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Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
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Metroid @ The Date Shed

Indio, California, USA

Indio, California, USA

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Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, Texas, USA

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Marina Del Ray, California, USA

Marina Del Ray, California, USA

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Metroid redefines the do-it-yourself ethos when it comes to bands.

Singer Ryan Finegan and bassist Orlando Welsh learned to sew from the Internet so the members could create their own stage clothes.

Drummer Tommy Ybarra has a silk screening company so the band could make its own merchandise.

And the band books its own shows, befriends every music contact they meet and still finds time to write songs and record.

"No one cares about your band more than you do," Welsh explained.

Not bad for a band that started as a way for Welsh to learn music production platform ProTools.

Rising out of the ashes of defunct bands, longtime friends Finegan and Welsh grew up in Palm Desert and Palm Springs, often playing shows together with their respective bands. And when their former projects started to fizzle, they decided to just get together, have fun, write some songs and learn ProTools.

"I think we learned a lot from being in other bands," Welsh said.

The result is Metroid, a combination of electronic music, indie rock and pop.

The band's never-give-up attitude, ingenuity and fast-talking has gotten them into playing prestigious LA venues like the Key Club and impromptu dates on the Warped Tour.

Finegan summed it up with a simple adage: "Act like you're supposed to be there."

The band practices in Riverside these days, although Finegan lives in Covina and Welsh lives in Norco. And it has just released its first official EP, through the digital imprint of indie label Eyeball, which was the launching pad for such bands as Thursday and My Chemical Romance.

Metroid likes that its sound can't be pigeonholed because the music has changed as the band has progressed.

"We always want to have an out," Finegan said. "We don't want to be stuck."
- The Press-Enterprise


"Bloody Axe" and "E.V.P." on the Electroriot Mixtape Compilation - April 2007 - Electro Riot Records
Outside It's the End of the World EP - July 2008 - Eyeball Records
"I'm on the List(Electric Valentine Remix)" on the Electroriot 2 Compilation - October 2008 - True Anthem Records
"I'm on the List(Electric Valentine Remix)" on Electric Valentine's Friends With Benefits EP - December 2008 - Electro Riot Records
"Neon Machines" single - April 2009 - Electro Riot Records



What happens at the intersection of Southern California ingenuity and card-carrying computer geekdom? The new wave and electronic influenced music of Metroid. The three-piece outfit spawned in the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley of Southern California combines guitar-based power pop with layers of rich electronic sounds to create an eclectic mix of disco, rock, pop and techno music.

Metroid began performing in venues throughout California in 2006. The next few years found the band performing at such venues as The Glasshouse, Jerry's Pizza, The Knitting Factory and Chain Reaction. In spring of 2008, Metroid signed with Eyeball Records and released the EP "Outside It's the End of the World" in June of that year. Metroid embarked on a tour of the west coast in the summer of that year to promote "Outside" and continue to build their fan base.

Metroid released a split single with the band Electric Valentine in the spring of 2009. The single, titled "Neon Machines," featured two songs written by Metroid & Electric Valentine.