Grinding, back in my day (oh so many moons ago) was a type of really, really, really close partner-dancing. Where basically two dancers rubbed and bumped (R.I.P. Kelly) their bodies against each other, most often with a female dancer rubbing her buttocks against a male dancer's crotch area (please note that any other combination of partners is also acceptable...because..."not that there's anything wrong with that.")
Today though I'll be talking about the state of grinding in 2019. That oppressive, tedious, and seemingly without end aspect of working hard on your skill, business, trade or project.
These past two months The Phoenix Within has been grinding. Grinding hard. Although we have taken a break from live performances we have set time aside to focus on our song-writing, practice our instruments and even started to write and record something new and special that we honestly can't wait to share with all of you.
All the while maintaining full time jobs, attending classes, exercising, reading, keeping up with school schedules, paying child support (this one maybe a fib), paying rent (also maybe a fib) and doing community service (The band takes recycling seriously...I mean come on the ocean needs us ya'll).
Today we wanted to share with you these news and also some pictures of what we have been up to and let you know that on Thursday April 4 at 8 pm we will be be going live and performing at Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck NJ., a few of our new songs. So please come out, bring a friend and some ear plugs because it's going to get fu%$ing loud.
- with love TPW.
For those that don't know yet The Phoenix Within is a rock project straight outta Compton...no wait, no thats not right.
Let's start that part over, The Phoenix Within is rock project based out of Queens, NY. The band is fronted by singer-songwriter Omar Feliciano & is currently backed by Nicholas Narlis on Bass, John Narlis on guitars & James Narlis on Drums.
2019 it's about to get loud, stay tuned.
So first of all we want to thank all of the friends, fans and family who are out there helping us push and promote The Phoenix Within's latest release Maybe Next Year.
Second we would like to let you know that this week we will be dropping a music video for our little jam so if you still haven't subscribed to our youtube channel please do.
Your support never, ever goes unnoticed or unappreciated by us.
- Cheers ^_^
Jan 2018: We released a single & lyric video titled Certain. The song was recorded and produced by David Dones and featured the original line up members Lawrence Turco on drums and Kenneth O'donohue on bass, guitar & backup vocals. www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m7Rzfbi82U
Feb 2018: We released a lyric video for song titled Stone from our 2017 previously released album Whispers. www.youtube.com/watch?v=llSscmjluW8
April 2018: We recorded and released two live acoustic tracks titled Mi Culpa & Social Corta Vena at the Audio Pilot Studio with the help of Rob Freeman. The tracks featured guitarist/keyboardist Lefty. www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBmw36XPS8s and www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8KpkkENzjs
June 2018: Our talented bassist rocker Nick Narlis joins The Phoenix Within. thephoenixwithinrock.weebly.com/blog/have-you-met-nick-tpw-update?fbclid=IwAR1_0Pvk-jhKgGPc7TI7uK5qUxCWLaplHCxg58D8Goul4joQH0id9NBxzN0
July 2018: We dropped by Direct-To-Vinyl Live Sessions in Brooklyn and recorded a live 3 track vinyl EP titled Lemons. We did 11 takes & each was cut directly to their own individual 7" vinyl record. The tracks featured Nick Narlis on bass & Simon Lee on percussion. leestavall.com/products/lvls352?variant=9753028755500
August 2018: Omar vacationed, partied & performed in Amsterdam. Although it was only 1 & 1/2 performances (some time was spent on a street curb free-styling it). It didn't change the fact that it was TPW first overseas performance.) Much was experienced and learned.
September - October 2018: All together up to this point The Phoenix Within performed over 30 live gigs and did two online radio interviews (special shout outs to Cody Smith over at Penn's Peak & Kyle Dittmar over at Stony Brook University.)
November 2018: Brought the departure of Lefty from the band and his replacement by guitarist/producer John Narlis.
December 31 2018: We recorded a new song titled Maybe Next Year thephoenixwithin.bandcamp.com/track/maybe-next-year Lastly but not sadly this day also marks the moment that Know Hope Records decided to drop The Phoenix Within.
Moving forward we can promise you that the Phoenix Within will continue to work hard on our music & art. In the mean time we want to thank our families and the handful of true fans and friends we have made throughout the years. Please note that your support never ever goes unnoticed or unappreciated.
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