Decoding for a Good Cause

2 May

Alright! We finally begin the devoted new band profile binge that I have been discussing for the past two weeks. And what a great way to kick it off with an alt/rock band that is using its late 90s throwback style to promote a good cause throughout May. Let’s talk about the band first and then we will go into what they are doing.

Decoded was born from a chance encounter between singer/guitarist Derek Jordan and producer Davey Julson-Rieley. Rieley has done mixes for a whole slew of bands including Dropkick Murphy’s, Skillet, Rise Against, and LCD Soundsystem. They put together a project of players, called themselved Decoded and are set to release their debut EP The Split this Spring.

Some of Decoded’s other material is a little rawer and grungier, but this is an excellent example of what solid vocals laid over a poppy alt/rock track can do. The reason I label “Open Season” and Decoded as a late 90s throwback is because this type of compact and precise alternative music latched on and engaged a whole scene for a few years. The song begins with a light riff over a heavy guitar, accentuating the riff which ensnares the listener. Jordan’s voice effortlessly sounds over the verse leading into a chorus rich with vocal swings and harmonies which fall almost immediately back into the verse. The fills during the verse – collapsing drums and firm electric – are excellent and the competent bass carries the verses with ease. After the third chorus, Decoded plays with the listener and toggles the audio in dueling guitars manner – which I like – and I love the end because it teases the verse. Great piece.

So what is Decoded doing that I find honorable? They are taking their residency at AMPLYFi in Los Angeles and sponsoring a campaign called Rock For A Difference Los Angeles! Every Thursday in May the band will share the stage with other acts in order to sponsor a different non-profit organization a night. It is charitable and a great use of a residency! Do you live in Los Angeles? Get out to one of these shows!

Here’s a list of the Los Angeles organizations that will be featured and on what dates:
May 3rd – Ace of Hearts –
May 10th – Create Now! –
May 17th – Coalition for Clean Air –
May 24th – HeARTS Giving Hope –
May 31st – Rent.Food.Broke. –

For more information on the band and Rock For a Difference check out the band’s:




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