The Official Blog Of The Glam Slam Big Haired Bad Boys Out Of Omaha, NE, 3D In Your Face

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Resolute This. "Forbidden City" Video Stills Leaked

Hello everybody.  I feel as if we haven't spoke in a few weeks.  Oh right that was my fault.  Welcome back to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  Things have been quite wild around here and I didn't get a chance to write last week due in part to Christmas and our schedule.  As many of you know we have finished work on our new video for "Forbidden City".  Rumor has it that Partridge Pictures will be sending over the final edit anyday now.  You are in for a treat and I hope these still pictures from the video shoot wet your appetite, courtesy of Jason Husak.  The video itself was an absolute blast to create and shoot.  It still amazes me how fast our visions come to life.  We worked on this thing for a few months, writing and drawing ideas, then in a few hours time the thing is in the can.  The release of the video will mark the release of our third and final single from the "Midnight Devils" album.  We have officially begun work on next album, still untiled but we are making progress.  The show must go on and go it will.  We are back in action this Friday, Jan 2nd with our first show of 2015 at our Friday night residency, The 21st Saloon.  Things are starting to heat up for the spring and summer tour and I really can't wait to see what craziness 2015 throws our way.  Weather all them storms.

For this weeks blog I wanted to write about New Year's Resolutions.  If you tuned into my radio show of the same name last week we celebrate the ending of 2014 and the beginning of a new year.  The possibilites are endless.  First and most importantly of all we are starting the year with a new single and video.  BAM.  That is getting the ball rolling.  But my resolution this year is pure and simple.  I want to create.  I want to write.  I want to experience.  I want to play really hard and real loud.  I want to be inspired.  I want to be emotional.  2014 was a great year but I have learned so much and I want to put all these skills into action.  I want put out another album.  I want to film another video.  I want to play as many shows as humanly possible.  I want to have a voice.  Plain and simple, I want more of that magic that keeps you and I coming back for more.  That Rock N Roll magic that makes all those miles and early mornings completely worth it.  I want to get wild and crazy.  I want to dance and sing and rejoice in life with all of you wonderful people around me.

Great. Now we have a plan and that is all well and good but how do we make these things happen?  This is the part that isn't so easy.  For starters we need to let go of our preconcieved notions of comfortabilty.  To let go and forget that other people are watching.  To do something that is out of the ordinary even for Rock N Roll's standards. To reach and fail is human, to reach and succeed is the path to greatness.  Dream big my friends.  It's the beginning of the New Year and a world of possibilities lie infront of us.  It's pure and simple, for the most part the answer to the question is almost always going to be "YES".  My New Years Resolution this year is very simple but very powerful.  I resolve to spend more of my time living.  That's it.  Let the ball drop, let the celebration begin, because tonight we are going to be the ones with the biggest smiles on our faces no matter what happens.


Sam Spade

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"We've Had Our Share Of Close Calls" Happy Birthday Hot Rod.

Hello my Heavy Metal Maniacs and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  Another week in and so much to do.  This is a very exciting time of year and we are going to try and squeeze in one more big bang before 2015.  The biggest news in our world is that we have officially set the date, Saturday, Dec. 20th for our music video shoot.  We have brought in the same producer from the "In Your Face" video, Jeremy Partridge of Partridge Pictures to shoot the "Forbidden City" video.  We are very excited to be also bringing in actress/model Megan Monster to perform in the video.  Intrigued yet?  This might be the most adventurous endevour we have ever taken on.  As far as the upcoming winter tour we will be announcing a few shows coming up in 2015 including Norfolk, Sioux City, and Wayne.  This week we are will be performing a very special one night only all out birthday bonza.  This Friday, Dec. 12th at The 21st Saloon we will be celebrating the birthday of our lead singer and founding member, Alan "Hot Rod" King.  This show will be sponsored by Shannon Jones and her new Nail Studio.  Also on hand will be Atomic Garage Flea Market and Gifts.  You know them you love them.  The only place to party this Friday will be at The 21st Saloon.  Bring your appetite, there is sure to be a mess of birthday cake.  You know how these things go.

Don't forget to vote for 3D In Your Face in the "Best of 2014" poll.  We have been nominated by Jim Santora's Rockcast Radio Show.  It only takes a second.

This week I was racking my brain on how to do a cool birthday blog for Hot Rod that I haven't done before.  After careful deliberation I have settled on a topic that paints the man himself as a true bad ass.  Many of you don't realize this but Alan not only is the lead singer and manager of 3D In Your Face but he also is man's the wheel whenever we leave town.  He has been the bus driver ever since I  joined the band and I have, for the most part, been his co-pilot.  For this birthday blog I want to take you on some of the crazier situations we have found ourselves in on the road that Alan has somehow driven us out of.  The last trip I remember on the bus was in Rockport, MO.  We drove all night from Iowa to Missouri and as we entered the venue around 5 AM we got stuck.  The stage was at the top of a hill on a golf course and the bus and trailer couldn't make the climb.  I thought we were fucked but Alan slowly backed the bus down the hill and with a running start crested the top with ease.  On the way home, due to poorly marked street signs we accidentally took a dead end.  Thanks to the kindness of a little old lady we made a 30 point turn in her front lawn and after a few sweaty minutes we  180'ed the bus and where cruising down the highway laughing about the whole experience.

Flat tires, leaking oil, head lights that dont work, windshield wipers, and malfuctioning defrost.  Rain storms, tornadoes, blizzards, no AC, clear skys, cross winds, early mornings, late nights, and even later days.  From the good to the bad Alan was there slamming down the gas pedal to get us to the next show all the while with a bus full of precious cargo.  On this birthday blog I want to thank Alan, my friend and bandmate for nearly 9 years, for always pushing us forward.  Thank you for always being there for me and the rest of the boys.  You will never realize how much it has meant to me that you have lead us into battle all these years.  Thtought the good times and the bad times we keep moving forward.  Happy Birthday and thank you for all the life leasons.  I have learned so much from you about being the best musician I possibly can.  After all those long nights driving around the midwest we have had our far share of close calls.  I wouldn't change any of it for the world.

Once again Happy Birthday my friend.  I hope we can make this the best birthday you've ever had.  If not we are going to try damn hard.


Sam Spade

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"The City Never Sleeps. The City Never Rests".

Hey everybody.  Welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  Right now I am coming to you a little later than I usually do.  Sorry I wasn't sure if I was even going to write the blog this week or not.  Nothing tragic just a lot on my plate, much like everybody else.  In just a few short hours I will be heading to Omaha to begin the work week.  Radio, rehearsals, shows, and much much more.  I know this happens every week but I am excited to get back with my bandmates.  My brothers in arms.  The most disfunctional family you could ever know, but someone I look forward to getting together with those guys.  This week we are only playing one show.  Friday, Dec. 5th at The 21st Saloon.  An all out bash.  Last week we were honored by the presence of some royal dignitaries from up North.  I wonder who is going to show up this week.  Friday's show is sure to be a blast and a half.  We have been diligintely adding new songs to our setlist.  Last week we debuted "Sweet Child O Mine" and "Love In An Elevator" to the Omaha crowd.  This week with the return of our beloved stage crew we will be playing a very special Joan Jett song.  Sung by our very own merchandise manager, Sweet D.  I just can't wait for that current to drop on Friday night.  The party really gets rolling when the wild ones are out.

3D In Your Face has been nominated by Jim Santora for The Rockcast Top 40 Poll for 2014.  If you remember back to January and February, we were in a heated race and actually took home the Triple Threat Championship.  An honor that I will never forget.  Go HERE and vote for 3D In Your Face.

This week marked the end of our "Forbidden City" crrowdfunding campaign.  My goal here is to shed a little light and answer any questions you may have about what we are trying to accomplish.  When we first set out to shoot our next music video we came across the perfect location.  The creative juices and ideas were really flowing.  I had happened upon this website that let you creat custom shirts to help fund whatever you wanted.  I thought that this would be the perfect way for you, our fans to be apart of this next music video.  The idea was to create a very one of a kind t-shirt that express the theme of the music video.  A time capsule of sorts only emblazened on the front of a t-shirt.  You will always remember where you were when you see that t-shirt hanging in the closet.  On the other hand I wanted to get this out quickly.  I didn't want this to take another 6 months of deliberation and arguing to make happen.  With the help of Corey, Lisa, and Scott Phillips, and many late nights we came up with the "Forbidden City" t-shirt which is now being printed as we speak.    Now the tough part began.  The scirpt for the music video was a whole other animal.  I believe we have crafted a very powerful script that will exactly capture the meaning of this song on film.  This video will not be anything like the "In Your Face" video.  A little darker, a little edgier, but still the same big haired bad boys you have come to love.

Stream "Forbidden City"

Right now we are coordinating with our amazing direct Jeremy Partridge, who filmed the last video, about the shoot date.  We have settled upon two days and we are just awaiting the go ahead to begin full fledged freak out.  I am coordinating with our amazing actress Megan, who some of you may remember from The Glam Gore Girls.  She will be the girl from the front of the t-shirt.   We are putting all of the pieces together for what is sure to be one of the hardest nights of our lives.  Honestly I can't wait.  It's a pleasure to stand up with my brothers and stare into the unknown and in this case it's a dark crypt inside an old monestary.  The song "Forbidden City" itself was our opening song throughout most of 2014.  I think it's only fitting that this next chapter in our career come from the begining of our last chapter.  Very very poetic.  By the way a little dirt on the new album.  Shhhhhh.  Just because you are HAIR IN THE AIR faithful you are privey to this knowledge.  As it sets we have demoed out three new songs.  One you have heard but two you haven't.  For now that is all the information I can give you.  A taste.  Just enough to wet your lips.


Sam Spade

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Watching Those Ungrateful Assholes At The Table

Hello everybody and welcome back to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  Thanksgiving is upon us and this holiday weekend we have so much to be thankful for.  We have another great week of Rock N Roll coming up.  The 2014 tour continues right back home to Omaha this week.  This Friday, Nov. 28th we are back at The 21st Saloon for our second annual Black Friday Blow Out.  After all the turkey and stuffing, when the dishes are all put away and the table is clean, after the shopping and football what do you still have left?  That's right Rock N Roll.  We know this is going to be a huge party and everybody is celebrating the holiday so we have invited Dennis Roy Daugherty and Ancient Wisdom Massage to sponsor this weeks event.  Dennis will be offering free chair massage samples and $10 off gift certificates.  Now you can't say that we were never looking out for your health.  Hmm Rock N Roll, massages, and holiday weekend.  Call the cops this night should be illegal.

Also please don't forget about our crowdfunding campaign to help with the making of our next music video.  As of right now the "Forbidden City" T-shirt and Hoodies only have 7 days left before the camapign closes.  All of these products will ship before Christmas.  This artwork is limited and will never be used again.  So get your shirts and be apart of this next adventure with us.  Go HERE for the official t-shirt.  Go HERE for the official full zip hoodie.

When I was think about this weeks blog I wanted to write something that really captured Thanksgiving but was still not your usual dribble.  I thought a lot about the holiday traditions and the way these things are passed down from generation to generation.  For as long as I can remember I have spent Thanksgiving with my family back in Fremont.  We usually do the same thing, it's always very nice.  I love getting the chance to see my family but it never lasts long enough.  It always seems to fast.  For the last ten years my Thanksgiving tradition has always been to get back out there on the road and play on Friday night but for me that is completely normal.  I have grown to love spending holidays with my bandmates.  These guys are the best and we can always be ourselves around each other.  The laughs seem to never end.  Christmas, New Years, V-Day, 4th of July.  All of the holidays that most people celebrate with their families, we are together laughing a dick jokes and farting on each other.  This is my thanksgiving tradition and I wouldn't change it for the world.

This year as you all sit ackardly around the dinner table and share what you are thankful for, sit back and try and take it all in.  Think about what traditions you will be passing on to the next generation.  Think about all the great holiday dinners you had.  Think of all the football games you may or may not have watched.  Sooner or latter you'll be the grandparents watching your own children and grandchildren act like ungrateful assholes at the dinner table.  But those memories and traditions will live on forever.  A lot of the times I miss my grandparents but during the holidays they always stop by to say "Where guys playing next." or "How was the show last night".  The one thing my grandparents did was support me unconditionally, no matter how ridiculous I looked when I walked into Thanksgiving dinner.  Now that is the definition of family.  We as a band are lucky enough to be playing this Friday and we get to celebrate this great holiday with our 3D In Your Face Family.  The whole damn dirty lot of you are invited to our celebration.  Let's make some memories.  




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Money For Nothing by Special Guest Blogger DaX

Hey everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official blog of 3D In Your Face.  The cold is setting in across the USA and things are looking much more like a winter wonderland than any of us really wanted.  The cold has no effect on our Rock N Roll machine.  3D In Your Face is rolling strong this week as we prepare for a big road trip West.  First of all thank you to all the radio DJ's that have played our songs this week.  We are honored and humbled.  This Friday, Nov. 19th and Saturday, Nov. 20th we are taking this Rock N Roll party to our "home away from home", Shooters in Kearney, NE.  A wild place that always draws a huge crowd and knows how to bring the intensity.  Our kind of place.  Also due to the high demand we are very proud to announce that we have added Full Zip Up Hoodies to our "Forbidden City" crowdfunding campaign.  This is the first time in the bands history that we have had hoodies for sale. So pick your's up just in time for Chirstmas and help us make this next music video a success.  
"Forbidden City" T-shirt
"Forbidden City"  Hoodie
Mark your calendars I will be doing a live interview with DJ Bryce Dolan Friday, Nov. 19th at 12PM CST on KLPR out of Kearney.  Also The Kearney Hub newspaper will be running an interview I did with writer Rick Brown on Friday as well.  
Now ladies and gentleman I have been wanting to get my new partner in crime involved with this blog for quite a while and finally the stars have aligned and things are well with the world.  I give you from Omaha, NE my favorite drummer in the world Dakota "DaX" Nielsen.  

Hey hey, what's going on?! This is Dakota aka DaX at the helm of the blog today. Spades been on my ass to write this thing for about a month so here goes nothing! =p
Right now, it is 3:41 in the afternoon. I am currently sitting in the studio at Guitar Center attempting to write this blog, not be discovered, and prepare myself for my 4 o'clock lesson. It's a full day to say the least but like most days I do find a decent amount of time to sit and think back to how all this came to pass. The sacrificed summers spent practicing my craft, the cancelled family events and plans in the name of a gig or show, and the constant drive to be the best that I can. When I really stopped to think about all of this a few days ago, I realized that this rockstar life, the illusion of luxury, really gets under my skin.
The average person meets a stranger for the first time. They begin to talk about pleasantries and what they do. The average man sells insurance, manages a Pizza Hut, or owns his own business. He can actually say that because he was voted Best of Omaha last year, he has the ability to blah blah blah, x, y, and z. Anyone can see his work and dedication transparently. She obviously has a strong work ethic, she was promoted after only a month on the job. Whatever the case may be. But musicians, we are examined a little differently.
Once we spend a few moments convincing you that no, we don't live out of our cars... We begin with our victories. The auditions that landed us great bands. The session work that pushed us further in our own playing and talents. Or the aspirations and dreams we have. To too many they appear as just that. Dreams, goals, or the unattainable light in the distance. It seems so unrealistic to make a decent living off of music it's just easier to assume we're either dating a girl or homeless.
This path doesn't have a lot of instant satisfaction or gratitude for your time. But what I know, I give every time I take the stage, you will never forget. We are entertainers. Working, original, creators, that do what most wouldn't dream to try. And now, I feel like I'm working with people that believe just like I do and have the tenacity to back it. Chris, Sam, Alan... All I can do is thank you for the gig and say I won't let you guys down.
With love and loudness, The rock revival machine.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

As The Plot Thickens

Hello everybody and welcome back to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  I am very excited about this weeks blog.  There are lots of new things in the works as we head into our winter tour season.  First of all I want to thank each and everyone of you that came out to The 21st Saloon on Friday.  When that curtain dropped and I saw the place packed to the rafters I was in heaven.  That sideways grin made an appearance and everything was right in the world.  Also thank you to everyone that came out to our show at Cheers in Dow, City, IA.  What a great bar and a wild night.  This week we are switching things up a bit because of some prior commitments.  This weeks 21st Saloon show has been moved to Saturday, Nov. 15th.  The show will start as scheduled and everything will be the same except it will be a Saturday night party.  On Friday please head down to The Waiting Room to support Dax as he pays tribute to Led Zeppelin in Achilles Last Band.  This will be a wild show and you wont want to miss Dax dressed as the legendary skin basher John Bonham.

Today we launched a huge announcement and campaign for the release of our third single "Forbidden City" from our Midnight Devils album.  Here is the skinny on what is happening.  A month or so ago I was hanging out with Joe from Party Express Bus and he said "Sam, you know you should realy put out another video before you are done with the Midnight Devils Album".  I agreed with Joe but I was still searching for inspiration to write another video.  We discussed it more and I told him I thought it would be cool to shoot a video for "Forbidden City"in an old catholic church.  He made a call and a week later I found myself in the crypt of an old monastary.  Thanks to Alyshia at Party Express Bus, Dax and I settled upon the location that day.  It was perfect.  I sat down and wrote out the entire script based around the crypt and the idea was ready for production.  Much like the "In Your Face" video I wanted to incorporate you, our fans as much as could.  This video is as much for you as it is for us.  I stumbled upon the teespring website that helps crowd fund projects with t-shirts.  Go here to purchase your "Forbidden City" shirt.  I worked intensively with Corey and Lisa Phillips to put the artwork together.  We enlisted the help of Scott Phillips at Strategic Tattoo to draw up the front of the t-shirt.  The inspiration came from my actual written script.  Our goal for this campaign is to not sell 175 shirts and raise enough money to put this video into production but to give you people a chance to be apart of this video.  The shirts are limited to only and will only be available for the next 21 days.  Please reserve now and help us make this dream into a reality.

This "Forbidden City" T-shirt campaign is just the beginning.  After the campaign ends we will make the video and release it as soon as possible.  Then the next step will be to get back into the studio and begin work on the follow up album to Midnight Devils.  We have a plan of attack and I know you people will be supporting us throughout the whole thing.  Thank you for all the love.

This Friday I will unfortunately not be on hand at Dax's show.  I will be back in Lincoln at home celebrating 4 years of sobriety.  I will be celebrating 4 years of clean living.  These last four years have been the greatest 4 years I can ever remember.  Not only because now I am sober and can remember them but because being sober has allowed me to get to a level I never thought possible in my career.  Getting sober has given me the chance to meet so many new amazing people.  People that have touch my life everyday.  People that I love like family and will be with me for the rest of my life.  Soberity has sparked a fire inside of me creatively and helped me push myself and my music to the next level.  There is nothing that can stop me now.  Sobriety may not be for everybody but for me there is no other option.  Thank you to my all of my friends that have stuck around through the bad times.  Without you I surely wouldn't be where I am at today.



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

If The Black Leather Glove Fits......

Hello everybody and welcome to Hair In The Air, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  I hope you all had an amazing Halloween.  Thank you to everybody that came out to The 21st Saloon.  I believe we may have broke our attendance record.  Not to mention that you all looked so amazing and it really created quite the atomosphere inside of the bar.  If you missed this party well you are in luck, next year Halloween is on a Saturday night.  I can only imagine the crazy night that is going to be.  We are back this week out on the road bigger and badder than ever.  First of all of course we will be hitting The 21st Saloon this Friday, Nov. 7th, but there is a catch.  We have decided to bring in our good buddy and amazing Karaoke guru DJ Steve for an all-star edition of 80's Karaoke before the show and on our set breaks.  Because of a prior commitement we will be taking the stage a bit later than usual, around 10 PM, to accomodate everybody.  So in our place we are giving you our super fans the chance to get up there and Rock our faces off.  Only one stipulation to the rules is that it must be an 80's song.  Get there early and get your name in the rotation.  The boys and I will be out in the crowd listening.  Saturday, Nov 8th we will be traveling to Dow City, IA to a bar we played at once before called Cheers.  Yup just like the TV show which I happened to watch every episode this year.  If you are looking for a road trip or live in Western Iowa set your sites for Cheers and get ready to have your face rocked off small town style (the best style).

For this weeks blog I want to share with you my new life cleanse.  I have talked with a few people about this but I want to put it out there in the blog to get your opinion on this.  I have made a decision to devote myself to Rock N Roll piety.  Now this may sound contradictory and may even sound ridiculous but trust me in the last few days this has already worked to start relieving stress and getting my head back in the game.  Let me take you back a few months, as the band begins to gain ground and success it seems that it has become easier and easier for me to sit back and let my focus slip.  The trapping and notoroiety begin to seap into your life and it makes it easy to forget where you came from and why you started doing all of this in the first place.  The egos and attitudes begin to control your daily life and you get away from that pure driven place that the Rock N Roll flowed from.  Othere things become more important than listening to music, writing songs, responding back to friends, just plain being inspired.  I started to take the  art  out of the music and I felt like I was starting to become something I wasn't.  

Thusly I have started a journey that I hope will take me back to my creative center.  Just last night I wrote and amazing hook for a new song that gave me goosebumps.  It has been a few months since that has happened.  I have commited myself to listening to more music.  New music from up and coming Glam bands, punk bands, and heavy metal bands as well as old stuff that really influenced my coming up.  We gain so much inspiration from the songs that came before us.  The way things used to be and the way those songs still make us feel today.  I have dedicated myself to watching more music videos and enjoying the visuals aspect of our art.  Not only musically but phyisically I have set goals to drink more water, get more rest every evening, keeping pushing myself in my running, and live a healthier life.  Emotionally I still want to live in the momment.  There is still so much I want to feel and experience and I want to be able to write about it.  I want to experience the highs and the lows of life.  I wan't to feel things that don't involve me being on stage.  Rock N Roll is what I am really good at but there's a whole other world out there waiting for me to discover it.  My journey has just begun but I hope that this changes in my life increase the quality of my life.  I am going back to basics not only to create and be inspired but to live and feel things again.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The First Step.

Hello everybody and welcome back to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  We are officially celebrating Halloween this week on HAIR IN THE AIR.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and we can't wait to celebrate this Spook-Tacular festival with all of you this Friday night, Oct. 31st at The 21st Saloon.  Of course there will be costume contests and the party will rage deep into that dark dark night.  A Rock N Roll costume ball the likes of which you have never seen before.  A special thank you to everyone that came out last Friday.  To all those that traveled and busted their asses to get to our shows a special thank you.  Also to all of you that weren't feeling the best but still made it out the biggest thank you of all.  Thank you to everyone in Salem, NE and to the Big Red Inn for hosting a spectacular party.  We had a blast and can't wait to make it back to your neck of the woods again.  There's just something about a haunted bar with great coffee around Halloween that really gets me going.  This Saturday, Nov. 1st we will be taking the night off to support our brother Sniper as he plays a reunion show at The Chrome Lounge.  Join the rest of the boys as we hang out and relax while Sniper does the dishes.  It's almost as if we can't get enough of each other.  Hanging out on our day off.  That's a true family.  Also don't forget my radio show Hair In The Air, Saturday night at 8 PM on 101.9 The Keg.

This weeks blog is kind of a vent for me.  So if you don't mind indulging me I need to blow off some steam.  Now that summer is over usually this is when things seem to slow down.  Not the case and not that I even want things to slow down.  We are on a collision course with something big and I don't even know what it is.  I just keep putting my head down and plowing through the work like I own the place.  Shows are lining up and starting to come in for the summer.  We are making plans to shoot a new video and there is a ton of red tape that comes along with that.  I believe we are doing things that few other bands at our level are doing.  I am so proud and honored but I am also stressed out beyond belief.  For some reason I can't seem to get caught up.  This is mostly my fault as I hold myself to this unreal standard of writing, practicing, playing, networking, and still having a life outside of the band.  The work just never seems to get caught up.  I am one of those guys that thinks of something I need to get accomplished, writes it down on a list, and rarely ever gets back to it.  I have lists covering my desk of stuff I was supposed to do.  I always seem to run out of time in the day.  So to those I have forgotten to text back, message, or call I am sorry.  It's not that I don't love you I just plain and simply forgot.

The piece of advice I got today as I was having a nuclear melt down was only work on the stuff you can accomplish right now.  Another cup of coffee and I started to plow through my radio show, my interview, and my blog like a man on a mission.  There is no resting here.  I hold myself to this high standard but it's only because I have a dream and I know that I am going to have to fight tooth and nail everyday to accomplish that dream.  No one is going to hand it to you on a platter.  You are better off keeping your head down and you nose to the grind stone.  3D In Your Face has come a long way in the past year and I am so very proud of everything that we have accomplished but honestly I want more.  I am not ready to sit back and watch yet.  I am going to push even harder.  What can I accomplish right now?  I can accomplish any damn thing that I want to, except for finding my e-cig charger.  That thing is good and lost.  Tonight I am happy to say that I finished the new script for the video and that is something to be proud of.  The Hair In The Air Halloween special is written and I have my costume kind-of-ready for Friday's show.  It will all work out, I always have Thursday.  I want to leave you with this.  When that mountain looks unclimable, don't give up before you even take the first step.  Who knows maybe it isn't as steep as it looks and most likely you will find a friend that will help you along the way.


In memory of Jack Bruce, Cream 1943-2014.

Sam Spade

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Matt, Our Beloved Guitar Tech. Special Guest Blogger Dax.

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  I have a very special blog for you people today.  Before we get to the good stuff.  I want to thank everyone of you that came out to wish us a fond farewell last week at The 21st Saloon.  It was great to see so many good friends all there to send us off in style.  I don't think we would have made the long miles and lack of sleep without your smiling faces cheering us on.  The trip was a complete success.  We made all of our flights on time.  We got to the venue on time.  We even got in some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside that is Minnesota.  To be honest with you I think this was one of the best trips the band has ever taken.  I hope we have more exactly like this one.  Not to mention we met some pretty amazing people up in the great North.  Some amazing people that knew how to throw one hell of a party.  I don't think we really knew what we were instore for.  Thank you once again to everyone involved from the crew and techs to the people back home keeping up with our adventure via Facebook and Twitter.  We are back at it again this week.  Friday, Oct. 24th come down to the 21st Saloon and welcome us back Home Sweet Home and then wish us off again.  Saturday, Oct. 25th we will be taking a road trip to Salem, NE for a return visit to The Big Red Inn.  This will be a Halloween Costume Party so don't miss the chance to get dressed up and do a little Monster Mash.  Oh that's good.  Also I will be doing a live interview Friday morning with Jeff from Sunny 101.3 FM Falls City.  Be sure and tune in and let them know you are listening.  I will have the time posted as soon as I get it.

Now I have been doing HAIR IN THE AIR religiously for the past three years and I have officially decided that I want to involve my other bandmates in this writing endeavor.  So naturally I talked with Dax and he was all about doing a little writing for the blog.  Last week we didn't get the chance to celebrate our Guitar Tech Matt's birthday like we wanted to.  Unfortunately things came up and we were out of town.  So here is a special blog designed by Dax, where he asks Matt the tough questions.
If you haven't yet got a chance to speak with Matt he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.  A true Metal Head and lover of fine Tequilas.  Matt has been with the group now for around 6 months and trust me when I tell you he puts up with a lot of shit.  Mostly from Sniper.  It must be a military thing.  Next time you see Matt whether on stage or in the shadows go up and shake his had.  Tell him "Thank you".  It's been our pleasure as a band to share the stage with Matt and I hope this amazing releationship last for a long time.

Here is Dax's interview with Matt

How long have you been secretly wishing the band would switch to 70's funk music?
I would love to do some 70s funk...Brick House, Play That Funky Music White Boy, Kung Fu Fighting, the theme to Shaft...It would be an amazing change up to 80s metal!

What is the weirdest thing you have seen a band member eat on the road? 

The weirdest thing eaten wouldn't be so weird as questionable. Pulling into a gas station at 3AM and eating anything that was probably made the evening before and has been kept warm.... Or the mass consumption of junk food.

What's your drink of choice?
Drink of choice would be coke over ice...alcohol would be tequila on the rocks, squeeze of lime.

How many birthdays have you shared with the band?
Actually only one, but the band didn't know it last year. This year I had a very nice speaker phone happy birthday song from the band that made my night!

Best and worst shows?
The worst show was the one in Kansas that didn't happen due to weather. The early shows where I didn't know what was going on kind of sucked.
The best show, they are all good. I did like the one in Ames, Nebraska, at the roadhouse where the kid got up and played bass at the end.

If you could play any instrument in the band what would it be?
I wish I could play the drums. I tested in elementary school and rated as marginal for having rhythm. 

What song do you miss seeing the band cover?
Shotgun Messiah Heartbreak Blvd...followed by Whitesnake Bad Boys.
What's the one piece of gear you want the most?
1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, of course.

Where would you want to tour the most?
Japan...they go crazy for rock and I love yakisoba

If you could sit in for one band as the guitarist who would it be?
It would have to be Zeppelin, maybe doing an Ozzy show would be a close second.

Thanks for your time Matt. It was a pleasure talking with you.


There you have it friends. Dax's debut on HAIR IN THE AIR with a killer interview from our guitar tech and birthday boy Matt. Thanks for reading



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Aces High

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Offiicial Blog of 3D In Your Face.  Our outside tour is finally over.  Thank you so much to everyone that came out last weekend to support us.  The 21st Saloon was off the hook and our debute at the new American Dream Hang Out was amazing.  There were so many amazing people in the audience.  So many friends and family.  These last two shows really just were an honor to play.  This week we are launching one of the biggest endeavors 3D In Your Face has ever seen.  Saturday, Oct. 18th we will be flying to Minneapolis, jumping in a rental car, driving north towards Canada and eventually perform in the great town of Grand Rapids, MN.  This will be our first fly date as a band and we are celebrating by throwing a "Going Away" party at The 21st Saloon on Friday, Oct. 17th.  Each and everyone of you are invited to come and send us off in true 3D In Your Face Army fashion.  Bring the cake, presents, and party favors.  This is going to be one hell of a weekend.  Don't worry I will be posting tons of pictures and videos of our adventure up in the great white north.

Do you have a copy of our new album "Midnight Devils".  Please help support independent music.  Please help keep Rock N Roll alive.  This is our pride and joy and our heart and soul.  Not to mention if you purchase this album it will be signed and personalized by all four band members.  We will ship around the world.  Order today.

Midnight Devils Hard Copy Sign CD

Midnight Devils Digital Download

As I mentioned above this a very special week for all of us in the band.  We have know about this trip for a while and we are beyond excited to get out and spread the word and represent you heavy metal maniacs to the great people of Minnesota.  A fly date is a very holy thing for any band.  Some bands have experienced this more than others.  Bigger national bands fly out all the time.  For us this will be our first trip together and a huge step in the momentum of 3D In Your Face.   Not only will this be a good amount of miles logged for us but this will also be a great moral boost for the band.  Nothing get's the boys rallied together like spending hours and hours traveling, telling jokes, laughing, and doing everything as a cohesive band unit.  As a younger musician looking on I was always so jealous of bands that would fly into a huge show, Rock the house down, pack up and fly out.  It's the ultimate Rock N Roll experience.  I always said that one day this would be me.  Eventually I would be that guy.   Well this Saturday I get my first crack at it.  To say I am a little nervous would be an understatement.  Luckily I will be taking on this adventure with my best friends and family so there really isn't anything to be worried about.  Don't miss the wake up call, don't pack something stupid, don't forget any equipment, don't get seperated from the group, don't forget to use the bathroom before any extensive travel.  Check check.  I totally have this.

To be honest with you I love flying.  The whole experience is so crazy.  I think the airports are like some weird space time continume that only occurs at certain locatioins in certain cities.  There are tons of people frantically running around, nobody is happy but nobody is really mad.  Everybody is always just in the constant holding pattern (no pun intended).  Get your coffee, get your book, get your neck pillow.  Wait.  Look out the window and wonder if that is your plane.  Wait.  Eat something that is terrible for you and drink more coffee.  Wait.  Feel sick and tired but still slightly excited that you may be boarding soon.  Wait.  Get on plane.  Wait.  Get on runway.  Wait.  Take off.  That the fun part.  Wait.  Order drink.  Wait.  I love it.  Then when you finally attive, the big race to exit the plane, find your luggage, and get the hell out of this crazy parrallel universe begins.  The whole thing seems almost ridiculous.  Where do I sign up.  The fact that I get to do this with my partners in crime only makes this whole thing seem like a big fun dance party.   I don't think I will be able to stop smiling on Saturday no matter how much sleep I don't get the night before.  Come out this Friday, Oct. 17th and wish us a fond farwell.  I'll try and bring back a souvenier for each and every one of you.



Sam Spade

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spade's Guerilla Publicity Chapter 1

HELLO! Metal heads and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR.  The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  As summer turns to fall faster than any of us really expected, we are right on the heals of some huge impending news.  Right now even though you are the HAIR IN THE AIR faithful I can't spill the beans on what we have planned for the month of October but just know that this is good news and you are all going to be blown away.  The creative machine is starting to gain steam and we will be pumping out some great stuff for all of you real soon.  As soon as I get the OK to announce this believe me that you guys will be the first to know.  Until then we continuing on the fall tour as planned.  Our "3 Sheets To The Wind Residency" is still happening every Friday Night.  This Friday, Oct. 10th we will be at The 21st Saloon for another night of insane debauched sleazetastic Rock N Roll.  Saturday Oct. 11th we will be playing our last outdoor show of the season.  A very special night of live loud 80's heavy metal at The American Dream Barclub in Omaha, NE.  I want to thank everyone that came out to support us last week and especially those people that made both shows and hung out with us all weekend.  We are one giant crazy family and I always love seeing your faces.  You truly make me smile.  Every week I look forward to seeing who will be there in the crowd looking back at me.  You know who you are.

We are very excited to announce that our new album "Midnight Devils" is now available in CD hard copy form in Omaha, NE at Down The Rabbit Hole Tobacco Store and Retro Clothing on 108th and Q st.  Also we now have CD hard copies available at Unlimited Vapes in Benson. 3D In Your Face proudly endorses Unlimited Vapes and uses their vaping products.

For this weeks blog I wanted to write something very cool and meanigful (I always think I need to write the most eliquente composition of all time for every blog).  A friend of mine suggested I just go into depth a little bit about the promotions/publicity side that I am involved in.  Every since I was in Bandit Sound (This was one of the punk bands I played for in Lincoln) I aimed to try and get us published and played everywhere.  I really didn't know what the hell I was doing but hey you have to start somewhere.  Once I joined 3D In Your Face I realized the publicity potential we had.  The look, the image, and the music was easily excessible to people all over the world.  I started simply by shooting out emails to newspapers and radio stations.  I soon realized that not only can you send one email but the trick is to send the follow-up email.  Most industry people are just as busy as I am and get tons of emails a day.  This is where the follow-up comes in.  A non-response doesn't necissarily mean "no".  Persistence is the name of the game. Persistence must also be equal to politness.  There is nothing worse than receiving emails that dont have the common courtesies of "Please" and "Thank you".  I believe that internet radio and podcasts are the wave of the future when it comes to media distribution.  My goal was and still is to search out every radio station on the internet and get our song in rotation.  Granted this is a lofty goal but it doesn't cost me or the band any money.  I have made some very good friends through these random contacts.

To be honest with you it's all about the publicity.  Getting our names, images, and tunes out in the public without any management or label representation.  They call this DIY, punk rock, or simply indpendent (and proud of it).  My other goal was and still is to get a radio, TV, or newspaper interview in every city that we are playing a show.  The trick for this type of publicity is to not only be persistent but give the reporter a store to report.  I have sent thousands of emails to reporters and editors and I have recieved more "No's" than "Yes lets do an interview", but you can't let those "No's" get you down.  My inspiration, is that one day down the line each one of those ass holes that said no will be begging for an interview.  For each "Yes" I realize that these people are taking a chance on 3D In Your Face and that my interview must be professional, entertaining, and punctiual.  And don't forget the "Thank You" email afterwards.  Always be a real person it comes across in everything you do.  I never send out cut and copy emails.  You can always tell on the other end when you have recieved a cut and copy email.  Take the time to meet people.  This I feel will come back around to help you in the end.  This is just a glimpse into what I have officially dubbed Spade's Guerilla Publicity.




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Where Everybody Keeps You Sane.

HELLO!  Welcome to Hair In The Air, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  What do you think of the new band photo up top?  Good stuff.  Like I said last week we shot all new band photos with our guitar tech Chappy.  We will be releasing more and more pictures every week.  Down to business.  This week we are back for another round of 80's inspired, punch-you-in-the-mouth, take no prisoners, balls to the wall Rock N Roll decadance at The 21st Saloon.  Our '3 Sheets To The Wind Residency' has been blowing up every Friday night.  I can safely speak from our stand point, last week was one of the best shows that we have ever played.  Sonically, spiritually, and physically we are firing on all cylinders.  Your next chance to see us will be this Friday, Oct 3rd at The 21st Saloon.  Check out this cool video I put together that features our radio commercial on 101.9 The Keg.
3D In Your Face - 3 Sheets To The Wind Residency
 Please feel free to share this.  Show your friends.  The other bright spot of our weekend comes Saturday, Oct 4th.  We will be taking a short road trip to Rock Port, MO to headline the cities Octoberfest Celebration.  This is a 5 band bill put on at Memorial Park in Rock Port.  The festivities go all day long with vendors, rides, and plenty of beer.  Come for the booze and stay for the Rock N Roll.

Last week I caught up with up-and-coming Omaha promotional website Rocking The 402.  They put together a very cool video interview that you wont want to miss.
Rocking The 402- Sam Spade Video Interview

Time for the main course.  Last week I was racking my brain for something to write for my blog post.  I was stressing out over something that I initially set out to be a fun release for me.  I got some good advice from some people that was simply "Write how you feel."  "People connect with you because you because you are genuine.".  While I appreciate the nice words it made me think.  I realized I was putting to much stock into writing an unbelievable blog.  Keep It Simple.  Let it flow.  This weeks idea came to me and I at first thought nobody would even care about this subject.  But hey!  This is my blog.  Deal with it.

Many of you know that I am almost %100 consummed with Rock N Roll, my career, and music in general.  There are very few times that I am not working or trying to progress myself as a musician and entertainer.  Those rare moments come very late at night or early depending on your point of view.  I wouldn't say that I am a big television watcher but every night like clockwork right around 4:30 AM I close my computer, put my guitar away, and flick on Netflix.  Now I'm not just one of those watchers that clicks around randomlly looking for something to watch.  No no.  My obsession started with the 80's TV sitcom Cheers.  I watched one episode and imediately I was brought into this world that had nothing to do with music.  It brought me great joy and I was able to shut off that part of my brain that never stopped working.  Next thing you know it was a nightly ritual.  I watched every episode in every season.  Thats roughly 8 seasons and around 250 episodes.  When you put it on paper like that it seems a little crazy but honestly this is one of the only none musical things that brings me joy.  So what happened when Cheers ended?  I freaked but imidiately started the Cheers spin-off Frasier.  That's another 11 seasons and around 265 episodes.

First and foremost not that many people can say they have seen all the episodes of Cheers and Frasier combine.  Now you can go ahead an tell your friends that you know somebody.  These two shows kind of acted like an eraser for my mind at the end of the day.  After all the clutter and businesss I had to deal with Cheers and Frasier became a place that I could escape from myself.  A place where all of my friends came to have a good time and laugh..  It was like catching up with my buddies even though I know it was only a TV show.  Cliff, Norm, Sammy, and Woody were officially now my bros.  I remember watching reruns of these shows late at night when I was a kid.  My parents always let us watch these classics.  Little did I realize how much sex and depravity were actually in these shows.  Not that I think that's a bad thing.  Now I am at the brink of having nothing new to watch.  This is where I need your help.  I need your suggestions on what to watch next.  I am interested in running the MASH gamot but that isn't on Netflix instant watch.  Feel free to leave your suggestion in the comments.  Or just write about whatever you feel.  This is for you as much as it is for me.  Thanks for the laughs.




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Renamed Glitter Blog. From Me To You.

Hello everybody and welcome to Hair In The Air, The Official blog of 3D In Your Face.  So good to be back in action.  We are getting the rhythm and the rhyme back on track and things are finally hitting on all cylinders.  Thank you to everyone that came to The 21st Saloon last week.  I told you that it was going to be a crazy night.  Also thank you to Tammy Tomasello and everyone that came out to celebrate her birthday.  We have only ever played two house shows since I have been with the band and Saturday's show was an absolute blast.  It's sad to say but you only have one chance to see the band this week and that will be Friday, Sept. 26th at The 21st Saloon.  I can't believe we are already 3 weeks into our residency.  It feels so good to be back home.  Saturday we will be taking the day off for a photo shoot and some R&R before we hit it hard all the way to the end of the year.  So make plans accordingly.  You can still have all your hair metal needs cover by listening to my radio show Hair In The Air Saturday night, 8-10 PM on 101.9 The Keg.

Friday Hammer Head Radio will be doing a very special showcase on the band.  They will be posting up an album review and interview I did talking about the bands history, writing process, and live shows.  Check on Friday for the full story.  Also please if you haven't done so yet check out this interview I did with Daniel Watts of The Mega Watts Radio Show.  We talk in depth about 3D In Your Face, The Midnight Devils Album, and generally geek out about Rock N Roll.  HERE.

When I was in rehab for my alcohol problem many years ago they told me that admitting you have a problem was the first step towards recovery.  These days I am pretty tame in comparison to my early twenties.  Don't get me wrong I am still the wildest child you will ever meet but I am no longer on a crash course to prison, if you catch my drift.  Right here on HAIR IN THE AIR, surrounded by my friends and family I can fully admit that I have a problem.  Huh?  Yeah it started a few weeks back but right now it's full on overload.  OK OK it's nothing life threatening but I am fully addicted to glitter.  It's has become my new go to Rock N Roll stage accessory.  Who am I kidding I wear that stuff out on the streets.  It's everywhere.  Not only are all of my clothes covered in the stuff (this is because of a faulty lid incident inside of my suitcase) but my tooth brush, inside of my car, and even at my parents house.  The glitter is endless but I can't seem to get enough.  What started out as a small joke has turned into something I can't control, nor do I really want to control.  My dad even yelled at me for covering by brother in the stuff.

So, I play in a Rock N Roll band, and yes I am covered in glitter.  You can't tell me that your aren't happier when that shiny stuff fills up your belly button like a sparkly wishing well.  HAHA.  The point I am getting at here is the glitter is actually acting to break down the barriers between me and the fans.  Those barriers that I have always tried so hard to steer away from.  Now people are bringing it to the shows themselves and it's everywhere.  We are all one sweaty, sparkly, mass, of pure Rock N Roll energy.  Mmmmm!  That sounds good, I'll have that.  Much like the alcohol the glitter effects don't just go away like that.  Every person that takes the glitter plunge or is in the same vicinity as me can never get that stuff off.  So we all wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and the remnants of last nights mayhem is still plastered across our face, chest, and clothes.  But what really does it for me is all the memories that the glitter brings back.  It's like a flood gate of good times, great friends, and awesome tunes.  Just the way I always want to live my life.  Hot, sweaty, and sparkly as hell.




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Birthday "Dax" by Special Guest Blogger Justin King.

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  BANG BANG.  That's how we do things around here.  The good news just keeps rolling in.  Tonight we have a very special guest blogger Mr. Justin King formerly of Hidden Agenda out of Omaha, NE.  This weekend we are celebrating two birthdays but before I get to that we need to get the business out of the way first.  3D In Your Face has been officially nominated for a 2014 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award in the category of "Best Cover Band".  Now I realize our goal was three nominations but to be honest with you I am blown away that we got invited to the party.  Thank you to all of our fans and friends that helped nominate us.  That was the hardest part.  Now we get to take this the rest of the way and show the rest of Omaha how the big dogs roll at the awards ceremony.  3D In Your Face Army, mission accomplished.  Well Done.

Our 2014/2015 '3 Sheets To The Wind Residency' broke attendance records last week on opening night at The 21st Saloon.  The energy inside that building was contagious.  This Friday, Sept 19th we will be back again but this time we will be celebrating our new drummer Dax's birthday as well as our beloved guitar tech Chappy.  I hope you guys enjoy cake because there is going to be mountains of it.  If you haven't seen the new light show prepare yourself for one of the coolest visual experiences of your life.  It's a pleasure to watch your jaws hit the ground.

Saturday we are doing a private show in Omaha for some of our great friends and long time supporters The Tomasello's.  Officially dubbed Tomasello-stock.  What happens there stay's there.  But don't feel like you are being left out of the action.  My radio show Hair In The Air is happening Saturday night form 8 - 10 PM on 101.9 The Keg.  That should get you in the mood for some action.
Happy Birthday Chappy.  We love you buddy.  


Ladies and Gentleman I give you Mr. Justin King.

“DAX” I first met Dakota Nielson “Dax” in early 2011 during a search for a solid drummer for my band Hidden Agenda. Donna Gardiner introduced us at Chrome Lounge and we set up tryout session with the rest of the band. From the very first song Dax was a very impressive drummer, he was on time, adlibbed when he had too, and most of all was a true showman. Needless to say we offered him the gig right away as I already had shows booked. I believe our first show with this line up was at The Observatory out in west Omaha and it really rocked. The place was packed and everyone really took a liking to Dax as we even incorporated his drum solo!  
We really took off from there and Dax was a huge part of our success. Rocking places like Two Fine Irishmen, Loose Moose, 21 Saloon and Chrome to name a few. Not only is Dax an awesome drummer, he is an awesome musician as he played guitar in our acoustic sets. He also played bass and sang lead and backup vocals. His high energy rock in everything he does is really contagious and definitely knows how to get the crowd going! He was an obvious pick when I needed a drummer for my Deftones project White Pony which is scheduled to play Nov 7th 2014 at The Waiting Room in Omaha Ne! Currently he is with 3D in your face and will continue to melt some faces I assure you!! 
Justin King  
White Pony