Senior Discount (band)

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Senior Discount
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Background information
Origin Warren, Rhode Island, US
Genres Punk rock, pop punk, ska punk
Years active 2004–present
Labels None
Website Official website
Members Chuck Staton
Christian Staton
Abe Correia
Matt Kelley
Past members Kevin Silva
Tom Wells
Alan Sousa

Senior Discount is a punk rock band (with some ska influences) based out of Warren, Rhode Island. In addition to playing music, the band is equally involved in the production of film. The band consists of Chuck Staton on vocals and guitar, Abe Correia on bass and back-up vocals, Matt Kelley on lead guitar and back-up vocals, and Christian Staton playing the drums. Senior Discount claims to have played over 250 shows in the New England Area with Gym Class Heroes, Girl Talk, Boys Like Girls, The Bravery, Less Than Jake, The Ataris, Leftover Crack, Just Surrender, A Wilhelm Scream, The Street Dogs, Zox, Monty Are I, Daly's Gone Wrong, Big D and the Kids Table, Brain Failure, Catch 22, Darkbuster, The Swingin Utters, Rehab, Jimmy's Chicken Shack, Mickey Avalon, Streetlight Manifesto, Tip The Van, The Loved Ones, MC Lars, Badfish, Whole Wheat Bread, Suburban Legends, Patent Pending, and The Toasters[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Albums[edit]

  • "There Were Four Who Tried" - Senior Discount's first full-length album (August, 2006)[10]
  • "And That's Goodbye..." - an EP (May, 2009)[11]
  • "Is This the End? - an EP (Dec, 2012)[12]

Videos[edit]

  • "VBW Attack: The Senior Discount Movie" - Senior Discount's full-length documentary (with elements of pranks and stunts) released September 2008[13]
  • Various concert performance videos, update/announcements videos, trailers, and short comedic videos on YouTube from 2006 to the present[14]
  • Senior Discount continually produces their own comedic web series (and occasional sketches), based around the exploits of the band, and previously posted the videos on DailyMotion.com[15] - but now continues the series on FunnyorDie.com, 2006 through the present[16]

Podcast[edit]

  • Senior Discount lead-singer Chuck Staton does a semi-weekly podcast with Senior Discount video star Brad Rohrer. The podcast focuses on the personal lives of the two men, as well as "behind the scenes" about the band, and current movies, games, books and music.[17]

Reviews[edit]

  • AbsolutePunk.net – "Every track from the album is an anthem to punk rock’s principles" (about Senior Discount's debut album, "There Were Four Who Tried...")[18]
  • The Noise (Boston) - "This DVD is gold and that the band and those with them have some mighty winds at their sails." (about Senior Discount's documenrary, "VBW Attack!")[19]
  • Maximum RockNRoll (California) - "These guys can rock and scream...a strong full-length." (about Senior Discount's album, "There Were Four Who Tried...")
  • Rock Is Life.com - "I was quite surprised, no shocked, at how great the latest release by Rhode Island’s Senior Discount was. This punk rock affair comes at you hard and heavy and never lets up till the very end." (about Senior Discount's album, "There Were Four Who Tried...")[20]

Awards and Notable Accomplishments[edit]

  • Best Punk/Garage Act - Providence Phoenix 2007 Best Music Poll [21]
  • Best Punk/Garage Act - Providence Phoenix 2008 Best Music Poll [22]
  • Semi-Finalists - 95.5 WBRU Rock Hunt 2008 [23]
  • Winnter: Best Comedy - Indie Gathering Film Festival (for Senior Discount's documentary, "VBW Attack!")[24]
  • Senior Discount's online streaming videos, through YouTube, Dailymotion and FunnyorDie have achieved over 55,000 views as of Summer 2011[25][26][27]
  • G4 bought footage from Senior Discount's film "VBW Attack!" and started airing the clips in late 2008/early 2009[28]

Departed Band Members[edit]

  • In Spring of 2008, former Senior Discount bassist Kevin Silva quit the band onstage with the band in Providence.
  • In Fall of 2011, Senior Discount issued a public statement (via YouTube[29]) that ex-guitarist Tom Wells has been ex-communicated from the band, immediately following the announcement of his arrest. The band made the statement, "We're completing dis-associating Senior Discount from guitarist Tom Wells....he will have nothing to do with anything we do from now on. We recently learned that Tom made personal decisions and had personal issues that we had no knowledge of and absolutely no control over whatsoever. We're shocked and devastated to be put in this position."

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=59302
  2. ^ http://events.thephoenix.com/boston/concerts/94826-Toasters-Senior-Discount/
  3. ^ http://providence.thephoenix.com/concerts/artist/senior-discount/
  4. ^ http://www.facebook.com/SeniorDiscount/info
  5. ^ http://www.gigposters.com/poster/89350_Catch_22.html
  6. ^ http://www.jambase.com/shows/event.aspx?EventID=1280159
  7. ^ http://events.thephoenix.com/boston/concerts/59200-badfish-[sublime-tribute]-scotty-dont/
  8. ^ http://www.tourfilter.com/boston/whole-wheat-bread
  9. ^ http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/143511/RI/Providence/MC-Lars-Suburban-Legends-Patent-Pending-and-Senior-Discount/The-Living-Room
  10. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/there-were-four-who-tried..../id192613088
  11. ^ http://www.andthatsgoodbye.com
  12. ^ http://vbwkids.com/seniordiscount/ITTEpage/index.html
  13. ^ http://www.vbwkids.com/seniordiscount/merch/merch.htm
  14. ^ http://www.youtube.com/vbwninja1630
  15. ^ http://www.dailymotion.com/seniordiscount
  16. ^ http://www.funnyordie.com/seniordiscount
  17. ^ http://www.vbwkids.com/seniordiscount/main_podcast.html
  18. ^ http://absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=308292
  19. ^ http://www.thenoise-boston.com/content/view/187/10/
  20. ^ http://www.rock-is-life.com/reviewsinbrief.htm
  21. ^ http://providence.thephoenix.com/music/86134-back-in-action/
  22. ^ http://providence.thephoenix.com/music/86134-back-in-action/
  23. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/38455/semifinalists-announced-for-wbru-s-rock-hunt
  24. ^ http://theindiegathering.com/
  25. ^ http://www.dailymotion.com/seniordiscount
  26. ^ http://www.funnyordie.com/seniordiscount
  27. ^ http://www.youtube.com/vbwninja1630
  28. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzvDgg2ciVU
  29. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d4boExVGOU&list=UUqhr09FnURlOaAX6REJeqUg&index=2&feature=plcp

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