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Stereo Fuse Stereo Fuse

'For Once The Song Does Not Remain The Same'

For a band whose music reaches the masses with accessible lyrics and ear-catching melodies, the story of their current line-up oddly starts with a legendary offense by the original (and unnamed) vocalist. Midway through a triumphant showcase performance in Atlanta in 2000, guitarist Jeff Quay paused to tune his guitar while the bassist toweled off and drummer Chad Jenkins quenched his thirst. The singer took that moment in time to tell a joke so offensive the band had to leave and change its name!

The joke remains unrepeated, but it did result in a singer search, which led to singer-songwriter Colin Hill, who was making his way as an acoustic performer in their hometown of Dallas, Texas. Hill’s vocal combination of seasoned rocker edginess and unedited emotional release fit perfectly with the well-crafted songs Quay and Jenkins had been seasoning.

But it was actually a cover song that put this trio on the map. A staple of Hill’s solo act was Material Issue’s “Everything.” When Quay heard Hill’s rendition, it resonated so strongly, they recorded it immediately. A radio station in Biloxi was first to champion the song, which went on to become #1 most requested across the Southeast and Midwest. Hundreds of CDs were sold, and thousands came to see them play.

Wind-Up Records (Evanescence, Creed, Seether) signed Stereo Fuse in 2002. In short time, the poignant, powerful single “Everything” became a Top 10 radio hit as well as a Top 10 most requested video, played on both MTV and VH1. It was incorporated into a national radio tribute to the 2003 space shuttle disaster. This heavy exposure catapulted Stereo Fuse into the Top 40 of the Billboard Top New Artist chart, a position it maintained for over two months early 2003. This, in turn, led to placement of their lament “Super Hero” in Jackie Chan’s movie 'The Medallion'.

Stereo Fuse signed to Toucan Cove Entertainment in 2005 and began work on All That Remains. Produced by 80s hair God and multi-platinum, award-winning recording artist Mark Slaughter, the record melds power chords and driving rhythms (hear “Like I Do” and “That’s Not Right”) with lyrics filled with introspection (“Pieces” and “Beautiful”) in a sound ready for modern rock charts.

The twelve-song All That Remains is due in stores May 2006. The matches are lit, and Stereo Fuse is ready to blow.

Chatting recently with guitarist Jeff Quay, I first asked them to tell the same joke that their original (and thus far still unnamed) vocalist told back in 2000 in Atlanta - which once told had them all walking off stage, disbanding, and even changing their name!! "If I told you, you'd have to change your name!"

Now successfully operational as Stereo Fuse, just how did you ever get promotionally involved with Spalding's All-Weather volleyballs in the first place?! "It helps if your manager is connected with pro beach volleyball. He contacted Spalding's volleyball guru who really got the synergy between the band's energy and people who play the sport."

Your album title 'All That Remains' is an interesting choice, but does it originate from a more personal standpoint for you guys, perhaps? "I wanted to call the CD 'Zeppelin 4, Side 1' ...!"

If there was one track on this new album that truly encapsulated Stereo Fuse at their musical and lyrical finest, which one would it be? "Personally, I'm diggin' "Best Ride" - it's accoustic .. electric .. upbeat and moving with a larger than life hook. It oughta be the single, but what do I know?"

Is it true that you were actually put on the musical map by making your first single a cover of Material Issues' 'Everything'? "True, but we were given bad directions and that map sucked!"

And just where did the name Stereo Fuse originate ... and what else could it so easily have been? "Moi. Could have been audio fuse as well. Actually it's an anagram for "rest of u see" which goes well with "all that remains" ... as in, all that remains is the music."

Please tell us how you got involved with one of the great 80s metal Gods, and now your producer, Mark Slaughter?! "Chad is a member of Slaughter's fan club and just wanted an autograph! Actually, Rich Davis, the PD at 100.7 in Nashville hooked us up with Mark. And Chad finally got his autograph and we got the great record!"

For fun, and taking the titles of a few of your album tracks, please let us know:

'Beautiful' - What's the most beautiful thing that you've ever witnessed in your life thus far? "The Dallas Cowboys signing T O!"

'I'm In Love' - Are you really ... honestly?! "Huh?

'That's Not Right' - If you had to address something in this world that was just not right and needed fixing immediately, what would it be ... and how would you fix it?! "The only thing that hasn't been right lately is my low intake of Mexican food ... which will be cured by a trip this evening to Manny's on Lemon!! Yeah baby!! {a must stop for anyone who wants the real deal in the big D ... I don't joke when it comes to tex mex dining}!"

What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) song would you love to cover today if asked ... and why?! "Plimsoul's 'Million Miles Away' because 'Valley Girl' was Nic Cage's greatest movie ever!! And that song has a MONSTER hook ... just like 'Best Ride' by Stereo Fuse. Did I mention that earlier???"

Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "Penguins ... reminds me of the movie 'Batman' ... which reminds me of the Stereo Fuse song 'Superhero' ... which reminds me we had that song in the movie 'The Medallion' ... which reminds me that we are rock stars!! What a life!! Thanks for the questions!"

Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk

If you would like to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Stereo Fuse's brand new CD, just answer this interesting question: Just who was the original (and so far unnamed) vocalist that brought forth this now legendary offense of telling that offensive joke?!

Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these great new and AUTOGRAPHED CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before May 15th with your answer and the subject title 'STEREOFUSE SIGNED CDs' to: exclusivemagazine@flash.net

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