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Spotlight on Solarcade
Orange County's answer to England's Coldplay and Ireland's U2
By Paula J. Wilson
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2003-09-09
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One of the ultimate pleasures being a music writer, is that "rare" occasion when you receive from a relatively new band their first completed project; the band is excited, and hopeful, anxiously waiting for a positively written review from you.

It is much like finding that perfect diamond, a gem that has been cut precise, to show off its clarity, brilliance, and true radiance that has been captured in a rainbow-like kaleidoscope of colors.

This writer has found one of these elusive gems in the form of four near perfect musicians that make up LA-based Solarcade, Orange County's answer to England's Coldplay and Ireland's U2.

I was instantly mesmerized by the purity of their lyrics; the impassioned and beautifully executed melodic vocal abilities of front man, Paul Van.

The alluring guitar hooks, strong riffs, and passionately orchestrated melodies by Tony Pomilla.

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The rhythmic bass lines of Jon Hill, along with the perfectly timed and forcefully delivered sticks of drummer Heath Cooley, begin to fully culminate when combined with Tony and Paul; totally captivating as well as stimulating your aural pleasure points to the point of pure ecstasy.

I would like to introduce to you the readers this uniquely talented group of promising young artists, the indie rock band, Solarcade.

Known for their unique sound: Bowie meets Bono vocal stylings, brutally honest lyrics, infectious guitar hooks mixed into the multi layers of alternative hard rock that has been built upon a solid "pop" foundation, Solarcade has garnered a "cult" like following the past year and a half.

Formed by founding members Heath [drums] and Pomilla [guitar] in 2001, this duo quickly then joined with [bassist] Jon almost immediately beginning to construct their music. They each bring into the writing process varying musical backgrounds, influences, as well as tastes. Yet, they had one specific blend of vocal ability and style in mind when they found Paul, the force that finally completed Solarcade.

The chemistry between these four members has directly influenced the genuine friendships that have developed along the way, it is the primary reason that Solarcade exudes such a strong stage presence, which is visually enhanced by their uncompromising need to entertain. Their songs penetrate the musical subconscious having a dual affect on their audiences: it leaves them always wanting more, as well as humming Solarcade music melodies for weeks after the initial invasion.

It is in part, Solarcade's tenacity, along with an endless list of supporters that has contributed to their present status.

Receiving an invitation to perform for guests that attended the very prominent 2003 Genesis Awards [black-tie after party thrown in the Stardust Room at the Beverly Hilton]; invitation to attend Animal Avenger's social event at the Key Club; nominations by the Editor of Live Magazine for this year's Orange County Music Awards in the categories "Best New Indie Band" and "Best Male Vocalist"; live radio interviews; and most recently the prestigious cover for Live magazine's May issue.

The band had a small industry showcase in May at the Joint in Hollywood; in addition the band was also recently accepted to perform for an International Music Festival, however that date is not yet determined, so keep checking their website for updates.

The band is actively searching for a recording deal, possible distribution deal, preferably both, sending out unlimited press kits with their current release, From The Deep End, to major labels, as well as indie labels.

The band has received positive feedback and currently has a deal on the table under consideration from BAM Records, however they have not accepted or signed any deal as of yet.

They continue to write new material and currently are recording some of those new songs, in between playing local shows, and accepting the numerous interviews that continue to pour in weekly for the band.

Perfecting their current talents, they exhibit the mature soul of a 'per-say' fifty-year-old, however they still bear the face of that adventurous two-year-old toddler. One can only imagine the endless possibilities ahead for these members who are barely in their mid-twenties.

Please go to their website to download their music www.solarcade.com. Keep a watchful eye on this group of extremely talented musicians; it will likely not be too far down the road that you may catch the band perhaps touring through your hometown, or hear them on either your car or home stereo.


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