This album covers so many facets of emotional high and lows. This is a rollercoaster ride that needs to be taken over and over to understand the complexity and nuances that make this album the incredible chunk of musical genius that it is. I'm mesmerised by the swelling of "It's You/Blame", the ferocity of "Say It", "Disappear", "Rls" & "Choke". This also includes some built-in "soon to be classics" such as "Blame", "Memphis" and the anthemic "Mine". You want humor? I found "Burjay" hilarious and it deserves a few listens to catch it all. There are MANY peaks and valleys on here which encompass the human element. I wasn't disappointed with any of these tracks whatsoever. It's classic from head-to-toe and it deserves a lot of attention.
The Ground Beneath: Press
On February 15, Gallup’s El Morro Theater presents Soulfly, The Ground Beneath, and A Malicious Plague. Doors for this all-ages event open at 6 pm. Tickets before the event are on sale for only $25. Get them from any member of The Ground Beneath, with free delivery in the Albuquerque or Rio Rancho area. The band members can take cash or card.
Formed in 1977, Brazil’s (but based in Phoenix, Arizona) Soulfly play groove metal with facets of nu-metal and thrash metal. The band is led by Max Cavalera, who once fronted the mighty Sepultura. Soulfly’s latest full-length studio CD is titled Enslaved.
Albuquerque’s The Ground Beneath play Southern-driven metal with plenty of sass. The band has a new self-titled CD out. The Ground Beneath average around 80 shows each year, traveling across the 13 states that surround New Mexico. Get their CDs at Amazon.
Formed in 2011, Gallup’s A Malicious Plague play melodic and technical death metal.
Gallup’s El Morro Theater [https://www.facebook.com/elmorrotheater] is located at 207 West Coal Avenue. Get more info by calling (505) 726-0050 or sending an email to email@example.com
The Ground Beneath CD Release: Beard • Requiem Mass • Illumina • Questionable Fate • metal
Loud and Dirty
Power trio The Ground Beneath brings their complex and foreboding brand of southern metal to Launchpad (618 Central SW) on Friday, Jan. 17, for a 21-and-over album release party featuring a midnight rendition of their new eponymous CD. Headbangers Questionable Fate, Illumina, Requiem Mass and Beard will join these local masters of metal onstage for a dark ceremony the likes of which this burg rarely sees. With up-and-coming local fashion models selling band merch and all-stars from Burque’s metal community wandering loomingly through the evening's proceedings, this promises to be an epic event. Guitarist and vocalist Steve Civerolo describes TGB as “the greatest fat-guy metal band on the planet.” He says their music is melodic but heavy, admitting, “It’s all about the riffs. Everything is written around the groove.” This heavy metal ritual begins at 9pm, and tickets are seven clams: That’s a blessing—if such is possible in the deep underworld that spawned the brutal rock and roll forces that will emanate from the Launchpad on Friday night. (August March)
Friday Jan 17, 2014
618 Central Ave SW
Phone: (505) 764-8887
The Ground Beneath playing the brand new "SELF TITLED" album in it's entirety at midnight
Beard - 11:15pm-11:45pm
Requiem Mass - 10:30pm-11pm
Illumina - 9:45pm-10:15pm
Questionable Fate - 9pm-9:30pm
January 17: Launchpad helps kick off tour for The Ground Beneath
January 12, 2014
On January 17, Albuquerque’s own Launchpad helps kick off the tour of Albuquerque’s The Ground Beneath. This killer show also features Beard, Requiem Mass, Illumina, and Questionable Fate. Doors for this 21+ show are scheduled to open at 8 p.m., with the first band taking the stage at 9 p.m. Entry is only $7 but is subject to change at the door.
Albuquerque’s The Ground Beneath play Southern-driven metal with plenty of sass. The band has a new self-titled CD out, which it will play in its entirety. The Ground Beneath average around 80 shows each year, traveling across the 13 states that surround New Mexico. Get their CDs at Amazon.
Albuquerque’s Beard play a combination of doom and power metal—what they call space punk. As the band says: “Beard is bullsh#t. . . . Crank it!” The band’s debut CD it titled Black Unicorn.
Albuquerque’s Requiem Mass play blistering metal with progressive touches. The band’s latest CD is titled The Cure.
Albuquerque’s Illumina play metal. The band’s latest full-length studio CD is titled The Black Guardian.
Albuquerque’s Questionable Fate play melodic metalcore. This is what the band says regarding their live performances: “We work hard at what we do, and we play even harder. That is what you can expect to see when you see us live.”
Around since 1997, Albuquerque’s Launchpad has played host to bands of numerous genres, including punk, indie rock, and metal. The Launchpad is located on 618 Central Avenue Southwest, which is between 6th and 7th streets.
THE GROUND BENEATH -”SELF TITLED” CD REVIEW
JANUARY 10, 2014 BY JAMES ANAYA
I have had this CD for a couple of weeks now. The official release is going to be on January 17th 2013 at the Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM.
Let’s get into the CD itself. The Ground Beneath is one of those bands that just plain and simply gets it. Steve Beneath is one hard-working SOB, always at shows, doing radio guest spots, texting about upcoming shows, anything it takes. That tenacity shows in the latest release from The Ground Beneath “Self Titled”. “Self Titled” is actually the name of the new CD, a little bit of humor from the band.
Let’s get the technical stuff out-of-the-way first. The CD is clean and I mean CLEAN, the production quality is top-notch. The mix is great and the sound is not muddied in any way. Kudos for the guys on their attention to detail. This CD is meant to be played LOUD and is sounds great at those ear bleeding volumes.
Now for the fun stuff! I have been listening to this CD pretty regularly and this just so happens to be my third rewrite of this review. I keep coming back to this CD and discovering more stuff that I like about it. I love it when a band makes music that is inspired by other artists and yet sounds new. Let me explain, I know Steve is inspired by bands like Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Pantera, Down, Corrosion of Conformity, HELLYEAH, Strapping Young Lad, Deftones, U2, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Damageplan. You can hear elements from all of these bands in the music and yet it remains distinctly The Ground Beneath.
“Self Titled” is , dare I say, a groovy record. While the world must be obliged with the obligatory single, which is “Blind”, I think the CD needs to be taken as a whole. The flow of the songs is just that good. I actually forget this is a local band out of Albuquerque, New Mexico when I am listening to it. Which leads me to ask “Why isn’t stuff like this being played on national radio?”
Steve handles all of the writing of the lyrics and music which is a testament to his talent. The band as a whole plays the songs that Steve has envisioned with a fervor and passion that will quickly infect you. Steve’s vocal work and guitar skills are right on par with some of the music world best. Brian “Bearface” Scott goes from flat-out pound your skull in drumming to tribal like beats keeping the band anchored with a solid back beat. Hunter McCoy anchors the package together with some bass lines that will have your heart pounding trying to keep up.
In conclusion “Self Titled” is a record chock full of solid Rock N’ Roll tunes, pinch harmonics, throbbing bass lines, pounding drums, melodic compositions, hypnotic vocals and yes even a cello. Solid 10 out of 10 in my book, definitely a necessity in everyone’s music collection.
it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s THE GROUND BENEATH
- the Hellion
Hailing from Albuquerque, The Ground Beneath play southern-driven heavy metal with a modern and technical vibe. The band has released numerous CDs throughout the years, and their latest self-titled CD brings The Ground Beneath to a much more mature sound, one layered with confident guitar riffs, a crushing rhythm section, and plenty of groove to spare.
The 15-track self-titled CD showcases the distinct groove of this power trio. Right out front are the blistering guitars of Steve Civerolo. Both six- and 12-string axes are brought to bear on the songs, with the latter setting down some melodic and dreamy sequences while the former tap into the lower end of heavy metal to set down some harsh and intense hooks and leads. Shadowing the guitar riffs is bassist Hunter McCoy, whose woofer stands outs on its own when necessary and bolsters the guitar screams most of the time. And then there’s drummer Brian Scott, who drives each track with a crisp pace. However, Scott knows when to pull back, giving the rest of the music room to breathe.
The one facet of The Ground Beneath that brings the band into a more alternative metal vibe is Civerolo’s distinct vocals. Civerolo combines the harsher drive of metal and hardcore vocals with a softer edge, particularly during the choruses. It’s a solid approach that complements the rest of the music well. Civerolo’s vocals remind me a little of Acid Bath, and that’s very cool indeed.
The power trio on this self-titled album is joined by various special guests, including Brian Ostrom on bass, Paul Civerolo on guitar, and Laurie Selby on cello. These guest musicians make their presence known on some of the tracks, adding spice to the already progressive and technical leanings of the music.
And that’s perhaps the best listening point on all the tracks of this self-titled CD: the sheer spectacle and songwriting prowess on display from beginning to end. Yes, each track stands on its own, but the best way to listen to The Ground Beneath’s latest CD is all the way through. The experience is akin to a river-raft ride, with the ebbs and flows complemented by intense rapids and percolating moments of clarity.
Steve Civerolo talk about The Ground Beneath “Self Titled”
DECEMBER 29, 2013 BY JANAYA64
It’s always a fun time talking with Steve from the Ground Beneath. We got lucky and he gave an exclusive interview about the upcoming TGB release “Self Titled”. He even let us play a track off of the new record. Check it out right here:
Be sure to check out The Ground Beneath online at: https://www.facebook.com/thegroundbeneath
if you happen to be in the Albuquerque, NM area on January the 17th you can experience The Ground Beneath at their CD release show at the Launchpad!
it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s THE GROUND BENEATH!!
Music Honors Slain Pair
By Patrick Lohmann / Journal Staff Writer on Sun, Sep 30, 2012
Just before his band’s last song, Steve Civerolo pushed his shoulder-length hair out of his face and asked the audience to remember two of the band’s biggest fans.
“Let’s celebrate life and living together,” Civerolo said. “Because you never know what could happen.”
Civerolo’s band, The Ground Beneath, was the opening act for a memorial concert at the Launchpad dedicated to Kirsten Landeau and her nephew Dillon Cearfoss, 20. The two were found dead Aug. 21 at their house in the Northeast Heights, and police suspect Landeau’s former boyfriend, Brian Pulliam, of killing them. He was arrested Aug. 23.
Landeau would have turned 37 today.
Family members organized the concert to help pay for funeral costs and to help Landeau’s mother find a new home. Living in the same house on Parkview Avenue has haunted her, they said.
At the double funeral held last week, a chorus of revving Harley-Davidson motorcycles replaced the usual moment of silence, family said.
Half a dozen bands jumped at the chance to play at the benefit concert, since members said Landeau lived and breathed local heavy metal music. She was at every show, Civerolo said, dancing in the front row and waving her bright red hair. Her love of music was emblazoned on memorial T-shirts, which quoted from an essay Landeau wrote.
“Music and everything to do with music is what keeps me (somewhat) sane. It can do everything from heal me when I’m broken to make me happy when I’m said,” the T-shirts read, in part, alongside a photo of Landeau.
Since Cearfoss wasn’t old enough to attend most shows at the Launchpad, family members and friends are organizing an all-ages memorial concert in the near future.
“If my son was 21, he would have been here,” said Cearfoss’ father, Eddie Landeau. “But that was cut short. He never got to do this.”
Another of Kirsten Landeau’s favorite bands, Suspended, was scheduled to play last at the show. The band’s bassist and vocalist, Mimo Montaño, said Landeau was one of the group’s most devoted fans and a good friend.
“She instantly fell in love with us, and we instantly fell in love with her, too,” Montaño said. “She was always just super happy, always smiling and screaming her head off.”
Montaño said the band is on hiatus but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to commemorate Landeau and Cearfoss.
“She was always at our shows, supporting us, up front,” she said. “There’s just no way that we could not play this show.”
To donate to the family of Landeau and Cearfoss, visit Compass Bank and ask for the account “For the Benefit of Kirsten and Dillon” or deposit into account No. 6700 499 659.
Bands pay tribute to beloved friends
By Journal Staff on Fri, Sep 28, 2012
From tragedy comes hope.
Ten Albuquerque bands will come together at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Launchpad, 618 W. Central, for a memorial show in honor of Kirsten “Darlin” Landeau and Dillon Cearfoss. The two were found dead on Aug. 23 in Landeau’s Northeast Heights home.
Landeau was a member of the Duke City Darlins and Cearfoss was a student at CNM. The lineup includes SuperGiant, Anesthesia, Requiem Mass, Caustic Lye, Suspended, Until Chaos, Echoes of Fallen, Torture Victim, Eve of an End and The Ground Beneath. Minimum donation at the door will be $10, and additional donations will also be accepted. More information is available at www.launchpadrocks.com.
Good morning! Went to a 100% local band show last night and saw some great new bands. The show was opened by Distances http://www.facebook.com/distancesband they call themselves Atmospheric Metal/Experimental Rock and I agree, their music was an amalgamation of of heavy music, edgy vocals, and etheral subject matter. All in all a great set from this young band. Mother Death Queen was next to take the stage. An all girl band that was a throwback to some of the Riot Grrrl bands of the past. Trading off of vocals between bands members, with some catchy playing made for a good set from MDQ check them out at:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mother-Death-Queen/259980427374658 Throughout the night people were running around the club sporting Beard stickers in various places on their persons. It was time to see what the hype about the band Beard was all about. The band brought catchy hooks, great energy, and awesome crowd response. They have a soon to be released CD, I cannot wait to hear it. The evening was closed out with the ever entertaining The Ground Beneath. http://www.facebook.com/thegroundbeneath if you like Heavy Riffs, and a frontman that will entertain TGB is your band.
On April 29, Albuquerque’s Amped Performance Center presents The Ground Beneath, Destroy to Recreate, AuKUS, Mistress of My Enemy, Ties to the Flesh, and Cast in Your Shadow. This all-ages show is schedule for 6:00 pm. Entry is only $5.
Albuquerque’s The Ground Beneath play Southern-driven metal with plenty of sass. The band plans to work on a new album in early 2011. The Ground Beneath average around 80 shows each year, traveling across the 13 states that surround New Mexico. Get their CDs Amazon.
Formed in early 2010, Rio Rancho’s Destroy to Recreate play alternative metal with punk influences. The band’s name reflects its goal of overcoming obstacles and challenges, as well as keeping an ever-evolving band together. Check out their self-titled demo on cdbaby.
Hailing from California, AuKUS play a combination of alternative rock and metal music. According to the band, they “strive to make an emotional bond with [their] audience through their resolute and powerful approach towards music and life."
Albuquerque’s Mistress of My Enemy play a combination of hardcore and metal that is heavy and aggressive. The band has recorded a rough demo and enjoys practicing in the south valley with all the gangstas.
Formed in mid-2010, Albuquerque’s Ties to the Flesh play brutal death metal. The band has a four-track demo available on its myspace page, so be sure to check it out.
Fortressed at Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base, Cast in Your Shadow describe their sound as “a mix of Atreyu and As I Lay Dying.” The band is presently working on putting together a demo and is booking shows throughout New Mexico and beyond.
Located at 4200 Lomas Blvd northeast, Albuquerque’s Amped Performance Center is an all-ages, alcohol- and smoke-free music performance space in which musicians play their own original music, regardless of genre. The center provides an intimate, club-like setting with professional sound and lighting. For more info, call 505-977-4898.
Metal band hammers out its own path
By Nathalie Baret / For the Journal on Fri, Aug 12, 2011
Frontman and guitarist Steve Civerolo of the Albuquerque Southern metal band The Ground Beneath is a do-it-yourself kind of guy. Regardless of obstacles that may cross his path, he gets the job done.
For starters, The Ground Beneath has played the music festival South by Southwest four times unofficially.
“We’ve applied for it but haven’t gotten accepted,” Civerolo, 28, said by phone. “So I call promoters of clubs that are part of the festival and figure out if there is a spot to open up for someone last minute. And what usually happens is we get told to ‘show up.’ Even if we’re not ‘official,’ it’s still cool because all the people and industry folk from the festival are walking around. Truth is, if you’re an unsigned band and you’re looking to move up in the industry, it’s worth going out there to play.”
Another DIY project Civerolo has taken on is producing his new album.
“Right now, I’m the guy behind the sound desk that’s yelling ‘Again!’ to the band members when we need to redo a song or part,” he said, laughing.
The band, which released a self-titled record in 2005 and then followed up with a live recording dubbed “Live at the Launchpad” in 2007, has enough new songs for three albums.
“We’ve been in the studio for a few weeks so we expect to have the record out by Christmas. I may even put a second one out in spring 2012,” he said.
Though the trio has a development deal with the San Diego-based Dirtbag Music, Civerolo & Co. hope to take it to the next level and get signed.
“They’re not going to financially back us until they feel they have something song-wise that can break into Active Rock radio,” he said.
“That’s something that I’ve definitely tried with my songwriting-for every 10 songs I write, three or four of them have to be radio-friendly. So last month, I visited Dirtbag and dropped them a pile of new songs.”
It’s been three years since The Ground Beneath has been working with the music company, and Civerolo agrees things may or may not pan out.
“I let them know that the band is making an album right now. If they’re interested they can jump on board and if not, that’s fine, too. At this point, I’m not really counting on anybody except for myself.”
The Ground Beneath
With LA Guns and Halcyon
WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Doors open at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Launchpad, 618 W. Central
HOW MUCH: Advance tickets are $12 online via www.launchpadrocks.com and www.holdmyticket.com. 21 and older
Vivera, Lead Burns Red, and The Ground Beneath Live at the Shop
November 17, 2009 by dirtbagsarge · Comments Off
Recently San Diego Rockers Vivera, and Lead Burns Red teamed up with New Mexico’s The Ground Beneath. Make sure you check all these guys out on their myspace pages
Best Local T-Shirt
The Ground Beneath ties for first for their slightly disturbing shirt of band member Steve's un-neutered weiner dog's x-ray.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Crunch Time Nearing for Ground Beneath
By Nathalie Baret
For the Journal
So far, 2008 is off to a good start for hometown metal boys The Ground Beneath.
The trio, who grabbed the attention of a high-end Los Angeles producer after playing a recent posh gig in Hollywood, will be heading to the West Coast in the spring to cut what singer and guitarist Steve Civerolo calls "a make-or-break record."
"It's a pretty amazing opportunity that we got," Civerolo said by phone.
The luck of the draw for the band members came two months ago, when Mike Clink, a well-connected producer, stopped to talk to them after their set at the Viper Room, an ultra-hip Hollywood joint that caters to starlets, music executives, playmates and A-list actors like Johnny Depp, a former co-owner of the club.
"There were a lot of celebrities in-house that night that we played. Dave Navarro was there, some reality stars, and one in particular, Mike, who's produced a lot of big bands," he said. "He did the Guns 'N Roses' 'Appetite for Destruction' album, several records for Faith No More and Megadeth. He normally produces the high-dollar stuff. But every now and then, there's an independent band that he sees live and he likes them enough to offer his services and make their next record. So he had that talk with us."
Around April or May, when Clink has a block of time available, The Ground Beneath will join him in Los Angeles for about a month's worth of recording time, Civerolo said.
"We're just floored because he works with all the major labels and we'll be linked to his name. Hopefully this will be the album that leads us to a record deal."
In between its touring schedule, which includes several Launchpad shows this month and a flurry of out-of-state gigs in the coming months, The Ground Beneath will squeeze in time to write 30 songs to take to L.A.
Already at work on the lyrics, the three-piece band will test out a few fresh tunes on the crowd at its show on Tuesday. The group plans to finish the rest in time to lay down the tracks in the studio with Clink.
"We're going in with the mind-set of staying true to our Southern metal sound, which is fairly heavy, yet still melodic, and high-energy. But this is the make-or-break album for us. Which means there's gotta be certain songs geared for radio, that are 'single' formula ones, trimmed down to three and half minutes long."
But fans who've come to know the band for its experimental side shouldn't worry. The Ground Beneath will toss in some eight-minute tracks with flashy arpeggios and crunchy licks, too.
Another longtime goal that the band is meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, is the launch of its own Albuquerque-based indie label, The Label Beneath.
"Last year, we found out that 90 percent of our CD sales for our two records (2005's self-titled debut, and 2006's live disc, "Deficient: Live at the Launchpad") were done in a live setting at the venues we play and not so much off our online distribution channels, like iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy, CD Baby."
The Ground Beneath
With Mechanism of Eve, Mike Got Spiked and Random Order
WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15
WHERE: Launchpad, 618 Central SW
HOW MUCH: $5 at the door. 21 and older show
Friday, June 15, 2007
Ground Beneath Rises With Metal's Rebirth
By Dan Mayfield
Journal Staff Writer
There's been a shift in metal. Over the last few years, whether you want to credit Ozzfest, Gigantour, the Family Values Tour, the weak dollar, the Iraq War or sunspots, metal is big again.
Not since the heyday of bands like Black Sabbath, Dio, Iron Maiden or Judas Priest has metal been at the forefront of progressive rock.
"I think Ozzfest has a lot to do with it, especially being free (this year)," said Steve Civerolo of the Albuquerque band The Ground Beneath. "It gets a lot of people exposed to it. I think the underground has been big on exposing kids to it."
That and bands like his, he said. It will be releasing its first live CD, "Deficient: Live at the Launchpad," on Sunday.
Even the bands Civerolo compares his to— Black Label Society and System of a Down— were Ozzfest headliners.
Civerolo isn't sure why meatal is back up front, with its throwback long hair, banging drums and crunchy guitars, but he does know that the band sees strong support at its local shows— especially all-ages ones like Sunday's CD release.
"Deficient" was recorded live last December at Launchpad.
"They were recording bands three or four nights for a compilation, and they called us a few days before the show," Civerolo said. "I said, 'I just need to make a deal with whoever it was to buy the master tapes.' I wanted to buy the show master if it was good, and it was."
It turned out, he said, the band sounded better than the members had thought and it was a chance for the band to release its second disc, following 2005's self-titled CD.
Though "Deficient" is largely a re-recording of older songs, the band is getting back in the studio in Canada to cut a new record.
"We'll fly up there, and you can stretch the dollar a little further (in Canada)," Civerolo said.
In the meantime, however, the band, which has already toured most of the spring, will hit the road again after Sunday's CD release.
"We'll just put a trailer on my Jeep and do it," Civerolo said.
The Ground Beneath CD Release Party
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 17
WHERE: Launchpad, 618 Central SW
HOW MUCH: $5 at the door. Visit
www.launchpadrocks.com for more
V.16 No.24 | June 14 - 20, 2007
This Week's Music
Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
The Ground Beneath Gets Live— Steve Civerolo, lead singer and guitarist of Burque metalheads The Ground Beneath, called me from somewhere in Missouri last week. It was the second time in as many months I've talked to the band from their touring vehicle, The Van Beneath, while en route to a gig outside New Mexico. This is not a band of slackers. (Steve keeps a complete log of every show the band has played at www.thegroundbeneath.com.) And to put an exclamation point on all the intense touring and promotion they do, TGB is made up of just three people. (Although I like to think of their long, luxurious hair as the group's fourth member. It's silent but violent. )
TGB will release their second album, a surprisingly souped-up live recording called Deficient: Live at the Launchpad, this Sunday, June 17, at—where else?—the Launchpad. The show is $5 if you're 21-or-over, $7 for the all-ages crowd. Catch them before they're on the road again.
The Ground Beneath
Genre: Metal rock
It's a tremor. It's an earthquake. No, it's the Ground Beneath! This super trio rumbles the earth with rolling drums and sweeping guitars, emerging from ... uh ... beneath adversaries to devour them whole like those crazy sandworms in that one movie.
V.15 No.32 | August 10 - 16, 2006
This Week's Music
Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
A Very Metal Homecoming— The Ground Beneath's first trip outside of New Mexico looks like a thrashing success. Since kicking off their “Southern TWOur” in late July, Steve, Mykey and Roman have shredded across Texas and Louisiana, playing venues like Stubbs BBQ in Austin, drinking heavily with KG from Tenacious D and making a pilgrimage to the grave of former Pantera/Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott in Arlington. Welcome the guys from The Ground Beneath back home at a free, all-ages show next Saturday, Aug. 19th, at The Zone (SW corner of San Mateo and Menaul) around 4 p.m. Also, don't miss the hilarious photos from their tour at www.thegroundbeneath.com.
The Ground Beneath CD Release Party
Metal success never tasted so good
By Simon McCormack
The Ground Beneath
In less than a year and a half, The Ground Beneath has earned a full-page spread in the Albuquerque Journal, partied with hardcore metal gurus Sevendust and recorded their first full-length LP with Grammy-nominated producer Tim Stroh at Step Bridge Studios in Santa Fe. I'd be lying if I said these twenty-somethings weren't residents of "Talent City," but, putting that aside, what, pray tell, is their secret to supercharged metal success? "Hard work pays off, I guess," Steve Civerolo, lead singer and guitarist for TGB aw-shucksily explains. "There's always naysayers. When we started, emo and sideways haircuts were big and what we were doing was the opposite of that and it wasn't well-received, but you keep rolling."
Despite a clear lack of sideways haircuts, TGB has managed with the help of Kurt Cobain-esque vocals and mall-metal-done-right hooks. TGB are well on their way to being Albuquerque metal mainstays.
Civerolo understands that a three-piece in a four-or-more dominated genre makes TGB a bit of an oddity, but he makes his band's short list of contributors a point of pride. "For someone who plays, they know it's a little more challenging," he elucidates. "But it's more straightforward. And, because of it, we know (our fans) don't have to hear a bunch of shit."
Since TGB only has one guitar to work with, they make sure it counts. "The Gibson Explorer is probably the loudest guitar you can get," Civerolo says. "I remember seeing James Hetfield on Saturday Night Live playing one in 1998 and that probably made me want to get one even more. It's really solid and makes for a good sound."
Speaking of good sound, TGB's self-titled LP lives up to the hype (partially because the songs the band chose were the songs that crowds seemed to respond to). "It will be really cool for people who have memorized the lyrics for the songs, just by hearing us live, to be able to have a CD that they can listen to in their car," Civerolo says. TGB's release solidly places them in the new-wave-metal genre and, although TGB's website lists dozens of bands from which they draw inspiration, it's fairly safe to say that Alice in Chains, God Smack and Union Underground are where most of the musical similarities lie. Don't let the tremolo intro fool you: The new album is neo-metal cut-and-dry.
You can see what all the fuss is about at TGB's CD release party on Friday at the Launchpad when they celebrate the release of their first album with special guests Anesthesia, Torture Victim, Suspended and Sin Serenade. The show starts at 8 p.m. and under-21ers are (sadly) not invited.
Aside from an urgent need for toilet paper (I didn't inquire further), TGB hasn't put a whole lot of thought into their New Year's resolutions. Civerolo and bassist Mykey Garcia are, however, focused on playing a show at the Launchpad on New Year's Eve. TGB is also playing an all-ages show at "the 'Pad" on Jan. 8 with Tetelestai headlining.