About First Things First:
It pays off to spend countless hours networking and befriending others in the music industry, especially if you’re confident that you have something exceptional to offer. First Things First has done just that and it’s put them ahead of the game as they continue to dominate the local scene, headlining almost every show they play. Rising from the city of Brotherly Love’s fading music scene, First Things First has moved forward at a faster rate than any other band in the area with their influence dominating the social networks.
The band is made up of Stephen Schriner, Steve York, Vincent Cappello & Chris Guglielmi. Recorded in January 2011 by musical guru Brooks Paschal (Go Radio, VersaEmerge, There for Tomorrow and States), their ridiculously catchy EP “The Brighter Side” emerged in March of 2011 and provided for a memorable anthem of summer pop-punk tunes.
With endorsements through SJC Custom Drums, Clear Tune Monitors, Telefunken Microphones and Eloquent Creative Custom Stage Art as well as having toured New England twice, the Midwest and all over the greater Philadelphia region, First Things First has accomplished more in one year of being together than most bands do in three due to hard work, dedication and loyalty to their art.
Collectively influenced by the pop-punk masters who have gone before them such as Blink 182, The Starting Line, New Found Glory, Green Day and Yellowcard, First Things First is on the path to earning their place with the greats. Their distinctiveness sets them apart from other pop-punk bands.
In a world filled with obstacles, challenges and tragedies, First Things First hopes to lift spirits through their fun-loving carefree jams and remind folks that life isn’t as bad as they may think.
The biggest reason I am a die-hard Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, is my friend and my boss, Mr. Bret Michaels. He is the biggest Skynyrd fan I know (personally, that is) in addition to being frynds with the guys in Skynyrd. Anyway, Bret touring with Skynyrd in 2010, opened the floodgates for me personally in everything Skynyrd – I’ve gotten a lot (not all, yet) of the music, read a few books and scoured the Internet for old photos and information about Skynyrd and their music. My roommate will tell you I’m obsessed, but I love Skynyrd’s music and listen to it everyday.
This summer, Bret is releasing an album with lots of special guests on it. Today, two digital singles became available on iTunes, one of which is Bret’s version of Sweet Home Alabama. I am a fan first, so I don’t like to bring my job to this board, but I really dig this version of Sweet Home Alabama. It’s different from the original. I ain’t gonna lie, my favorite parts of the song are the parts the Rickey Medlocke and Gary Rossington play on their guitars and that Peter Keys and Bobby Capps are on the tune as well. I love this version, it’s not the original, but I do love it.
I have had the chance to listen to it for quite a while, but I am very excited that the world gets to hear it.
It is on iTunes today, other services will follow, hard copy CDs later this summer.