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The Royal Union of Architects have been hard at work bringing you their version of Brit-Rock style music. Using The Beatles, Noel Gallagher & The Stone Roses as well as other styles of music as a cornerstone, the Architects try to meld these styles into their own brand of music & we hope you enjoy it...!
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The Beatles and Oasis are the main influences in Carl's music " as Noel Gallagher said " (in reference to him borrowing ideas from the Beatles) " if you are going to pinch, you might as well pinch from the best" "I do believe that" Carl says " it's not like I don't have an original Idea in my head, I just like that sound." "I do try to write from the hip, meaning that I try not to think the songs out too much, they are what they are".
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"Music has always been in Carls blood, from his earliest years playing violin at the age of 10 in Catholic school he has always felt the calling. "I remember jamming to songs with my older brother in our room, me on a conga of all things & my brother on guitar" During Carl's grade school years he dabbled in other passions such as art & guitar, which quickly fizzled out when the guitar teacher told his parents "you're wasting your money, your son plays by ear!
Carl soon found the world of drums. After destroying a drum set his parents bought him from Sears, he convinced a family friend to co-sign on a drum set from a local dealer, now, he had found a passion he could build on.
In high school Carl's passion for music only grew, he formed the rock band The Mystics of Wizard with some high school friends, rehearsing as often as possible. " I actually had band practice on prom night, as if I would have gone to that anyway!"
With Carl's drive for music and honing his skills on drums, he modeled his playing after two of his drummer idols, John Bonham & Neil Peart. In 1979, after playing in local groups (such as "Wizard" & "Slave" featuring a then unknown guitarist Chris Holms ( WASP)) from the San Gabriel Valley of California, Carl met bassist Bob Loza and joined Razu, a popular band that had a huge following and who played along side many well known acts such as Van Halen Yesterday & Today and Sky People. They had won a Battle of the Bands at Gazzaris in Hollywood. " We turned down the prize because Phil Spector or someone on that level was in on this & would have produced our album and offered a horrible deal!" The band thrived until the departure of Guitarist Chris Eads, and from there, the group seemed to lose its way.
In 1982 Carl ( now playing under the stage name Carl James ) joined up with master guitarist Greg Leon to form The Greg Leon Invasion, The two of them collaborated on many songs as the group saw a revolving door of members from Joey Vera (Armored Saint) Chuck Stevenson, to Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne) . They produced a single and an L.P. that moved very well in the local music circuits. The Greg Leon Invasion was fortunate enough to play a gig with a newly formed band Metallica at the Whiskey a Go Go. The Greg Leon Invasion ran in the same crowd that included good friends Guns N Roses, Motley Crue, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many many other well known bands. Dung this time, because Carl was one of a few drummers that was said to have a sound reminiscent of drummer Cozy Powell, he was recruited by Jake E. Lee to audition to replace Ozzy Osbourne's ailing drummer, he didn't get the gig, but was honored to have had the opportunity. By this time, Carl was getting tired of waiting for a break with The Greg Leon invasion.
In 1984 Carl was recruited and took up the offer to drum for SIN, a Los Angeles based hard rock band. Sin quickly gained fame in the Los Angeles music circuit playing and selling out clubs playing along with the likes of Great White & Armored Saint. The band was fortunate enough to recruit bassist Joey Cristofanilli (Ratt) and the group changed their name to Jag Wire and were immediately signed to Target Records. Once again Carl's Drumming talents were recognized by his former Slave band-mate guitarist Chris Holmes , now of W.A.S.P & offered Carl the drum position with the band. After much thought, Carl turned down the offer, as Jag Wire were just at the peak of their international popularity. Jag Wire released the well received album Made In Heaven in which writer Laura Canyon from Kerrang Magazine sites "this will place them among the royalty of rock". Jag Wire Released the well received album Made In Heaven in which writerLaura Canyon from Kerrang Magazine sites "this will place them among the royalty of rock".
As with many groups, the fruits of their labor were short lived, and Carl left the group & met back up with bassist Bob Loza (RAZU) to form HEROES IN LOVE, this was an band with writing that was seldom found in unsigned groups. After years of running in circles, the guys decided to call it a day and disbanded. Rumor has it the boys may try to record long distance via the web, we'll see. Some embers never die,they just smoulder.....
Carl jammed with other bands throughout the years but refused to commit to the ties that come with joining a group. Now in the role of record producer, as well as multi-instrumentalist, Carl has formed The Royal Union Of Architects, heading in the well proven British pop/rock vein. They have released four full length albums on Carl's Bella Kai Music record label through Soundesign Studios. The Crystal & The Cross, The Tomes Of Lore, Pieces Of Eight and At Her Majesty's Command, We Present:, are all available on Amazon, iTunes and wherever music is sold, worldwide
Rumor has it the new group consists of either real band members, or of the multiple voices in Carl's head, the jury is still out on that one .....and this story continues....
Talk about taking the road less traveled – jack-of-all-trades Carl Elizondo is only interested in success one way: his way. How else can you describe an artist who has played in thriving bands that have sold records, toured the country, even opened for Metallica… yet keeps breaking away to make the music he feels deep within; “music about his dreams and nightmares.” Elizondo, a drummer by trade has found musical glory in the past by admitingly “submitting to the ideas” of whatever band he was in at the time. Elizondo soon realized it was not the recognition he was playing for, but instead for the fact that the music is his life’s blood. This uncompromising drive is what allowed him to not only learn how to record and produce his own music, but to play the guitar, bass and keyboards as well. The unbeaten path indeed. There’s more than drive and passion behind the work of Elizondo – his influences are impressive as well, drawing mainly from both The Beatles and Oasis. He explains that he “has always loved the older Brit sound; it reminds him of a time of discovery.” You can hear this style, mixed in with some “psychedelic reverberations and a hint of India… birthing fresh ideas based on a familiar sound” on both of the albums “The Crystal & the Cross” and the upcoming “The Tomes of Lore.”
“The Tomes of Lore” will hit the streets some time later this year, but you can check out his current single “Crash Landing” on internet radio stations such as Pandora Radio. Learn more about this artist by jumping into the XXQ’s.
XXQs: Carl ElizondoPensEyeView.com (PEV): How and when did you first get involved with music? Carl Elizondo: As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, I used to watch my cousin and his band play music in their house while on summer vacation from school, I was always drawn to watching the drummer, I thought how cool to move arms & legs at different times all over the place, I really got bit by the bug. I must have been 10 or 11. PEV: Growing up, what kind of music were you listening to? Do you remember the first concert you ever attended? CE: I used to listen to what ever was on the radio, mostly rock radio so Tom Petty, Kiss, Rush Oh and YES, I was a real Yes fan! One of my first concerts was Yes, & Kiss, who ever was coming through town. But I’ve always liked older rock. PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a profession rather than just a hobby? CE: In high school, that’s when, I always really had a bad time in school, and didn’t get very good grades, except in art, I was damn good at drawing, painting and conceptual art but of course I was always thinking of music, I would doodle on paper different concert scenes or drum set up’s, I was imagining it to make it become real. PEV: What were your first years in the music business like for you? Did you ever think you’d be where you are now, then? CE: The first years were ok, I would rehearse at a buddies home after school, I mean nothing would get in the way of rehearsal, I even missed the prom, parties, dates with girlfriends at the time. I wanted it bad. I ended up playing all over Los Angeles with various groups that I was in at the time. I honestly always knew I would be in music , as far as where I am now, well that’s hard to say, I suppose I would always welcome a higher level of success, but really I play cause its my life’s blood, not for the recognition… PEV: Having written, recorded and produced each song, how is the production side of the your music different from your creation side? Do you find the two sides hard to balance? CE: Excellent question! Its very hard… I have to write the songs backwards in a way, I will come up with a riff or a real cool Idea and I have to think “how will I approach this, any effects, or cool tricks to enhance the song?” If I took this to a producer, I would take in a completed song & then they would say “Lets do this or do that” but the producer side of me is constantly doing that while I am writing the song so it is a big struggle and alot of second guessing. PEV: What can fans expect from your latest album, “The Crystal & The Cross “? CE: As the teaser line by music reviewer Bobby Collini states it’s ” Music about Dreams & Nightmares, Carl Elizondo delves into the minds of Lennon, McCartney & The Gallagher brothers. Psychedelic with a hint of India influences brings forth fresh ideas based on a familiar sound.” I have always loved the older Brit sound, it reminds me of a time of discovery. The current single is Crash Landing and is getting airplay on Internet radio stations such as Pandora Radio and others, I am hoping for more exposure, at least my CD is selling very well. PEV: How is “The Crystal & The Cross” different than others out today? CE: There is a lot of great music out today, Placebo, Muse, Stereophonics etc. and then there are a lot of “bandwagon” bands Emo or Screamo, now I’m not knockin’ it or anything, but I would rather write what I write, They are standard song structures with a little extra something to make it interesting, like the Beatles did. PEV: “The Crystal & The Cross” is your fourth album, how is this different from your previous works? CE: My previous work was co-written so I would be able to bounce ideas off of the other person, with The Crystal & The Cross, & my next release, The Tomes Of Lore, it’s all me so the pressure is really on and all criticism lays solely on me. PEV: Is there a certain environment you surround yourself in when you sit down to write music? CE: That’s interesting you ask, so many ideas come to me late, late at night when I am just about to fall asleep, then boom, right into my head comes an awesome idea, so its out of bed and down stairs to my studio to get the Idea on tape. PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your success? CE: They are proud of me, but mostly I am proud of myself. Being a drummer by trade, I used to have ideas that I would submit to what ever band I was in, but as you know no one ever takes a drummer seriously, so I said screw this… I taught myself Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, brushed up on my vocals and dove right in to prove that I am capable! PEV: In all your travels, what city do you think offers the best appreciation for music? Why? CE: I think New York & Los Angeles, there is always some one in the business to give you a listen although those markets are tough to break, in the midwest folks down there really appreciate music for music’s sake. The Midwest can appreciate you for you PEV: What is life on the road like for the band? Best and worst parts? CE: The Best part of being on the road is waking up in a particular town and hearing the local radio station playing your music and promoting it, the worst are the hotel rooms, wow there are really some dives out there and of course being away from loved ones, that always gets to me at 2 a.m. in the morning when the night is all over and you are all alone…The road is really not fun, at least for me. PEV: Is there an “up and coming” artist or band right now that you think we should all be listening to? CE: Not really, I listen to a lot of Placebo, Muse, Radiohead, Travis, Oasis & Beatles of course oh and The Arctic Monkeys! PEV: Having The Beatles and Oasis are the main influences, is there someone you have not had the chance to work with or collaborate with, that you would like to? CE: I would like to collaborate with Noel Gallagher, now that would be stellar! PEV: When the band is not traveling or performing, what can we find you doing in your spare time? CE: I am actually always in the studio, really or watching reality TV, ah! I am addicted, of course I like a cold ale, or a great cigar… PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Carl Elizondo? CE: Well its either that I taught myself all the instruments with out any help or lessons, or that I make goofy faces in the mirror when I am alone, which ever you think is more interesting. PEV: If we were to walk into your practice studio what would we find? CE: Awesome question! A Beatle album on the turntable, a Beatle Bootleg in the CD player, various Rolling Stone magazines, books on Shakespeare, an easy chair… Oh! And Christmas lights hung up!!!! Very Zen, or does that qualify as very Hippie ( which I am not) but I’m not sure. PEV: What is a live Carl Elizondo performance like? Its Usually an acoustic show, I have really produced my albums to the extent that I face the same problems of many bands, where its very hard to reproduce live, what I have recorded in the studio, I like to talk to my audience between songs, so its not so structured PEV: In one word, describe Carl Elizondo. CE: Introspective. PEV: So, what is next for you? CE: Aah! “The Tomes Of Lore”, my next album… I know I just released The Crystal & The Cross, but I have got to get this music out of me and to the masses. I have recently realized that between the two albums, that I have a particular sound and I am very proud of that!
Carl Elizondo's Crystal Ball
Bobby Collini- Freelance Writer
It was up an elevator to the 22nd floor of an undisclosed hotel deep in the city of New York, not far from the now infamous Ground Zero, where I found myself not knowing what to expect from this relatively unknown artist. I went over some of the questions in my head as I walked down the hallway on a French style carpet in the hotel. My knock on the door brought a shorter, rather wild raven haired guy with a big smile to greet me. After getting the formalities out of the way, I made myself comfortable in the rather uncomfortable hotel chair, as Carl moved his open luggage bag to relax on the sofa, and opened a Diet Coke.
BC : So what prompted you to write this collection of tunes?
CE ; Woah!, talk about to the point! (laughs) Uh, well... I don't know Hmm
BC : Ok ok , what's your music background??
CE : Whew! better. I grew up in Los Angeles back in the late 70's early 80's in the local music scene.
I played in many local groups at clubs like the Starwood or the Whiskey, where it was common to see David Lee Roth, or Joey Ramone hanging out at the bar. I'm a drummer by trade, but I always remember hearing a million melodies in my head at two o'clock in the morning serenading my insomnia. Without formal song writing abilities, I sat back, played drums and learned from those guitarists and bass players around me who knew how to write a song, kinda mentally took notes 'ya know. I've always been torn between the very heavy loud aggressive songs and real wimpy sappy kind of broken heart songs.
BC: some of the tunes have a very 60's British feel to them, what influences you in your song writing?
CE: Years ago I was introduced to a little group known as the Beatles, my guitar player Tony Perez from a former band insisted I really listed to the song structure and their writing because before this, I kinda hated the Beatles. Then a light went on in my head... Wow, this was a deep well of intrigue, these songs blew me away. All I wanted to do was get into the head of John & Paul, George too! That Beatle feel is so cool, it reminds me of a time of discovery!
BC: The CD has you listed as playing everything? Really?
CE: Wow, you say that as if its a bad thing?
BC : No no, just unusual.
CE: Look, I had been in groups with a dictator leading us and groups with no direction at all, band members punching it out or long drawn out screaming matches, its really like being in a relationship, you have to learn to get along or face the demise, so I decided to go it alone and teach myself guitar, bass, keys and production. Looking back if I had known how hard it would have been...Shit I still would have done it, after all I am a control freak in a sorta kinda way. The only person I can argue with is myself, and I need a mirror to do that! (laughs).
BC: So you are self taught?
CE: Yep, lots of hours with blistered fingers & finger tips!
BC: What do the songs on this E.P. convey, or what do you want them to say?
CE: I kind of write from the hip, but that being said, some of the subjects would fit nicely into somebody's' life that was going through some shit or had some problems or whatever, really I don't think it out too much.
BC: What has been your biggest challenge?
CE: Hmmm, my biggest challenge is life and trying to be not dead, I wrestle with alot of crap in my head and......Oh oops, sorry, you mean on this album? well, being the producer and trying to critique myself, listening and re-listening to the songs, does this sound good here and is this stupid, things like that.
Carl releases his self produced E.P. titled
" The Crystal & The Cross" soon..
BC : Carl, what's behind the title of the E.P.?
CE: Its the daily fight that some people have compromising between their beliefs and life, ying and yang, you know, the good and not so good. A shot of whiskey or an ice water...which is better?
BC: Tell me one thing about you that most people don't know.
CE: I'm insane, no!, really insane, depressive, dark, and dank, Shit!... I don't know, I make faces in the mirror at myself.... There!... Damn, that is insane isn't it?------Bobby Collini- Freelance Writer
Music about Dreams & Nightmares, Carl Elizondo delves into the minds of Lennon, McCartney & The Gallagher brothers. Psychedelic with a hint of India influences brings forth fresh ideas based on a familiar sound.
Carl Elizondo brings experience to his craft. Indulging in writing, playing, producing & recording, all created by Carl at his Soundesign Studio located in Virginia City, near Reno Nevada. Carl has many influences some being of course The Beatles,Oasis, Kasabian, India Influences mixed with the 60's psychedelia and world music percussion. Along with playing drums, guitar, keys, bass & vocals Carl is a B&W photographer & oil on canvas artist, and maybe a bit psychotic?..... Perhaps. a true Warrior Poet !
Carl continues to walk a line giving into his passions of heart felt pop and driven rock, depending on which of the voices in his head drive him on any particular day. As previously stated he's living in the U.S. with the Union Jack wrapped firmly around his heart. Carl gives his songs a Brit Rock feel, while still at the helm of production. He is showing his skills on guitars, bass, keys, drums and vocals while keeping his hands firmly planted on the recording board, yes it is a world of one, and from what we are told, that's just the way Carl likes it.
The Royal Union of Architects latest 2013 offering. Another great batch of British inspired rock tunes with The Architects spin on them. This proves to be their best work to date.
Their album was available in 1985, also available on cassette & now on CD. It sold well in the States especially in Los Angeles. The Album was first released in Germany & imported to the States, many people thought they were a German band.
Written with Master Guitarist Greg Leon Carl & Greg weave heavy rock riffs with great pop melodies.
Razu were a rock band from Alhambra California, playing the L.A. music scene 1976-1980. Playing Gazzarri's, The Troubadour, the Whiskey, The Starwood and the So.Cal college frat scene, Razu consisting of Chris Eads, Bob Loza, Thom Santee & Carl ELizondo made a large name for themselves in a short time until the band-mates drifted apart which led to the demise of the band. PLAY THESE MEMORIES VERY LOUD FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT!
Heroes in Love were an 80's rock band from Los Angeles consisting of some of the finest musicians around. Their lyrics and composing of music is what drew a spotlight to the band and brought them to the forefront of the music scene. After years of dead ends & non-returned calls, the boys decided to call it a day.
Rick Anthony, Bob Loza, Carl Elizondo Ruben Reza, Bob Robles - these are, Heroes In Love
voted # 10 from The Reno Gazette Journal Newspaper- Best of 2013 local music scene
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" At Her Majesty's Command We Present:"
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