Tag Archive | "bang tango"

Drew Fortier’s Autobiography “Dark, Depressing, and Hilarious” Available Now Via Amazon

Drew Fortier’s Autobiography “Dark, Depressing, and Hilarious” Available Now Via Amazon

Bang Tango, Flipp, and Zen From Mars guitarist, Drew Fortier, has officially released his autobiography. Fans can now purchase “Dark, Depressing, and Hilarious: My Bittersweet Journey In and Out of the Music Business” on Amazon at this location now – Click Here!

About The Book:
From cluelessly making a brutally honest and poignant documentary film on the formerly popular rock band Bang Tango, to joining said rock band as a guitarist; Musician/Filmmaker/Actor and now Author Drew Fortier shares tales from his highly irregular and under the radar career in the entertainment industry which also includes: forming the eclectic pseudo all-star band Zen From Mars, starring in the horror film “Her Name Was Christa,” playing guitar for and eventually making a film about the late Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley and becoming a traveling record label executive with Thom Hazaert for Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.

Drew Fortier is best known for his work with Bang Tango, Flipp, Chuck Mosley (Faith No More), Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), and Zen From Mars; which features members of Enuff Z’Nuff, Fear Factory, Flipp, and Kik Tracee. Fortier is also the filmmaker behind the rock documentary “Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie” as well as the currently in production “Thanks. And Sorry: The Chuck Mosley Movie”. Fortier will be making his acting debut as a lead in the upcoming horror comedy film “Her Name Was Christa.”

Drew Fortier and Kik Tracee/Zen From Mars vocalist Stephen Shareaux will be recording a live acoustic album on Friday, August 24th, at Black Circle Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, IN. Physical copies of “Dark, Depressing and Hilarious” will be available at the show.

Along with Fortier, Shareaux will be appearing at the Rock N Pod Expo on August 25th, 2018. Tickets for the event are currently in sale at www.rocknpod.eventbrite.com.

Book cover art designed by: Melody Myers
Photo credit for book cover: Tharasa DiMeo

 

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!Comments (0)

Drew Fortier To Release “Dark, Depressing and Hilarious” Autobiography On August 24th!

Drew Fortier To Release “Dark, Depressing and Hilarious” Autobiography On August 24th!

Bang Tango, Flipp, and Zen From Mars guitarist, Drew Fortier, will be releasing his autobiography titled “Dark, Depressing, and Hilarious” on August 24th, 2018.

From cluelessly making a brutally honest and poignant documentary film on the formerly popular rock band Bang Tango, to joining said rock band as a guitarist; Musician/Filmmaker/Actor and now Author Drew Fortier shares tales from his highly irregular and under the radar career in the entertainment industry which also includes: forming the eclectic pseudo all-star band Zen From Mars, starring in the horror film “Her Name Was Christa,” playing guitar for and eventually making a film about the late Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley and becoming a traveling record label executive with Thom Hazaert for Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.

Drew Fortier is best known for his work with Bang Tango, Flipp, Chuck Mosley (Faith No More), Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), and Zen From Mars; which features members of Enuff Z’Nuff, Fear Factory, Flipp, and Kik Tracee. Fortier is also the filmmaker behind the rock documentary “Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie” as well as the currently in production “Thanks. And Sorry: The Chuck Mosley Movie”. Fortier will be making his acting debut as a lead in the upcoming horror comedy film “Her Name Was Christa.”

Drew Fortier and Kik Tracee/Zen From Mars vocalist Stephen Shareaux will be recording a live acoustic album on Friday, August 24th, at Black Circle Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, IN. Physical copies of “Dark, Depressing and Hilarious” will be available at the show.

Along with Fortier, Shareaux will be appearing at the Rock N Pod Expo on August 25th, 2018. Tickets for the event are currently in sale at www.rocknpod.eventbrite.com.

Book cover art designed by: Melody Myers
Photo credit for book cover: Tharasa DiMeo

Posted in Blog, MusicComments (1)

Stephen Shareaux And Drew Fortier To Record Acoustic Live Album

Stephen Shareaux And Drew Fortier To Record Acoustic Live Album

Kik Tracee singer Stephen Shareaux is joining forces with Bang Tango guitarist and Zen From Mars bandmate Drew Fortier for an acoustic live album. The special event will take place on Friday August 24th at Black Circle Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Fortier offered up a few details on the show: “We will be recording a live acoustic album that evening with a set spanning Stephen’s whole career. We will be playing Kik Tracee songs, Stephen’s solo material as well as songs from our forthcoming Zen From Mars album. There might even be a surprise or two during the set as well. The live album will be produced, engineered, and mixed by Joe Haze.”

The following day, Saturday, August 25, Shareaux and Fortier will be appearing as guests at the Nashville Rock N Pod Expo at the Nashville Palace in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Tickets for the event are currently in sale at www.rocknpod.eventbrite.com.

Fortier is currently working on his second documentary film, ‘Thanks. And Sorry: The Chuck Mosley Movie.’ His first documentary, ‘Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie,’ is available to view at this location! 

Posted in Blog, MusicComments (0)

Filmmaker Drew Fortier To Appear At Nashville Rock n Pod Expo

Filmmaker Drew Fortier To Appear At Nashville Rock n Pod Expo

Filmmaker/Bang Tango guitarist Drew Fortier will be making an appearance at the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo! He is best known as guitarist for Bang Tango, Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), Chuck Mosley (Faith No More), and Zen From Mars; which he co-founded, and includes members of Kik Tracee, Enuff Z’Nuff, Flipp and Fear Factory. He has directed and edited the documentaries ‘Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie’ and the upcoming ‘Thanks. And Sorry: The Chuck Mosley Movie.’

Fortier will be on hand at the expo to meet fans as well as offering something very special and exclusive for sale there (which will be revealed in weeks to come)!

Nashville Rock n Pod Expo will also feature Vinnie Vincent of KISS, Thom Hazaert, Mitch Malloy, Brian “Head” Welch, Michael Wagener and many more! The event will feature the best in rock merch from an assortment of vinyl and memorabilia dealers. Additionally, over 25 rock podcasts recording on-site!

Buy your tickets NOW at www.rocknpod.eventbrite.com

About Nashville Rock n Pod Expo
The 2nd annual Nashville Rock n Pod Expo takes place Saturday August 25, 2018 at Nashville Palace in Nashville, TN. Bringing together rock podcasters from all over North America, vinyl/memorabilia vendors, and rock personalities and celebrities; the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo is a celebration of all things rock n roll and podcasting. Get all the latest info on the event at www.nashvillerocknpodexpo.com.

Posted in Blog, MusicComments (0)

Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes Release Highly-Anticipated ‘Don’t Kill The Cat’ Album

Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes Release Highly-Anticipated ‘Don’t Kill The Cat’ Album

Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes have just their second studio album, ‘Don’t Kill the Cat.’ The album i snow available via iTunes! Mark Knight initially began working on the album at his home in Los Angeles where he wrote all twelve tracks on his 1969 Jumbo Guild acoustic guitar and then demoed each track himself using a DA-38 Tascam 8 track recorder.

“1955” was the first song Knight wrote. “My wife and I had been sort of reinventing our life and our family, and we were struggling a little bit to figure out who we were,” Knight says of the track that details the tedium and pleasures of day to day life and the struggles that we all go through when we begin new chapters. “I’m constantly writing songs and the riff in ‘1955’ was something I had been playing around with during the recording of my last solo record. When I picked it back up, it had this Seventies sort of pop feel to it that I wanted to flesh out.”

Knight went on to record the album locally at Shut Up and Play Studios with an old friend, engineer George Alexander Kerhulas, who had previously recorded Knight’s former band, Worry Beads. For this record, Knight wanted to create a new sound using previous collaborators. The notable exception to that rule is bassist Wayne Lothian of The English Beat and General Public.

Drummer Matt Abts and bassist Jorgen Carlsson, both of Gov’t Mule, contributed drums and bass, respectively, on “Free.”

Vocalist Oni Logan (Lynch Mob) duets with Knight on “Hey Mama.” Mark Tremalgia (Disreputable Few, Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes) and Paul Ill (Disreputable Few, Alicia Keys) also appear on the album and have been longtime collaborators with Knight. Edward Shemansky (Worry Beads) contributed backing vocals as well as drums to the record. Alexander, in addition to recording, contributed backing vocals and keys to the record.

Danny Saber, well known for his prolific work with The Rolling Stones, INXS and U2, provided the “hot rod” mix for “Hey Mama.” In approaching the sound for this record, Knight wanted to leave behind the retro recording style that has previously defined much of his work and incorporate more modern production. Don’t Kill the Cat is “an electrified version of my singer-songwriter demos supported by world class musicians who really elevate the music,” muses Knight. As always, the guitars hold pride of place up front in the mix, while many of the songs are certainly diversions from Knight’s typical roots rock stylings. Fans of Knight will recognize the signature rock guitar riff and growling vocals on “Hey Mama.” The album’s title track, “Don’t Kill the Cat,” showcases Knight’s propensity to bleed his heart out lyrically and features his no-holds barred storytelling inspired by the events in his life. “It is a true story,” laughs Knight when asked about the curious title of the song. In keeping with his desire to bring new blood to the record,

Knight has reformed the Unsung Heroes with all new members, including guitarist Kyle Stevens (Bang Tango, Worry Beads), bassist Wayne Lothian and drummer Edward Shemansky. Knight and Stevens, who first played together as the original guitarists for Bang Tango, are reunited again as dueling guitars over 25 years later.

Produced by Mark Knight and Edward Shemansky and releasing on Knight’s own Knifewound Records, ‘Don’t Kill the Cat’ is now available! Check it out on iTunes now!

Posted in Blog, MusicComments (0)

Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes Announce March 13th Release Date For ‘Don’t Kill The Cat’

Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes Announce March 13th Release Date For ‘Don’t Kill The Cat’

Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes will be releasing their second studio album, ‘Don’t Kill the Cat.’ Mark Knight initially began working on the album at his home in Los Angeles where he wrote all twelve tracks on his 1969 Jumbo Guild acoustic guitar and then demoed each track himself using a DA-38 Tascam 8 track recorder.

“1955” was the first song Knight wrote. “My wife and I had been sort of reinventing our life and our family, and we were struggling a little bit to figure out who we were,” Knight says of the track that details the tedium and pleasures of day to day life and the struggles that we all go through when we begin new chapters. “I’m constantly writing songs and the riff in ‘1955’ was something I had been playing around with during the recording of my last solo record. When I picked it back up, it had this Seventies sort of pop feel to it that I wanted to flesh out.”

Knight went on to record the album locally at Shut Up and Play Studios with an old friend, engineer George Alexander Kerhulas, who had previously recorded Knight’s former band, Worry Beads. For this record, Knight wanted to create a new sound using previous collaborators. The notable exception to that rule is bassist Wayne Lothian of The English Beat and General Public.

Drummer Matt Abts and bassist Jorgen Carlsson, both of Gov’t Mule, contributed drums and bass, respectively, on “Free.”

Vocalist Oni Logan (Lynch Mob) duets with Knight on “Hey Mama.” Mark Tremalgia (Disreputable Few, Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes) and Paul Ill (Disreputable Few, Alicia Keys) also appear on the album and have been longtime collaborators with Knight. Edward Shemansky (Worry Beads) contributed backing vocals as well as drums to the record. Alexander, in addition to recording, contributed backing vocals and keys to the record.

Danny Saber, well known for his prolific work with The Rolling Stones, INXS and U2, provided the “hot rod” mix for “Hey Mama.” In approaching the sound for this record, Knight wanted to leave behind the retro recording style that has previously defined much of his work and incorporate more modern production. Don’t Kill the Cat is “an electrified version of my singer-songwriter demos supported by world class musicians who really elevate the music,” muses Knight. As always, the guitars hold pride of place up front in the mix, while many of the songs are certainly diversions from Knight’s typical roots rock stylings. Fans of Knight will recognize the signature rock guitar riff and growling vocals on “Hey Mama.” The album’s title track, “Don’t Kill the Cat,” showcases Knight’s propensity to bleed his heart out lyrically and features his no-holds barred storytelling inspired by the events in his life. “It is a true story,” laughs Knight when asked about the curious title of the song. In keeping with his desire to bring new blood to the record,

Knight has reformed the Unsung Heroes with all new members, including guitarist Kyle Stevens (Bang Tango, Worry Beads), bassist Wayne Lothian and drummer Edward Shemansky. Knight and Stevens, who first played together as the original guitarists for Bang Tango, are reunited again as dueling guitars over 25 years later. Produced by Mark Knight and Edward Shemansky and releasing on Knight’s own Knifewound Records, ‘Don’t Kill the Cat’ will be available for digital pre-order on March 13th and in digital and compact disc wide release on March 16th.

Posted in Blog, MusicComments (0)

‘Attack of Life’ Filmmaker Drew Fortier Launches New Production Company

‘Attack of Life’ Filmmaker Drew Fortier Launches New Production Company

Very few people are having as productive a year as Drew Fortier. Fortier first exploded onto the scene with as the filmmaker who brought ‘Attack of Life: The Bango Tango Movie’ to the masses. He would go on to play rhythm guitar with Bang Tango and launch a supergroup known as Zen From Mars, who are currently finishing up work on their debut album.

Drew Fortier

It was announced in late summer of 2017 that Fortier had joined the cast of director James L. Edward’s upcoming film, ‘Her Name Was Christa,’ which is currently in pre-production.

Hot on the heels of all of these developments comes news that this multi-faceted artist has launched Drew Fortier Productions.

Fortier had this to say about the new venture: “For all the years that I have been shooting and editing promo videos, music videos, documentaries, etc. I have only done it for close friends and friends of friends. Now, I have taken the next step and am providing my services publicly.”

You can check out the official Facebook page for Drew Fortier Productions at this location >

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!, MusicComments (0)

Zen From Mars (ZFM) Enters The Mixing Stage On Highly-Anticpated Debut Album

Zen From Mars (ZFM) Enters The Mixing Stage On Highly-Anticpated Debut Album

Zen From Mars has officially begun mixing their long awaited debut album. Posted by Richard Easterling, who is mixing the record, a behind-the-scenes teaser has emerged from the studio! The band features vocalist Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy), the legendary Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff) on bass and backing vocals, guitarists Brynn Arens (Flipp) and Drew Fortier (Bang Tango), and Kate Catalina (The Showgirl of Rock) on keyboards. The debut album is tentatively set for a 2017 release.

Connect with the band on social media via their official Facebook page.

Posted in Blog, MusicComments Off on Zen From Mars (ZFM) Enters The Mixing Stage On Highly-Anticpated Debut Album

Bang Tango To Ring Out The Summer of 2017 With Select Dates

Bang Tango To Ring Out The Summer of 2017 With Select Dates

Bang Tango frontman Joe Leste and his band will be ringing out the summer with a few select dates. First, they will touch down in Los Angeles for the Rainbow Bar & Grill’s Backyard Bash 2017. The outdoor stage will also feature performances by Dokken, Enuff Z’Nuff, Bow Wow Wow, Huntress, Brittney’s Rage and RESISTANCE. Doors open at 2pm and admission is FREE with a 2 drink minimum!

Bang Tango will be also appearing at The Grand Rocktember V Music Festival alongside Faster Pussycat, Warrant, Great White, Skid Row, Queensryche and Styx. The event takes place on September 9th at The Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Tickets are available at this location – Click Here.  

Posted in Blog, MusicComments (0)

Drew Fortier (Bang Tango, Zen From Mars) Joins The Cast of ‘Her Name Was Christa,’ Hits The Road With Chuck Mosley On New Tour

Drew Fortier (Bang Tango, Zen From Mars) Joins The Cast of ‘Her Name Was Christa,’ Hits The Road With Chuck Mosley On New Tour

Guitarist Drew Fortier (Bang Tango, Zen From Mars) will soon adding acting to his growing list of credits in 2017. Best known for his work behind the camera as the filmmaker who brought ‘Attack of Life: The Bango Tango Movie’ to the masses, it was recently announced Fortier has joined the cast of director James L. Edward’s upcoming film, ‘Her Name Was Christa,’ which is currently in pre-production.

Drew Fortier

In the film, Fortier is set to play “Nick,” who’s described as “an obnoxious yet loveable co-worker of the lead character who convinces him to voyage into the world of love for sale with terrifying results.”

2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for Fortier as ZEN FROM MARS’ debut album is currently in the mixing stages and is tentatively set for a 2017 release. ZEN FROM MARS (ZFM) was announced last year and features vocalist Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy), the legendary Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff) on bass and backing vocals, guitarists Brynn Arens (Flipp) and Drew Fortier (Bang Tango), and Kate Catalina (The Showgirl of Rock) on keyboards.

Currently, Drew Fortier is traveling the land with rock icon, Chuck Mosley of Faith No More on his “Reintroduce Yourself 2017 Tour.” Mosley, who has been hard at work prepping a solo record will be debuting the new material on the nationwide tour. Check out the dates below and visit Mosley’s official Facebook page for updates!

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!, MusicComments (0)