Megaphone (band)

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Megaphone
Megaphone stars.jpg
Megaphone in 2009.
Background information
Origin Orlando, Florida, United States
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock
Years active 2004–present
Website www.megaphonemusic.net
Members Matt Bloodwell
Paul Smith
James Woodrich
Scott Smith

Megaphone is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, founded in 2004. Their general influences include Foo Fighters, Butch Walker and Led Zeppelin. They formed in late 2004 when founding member Matt Bloodwell (former drummer of the well known Orlando band Precious) traded his drums for a guitar and recruited local rock musicians from the Orlando music scene. Megaphone is: Paul Smith - Lead guitar, former touring guitarist for Seven Mary Three - Mammoth/Atlantic, and Vonray - Elektra Records. James Woodrich - Bass guitar, formerly of My Hotel Year - Doghouse Records. Scott Smith - Drummer, formerly of Cori Yarckin and newest member of the band joining in March 2007.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

Megaphone's founding member Matt Bloodwell was originally a drummer for punk rock band named Precious[3] While in Precious, Matt Bloodwell was also writing songs. In October 2003, Matt left Precious to put together a band around the music he had been writing. "Being someone who everyone knows as a drummer but no one really knows as a song writer, I felt like if I wanted people to take me seriously as a song writer I had to do something really different. OK, so I'll sing and play guitar in Megaphone." [1] He then recruited local musicians. "I knew exactly what I wanted and I had a pretty good idea of who could pull it off. Now it was just a mater of are they going to like the material?" Guitarist Paul Smith, who has worked with Seven Mary Three, was just coming off the road with Vonray in support of their first Electra release when drummer Matt Brown introduced him to Bloodwells' demos. Matt Brown had been the drummer for 3AE signed to RCA before tragedy ended the band to soon.[4] Matt Brown joined Megaphone and was with the band until March 2007 when he was replaced by former Cori Yarckin drummer Scott Smith.[1] James Woodrich from My Hotel Year joined the band as the bass player. "Everyone in this band has had such a great history individually, our hope is that our future together will be even better." [5]

In addition to being the lead singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist for Megaphone, Matt Bloodwell's primary instrument is drums which he began playing at the age of seven. He is currently a part-time percussionist for Blue Man Group at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida and he is the drummer for the rock cover band Mulch, Sweat, n' Shears at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Bloodwell has also arranged, performed and produced song Halloween-loween for Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom's Villains Mix and Mingle show at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2006-2010 and his voice was heard singing lead vocals on Disney Tokyo's Haunted Rock'n Streets Halloween parade 2007.[2][6][7]

Notable shows[edit]

On August 12, 2004 Megaphone played their first show at Wills Pub with New Roman Times and Spacebar. Megaphone was named Best Rock/Pop act in Orlando 2007 and 2008 by The Orlando Weekly magazine. They were also named second best live act in the same publication in 2007. (An improv comedy show took first place.) [8]

Megaphone has opened for such national acts as AC/DC, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, The Joe Perry Project, Crash Kings, Seven Mary Three, Everclear, Edwin McCain and The New Left. They've also made appearances at WJRR 101.1's Earthday Birthday 12 & 14, and the 2005, 2007-2009 Florida Music Festival Main Stage.[9][10][11]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Matt Bloodwell – vocals, guitar
  • Paul Smith - guitar, background vocals
  • Eric van Lugo – bass, background vocals
  • Scott Smith – drums

Former members[edit]

  • Matt Brown – drums (2004–2007)
  • James Woodrich – bass, background vocals (2004–2011)

Discography[edit]

  • For Cryin' Out Loud (April 15, 2005)
  • The Perfect Gift Christmas song - single (November 24, 2007)[12]
  • Exit Silent Mode (August 1, 2009)

Awards[edit]

  • Best Pop Band and 2nd Best Mainstream Rock Band in the Orlando 2010 by The Orlando Weekly Magazine[13]
  • Best Rock/Pop act in Orlando 2008 by The Orlando Weekly Magazine [14]
  • Best Rock/Pop act & 2nd Best Live Act in Orlando 2007 by The Orlando Weekly magazine [8]
  • Net Music Countdown's Top Net Unknown for January 5, 2007 [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Prezioso, Nicole (2006-02-09). "Loud and Clear". Orlando Weekly. Archived from the original on 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ a b Sheer, Quinton (2007-01-16). "Soap Boxes and megaphone". Qs House. Retrieved 2007-01-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Curiously catching on". Orlando Weekly. 1998-12-16. Archived from the original on 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  4. ^ Hinton, William Dean; Jeffrey C. Billman (2002-09-12). "3AE singer dies in car crash". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  5. ^ "megaphone band history". Archived from the original on 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  6. ^ Maupin, Elizabeth (March 22, 2007). "Needed: More Blue Men". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  7. ^ "Los Lawn Boys aka: Mulch, Sweat, & Shears". http://loslawnboys.com/. Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  8. ^ a b "Best of Orlando 2007 Arts and Entertainment". Orlando Weekly. 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  9. ^ Abbott, Jim (2009-05-14). "FMF, Day 1: Between the Trees, Grammy showcase and that actor dude". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  10. ^ Abbott, Jim (2009-11-20). "AC/DC keeps its rock 'n roll train rolling at Amway Arena". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  11. ^ Long, Christopher (2009-12-30). "Megaphone with Trauma DeVille, Sore Eyes". Ink 19. Archived from the original on 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  12. ^ Anderson, Tim (2007-12-18). "Megaphone, "The Perfect Gift"". Orlando MetroMix. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  13. ^ Staff, Orlando Weekly (2010-07-14). "Best of Orlando 2010:Arts & Entertainment". Orlando Weekly. Orlando Weekly. Archived from the original on 2010-09-12. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  14. ^ "Best of Orlando 2008 Arts and Entertainment". Orlando Weekly. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  15. ^ Lawrence, David (2007-01-05). "Megaphone Top Net Unknown Week of January 5, 2007". Net Music Countdown. Archived from the original on 2007-11-24. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 

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