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An Interview With Pounders
SJOCR: Greetings friends and listeners of San Jose Our City Radio. It is my pleasure to introduce to you, direct from San Jose California, Pounders. Pounders is Chris Pounders on vocals and guitar, Alonso Hernandez on bass, and Justin Imamura on drums.
(Crowd applause and thumping rock music.
The virtual crowd gets up and cheers for a moment.)
SJOCR: (motions for calmness) Hello! Thank you for doing this interview with me. How are you feeling today?
Pounders: We are feeling thirsty….these pretzels are making us thirsty!
SJOCR: Damnit! those are supposed to be thirst-less pretzels. Hey Mr. Producer, you put the wrong pretzels out. Sorry about that guys. I’ll fire him after the interview. So please tell me what first brought you to the music scene while we wait for those special pretzels?
Pounders: For each of us, music has been in our blood. We have all done music, in one form or another, since grade school and it really is all that we know. It’s a privilege to be a part of a bay area music scene that is on the cusp of popping again.
SJOCR: I feel that popping sensation too. No Mr. Producer we don’t want Popcorn. You all don’t want Popcorn do you?
Pounders: Only if it’s from a Christmas tin.
SJOCR: Where were you and the other band members born and raised? Where is it that you now call home?
Pounders: We are all San Jose boys. Justin is a Campbell resident, Chris is on the San Jose/Campbell border, and Alonso is on the Eastside of San Jose…which is the Mexico border.
SJOCR: We also have chips if the pretzels are too salty. No? Okay. Well, how did you choose your band name?
Pounders: We had a few choices, but ultimately, Chris had the coolest last name. I don’t know where we would be with the band name Imamura or Hernandez. We’d probably be playing in Sake houses or Tejano clubs. Maybe not such a bad thing, we hear they pay well.
SJOCR: We don’t like to talk about money here at the station. It makes Mr. Producer thinks he’s underpaid. Growing up, what bands influenced you the most?
Pounders: The great thing about the 3 of us is that we all come from different musical backgrounds. Chris likes a lot of 80s music, Justin has a punk background and Alonso is a metal head. We do have a lot of bands that we all share love for. Bands like The Clash, The Police, Rancid, The Cure, and The Misfits are pretty prevalent in our music today.
SJOCR: The South Bay has a lot of talent influenced by those bands. We also have our share of movers and shakers. How long have you been in the Music business? How did you get started?
Pounders: We started playing together the summer of 2006. We were a part of a show called “School Of Rock” at Great America. It was pretty cool, every day we played Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Guns N Roses and other killer covers. In between shows, we started jamming and writing tunes of our own. Being in a music environment all day with each other made it so easy.
There was chemistry between the three of us from the start,
so we just went with it.
SJOCR: Chemistry is very important in a group of individuals intent on making their mark. Do you have a favorite performer or band?
Pounders: Some of the best times we have had have been when we are able to go to shows together as a band to see those that inspired us. Weezer, Blink 182, AFI, Pennywise, Papa Roach, Lagwagon, Danzig w/ Doyle and Alkaline Trio are some of the great shows that we have been able to enjoy as a group. These bands always bring it.
SJOCR: Seeing shows like that has many rewards and offers musicians a good lesson in what it means to be a consummate performer. Have you had a good deal of success with your music? Could you tell us more about recording your music and or videos?
Pounders: We have been fortunate enough to see some successes that we are proud of. Our album Chasing The Sun was sold in Hot Topic, our music played on several college and commercial radio stations, had our music featured on videos for ESPN and we have played some pretty killer shows. We did the main stage San Francisco Pride festival, Warped Tour, and, probably the coolest on a personal level, had the opportunity to open for Alkaline Trio in a hometown show. We have a blast recording our music. We have a great working relationship with our super producer Steve Murr.
He just gets us and knows what we want from our music. That really does make our job a whole lot easier. Videos are another story. Those can be some tough tough days.
Our first video for Chasing The Sun was directed by Frank Door.
He did a great job making us look like badasses. It was a dark video and showed a theatrical side of us. For our next video, we worked with Colin Goheen, bassist of Our Vinyl Vows.
He and Ricky Kelley went in a totally different direction. We chose our song “Scream And Let It Go”, and we went bright, colorful and in your face! We think it really captures our live show quite well.
NOTE: Colin and Ricky’s video/media company is called Mark of the Bear
SJOCR: Cool. It’s always nice to form those types of affiliations. Tell me a little about your creative process. How do you find inspiration?
Pounders: We get inspiration through each other. It may sound a little cheesy but it’s entirely true. We are all confident in the skill set of each other member and that makes all the difference. We don’t try to overthink songs. That can be one of the worst things to do because then the song loses its identity and becomes something that is forced. There has been many times where, if we get stuck on an idea, we just leave it alone for a while. When it feels right again, we revisit it. That’s how our song “Until I’m Dead” came to be. We had the main riff written months before the song was done, we just never had the right parts to compliment it. The song was actually completed while we were in the studio recording another song. Chris and Alonso were waiting for the amps to get mic’d up and just jammed the riff. The song started to write itself. Its funny how things work out that way, inspiration can come at any time.
SJOCR: That spark that inspires us is a wonderful thing that empowers us to do great things. Do you have any other artistic hobbies or passion?
Pounders: A thing that makes Pounders work so well is the support that we have for each other. Pounders isn’t the ONLY thing that we have as a creative outlet. Chris and Justin do a lot of work with The Street Drum Corps and BANG!
Chris also is a part of an electro pop group Culture Theft,
Justin plays drums with AJ Orbitz for DJ/Drum performances, and Alonso seems to be in every San Jose band. He plays in Shadow Beat Ritual, Revolt Revenge and has a jazz big band. Pounders is always our main focus through everything though.
SJOCR: Ya all are some busy fellows. Where would you like to see the bands career go in the next five years?
Pounders: UP! We have been very happy with the successes that we have had but we are never content or satisfied. We can always be better at what we do and go further. Each of us have jobs outside of music and would love to be able to tell the “real world” to shove it! We want to have our music be our full time profession. All we need is that door to be cracked open and we can bust it down!
SJOCR: Well Our City Radio is here to help you in that endeavor. We can start by unlocking that door for you in our plethora of Networks around the world. How would you describe your stage persona image as opposed to the real-life, day-to-day person?
Pounders: It’s pretty close to real-life, just exaggerated. We love having fun on stage because the audience can really pick up on that. If they see us having a good time, it turns into a good time for them. Who wants to see a boring band just stand in one spot all night? You can just watch YouTube clips for that. Our mission is to make sure that every single person that comes to see us feels like they got their monies worth. They took the time to come out and support us, we need to reward them the best we can. We have a lot of banter with each other, poke a lot of fun on the mic but it’s all in love. We aren’t the jerks to each other in everyday situations like we are on stage. Well…Alonso actually is.
SJOCR: What a great attitude. I always believed the same about giving the audience your best. Any last words?
Pounders: Thank you to everyone that has been a part of TEAM DTP.
Pounders use #TeamDTP for their Street Team that’s “Down To Pound”
We can’t verbalize our appreciation to the fans enough. The support you all show us is never taken for granted. We get a lot of fans from word of mouth. Fans talk to other people about us and it helps us grow. We need that same enthusiasm for the entire music scene here. There are a lot of really good bands that just need the right people to listen. Keep coming out to shows, keep bringing friends, and keep buying CD’s. This will make San Jose and the entire Bay Area the focal point of the music scene again!
SJOCR: We look forward to hearing more from you on Our City Radio. Good luck and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with our listeners and me! Peace.
Pounders: Thank you guys.
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Our City Radio or Their Shitty Radio.
There are lots of Internet radio stations. Some are successful, others are just a flash in the pan. Do you want to hear more music or do you want to hear more chatter? The choice is yours. Don’t be fooled by imitations though. San Jose Our City Radio is the real deal. Our City Radio has been building our global Network for almost a year now. The number of cities that go live is growing every day. Those Networks that have achieved this milestone have dedicated and passionate people ready to go the extra mile to make sure that Our City Radio is a success.
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Veterans Day In San Jose
Greetings viewers and listeners of San Jose Our City Radio. Eleven November 2013, is Veterans Day. This is a day that we honor those who have selflessly served our country in the military. The holiday was created after World War I to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
San Jose will be celebrating this event with the 93rd annual Veterans Day Parade.
An Opening Ceremony begins at 11:00 am at Plaza de Cesar Chavez followed by Northern California’s largest Veterans Day Parade at noon.
My Father, his Uncle, my Mother’s brother and my Brother all served in the
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have served our great Republic and sacrificed not only their time, but possibly their life and limbs.
Below you will find some links to help you plan your observance of this holiday.
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Dia de los Muertos
By Krysti Pyst0lz Vares
Let’s face it, the ending of the month of October is one of the best times of the year to be into rock music. You can usually catch some great shows in the area and those shows usually include great music, costume contests and maybe even some candy and drink specials if you’re lucky. Halloween isn’t just a great time of year for music fans, but for almost everyone out there (especially children) but there’s a holiday that comes up on the heels of Halloween called “Dia de los Muertos”. “Dia de los Muertos” is Spanish for “Day of the Dead”. It’s amazingly similar to Halloween for the fact that you dress up, there’s some amazing music to be heard and of course huge amounts of candy or in this case, sugar skulls.
“Dia de los Muertos” has been celebrated in the Spanish culture for about 3,000 years now and was started by the Aztecs. The holiday doesn’t just last for one day, but three days meaning that it goes from October 31st-November 2nd. The main difference between this holiday and Halloween is that people are not only celebrating death and other darker things but are also celebrating life. People gather with family and friends to celebrate the lives of their loved ones that have both passed and are still around today.
Besides being a joyous occasion for many people, it’s also a paradise for those of us that are into the punk and rockabilly/psychobilly scene. A lot of the music that has come out in these genres includes themes about death, zombies and of course having the best time possible. The people in these scenes are no stranger to dressing up and celebrating things and what better occasion than a 3 day holiday to do it.
The tradition is celebrated in a lot of areas and luckily they include large celebrations in our very own San Jose. The main event is being held at the San Jose Museum of Art this year and will host hands on activities including the making and decorating of sugar skulls, live music, performances including dancing skeletons, the history of the holiday itself and of course large amounts of food. The event will take place on Saturday November 2nd from 11am-5pm and the activities listed will go on throughout the entire day so you’ll have a good chance to see everything no matter which time you decided to attend the event at. Dressing up for the event is entirely optional but odds are that you just might have more fun if you decide to dress up and get into the spirit of things.
The San Jose Museum of Art is located in downtown San Jose so there are numerous other activities that you can do while there depending on your age and whatever time you can make it to the event at in general. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of downtown parking, you can always take the VTA Lightrail which has a few stops near the museum itself and tends to be cheaper than paying for an actual parking spot. The event itself does have an entrance fee but it’s the same fee that you would have for entering the museum at any other day/time.
You can find the museum at
110 S Market St, San Jose , CA which is right next to The Fairmont Hotel and Cesar Chavez Park. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-5pm.
Tickets are available at the door or online at
For more information on the museum itself and the even you can go to their Facebook at
or call them at (408)271-6840.
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THE BOUILLEZ ACOUSTICS
BY Doreen Pedroni
Dan Bouillez (Bull-yea) is turning a dream into a reality! Dan started his dream in 2012. While jamming with friends and family at home and listening to the different sounds of the acoustic guitars. He pondered with the notion, “How can I make the guitar sound better?” I asked Dan why did he ask himself this question about the acoustic guitars but he couldn’t tell me.
Dan realized that one fall evening, while jamming with some friends that the acoustic guitars sounded “muffled”. This was the only word he could think of. Yes, each model has a different sound, however Dan wondered how the sound could be improved upon. Dan did a lot of research on how the standard guitar worked, how it created sound and frequencies. In his research he found that it has been about 500 years since the basic acoustic guitar has changed. Dan finally sat down with a pad and paper and went to work drawing for many months while studying the instrument. He finally produced what he was looking for. Then headed to the garage to start putting his drawings to life.
The Bouillez prototype
is patent pending and in the making! The look is completely different from a “normal” acoustic guitar. Dan explains that it’s not a guitar, it’s a “Bouillez“ because it is so different. The shape is the same, however, the technique for the generation of sound and the way it exits the instrument is nothing like a standard acoustic guitar. In the standard acoustic guitar the sound hole is in the middle of the soundboard. With the Bouillez, the sound waves are able to exit the front of the instrument from around the entire sound board instead of through one hole.
So what made Dan create the space around the soundboard? Sound wave deflection and direction! Sound waves travel outward from their source and The Bouillez uses this natural outward path of sound waves generated by the strings to exit around the sound board. The additional sound transmitted to the sound board through the bridge and saddle is also deflected out of the space around the sound board.
The combination of these sound waves exiting the Bouillez is what generates its unique sound. It has a broad range of sound capabilities over the standard guitar. For example; percussive acoustics. The player can strike the sound board like a drum while plucking strings. Changing the location of where the player strikes the strings, from near the bridge, to near the neck, greatly changes the sound due to the location change of the sound waves generated. The sound is much more crisp and warm. Some say it is similar to a banjo or Resonator. The difference in this case is that it has a much throatier sound or more bass.
The Bouillez prototype was finally completed. Thankfully I had the privilege to see and to play the Bouillez prototype and it is amazing to say the least. It feels like you are holding a standard acoustic
but the sound board is completely different. You need to see and hear it to believe that it is truly a one of a kind instrument. Everyone that plays acoustic guitar
will want a Bouillez. When asked “What do people say when they see the Bouillez? The responses are so different; “Wow”, “What is that?” and of course the most common one is ” I want it! Where can I get one?” When people are asked what they think of the sound, you will hear “WOW”, “Sounds awesome” and of course “I can’t explain what it sounds like but I love it”. You can actually hear it for yourself on his Kickstarter.com
page right now.
Dan is hoping to have the research and development for the official Bouillez complete in less than six months. The first official Bouillez is expected to be completed within eight to twelve months. What is Dan‘s goal? To manufacture and produce the Bouillez for musicians around the world. Dan had also said he doesn’t want to stop at the Bouillez. He wouldn’t explain what he meant by that but he guarantees that more information will be coming soon.
and watch the video on his Kickstarter page. Just go to the project link on his home page or you can locate it at the
home page. Just type Bouillez to see The Bouillez being played! Dan is actively looking for help with funding this great new project. So if you’re looking to get involved let him know! You can also “Like” his Bouillez Acoustics Facebook page at
to keep up with his progress!
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