Raging Apathy
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Raging Apathy

Houston, Texas, United States

Houston, Texas, United States
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"A Race Car Named Raging Apathy"

Houston Concert Photography Examiner rates this: 5/5

Raging Apathy headlined at Scout Bar recently and the performance was very impressive. The Scout Bar is a great place to have a gig, but it wasn’t the lights and it wasn’t the sound system (even though the Scout staff is amazing)… The “WOW” factor was the talent before us.

Ronnie Main and Jesse Gillum anchored the stage with their rich guitar sounds while bassist Richard (Rick) Pearson provided the balance between the two with his low-end rumble. Drummer Patrick Moynihan laid down the rhythm and worked with Pearson to drive the music along.

And it’s like you are taking this 190mph drive belted into a modern rock race car…

So, if you use that analogy, then Chris Balshaw must be the driver. Balshaw’s vocals are very smooth and soulful. It’s apparent that he truly feels the lyrics he is singing.

Raging Apathy took the stage that night and owned it.

If you are willing to make the drive from Houston, then you can see Raging Apathy on March 21 in Arlington, TX at Six Flags’ Spring Break Out Festival.

Otherwise, on March 24th, Raging Apathy will be back at Scout Bar with Fair to Midland, Karnivool and Saturate.

Their EP is titled “The Nature of Things” and you can grab it for less than a Subway footlong if you act now. Go to Raging Apathy’s Myspace page at www.myspace.com/ragingapathyband to purchase. You can also find them on Facebook.
- The Examiner.com


"Artist of the Week: Why You Should Care About Modern-Rockers Raging Apathy"

Thirty-eight simple rules govern our existence. Our father, who served as a sniper for the Marines in the early '90s before becoming a substitute teacher in 1996, passed them down to us. He said they kept him alive over the course of numerous killing missions, including one where he was teamed up with some rookie pretty-boy sniper that took him through the Panamanian jungle and ended with him getting his trigger finger cut off by a ruthless mercenary.

He said that we'd be wise to follow to them too. We have. A few of them:

9. You'll never be a big man, so you should always throw the first punch in a fight. Always. Even if you're not sure if the other guy really wants to fight you, just punch him first to be safe. You can sort out the details later.

14. Never play cards with a man named after a city. (This one might have come from the coach in Teen Wolf. We get the two confused.)

23. The ketchup bottle only looks empty; there's always more in there. First try the thing where you hold the bottle by its base and spin it round and round really fast. Newton's first law of motion will see to it that the ketchup stuck to the edges finds it way to the opening. If that doesn't work, put some water in there and shake it up. Watery ketchup is better than no ketchup. You just can't eat a french fry without ketchup. It's un-American.

31. Any band with enough gall to give themselves an oxymoronic name, you absolutely have to interview them.

Thus, in accordance with Rule No. 31, we bring you an interview with Raging Apathy, a talented modern-rock quintet that has never enjoyed Staind's music. Read on to see which names "Raging Apathy" beat out, four local albums Raging Apathy's EP is better than and why they might be going to prison.

Rocks Off: So, Raging Apathy, the name is just fabulous. As soon as we read it, we spent the next 20 or so minutes coming up with alternates that have that same effect. A few from the list: Lazy Excercise, Hateful Hugs, Pragmatic Racist, Tiny Elephant, Sane Clown Posse, Guilty Innocence, Timid Aggression. We could do this all day. Which names did "Raging Apathy" beat out?

Ronnie: I was making up the MySpace page and put "Raging Apathy" on there for the hell of it, just so there was something. It was the first name that popped into my head. We tossed around other names for a few months after that, but it stuck once we played our first show. Take your pick of generic rock names and we probably thought of it. We've never looked back on it, though. People are at least amused by it, if nothing else. Raging Apathy, "One by One"

RO: We checked out your EP. It's pretty fly. Can you please name four local albums that The Nature of Things is better than? You should know ahead of time that if you guys try to duck this question, we're going to edit the interview in a manner that makes it look like you all hate minorities. R: [laughs] We -as any band - think we're the greatest and next best thing. You have to be confident in what you do. Any Mike Jones album, Lil Flip - he's from Houston, right? - The Southern Kill's The Winding Way and Red November's upcoming album.

That was a difficult question. We are pretty tight with the local rock scene, whether hard rock, alternative, indie, metal or folk. We are a band of musicians and if it's good, we probably like it. We've played with all of these guys and respect what they do, but we're the greatest and next best thing. Duh [laughs]. RO: We want to say that we read somewhere that the ideal number for a rock band is four members. The formula is probably something like singer, guitarist, bass player and drummer; why do you all need the extra piece? We mean, Black Sabbath was always better than Judas Priest.

R: We believe that each one of us adds something to the music that, without it, wouldn't be "Raging Apathy." There are a lot of bands out there whose "formulas" work for them. To really capture the ideas we wanted to put out there, Raging Apathy needed to be a five-piece. Chemistry is one of those things. Having two guitar players helps to fill out the sound that we hear in our heads when we write our music. We like the layering that it produces. Raging Apathy, "Beauty In Lies"

RO: Let's say that Congress, after reading this here interview, agreed and decided to enact a law stating that you, in fact, could only have four members in your band. Defiance of this law results in a minimum of five years in prison. Who gets the boot from the band? Patrick: I guess we'd be playing together in prison. But If we had to choose, I'd say me these days; drum machines are getting way too popular.

RO: [laughs] Anything you all want to make sure gets mentioned? Now would be the time to do it. Ronnie: We will be expanding on our EP and releasing a full length album later this year. Also, we want to put out there that we are grateful for every fan we have [and] everyone we'll gain.

Purchase Raging Apathy's EP via www.myspace.com/ragingapathyband. - The Houston Press


Discography

...Faces... (Demo 2007)

The Nature Of Things (EP 2009)

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RAGING APATHY INTERVIEWD BY SLAVEWRITER! Listen to the interview here --> http://www.myspace.com/slavewriter6

RAGING APATHY INTERVIEWED BY THE HOUSTON PRESS! Read the Interview here --> http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2010/01/artist_of_the_week_why_you_sho.php#more

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Raging Apathy is quickly one of becoming south Texas' newest and hottest modern rock acts. This is due, in part, to their endless ability to forge memorable hooks with the most intense, brain sticking guitar melodies. You know, the kind that sit in the back of your head for days and just play continuously. Raging Apathy is one of those few bands who has the natural ability to create smash hits with everything in all of the right places.

Formed in 2007, Raging Apathy wasted no time getting into the studio, on the stage and onto store shelves. Their first single "Man From The Universe" was hand selected by Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin(Smashing Pumpkins) to appear on the "Fresh Cuts Vol.2" complilation. 2008 saw the release of an EP, followed by a line up change which brought in current vocalist Chris Balshaw.

In July of 2009, Raging Apathy played the Houston stop of the Vans Warped Tour and in October or the same year, they released "The Nature Of Things" EP which became an instant success, quickly selling out of the first printing and spawning hit singles including "Beauty In Lies" and "One By One". Both tracks are currently in rotation in various radio markets in the US.

2010 finds the band being featured in many local and national publications. They have also shared the stage with many national acts including Fair To Midland, Karnivool, Senses Fail, Bad Religion, Thrice, Hurt, Black Tide, Underoath, Primer 55, The Ataris, Shooter Jennings, Anti Flag, The Hunger and more. Expect the full length debut album later this year.

- Ekho Productions

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Raging Apathy is a new band out of Houston, TX.

They bring a new breed of modern rock to the stage using aggressive guitar riffs mixed with travelling, effect filled guitar melodies underneath. This is thanks to the collaboration of Ronnie Main & Jesse Gillum, while Rick Pearson brings in the low in groove. When you tie this all together it brings rock a new lease of life!

All the while Patrick Moynihan brings it right back to the roots behind the drumkit delivering thunderous playing with intricate nuances. Chris Balshaw's lyrics & melodies tell you a story that twists and turns every step of the way using some raucous screams.

Be prepared when you hear them & get ready to rock if you get the chance to see them live...you won't be disappointed!

-Renee Main