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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

Lynyrd Stogner from Calling All War

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

The band is based out of Dallas Texas. Martin Caudillo(Vocals) is originally from Mesquite, TX- Matt Culpepper(guitar), Millard Hasbrook(Bass,Backing Vocals), and Jonathan McGuire(Drums) are all from Centerville, TX and Lynyrd Stogner(Guitar, Backing Vocals) is originally from San Angelo, TX

Afresh: How did the band get the name?

Well, I bet each member would give you a slightly different version so here is mine.  Calling All War – to challenge all adversities that come in your way. To declare war against any negative source(people, emotions etc) and claim victory!

Afresh: What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)

Guitar and Backing Vocals.

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?

Hard hitting, all natural rock n roll. Fans have compared us to Shinedown, Deftones and Chevelle. However, I feel the album we are working on currently sounds a little different but still throws that Calling All War right hook.

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

We pride ourselves on our live shows. Expect a full force show where you will not be allowed to observe but required to participate!

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

The band has had many line up shifts until a couple of years ago when the current members were locked in. The band originated as Calling All War in 2008 and hit the grown running. In the first year we placed in the top ten to be selected to play Oz Fest that year. We competed in a battle of the band at the Palladium Ballroom for a panel of celeb judges. We came away with a lot of new ears and friends from that experience.

Afresh:  What do you feel distinguishes “an artist” from just a musician?

An artist doesn’t compromise. I like to think we fit that mold. We are a D.I.Y. band that doesn’t expect any one to do any favors for us. We create the art and wait to see who it inspires. That’s why we make friends as well as fans everywhere we travel.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

I first met the other guys in CAW when my old band opened up for them a couple of years ago. They had recently parted with their guitarist and I was not happy with the direction my project was headed. I felt that CAW fit me personally and artistically, more than anything I’ve been a part of to date. I jumped at the opportunity to audition. I guess I got the job.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

Being a D.I.Y. band means we have a lot on our plates individually. Finding ways to promote the band is an ever evolving process. Hanging a flier and sending out an e-vite is just not enough. Keeping people’s appetite wet is a constant 24/7 job. This is the reason we are finishing one record as we just released our first.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

Embrace them and always make sure you ask “What did we learn? What can we do to make sure this does/doesn’t happen again?”.

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?

Absolutely. Bands and Venues are asking fans to come out pay to park, pay cover and bar tabs. That doesn’t leave extra scratch for people to buy our merchandise. The merchandise is the way we pay for recordings etc, so essentially we take the same hit everyone else is taking in the wallet. It is getting better though and we have the best friends and fans.

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

Play and play some more. Also, don’t ask for advice unless you have the mind set to embrace it and try it. Nothing is more frustrating than a kid asking you how you book so many shows, and when you answer them their first response is “But…”. It’s not always what you want to hear but just may be what you NEED to hear.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

All are families are very supportive. We would not be able to do it any other way.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas??? Cheaper cover, Cheaper Drinks. Plain and simple. Give people a reason to come out and stay out.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

My grandmother and mother both played piano so there was always one to bang on around the house. My father played guitar and I think that planted the seed for me to take it up.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now? I’m really into punk and post-punk, post-hardcore music right now. My favorite band is The Bronx. They can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. Our music is influenced by the bands we all listen to individually which I think creates a broad ever changing style.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

I can make a kick ass breakfast burrito!

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

I go insane if I’m not a part of music in some way. Performing is the icing on the cake. I would be happy playing a show every night!

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

Guitar wise I draw from many influences for tone and style. My main man is Angus Young. No explanation needed. I listen to new guitarists too because there are a lot of them that are getting amazing tones out of equipment I may not be familiar with. Vocally I just try not to sound like shit.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?

We write as group for the most part. Some songs have more of one persons flavor on them but the band writes all their parts individually.

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?

Management. Some one to help us stay on top of all the details. We have been doing this ourselves. We have had managers offer to help us, but we did not feel they were doing anything we were not already doing. A no bullshit manager would be paramount!

Afresh:  Where would you like to see yourself within the next five years as an artist? Making a living with our music.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

I’ll give one that happened to us at a show awhile back. Matt, our tasmanian guitarist, was running circles and ran right off the stage. He fell flat on his face and guitar but the amazing thing was he never missed a chord! I found it more awesome than embarrassing but I might have thought differently if it was me. I’m sure my time is coming.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

I once had guy spit on my shoes in the middle of a song. I thought “What the fuck!?” We started up the next song and in the middle of that he spit in my face! I though this asshole is going to get his in about ten minutes. When I approached him and his crew they picked me up and started carrying me around telling everyone how awesome the band was. I asked “Why did you spit in my face?” He said it was the ultimate punk compliment. I said “next time just buy the CD”. lol That was a long time ago.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

Hmmm? I plead the Fifth.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?

I think member changes would be what everyone else in the group would say, but for me it has been smooth sailing since I’ve joined. No Nightmares here.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

We just released our self-titled EP and it is currently available on itunes. We are finishing up our newest record slated for the a Fall release. Look for us in a town near you soon.

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

The Bronx, Faith no More and AC/DC! Great question.

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

Portland. Kick ass place too.

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping?

Yes and please. Just give us credit.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?

We all have individually and as a band over the years. We plan on doing more in 2011, we are just waiting to see when we would be available.

Afresh:  As an artist, is there anything special you hope to be able to accomplish?

Write one song that lives on forever! Hopefully a good one and not a shitty one like that Paul McCartney Christmas song…..

Afresh:  When things seem to go negatively at times, how do you turn things into something positive?

Again, “What is the lesson to learn and how do we prevent it from happening again”.

Afresh:  What do you attribute to your “drive as an artist”?

Love of all things Music

Afresh:  If you had to think of a slogan that could leave a positive impact for everyone what would your slogan be?

“Fuck it, Dude. Let’s go bowling.”

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?

We have been sponsored by Tom and Skillman Street Bar here in Dallas. It’s a kick ass bar that hands down has the best sound and sound man in James. Skillman has always believed in us and supports the bands that put forth the effort to succeed instead of waiting to be “discovered”. I love that place and we appreciate them for what they are doing for the scene.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing? First one in a long time……

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?

We have a you tube channel under Calling All War.

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)
We are having a new site designed to pair with the release of the next record that will launch later this year. Google “Calling All War” and have fun! There is a lot to see and hear.

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