A Million Pieces "Laserbeams"
Tuesday April 26, 2011
The debut EP from A Million Pieces is now available on iTunes. The self-titled record features the undeniably catchy single "Laserbeams" and five other standout pop-rock tracks, and was produced by Jerrod "Skins" Bettis, the original drummer for OneRepublic.
Find out the story behind the up-and-coming LA band in a introductory video piece that highlights their not only their songwriting process, but their quirky sense of humor and attitude towards music: "It's not about the photo shoots, it's not about the interviews, it's not about music videos - it's about playing live music for people who love music, who want to have a good time."
Friday April 22, 2011
Emerging pop/rock act A Million Pieces roll out their self-titled Scallywag Records EP with a record release party at LA's famed Key Club Tuesday, April 26, offering free admission before 9 p.m. A Million Pieces was produced by Jerrod "Skins" Bettis (the original drummer for OneRepublic), who will also perform with the band that evening.
"After producing pop record after rock record after hip hop record, it was a natural progression to be involved with a young, up-and-coming rock band. These guys are awesome and talented...It became a personal project for me and it was really awesome to be a part of it," said Bettis of the record.
In celebration of A Million Pieces' EP debut and Key Club Record Release party, the band is offering five lucky pairs of fans VIP entrance and gifting of complete band/swag packages. Please visit Facebook or Twitter for more information.
A Million Pieces share a genuine bond of brotherhood and write fearlessly autobiographical songs, like lead single "Laserbeams." Guitarist/vocalist Peter Vanderloos elaborated on the band's sound: "I'm a big fan of pop music, and we're from different pop genre backgrounds, always looking to blend new and unique influences. As a band, we're open to the bigger audience and our goal is to crossover without selling out."
Along with Vanderloos, A Million Pieces is Morgan Freed (lead vocals), Ryan Brown (bass) and Stephen Soss (keyboards and assorted instruments). Their Scallywag debut EP, which features six solid, catchy and extremely well-crafted tracks, is their first outing as a band, but they're all highly accomplished and serious musicians. Soss, who is viewed as the band's consummate musician plays drums, trumpet, banjo and accordian (in addition to keyboards).
Wednesday March 30, 2011
The quirky LA foursome A Million Pieces has released their music video for "Laserbeams," the infectious first single from their self-titled debut EP, available for purchase April 26th.
A Million Pieces formed when all four members moved to Southern California, seeking fellow musicians with similar attitude and sound. Singer Morgan Freed and guitarist Peter Vanderloos began writing and recording songs while living in a communal house in Laguna Beach. Morgan recalled when he met Peter that, "It was the first time I saw a guitarist play his instrument upside down, and without a pick!" The two then connected with former punk bassist Ryan Brown and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Soss, who plays everything from keyboards to drums, trumpet and banjo. "I never thought from playing in metal and ska bands in Denver that I'd be in in LA, playing with three dudes who I absolutely love."
Describing what they do as "edgy pop music with attitude," the band still has a lightness and illumination to their music and lives. "We're not dark and mysterious, we're honest," says Peter. "We like to laugh and have fun." For more A Million Pieces and to preview additional tracks from their upcoming EP, find the band on Facebook at AMPMusicLA or visit AMillionPiecesMusic.com.
Fearlessly autobiographical songs, a scorching live show, and a genuine bond of brotherhood: Morgan Freed (lead vocals/guitar); Peter Vanderloos (guitar/vocals); Ryan Brown (bass) and Stephen Soss (piano and assorted instruments) are A Million Pieces.
Although their debut self-titled EP (Scallywag Records) is A Million Pieces’ first outing as a unit, they are all accomplished musicians. “There was nothing to do in Tucson except play music, get into trouble and break shit,” says Morgan of his Arizona hometown. He initially connected with Peter and Stephen when all moved to Southern California.
Morgan says the first word that came to mind when he met Peter was “flamboyant.” He explains, “It was the first time I saw a guitarist play his instrument upside down, and without a pick. It was very unique.”
Next, Morgan and Peter lived in a communal house in Laguna Beach. Morgan recalls the madness. “There were people from all over the U.S. – a guy from Philly with a pit bull and a crazy dude named Minnesota Joe who would hang salami on the walls, and would put mouse traps in our pillow cases.”
Amidst the chaos of their living quarters, Morgan and Peter began writing and recording songs. “When that’s what you do and that’s what you’ve always done, you can do it in any environment,” says Morgan. Although their ambitions were modest, the results were resounding. Peter recalls, “We were asked to sing at a wedding on a yacht and it spiraled from there. We wanted to be serious.”
The other two band members flush out the concepts. Bassist Ryan Brown, quiet in person, a dervish on stage, supports the low end. He is meticulous about gear and instruments. “Right out of high school I played with an older punk band who said, ‘You’ve got to take care of your equipment.’ Everything has to be perfect,” he affirms. It’s also Ryan behind the wheel, transporting the band to sessions and meetings.
Stephen Soss, is the band’s consummate musician. In addition to keyboards, he plays drums, trumpet and banjo, and will soon add accordion to the mix. “I never thought from playing in metal and ska bands in Denver that I’d be in Los Angeles playing with three dudes who I absolutely love,” he observes.
The self-titled EP unites the band with producer Jerrod “Skins” Bettis. Originally the drummer for OneRepublic, Skins, now signed to Ryan Tedder’s Patriot Games Publishing, extracted performances that maintain the band’s blazing onstage presence while adding the requisite studio polish.
While the band might describe what they do as “edgy pop music with attitude,” there is an illumination to their music and their lives. “We’re not dark and mysterious, were honest,” Peter says. “We like to laugh, have fun and be idiots. We’re serious 10 percent of the time.” The band’s name is extracted from a set of lyrics penned by Morgan. “You see I feel like I’m a million pieces/And when you see you’re seeing laser beams.” That said, these beams are now focused on a band united by power, professionalism and progress. “It’s not like I can preach to someone,” says Peter. “Our lives have gotten 180 degrees better, and we’re growing everyday, but we’re not perfect. We’re honest.”
As this honesty inspires songs, so does it fuel performances. “We’re in the business for the time we are on stage performing live for our audience, and that’s what we do all this shit for,” says Peter Vanderloos. “And it’s worth it.”