West Babylon, NY (Top40 Charts/ Two Cent Sam Official Website)
Not only does Two Cent Sam lead singer Michael Loguidice know how to rock a microphone, he also knows what it's like to defend his country - having seen some of the worst of what the world has to offer and being fortunate to have lived to come home to tell about it. His time in the United States Air Force not only helped shape his world view and focus his moral compass, it served as quite a muse for the five years he spent in service.
These years of notepad scribbling and poetic writings he kept have been slowly merging with the incessant melodies in his head to form some truly eclectic and impressive songs with his band Two Cent Sam, which were compiled first in their 2009 EP "Give And Take World" and now again with "Songs From The Sandbox" which was recently recorded at The Music
Palace of West Hempstead, NY with Mic Angelo
(Michael Bona, Public Enemy), and mastered at Avatar Studios under Fred Kevorkian (The White Stripes, Dave Matthews
British writer Tom Brumpton wrote of the band, "With highlight tracks including the outstanding, upbeat aplomb of '20 To 12', the multi-faceted uproar of 'Warcry' and The Killers-esque 'Wasting Away', the band succeed in creating an album rich in luscious melodies and clever musicianship that is destined to resonate with the ardent music lover worldwide"
In knowing Michael's military past, one song in particular stands out from the rest, Memo 32. While listening to the lyrics "desert sand smoking, there's the blood that leaks away for revolution, that we've been using, on your mark get set go, you're not the only one who's asking questions, pay no attention" one can't help but notice a fire still burning inside this former soldier.
"At the time when we were making the album I had felt the music was really good (for Memo 32) but a meaning for the song eluded me," Michael explained. "That same day, Egypt had a revolution bringing back the whole Iraq 'Sandbox' experience for me - and so I just started writing the words which came right out. When I was in Iraq we were all really just wondering what the hell we are doing there. So, then coming back and seeing the Egypt situation it became obvious to me that if there's going to be revolution in a country, it has got to be made 'by the people for the people' not injected like a B12 shot".
Recently performing high profile shows at Hard Rock Café for WPLJ, at Ollies Point/Revolution opening for James
McCartney (son of Sir Paul himself) and at The Bamboozle Festival in NJ, being interviewed on WRHU and WCWP Radio
and garnering features on RockNRollView.com, ReverbNation.com among others, this buzz band is truly making an impact on today's musical landscape in 2012.
Look for them performing all over the tri state area over the next few months including stops at Gramercy Theatre in NYC (August 9th) and at festivals such as the East End Green Fest (September 15th) and the Babylon Town Festival (September 16th)
For more information on Two Cent Sam, please visit http://www.twocentsam.com