“For every $100k spent in manufacturing CDs, over 75kg of toxic waste goes into the atmosphere.” -Carnegie-Mellon, 8/17/09
With green house gases becoming a part of our everyday vocabulary the importance for everyone to be held accountable for their own emissions is growing at the same rate as the danger itself. This environmental statistic has gained popularity in a sense because of the simplistic way it evokes a personal connection to resolution for everyone in humanity. We can all recycle our plastic, pick up trash on the beach, and drive less.
One group has taken their public platform in the music genre and incorporated it into a singular combination to combat toxic waste through the recycling of CD’s. This group, Simone has already recycled over 200 pounds of the plastic laced with polyvinyl chloride, which we happily play in our cars or home stereo systems. They are the only band participating in technology recycling at this time through the CD recycling center in New Hampshire. Fans are encouraged to bring old and unwanted CD’s directly to them at their shows.
Formed in 2004, Simone consists of Simone (vocals), Andy C. (lead guitar), DB (rhythm guitar), Solomon (drums), and Doss (bass). Their current album Built to Last is the bands fourth release under the legendary underground label ‘Resistance’. Labeled in the mainstream rock genre, Simone has created radio-friendly songs with strong hooks and melodies, although they have been described as having bluesy undertones.
“We realize that it's not just about being a band full of technically talented players,” Simone said during our interview. “While that's great, and I've been fortunate to play with some of Brevard County's best, it really is about how well you connect with your audience while putting on a great, fun, and memorable performance.” Inspired by Bob Dylan’s rawness and honesty, Simone aspires to convey the same individual expression and lasting impression as artists Tori Amos, Janis Joplin, and Nina Simone. “When I don't perform, I feel like something's not right,” Simone explained.
“When you're on stage in front of a venue full of people, many of whom have never seen you play before, you get this rush of energy like, this is my one chance to turn someone on to what I do as an artist.”
Albums can be ordered through the website: http://www.simonesongs.com/music with distribution through iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy and other chains by the end of the year.
For more info, go to www.myspace.com/simonesongs.
During our interview, I asked Simone which Muppet she was most like and why. Simone said she was most like “Animal! He's crazy and energetic and a great role model!” Well, there you have it! Until next time…
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