Factory Damage to end career by opening for Anthrax Jan. 29 in Louisville

Every rock musician who picks up a guitar or set of drumsticks dreams of sharing a stage with their idols. Very few musicians and bands ever get that opportunity.

But Owensboro’s Factory Damage have had a little more success than the average band; over the past seven years, the band has played shows with major-label metal bands such as Exodus, Powerman 5,000, Warbringer and Malevolent Creation.

On Jan. 29, Factory Damage will play the last show of the band’s career in Louisville when they open for thrash metal legends Anthrax at Expo Five.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” said band guitarist Ed Young. “If you had said to me when we started this band seven years ago we would be opening for Anthrax, I would have said, ‘you’re dreaming.’ ”

Life in a local band anywhere is difficult — there aren’t any lavish backstage parties, tour buses or bowls of M&Ms with all the brown ones picked out for aspiring garage bands. Instead, hungry local bands can look forward to loading and unloading their own gear, traveling in cramped, overloaded vans and constantly scrambling to find gigs.

“Opening for Warbringer, we saw them pull up in a cargo van (instead of a tour bus),” Young said. “Right then I realized, ‘this is a whole lot harder than anyone thinks.’ ”

Young said the constant search for new shows to play wore the band thin over time. “There’s no metal scene” in Owensboro, Young said. Most local bars require bands to play cover songs.

The band decided to call it quits in September. “It didn’t end on a bad note,” vocalist Chris Hedges said. “We needed time for our families. The stress and hassle of trying to constantly book shows took a toll on all of us.”

“We’re not teenagers,” Young said. “We’ve all got jobs. My kids are getting older, and I don’t want to miss any of it.”

The band was scheduled to play its last show in Louisville opening for Down — a supergroup of sorts containing former Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo and members of Crowbar and Corrosion of Conformity. But life intervened and Factory Damage had to bow out of the gig.

But the band didn’t want to end their career on a low note. So, when Young learned the Louisville music promoter Terry Harper had booked Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel to play Expo Five, he asked Harper if the band could join the bill.

“Terry was really understanding” when the band dropped off the Down show, Young said. “When I saw Anthrax pop up on his website, I had to ask him, because Anthrax was a huge influence on me.

“Terry has been really great for this band,” Young said. “I guess he likes us.”

Getting ready for the show has been a challenge. Some members of the band, such as longtime drummer Scott Doughty, are unable to perform because of work. To fill out the bill, the Young and Hedges recruited a drummer and bassist from other local bands.

“They’re picking up (the songs) really quickly,” Hedges said.

“We’re practicing pretty much nonstop,” Young said.

Although the band is retiring from music for now, there’s always the possibility of getting back together in the future, Hedges said. But, if not, the band is calling it quits with no regrets.

“We’ve had a lot of fun doing it,” Young said. “There have been more good times than bad.”

“It’s almost cliché … but when you get out on the stage, all the stress (of life) is gone,” Hedges said. “The show hits, and it’s awesome.”

“It’s a whole other world when you get out there (on stage), whether it’s 20 people or 500,” Young said.

Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel, Factory Damage, Stonecutters, Overload and Maltese Cross will perform at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Expo Five in Louisville. Tickets are $25. Factory Damage is selling tickets to the show; for tickets, e-mail factorydamage@hotmail.com or visit http://www.ticketweb.com.

Owensboro’s Factory Damage to play final show with Anthrax, Testament on Jan. 29

Some months ago, Owensboro’s Factory Damage announced they were calling it quits. At the time, the band was slated to play their last show with Down in Louisville, but the band couldn’t do the gig.

That seemed like the end … but the guys in Factory Damage didn’t want to go out with a whimper. So, with the support of Louisville promoter Terry Harper, Factory Damage will play its last show Sunday, Jan. 29, opening for Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. (Louisville time) at Expo Five. Tix range between $25 and $150 and can be found on Ticketweb … but the band members will also be selling tickets to the show.

More details, including an interview with the Factory Damage boys, coming soon. Anyway, this will be a show you won’t want to miss.

“Bonded By Damage!” Factory Damage to open for Exodus in Lousiville

That’s right: Owensboro’s own Factory Damage will be tearing up Phoenix Hill Tavern on Sept. 2, as the second-stage headliner for the Exodus, Malevolent Creation show.

This is a perfect opportunity for Owenspatch’s metal army to both see one of the legends of thrash live on stage AND to show your support for home-grown, organically produced, pure raw metal. The band is selling tix to the show, so drop guitarist Ed Young an email, at moofaster@hotmail.com, and he’ll hook you up.

If you’re unfamiliar, you can check out Factory Damage’s music on their Web Site, or at the band’s MySpace page.

Go to this show. That is all … except for this: Thanks Terry Harper, for continuing to bring great rock to Louisville. You rule.

Hear Factory Damage this Sunday on L.A. radio station

Owensboro band Factory Damage recently recorded a song for Spider Energy, a soon to be released energy drink … and you can hear the song Sunday evening.

Pete Algarin, CEO of Spider Energy, will be talking with London Garcia of L.A. Talk Radio at 5 p.m. Central Time. The interview will also feature the broadcast of “Along came a Spider,” the song Factory Damage wrote to help promote the drink.

You can hear the show online at: http://www.latalkradio.com/London.php

Interview: Factory Damage to play Louisville with Powerman 5000

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Last year, Owensboro metal band Factory Damage shared their first stage with a national act when they opened a Louisville concert for the up-and-coming thrash metal band Warbringer.

The band must have made a good impression, because the Owensboro musicians were invited to perform in Louisville again — this time with Powerman 5000, a nationally selling metal band.

The bands will play Headliners Music Hall on Nov. 8.
Meanwhile, Factory Damage is also completing a jingle the band wrote for Spider Energy, a new energy drink. Next week, the band will play one of its few local shows when they perform at the “Hallow’s Eve” DVD release party Oct. 30 at FYE in Towne Square Mall.

“Most of the time, we play out of town,” guitarist Ed Young said.

Factory Damage was one of several local bands and musicians that contributed to the “Hallow’s Eve” soundtrack. “It was just cool to help them out,” Young said.

The jingle for Spider Energy came about after the band saw some advertising for the product. “I saw they were new and shot them a proposal saying, ‘we’ll write you a jingle,’” Young said. “The ultimate payoff would be (if the song is used) in the commercial.

“When we get the finished mix back … they will put it up on their Web site,” Young said.

Writing the jingle wasn’t an easy process. “When you write a song, you don’t write it (to be) one minute to a minute and a half” long, Young said.

Pete Algarin, the founder of Spider Energy, said Factory Damage is one of several bands from across the country that are writing jingles for the product.

“I think they did a phenomenal job,” Algarin said. “The song, as it stands now, is pretty good. I can’t wait to hear it mixed.”

The drink’s Web site will feature a song from a new band about once a month, along with band information, Algarin said.

“It will give them exposure,” Algarin said. “I grew up playing rock ‘n’ roll when I was a kid. It was tough and it’s still tough (to get noticed).” The Factory Damage jingle will be posted as soon as the final mix is ready, he said.

“I think I’ve got a pretty good ear for music and when I hear something I like, I want to help (the band),” Algarin said.
Drummer Scott Doughty said the band hopes the commercial will expose the band to a larger audience.

“(Algarin) pretty much said if (the jingle) takes off, we take off,” Doughty said.

For the upcoming shows at FYE and in Louisville, the band will use two different bassists. The band recently lost bassist Val Batts due to scheduling issues and will  hold auditions for a permanent replacement after the November show.

“This is obviously the biggest band we’ve performance with and the biggest number of people,” Young said. For the concert “we’ll pick the best songs in our arsenal.”

The band’s music is still played regularly on regional radio stations and has had songs picked up by Internet metal radio stations all over the world. The band hopes to all their hard work will some day land them in front of an even larger audience.

“The intention is, hopefully, we’ll get a foot in the door and get a label to notice us,” Young said. “That dream is still there, but we have to play the reality …. Hopefully (the jingle) will pay dividends and open the door.”

Factory Damage will perform Friday, Oct. 30 at the “Hallow’s Eve” DVD release party, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at FYE in Towne Square Mall inOwensboro. Other bands, including Far From Fallen and Left With Scars, will perform as well. The event is free.

Factory Damage will also open for Powerman 5000 Nov. 8 beginning at 7 p.m. Headliners Music Hall in Louisville. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased from the band by E-mailing factorydamage@hotmail.com

Factory Damage to play Louisville show with Powerman 5000

Owensboro’s Factory Damage will be returning to Louisville in November, to help open the show for Powerman 5000.

The show is scheduled for Nov. 8 at Headliners Music Hall. Also on the bill are Left With Scars, The Dead Hours and Birth Of A Zealot.

This is more good news for the our local thrashers. Last year, the band was picked to open for Warbringer in Louisville.

Tix are $12. You can purchase them at www.ticketweb.com … OR you can get them directly from the band by e-mailing guitarist Ed Young at moofaster@hotmail.com.

To check out some of Factory Damage’s work visit their MySpace page here.

Far From Fallen to release new album this weekend

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Owensboro original metal band Far From Fallen will perform a free concert at FYE in Towne Square Mall Saturday, July 18. The concert will be followed by a CD release party at the mall’s Hot Topic store.
The events are coordinated with the release of “Arise From The Ashes,” the band’s second album.

The event will also introduce fans to the band’s new bassist Drew Hallden, who joined the band after bassist Blake Littleton left to go to college in Florida.

Drummer Matt Simmons said the hope is the release of “Arise From The Ashes” will lead to bigger things.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to be seen, heard and noticed,” Simmons said.

The performance at FYE will begin at 6 p.m. The band will sell copies of the new album at Hot Topic beginning at 7:30 p.m. The CD will also be available online, at iTunes, Rhapsody, DigStation, CDBaby and bigcartel.com.

The album has been recorded for some time, but the release was held back while the band put together the money for pressing and packaging the discs.

“I’m ready to press on to the next album,” guitarist Brian Fulkerson said. “ … The earliest we would do that would be next winter, early January.”

“We have already started playing new songs,” Simmons said.
The band already has a number of shows planned for next few weeks. Tonight, the band is heading to Memphis to play with Inner 61, and they’ll be in Nashville July 27 with Zero System. They’ll perform with up and coming metal band In Fear And Faith on Aug. 2 at The Brothers in Owensboro.

Hallden has a short period of time to learn the band’s songs before playing with Far From Fallen for the first time.

“I’m probably the least experienced person with the band and sometimes it shows,” Hallden said. “But every time we play together it gets a little more solid.”

Live performances have been infrequent, as the band focused on pressing “Arise From The Ashes,” Fulkerson said. The band is hoping to find a reputable booking agent to help them land more shows outside the region.

“I want to look on our Web site and see 10 dates” scheduled, Fulkerson said. “… We’re trying to book as much as we can.”
With so many bands competing for attention — and with scam artists posing as managers or promoters always looking to rip off hungry musicians — finding trustworthy representation is difficult.

“You’re always going to want to get testimony from someone who is working with them,” Fulkerson said. “If they are good managers, they’ll call you. The problem is: How do you get them to notice you?”

Simmons said: “It’s frustrating. Everybody who sees us says, ‘why aren’t you signed?’ … It’s basically about getting heard or knowing somebody.”

With the album finally ready for release, the plan is to aggressively market the band to promoters and labels.
“You just have to be persistent,” guitarist Greg Cecil said. “That’s all we can do.”

“The sound is broad enough,” Hallden said. “It reaches a lot of demographics.”