An Evening With Roger Clyne
Good rock-n-roll isn't always accurately measured by radio airplay or platinum records.
Good, unadulterated, uncompromised rock is measured by the honesty and the passion the band puts into their music, their live performances, and in return, the passion of their fans, each feeding off the other to create a euphoric synergy in concert.
For over a decade, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have been serving up nothing but pure, timeless rock-n-roll. And in the process, have stuck to their credo of letting art lead commerce by mixing relentless guitar licks, four part harmonies and thought-provoking lyrics.
Roger Clyne, guitarist Jim Dalton, drummer PH Naffah and bassist Nick Scropos are renowned as one of the tightest, most energetic and exciting live acts on the road today. Lead singer and Arizona native Clyne has been called both the Troubadour and the Springsteen of the Southwest.
Over the past 13 years, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have released six studio albums, three live albums and an EP all on an independent record label. They are the only independent band to debut in the Top 10 on Billboard's Internet Sales chart for six consecutive albums, including two #1 entries. Their latest release is Unida Cantina, a guitar-driven roots rock-n-roll record that reached #2 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and #4 on iTunes Rock Albums list in 2011.
Each year, the Peacemakers tour the U.S. several times over, travel south of the border to play in Mexico and in 2010 completed their first ever tour of the United Kingdom. The experience and comradeship of the band members shine on Unida Cantina, the most upbeat and collaborative effort yet for the band.
Unida Cantina (also pronounced as, "You Need A Cantina" in gringo speak) is Clyne's most infectious record since he and Naffah released their 1996 cult-classic, Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy with their previous band, The Refreshments, on Mercury Records. Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy was Radio & Record's ninth Best-Selling Debut Album of the Year, went to #1 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart and spawned two popular radio hits, "Banditos" and "Down Together." Their efforts landed them guest spots on The Conan O'Brien Show and MTV's 120 Minutes. The Refreshments also wrote and performed the King of the Hill theme song.
On Unida Cantina, RCPM teamed up with producer/engineer/mixer and long time friend Clif Norrell (The Refreshments, Rush, No Doubt, R.E.M) to record 13 new songs. Collectively, the songs on Unida Cantina represent both the disillusionment and enlightenment of where Clyne's life is today compared to where he thought he would be when he was in his "immortal 20s." In many ways, it turned out different than he thought it would. But it also turned out better than could have imagined.
The result is pure American guitar-driven roots rock-n-roll. "All Over the Radio" is the album's first track, mixing the classic elements of RCPM music in crunching guitars and mariachi horn section. Other rockin' songs soon to become instant RCPM classics include "Dinero," "Heaven on a Paper Plate" and "Go With the Flow," the first song Clyne and Dalton ever wrote together.
The Spanish-influenced "Marie" has already become a fan favorite thanks to an acoustic recording session with MusicFog during the Steamboat Music Festival and a video that was released on the Internet.
The beautifully written "Small World" touches on the difficult task of showing the ultimate act of love for someone by letting go.
As Clyne sings on "Paper Airplanes," 'if you're feeling like you're too small for this world, or if you're feeling you're talking but there's no one there to listen,' sometimes you just need a place you can unify with other like minded people to weather the storm. And you may just find Unida Cantina.
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