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Powerman 5000

Powerman 5000

Rachel Lorin, Vyces

Sat, November 11, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Castle Theatre

Bloomington, IL

$15 (Advance) / $18 (Day of Show)

Ticket Prices listed do NOT include additional Ticket Fees added at online checkout & box office

Powerman 5000
Powerman 5000
POWERMAN 5000 began soon after founder and frontman Spider One dropped out of the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. “I loved painting,” Spider recalls, “but I figured I could do that when I was 80. I was spending all my time in the clubs of Boston, like the Rat and the Channel. I was watching all of these great local bands and I wanted to be a part of that scene! So I dropped out of school without a clue but was determined to start a band.”

After years of false starts and various incarnations, POWERMAN 5000 eventually released its first EP, TRUE FORCE, in 1994, which quickly became a Boston rock favorite, catapulting the band to the top of the local scene. “We were very different than everyone else. At the time Grunge was exploding, and all the other bands were chasing that sound,” Spider explains. “We had no interest. We were smashing together a bizarre mix of Rap, Punk and Metal. We worked hard and killed it live and people noticed.”

In 1996, PM5K followed up with their first full-length album, THE BLOOD SPLAT RATING SYSTEM. That album, along with the band’s growing fan base and infamous live show, led to a major label deal with Dreamworks Records. Dreamworks released an extended and remixed version of THE BLOOD SPLAT RATING SYSTEM, now titled MEGA! KUNG FU RADIO. The record went on to expand POWERMAN’s following to a national level and allowed them the opportunity to tour with rock heavy weights such as KORN, MARILYN MANSON and KISS, as well a slot on the first ever OZZFEST.

After a year of non-stop touring, POWERMAN 5000 returned to the studio to record what would be the album to blast the band to a new level of success. 1999s science fiction opus, TONIGHT THE STARS REVOLT!, would go on to sell two-million copies and turn the band into MTV regulars and rock radio mainstays. Sold out headlining tours followed, along with sharing stages with the likes of METALLICA, PANTERA, KID ROCK and others. “TONIGHT THE STARS REVOLT! changed everything,” Spider recalls. “We went from being this weird little band with a cult following to being this weird little band in rotation on MTV alongside CHRISTINA AGUILERA. It was all very strange.”

Band members and label changes followed over the years. 2001’s ANYONE FOR DOOMSDAY was shelved for what would become 2003’s TRANSFORM (the final record for Dreamworks Records). “When Dreamworks went under and we were without a label, it was a difficult time,” Spider says. “Back then a record deal was very important and pretty much the only way to have major success. I won’t lie. For a moment, I thought that was it, but I didn’t want to stop and was determined to not give up.”

After the dust settled, a stronger, more DIY, POWERMAN 5000 came back swinging with the punk influenced DESTROY WHAT YOU ENJOY (2006), the very spacey SOMEWHERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF NOWHERE (2009), a collection of cover tunes called COPIES, CLONES AND REPLICANTS (2011) and perhaps their strongest release to date BUILDERS OF THE FUTURE (2014).

As Powerman 5000 prepare to release their latest onslaught, NEW WAVE, coming in fall of 2017 on Pavement Entertainment, Spider sums it up this way, “After all these years, I feel like the band gets better with every record and tour. I’ve never lost the enthusiasm that I had from those early days and always want to treat each new album as if it’s our first. I’m not interested in the past, just creating the future. A big, loud, crazy future!”
Rachel Lorin
Rachel Lorin
I am a singer/songwriter/actress in NYC and appeared on Oxygen and E Network's The Next Big Thing 🙂 I am in the pop/rock genre.
Vyces
Vyces
In the summer of 2014 Chicago native Dave Naruszewicz was looking to work on a new project following the disbandment of his former group Heart Set-Self Destruct. After years of touring with such bands as Filter, Hell Yeah, and Volbeat (to name a few) it he realized it was time for change. He spent time working with other musicians in the Chicago music scene looking to feed his passion as an artist and wasn’t finding what he was looking for. Dave’s undying passion for music was not deterred so he decided to reach out to longtime friend and fellow Drummer Russell Ray (formerly of Old Fashioned Beatdown).

From the start Dave was willing to fly to Los Angeles from Chicago every other week to work together in building something new, original, and undeniable. Russ then reached out to Shawn Patterson (former guitarist for Old Fashioned Beatdown). Shawn (currently residing in Fresno) was down to make the commute as well to LA, and the three began shooting demos over the web that became the foundation of what is VYCES.

After a few trips to LA the three musicians decided to go into the studio with Augustus Cryns (producer of Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits, and West Field Massacre), and also featured Mark James Klepaski (Formerly of Breaking Benjamin, and Lifer) on bass. After a year of writing and recording the band has finished 22 songs of true emotion, and power. The band has been related to such artists as Chevelle, Killswitch Engage, and Red as they have sonically created a blend of Active Rock, with a dash of metal. Dave describes the soul of the songs through his lyrics as exploring the darker side of human emotion and behavior. "It's something everyone can relate to because everyone has experienced some form of hurt, betrayal, weakness, hate, addiction, and/or lack of acceptance" says singer Naruszewicz. "It’s also the fuel that drives us to become stronger, get better, and overcome the flaws we've built in our minds."

In October 2016 VYCES released their debut EP “DEVILS” and released a music video for the single “DEVIL” shot by Ron Underwood. From October through Novemeber of that year the band embarked on a the HELLRZZR TOUR which trecked across the U.S performing in 29 cities in 33 days.

Currently VYCES has spent the beginning of 2017 working towards material for their next EP titled “ANGELS” which will be released this Fall of 2017. This EP will also feature their current radio national radio single titled “NOCTURNAL” accompanied another music video shot by Ron Underwood, and features Butcher Babies own Carla Harvey.
Venue Information:
The Castle Theatre
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
http://www.thecastletheatre.com/