Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Thank You!

Hey guys,

We just wanted to thank everyone for their kind notes and well wishes, and for re-posting the bulletins. It has been a really tough few days for all of us... but the outpouring of love and support from you guys has been incredible!! We want you to know how much we truly appreciate your kindness. Still no news, but we are still offering a $5000 REWARD for any information that leads to the return of our stolen items.

In case you haven't already heard, our van was broken in to in Minneapolis. We stopped for lunch on our way to one of two cancer charity events this week, and when we came out someone had broken in and stolen all of our personal items. Everything from laptops, to cameras, wallets, visas and passports, purses, keys, basically everything you would bring on a carry on. Its not the cost of replacing ,as much as the pictures, and personal items that cant be replaced.

On a kind of cool note, Mark got swept up in a helicopter after our show at the Deer Creek Speedway tonight!!! He had to get to the airport for the last flight out, and the only way he could make it to the airport was to hop on a helicopter!!! It was quite a sight!! We shot video, and will put it up on YouTube as soon as we can....

Thanks again for your love and support!!!
xxx Almost Amy xxx

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Please Help!

Our van was broken into in Minneapolis!! :( $5000.00 REWARD offered to anyone with information leading to the return of our stuff.

We flew into Minnesota Saturday morning for some upcoming shows at Cancer Charities over the next week. We had a 2 hour drive ahead of us, so we decided to stop for lunch before the drive at Outback Steakhouse in Minneapolis. While inside eating, our band van was broken into and they took all of our personal items. Everything from Passports and Visas, wallets, IDs, laptops, ipods, cell phones, Emily's purse, cameras etc.

We are offering a $5000.00 reward for information leading to the return of our stuff... NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!! We just want our personal items back.

ABC news is airing a national news story about it. Click here to view.

Thanks for your help...
Almost Amy

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Upcoming News !

Hey Everyone- our Minnesota shows are this week and we are all super excited. Both shows are for an amazing cause and we hope to see you all there! Harry, Sam and Emily all arrived in Minneapolis today from London and are now "official" with Work Visas!!! After the shows this week it is back to LA for DWTS Season 7 and the making of our record for Hollywood!!!!

Mark, Derek, Sam, Emily & Harry

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Getting To Know Sam Marder

A feature on Sam Marder, so fans of Almost Amy can get to know him a little better

L2DBlog: Where were you born?

Sam: I was born in Chichester, Sussex, South England.

L2DBlog: When did you first start playing instruments, singing and/or performing?

Sam: I started playing brass instruments at school at the age of about 7 I think, I was always involved in my schools concerts and productions up to to my teens. I started playing bass guitar at 14, I really fell in love with the instrument and instantly made it the most important thing in my life. I have been gigging and working hard ever since.

L2DBlog: How/when did you meet the other band members?

Sam: I got a phone call randomly from Derek when I was about 16, probably one of the first time's I had even spoken to someone with an American accent! He explained to me that he and Mark had rung up my music college (ACM) asking for a good bass player to play for Almost Amy, and they were given my number. I travelled up to london to check it out, met Derek first and than Mark turned up shortly after with his horrendously long big hair-do he had at the time. We jammed together and really kicked it off and I've played for Almost Amy ever since. I met Harry last summer and instantly had the type of connection a great rhythm section should have, and meeting Emily came just a few weeks later. Emily and I were both happy to find another half Chinese Brit with exactly the same chicken pox scar on our nose! strange huh?

L2DBlog: What has been your favorite vacation ?

Sam: A school ski trip to the Austrian Alps when I was 15. It was my first time skiing and being with that much snow! Being a hyper kid on holiday with a huge bus full of other hyper kids in a snowy environment without your parents like that is unbeatable. A absoloutely brillant week!

L2DBlog: What do you miss the most about London?

Sam : Well, my home is actually about an hour or so from London, and is an awful lot greener! I come from a small village in the countryside. I miss walking my dog with my girlfriend, and having draught cider in a English pub. Obviously I miss my parents and all my friends too, but I cant wait to show them what LA life is like for me!

L2DBlog: What is your favorite thing about LA/the US?

Sam: The rock and roll culture of the city is the best. Its the dream place for a young musician from the UK to make it too. I hope I never lose the excitement I have when I see the Morrison hotel gallery or the Guitar Center that Slash visits on Sunset.

L2DBlog: What is your favorite Almost Amy song and why?

Sam: My favourite Almost Amy song is a new one called waterworx, I think thats how we're going to spell it! It rocks and grooves so well, and I've been singing it to myself for weeks! It's one of those songs that evolved really quickly, and I think they're the best ones.

L2DBlog: Who are your favorite bands/musicians?

Sam: My favourite bands are Doves, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Jamiroquai, Radiohead, Mars Volta, The Streets, and so many more bands, I wont go on any further! My favourite bass players are James Jamerson, Jaco Pastorius and Jamiroquai's Stuart Zender.

L2DBlog: What are your favorite movies?

Sam: My favourite movies are Shawshank Redemption, Saving Private Ryan, Angus!! and Pulp Fiction.

L2DBlog: What is your favorite book?

Sam: I'll be honest now and say I dont really read any book books. So I'll have to say James Jamerson's signature bass licks or the best of Red Hot Chili Peppers play along bass book!

L2DBlog: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Sam: Jam and have some drinks with friends is probably my favourite thing to do. I love spending time with my girlfriend and I also love playing videogames.

L2DBlog: What is your favorite food(s)?

Sam: Coming from a Chinese house where I eat lots of rice based dishes, I really love having a well cooked roast dinner, turkey, lamb or beef, they're all good! Nothing beats it. I like Shepards pie and my mums Chickpea Curry. My favourite take out food is Mexican or Indian food, I'm into my spicy chilli's!

L2DBlog: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Sam: Hopefully still living the dream!!!

L2DBlog would like to say a HUGE thank-you to Sam for taking time to answer these questions !! He is extemely talented and a very nice guy too !