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Baltimore, MD
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Portrait of The Conflict

Diverse. Dynamic. Contemporary. These words not only describe The Conflict, but also the south Texas city that the band calls home. Just as San Antonio modernizes while clinging to its roots, so The Conflict delivers a decidedly modern rock sound while maintaining a fondness for classic rock and pop sensibilities. Electrifying audiences together for just over one year, the band has become a fixture on the San Antonio club circuit thanks to its plentiful hooks and confident stage presence. Energetic drumming, engaging harmonies, cutting bass melodies and fiery blues-based guitar solos are all pieces of the rock and roll puzzle that fall seamlessly into place for the members of The Conflict, local scene veterans whose previous outfits shared stages with such notable acts as Everclear, Plain White T’s and Mae. The Conflict is vocalist/guitarist Javier Padilla, guitarist/background vocalist David Neff, drummer Mark Gray and bassist Jas Sawyer. The band attends services in the church of its idols without ever groveling at the altar: The songs on the independently-released debut album Freeway Songs are as influenced by modern-day rock mainstays like Foo Fighters, Green Day and Jimmy Eat World as they are by classic rock giants as disparate as Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin and the Clash (“I was raised on Marley, Lennon and Strummer,” elucidates Padilla in “One Night Lover”). Padilla’s lyrics run the gamut from insightful to clever, confessional to sarcastic, and the disc demonstrates the band’s versatility, musicianship and potential from the opening breath of “Midnight Blues” to the reggae-tinged bridge of “The Wrong Road” to the final cello chord on the album-closing ballad “The World Will Knock You Down.” Highlights from the band’s past year of hard work include airplay of “Burning You” on San Antonio’s 99.5 KISS FM; a successful shoot with Alternative Press photographer Matthew Alvarado; an interview with San Antonio newsweekly 210SA; and a spot at the halfway point of San Antonio’s inaugural Rock N’ Roll Marathon, headlined by '80s rock icons The Cult. Hitting number eight (number one in Texas) on AOL Music’s Rock chart in June 2008 with “Belladonna” and filling opening slots for Kris Roe of the Ataris, Vallejo, The Dollyrots and friends Blowing Trees – not to mention filling San Antonio’s renowned White Rabbit themselves for the "Freeway Songs" album release party – haven’t hurt the band’s feelings about the future either. Highly talented and even more motivated, The Conflict is already hard at work writing what Padilla muses will be a "more organic, riff-based rock and roll record.” In addition, the band plans to hit the road for regional tours in the spring and summer of 2009. Determined to be more than what has become the prototypical black t-shirt-clad modern rock band, The Conflict is a young, smart and driven group of musicians capable of achieving great success in the months and years to come. Booking/Press Inquiries: