Denver-based Synthetic Elements gear up to release Trashed Out Paradise on May 5, recorded at Colorado’s legendary Blasting Room. Look for the band to tour extensively through out 2009. Synthetic Elements is: Todd (vocals/guitars), Kyle (guitar), Brett (drums), Mike (keys/trumpet) and Johnson (trombone).
Todd and Kyle, amateur competitive skaters, started the band as a reason to do something during the snowy wintry months. Skateboards were traded for guitars and soon after the rest of the band was formed.
"The first time we played a song together, I knew that we would be a band. I wasn't sure how far it would go but I did know that we clicked." Says Brett
"Music was always a huge part of our lives. We would sit and listen to music for hours without saying a word to each other. And the moment that we played our first song together, we knew that this is what we wanted to do for the rest of our lives." Brett adds.
“The first two years, we were really young,” recalls Mik e. “We were 16 or 17 when it started. After a short while, we went on the road for two-and-a-half years straight, living in the van in Wal-Mart parking lots.”
Doing it all indie was the only way Synthetic Elements could make their dreams of a full-time band come to fruition. But because of the band’s heavy road presence, the act had a difficult time making a name and generating a following in its own vicinity.
“We could pack the house in other cities, but we couldn’t bring more than 50 people in Denver.” says Mike
With the 2006 DIY release of the band’s full-length, Standing Still, came local radio support and more respect in the Denver scene and making the band one of the punk-ska frontrunners in the city. In 2008, they decided to record and release another album to demonstrate the band’s musical growth. And this time, things were done a little differently, as a conscientious shift was made to relinquish internal control of their efforts.
For starters, though the members of Synthetic Elements owned and operated their own recording studio, they opted to put the recording process into more seasoned hands by selecting the well-known punk rock record haven, The Blasting Room upon the advice of their friend, Nate Maxwell of Flogging Molly.
Synthetic Elements self-produced their latest creation, Trashed Out Paradise with a little help and advice from producers Andrew Berlin, Jason Livermore and Bill Stevenson. It was part-recording, part-learning experience, as the band quickly realized what it was like to be in the presence of greatness. The first session in September yielded the band’s single, “How Far” and another in January finished the album.
“We finally found our sound and our niche, so we want to get this album out to as many people as possible.”
See the video for How Far here: