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The Memorials were spearheaded by Bay Area drumming prodigy, Thomas Pridgen, in December of 2009. After a few years performing with The Mars Volta, Thomas turned his attention to forming his own group, incorporating a range of styles as diverse as the experiences of the bands members. Instead of becoming another rock bands’ heartbeat, the focus was to collaborate with proficient musicians whom Thomas felt would fill a void he has heard in rock music throughout his life. Thomas reached out to friends and former students of the esteemed Berklee College of Music, Viveca Hawkins (vocals), and Nick Brewer (guitars), to join him in his newest endeavor. Recording with his friend’s yielded a family vibe that enabled a comfortable yet intense recording process. The groups’ assets were rounded out with the addition of a bass, organ, synthesizers, and multiple percussive elements. Thomas describes The Memorials’ first record as:
“For me it was important to put a band together with my friends, and ya know, the record is a rollercoaster. Some songs are hard, but will make you cry by the end....”
The aura of the recording sessions, and Thomas’ vision for the group, are reflected in the views of the bands members. Viveca Hawkins glows when speaking of the project:

“We have totally made this project out of love…This album is made of the best of us, we put our hearts and souls into this.”
The passion and intensity of the recording sessions is audible on The Memorials debut effort, as they combine a vast array of sounds atop Thomas and Nick’s compositions. Nick’s sprawling guitars and Thomas’ thick drums serve as the core of the sound, while Viveca’s voice brings it together perfectly. The end music is intelligent and calculated, exhibiting certain pop sensibilities within the scope of songs that rock out. The compositions highlight each musician’s incredible talent, while creating textured tracks that feel like vignettes of a band finding their stride.


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The Memorials -  Water guns,Bar bq, and Hot Chocolate Summer Tour

7/27 San Francisco, CA  Brick and Mortar

7/29 Los Angeles        Troubadour

7/31 Las Vegas, NV      Bunkhouse Saloon

8/2  Albuquerque, NM    Warehouse 508

8/4  Denton, TX         Hailey’s

8/7  Austin, TX         Red 7

8/8  San Antonio, TX    502 Bar

8/9  Houston, TX        Fitzgerald’s

8/10 New Orleans, LA    Siberia

8/11 Mobile, Al         Soul Kitchen Music Hall

8/13 Atlanta, GA        SMITH’S OLDE BAR

8/14 Memphis, TN        The Rumba Room

8/15 Nashville, TN      The End

8/18 Raleigh, NC        The Black Flower

8/19 Virgina Beach, VA  Shaka’s

8/20 Vienna, VA         Jammin Java

8/23 Philadelphia, PA   The Blockley

8/24 Harrisburg, PA     HMAC

8/26 New York, NY       Afro-Punk Festival

8/28 Worcester, MA      Ralph’s Diner

8/31 Stamford, CT       Seaside Tavern

9/1  Boston, MA         Middle East Upstairs

9/4  Rochester, NY      Bug Jar

9/6  Jamestown, NY      Mojo’s

9/8  Erie, PA           Crooked I

9/9  Cleveland, OH      Grog Shop

9/11 Columbus, OH       Skully’s

9/12 Fort Wayne, IN     Tiger Room

9/13 Louisville, KY     Zazoo’s Bar and Grill

9/15 Chicago, IL        Double Door

9/18 Wichita, KS        Barleycorns

9/19 Denver, CO         The Oriental Theater

9/22 Eugene, OR         Diablo’s Downtown Lounge

9/23 Reno, NV           The Alley

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At 11:47pm on August 30, 2012, Jaszmine Asha Hawkins said…

Hey you guys I am a HUGE fan, if you get the time check out my art I would LOVE to know what you guys think.. Peace

At 9:52am on April 18, 2012, Djae Aroni said…

Hey man.

Thank you for the kind words dude, the support and encouragement means a lot; it's really lovely how people can be that supportive :)

Loving the music by the way, very rad. Hope fully 'The Memorials' and Crystal Axis will get a chance to jam together in the future, fingers crossed :)

Tc buddy, keep in touch!

At 2:24pm on March 8, 2012, Anise said…

Me encanta su musica :o)

At 3:55pm on March 5, 2012, Suspect One said…

Awesome Music!

At 1:54pm on February 15, 2012, Lenora Smith said…

GTFOMF is <3!

At 11:46pm on September 21, 2011, Richard Cole said…
Thanks for the add. Still hoping to catch you live. West Coast Yes! is stuck in my head too. Peace & Love.
At 1:13pm on September 20, 2011, Jarrett said…
as a southern boy, I seriously can NOT get enough of "West Coast, Yes!" That is a GREAT song. I smile every time I listen to it. Keep up the great work guys. Cant wait to hear what you got coming next.
At 7:11pm on August 10, 2011, Estee Denise 'Nisey' Ratliff said…
You guys ROCK! I missed your last show! Come back to Philly dammit! :-D
At 12:18pm on August 10, 2011, Antjuan Oden said…

Werd! Damn i missed the Bay area show! come back!!


At 9:32pm on May 29, 2011, Chenoa Stroud said…
"West Coast" is stuck in my head O_O


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