stage all makes a difference. When asked about the venues they play, the band made it clear that their performance is directly related to the crowd, selecting the Troubadour in West Hollywood as their venue of choice.
Miner: “It’s a lot of fun there. I like being able to look at the crowd from the dressing room.”

Zack: “We enjoyed playing a set at the House of Blues and I think we’re starting to develop a good relationship with the Viper Room. But the Troubadour, we’ve had some live videos going around from our shows there and the energy there is just really awesome. Like Miner said, it’s kind of cool to look down from the dressing room at the crowd. It gets you in the mindset to go out and play.”

Connecting with the crowd is something the band enjoys and wants to do more of.

Zack: “If you are at one of our shows, please come up and talk to us. We’d love to have a drink with everybody. That’s the best part of doing this. We are really into that whole part of the experience. Once we got to the point of having people tell us that our music meant something to them it became really great to be able to talk about it with them.”

The band is more than just music. Four guys having spent the majority of their days in contact over the past nearly 5 years have much more to talk about than making music. Bringing up what they do outside of the music scene is when the guys revert to their humor, that kind of off the wall humor that exists among best friends.
Dave: “We’re always hanging out, going to bars, watching movies…We have a great time making each other laugh, holding hands, and walking on the beach. We’ll go to football games...we do it all together. We are together enough to hate each other sometimes.”

Miner: “When you’ve been in a band this long you really don’t have any other friends. This is really all we’ve got.”
When asked about their phone preferences, iphone or Blackberry, the group responded with a resounding “Neither” and even, “I think the more appropriate question is whether or not you would want a phone at all”.
Zack: “I’m sorry; I’m a big Blackberry fan. I gotta be honest, I like my Blackberry. I actually had an iphone too. I may just go back to a rotary phone.”

The band talks about the potential of going back to the Pony Express days, preferring to be tracked down rather than immediately and constantly available. Connecting Morse Code to the “original Twitter” they reflect on how communication could be streamlined if delivering messages was more difficult. But they also recognize the value of being in constant contact.

Dave: “We have made fans that live in Indonesia, literally, from Twitter. We’ve met some other great bands and offers have come through. It has worked to that advantage. You won’t catch us twittering on personal accounts about what we’re doing at the moment. But obviously someone’s got to run the band one; you’ve just got to have one. You can’t act like you don’t care too much, this isn’t the seventies. We appreciate the inventions of all of these social networking sites.”

They prefer Facebook but maintain a Myspace page as well. Zack has a blog that is regularly updated and the band definitely has an online presence with pages throughout the social networking realm and a website that links to them all. Of course it’s about getting the music out there but it seems to be just as much about connecting with fans.

Building a fan base and having fun, Fight From Above resembles a group of guys that we all know. The difference between these four and the guys laughing in the booth next to you this weekend is that these gentlemen are talented musicians with a true passion for what they do and the people it reaches. Their love of the art comes through in their desire to connect with the people their music touches. That passion and the seemingly effortless cohesiveness may be what takes this band to the next level. That and the time spent holding hands on the beach. - Fever Magazine


"L.A. Kids Album Review"

The songwriting, production, mixing, basically every aspect of the execution is top notch for a full length debut and incredibly impressive. It’s one of those albums you can listen to from start to finish.

- Audio Absinthe, audioabsinthe.com


"Fight From Above - Greatest band in LA?"

Fight From Above create melodies that make you want to pass out and hug someone at the same time. There, that’s my quote, print that in the next album liner notes and include me on the Rolling Stone advert. - L.A. Snark, lasnark.com


"Fight From Above on Kaliphornya"

Fight From Above is a gift to the city of LA and the great state of CA.

- Kaliphornya


Discography

"Tilting At Windmills" (2011) - Single
L.A. Kids (2009) - LP
It's Just Something To Say (2006) - EP
Tigers Of Toluca (2005) - EP

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Bio

"We hate L.A., we love L.A. It's similar to how we feel about our own lives," says Justin Miner, lead singer for Los Angeles based indie-pop/rock outfit Fight From Above. "We wanted to try to capture that feeling on the record and claim the parts of the city we love for our own."

Judging by their debut full-length L.A. Kids, they have undoubtedly carved a distinct niche for themselves in the crowded Southern California music scene. Equal parts insightful lyrics, crafted pop hooks, and propulsive energy - Fight From Above manages to combine many disparate influences while still sounding cohesive, and yet also not quite like anything you've heard. Some elements suggest comparisons to bands like The Kooks, Phoenix, and Hot Hot Heat, while others suggest Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins or Modest Mouse.

Songs like "Between The Curves" (which is currently getting consistent play on influential L.A. rock station KROQ and was featured on MTV's "The Hills") and "Raindrops" embed themselves in your head upon the first listen, while fan-favorites like "Saticoy" and "Alexander's Bus" brim with barely contained energy and enthusiasm. Still, nothing on the record quite compares to seeing them live, where the band has developed an undeniable reputation for passionate, frenetic live shows. Their persistent dedication to their live performance has earned them a loyal following in and out of Los Angeles.

Fight from Above consists of Miner (vocals, guitar), his brother Jeremy (lead guitar), Krook (bass) and Dave (drums). The boys are currently busy writing their follow-up to L.A. Kids and playing shows to road-test the new material. Their music has been featured on L.A's KROQ 106.7, STAR 98.7, Rock The Vote, as well as MTV's "Real World" and "The Hills".