-This new three piece from LA steamrolls over the straying remnants of the derisive emo trend, straight past SoCal pop punk and hopefully and possibly even more important than either of those, the dance music that’s currently emasculating sales of the genre and the strip that birthed it.
Taped3ck’s debut single “Hey LA” is the band’s introduction to the community and it pays appropriate attention to everything that “rock city’s” best sounds include: offensive licks, gutteral choruses, big, big drums and an unapologetic, warm groove that can only come from recording a rock record the right way. Brian Virtue (30 Seconds to Mars, Audioslave, Chevelle) brought some magic to the mix. “Hey LA” drops on September 30 to digital stores worldwide. Preview “Hey LA” here
Taped3ck is derived from years of friendship, fun and jamming together in front-man Lillard Anthony’s Los Angeles home studio.
Lillard and bassist Al Walters grew up together in music and have been performing together for years. First in SoCal sensation Putnam Hall, a vigilantly independent rock band that released 3 EP’s and one full-length album “Fight the Format.” Putnam Hall career highlights include placing their song “To Kill” in 2-time Academy Award-nominated film, “The Messenger,” getting their “SuperNothing” music video ranked number 5 on MTV CHI’s top countdown, joining the Vans Warped Tour and making an EP with multi-platinum producer Dave Jerden (Offspring, Jane’s Addiction).
And then again in the the popular LA local band, Side/winders that Lillard co-fronted. Lillard also produced their highly acclaimed EP “Drugloops.” That led him to composing and producing original music for global brands like MTV, Samsung, WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and for film, including the film score for “Surviving Cliffside,” which premiered at South by Southwest in March 2014 and drew the support of acclaimed American film director Spike Lee.
Multi-instrumentalist Kemble Walters landed in Austin, TX in 2000 from Jakarta, Indonesia, where upon he joined soon-to-be local hardcore royalty The Rise (Ferret Records, Law of Inertia). As per the quintessential rock tragedy storyline goes, the band called an indefinite hiatus to explore alternate musical identities in the mid 2000’s. During that time, Kemble joined Juliette & the Licks (Hassle Records, Fiddler Records, the Militia Group) on guitars. He co-wrote & produced two full-length albums during that time including their last record, Four on the Floor, featuring guest drummer Dave Grohl.
Each member of Taped3ck enjoys the freedom and success of their solo projects and individual creative expressions in writing, composing, scoring and playing out. However success is that much sweeter to these guys when they are sharing it with one another, devil horns and dirty licks and all!