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The best kept secret in music


"2007 Inland Empire Music Awards"

It's kudos for Inland musicians
By George A. Paul, Staff Writer
Article Launched:01/27/2007 07:39:35 PM PST

Claremont funk-rock band The Dialectics and Temecula progressive rocker Souljourners each took home two awards at the third annual Inland Empire Music Awards, held Friday night at Key Club Morongo.
Photo Gallery: Inland Empire Music Award show
The Dialectics won Best Rock and Best Song for "Consolation," while Souljourners won Best Classic Rock and tied for Best Live Band.
There were 10 performances and 20 awards handed out over the course of the evening. Local radio/Internet personalities Funk and Cisco served as emcees.
Dialectics guitarist John-Paul Trotter said he thought the IEMAs were "a good way to rally support of the live music scene and for (musicians) to have an outlet to get recognition."
As for nabbing Best Song over the highly-touted Conspiracy of Thought and Casket Salesmen, Trotter said, "honestly, I was very surprised since we sent demos that were recorded two years ago. I thought we'd just drive out to Cabazon, have a good time and watch (Friday night tribute band) Metal Skool. It was very sweet."
The colorful Conspiracy of Thought Funk and Cisco noted the band's hair stylists should get an award, too was definitely a menacing presence on stage.
Drummer Tony Vazquez said, "It feels awesome," after the Riverside band got the Best Hard Rock Award. "We just wanted to play, but winning is very special." He said the IEMAs are "great because it brings together all styles of music" and shows off Inland Empire talent. Conspiracy of Thought won Best Live Band in 2006. Antonio Pontarelli, Tim Moyer and Souljourners were also repeat winners from last year.
Violinist Pontarelli opened the proceedings. The 16-year-old Temecula resident sang and played intense alt-rock tune "The Void" to a rhythm track, but had to leave the club afterward due to SAT testing the following morning.
Souljourners recalled early Rush, especially with lead vocalist/guitarist Michael Couts' speedy fretwork. Pamela G. proved her mettle as a soulful belter and had many people cheering on a tune about not "messing with mama." Murrieta singer/songwriter Tim Moyer's solo acoustic guitar turn was passionate in a Shawn Mullins vein.
Singer/percussionist Christopher Pendergrass of Hemet heavy rock group Wayside Loop, which tied in the Best Live Band category, said "this is a vindication for all our hard work. We're friends with all these bands. It was a good time all around."
Best Alternative: Waiting for Decay
Best Blues: Pamela G.
Best Classic Rock: Souljourners
Best Electronic: Robbie Reverb
Best Female: Bree Noble
Best Folk: Curt Phillips
Best Hard Rock: Conspiracy of Thought
Best High School Artist: 15 North
Best Indie Rock: Casket Salesmen
Best Instrumental: Evren Ozan
Best International: Anthill (Canada)
Best Jazz: Groove Session
Best Live Band: Wayside Loop and Souljourners (tied)
Best Male: Antonio Pontarelli
Best Metal: Chaos Device
Best Out of Area: Stacy Clark (O.C.)
Best Pop/Rock: Tim Moyer
Best Rock: The Dialectics
Best Song: The Dialectics, Consolation
Best Urban: Stico & Da Bandit
- Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

"From Fair to Roadhouse Gig"

Chino Hills based funk-rock group the Dialectics won first place in the L.A. County Fair's College Battle of the Bands competition last Thursday. The young quintet beat nine other bands representing Southern California colleges for a trophy and $600 ain prize money.

The Dialectics, often compared to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Crowes, open for Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash at Angels Roadhouse in Yucaipa on Saturday. Admission $8 at the door. The show is open for those 21 and older. The bar is at 32464 Dunlap Blvd. Call (909)795-0665 for details. - San Bernardino Sun - October 3, 2006

"The Dialectics at Angels Roadhouse in Yucaipa, Saturday"

The IE's go-to jam-band - winners of a pair of Inland Empire Music Awards last week (Best Rock and Best Song, if you must know) - crawl out from their Corona recording cave and return to one of their regular haunts. Seriously good music, frequently great - arrive early though, because we think they're playing first. (And why aren't they playing the Joshua Tree Music Festival in May, where they'd totally fit in?); - Inland Empire Weekly, February 7th

"Band of the Week - the Dialectics"

Jerry Garcia died 11 years ago this week, and in many ways, we're still profoundly upset. Not over his unfortunate demise per se, but by the sheer number of gawdawful jam bands that have risen up with the subsequent demise of the Grateful Dead - bands that have made unwise attempts to not only steal Garcia's signature guitar licks, but to co-opt the Dead audience for themselves. We've got nothing against jam bands, now - some of our fondest concert memories involve Phish, copious amounts of small square bits of paper and random public nudity - but really, so much of this stuff just seems like so much sonic wanking.

Which brings us to the Dialectics, a five-man band from "somewhere between Chino and Claremont" (cheeky - we like!), a jam band who actually seem to know what to do with their guitars. They know how to latch onto a proper groove (and hold it); they dig deeply into funk rhythms and don't come off like a bunch of white kids faking it (Bootsy Collins would approve, we're pretty sure); and they have songs that shift around when you least expect them to. Take "Burden," a sweaty Chili Peppers-esque workout that switches tempos near the end and transforms into something that sounds lifted from their worn-down copies of "Physical Graffiti"- a swwet move that had us checking to see if a Led Zep tribute band had somehow invaded their MySpace page. "Consolation" is their ballad, a gentle acoustic/electric mesh that turns into a spacey noggin-nodder and concludes with some fine instrument noodeling. We thought "Cop's Can't Stop the Funk" might be their big protest tune, buy in the end we couldn't understand what the lead singer was hollering about (that's whatthe LYRICS portion on MySpace is for, guys.) Good band, still, one that should easily land a spot at the Bonnaroo Festival one of these years. - Inland Empire Weekly - 8/06


June, 2007: Debut album "Alchemy" now available to be downloaded on

June 2007: The Dialectics song "Burden" now available on Inland Empire Weekly's first ever local band compilation CD "Up to 11," which is available for free at over 50 different locations in the Inland Empire. It is also available through

June 2007: The Dialectics songs "Burden," Consolation," "Stray Rover," "All Things Foul," "Gypsy Eyes" (Jimi Hendrix cover - by permission,) & "Cops Can't Stop the Funk" are now currently streaming on

July 2007: "Alchemy" available for sale as of July 3rd, 2007 on and select retail outlets.


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Dialectics
WINNER - Best Rock Band – 2007 Inland Empire Music Awards
WINNER - Best Song, “Consolation” – 2007 Inland Empire Music Awards
WINNER – 2006 L.A. County Fair College Battle of the Bands
Nominee - 2007 Orange County Music Awards, Best Out of County

We are a 5 piece, groove-oriented original Rock Group based out of Chino Hills, CA. We blend elements of classic rock, funk and blues together to create a sound that has been missing from the music scene and rock in general for years. We have 2 lead guitar players, a rock-solid rhythm section and a solid lead singer.

Our influences include Stevie Ray Vaughn, Led Zeppelin, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, The Black Crowes, Allman Brothers, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, etc. We performed all over southern California in 2006, and are asked back everywhere we perform. We are currently focusing on performing in Hollywood, where gigs have included The Whiskey a Go-Go, The Viper Room, The Roxy, Club Derby, The Gig and more. We have been featured on Alternative Radio Station X103.9. The band has received overwhelming responses from fans, promoters, venue staff, and other musicians alike. Performances are fluid and exciting, as we blend intros, segues and tasteful jams throughout our performances to keep the set moving. Last September the Dialectics won the L.A. County Fair College Battle of the Bands, and in January we won 2 Inland Empire Music Awards for “Best Rock Band” and “Best Song – Consolation.”

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