The Luckouts - FEATURE

I lucked out recently when I had the chance to enter an eclectic studio with as much character as its occupants, The Luckouts. The walls were covered from floor to ceiling with an over stimulating array of eye candy, the coolest collection of memorabilia, posters, nick knacks and collectibles. I may have to go back to do a feature on the studio itself.

The Luckouts formed in June of 2007 with Liz Scaris-"Ruiner" taking a stab at lead vocals for the first time. She had played Bass Guitar with The Ruiners for 8 years and has been influenced by such female musicians as Suzi Quatro, Joan Jett, & Lita Ford. She wanted to give her song writing and vocals a try so she invited seasoned drummer Jim Faulkner and bassist Matt Harbison to join her. They played as a 3-piece and were writing songs when they met up with lead guitar player Gary Chechak in Sept 2008.  He brought his own style of song writing ability to the table along with guitar solos that they felt were priceless.

In April of 2011, Matt left the band. Soon after, on May 20, 2011 the Luckouts played their first show with new bassist Gretchen Domino. She too was a seasoned musician that played with such bands as Huntress, Spat and many others. Gretchen (aka Fancy Pants) has a signature style of playing.

In early 2013, Jim and Gary parted amicably to devote time to ongoing personal projects and new drummer Dan Durecki answered Liz's ad when searching for a replacement. Dan is a powerhouse drummer with some serious chops and has played with some notable Detroit icons such as Bootsey X & The Lovemasters, The Luddites, and Jill Jack to name but a few. This new, rocking 3-piece line up works well together and shows a definite chemistry between them.

As a perfect example of raw Detroit rock-n-roll, The Luckouts are a band not to be missed!



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Seven Story Fall - FEATURE

Hunter Kennedy
I had an opportunity to sit with Hunter Kennedy of Seven Story Fall. Doing a feature on this guy was a no brainer after seeing his music video for the song "Sing to Me". With it's catchy hook and infectious chorus, I had found it stuck in my head for days. His radio friendly pop-punk style of rock seems to be just the thing that the big media folks are looking for and it is a wonder to me that he hasn't hit just yet.

At age 11, Hunter received his first guitar and decided to pursue a band. In 2002, Seven Story Fall was born. Meeting many musicians and having members come and go, many things happened over the span of 10 years.  In the year 2004, the band became more serious and bigger shows started to come along such as "From First to Last / Chiodos / MXPX / The Color Fred" in Milwaukee, WI. Next came "A Skylit Drive / Four Letter Lie / Before Their Eyes" in Cleveland, OH. There were also many festivals like Summerfest in Warren, MI with "We Came as Romans / Attack Attack" and the Jackson County Fairgrounds with "Otep / Sevendust".

With 3 EP's behind them, this band is not new to the music scene and have also enjoyed quite a bit of press.

Their latest LP,  Stories & Analogies started as a 5 song EP produced by Erik Ron (Good Charlotte, Panic at the Disco, Hit the Lights and Saosin), but within a couple months they signed to Tate Music Group. They were given the option to release the EP with the 5 previously recorded songs or record 7 more at Tate's studio and release a full length album. The result is a full length concept album that tell's a story... hence the name.

Now with only hunter left, acting as a solo artist, he is determined to make this full length a success. Seven Story Fall is looking to create a huge buzz everywhere from newspapers and magazines to exclusive interviews and live shows this year with their first full length on a label.  "We are finally at a point where things are only progressing, and with the release of this new album and music video, we hope to make an impression this time around", says Hunter.

Check out my interview with Hunter in this episode of MCM-TV and be sure to stick around for a bit of his video for "Sing to Me" at the end.




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