Kustom Blend

Kustom Blend

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Kustom Blend is a piano-driven rock band that draws upon numerous styles ranging from pop to classic rock to jazz, classical and blues (among many other various genres) to create a unique and energetic live sound.

Biography

For the past several years Kustom Blend has entertained audiences all over the Mid-Atlantic region with their truly original sound. By fusing rock, classical, jazz, blues and thought provoking lyrics Kustom Blend has caught the attention of many listeners. Their 2001 self titled debut cd and 2003 live cd “Vicariously Through Us – Live” both received rave reviews throughout the region noting the albums’ originality, uncanny gear shifting, powerful production and originality. The self titled album embodies the formative song writing years of Kustom Blend. The members chose to record, “Vicariously Through Us – Live”, at the Royal in Baltimore on July 19, 2003, to capture the pure live essence of a Kustom Blend show. The albums have received radio airtime on several radio stations in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. market including, WIYY 97.9, WHFS 99.1, and WRNR 103.1. For both albums Kustom Blend hired the expertise of producer/engineer Jake Mossman, whom has been involved with a wide array of artists, such as the Boston Pops, Jimmy Eat World, and even the Foo Fighters for their 2003 AOL Broadband special.

The later part of 2004 Kustom Blend began their search for a new guitar player in order to solidify the lineup. After auditions that ended in April of 2005, they selected Rob Selznick (formerly lead singer/guitarist of the Philadelphia based band Clokwork) to fill the guitar position. In July of 2007, Kustom Blend added their first studio album since 2001.

Highlights

Performed on the Taco Bell Locals Stage at the 2003 HFStival, RFK Stadium

Performers at the 2003 HFStival included national acts Audioslave, Jane’s Addiction, The Roots, Godsmack, AFI, Good Charlotte, Jack Johnson and many others. Kustom Blend earned this distinction by being one of nine bands selected for the HFS Big Break Contest. Over 600 bands submitted their material to WHFS 99.1. After the Big Break Contest, WHFS selected five of those nine bands to perform at the 2003 HFStival.

Performed with the following National Acts:

SR-71, Shinedown, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Crack The Sky, The Samples, Jimmies Chicken Shack

Performed at The Rolling Rock Town Fair Competition at held at the Hard Rock Café, in Washington D.C. during the month of June 2003.

Kustom Blend was chosen as a regional finalist for the Mid Atlantic Region.

Performed at the 2002 and 2003 Big Night Baltimore event held on New Year’s Eve at M & T Bank (Ravens Stadium).

Over 5,000 people attended both occasions and other Baltimore local favorites performed including Kelly Bell Band, Laughing Colors, Mr. Greengenes and many others.

Performed at the following major festivals and music conferences located in the Baltimore Metropolitan/Mid Atlantic Area:

Towsontown Festival – 98 Rock Stage - May 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Artscape - July 2003
Federal Hill Block Party Festival - May 2003
Federal Hill Street Beat Festival - October 2003
Johns Hopkins Festival April 2002, 2003, 2004
Orioles Opening Day Celebration – April 2004
Shamrock Festival - March 2003 (Arlington, VA)
Blocktober Fest - October 2003 (Arlington, VA)
Millennium Music Conference – February 2002, 2003 (Harrisburg, PA)
Dewey Beach Music Festival - September 2002, 2003

Major Original Music Venues Played

Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
Fletchers – Baltimore, MD
The 8 x 10 – Baltimore, MD
M & T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD (for Budweiser Bash After Game Events 2003, 2004, 2005 and Big Night Baltimore Events)
University of Maryland, College Park, MD (various student events)
Ramshead Live – Baltimore, MD
Seacrets – Ocean City, MD

Hard Rock Café – Washington, D.C. and Baltimore

State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
TT Reynolds – Fairfax, VA
Iota Club – Arlington, VA
Whitlows – Arlington, VA
Ned Devines – Herndon, VA

Grape Street Pub – Philadelphia, PA

Elbow Room – NY, NY

Rusty Rudder – Dewey Beach, DE
Kelly Logan House – Wilmington, DE

Lyrics

The Goat

Written By: Jon Maurer (BMI)

The devil... he wants you
and you've got nothing to do
He's waiting in your shoe
just like a spider that's hiding from you

The snake falls from the sky
Lie in the grass, then he'll lunge for your thigh
As the blood drips from those eyes
It leaves you wondering why you...

Beware of the Goat... he will drag you all the way down
Ungrateful people
Get down on your knees and pray that your King is coming around
to save your hateful souls

Jesus... he needs you
but you're asleep in your pew
the screams from the beggers intrude
and leave you wondering who will...

Beware of the Goat... he will drag you all the way down
Ungrateful people
Get down on your knees and pray that your King is coming around
to save your hateful souls

Radiant

Written By: Jon Maurer (BMI)

Brace yourself I'm falling hard from above
I need someone to break my fall
and I can't describe these feelings that I've felt
because I wanted you more than that
I'd take you for granted and now you're gone

When I get back we'll try and see things my way
(because you think) that you are the victim here
I will try and show you things you've never seen
because I wanted you more than that
but then I took you for granted and now I've...

ruined my life again
because you're radiant in all you say and do...
to the evidence that opposites attract
And now you're gone with the other ones...
although you're radiant in all you say and do

I will not pretend to be blind
just to watch you toe the line
of what you speak and what you will keep in your mind

Brace yourself; I've fallen hard for you and I long for you
but how and why I'm not quite sure
and I can't describe these feelings that I feel...
because I wanted you more than them
and I took you for granted, now
it won't make no difference
but if you take a good look... you will see that I...

ruined my life again
because you're radiant in all you say and do...
to the evidence that opposites attract
And now you're gone with the other ones...
although you're radiant in all you say and do.

Comearound

Written By: Jon Maurer (BMI)

try to uncover all the truths of love and
you'll end up as lonely as me
that should be left to the mystery of her
and not how you thought it would be

you've heard it said everywhere in the town
they try to tell you it's overated
but it's not the fact that it's getting around
it's the fact that it's not you that's going down

maybe tomorrow she will come around

maybe she figured that your wits had left you
but you thought you figgured it out
then you discover that it's not that simple
it's not you that's hanging in doubt

then in the morning when you raise your head up
you think everything will be fine
but you've got another thing coming, brother
it's all been a waste of your time

Get Ready to Run

Written By: Jon Maurer (BMI)

We keep an eye on the sky
and we sleep clutching
horseshoes to protect us from the lies
That said, I'd rather be close
with a hand grenade...
unless, of course, a ringer kills the most

This... may be the one... tonight
I'd been living in the light
but then it rolled away
Get Ready to Run... for your life
'cause we need you by our side

We made a little mistake
a direct repercussion
of those choices that we made...
back in the days when they'd ride
to the Hill... with their
pitchforks, spears and torches by they're sides

This... may be the one... tonight
I'd been living in the light
but then it rolled away
Get Ready to Run... for your life
'cause we need you by our side

I see you by my...
feel you by my...
need you by my side

Barstar

Written By: Jon Maurer (BMI)

Do you need me
more than you'd like to show me at times
It's alright
I've got a habit of shutting you out
I can ramble
'til I'm blue in the face and choking at night
But it's hard to decipher thru layers of stout

Get your vice on / a car bomb or 2
baby needs more rum / til her liver is blue
double vision / one eye is free
You're the Barstar / yeah, you're better than me

It's o.k. to cut loose sometimes
You've got nothing to prove
You're the queen of the scene at night
but your morning is cruel

Kick your shoes off / it's time to get down
paint your face on / cause we're going to town
the village of idiots / & geniuses few
You're the Barstar / they got nothing on you

Discography

2001 - Kustom Blend - (LP)
2002 - Much Obliged/Committed - (Single)
2003 - Vicariously Through Us (Live) - (Live LP)
2005 - East L.A. - (Single for 98Rock Compilation)
2007 - The Goat - (LP)

Set List

A typical all-night KB show usually includes three 45 minute to an hour sets, and can contain either all originals, all covers, or any combination of the both. If covers are required, we usually play music we enjoy and audiences will enjoy as well. This can range from Johnny Cash to the Beatles to U2 or to Pearl Jam. It is a very eclectic mix of classic rock, pop and modern rock. Song lists are as follows:

Originals

Come Around
Wild Ones
Quicksand
The Goat
Barstar
The Edge
Much Obliged
Get Ready To Run
Sunday
Sunday Evening
Explain
Happy J (The Madness of M.)
Hoppy Tic Toc
Greek to Me
Irish Stroll
Not Much For Love
The Piece
Steps Between
Carolina Night
The Other Side
Run of the Mill
Slow
Insider
Barrelhouse
East L.A.

Covers

Only Good Die Young – Billy Joel
Scenes From An Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel
Piano Man – Billy Joel
Everlong – Foo Fighters
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynard
Roadho