The Pirate Signal

The Pirate Signal

Sun, July 22, 2012

11:00 pm

3 Kings Tavern

This event is 21 and over

The Pirate Signal
The Pirate Signal
Who says the greatest band in the world couldn't be an MC and a DJ? Started in 2000, but in it's current line-up since 2006,
the pirate signal answers that question and so much more. Born and raised in Denver Colorado, featuring Yonnas as MC/Producer and DJ A-What as turntablist, the band was a originally started as an underground mix tape exchange by Ben Serruto, but became a full-blown band when Yonnas entered the group and asserted that they make the greatest album of all time. That album, Norma(l) Hugh Manchild's American Revolution(s) (2004) (referred to as The Norma(l) Album), may not have accomplished that goal, but it was not for lack of ambition. Sprawling, challenging and fiercely explosive, the album served as more of one long melodrama than a collection of songs, many of the messages and lyrics lost in the outright aggression and complex arrangements. "What we learned from that album is what not to do."
In 2006, the founding member, Ben quit the group to pursue a solo music career just as DJ A-What was beginning his tenure as man on the decks for the band. Quickly regrouping The Pirate Signal released an EP "The Name of This Band is The Pirate Signal", featuring hit singles on the college radio circuit, "Go!", "I Can't Wait," "An Emergence of Black Heroes", "You Will Get Dirty", "It Might Just Go Down," and "All I Know is.....It Was an Accident", that's right, six, count 'em six, songs getting regular rotation on college radio throughout the country, out of eight, that ain't so bad. The project was so so strong that locally, it garnered them Best Hip Hip in Colorado 2007, 2008 and 2009 from the Westword, the local Village Voice Media Publication, beating out 30h!3 and Flobots for the honor the first year. Nationally it earned them a slot on the 2008 Vans Warped Tour headlining the Skull Candy Tent, as well as an opening slot on 3oh!3's subsequent Myspace 2008 Fall Tour, an opening slot on the west coast leg of Kool Keith's 2006 Return of Dr. Octagon Tour, and two summer tours of thier own, one on the west coast, and one national, all in the summer of 2007. Then in 2008, they released a mixtape, "Of Gods And Gangsters Vol. 1", that earned them mix tape of the year honors in the Westword, as well as garnered the attention of a few major blogs nationally. Eventually labels began calling, as TVT, Atlantic, Warner Brothers, and Sony expressed interest, as well as major indies like Def Jux, Rhymesayers, Strange Famous, Black Clover and even Epitaph itself inquiring about the band. As interest mounted and buzz grew, the crew, including then member Joey Kloss, hunkered down to accomplish their original task, to make the greatest album of all time, in the form of a project entitled OneAlone. "OneAlone as an album actually began before the EP and the mixtape and they were released to garner interest for the full-length", explains Yonnas. Inexplicably however, Joey quit the group and horded all the recordings and to this day has refused to give them back effectively destroying the project. Needless to say, legal proceedings are slated to begin at the turn of the decade.
Without an album, but a growing, even deafening buzz in some circles staring them in the face, again the group quickly reconfigured and began work on the project that has their focus currently, No Weak Heart Shall Prosper. "OneAlone began to become an albatross the way the first album did, and so much of it was not right for us to perform live that even though it's not what we wanted, the album being abandoned like that was probably best. As we toured more and more, the things that people loved about our live show and our music was not, we realized, on that album. We needed something immediate, powerful and full of energy, and that's what No Weak Heart Shall Prosper is, we're both much happier with this album and how it's coming together. As an album and as a band, this project contains so much more of what we've learned about ourselves in these past three years, that I wouldn't have it any other way, our time is fast approaching, and when it comes, this is what it sounds like. From this we can make the live show that much more incredible, and continue to streamline our sound and accomplish our goal of being the best band in the world."
Venue Information:
3 Kings Tavern
60 S Broadway
Denver, CO, 80207