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FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH STEF W/ AN F OF CiTY OF THE WEAK AND SPiNS OF THEiR NEW
SiNGLE CENSOR THiS
may not share in our nervousness and apprehension in what a TRUMP
presidency has to offer and that's fine but this is where we're at as a
publication right now. The number of things that have us excited these
days a minimal outside of the release of ROGUE ONE - A STAR WARS STORY
and new music from one of our favorite bands in the past couple of
years - CITY OF THE WEAK. Fronted by the enigmatic and
most-definitely-photogenic front woman STEF WITH AN F, CITY OF THE WEAK
is a band that has stood out from the crowd with their not-so-subtle
approach to a brand of pop rock that one finds themselves banging their
heads. The band set the public up for some pleasant surprises
with the release of their 2014 EP DISCLOSURE which had yielded the
singles WHITE FIRE ALARM, JUST ANOTHER EULOGY and THE BLAME GAME (all
packaged lovingly with some top notch music videos proudly displaying
Ms. WITH AN F's undeniable charisma and star power). In the spring of
2017 STEF and the boys will be releasing their first ever LP. Preceding
this release is another anthemic stomper CENSOR THIS with a music video
that winks at the electoral process that is coming
into question. Seriously, we're not trying to make this political. 2017
is going to be huge year for CITY OF THE WEAK. All you've got to do is
give CENSOR THIS a listen and realize this band has the pop smarts to
make rock n roll great again.
ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with STEF WITH AN F regarding the new
single and the forthcoming album Here is how it went.
guys really have something special with the single CENSOR THIS. I
also understand that you guys are getting ready to release an album
in the coming year. Why was this single specifically earmarked as the
song was just one of my favorites. It sums up who we are as people
and who we are as a band. It perfectly captures our musical
existence. We just felt like it was appropriate. I feel like it's a
step up from our previous releases and it gives people a good idea of
what they can expect form the new album. We've expanded musically as
a band and we have wide range of songs. We're never going to lose our
pop rock roots but for this new one we figured that we'd either go
big or go home.
has inspired this music that you guys are about to put out?
the past year and a half we've bee through a ton of stuff from simply
being an independent band to working with a label and working with a
different management company and doing all of these crazy festivals.
And then we went back to being an independent band and working on a
record with different producers , working with new writers and trying
new things. This time around we worked by demoing things out as
opposed to sitting around and jamming the songs out. Now there are
only three of us in the band as opposed to the five that we had in
the past. With these songs we tried to capture every aspect of what
we've gone through in the past year and a half and how we felt about
each experience from different people screwing us over to different
people trying to bring us down. There is tons and tons of stuff on
the new album that people aren't going to be expecting.
a big sound that you're making for just being a three-piece band.
been a three piece for five months and with the way things are going
we want to keep it that way. Because of that there has been a change
in the songwriting. It's changed the way we work and operate
and it really comes across in the new songs. This has changed us for
the better and the best. You can really hear it.
how are BRENT and CODY holding up?
kind of weird. Outside of those two I like having a team around us
when we're on tour. Touring is always a party for us. We hire on a
drummer. The firs tour that we went on as a three piece with a
hire-on drummer we didn't bring along a crew and it was really
strange. It was four of us doing everything . It was so quiet. We
were so used to having a full house on the van and partying all the
time. And that time it felt like there was no one to party with. Now
that we bring a team with us it is definitely different. But as a
band I like that it's just the three of us. I like it a lot better.
Everything is more streamlined and runs way more efficiently now.
Anytime you have a bigger group it feels like you have more to carry.
I like the fact that we get things done more quickly and efficiently.
We don't mess around anymore. Our bass player CODY is very quiet
he did a lot of the writing for the record . He's very tech savvy. He
handles a lot of the tech stuff and the recording and the graphic
design . People tend to underestimate him because he's so quiet
in reality he's a brainchild. Our guitar player BRENT is a social
butterfly and hes; really good at interacting with fans. Together we
all compliment each other. It's cool to have different skills and
mindsets to get things done.
who all is helping you being the recording console for this upcoming
OWENS did the production. He's been with us every step of the way
from pre-production to the writing and the production. We
worked with JORDAN DiSORBO who used to be in the band BEFORE THEIR
EYES. He did the engineering, the tracking, the mixing and the
mastering. We've worked with other people who felt like they knew who
we were as a band but CRAIG and JORDAN really get
They are the perfect team for us. These two are immersed in out music
and this album that we're about to put out is going to be the album
that we always wanted to put out. It will be everything that our
first two records should've been.
songs have you the most excited to get people to hear off of this
hard! I don't want to reveal too much . In the past we'd have one
slow song on each album but to be honest with you slow songs are not
our forte and we don't play them live anymore. Not in two and a half
years because we like our shows to be energetic, crazy and in your
face. When you share stages with metal bands and hardcore bands you
have to match their energy. With this new album we've expanded on
that. We have a ballad. We wanted it to be a deep cut and we
didn't want it to be cheesy. That's not us. There's no name for the
song just yet. We made changes to the song just last week but once we
made the change we felt that this song was going to be the second
single for the album. It's kind of dark and electronic and no ones
going to expect that from us but once they hear it and see the video
that we have planned for it I think people will be moved by it.
understand recently that you just completed touring with ADELITAS WAY
and SCARLET CANARY.
was fantastic. ADELITAS WAY is so cool. They're a band doing
their own thing. They are their own managers and they work their own
merch. This was our first tour with a bigger band. We book our own
tours and get other bands of our stature to join us. ADELITAS WAY was
so awesome and Me and RICK DEJESUS were on the same level. We were
taking about business and he had so much advice to give. They are
such down to Earth people and I hope we can tour with them again.
The SCARLET CANARY tour was crazy. It was an East Coast to
Coast. When we completed the East Coast leg of the tour
we decided to drive 30 hours to Montana and our van broke down in us
an hour outside of Kansas City. We pushed it too far. The van hadn't
had repairs in a while . We tried to fix it ourselves and it
blew coolant everywhere and it totally screwed everything up. We got
towed into Kansas City at 2 a.m. and SCARLET CANARY called us
an hour later and asked what was up and gave us a ride in their
mini-van with a 5x8 trailer. We said "hell yeah"
without even one thought. We needed to finish the tour and there was
no other way. None of us were old enough to rent a van so there were
eight of us in a minivan but that ended up being one of the most fun
sort of reactions have you been able to gauge from CENSOR THIS and
it's music video?
a mix of things. With the video and the song we were taking a
turn for a mainstream pop sound and most of our older fans have
really gotten on board with this one. But there has also been some
backlash. A couple of people are saying that the song is too
processed and that the vocals sound too electronically
processed and too pop sounding. People have always thought
we were a metal band. We put on a heavy show and
got this outrageous look but we've never been a metal band. We are
more of a pop rock band. Now we want our sound to mature as band and
as people. There are always going to be people who like what you do
and there are going to be people who don't like what you do. I think
the song and it's video are just going to keep growing and growing.
Brian Lush is a music industry
professional and entrepreneur. In 2005 he launched the online music
site Rockwired.com to help promote new music artists in conjunction
with the weekly radio show Rockwired Live which aired on KTSTFM.COM
from 2005 - 2009. In 2010 He launched the daily podcast series
Rockwired Radio Profiles which features exclusive interviews and music.
He has also developed and produced the online radio shows Jazzed and
Blue - Profiles in Blues and Jazz, Aboriginal Sounds - A Celebration of
American Indian and First Nations Music, The Rockwired Rock N Roll
Mixtape Show and The Rockwired Artist of the Month Showcase. In 2012,
Brian Lush and his company Rockwired Media LLC launched the monthly
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no signs of stopping. Brian Lush's Rockwired also bares the distinction
of being the first American Indian-owned rock magazine. Brian Lush is
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