June 21, 2007

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Rocking the Wal-Mart
Till We Die finds its crowds everywhere
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

The members of Till We Die, a local metal and rock band, said that one of their most memorable experiences of the year was finally getting to play WGIR Rock 101’s Sky Show.

Another show, which they said they’re also looking forward to, is a free performance in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, that the band will do at the end of the month.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of any band playing at Wal-Mart. It’s a pretty awkward place to have a show,” said Joe DeMarco with Till We Die.

Formed in late 2003, early 2004, Till We Die is DeMarco on guitar, Mitty Ingham on lead vocals, Mike LaRoche on bass and Dave Stewart on drums. The majority of the members live in New Hampshire, with one member coming from Massachusetts.

DeMarco credits the band’s manager, Bernie Goulet, with getting them the Sky Show gig.

“We are a local New Hampshire band and we’ve never been able to play Sky Show. Just the experience of being on the bill, and playing first, opening the show and everything, was very exciting,” DeMarco said.

Till We Die teeters between rock and metal, with songs that seem more metal-driven, leaning on the heavier side, as well as rock songs that lean more on the softer side of things.

“The music isn’t jam-oriented as much as metal music might be. Meaning, there’s no big instrumental parts or anything. It’s more of an energetic just start to finish. There’s structure to the song. It’s kind of the meat and potatoes. It’s got the structure of the verse, the chorus and the breakdown. But, there’s not a lot of jamming, or musical, three-minutes of just the band playing,” DeMarco said.

Listen for Till We Die’s current most requested tracks, “Lies” and “Ride,” which have been getting mulitple plays on the band’s Web site.

Till We Die is with Screaming Ferret Records of New Hampshire and is about to release their first full-length CD. The all-ages CD release party is being held at The Avalon in Boston on Saturday, June 23, and will be available in local music stores on Tuesday, June 26.

“For what you could call a local band, to get a headline slot at The Avalon is a big big deal, especially for a CD release party. Avalon is a national venue,” DeMarco said.

Right after the CD release party at Avalon, Till We Die will take on the parking lot at Wal-Mart in Plaistow on Sunday, June 24. The show is a free, all-ages benefit show for the Children’s Miracle Network. Till We Die will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. and sign autographs, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Till We Die has been on three national tours and is getting ready to go on another with Powerman 5000, starting in September.

“We’re one of those bands that likes to meet all the different bands. That’s our big thing. It’s exciting to meet everybody and listen to all the different styles of music,” DeMarco said.

Till We Die
When: Sunday, June 24, at Walmart, starting at 1p.m.; Saturday, June 29 at Mark’s Rock Club, starting at 8 p.m.
Where: Walmart, 58 Plaistow Road, Plaistow; Mark’s Rock Club, 390 S. River Rd., Bedford.
For more information: Details about Till We Die’s CD release party at The Avalon, and music samples are available at tillwedie.com or myspace.com/tillwedierock.