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    Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:32:50

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. The Expendables Raul Bianchi - No, it's not the Sly Stallone film! [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    Today's Take Aim opponent is The Expendables' Raul Bianchi.

    No, they have nada to do with the Sylvester Stallone film franchise. They just rock.

    Twitter-size your bio -- your choice of 140 words or characters, if you want to get technical-- and tell us everything we need to know! GO!

    Childhood friends from a small surf town in Santa Cruz CA who fell ass backwards into playing music for a living and love all genres of music that has shaped a unique sound that blends everything from rock, reggae, metal, blues, jazz, surf, ska, country and everything in between.

    If you were not doing music, you would be...

    Miserable. It's the only thing I could see myself doing for a living. I'd probably be working as a CPA or a closed captioning technician for an adult film company.

    Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?

    Nope. I'm pretty pathetic in most aspects of life. Music is my hobby and my talent. Although I love to run, ride my bike, and have recently gotten back into surfing.

    Pick ONE song on your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?

    The first thing that popped in my head was when we were recording a song called 'Minimum Wage' off of our self-titled album. It was the last day of recording and I had been trying to record the guitar solo for well over two hours. I just couldn't do anything I liked. I got so frustrated that I threw my guitar all the way across the studio. I basically threw a hissy fit and then was incredibly embarrassed on top of being frustrated and angry that I couldn't make my hands do what my brain wanted it to.

    So I took a break and we set up a loop of the solo section on a separate track. I sat there for a couple hours and worked out a guitar solo. Took off my diapers, put on my big boy pants and went back to the studio and finished it.

    It basically changed the way I record to this day. I will never spend more than 20-30 minutes on part or section of a song. If it's not ready, I can't force it and need to move on and go back and work on it until it's ready. That's why we also put a lot of work into pre production now and I usually come in with multiple ideas and also leave room for improvisation because sometimes just being creative on the spot yields some incredible results.

    Finish this sentence: The Expendables are the artist that...

    ...You shouldn't leave alone with your......Or we are the artist that puts as much work into writing, rehearsing and recording music as we do having fun playing music, partying, and touring.

    Listen to "Zombies in America" below!

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    —Amy Sciarretto

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