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"John Talk Radio Interview"

Blog/Radio Interview - please visit link to listen - John Talk Radio


"Voices To Hear Blog Interview with Kellen Ross"

"1. For many artists, they cite a defining moment for themselves when they knew they wanted to be a singer. For many it was the appearance of Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, to another generation it was the Beatles’ appearance on Sullivan half a decade later. Is there such a defining moment for you?

Yes! The moment I knew that I wanted to start/sing for a rock band was after I heard the Smashing Pumpkins album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. I was 14, and heard it for the first time from my older brother's CD collection. I knew then that rock n' roll was something that I wanted to be a part of. I was so frustrated with the music at that time, and I felt that bands like the Smashing Pumpkins set a great example of how to "break the mold". I wanted to do just that!

2. When you’re not creating music what are you listening to? Who are some of your favorites?

My band always makes fun of me because I rarely listen to music! Haha, but when I do, I enjoy bands that are timeless (in my humble opinion). I listen to The Beatles, Queen, Stone Temple Pilots, Radiohead, and Dire Straits, to name a few.

3. What would you say is your greatest moment so far as an artist, either on record or live?

The greatest moment was the first time that I heard one of my songs, "Deaf Radio" to be exact, on the radio! I had spent my teenage years in Abilene, TX daydreaming of all the things I would do/accomplish once I graduated high school, and moved to Dallas to start a band. This was one of those things!

I was waiting tables at the time while performing on the weekends around DFW. One night I was driving "home" (I was sleeping on my bass player's couch), and I turned on the radio about 3 miles from home. It took me a second to realize that the familiar song I was hearing was mine! I couldn't believe it! An Opium Symphony song being played one of the biggest rock stations in DFW! I knew that if a rock station was playing a song I wrote on their own accord, then I had something that the rock community deserved to hear!

I felt like I had crossed off one of the goals from my "musical bucket list".

4. Do you believe music can change the world or is just something to listen to? How much can music influence current events?

Of course I believe that music can change the world. It can do whatever the listener wants it to. For some people, music is "just something to listen to", or to dance to. I tend to delve into the music that has/speaks a certain message or encourages some time of change within the listener. You can't listen to John Lennon and avoid catching yourself thinking about life/the world. You can't listen to Marilyn Manson and not feel just a little pissed off at society.

Music is always influencing current events, or at least it is always reflecting current events, and acting as a voice for the Zeitgeist. For example, Muse's single "Uprising" was perfect for the way that the world was feeling at the time. The bank bailout just happened, economic recession was at it's peek, and people were feeling slighted by big brother/corporations. It isn't as if Matt Bellamy spawned the idea of speaking out to these injustices, but I can bet that the song was a huge hit partially because he "hit the nail on the head" relating to what people were feeling at that time.

5. How has technology affected the music industry? How has technology affected your career as a musician?

Technology is affecting everything. It makes things easier, yet more complex. I think technology is a great thing to embrace in the music industry as long as you don't use it as a crutch. In recording, I spent about $19,000 dollars on a record that just 20 years ago would have cost me well over $300,000. In the realm of recording, if someone uses technology to do something that they could do if they practiced (or worked harder), then I would call that using it as a crutch. But pushing the boundaries with technology and creating sounds that are humanly impossible is a good use of technology.

Lastly, anyone who doesn't use technology to get noticed is simply ignorant to the possibilities, or has an extreme "purist" view on "getting noticed". If a band isn't using the Internet to get their music out into the public, they're missing out big time, and I would say they have no chance of ever having a voice in the future of music.

6. Now for my Barbara Walters question: If you were a pair of shoes what type of shoes would you be?

Well Barbara, I mean John, if I were a pair of shoes, I would be a pair of Marty McFly Nikes. Simply because I am mentally willing their existence so I can have a pair before I die!" - Voices To Hear


"'Soul For Sale' featured on: Director's Cut Radio Show"

The Directors Cut Radio Show is a national radio show about movies broadcast across the country on 18 different FM, HD, and internet radio stations. With a weekly estimated listenership of around 100,000 people. We do movie news, reviews, and interviews. We play independent music between our talk breaks and are always looking for new artists. We even interview and highlight musicians frequently. - Directors Cut Radio Show


"Album Review: Musikleigh Alive Blog"

"In the world of music, “Hard Rock” has taken a turn for the worse. It’s been diluted, altered, and fed back to us as a shell of its former self. However, I was recently introduced to a band that brings back aspects of the Hard Rock genre in the best way possible. Opium Symphony is a band who understands that “The idea that ‘rock is dead’ is almost as old as the genre itself,” and is striving to make sure that idea remains as ridiculous as it was in 1958.

Opium Symphony manages to walk the line of reminding its listeners of the brilliance of bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, and Jane’s Addiction, while at the same time avoiding cliches that come with the Hard Rock territory. They’re recently released CD, “Blame It On The Radio,” is filled with heavy drums and gritty vocals – staples of Hard Rock – while maintaining an individuality that keeps it from being a mockery of the genre’s former glory, instead creating something that’s unique to themselves." - Musikleigh Alive


"Interview: Groove Loves Melody"

"Dallas-based band, Opium Symphony, has delivered a new full-length CD, Blame It On The Radio, that’s receiving a lot of attention from mainstream and independent radio in North Texas and beyond. Guitarist and songwriter, Kellen Ross, is originally from Abilene, Texas, and went through many personnel changes to achieve the rock band sound he’d been working towards since 2005. He dropped out of University of North Texas in 2006, published over 400 songs, and the band released two EPs before Kellen decided to create his own label to release his full-length product. Kellen recently took some time to chat about songwriting, politics, and dealing with addiction in the band.

JW: Kellen, you obviously are driven to make this music happen after all that you’ve been through to get this band happening. With your dedication to writing and having published over 400 songs, I’m curious why you pushed so hand for the band instead of just going solo?

KR: Well, I suppose I could have gone “solo”, but I felt it would have been a negative choice in the end. First of all, my heart has always been in Opium Symphony. I have thought about re-starting or “going solo”, but at the end of the day, I built the band, and it is the best musical representation of “me”. Also, OS has a great resume, and a decent following. We’ve opened for larger acts like Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, The Gin Blossoms and Paul Crook from Anthrax. I thought it would be foolish to so called “throw it all away”.

JW: While building the band, you had at least three former band members who dealt with substance abuse issues with one member who finally succumbed to overdose. Have you found that “sobriety” and/or “recovery” are somewhat dirty words among fellow musicians, especially those who are trying to get their name out there and perhaps would be willing to do anything to be “in the scene”?

KR: It’s strange to me how there is a stigma among “starting out” or “up and coming” musicians to partake, if you will, in abusing substances. Musicians like to believe that the music business is the “one sacred realm” where abusing substances won’t affect their career. And because it is so widely accepted in the music industry, it’s no wonder that musicians get in trouble. The fact is, drugs, and any abuse for that matter make people unstable over time. Musicians aren’t immune to the effects of that kind of lifestyle.

JW: Listening to “Soul for Sale” and reading that you conceived of the “You Don’t Deserve My Vote” tour in 2008, the passion to be authentic is clear. So what are your thoughts on this 2012 election process, including the Super PAC-led campaign assistance?

KR: Thanks for the compliment! To be honest, I usually stand alone in conversations concerning politics/sociopolitical statements. This country has been under the control of large corporations for well over a century. I’m not the least bit surprised of the Super-PAC’s contributions to certain candidates/political ideals. I personally try to avoid getting too worked up over government issues. In the end, election season is nothing more than a theater production put on by the elite of the world, made to distract the common person from what is actually going on. Let’s be fair, the media decides and sways who the American people will vote for. We are simply stuck with choosing the lesser of the two evils.

JW: On a personal note, it’s band downtime. What are you reading right now or have you read recently that’s made an impact?

KR: I have read, and love reading, books by Martin Atkins. He has such a knowledgeable insight to the music industry. On another topic, everyone should read the book “The Day After Roswell”. Don’t ask, just read it…

Catch up with more music from Opium Symphony at their website and Facebook."

- Groove Loves Melody


"'Jukebox Junkie' Featured on Radio Orphans"

Show Notes:

Welcome to Episode 375 of the Radio Orphans Podcast. This episode contains the following independent music for your listening pleasure:

"Dwell" from Mach Fox.
Electropunk from Minneapolis.

"Herman" by Yamasaki.
Electro-Jazz from the UK.

"Jukebox Junkie" by Opium Symphony.
Alternative rock from Texas.

"Standing In The Rain" from The Elixirs.
Rockabilly from Indiana.

"Pick It Bak Up" from About The Mess.
Pop Punk from Illinois.

"Symond's Arcade" from Tokyo507.
Electronica from London/Australia.

"Whatever" from Radio Orphans. An electro-experimental from your hosts
Minneapolis, MN USA. - Radio Orphans


"CD Review: Opium Symphony's 'Blame It On the Radio'"

What an intriguing blend of sounds we get here. One example of how this group merges disparate sounds into something original is in the opener with a movement that feels like a cross between Rush and Cheap Trick. Other groups that come up as influences include Radiohead, Clutch and Genesis. There’s plenty of variation here and this is an exciting and entertaining progressive rock album combining modern and classic prog sounds with plenty of other musical options.

Track by Track Review

Deaf Radio
Pounding out with a sound that’s like cross between Rush and nu-metal, this works out to a sound closer to that second part when the vocals join. Still, there are some unusual changes and twists and some later moments almost seem like a melding of Rush and Cheap Trick. Then, around the three minute mark it works out to lush, rather symphonic progressive rock that has both modern and classic prog elements in the mix. It’s one heck of a left turn and a killer one at that.

Pretty Rich Beautiful
Pounding, heavy rock is heard here. After running like that for two and a half or so minutes, it works out to a slower moving, mellower section. Then it powers back out in a sound that’s part metal, part psychedelic and all cool. There’s a bit of a proggy sound for a short time at the end.

They've Got Guns
We get a cool hard rocking groove on this tune. While this isn’t the most overtly progressive rock oriented thing, it works through several changes. Then, it drops to a movement that is clearly prog but the more modern version of progressive rock, like Radiohead. They power it back out from there with some melodic hard rocking sound.

Down the Rabbit Hole
Weird sound effects open this and then they fire out into more hard rocking music that’s got a lot of industrial music mixed with psychedelia in it. That psychedelic element really becomes more prominent on the instrumental section that links the first two vocal segments together. We’re taken through a number of changes and there’s a more purely progressive rock (mind you modern prog) oriented section later. I really dig the vocal arrangement on the later portions of the tune, too.

Unknown
Overall this is mellower and more melodic. There’s almost a country of folk texture to this, but it’s still got some progressive rock in the mix. I think some of the bass line calls to mind Chris Squire.

Jukebox Junkie
There’s almost a funk meets psychedelic texture to parts of this. Other section, though are more melodic modern progressive rock with a bit of a rough edge. We get some killer wah infused guitar work bringing in more of that funk element. We’re taken through a number of changes and the later sections are even more fully proggy. I make out hints of the Beatles at times on one of the later sections. There’s sort of a false ending before a droning jam brings it back into being. It gets a real bouncing funky sound from there. They bring the rock into play again from there as it intensifies. Drums segue this into the next tune.

Soul for Sale
The percussion from the previous number opens this and then the rock guitar just screams out with a killer classic rock sound. This is heavy and quite tasty, a bit like something from Clutch. This thing is heavy and also has a ton of changes and alterations. It’s a very unusual and cool arrangement that seems to combine a noisy modern prog sound with shoegaze and other elements.

Like Pennies You Had Me Wishing in the End
The opening segment here is rather tentative and seems to combine space rock with surf music. The vocals come in over the top of this rather subdued motif. When it gets harder rocking, it’s still quite melodic. This is one of the most purely proggy songs of the whole set, but it’s certainly a modern prog. There are a number of changes and this is really captivating. There’s a cool space meets shoe gaze mellower movement later. That transitions to a segment that’s very much in keeping with classic progressive rock. I’m actually reminded of mid-period Genesis a bit. Then it rocks out more from there as the jam keeps building. Certainly it’s hard edged and more modern, but it’s also decidedly progressive rock.

High
The first section of this is rather balladic and mellow. As it grows out later it’s got a modern progressive rock meets psychedelia sound. The hook on this thing is absolutely classic. The guitar solo is extremely tasty and reminds me a bit of Slash. After that point the tune rocks out with more of a hard edge for a time before dropping back to the earlier melodic segment. This is such a classic rock styled tune and it’s one of the most accessible and best pieces here.

Blame It On the Radio
The title track combines a lot of the element heard on the rest of the disc in bouncing kind of jam that’s heard edged and very tasty. That holds it for the first couple minutes, then they drop it down to much mellower sounds from there. We get a psychedelically tinged, ballad-like movement that’s pretty awesome from there.

In This Together
The opening section has hints of country music in it, as does the chorus. The track really has a bouncy kind of sound that combines modern progressive rock with a 1960s pop rock sound. It’s a tasty number that’s quite tasty.

Gospel
The whole hard rocking meets psychedelic and alternative rock format of this tune works really well. It’s really not very proggy, but it’s quite cool.

Return of the Ghost
The bulk of this cut is the symphonic prog based instrumental segment. It gives way to a short, bouncy melodic tune for the vocals. It’s a cool way to end the set in style.

~ G.W. Hill - Music Street Journal


"CD Review: Opium Symphony's 'Blame It On the Radio'"

"The Dallas-based Opium Symphony consists of founder, Kellen Ross on vocals and guitar, along with Jarrett Kramer on guitar, Derron Bell on drums, and Drew Nolde on bass. The upbeat rock music contains elements of Stone Temple Pilots and Green Day, but it is inherently Opium Symphony. The rock is not too hard, but it is more layered and explosive than the typical Top 40 hits. "Down The Rabbit Hole" is a hard rock/grunge anthem with eerie vocals and a good beat. "Soul For Sale" contains a buzz-saw-like electric guitar solo with heavy percussion and a lack of vocals until mid-song. Still, the music is mostly instrumental throughout the song. "Gospel" is another heart-pounding track of electric angst that is somewhat melodic and driven by punchy guitars, drums, and punishing percussion accents that propel the music into rock heaven. "Return Of The Ghost" is a cinematic, mostly instrumental song with spacious vibes, atmospheric embellishments, and majestic sounds of jazzy beauty with a few vocals near the end. Overall, Opium Symphony is right on the mark with their latest release, Blame It On The Radio.

~ Matthew Forss" - World Music


"Opium Symphony Featured on Sundown Lounge Podcast"

Episode 291:

Open Mic Stage:

"After the War (ft. superbeautiful)" - Jensen Reed
"Donde Quiere" - Antioquia
"Beautiful" - Erica Glyn
"iGirl" - Bob Pressner
"Covela Jam" - Blade of Grass
"Tanto ají" - Bareto
"Stranger" - ELAN
"Open Lands" - The Weekenders
"Soul for Sale" - Opium Symphony - Sundown Lounge Podcast


"99X Rock Station Features "Deaf Radio""

"Opium Symphony vs. Dawn Over Zero vs. Pandemic — Homegrown Picks of the Week

By: Jade Green | September 3, 2012

These guys are so awesome, they deserve another chance at 99x fame! We’ve got Opium Symphony and Dawn Over Zero from Dallas, Texas, and our “homegrown” boys Pandemic from Mandeville, who are hopefully doing OK after the hurricane.

Give ‘em a listen, vote for your favorite, and come back once a day to vote again! The poll stays open until midnight Saturday, and the winner gets light rotation on 99x next week. Get to it!

Opium Symphony
- “Deaf Radio”

Dawn Over Zero
- “The Confidence”

Pandemic – “Consequence” - therockstation99x.com


"In-Studio Interview with Opium Symphony on July 6, 2012"

(please see link) - FOX 40 - WDBD-TV News in Jackson


"Trauma's Heavy Metal ICU at Hard Rock Radio Live (Mark Tremonti/Kellen Ross)"

Opium Symphony scores an exclusive interview with HardRockRadioLive.com ! Hard Rock Radio Live is the world's #1 Hard Rock/Metal Internet radio station with over 1.5 million listeners monthly!

Tune in for a behind the scenes look into the making of Opium Symphony's debut record, Blame It On the Radio, and some tall tales from the 2012 Summer Tour! The interview will be featuring songs, "Deaf Radio," "Pretty Rich Beautiful," and "Soul for Sale"! - Hard Rock Radio Live


"KNON 89.3 Interview with Opium Symphony"

Dallas rockers Opium Symphony returned to Dallas for two shows last week before heading back out to play dates in the Northeast and Midwest until the end of summer. The band performed at a benefit for community rock radio KNON 89.3 FM on July 11 at Sons of Hermann Hall located at 3414 Elm St. and on July 13 at Boiler Room located at 2723 Elm Street. For more details on both shows, Opium Symphony on Twitter @opiumsymphony.

Opium Symphony was also interviewed by KNON DJs "Reid and Allison of Sonic Assembly Power Hour"! The interview consisted of a questionnaire about the new release, and featured songs from the new record including: "They've Got Guns", "Return of the Ghost", "Deaf Radio" and "Unknown".

Opium Symphony will be on the road for all of June and July in support of their new release Blame it on the Radio.
- KNON 89.3


"Dallas Rock Band Opens Tour in Waco After Finishing Album"

Kellen Ross, guitarist and founder of Opium Symphony, says to give more weight to the second word of the band's name.

"We want to paint as many colors for the audience as possible," he said in a recent phone interview. "I'm pretty much the straightest person you'll meet. I don't smoke. I don't drink. I don't do drugs."

Opium Symphony kicks off their 40-city, five-state tour Tuesday night at Waco's Beatnix, with New Braunfels band ALLus KILLus as opener. The tour is in support of the band's debut album "Blame It On the Radio", whose formal release is scheduled for June 19 after an iTunes release on Friday.

That album has been two years in the making - three band lineup changes in 4.5 yearsplus and unanticipated recording studio renovation caused delays - but "it's an important step forward", Ross said. After recording several EPs, Opium Symphony decided it needed a "foundation" for the next stage.

Ross moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth in 2007 to start studies at the University of North Texas in Denton, but later dropped out to start a band. That band eventually evolved into the present Opium Symphony, gaining a reputation in the Dallas rock circles as more than headbangers.

"I think that's why we've done so well - we're not a metal band," he said.

Opium Symphony has shared stages with The Gin Blossoms, Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction.

- Carl Hoover

June 11th, 2012 - Waco Tribune


"Pick Three with Kellen Ross of Opium Symphony"

(please see link) - Ardent Studios Music Blog


"Ready to Crank It Up"

By MARIO TARRADELL

MARIO TARRADELL The Dallas Morning News

mtarradell@dallasnews.com

Published: 07 June 2012 11:43 AM



Kellen Ross, vocalist and guitarist for Dallas’ Opium Symphony, diligently dedicated the past six years of his life to rock ’n’ roll. Because rock ’n’ roll never dies, right? So after founding the band in 2006, and struggling with a cast of dysfunctional musicians sidelined by substance abuse, he eventually re-formed it with all new players about two years ago (the rest of the lineup now consists of guitarist Jarrett Kramer, drummer Derron Bell and bassist Drew Nolde).

That’s when the buzz amplified a bit in the group’s hometown. The gigs multiplied and the group finally jelled. But Ross’ work wasn’t done. The Abilene native wanted to record and release a proper debut album for Opium Symphony, even after a series of EPs. So he found himself some financial nourishment to start his own label, Man or Machine Records. He wrote and recorded Blame It on the Radio, Opium Symphony’s inaugural full-length effort, which will be unleashed on fans June 19.

Blame It on the Radio boasts 13 tracks and clocks in at a whopping 70 minutes. It’s a sprawling rock record, the kind you seldom hear these days. Cuts such as “Deaf Radio,” “Jukebox Junkie” and “Like Pennies You Had Me Wishing in the End” define the album as a riff-filled, raucous ride through energetic rock.

Ross is obviously prolific. At one point he had published 400 songs, an astronomical amount for a rock songwriter who still hadn’t released a full-length album. That’s all part of the past. The future is about touring. A concert at Dallas’ Curtain Club kicks off a 17-city trek that covers Texas, Louisiana, Florida,Georgia and Alabama. This time, Opium Symphony is ready to rock without interruptions. - Dallas Morning News


"Ready to Crank It Up"

"Blame It on the Radio boasts 13 tracks and clocks in at a whopping 70 minutes. It’s a sprawling rock record, the kind you seldom hear these days. Cuts such as “Deaf Radio,” “Jukebox Junkie” and “Like Pennies You Had Me Wishing in the End” define the album as a riff-filled, raucous ride through energetic rock."

~ Mario Tarradell

mtarradell@dallasnews.com

Published: 07 June 2012 11:43 AM - DALLAS MORNING NEWS


"Harder Beat Live Review"

Featured in Harder Beat June 2007 issue with a Live Review of their April 28th show at Rockhouse Live by Lee Herrera.

In the magazine the show was described as the "perfect epitaph for a night of wanting-to-hear-something-new fever". Harder Beat describes the songs as "electrifying" "The band sounds raw, yet polished", according to the article, and "kudos" for a "well-received" set.

- Lee Herrera:HARDER BEAT June 2007. Vol.15. Issue 159
- Harder Beat Magazine


"Ayo KDGE 102.1 "The Edge""

"Dude...God or Money rocks!!! Love it!"

~Alan Ayo - Music Director - Mid-Days 102.1 The Edge - Clear Channel Radio (Dallas)


"KEYJ FM 107.9"

Rock 108 describes The Opium Symphony as,

"The hottest band out of Dallas in years!!"

~Chaz(Clear Channel Radio) - Clear Channel Radio (Abilene)


"Five To See Live"

Opium Symphony featured in 102.1 The Edge as Dallas' top "Five To See Live" acts.

Thursday September 25, 2008

Alan Ayo-102.1 The Edge - Quick News


"Opium Symphony at The Max"

"As soon as Opium Symphony took the stage, it was obvious this was not your average rock band. The complex music was full of unusual twists and turns that was not easily anticipated."

~Keith Ludwick - DFW Noise


"Richland Chronicle - You Don't Deserve My Vote"

The lyrics are controversial and a bit raw to an over-sensitive political ear, but the members of the Dallas rock band, Opium Symphony, want their message clear as they continue their "You Don't Deserve Our Vote" tour.

"We love America," said J.D. Eakins, 26-year-old Richland student and the band's bass guitarist. "Our problems with government are strictly with the elitest leaders that run our country."

Eakins is a Navy veteran, as is Troy Schmidt, the 26-year-old guitarist and vocalist with the Symphony. Each found himself angry and at odds with politics after his service during the Iraqi War ended.

The band is collectively boycotting the 2008 Presidential Elections, and encouraging other young people to do the same.

"Too often it seems voting is our only chance to have a voice. It's time to remind ourselves and our government that we are THE voice," said Kellan Ross, 23-year-old lead singer and guitarist for the group. "The point of our retracting our vote is simple. It unifies us in this cause."

Schmidt shares his bandmate's views.

"We are not a political band, but we are citizens of this country much the same as everyone else. It doesn't take a politician to recognize that it's time for a change," said Schmidt.

While remaining "completely impartial" to political issues, 23-year-old Minnesota native Leigh Underwood, is certain of her own aspirations.

"I want to dominate the female drumming world," said Underwood. The only female in the group, Underwood learned to play drums from her mom when she was 8. She includes in her list of 70s influences Janis Joplin and Fleetwood Mac, but holds a special place for her favorite rock band, Dream Theater.

"This is my dream," said Underwood, "We're very serious about our music. We've gotten to travel and play and would love to do it every night."

Symphony is comfortable referring to themselves as "revolutionaries" and "hippies." They are greatly influenced by the social movements of the 70s and the people who felt that change could come to a disheartened, war-weary nation through the expression of music. However, unlike the 70s often drug-obsessed "movement of change," Opium Symphony adheres to a no-drug philosophy, specifically highlighted in their song, "Fiction for Addiction." It's from the lyrics of this song that the band's name originated.

After a summer of gigs in California and Las Vegas, the band is looking forward to playing in Dallas this fall and helping to establish a good local music scene working with area high school bands who want to learn the production process of making music.

"We are organizing an event at the Skillman Street Pub for high school bands to come on all-ages night and play their music," said Schmidt. "They won't be competing. They will all get to play and at the end of the night there will be one single production of all the music."

Opium Symphony will be performing at Live at the Max, at 10:00 p.m., on Sept. 26 and The Double Wide on at 9 p.m., on Nov. 7. For advance tickets and more information about the band and their "You Don't Deserve My Vote Tour," go to http://myspace.com/opiumsymphony.

~ Amy Humphries - Richland Chronicle


"The Feds, Opium Symphony, The Fieros, Black Tie Dynasty"

We were a little surprised to see that Dallas' Opium Symphony is also doing some acoustic performances in the upcoming months.

~Megan Feldman - Dallas Observer


"Soupy Gato Radio Show"

"I bloody dig OS!!!"

~Dan Harris(Soupy Gato Radio) - Dan Harris


"Arts and Entertainment"

TWU Lasso promotes the Opium Symphony's Nov. 15th 2008 show in Denton. The article says, "this band is a hot commodity. Check them out!"

~Brianna Peterson(Editor) - TWU Lasso Thursday Nov. 13 2008


"American Rock Exchange Los Angeles"

Indie 104 calls the Opium Symphony

"Nice"

"Good Tune"(Stars and Stripes) - Indie 104 FM Los Angeles


Discography

(1) Blame It On the Radio (released June 19, 2012)

1. Deaf Radio*
2. Pretty Rich Beautiful
3. They've Got Guns*
4. Down the Rabbit Hole*
5. Unknown
6. Jukebox Junkie*
7. Soul for Sale*
8. Like Pennies You Had Me Wishing In the End*
9. High
10. Blame It On the Radio
11. In This Together*
12. Gospel
13. Return of the Ghost*

* receives airplay

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Radio Airplay/Streaming: Blame It On the Radio (below)
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102.7 CILU (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
1260 AM KASC (Tempe, AZ)
97.1 KEGL (Dallas, TX)
89.3 KNON (Dallas, TX)
94.5 The Buzz (Houston, TX)
WMPG (Portland, ME)
WORT FM - (Madison, WI)
WRAT (South Belmar, NJ)
WVOX (New Rochelle, NY)
WLSO (Newark, NJ)
KCGQ (Cape Girardeau, MO)
KLSU (Baton Rouge, LA)
KRVS Beat Current (Lafayette, LA)
KSYM (San Antonio, TX)
WBAB (West Babylon, NY)
WCHZ (Augusta, GA)
WDWN (Auburn, NY)
WHPC (Garden City, NY)
99X (Lafayette. LA)
WCHZ (Augusta, GA)
WVBR (Interlaken, NY)
KKFI (Overland Park, MO)
KGUP 106.5
WLUW (Chicago, IL)
WNYU (New York, NY)
WREK (Atlanta, GA)
WSIA (Staton Island, NY)
WSOU (S. Orange, NJ)
KGAR (Lemoore, CA)
WEOS (Waterloo, NY)
WKWZ (Syosset, NY)
WLFR (Galloway, NJ)
WRKC (Wilkes-Barr, PA)
WHUS (Storrs, CT)
WRHU (Hempstead, NY)
WRUW (Cleveland, OH)
WWSP (Custer, WI)

Cyberstorm Radio (Dover, NJ)
HardRockNights (Amarillo, TX)
DMX (Austin, TX)
Hard Rock Radio Live (Worldwide)
Deli Radio (Worldwide)
John Talk Radio (Worldwide)
Rawrcast Radio
Silent Planet Radio (West Liberty, OH)
Radio Orphans (Worldwide)
Middletown Station (Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, UK)
Groove Loves Melody
Director's Cut
Jog Tunes

HardRockNights (Amarillo, TX)
- "Been playing it a lot, and loving it!"

KGAR (Lemoore, CA)
- "Yep! Cool indeed. Getting played by several of our DJs"

WEOS (Waterloo, NY)
- "People love the CD"

WKWZ (Syosset, NY)
- "Rad"

WLFR (Galloway, NJ)
- "Definitely like this"

WRKC (Wilkes-Barr, PA)
- "Listeners called and asked if the band was coming to town anytime soon."

WHUS (Storrs, CT)
- "Definitely getting spun!"

WRHU (Hempstead, NY)
- "I will stick with it a while, I like it!"

WRUW (Cleveland, OH)
- "I play it!!! til the day I die!!!"

WWSP (Custer, WI)
- "Fuck Yeah!"

97.1 The Eagle (Dallas)
- "I'm really enjoying the album"

(2) Flu Sessions EP (released in stores February 2008)

1. Fiction for Addiction
2. Deaf Radio
3. Pretty. Rich. Beautiful.
4. Whore
5. God or Money
6. Comatose
7. Too Much of a Good Thing
8. Stars and Stripes

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Radio Airplay: Flu Sessions
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102.1 The Edge (Dallas, TX)
- “Deaf Radio”, “God or Money”

97.1 The Eagle (Dallas, TX)
- “Deaf Radio, God or Money”

94.5 The Buzz (Houston, TX)
- “Deaf Radio”, “God or Money”, “Pretty.Rich.Beautiful.”

95.3 The Range (Dallas, TX)
- “Deaf Radio”, “Comatose”

104.1 Indie (Los Angeles, TX)
- “Stars and Stripes”

SprintXM Radio(Nationwide)
- “Pretty.Rich.Beautiful.”

91.9 Pilot Point Radio (Pilot Point, TX)
- “Deaf Radio”, “God or Money”, “Fiction for Addiction”, “Stars and Stripes”, “Pretty.Rich.Beautiful.”

107.9 Rock 108(Abilene, TX)
- “Deaf Radio”, “Whore”, “Fiction for Addiction”, “God or Money”, “Comatose”

(3) Life is a Cigarette EP (released in May 2007)

*Please contact OS here:
1-(325) 660-7055
kellen@opiumsymphony.com

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The idea that ‘rock is dead’ is almost as old as the genre itself. It might have been a disenchanted music critic who said that or maybe it’s a failing industry that lacks the vision needed to push the genre forward that's to blame. However, rock music, good rock music, is most certainly alive and well. Opium Symphony counts themselves among a growing population of independent rock bands who are not afraid to employ a little production on their recordings, love big hooks and big drums and wear their “rock” like a gold sheriff’s badge on their chests. They have shared the stage with household names such as Gin Blossoms, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and Paul Crook (Anthrax, Meatloaf, Sebastian Bach).