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Springfield, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
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"SAKARA Tap STAIND Bassist Johnny April to Produce Debut Album"

New England rock act Sakara are currently in the studio with Staind bassist Johnny April recording their debut album. Slated for a early 2014 release via Pavement Entertainment, the yet to be titled album features a unique blend of influences ranging from Chevelle, Incubus, and System Of A Down. In the exclusive video seen below, producer Johnny April talks about how he came to meet and work with the band, as well as, his early days of recording demos in Staind while camping out on Fred Durst's floor. Sakara will hit the road later this month for some exclusive dates before finishing up the album.

Tour Dates:

08/21 - North Hampton, MA – The Elevens
08/22 - Albany, NY – Paulie’s Hotel
08/23 - Erie, PA – Sherlock’s
08/24 - Petersburg, OH – Roxfest
08/26 - Morgantown, West Viginia – Rocktop
08/27 - Philadelphia, PA – The Fire
08/28 - Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar
08/30 - Florence, MA – JJ’s

For more information, please visit: - Pure Grain Audio

"New England top 10 bands of 2013, Number 10 Sakara"

"I first wrote about Sakara a few weeks ago, and now today I am naming them the number 10 New England band of 2013. While the band's debut album isn't due out until early 2014 Sakara has been taring up the New England music scene with their electric live performance. This up coming Saturday will top off the year for Sakara by sharing the stage with All That Remains in Northampton, MA and it's one you don't want to miss. For more news on the upcoming album release you can check out Sakara on Facebook or check back here for a full album review upon it's release." -

"Behind the Beat: Local Heroes"

"Hometown pride has always been an inspirational force for Sakara. Featuring members Joe Rogers (bass), Cody Bryden (electric guitar), Dan O’Brien (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Mike Bilodeau (drums), the band grew up watching Valley acts like Staind, Shadows Fall, and Killswitch Engage. Now having just secured its own record deal, the Agawam-based quartet appears poised to join such area stars on stages across the country.

“We have just signed a record contract with Pavement Entertainment after being discovered by the bass player of the band Soil,” the group says. “Our debut album will be released via Sony distribution in the U.S. and via RFK distribution in Europe. We are currently getting ready to get really busy, release our first single to the radio and hopefully be touring within a few months.”

Not a bad burst of life for a band whose initial idea for a name was inspired by the Egyptian city of the dead.

The group says, “We originally wanted to be called Sakkara, but we found out there was a record label and lots of other musical companies called Sakkara. Sakkara is the city of the dead in Egypt. So we decided to go with Sakara, a type of drum used in tribal settings.”

Though its members have played in other local groups like Nosho, Of the Earth and Rotten Apple, among others, Sakara itself wasn’t formed until Bryden answered a Craigslist ad for music gear posted by Rogers. Now co-owners and operators of MAS Studios in Agawam, the pair also records Sakara’s song ideas, a process which the band admits is time-consuming.

“Someone will come in with a riff, maybe half of a song, and Joe and Cody will record the ideas into Pro Tools,” the group says. “From there we will start to come up with a basic structure and then work it out until it sounds good. Then we will bring it to Chris and Dan and sometimes jam on it and record the jam. It’s usually not a quick process, but we usually work on multiple songs at once. A few songs have just been written 100 percent by Joe or 100 percent by Cody. But usually it’s a lengthy band process.”

Until its new record drops, Sakara’s fans will have to be content with the group’s previously released material. Channeling the angst of grunge as well as the alternative metal of acts like Tool and Incubus, the band’s latest album, Simulation Theory, is filled with songs described as “aggressive rock with a diverse sound.” But according to Rogers, Sakara is constantly evolving, and future tracks may well show signs of the band’s progression.

“When we first started out, we were playing a very heavy style of music,” he says. “As time went on, we started to blend our styles a little more. After we switched to our current singer, we started to focus more on songwriting and leaving more room for vocal melodies.”•" - Valley Advocate


Forgetting What Was - 2014



Founded in 2011 Sakara quickly gained attention in their hometown of Springfield, MA. The band was founded on the desire to have no limits with their music, blending influences from heavy rock/metal to atmospheric and jazz like flavors. Critics have hailed their sound as a cross between Chevelle and Incubus.

Members Joe Rogers (Tempus Mori) and Cody Bryden ironically met through an ad on craigslist to sell some equipment that each other wanted. They realized that they both had similar musical tastes and started to write songs together. Vocalist Dan OBrien and drummer Mike Bilodeau were added after meeting Cody in a local club and hearing an early demo recording.

- The band has toured with Staind, Skid Row, Theory of a Deadman, Devour the Day, and Warrant.

- The band has provided direct support for Sevendust, Nonpoint, All That Remains, We as Human, Seether, Black Stone Cherry, and Soil.

- Their debut single "From Ashes" has been worked to active rock radio by Tim Binder at New Ocean Media.  The single has received nationwide airplay.

- Their next single "Jonah" will also be worked to active rock radio by Tim Binder at New Ocean Media.

- Sakara is signed to Pavement Entertainment with international distribution through Sony Red.

- Their debut album Forgetting What Was was recorded, produced, and mixed  by Johnny April (bassist of Staind) and mastered by Dave Collins (Chevelle, Soundgarden, and Bruce Springsteen). It was released on May 27th, 2014.

- They have performed at large capacity venues such as the Mohegan Sun Arena, Sands Casino, and Tropicana Casino Theater.

Contact and Booking Info:
Joe Rogers - (413) 205-9976

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