Those of you who are long-time Clayton Customers may have seen that we offer Eco friendly guitar picks through our site at http://www.steveclayton.com/ecopicks.php. Before now, these picks were only available with the standard Clayton Eco logo printed on them. Now we have added them to the options for custom printed guitar picks! Check it out at www.claytoncustom.com! Eco-Picks are an earth-friendly product made of a unique agricultural (non-petroleum) based polymer that is made utilizing renewable energy. Eco picks are made of a plastic that is certified compostable (BPI Certified to ASTM D6400). Now you can rock with a good sounding pick & be responsible to the earth while you do it! The custom Eco Picks are available in two colors; white and natural, and can be printed with any colors on one or two sides. They come in a standard shape and medium (.80mm) gauge. Shown to the left is an example of the natural colored Eco pick with a custom design. Order your own custom Eco picks today!
Products used: Acetal Rounded Triangle 0.80mm picks
Gavin Rossdale began playing guitar professionally at 17 when he formed a band called Midnight which produced a couple of singles and many publicity photos. He then formed the band Future Primitive which eventually was changed to the name Bush in 1994 and released the promo Sixteen Stone. Gavin has been the lead singer/songwriter for the British post-grunge rock band Bush since its inception. Their first album, Sixteen Stone (1994), was a huge commercial success. Almost overnight, Bush went from playing small pubs in London to headlining arenas in the US, the result of extensive, non-stop touring. Bush’s albums include Sixteen Stone, Razorblade Suitcase (recorded by Steve Albini), Deconstructed, The Science of Things, and Golden State, all albums had much success in terms of albums sales, which led Bush to be one of the best selling rock groups to come out of the nineties. On June 21, 2010, it was announced that Bush would be returning and released their new album, The Sea of Memories on September 13, 2011.
“Tom Dixon is an award winning vocalist and entertainer who, like many other performers, got his start in music singing in the church choir. He was born on a small farm in Tewksbury, MA and moved to New Hampshire in the 1st grade. Tom always knew he wanted to be a singer. He spent his younger days singing along to old Kenny Rodgers tapes that his father would play. Tom experimented with many different genres of music from rock and country to even R & B. In the end, you just can’t take the country out of the boy. After watching the “Garth Brooks LIVE from Central Park” video he declared, “I am going to do that!” This was the beginning of what has become one of New England’s hottest country bands.
Tom had taken guitar lessons at a very young age, but put it down for many years. In college he decided to pick it up again and the moment he learned a few chords he was itching to learn how to write music and start a band. Tom gathered up a few band members and they started to work on honing their craft. Tom made sure that they spent months down in the basement learning the tunes and making sure they were tight. Tom didn’t want to just play in a band, he wanted to put on a show. When they finally starting booking gigs there was no stopping the them! Tom has continued to hone his craft as a vocalist, songwriter, entertainer and guitarist. He was named the NHCMA “Male Vocalist of The Year” in 2005, “Duo of the Year” 2006 with his friend Jodie Cunningham and most recently the 2011 New England Country Music Organization’s (NECMO) Entertainer of The Year.
Tom has continued to work on his song writing skills and has played several writers nights and open mics in Nashville, TN at places such as the legendary Blue Bird Cafe. Tom pulls influences from such artists as: Gary Allan, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and legends like Johhny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Tom is determined and will not let go of the dream. With the band that they have built, he has had an opportunity to open for artists such as: Alan Jackson, The Zac Brown Band, Sugarland, Phil Vassar & Dusty Drake. Tom and the band will also be opening for Eric Church in August of 2012.”
About The Tom Dixon Band:
“With a unique combination of smooth country vocals and an explosive live performance, The Tom Dixon Band has given birth to a new way of delivering that sweet country sound, with a heartpumping, foot-stomping beat that can only be viewed as a bit spicy, smooth, southern country rock. In 2012 The Tom Dixon Band is touring the east coast from Maine to Virginia. Since forming in 2005, The band’s every performance commands the stage and draws the excitement and rapt enthusiasm of their audience. They have captivated audiences in a multitude of venues by keeping their focus on bringing the most up-to-date and entertaining show possible. The Tom Dixon Band has been invited to perform in many high profile venues where they deliver the opening performance for such notable acts as Alan Jackson, The Zac Brown Band, Sugarland, Phil Vassar, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kip Moore and Dusty Drake as well as live back-up vocals & rhythm guitar for Nashville’s own Crossin’ Dixon. The band has been included in shows for 97.5 WOKQ (Dover, NH) on numerous occasions including 7 years in a row for the WOKQ Countryfest at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH. The Tom Dixon Band released their first original CD, “Rock Hard Country”, back in 2007 and then their second album entitled “Truckin” in 2011.” Band members include: Tom Dixon – Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar, David Wilson – Lead Guitar/Vocals, Billy “Thumpah” Ferraro – Drums, Leo Melanson – Fiddle/Steel/Guitar/Vocals and John “Crawdaddy” Crawford – Bass.
To learn more about The Tom Dixon Band, visit http://www.tomdixonband.com
The Tom Dixon Band picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, which is a professional high grade pick material known for having a non-slip surface. They look great with the Tom Dixon logo and are perfect for using on stage and then tossing out to fans! Order your own custom guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!
Blue 1mm tear drop pick
“Clayton picks have the ability to not only withstand serious Shredding the custom prints also turn out super rad!!…They also taste great ; )” – Jackie Slaughter
“Picks that won’t break when I start givn’r! very cool.” – Casey Slade
”Custom Purple picks for a Purple Guitar. Awesome Prints and Rad Quality!!!” – Jonny Nesta
Skull Fist was formed in 2006 resulting from pure disgust of the Music being released at the time. Jackie Slaughter relocated from Northern Canada to Toronto to form a guitar shredding, Vocal shredding, Drum Shredding, Bass Thumping Heavy Metal band that would simultaneously Rock and Shred together as one. Time was spent until 2010 forming a solid lineup that brought the release of an E.P. titled “Heavier than Metal”. The E.P. brought them a deal with a manager, A record contract with Noise art Records, and booking contract with Europe’s leading Metal booking agency Rock the Nation. The Lineup was finally complete with Purple Guitar Enthusiast Jonny Nesta, Dave Mustaine looking like Casey Slade and Drum Machine Chris Steve. After constant touring and shinanigans the band released the first album ” Head of the Pack ” august of 2011 Worldwide and has since sent them on tours throughout the whole world including Japan, UK, Europe, North America and South America. These guys have toured with bands like WASP, Sabaton, Megadeth, Uriah Heep, Blind Guardian and Anthrax among many more WILL NOT stop the constant touring and inevitable “Road Antics”. HEAVY METAL GOT ITS BALLS BACK.
Products used: Clayton USA custom acetal picks
“David Leikam | zBug uses Clayton USA custom acetal picks on his electric bass-cello for the perfect action and feel while giving a full tone.”
“diG your music. Eclectic ain’t the word. Film noir multiverse ethnic blade runner desert world. Love it!” – Nivek Ogre, ohGr/Skinny Puppy
David Leikam is a San Francisco-based composer, designer, improviser, producer, and bandleader of the industrial jazz unit zBug. Being born with cerebral palsy has affected his body and speech, given him a distinct view into his creative arts/music and being largely a self-taught multi-instrumentalist performer. His first piano solo performance was recorded at age 15 in January, 1988. Since 2001, after a decade of formal music composition study, he developed a unique philosophy of music such as “Each performance is a premiere improvisational composition of music and an exploration into the audio spectrum.” He is also furthering his music theories of structured improvisational styles coined Industrial Jazz based on performance area architecture and music composition vocabulary. In other words, he shapes his music to reflect the architecture of the performance space including historical relevance and instrumentation selection. It has the power to envelope his audience into its core that usually lasts extended periods of time with the average composition/performance between 20 to 45 minutes per piece. One of his concerts was a nonstop five hour performance broadcast live on radio with his duo project David Leikam aka Bug and Lucas Rodenbush aka DJ EBE along with 9 to 12 hour solo ambient Sleep Concert performances. His music has often been compared with such music luminaries as Keith Jarrett, Brian Eno, Jimi Hendrix, and Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio.
zBug is an industrial jazz unit based in San Francisco, CA that presents structured improvisational music sets based on the performance venue and compositional themes along with featuring prominent video artists and musical guests on selected concert engagements featuring David Leikam – moog rogue, electric bass-cello; Sheila Bosco – drums, percussion; Fred Malouf – electric guitar.
Website: http://davidleikam.net/ (under construction/redesigning)
Merchandise: http://zazzle.com/davidleikam http://www.zazzle.com/zbugmusic
This week’s Pick of the Week was created by Christian Vasquez of Off The Turnpike.
“Since 2011, Off The Turnpike has made it their mission to wake up New York’s long dormant rock scene with a powerful and diverse sound all their own. The band’s hard rock roots are tempered with an emphasis on melody, grooves and the unexpected. From Andy Sexton’s soulful and commanding vocals, to Christian Vasquez’s driving guitars and the beastly rhythm section of bassist Shawn Abraham and drummer Steve Kurlat, Off The Turnpike is here to confound expectations and electrify fans of raw, honest, and uncompromising music. Drawing inspiration from music of all genres and fusing it into a cohesive and powerful mix, Off The Turnpike is blazing forward in surprising new directions. With the release of their self produced self-titled debut album, the band is pushing their music beyond New York and bring the news of rock’s revival to the hungry masses. You’re not ready. But they are.”
Off The Turnpike has been together for little over two years; Christian started the band with Shawn Abraham (bass). On August 25th they will be celebrating their one year anniversary of playing live shows with a live show at Fontana’s NYC. Their most recent achievement was the release of their debut album on June 19 of this year.
The Off The Turnpike picks were made on our white pearl material guitar picks, which have a marbleized quality and glossy finish that looks classy with the deep red logo of the band. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Products used: Steve Clayton Custom Picks. Acetal
“We have been using Custom Picks from Steve Clayton for over a year now and the quality is simply amazing. There is no limitation with the images that you want to use on the picks. The printing on the picks are excellent! Great durability and value. We are going to be using these picks for a long time. If you want great picks, you got to have the best. Steve Clayton is the best choice for custom picks and accessories. Hands down.”
Founded in 1996, Grecco is band very influenced by Death Metal, Thrash and Progressive Rock. Their founders were Andres “Satanachia” Bogarin (Vocals, Guitar), Andy Herrera (Guitar) and Arnoldo Soto (Drums).
The band recorded their first demo in 1998, at the Radio U Studios. This demo showed Thrash and Progressive Rock influences. Another demo was recorded in 2000. That same year, they won an award for Best New Band from the extinct magazine, Metal News. Three years later, they were invited to play in Panama.
In 2004, the band was included in the second compilation record of Metal Sin Fronteras, with the song “Insania Total”. In 2007, they were included in another compilation record, this time by Craneo Metal Productions. The album was called “Volumen #1”, with the song, “Clay People”. A year later, they were invited to open the show for the US band, Mendacity.
In December 2010, “The Feeling of Not Being Alone”, the band’s debut album, was released. It was mastered by Tim “The Scream” Aymar, known for being the vocalist of bands such as Pharaoh and Control Denied.
In February 2011, Grecco qualified to the Wacken Metal Battle Finals in Costa Rica, with 7 other bands.
On March 5th, 2011, the band played a tribute to Control Denied called “The Fragile Art of Existence Live”, with Control Denied’s vocalist, Tim Aymar. Up until that day, Grecco was the only band in the world to play that record from start to finish. For Aymar, it was also the first time he sang the album since it was recorded back in 1999.
In August of the same year, Grecco participated in the first Costa Rica Metal Fest.
A month later, “Luna”, the band’s first single, was selected to be part of a short film called “Pasó una noche” from director, Mayela Castillo Villachica. It was presented at the Festival Morbido Costa Rica 2011.
July 2012 was an important month for the band. They received endorsements from Steve Clayton Guitar Picks and Knucklehead Strings.
The current line-up for the band is Andres Bogarin (Vocals, Guitars), Rafa MT (Bass), Ricard Barquero (Drums) and J.C. Zuniga (Guitars, Backing Vocals). Also, they are currently writing new material for an upcoming release.
Discography: “The Feeling of Not Being Alone”. Released December 2010″.
Andrés “Satanachia” Bogarin – Vocals, Guitars
Rafael MT – Bass
Ricardo Barquero – Drums
J.C. Zuniga – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Genre: Progressive Metal
Free Download of “The Feeling of Not Being Alone” MediaFire: www.mediafire.com/?7tja965na0u44hq
Clayton Playboy Bunny logo Medium thick Picks. (Black)
“The Playboy Bunny Picks have the best grip in a sweaty situation, if you know what I mean”
Forming in the summer of 2008, the aggressive pop band, The Day After, has prided themselves as a hard-working DIY outfit from day one. The five-piece has worked with Indianapolis’ All-ages Punk powerhouse, Piradical Productions, from the very start and owes all the thanks in the world to Piradical, The Emerson Theater, The Vessel Studio, McWoah’s Studio and Productions, and most importantly the local scene of bands, venues and fans that have never doubted TDA for a second.
The original trio consisted of Kevin Kirk on Guitar/Vocals/Violin, Chris Aveline on Bass/Vocals, and Dana Simpson on drums. A month after recording their first demos in the summer of 2009, Jacob Rangel was added as a second guitarist. Eventually, Dana left for California on a good note with the band, and TDA sought help from Dan Herring. With Jacob and Dan on board, TDA released their first full-length studio album, “The Dangers Of Being Young” in January of 2011. Conner Jones joined the band early 2012 as an additional guitarist/vocalist and was an integral part of writing and releasing “The Year” EP on April 28th, 2012.
The Year is available on iTunes at:http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-year/id520855309
Pure Volume: http://www.purevolume.com/thedayafterindy
You can check out their website: www.glazzmusic.com, where you can listen to some samples of their last album called ‘Cirquelectric,’” a 78 minute conceptual album which has been very well received, both by press and well-known musicians.
View an awseome Glazz promotional video by clicking here: video
We at Clayton absolutely love the high detail and artistic quality of the Glazz custom guitar picks. They were made on our acetal pick material, with an overbleed so that the design goes all the way to the edge of the pick. To create and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Johan Carlsson – Bass – acetal standard format custom pick 0,80
Magnus Eronen – Guitar – acetal standard format custom pick 1,0
Calle Johannesson – Guitar – acetal rounded triangle custom pick 1,26
“Easy to order your own custom made pick and the best quality we ever tried. we wanted the best, and we got it from Clayton.”
Beeing constant in the top of the charts in Scandinavia SPARZANZA will now broaden their music to new territories
“The Fallen Ones” is the new single from SPARZANZA. The song comes from the heavy Swedes sixth album, “Death is Certain , Life is Not ” , that will be released on September 28 in Europe
US date is TBA. Video link to the song further down in this mail.
The album was once again recorded at Leon Music with producer Rikard Löfgren, who helmed the bands previous three CDs and has also worked with such other artists as Deathstars and Vomitory.
Early in the progress, SPARZANZA unanimously stated the following about the new record. ”This time we have dug a little bit further in our minds, trying to create a darker and heavier album, but still having focus on writing good melodies”
and so it went…
The opening track of the album with it ́s apocalyptic title, “When the world is Gone” is a 3,21 long adrenaline bomb that will smash you up repetitive to a 2/4 beat.
SPARZANZA also added a lot more percussion parts to the songs, powerful dark choirs. This time they also wanted to use live strings in what became their longest recording process up to date. The singer Fredrik is a long time conneiseur of the Horror genre and speaks about the title.
“Horror movies have always been an inspiration to the band. Somewhere along the way we realized that all of the songs were about different aspects and thought of the term Death, and yes we are ok! Not depressed or anything! Just because we write songs about death, does not mean that we in any way glorify it. We want our fans and people in general to have a drink and enjoy themselves as much as we do. But we are fascinated about Death as a phenomena, it is something all living creatures have in common and surely know very little about.”
The last three songs on the album form a symbolic trilogy. Starting off with the solid groove monster title track – “Death is Certain , Life is Not”.
SPARZANZA wanted to make a salute to the ones who made it in life, or managed to live further even though the odds were against them. The song “Ad Viventes” is the result of that. The darkesque choir and the fact that the verses are sung in Latin gives the track it’s uniqe caracter.
The album sums up perfectly with its powerful magnum opus, “When Death Comes”. This epic song is about the thoughts of a man who had lived a long life, but now is lying on his deathbed. This track grows in every way, every single time you will hear it. All things must come to an end, just like the album will reach its final track. The physical Death is one of the inevitable facts of life.
VIDEO of new single – The Fallen Ones