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Salon of Refuse

Salon of Refuse

Salon of Refuse


Matthew Lahm – Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Guitar, Keyboard Simona Martore – Singer/Songwriter, Guitar, Keyboard Chris Pastena – Bass Mark Pena – Guitar, Keyboard Jon Rosenbaum – Drums We are a three-guitar band with two singers (male and female), bass and drums. Our sound is full and our original songs are compositions that tend to be epic. We allude to the arena rock of the 70’s and grunge bands of the 90’s. Our most pronounced influences are The Doors Read more on Last.fm
Matthew Lahm – Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Guitar, Keyboard Simona Martore – Singer/Songwriter, Guitar, Keyboard Chris Pastena – Bass Mark Pena – Guitar, Keyboard Jon Rosenbaum – Drums We are a three-guitar band with two singers (male and female), bass and drums. Our sound is full and our original songs are compositions that tend to be epic. We allude to the arena rock of the 70’s and grunge bands of the 90’s. Our most pronounced influences are The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, David Bowie, The Cure, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

Of these examples, a common element is visual art and aspects of theater that influence the music. We strive to maintain aesthetics in our songs, which is why our name is rooted in nineteenth century painting and sculpture. Le Salon des Refuses refers to the art gallery where impressionism was born. Emperor Napoleon III thus dubbed it because he was appalled by the work displayed there and the name is equivalent to calling it a gallery of waste. We translated the French name into English: Salon of Refuse.

The art in Le Salon des Refuses was not familiarly mythological, historical or entertaining: it was human, warts and all. These artists were current, satirical, challenging and inconveniently honest. Their work both scared and captivated the public. A painting of a nude woman wasn’t pawned off as a depiction of the goddess Venus; it was of the prostitute who posed painted as herself.

Our original repertoire embodies these ideas and is similar to a salon style art exhibit of many genres and moods. We can be deadly serious, sarcastic, simultaneously happy and sad and we are not afraid to be funny either. Great bands express the range of human emotions in their music and still maintain common ground in their sound. We want to achieve the same thing.

The five songs on our demo were selected to showcase the variety of our music yet, demonstrate the consistency of the Salon of Refuse sound. The band’s lineup was finally complete in February 2010. Following this, the band spent the last year developing our songs and realizing our identity. We wrote two CD’s of material, produced our own recordings, designed our website and graphics before we even played a show. We wanted all the pieces in place before beginning to build an audience.

Now we are ready. We are interested in playing both all-original sets on bills with other original bands as well as playing full evenings as a house band. For a full night show, we want to play an even mix of our songs and covers by the bands we mentioned above. However, when we play a cover, it is Salon of Refuse style and not a copy of the original.

This is what the greats did so we are doing the same. The covers we do play are carefully selected and incorporated into our sound because the Salon of Refuse aesthetic is the essence of the band. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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