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RPM Challenge is a month long event that takes place in February each year to challenge musicians in recording an album's worth of all original music. Learn More

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Roughly Produced Masterpieces (2008)

Very Us Artist albums are always theme-based, but for RPM '08, we kept it basic. The only other criteria for this very loosely-themed album was as follows: All the songs were to be titled with replacement bacronyms (a.k.a. reverse acronyms) for R.P.M.—that is to say, feasible explanations as to what RPM stands for. But in the end, this album was made purely for the fun and exercise of it. We hope you enjoy the terrifically eclectic fruits of the February '08 harvest.

A Demonstration of Songs of the Sun (2009)

This is a demonstration of the forthcoming Very Us Artists album, Songs of the Sun. This version of the album is in a rough mix stage, with some of the lyrics in need of being rewritten, singing to be re-sung, and even new songs to be added. But this is where the album was by the end of February 2009.

The process for creating this album so far went like this: I (John LaSala) asked musicians to send me music that could conceivably be turned into songs, I then recorded the vocals and wrote lyrics telling a story, taking inspiration from the music itself. These are the musicians who composed the music for this album:

Nick P
Joshua Wentz
Kavin.'s Acoustic Church
michL bridge
Sister Savage
Michelangelo
Bilian
with words and vocals by John LaSala

Other RPM Partcipants

The New Gallery Band of York

Armory Snow

Woulvercorn

The Very Best of Spaz Rock

rls

WBS

The Support Group

drift

P

Floppy Jalopy

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Artists by Year

Artists by Genre

Artists by Name

The Very Us Artists

BIOGRAPHY

Founding member John LaSala participated in RPM in 2007. The push to do an entire album was certainly a challenge (especially for one who loves to perfect and tweak everything!) but it was very rewarding. This got him to thinking that if he could squeeze out an entire album in a month, a bunch of people could probably pool their creative juices together and put out a quality album at least every few months or so. He had contributed on several of Sidedown.com's irregular projects throughout the previous year and really began to think about the networking possibilities of cross-pollinating different people’s styles and fanbases. After some heavy-duty brainstorming sessions with other founding members Chris Torgersen and Kate Baldwin, they quickly realized that there was something very unique and worthwhile here.

A few months later The Very Us Artists was born!

BAND MEMBERS
John LaSala & Chris Torgersen (creative directors), Kate Baldwin (business director), and a whole host of other VUArtists whose names in and information can be found at our website.

YEARS COMPLETED
2008,2009

GENRES
Alternative,Unclassifiable

OTHER BAND SITES
http://veryusartists.com


Completed Albums

Roughly Produced Masterpieces(2008)

Very Us Artist albums are always theme-based, but for RPM '08, we kept it basic. The only other criteria for this very loosely-themed album was as follows: All the songs were to be titled with replacement bacronyms (a.k.a. reverse acronyms) for R.P.M.—that is to say, feasible explanations as to what RPM stands for. But in the end, this album was made purely for the fun and exercise of it. We hope you enjoy the terrifically eclectic fruits of the February '08 harvest.


"Razi/Paulo/Mandisa" by Michelangelo
"Rodents Probed Melanie" by Thee Crumb
"red+purple=magenta" by Joshua Wentz
"Return of a Popular Mister" by Vivian Circle
"Raga Profound Magic" by Di.J. Noizepunk
"Rising Pzychotropic Moonlight" by Pzychotropic
"Ricky Plays Music" by Mr. Glide
"Role-Playing Master (for Gygax)" by HAIRWOLF
"relax, poor mind" by Jeremy Simmons
"Rounding Perihelion Molniya (Casting Off Sparks)" by Darren Baker
"Recherche pour maintenant" by Zeck, Jr.
"Revolutions Per Minute" by Tim Kopp
"Rush the Pizza 2 the Mannequin" by Jeff Daschbach
"Rainy Purple Mondays" by Brian Wilbur Grundstrom
"Right Past Me" by Maddy and Nancy   (preferred)
"Rebel, Patriot, Malefactor" (excerpt) by John LaSala

A Demonstration of Songs of the Sun(2009)

This is a demonstration of the forthcoming Very Us Artists album, Songs of the Sun. This version of the album is in a rough mix stage, with some of the lyrics in need of being rewritten, singing to be re-sung, and even new songs to be added. But this is where the album was by the end of February 2009.

The process for creating this album so far went like this: I (John LaSala) asked musicians to send me music that could conceivably be turned into songs, I then recorded the vocals and wrote lyrics telling a story, taking inspiration from the music itself. These are the musicians who composed the music for this album:

Nick P
Joshua Wentz
Kavin.'s Acoustic Church
michL bridge
Sister Savage
Michelangelo
Bilian
with words and vocals by John LaSala


"Wherein we first hear the Meridians," music by Nick P & John LaSala
"Wherein our hero is introduced," music by Joshua Wentz
"Wherein our hero meets a Meridienne," music by Kavin.'s Acoustic Church
"Wherein our hero finds resolve, " music by michL bridge
"Wherein our hero journeys forth and also sees the Fishspeakers," music by Sister Savage
"Wherein our hero visits Martín Atoll," music by Michelangelo   (preferred)
"Wherein our hero opens the Vault of Helos," music by Bilian
"Wherein our hero coronates the King of All Light," music Nick P
"Wherein the Meridians return to the sun," music by Nick P
"To be continued?" by michL bridge