Friday, August 25, 2006

Roth's "A Little Voodoo"

Our weekly audio component to the Independent News called "IN Your Head Radio," airing 11 a.m. Fridays on WUWF's digital channel 1 and 4:35 p.m. Saturdays on WEBY (1330 AM), is growing now that the show is available for download and podcast.

For this weekend's program, I have a candid chat with Suburban Shakedown's former lead singer, Adam Roth, who has moved to Los Angeles to pursue a solo career...

Here's an excerpt from our interview:

Remember vocalist Adam Roth? He was the former lead singer of the Gulf Breeze-based jam band Suburban Shakedown who fled to Los Angeles days before Hurricane Ivan devastated Pensacola in 2004.

The 22-year-old is in town to promo his soon-to-be released full-length record, “A Little Voodoo.”

Armed with an evolved, yet malleable, pop-rock sound that ranges from a Jack Johnson-esque title track to a bluegrass-infused homage to the Big Easy called “Back to New Orleans,” Roth has crafted a Southern-fried gem.

“When I moved to Los Angeles, I learned that I have to structure my songs in a different way in order to appeal to a large number of people,” he says, sporting a long, Jim Morrison-style haircut. “Someone told me, ‘don’t bore us, get to the chorus’ and that kinda stayed with me.”

Roth—who collaborated with luminaries like Little Feat’s Richie Hayward and well-known harmonica player Stanley Behrens on the new material—believes all of the 10 tracks on “A Little Voodoo” can stand alone.

“My goal with this record was to make every song a single,” he says during a recent taping of “IN Your Head Radio.” “Before, it was about jamming out and making sure everyone in the room was enjoying the music.”

As far as his impressions of the Pensacola music scene since leaving in’04, Roth says he’s noticed a shift—and not necessarily for the good. “It seems like everything has changed but the people are the same,” he explains. “I’m having a hard time finding original music since coming back. I’ve asked all of my old musician friends and they’re telling me that the local music scene is pretty much dead.”

Based on his experiences living near the Sunset Strip, Roth argues that we should embrace and nurture acts putting out original music.

“I would like for Pensacola to change into an original scene,” he remarks. “It’s always been a cover band scene, which is what I was a part of with Suburban Shakedown. But, there’s so much great original music out there that always seems to be overlooked.”

Roth’s advice to the locals: “Don’t let the scene change you. Change the scene.”

Click here to download the radio interview.

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