Monday, March 30, 2009

Interview with 2 AM Logic

Who: 2am Logic
What: CD Release Party
Where: First National Bar, Pocatello, ID - map
When: Friday, April 3rd, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
How Much: $5 at the door

I caught up with Todd Thompson, guitarist and vocalist for 2am Logic about their new CD and upcoming shows in S. Idaho.

Peace and Rock, baby, Peace and Rock.

SLG: Describe your genre of music. Maybe list your three best crowd-pleasing songs? Can you explain in what way do you most appeal to your fans?

TT: 2am Logic is a modern rock band. Not too heavy, melody driven with thick guitar riffs driving our sound. With story songs like Private Hell, spiteful songs like Get Bent, and ballads such as Bottled and Gone, we can run an audience through a full range of emotions, while keeping a high energy level throughout. I think that explains our broad appeal when it comes to our fan base. We have older and younger fans, we have people from all walks of life and a wide variety of musical tastes that dig our tunes. And that's always a good thing.

SLG: Describe the new CD in particular. As best as you can, what kind of other bands can we compare this music to?

TT: Our CD, Shattered, is out this week. It's a twelve-track, full-scale view of 2am Logic as a band. It starts with Again (For the Moment) and rolls though a great snapshot of our influences, from the bluesy Italy to the acoustic Soul For Sale. Overall, Shattered reflects our style.

We even had our good friend Scott Taylor [The Unread] co-write and be a guest vocalist on Human, and we are extremely proud of the work he put into this album. Mad props to Mr. Taylor; he's one hell of a producer and a great musician to work with.

To compare to other bands: 3 Days Grace meets Seether, but with a touch of blues/jazz thrown into the mix.

SLG: Who is in 2am Logic and what do they play? How long has this line-up been together?

Dustin Thueson – Guitars
Shawn “Piklz” Ringel – Drums
Kathy Brown – Bass
Cody Scheer – Guitars
Todd Thompson – Guitars, Vocals

In my humble opinion, we are a great mix of seasoned vets and young raw talent, with 3 of our members being in several previous bands, and the other two in their first band.

SLG: Tell us where you're from and currently based in what town?

TT: Rigby/Idaho falls, with 4 out of 5 born right here in Eastern Idaho.

SLG: Past shows or venues you'd like to brag about? Past or future shows in the Pocatello area?

TT: We’ve shared the stage with a couple of great touring acts already this year, Pop Evil and Rev Theory, and in July we get to open for Great White and Firehouse at Sandy Downs in IF. That show is called Rock The Falls and will be hosted by Ambre Lake (from Rock of Love 2).

Upcoming Pocatello shows include April 19th with Broke City and Witness the Forecast at Barrie's, which should be a great all ages show.

Our tour schedule is listed at if you’d like more details on any of our upcoming gigs.

SLG: Describe this particular show. What can ppl expect if they come to this show?

TT: Friday, April 3rd at The First National Bar is our CD release party. We snared some great bands to play along side us for this one: Scratch, an Idaho Falls straight-up rock band is kicking off the night, followed by Haxsaw Ridge, a solid heavy rock band, with The Unread next (those guys need no introduction, they’re one of the best bands out there) and then 2am Logic finishing off the night.

Basically we chose our favorite local bands to join us. And even though they all represent slightly different genres, the binding thread between all of them is great melodies with addicting guitar riffs, which is exactly what makes them great bands.

Doors are at 8pm, show at 9pm, and there’s a $5 cover charge. It’s 21 and up only, but if you are underage we encourage you to check out our show at Barrie's on the 19th; its all ages.

2am Logic - Photo by Scott Taylor

SLG: Any comments about the local live music scene, the music industry in general? What do you think is the best way to get your music out there?

TT: The local music scene? I can’t say enough about the quality of musicians here and what great guys and gals they are. When I first came to Eastern Idaho I didn’t think there was much in the way of local music. But the more opportunities we've had to work with other local bands, the more I saw that not only are there some really talented players here, but they are all really cool people and have the common goal of promoting not just their bands but the whole scene. That kind of unselfish mentality creates a great atmosphere – check your ego at the door and let’s jam

SLG: Amen, my brothuh. Will you have CD's or more for sale at the show?

TT: CDs, of course! T-shirts and necklaces as well. The necklaces are made by Kathy Brown and Alicia Thompson and incorporate guitar picks with 2am Logic’s logo. Each one’s unique; they’re really cool.

SLG: How can fans contact you? Myspace? or another website?

TT: Myspace is the way to go. But if you are at a show, we encourage you to come talk to us (we don’t bite, well, sometimes Piklz does but he’s had his shots). Its always good to talk to people face to face; the internet is too impersonal.

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