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More News for Crystal Tears!!

For those of you who are devoted Clayton blog readers, you may remember a post I did on a band called Crystal Tears for Pick of the Week, back in August of 2012. They are kicking it up this year with some exciting events!  Their “Hellmade” album (the cover of this album is on the picks that we featured) will be released this Friday, March 28th, via Massacre records!
They currently have two trailers for the album:

The first is presented and narrated by Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, of GUNS N’ ROSES! Here is the YouTube link for this trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpmMURqsofc

The second trailer is narrated by actor Lew Temple (The Walking Dead, Lone Ranger, Texas Chainsaw Massacre ect.)! Check it out at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTl9SgDazPU

Below are some amazing photos that were taken of band members Kostas and Máté, with their custom Clayton picks. We love these!! Here’s wishing the very best to all the band members of Crystal Tears you launch your album, you guys rock!

Visit their site at: http://crystaltearsofficial.webs.com/

Also, check out this videoclip for ‘Beds are burning’, which has just been released!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yzI1Nrb5uQ

To order your own custom picks like the ones that are used by Crystal Tears, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

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Pick of the Week — Boss Fight

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Boss Fight.
Boss Fight is a 4-piece (Kevin, Steve, John and Mikee) band from Chicago that plays pop punk.
Boss Fight formed only about 9 months ago, and they played their first show on January 13th of this year (at the Subterranean in Chicago).
According to band member Mikee, the Boss Fight music tastes contrast pretty strongly, so in the end they have an interesting blend of explosive pop punk riffs and more ambient bridge/breakdown segments. Mostly, they say it’s just a blast to play and they hope that the crowds of future shows enjoy listening to it as much as they love to play it.
The pick design is one that Mikee essentially cropped from the event poster for the show. Mikee says that “the artist, the lovely and talented Marina Kozak, did a damn good job on the original. Her portfolio is here: www.marinakozak.carbonmade.com. She’s not actually in the band, but she’s decided to be our artist anyway!”
To learn more about Boss Fight, visit:
Their SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/bossfightchicago
The event page for their last show: http://www.facebook.com/events/431855570201026/
We love the variety of color and graphic appeal of the Boss Fight design that was used for their custom picks. The material chosen for this order was our Clayton white carbonate pick type, which is a glossy finish bright white pick. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com.

Pick of the Week — SOLARSET

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band SOLARSET.

SOLARSET is an all original quartet driven by mixed influences to make way for a completely new style of “rock”. The band was formed in Watertown, Connecticut, in the fall of 2011 with Alan Johnson on lead guitar, Justin Spry on vocals and rhythm guitar, Dan Krhla on bass, and Jason Hoyt on drums. From their poetic lyrics and melodic tones to their hypnotizing solos and percussive ingenuity, SOLARSET is a juggernaut of creativity and originality with a fresh new sound that is beyond classification. They are currently working on their debut album expected for release in summer of 2013. SOLARSET has live music, photos, and videos posted at www.facebook.com/solarset.

The SOLARSET picks were made using our white acetal guitar pick material, which is semi-transparent and works great with photo designs, such as the the awesome solar eclipse photo shown here. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — GodSpeed3 (GS3)

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band GodSpeed3.

GodSpeed3 (GS3) is a dynamic band whose variety of songs convey a positive message with an exciting stage presence and a modern rock edge. Over the past five years, the band has played for over 100,000 people and shared the big stage with Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, DecembeRadio, Jeremy Camp, Leeland, RoyalTailor, Audio Adrenaline, 33 Miles, Addison Road, Jonny Diaz, Mike’s Chair, Building 429, Abandon, Todd Agnew, The Letter Black, KJ-52 and Big Daddy Weave. Signed to TMG Records, GodSpeed3 was honored to be included on the official Grammy Nomination list in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The band has played from South Mississippi to Ohio, Texas and across the Southeast garnering rave reviews along the way.

With 13 major sponsors already on board and a new partnership with Holt International, GodSpeed3 has hit the ground running, with no sign of slowing, and look forward to spreading the good news with their own style of fun and exciting stage performance. Expect big things from this band.

To learn more about GS3, visit their site at www.GodSpeed3.com!

The GS3 picks were made on our white delrin pick material, which was perfect to support the bright colors of the band logo. The design really stands out! To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Standby Anchors

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band Standby Anchors.

The members of Standby Anchors are old enough to know better, but young enough to not care.  The band offers amped-up power-pop with a dark side for those about to rock.  The current line up of the band is:  Mike Devine (lead vocals, guitar), Brent Anderson (drums), Bryan Scrivener (bass), and Phil Anderson (lead guitar, vocals).  Standby Anchors is based in Kansas City and plays original songs that are best characterized as modern alternative/indie rock with a definite appreciation for alt rock sounds of the 80s and 90s through the present day.  Members of the band have appeared in earlier projects that have toured across the United States and that have released records on indie labels.

 

You can find Standby Anchors …


On Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Standby-Anchors/397864393614782
On Reverb Nation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/standbyanchors

The Standby Anchors picks were made on our white pearl material and we love how clean and professional their solid black logo looks on the marbleized white picks. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today! And don’t forget to be on the lookout for our monthly promotion, coming soon 😉

Pick of the Week — EOS

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band EOS:

Featuring a whopping eleven-piece band, its four sizzling female singers put this group way over the top in the best of ways. The band features lead guitarist Joe “Ciid” Birardi, rhythm guitarist Bill Tuohy as well as bassist Wendy Williamson, and third guitarist Kevin Losardo. Add drummer Brian Picardi, percussionist Gerry Mac, and keyboardist Andy Ilyinsky and you have a full stage of rock and roll veterans that put on an unstoppable show.

Birardi’s “big” idea stemmed from watching the same old delivery in club after club where the music was governed by the stereotypical four-piece format. The EOS frontline is impressive indeed. Made up of Theresa Wilson, Dawn Szollar, Danielle Zelenak and Patti Ogletree, the four dynamic beauties spin rock and roll harmony between shifting lead vocal duties while the band holds it down behind them and it’s never a dull moment.

EOS has worked closely with several New Jersey charities including: Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, The NJ Elks Army of Hope, Operation Jersey Cares, and The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Foundation. Thanks to you, they have been able to raise nearly $20K for these causes to date.   All proceeds from their downloaded songs will be donated to our troops via Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon.  EOS thanks you for your support! Find out more about EOS at www.eosrocks.com!

The EOS picks were made on our white pearl material, using the full bleed option that allows their design to fill the pick to the edge. We love the detail of their design, and the pearl is a great material to support the variety of warm color tones. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

 

Pick of the Week — Darbi Shaun

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for Darbi Shaun, an up-and-coming Texas Singer/Songwriter. “There are some voices that just cause people to stop and take notice. Darbi Shaun’s unique tone, texture, and emotion does just that. When you experience her music, you immediately know she is doing what she was created to do. At just 17, Darbi Shaun has been honored to open for names such as Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band, Roger Creager, and Walt Wilkins. She just released her second EP titled “Austin” and is currently performing acoustic sets of original music and covers. You can hear her music at www.darbishaun.com Thank you for your interest and support!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darbi’s picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, which is perfect to support her classy black-and-white photo design. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today! Just two days left to take advantage of our Valentine’s Day sale!!

Pick of the Week — Captain Ivory

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Captain Ivory; a Detroit-based, high energy rock band, that is putting their own spin on Motor City Rock N’ Roll.  The group pulls inspiration from many different rock artists, including Led Zeppelin, the Kings of Leon, and fellow Detroiter Jack White.  The combination of many different styles and genres makes their live show something to behold, and the band is quickly gaining traction in the Midwest.  They just completed a live album recorded all in one take at Groovebox Studios, Detroit.  The songs, along with videos and other information can be found on their website: http://captainivory.com

 

The Captain Ivory guitar picks were made on our white delrin pick material, and we appreciated the high level of detail and artistic quality in their logo. To order your own custom printed guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

PS, be on the lookout for our next sale…we will be posting a blog with the discount code soon!

Pick of the Week — Danny Lee

Danny Lee is an accomplished performer, writer, composer and instructor.  With over 40 years of musical background, Danny’s influences are diverse and quite eclectic.  His own musical style, though rock-oriented, displays this diversity in his own playing and compositions.  Adept on a multitude of instruments, Danny favors the guitar as it satiates his musical style with its rhythmic, percussive, electronic, and dynamic capabilities … enabling him to put his particular and vast musical taste on a palette with all the colors of his choosing.  Though still in demand as a performer, Danny has focused his attention on instruction of late, all the while still creating his own unique blend of recordings.  Chief among Danny’s influences include artists such as: Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page just to mention a few. Danny currently resides in Dallas, Texas and still records in his home studio.  If you are looking for a hired gun on guitar, or interested in guitar, bass, keyboard or drum lessons you can contact Danny at  dannyleechatfield@gmail.com.

Danny’s custom design was printed on our acetal guitar picks. We love the bold look of the silhouette against the warm flame colors. On the back of the picks is a full flame background with Danny’s signature, which also is very eye-catching. For the design, the full bleed print option was utilized…meaning that the design goes all the way to the edge of the picks instead of having a small border around the edge of the art.

To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Frogs Gone Fishin’

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Frogs Gone Fishin’:

“At a Frogs Gone Fishinʼ show, fans are treated to heavy-hitting rock with the Frogʼs signature improvisational twist. In an age of auto-tuned vocals and laptop superstars, itʼs great to find a band who relies on harmonies, strong melody, and dynamic rhythms to keep their fans coming back. On any given night, the Frogs cut across genres and material from their two albums and never, ever, play the same set-list twice. This diversity in song choice and explosive improvisational energy has earned the band enthusiastic and devoted fans from places as far apart as Denver and New Orleans, Chicago and Austin, New York and San Francisco.”

To learn more about this fun group, visit their site at http://frogsgonefishin.com/

The Frogs picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, and we love the bold color and style of their logo. To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!


Pick of the Week — Next September

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Next September, a new rock/alternative band out of Chicago. They were formed and work almost exclusively over the internet from their homes. But that hasn’t stopped them from gaining attention around the world as promising up-and-comers. Their song “Your Time To Shine” has been featured on ESPN Friday Night Fights as well as many other outlets, and, with the help of Pruemedia, they will be the Featured Artist on Season 1 of Million Dollar Push!! You can check them out at     http://www.nextseptember.com/      or      https://www.facebook.com/nextseptember.

Next September would like to offer a free pick(made by Steve Clayton) and a free digital download of their debut album to the first 5 people who mention Steve Clayton Picks on their Facebook page!!

 

The Next September custom guitar picks were made on our carbonate pick material, which is a glossy finish white pick. We loved how visually appealing their logo is and the high level of detail turned out very well. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Aidan Brody

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for musician Aidan Brody. Aidan is a 15 year old guitarist from the Washington, DC area. He has been playing guitar for about 5 or 6 years, and he has been using only custom Clayton picks for the last several years! Aidan performs regularly with local blues artists and has toured with an elite group of the best young musicians in the country, the School of Rock AllStars. He is currently writing and recording music, and hopes to release it in the near future. Aidan says that he has been heavily influenced by blues, rock, jazz, fusion, and soul music, and he combines all of these styles to create his own unique sound.

Find out more about Aidan’s work on the web: http://www.aidanbrody.com/ or on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/aidanbrodymusic/videos?view=0&flow=grid

Aidan’s custom guitar picks were made on our white delrin material, and we really love the intricacy and detail in the artwork. The opposite side of the pick lists Aidan’s name and his website, along with the Clayton logo since he is one of our endorsed artists!

To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Tiger Darrow

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for artist Tiger Darrow.

Tiger is a Music Composition major with a focus on song writing at New York University, where she was honored to be the 2013 recipient of the Carol Bayer Sager Songwriting Scholarship.
Prior to making the move to NYC, she was a music major at the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. Austin raised, Tiger is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and cellist who appears regularly as a headlining performer at theaters, nightclubs, special events, and private parties nationally and internationally.
An accomplished singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tiger has had the honor of opening for many artists including The Eagles, Edie Brickell, Erykah Badu, Loudon Wainwright, Zoe Keating, and Michelle Shocked.
Tiger has been nominated as Best Female Vocalist and Best Solo Act by the Dallas Observer Music Awards. She was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriter’s Competition, and won Downbeat Awards for Engineering in 2010, and 2011. Her work as a composer has also been featured in the Robert Rodriguez film, Machete, and in a host of short films. Tiger has appeared on magazine covers, been featured in numerous publications, and has appeared in more than a dozen films.
Tiger’s albums, You Know Who You Are (self-released), and HELLO (foreverything records) were released in 2011. She is currently at work on her next album.
Fun fact: Tiger appears as Snow White in the AVByte Disney Princess videos which, within days of release, went viral. The first video, Hipster Disney Princess: THE MUSICAL garnered 2.5 million hits within a week of release. The second, Disney Princess Leia saw 2.5 million hits within days of its release.

To learn more about Tiger, visit her sites at:

www.tigerdarrow.com
www.reverbnation.com/tigerdarrow www.facebook.com/tigerdarrowmusic www.youtube.com/tigerdarrowmusic

twitter: @tigerdarrow

Tiger’s custom picks were designed and ordered for her as a Christmas gift by her sister, Kitty. Shown below is a photo of the sisters together.  Tiger’s picks were done on our acetal material, which are the best for photo designs. We love the creativity and color of the photo!  To order your own custom printed picks for yourself or as a gift, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

 

Pick of the Week — bipolar

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band .bipolar.

.bipolar. is a four piece metal band based out of Las Vegas, NV. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, having originally formed in 2003 in Sacramento, CA. They also just released a brand new EP (their sixth) entitled Amor Fati in November which is available via their website at www.bipolarmetal.com .
Guitarist Rob Bauer and Bassist Chris Kmit both use these Clayton picks.
Shown below is a photo that the band used to promote their custom Clayton picks!

 

 

 

The .bipolar. picks were made on our white delrin pick material, with a full color print and a full bleed (which allows the design to bleed all the way out to the edge of the pick).  To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com.

Pick of the Week — Maybe Refuge

This week’s Pick of the Week was ordered by guitarist Hiu—who sometimes go by the alias/nickname: LVXS. Hiu plays the bass in a band called Maybe Refuge. They’re a 4-piece alternative rock/pop band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and they write and play mostly original music. Combining a deep, story-telling writing style, modern guitar tone, and a groovy, driving rhythm section, the band can be described as being fun, quirky, and modern, but with a bold underlying message to possibly bring “refuge” to their listeners. They currently have an EP out that’s available via their webstore or on iTunes and they’re working on a new album right now. They’ve got another gig coming up in Toronto as they open for another local band and that’s going to be on December 27th. You can find details and an event on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/mayberefuge.
 The official website is www.mayberefuge.com but you can also find the band on twitter and youtube by searching “Maybe Refuge.”
The Maybe Refuge Picks were made on our acetal pick material in the rounded triangle shape. We like how Hiu used the full bleed option to stretch the band logo like a banner across the pick, they turned out really great! To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Megan Burtt

This week’s Pick of the Week was created by customer Bud Boyd, to help promote artist-on-the-rise Megan Burtt.

“Inspired by masters of the craft like Joni Mitchell (lyrics), Bonnie Raitt (guitar), Sarah McLachlan (voice) and Shawn Colvin (performance), Megan has pursued perfection—listening and practicing with every available moment and attending Berklee College of Music in Boston to fully immerse herself in the techniques.

She graduated an accomplished guitarist and vocalist and took off in search of stories to tell. Megan explored South America, Africa and Asia soaking in the cultures and listening to the stories of people the world over. She wanted to learn the blues so she moved to Mississippi to let her soul experience its roots. She was chasing the dream, seeking inspiration and honing her craft.

Life, however, had its own plan for Megan. Her time in the South was derailed by life-threatening illness and her recovery inspired existential discovery and brought her home to Colorado. With a clean bill of health and an energizing gratitude for the journey, Megan Burtt put pen to paper for her debut record. Capturing over two decades of listening, learning, traveling and playing yielded an astonishing amount of songs—she had to choose how to make her first recorded impression. She partnered with Producer/Engineer Eddie Jackson (James Taylor, Vienna Teng, Guster) in a vintage studio in upstate New York with her band, The Cure For Love which features Louis Cato, Adam Tressler, and James Williams. The goal for the debut was to reach as many listeners as possible. They wanted to push the boundaries of Megan’s melodic musicianship and powerful vocals, so they focused the record around a topic that everyone can relate to: love (or the lack thereof). The result was 2010’s “It Ain’t Love”—and it accomplished the mission exactly: “This record is poppy enough to be easily accessible, yet contains some incredible originality.” (The Ruckus)

To find out more about Megan Burtt, her music, and her inspirational story thus far, visit http://www.meganburtt.com/ or http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/meganburtt.

Megan’s picks were made on our white acetal guitar pick material, with a full bleed design (the design goes all the way to the edge of the pick for full coverage. We love how the cover of her album and the overall design theme of her site is incorporated into her pick design.

To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Ella Kaye

This Week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Ella Kaye.

“Emerging from the ashes of recently passed Ever Divine, the band has come back with a new line up and a whole new set. With Garrin Beaudoin and Michael Martin on guitar, Jeremy Novakowski on bass, Phil Del Vecchio on drums, and Justin Chard on vocals, the band, formed in 2011, is tearing up Arizona’s metal scene.”

Behind the name:  Ella Kaye is a character in the book “The Great Gatsby”.  Dan Cody’s last will gave Jay Gatsby a 25,000 inheritance, but Ella Kaye manages to use the court system against Jay to the win the money for herself.  Because of this, Jay sees Ella as a gold digger.

Find out more about Ella Kaye at http://www.facebook.com/EllaKayeAZ

The Ella Kaye picks were made on our white delrin pick material, and we really like the intricacy and detail of the design that the band created! Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Crush Junkies

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Crush Junkies.

“Crush Junkies members came together with one intention; ‘rawk the dance clubs.’ Since the inception of Crush Junkies, support for the band has been overwhelming and clubs throughout the region have booked the band solid well into and through 2013.

What can you expect from a Crush Junkies show? A solid rock show of music from bands like Shinedown, Foo Fighters, Seether, Papa Roach, The Black Keys and other more modern rock bands as well as select classic cuts from Queen, U2, The Cult and others.

Crush Junkies is a 5 piece, 2 guitar rock band with strong vocals from all members. Previously, all the members have been gigging in clubs and festivals across the region in bands that included The Slangs, Cactus Hill, Saucy Jackson, The Distractions and Superholics to name just a few.”

Learn more about Crush Junkies on their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CrushJunkies?ref=hl!

The Crush Junkies picks were made on our acetal pick material. Acetal is known for being a grainy, not slip material, and the picks are great for imprinting with a variety of light-to-dark shades as shown with the colorful Crush Junkies artwork. They also took advantage of the full bleed option for their design, which allows for the artwork to go all the way to the edge of the guitar pick for full coverage.  Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — The Jason Lugo Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for both Jason Lugo, lead vocals and guitar, and Mark Williams, lead guitarist, of The Jason Lugo Band:

“From the glitz and glamour of performing 6 years professionally in Las Vegas to the wide open spaces of Southern Idaho, Jason Lugo, Southern Idaho Living’s co-owner and publisher, is making a full circle in the music world. After a 16-year absence from the stage, Lugo and his self-titled band bring to Idaho a fusion of modern country and rock music that is in demand.

Playing in clubs and restaurants and for special events throughout the Magic Valley with upcoming dates as opening acts for country artists including Montgomery Gentry & David Nail, the Jason Lugo Band is quickly drawing an ever-growing fan base.

After playing at Canyon Crest in Twin Falls for only a matter of months, the band packed its lounge so consistently that they were moved to the main restaurant on a bigger stage with more room for expanding crowds.

The Jason Lugo Band is scheduled to play monthly at Canyon Crest in Twin Falls. If you plan on seeing them, be sure to call and reserve a table. Tables are often reserved up to two days prior to performances.

To learn more about the Jason Lugo Band, visit their sites at www.jasonlugoband.com and
facebook.com/jasonlugoband!!

Jason writes about his use of Clayton custom guitar picks:

“I’ve been using Clayton picks since I first started performing/gigging 18 years ago in Las Vegas. I still have my ‘lucky pick’ for all the opening acts I’ve done way back when.. it’s over 16 years old. I’m a graphic artist and built the logo and design on my picks… and I build lots of logos for other bands and artists.” Visit Jason’s art site at www.lugographics.com!

The Jason Lugo Band picks were made on our acetal pick material. Acetal is known for being a grainy, not slip material, and they are great for imprinting with a variety of light-to-dark colors as shown with the awesome Jason Lugo Band logo, created by Jason himself. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Woody Wright

Playing guitar since 1964, Woody discovered his love for musical performance at a very young age. So far, he has played with a variety of groups within several genres of music, but has more recently stuck to Gospel.  Since the fall of 2001, Woody has enjoyed occasionally touring with the Gaither Homecoming Concert crew. He says that it is such a joy to see the large arenas full of Gospel fans from coast to coast, and on other coasts! “The Homecoming Cruises have been phenomenal, and the London/Ireland trip was a blast.”

Woody writes about his current performances:

   “From my first note of Will the Circle Be Unbroken at the Atlanta Homecoming to singing Because He Lives at the empty tomb in Jerusalem to hearing the fans in Johanesburg, South Africa call us all by our first names, being a Homecoming Friend has been an honor and a rare blessing. Plus, all the ladies in my Mother’s Sunday School class get to say ‘Betty, I saw Woody on TV last night!'”

To learn more about Woody’s extensive musical journey, visit his site at www.woodywright.net.

Woody’s picks were made on our ultem pick material. Ultem picks are known for producing a sound quality closest to a true tortoiseshell pick. Ultem picks can be printed with brown, black or red ink, and Woody made excellent use of all colors in his custom design. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Zombie Suckers

Now that Halloween is upon us, we have the perfect Pick of the Week to feature!
“From the bottomless pit of monsters they came, climbing up to the surface of earth in August of 2007. They’ve been through a lot, they lost a lot of blood along the way forming what is now an extremely deadly combination of killer machines. With Alex E. Cute on vocals, Captain Morgue and ZZ on guitars, Crippler on the bass, Six Feet Unders on drums and the villain known as Dr. B. Careless on the percussion and sampler they form Sweden’s scariest horror-machine known as Zombiesuckers.

With the urge to play fierce and powerful horrorpunk they set their goal to conquer, scare and entertain the citizens of this planet. With a plan to fright, bite and fight their way to the top they create music with a lot of attitude, horror and large sense of humour making it a great combination of what any ear should expose itself to.

But beware, some people say their songs are so awesome they kill you while you sleep. So remember, only a headshot kills a zombie.”

 Find out more about Zombiesuckers on their official websites:
www.zombiesuckers.com
www.facebook.com/zombiesuckers
The creepy cool Zombiesuckers picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, and we love the detail and colors of their horrorific artwork. Visit www.claytoncustom.com today to start creating your own electrifying custom picks!

Pick of the Week — Sixteen Candles

This week’s Pick of the Week was created for the band Sixteen Candles.
Band Bio: Established in 2003. 16 Candles makes it their personal duty and pleasure to bring all the great 80′s songs you love to life in full force. Their attention to detail and commitment to entertainment captivates audiences and inspires new ways of dancing and thinking (not to mention drinking). The members are 5 fun-loving guys with a simple love for the music of years gone by and a mission to fuse nostalgia and style to create a sight/sound spectacular unlike any other.
To learn more about Sixteen Candles, visit their sites:
website: www.sixteencandlesband.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sixteencandlesband
twitter: http://twitter.com/16candlesband
The Sixteen Candles picks were made on our white pearl material. White pearl is always a good choice for supporting designs with a gradient, such as the green 16 Candles logo. The band also chose to have a rounded triangles shape for the picks. The rounded triangle is an over-sized pick shape, and allows for optimal design space. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Lisa Matassa

This week’s Pick of the Week is for artist Lisa Matassa. Operatically trained as a child, and with a resonantly powerful pop voice, Lisa recorded two top-10 dance singles before she was 20. The songs were huge hits in the U.S. and abroad, earning her performing slots in concerts with such acts as Taylor Dayne, Brenda K. Starr and TKA. Born on Long Island, but raised in south Florida, Lisa had always loved singing along to records by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, and she realized more and more that country music was where her heart was. Capitalizing on country’s contemporary rock-tinged arrangements, Lisa found she could blend the natural heartfelt soul of country with her own stylized brand of New York edginess. She is now considered Long Island’s first bona fide country artist and has opened shows for Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Thompson Square, Eric Church and, most recently, Ronnie Dunn at a “Vets Rock” concert at Brookhaven Amphitheatre in Farmingville, NY. Recently, Lisa was asked to sing the U.S. and Canadian anthems during the Delaware Ohio County Fair as part of the event’s prestigious Little Brown Jug harness racing event, which draws thousands of fans annually. As Lisa’s career gains momentum, and her new-release album Somebody’s Baby continues gathering national attention through digital downloads, streaming and radio programming, it’s a sure bet Long Island won’t be the only place where the name Lisa Matassa generates real excitement in country music.

To find out more about Lisa, visit her sites:

www.LisaMatassa.com

www.facebook.com/lisamatassafanpage

Twitter:  @lisa_matassa

www.reverbnation.com/lisamatassa

www.youtube.com/lisamatassamedia

Lisa Matassa’s custom guitar picks were made on our white pearl material. The white pearl is perfect for the gradient quality of her red-orang-yellow logo, and gives the graphic a 3-D appearence.

To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Strip the Stars

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Strip the Stars. Formed in Denver in late 2010, Strip the Stars brings together fellow musicians David Frisbie on vocals, Brett Walston on guitar, Miles Marlin on bass, and Leo Zayas on drums. Drawing comparisons to Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, and Alice in Chains, the full shake-you-to-your-bones sound of this quartet puts the fire in your belly and the roar in your speakers. It only took a few hours of jamming together for STS to discover the formula for their own brand of purebred hook-driven rock. Not content to wear out the same old local dives and wait for fate’s knock on the door, Strip the Stars is shredding through new mediums and conventions focusing their attention on the bigger picture. Strip the Stars is a band that will not be denied. STS’ 9-song debut release is sure to win fans and make it’s mark on the Front Range and beyond. The album was recorded and engineered by David Frisbie at Audiopurple Studios in Denver, CO and mixed and mastered at Progression Lab Studios in San Antonio, TX by Cult To Follow and former Union Underground frontman Bryan Scott. With full throttle guitar riffs, aggressive drums, melodic bass lines and soaring vocal melodies, Strip the Stars aims to keep the snarl in the razor-sharp grin of hard rock.
Find out more about Strip the Stars with the following links:
www.facebook.com/pages/Strip-The-Stars/198862790163775
www.reverbnation.com/stripthestars

https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stripthestars

The Strip the Stars picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, using a full bleed (meaning that the design goes all the way to the edge of the picks instead of having a border). We loved the colors and detail of their design! To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Rob “Fixxxman” Hendrikse

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for musician Rob Hendrikse. Rob is a member of a few different bands, including Defense, Lucky Faces and Rough ‘n Ready. For Defense, Rob already got a lot of different picks, so he thought it would be a good idea to design new ones for Lucky Faces and Rough ‘n Ready combined with his own artist name; Fixxxman. Lucky Faces is the acoustic version of Defense and Rough ‘n Ready. Lucky Faces is an acoustic duo (Rob’s girlfriend and himself) occasionally joined by a drummer and a bass player, (which are the other members of their newly formed classic rock band Rough ‘n Ready). The bands that Rob is involved with do covers of classic rock songs and they play them with a twist in their very own, unique style.
As Fixxxman, Rob does more singer/songwriter stuff and writes his own material as well.
The bands do a lot of shows throughout the Netherlands at festivals, parties and in a lot of live-music-supporting venues.
In March of 2012, Rob participated in the release of a non-profit CD- ‘29 Years, 29 Songs’- to honor his dear friend Saz, who died at the age of 29 in 2004, due to cancer. The CD was released to collect funds for a charity that makes the lives of kids with terminal diseases a little more bearable. 32 artists from The Netherlands, Australia, USA, Great Britain, Scotland and Spain participated, and all donated a song for the cause. A few names: Popa Chubby (USA), Michael Katon (USA), The Wildcards (GB), Hook Herrera (USA), Rob Tognoni (Aus), Julian Sas, Rob Orlemans and many others.
Rob also wrote and recorded a song for this album; “The Long Road.” It was recorded with the band Defense, and they were joined by the Dutch Blues Artist Rob Orlemans on Lead Guitar.
At the moment they have already sold 1000 copies of the double CD and they are planning to relaease part 2 in March 2013. A lot of major (blues) artists have already agreed to participate on part 2. Danny Bryant, Jon Amor Band, Jim Schuler, The Ori Naftaly Blues Band (Israel), 16 Dollars, Rough ‘n Ready and many more.
All about the CD can be found on http://www.stichtingsaz.nl
To learn more about the bands that Rob is in, see the following sites:
Defense: http://www.defense-theband.nl/
Rough ‘n’ Ready: https://www.facebook.com/#!/rnrclassicrock
Lucky Faces: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lucky-Faces-2-Voices-1-Guitar/335120886566774
Check out this Fixxxman YouTube video as well! http://youtu.be/smVjS0cTb_k
We really love the way that Rob combined all of his logos together to make an awesome custom guitar picks design for acetal picks! To create and order your own custom pick design, visit www.claytoncustom.com. Also, be on the lookout for a special Halloween promotional discount for custom pick orders towards the end of this month! Discount codes will be e-mailed automatically if you have created an account with us!

Pick of the Week — Electric Circus

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Electric Circus. Electric Circus was formed out of Austin, Texas, and they perform everyone’s Top 40 dance/hip-hop/electronica hits! Electric Circus performs in venues, casinos, and bars all around Texas and Louisiana.  Julz, the musician who ordered custom picks from Clayton, is the guitar player for Electric Circus and has been using Steve Clayton Guitar picks from the start!
Check out Electric Circus at www.facebook.com/electriccircusaustin
Catch them in your city And give them a like!

The Electric Circus picks were made on our white delrin pick material, with a full bleed design (meaning that the art goes all the way to the edge of the picks). On the back of the picks is the same circus tent graphic, with Julz’s signature. We love the creativity of the design and how it reflects the band name! Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Corrina Corrina

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band “Corrina, Corrina,” from Red Bank, New Jersey. They are a local Alt/indie/punk band with influences like Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie and, most importantly, The Gaslight Anthem. The members of the band include Brian McKenna, Matthew Kessig, Deaglan Howlett and Mike O’Connor. Find out more about Corrina Corrina on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/corrinacorrinanj.

The Corrina Corrina picks were made on our green delrin, .88mm gauge pick material. We love the detail and intricacy of the band’s logo. The design for the picks was created by Colleen Kinslow.

To order your own custom guitar picks, visit our site today at www.claytoncustom.com!

 

Pick of the Week — Night Fevers

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Night Fevers. They are based out of  Brooklyn, NY. Members are Jack Tangney, Gerard Lange, William Tully, Danny Rocco, and Brian Bunce. Brian, Gerard, and Danny used the picks for the first time at a show the other week and they say that they love the way they came out, great print quality and feel.
 Songs from Night Fevers’ first EP called “Swear Words” are currently being played on various shows on MTV and they can be found on iTunes, and Spotify.
 They just released their 2nd EP called “Too Bright To Hide It” and it can be found at http://nightfeversmusic.bandcamp.com/
 To learn more about Night Fevers, visit their facebook at www.facebook.com/NightFevers
Also, here is a fun live video of their single “Way I Am:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLj0XpcN2w0
The Night Fevers picks were made on our yellow delrin guitar pick material in the oversized rounded triangle shape. We love the classic simplicity of their logo; it looks very clean and professional, and the picks make great novelties for fans of the band. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Way Cool Jr.

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band Way Cool Jr., an 80’s rock tribute act that is based in Southern California. They have performed alongside many great bands such as Guns ‘n’ Roses, Blue Oyster Cult, Steppenwolf,  Bad Company, etc. They replicate the energy and look of the 80’s in its most decadent form! The member of the band who ordered the guitar picks from Clayton is Phi Nguyen. He was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States during a time of strife in his home country. He was given his 1st guitar  at the age of 13 after his father passed away and he never stopped playing from that day on. He idolized Kiss and emulated them. You can find out more about Way Cool Jr. on YouTube…or through their site at www.waycooljr.net.

The Way Cool Jr. picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, which makes the bright colors in their design really pop! Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — The Tom Dixon Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for Tom Dixon of The Tom Dixon Band.

“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!