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UK/London: Matt Schofield Trio Plays Blues for the Beat

On March 18th, starting at 8pm at Asylum, a club in Portland, Maine, Concerts4Charity ( will stage a second benefit (the other in Lansing MI on March 20th) for One World Beat 2005. This concert will feature five hard-rock and metal bands, among them Hour-Past, Thrust 13, Loki, Dead Season, Emptyhead, and Rubikon.

Hour-Past, five-person band featuring some of the most colorful names in the business--Spaz, Pulse, Church, Voice--combines rock-hard rhythms with insights worthy a poet: "a world without song is one without heart, a voice is an instrument that speaks from the soul, (and) a soul never needs tuning". They have appeared in many live shows, on a compilation album called "Rat-Pak Unleashed", and will soon finish their debut CD. They also produce a popular newsletter called "The Comic".

Thrust 13 expects to release their debut CD, "The Beat Down Chronicles" sometime this spring, and they have also been featured on the "Rat-Pak Unleashed" compilation, produced by one of New England's largest indie labels, Rat Pak Records ( Rubikon, a four-member band with Boston roots and a loyal fanbase throughout New England and nationwide, has two EPs ("Radio Shack" and "Awaken"), and in the fall of 2004 released their first full-length recording, "The Hollow Men". With richly melodic vocal harmonies set against walls of metallic noise and spacey atmospherics, Rubikon "enriches your soul, captures your heart, and stirs your inhibitions", wrote one critic.
Emptyhead has also left critics and fans raving, with a sound that is reminiscent of Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tool, but also very much their own. The five-member band is no stranger to charity benefits, having played as part of a line-up to support the families of loved ones killed in a club fire in neighboring Rhode Island which took 100 lives, to benefit a fire department and a junior high-school class in Maine, for other Concerts4Charity events, and to keep an art venue operational. Their CD, "Who's Talking...Who's Listening", has been called "heavy rock 'n' roll with a brain."

Dead Season--2004 Battle of the Bands winner in a contest sponsored by Maine's major hard-rock station, WTOS--includes two brothers in a four-member group which is currently shooting videos and appearing at such venues as the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, where they played a major-label showcase. By day, brothers Ian and Matt Truman work as a mechanical engineer and a teacher, but by night they play the hard-metal music they love. Their new CD, "Down Again", reflects their view that "everyone has their struggles and their dark side, but all you need is a way to release that energy...the dead season is life, (from which) we can see the sky, find the light, and forge strength in self."

In Norse mythology, Loki is a god of mischief and trickery. In the chronicles of music, Loki is a rock band with a frenzied following, fiery frets, and humanitarian feelings, who mix Concerts4Charity events with scorching sets that include anthems like "Who Said What", "Reunion", "Born", "Submission", and "Downpour". One reviewer compared them to a "rock god playing to their congregation", and said it's clear they are one of Maine's new music leaders.

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Leigh Blake, Founder - Keep A Child Alive