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Las Vegas, NV | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | INDIE

Las Vegas, NV | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2005
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"Space jam: Starry Night welcomes Sodacon"

Space jam: Starry Night welcomes Sodacon


Soda and pop may be synonyms in a discussion about beverages, but the words are worlds apart when assigning a musical genre to Salt Lake City band Sodacon.

Sodacon's sound is an amalgam of Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, perhaps some David Bowie and a vague hint of The Cars. Punk and pop are also easily detectable. The musical trio can perhaps best be classified in the alternative-indie genre, with heavy leanings toward space rock.

Verbal gymnastics aside, band members describe their sound much more simply.

"It's a unique sound that we call 'soda rock,' " said Jesse David, the band's singer, guitarist and founder.

Fans looking to get a clearer understanding of just what that label means can check the band out Friday evening at Starry Night in Provo.

The band -- which also includes Mike Barney (drums) and John Chatelain (bass, vocals) -- has been playing in its present form since 2006.

"Originally, we wanted to add a lot of extra parts to our music," David said, "but after playing together, we decided that the three-piece worked well."

The unusual name Sodacon was the whimsical brainchild of David and was taken from a song he recorded on a four-track in the late 1990s.

"It ended up catching on," David said. "People told me they liked it and the rest is history."

The band plays two different styles of sets in its live performances -- one acoustic and the other, a heavier, more electric show.

The acoustic set enables the group to have material that's appropriate for venues such as coffee shops and cafes. When Sodacon plays bars, its louder, plugged-in sound better serves such venues.

"We've mostly played venues like Urban Lounge and Liquid Joe's," Barney said, referring to two Salt Lake City clubs, "along with a lot of acoustic sets at various coffee joints around the valley."

Sodacon is branching out on the road with upcoming shows in Las Vegas, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

The band takes a serendipitous approach to songwriting.

"It all starts during rehearsal," David said. "We get together, jam and then come up with a good hook."

Barney said that David is the brains behind most of the band's lyric writing, which is generally added later. David's lyrical topics range far beyond the typical relationship song.

"There is quite an array of subjects, including vampires and alien abductions," Barney said.

Sodacon's penchant for playing amplified and acoustic music has influenced the songwriting for its two latest releases, "Trifecta" and "Acoustica," both of which will be available at Friday's show.

Jairus Roberts, an employee at Starry Night, said his venue was glad to welcome Sodacon.

- The Daily Herald


2006 - Getchar;
2007 - Trifecta
2007 - Acoustica
2007 "Electro Magnet"



Sodacon music has been in full form now for over a decade ago as Mark Antares outlet for creating space rock while experimenting with electronic music and analog instrumentation. The incarnations of Sodacon have varied over the years between bands and solo performances and his well crafted high quality produced tracks mix well with stunning artistic visuals to allow for many repeat listens. His exciting performances have brought joyous memories to his long time fans. 

He's had tracks like "Low Profile" played by radio stations, songs like "Long Memory" featured in commercials, even gaining national success on Reverbnation, and winning a band battle jumping off the walls and swinging his guitar around. Behind the music there are those who would say he's shown sparkling qualities having many friends, being a family man and support of his fellow artists. 

The Sodacon Music label continues to churn out many tracks between alt rock projects like Sodacon showcasing his electric voice. He also collaborated with artists worldwide and has side projects including the instrumental Rockin Womp. Antares continues to show that music is his life while displaying his mastery on guitar. While it is true that he had to walk down a long dark road in his life before he could even start recording his music, he has now earned his spot alongside the more prolific performers, songwriters and producers of this era.