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Altered Five

Altered Five

by Teri Barr
December 2014

It’s been a great couple of weeks for the members of Altered Five. The Southern Wisconsin Blues Band’s new C.D. is just out, and already trending high on a few notable radio and on-line charts. Lead singer Jeff Taylor, guitar player Jeff Schroedl, bassist Mark Solveson, Raymond Tevich on keys, and Scott Schroedl on drums worked with a Grammy-winning producer on their latest effort, after taking home a few awards of their own this year. Somehow, in the middle of it all—- they took time to answer some questions from me about their history together, and with their music hitting a high note—what’s next for this groovy group.

MAXIMUM INK:  What is the key to Altered Five’s success right now?
JEFF SCHROEDL: We all bring different musical influences and experiences to the band, and our music is really the result of that melting pot of sounds. The five of us have been able to blend our ideas and styles really well. There’s no formula; everyone is just able to create interesting parts that gel and support JT’s voice, the lyrics, and overall song.

MI: How did the five of you connect?
MARK SOLVESON: Well, Jeff Taylor is our frontman and lead singer, Jeff Schroedl on guitar, Scott Schroedl on drums, Raymond Tevich plays keys and I’m the bassist. We formed in 2002 and have performed and recorded steadily ever since. We’ve logged quite a few shows and have a pretty large repertoire of songs. We’ve always been blues-based, of course, but we’ve evolved to play many more original tunes over the past four years or so. Our music is best described as “contemporary blues.” It’s groove-based, edgy, soulful and at times really rockin’, but it’s all grounded in the blues.


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American Headcharge on the cover of Maximum Ink one month after 9/11 - photo by Christopher McCollum

American Headcharge

by Paul Gargano
October 2001

When the name of your band is American Headcharge , and your album cover for debut release The War Of Art depicts a black-eyed Uncle Sam pointing a gun at the listener, you’ve got to excuse people for assuming you might have a political slant. But according to bassist/guitarist/all-around-American Headcharge -musical force Chad Hanks, that’s just the problem.

“There’s absolutely no tie in at all,” Hanks says of his band and politics. A logical question though, especially in light of the recent terrorist attacks on America, and Headcharge’s ironically appropriate Uncle Sam imagery. “That imagery is the funniest part of the whole thing. It’s like Andy Kaufman shit! It has nothing to do with anything, it was just great imagery, especially considering that we’ve got American in our name.


Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson

Anderson And Wakeman Start Tour In Milwaukee

Anderson And Wakeman Start tour In Milwaukee
by Gregory Harutunian
October 2011

    It finally happened. Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman are bringing their duo show to the United States for an abbreviated tour this fall, which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Oct. 19, in all of all places…Milwaukee. The northern Lights Theater At Potawatomi Casino is playing host to a program that stateside fans of the former Yes frontman and keyboardist have presented to U.K. audiences in 2006, and last year, coinciding with the release fo their CD, “The Living Tree.”


The Anderson Brothers

The Anderson Brothers

An interview with Madison rock trio, The Anderson Brothers
by Mike Huberty
August 2016

First time I saw The Anderson Brothers was a summer weeknight at The Frequency and I was there for the earlier show, so I didn’t know who was playing later. But as I was sitting at the bar with a group of friends, we kept hearing their music from the other room and started getting curious about all this sonic ass-kicking coming from the other side of the club. I was blown away watching them, tight melodic rock music influenced by classic Rock, they played a Zep cover and even though I’d heard it a thousand times in my life, they did it with the energy and excitement that you feel when you first play a song that you love. Bassist Brian Anderson, his brother Eric on guitar and vocals, and Cole Dockter on drums form the band. We talked with Eric about their upcoming show in Madison on August 13th at The Frequency.


Anew Revolution

Anew Revolution

An interview with bassist Frankie Salvaggio
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Anew Revolution is made up of Joey Duenas (Vocals/Guitar), Frank “Frankie” Salvaggio (Bass/Backing Vocals), Rob Urbani (Drums), and Jay Frederick (Guitar). They have toured alongside acts like 12 Stones, Hell Yeah, Volbeat, Kittie, Sevendust, Hed PE, and Drowning Pool. The latest release iMerica is out now on E1 records and the band will be at Scatz in Middleton on November 5th and the Eagles Club in Milwaukee on November 6th.

Maximum Ink: There isn’t much about Anew Revolution out there. Can you tell us a little about your background? Where you are from, how it influenced you musically?
Frank Salvaggio: Anew Revolution is made up of myself & Rob from Montreal, Canada, Joey is from Austin, Texas and Jay is from Ventura, California. Personally I’m influenced from some great rock/metal bands that came to Montreal like Metallica, Motley Crue, Guns n’ Roses, Iron Maiden, The Cult, Deftones.Watching those bands live was like an awakening for me and highly inspired me to be the musician I am.

MI: When did you first take up bass? Why?
FS: I took up bass when I was 13 years. It was summertime and my buddy wanted to start a band. He was of course the guitar player and I opted for the bass because I thought it would be a interesting, different instrument to play.

MI: Where does the name Anew Revolution come from? How did they come up with the name?
FS: Joey, Rob and I we’re trying to think of a bold, strong name, and we thought of “Revolution”, but that seemed too simple. So we said, hey we’re all from past bands and we’re starting all over again with this band so it’s like starting “Anew” so we said, “Anew Revolution”.


Angels or Insects 2015 - photo by Mary Sweeney Photography


After 15 years, AOI is getting back together
by Mike Huberty
September 2015

Buried underneath that morass of backwards baseball caps, bands with deejays, and walking erection macho posturing at the turn of the century, an industrial movement was brewing. The tracks and loops and synths that we expect today from mainstream rock bands like MUSE and 30 SECONDS TO MARS all started with the brave acts who would bring massive keyboards and digital samplers onstage when you couldn’t just use blast backing tracks through your iPhone.  And in the Madison rock scene at the time, no other industrial metal act was bringing as many people to clubs or building more of a buzz than ANGELS OR INSECTS.


Madcity's own Anna Wang - photo by Anna Wang

Anna Wang

an interview with Madison songwriter Anna Wang
by Teri Barr
March 2018

Anna Wang is no stranger to the area music scene. She made a big impression as lead singer and main songwriter for Anna Wang and The Oh Boys!, and in a 2012 Maximum Ink interview talked about sharing the power of songs, mixed with the joy of pop music, while taking on the world with her band. Some scheduling issues and line-up changes meant the eventual end of one project, some time off, and the creation of Tortoise and the Finch. Her talent helped take this duo to the top of the Project M Singer-Songwriter Competition in 2017. But even this success was short-lived. Anna is now a solo artist, but if you think it means she is quietly playing in a corner all alone, you don’t know Anna. She just released a new album of electronic-pop, and commands your attention—whether you are listening to her CD or watching her live—Anna is playing an entire band of instruments and every note of her songs. She’ll be joining with several other musicians, and sharing what she’s learned as part of a multi-part workshop, “The Six Questions of Songwriting,” starting Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm at 702 East Johnson Street in Madison, as well as solo shows including one she is really looking forward to at ArtIn on East Washington Avenue in Madison on May 17th. Keep reading to learn how Anna feels about being in this current place where she is in control of her music, and her life.


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