Now that summer is coming to a close and school is starting back up, The Pulse Radio will host a free concert on Aug. 23 to kick off Welcome Week. An array of bands will look to ignite the Student Union Building (SUB) Patio with unique local music beginning at noon.
The Arbiter sat down with one of the bands performing, Castronova, here’s what they had to say:
Q: What are your names and what do you do in the band?
-I’m Alex Ridgeway and I’m the drummer.
-I’m Paul Castronova, I sing, and play the guitar.
Q: And you have another member?
Paul: We have a bassist named Mike.
Q: Where are you all from?
Alex: Twin Falls originally, and then I’ve lived in Boise coming on three years now.
Q: How long have you been a band?
Paul: This lineup has changed a couple times. We’ve been a band for probably a year and a half, and then Alex joined a few months ago.
Q: How would you describe your sound?
Paul: We’re kind of like a mix between the Red Hot Chili Peppers and hmm… I don’t know, Alex would you say Nirvana? U2?
Alex: Something like that, yeah. U2 would be a good description, I think.
Q: So would you say those bands are your biggest musical influences?
Paul: I would say so. I mean Alex has totally different influences, I think we all have different influences.
Alex: I love those bands and everything, but most of my playing has been based on what I got into late high school and early college like Iron Maiden and Rush, stuff like that. It’s a pretty natural transition though. I love rock ‘n roll in general. But for Paul, yeah those are definitely the biggest influences.
Q: As this lineup,
how many times have you performed live?
Alex: Quite a few, now. We did a small tour in Oregon this summer, and we’ve played a few places in southern Idaho already. The Welcome Week concert coming up, obviously and Meridian two days after that.
Q: What’s the biggest crowd you guys have ever played for?
Paul: That’s hard to say. With Alex in our lineup, probably had like 120. We haven’t done anything too big. Before that probably about 250 to 300 people.
Alex: We’ve been in the Twin Falls music scene, both of us, for a few years separately. I know (Paul) has done some big shows. We both did Magic Valley’s Got Talent which was about 500 people. I did a Battle of the Bands with my previous band that was 700 or something like that. It was in the city park and it was free so it was a lot of people.
Q: Why should people come check out your band at the Pulse’s Welcome Week concert?
Paul: I would say they should come to hear something new. We love to talk to people, too. I mean, just come check out some new music; we try to make our music as relatable to people as possible.
Alex: It’s music that’s easy listening. Alternative rock. College age kids should really check that kind of stuff out. It’s good to support live music in any sort of venue. I highly encourage anybody to just come for the hell of it.
Other bands on Friday’s lineup performing alongside Castronova are;
Customary Hip Hop is a hip-hop music group out of Portland, Oregon, who specialize in hip hop beats.
Zabian is an electronica freestyle group who also specilizes in producing and remixing. Most recent work include works with Flipzide recording artist Devor on the song called “If I Could.”
Young, Planetary is an emo/pop group with a self described style, “acoustic guitar with a punk sensibilty”, said Trevor Villagrana, front man of the group. He is also based in Boise.
Fox Alive is a Boise based math rock group with five members.
Naithon Cook heads up the Boise based hip hop outfit Holistic Meditation. With poetic and emcee influences, Holistic Meditation looks to consciously uplift its listeners.
Other artists will include Zero, a spoken word hip-hop artist. As well as Woodwinds, a alternative indie group reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie.
The concert will highlight the beginning of move-in week for incoming and returning Boise State students.
“Pulse radio is extremely excited to feature some talented local artists. It is our first big event of the new academic year and we have high expectations.” said Alisha Graefe, music director of The Pulse Radio.
Look for The Pulse Radio on bsupulse.com. For more information on the bands check out their Facebook pages on www.facebook.com by searching their names.