|Sweetest Girl||The Politics of Apathy|| |
|Monster||Plan B.|| |
|The Wicked Sun||Fables|| |
|Hero||Music for the Sonic Skitzoid (Willful Wreckords Presents)|| |
|Forever||Venom & Pride|| |
|Beautiful Fire||Fables|| |
|For You All||Plan B.|| |
|Only Me||Total Metal, Vol. 1 (The Indie Metal Music Selection)|| |
|... go the spoils||The Politics of Apathy|| |
|By The Way||Plan B.|| |
After finding mainstream success, the band then went on to operate under their own independent label, Modern Art Records, and released the Modern Art EP online under this new label. The band has worked very independently after their departure from Interscope Records, rarely playing live and releasing albums independently as well as releasing online demos and purchasable songs. The band's early/mainstream style was a mixture of hip hop and punk rock, but the band has now progressed into a unique fusion style of hip hop, electronica, and alternative. The band's vocal style incorporates three vocalists: Mike Busse, Ben Collins and Brandon Lee.
After seven years DIY, several hundred shows, and over fifty songs, Select Start starts the second half of their musical career releasing "The New Atlantic", which showcases three gifted singers with vocal harmonies, clever lyrics and catchy melodies, which beg for you to sing along.
"A band that has the best harmonies since Brian Wilson lost his mind in a sandbox." - Randy Wynne, Music Director WMNF, WMNF Live Music Showcase (Jun 03, 2011)
"Any resemblance between this work and early Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is purely delightful." - Guyton B Thompson
Entertainment Reviewer, Augusta Chronicle Herald (1981-85)
"The New Atlantic has an old school vibe but yet it sounds so modern. The music sounds like it belongs to late 50s rock with a nice blend of pop and rock, just enough to make it good. The vocals are the ones that make it modern, the blend of both voices mixing harmonies together; Daniel Lancaster and Joe Guerra sound like a punk kid singing with Marcus Mumford from Mumford and Sons." - Tip Sound
"The acoustic “Only You” provides an entirely different view of Select Start on this old-fashioned sounding pop gem, utilizing violins and sky-high vocals to add to the depth of this supreme number. The record clearly balances straightforward pop tunes (the upbeat “The (Pretty) Good Life”) with stripped down, raw acoustic tracks (the closing “So Far”). Each are memorable in their own way, but particularly it is the final performance on “So Far” that truly conveys the uniqueness of Select Start, with each of the six members chiming in throughout this bare performance, proving there aren’t too many other pop bands like this." - Ryan Gardner Absolute Punk
"Are you ready to be introduced to alternative music’s take on reggae? Well, Tampa, Florida’s Select Start is the band to get you adjusted to this unfamiliar musical pair. The forcefulness of alternative tunes and the laidback vibe of reggae music may not appear to be a good fit for each other, but much like the world of nature, music needs to be balanced as well. Select Start’s EP “The New Atlantic”, which is now available on iTunes, provides harmonic tunes that can pacify any tension in the musical world." - Shockya
"If you’re searching for a band that stretches every boundary of their genre, then Select Start is that and more. There’s something for everyone on The New Atlantic EP" - Scene[essence]
"The one thing that makes this band stand out from a lot of others is the vocal abilities of its members." - Pupfresh
"Those who enjoy bands like You, Me And Everyone We Know are going to find something to like in Select Start’s latest release" My Car and My Guitar
"The new sound does not disappoint, as the heart still remains despite the stylistic change. The New Atlantic is a strong contender for my favorite EP so far this year." - Mind Equals Blown
"“So Far” is an a Capella recorded by all members in one take. It shows the talent that each member possesses and proves that Select Start definitely has real, raw skill, unlike most artists." - Silky
"With pure talent, great senses of humor, the ability to make even the newest of fans feel like old friends and a down-right kick a$$ live show, it’s only a matter of time before these Tampa boys make it big and then I can say, “I knew them back when…” - examiner.com tampa bay music
"Credit countless hours spent tirelessly working MySpace, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. That’s the true key to the band’s enviable position as one of Tampa Bay’s most popular acts." Tampa Bay Times
"Select Start has played here numerous times and they are one of my favorite bands. Not only is their music catchy, stage performance tight, energetic and on point, they are fun to have because they make every show feel like a house party." - Kevin Burns, The Talent Farm Owner
"Their vivacious, pop sound and their determination to stay connected with each individual fan is what keeps us enthralled." - Music Fashion Magazine
+John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner - Rock (2011) "The (Pretty" Good Life"
+Florida Grammy Showcase Finalist (2010)
+Earn It Yourself Warped Tour Kevin Says Stage (2009)
+John Lennon Educational Tour Bus - Record a Song/Make A Video at Warped Tour (2009)
+TBT* Top 10 Ultimate Local Band (2009)
+Purevolume Top 21 Unsigned Band (2008)
+Fender GetRoadWorn Top 100 Band (2008)
+Warped Tour Ernie Ball Battle of Bands (2005)
+Warped Tour Kevin Says Stage (2005)
+Music in National TV commercial (2005)
+Skopemag.com Artist to Watch
+DJ Ross Star Buzznet Artist of the Day
+pickRset's Top Band with the Most Friends
Matt Friction and Bob Ferrari recruited Jon Decious and released their first EP, The Pink Spiders Are Taking Over!, in 2004. The group toured around the Nashville area and an independent label released their debut album, Hot Pink, in 2005.
The Pink Spiders performed at The Viper Room in West Hollywood on March 2, 2005, after which they were signed by Geffen Records. Their major-label debut, Teenage Graffiti was produced by Ric Ocasek and released in 2006. Promotion and the single "Little Razorblade" landed Teenage Graffiti on the Billboard 200. The group also made several television appearances and played at the Vans Warped Tour.
The relationship between the group and Geffen faltered during the making of their album, Sweat It Out. Disagreements over money led Decious and Ferrari to leave the band. Sweat It Out was released independently in September 2008. The Pink Spiders went on hiatus in 2009 and all three members pursued other musical projects.
Drive By has been covered in notable press formats such as Spin magazine, and opened for My Chemical Romance and Billy Talent on My Chemical Romance's 2008 North American Tour. The group split in the middle of 2010.