Yep, yep, yep! And we're taking no prisoners! All who come will rock!
What's that? You've never heard of us? Well, I suppose that's understandable... Right now, we're pretty local, so let me fill you in.
Controlled Substance is an eclectic rock band from Memphis, Tn. Comprising of members with different musical backgrounds, they produce a sound that's familiar yet foreign, delicious yet different.
The sound of Substance is a fusion of hip-hop-influenced drum beats, jazz bass, folk-progressive rhythms, Hendrix leads, and pop-classical keyboards. Above all this, indie-rock and choir vocals mesh solidly and perfectly, completing the sound of Substance.
Influences range from The Pixies, Jimi Hendrix, and Dir en grey to Nickle Creek, The Seatbelts, and Jaco Pastorius to Travis Barker, Gackt, and AFI.
Lyrically, the band delves into the darkness of humanity, bringing to light it's inner-most qualities, including love, hate, good, evil, passion, and drive. Lyricists are by no means fearful of boating in controversial waters, exposing corruption in government and humankind, exploring mental deprivation, and telling stories left untold. Introspective thoughts and strange, powerful imagery pour from the mouths of impassioned vocalists to stir the listener's thoughts and feelings, to arouse self-awareness and promote recognition of the world outside of the box.
This is emotion. This is life. This is Substance."
OK, well, it's the cheesy promo spiel, but I can prove it's all true! The best way to know is to come, but I've put together a promo pack JUST FOR YOU! I wish I could give you everything I have, but the truth is that if it's a good recording, we're trying to sell it x3 With that in mind, I ask that if you like what you hear, buy our music, which will be for sale in the Dealer's Den along with some shirts and stickers.
A little information about what I've given you...
01. Sanctified Butterfly - Guys, this is the real deal, the first track from our EP. You can listen at various places online, but this is the ONLY link from which you get a FREE DOWNLOAD! Enjoy!
02. Detached - We hope to premier this little folk tune at RCFM. It's got a bit of a Celtic feel, don't you think?
03. Preview - It's impossible to give you one song and say, "This is what Substance sounds like," so here's a preview of our EP, one minute per song.
04. Stray-Dog Epitaph (Raw) - As it says, it's a very raw recording of one of our songs. No drums, no bass, just piano, guitars, and vocals. Even I'm surprised at how good this recording is.
05. 42 (acoustic) - This is a live, acoustic recording (with some digital vocal effects and a socket wrench) of one of our heavier songs we'll be premiering at RCFM. No other audience has heard this song in full fruition. You will be the FIRST!
Bonus - The Adventures of Bernie the Snowhound (instrumental) - We hope to bring our comedic side-project band, 111号室 (one-eleven GO-sheet-zoo) with us to play during our break (Zack Bearnuts' schedule permitting). They wouldn't let us bring our funnier song (it was quite lewd), so here's our other song, minus lyrics. THOSE are a surprise ;)
I hope to see you there, mates!
(rhythm guitar, vocals)