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Area band, filmmaker pool their talents

By: Jeff Burns

Oct. 21, 2006

As summer drew to an end, so did the outdoor concert season. Fortunately, one local band made such a large impact at the Van’s Warped Tour that it is on the verge of signing with a record label.

Eyes Set To Kill, featuring drummer Caleb Clifton, won the Warped Tour Ernie Ball contest in July and caught the attention of many underground fans with a four-week tour. Clifton graduated from Marcos de Niza High School and joined the band during the summer.

The band signed local filmmaker Zachary Yoshioka and then worked closely with representatives of Suburban Noize Records for their new album.

Eyes Set To Kill has been the number one unsigned band on in the post-hardcore genre for months and credits the website for some of its recent success.

“Myspace is like one giant commercial and we are a band with limited funding,” Clifton said. “Myspace really helps us get our music out to other states. Now people are contacting us from all over the world telling us they love our music.”

Yoshioka, a graduate of Corona del Sol High School, is also the founder of Ballistic Entertainment, which makes music videos for bands such as Eyes Set To Kill, Fort Minor and Kottonmouth Kings.

The band capped off their successful summer season and new record deal with a DVD release party on Oct. 23.

Other bands that rocked the event included For the Record, Yellow, The Vertical and At Least We’re Dreaming.

 “I hope that it is easier to get our music out to the world now that we are almost signed,” Clifton said.

“I really want to go out and bring up a following of fans that would hopefully enjoy our music. Playing my instrument for people is what I enjoy doing best, and now that is what I get to do.”


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