By Vanessa Oswald
Niagara Gazette — Alternative rock electronic band Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, also known simply as USS, will be taking over the Rapids Theater on New Year’s Eve to ring in a new year with a celebration unlike any other.
The Toronto area band, consisting of singer-songwriter and guitarist Ash “Boo” Schultz and turntablist and hype man Jason “Human Kebab” Parsons, have visited Niagara Falls in the past and say they always enjoy the area because of all the loyal fans they have here.
“USS Approved” was the latest EP the band released in 2011. They will most likely be playing some new material at the New Year’s show, since they just released their first single from their forthcoming EP, which is due out before winter’s end, says Parsons.
Parsons answered a few questions about the band the upcoming show:
QUESTION: How did you guys come up with the name Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker?
ANSWER: Ash was the individual who actually came up with the name. Basically ubiquitous means “everywhere,” synergy means “togetherness” and seeker means “trying to find it,” and that was the original intention. That is what it still encompasses and what we still aspire to spread around the globe and as people. At times the name has been sort of the bane of our existence because with radio we’ve heard DJs struggle with it in interviews and all that stuff. But I mean with the quirkiness of who we are as people, our music, and how we interact with fans and friends, and everybody’s lives, it’s so fitting.
Q: Are you excited to play here in Niagara Falls on New Year’s Eve?
A: 100%. We love playing Western New York. We’ve built up a pretty substantial fan base with Buffalo alone just from the 102.1 The Edge signal broadcasting over the lake from the CN Tower. Everytime we come down to Buffalo everybody is like ‘You have to come down here more often. They should play you down here on our Edge, but they don’t!
Q: What would you say makes your band unlike any other band out there right now?
A: I think that it’s because in our act you have singer-songwriter, acoustic guitar and then you have a DJ, turntablist, hypeman, so on record because of the electronic DJ elements we can incorporate sounds that you wouldn’t necessarily hear in other modern rock bands. We sort of treat the live show like just a giant explosive party. Basically on New Year’s and what sets us apart from other bands is that our show is like a motivational seminar, an anarchist rally and an aerobics class all wrapped in one.
Q: Are you guys working on any new music and if so, how would you describe it?
A: We’re debuting a new song in Toronto soon and hopefully we’ll bring it to Niagara Falls. I think you could say we’re on song two of an EP, but to be honest we should have it all done by the winter. It’s basically like ‘Approved’ plugged into a really loud guitar amplifier, but the amplifier is used as the speakers at a nightclub.
Q: If you could pick any other job to do other than being U.S.S. what would you want to do?
A: Personally I would love to jump into warzone journalism. Yeah, I’d love to be on the front lines. Even in our travels as a band, like when we went to India, you get a taste for what the underbelly of the Earth is like. I just like hanging out with regular people who are from the other side of the world, but if your energy is in the right place and you have the right sort of personality, the amount of information and stories you can get out of the average citizen in Singapore, India, Mexico, United States, Germany, whatever, you multiply by that times a hundred with a camera and a passport and a ticket into like the Congo, just like the side of the world that you could see that you’d be brave enough to report their stories, that’s the most fascinating profession to me.IF YOU GO • WHAT: New Year's Eve party with Toronto's USS • WHEN: 9 p.m. Dec. 31 • WHERE: Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls • TICKETS: $10 advance, $20 day of show