Up Close and Personal with PRAVADA; The Band Takes on Brooklyn Tonight 7/27

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Indy-born PRAVADA are slated to play their second NYC area show tonight, with a performance at Brooklyn’s Cameo Gallery. The three piece made up of Jesse Lee, Hubert Glover and Casey Tennis will certainly enliven the stage with their raw and catchy indie pop that has been making waves the past several years. Recently I had the opportunity to speak with drummer and founding member, Casey Tennis, from the band regarding their live experiences.

New York City is glad to have Pravada back. What’s your favorite part of playing in New York / Brooklyn?

The people definitely. Every time we meet amazingly interesting people. Oh, and the food!! New York and Brooklyn may be the only places on tour were we can afford real food. We have had wonderful meals for $4!!

How did you hone your live stage skills?

I did a lot of theater growing up and started playing drum set live around fifth grade. We all toured endlessly when we were in Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. but I think the thing that helps the most is picturing Prince digging our music and giving me the thumbs up.

What are your favorite songs to play live. What piece feels most like home, especially in a live stage setting?

“Someone Else” has been so locked in lately. People seem to love it from the first note. For me it’s a sexy swinging aggressive dance fight. It’s great. Other stand outs for me are “Teacher” and a new song called “3/4.” We get to do fun harmonies and use dramatic dynamics.

Being a well-traveled band, what is your favorite part of being on stage? Playing in front of audiences?

When you can change someone’s mood in two and a half minutes. Let’s say- we load in sound check and I’ll notice someone at the bar looking depressed. Then we play and they’re up dancing and yelling. I like making people feel better.

How do you take the songs from your records and mold them for your live set?

Sometimes it takes quite a bit of effort. We usually have to rearrange the orchestration a little. Pick the parts that are the most important to the song. Sample the miscellaneous keyboard or sound effects and just find a way to pull it off. It is one of my favorite parts of playing live.

Monday, July 27
Cameo Gallery
Brooklyn, New York
Doors: 7:00pm
Ages 21+

Put Your Records On: CRAIG GREENBERG

Craig Greenberg

At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level.

Today we sit down with singer-songwriter-indie-pop-mastermind, CRAIG GREENBERG, straight out of Brooklyn, New York. His brilliant new video for “That Girl is Wrong for You,” has been making the rounds in the blogosphere, creating quite an impression among listeners  and viewers alike. Dive in and check it out!

Watch Now: Craig Greenberg “That Girl is Wrong for You”

Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you.

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Led Zeppelin 2
Dark Side Of the Moon

Sgt Pepper‘s was just a perfect selection of songs from top to bottom, with the melodies and production and arrangements like nothing I’d ever heard. A great introduction to what would become a lifetime obsession with the Beatles.

Led Zeppelin riffs were what made me want to play guitar (which is my first instrument incidentally). I spent hours with that record, learning the riffs, playing along to “Heartbreaker” and “Whole Lotta Love.” Zeppelin 2 was like an atomic bomb going off in my ear!

Dark Side of the Moon just floored me.. and literally – my friends and I in high school would smoke a joint, turn off the lights and lie on the floor and listen to that record and just totally freak out! It was just so heavy and dark, and all absorbing. To this day no album transports me to another dimension like that record. I’m proud that some Floyd comes through listening to my new album. there’s actually three points on my record I can think of (hint: one is on the opening track)

These were actually among my first CDs ever purchased, when I was about 14.

What made them so influential to you?

Beatles – Their use of melody and arrangement.
Zeppelin – It was bad ass guitar riffs and rock attitude.
Pink Floyd – It was their use of darkness and space.

When did you first discover them? How did they help form the music you play today?

I’m proud that some Floyd comes through listening to my new album. There’s actually three points on my record I can think of (hint: one is on the opening track)

Rebel House Radio “Can’t Say No” Video


Rebel House Radio’s “Can’t Say No,” is a perfect first glimpse of the band for newcomers. The song is the current single off of their new record, “One More Dayl.” The video acts as a mini-movie with an unfolding, and intriguing story line. Channeling influences such as the Black Keys, the group combine an array of genres from rock, blues, funk and more to create an interesting palate in the rock scene. Based in Los Angeles, Rebel House Radio’s sound truly fits the West Coast, and their video for “Can’t Say No,” is one that will be on your favorites list for the summer. It’s on mine for sure!