Still Eighteen is a unique and exciting alternative rock band consisting of Canadian rockers: Samantha, Joey and Karen.
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Still Eighteen is not your average alternative rock band. Consisting of a mother, father and daughter; this trio and their hard hitting, unique brand of infectious rock conjure up the image of a parallel universe in which Jack and Meg White had a badass baby who grew up to accompany her parents on bass.
The members of Still Eighteen consider themselves to be non-conformists and questioners of the status quo. This attitude is reflected in their debut EP, “Bullets to Dust”. The songs in the EP provoke us to ask questions of ourselves and society. The band's intention with the “Bullets to Dust” EP is to inspire hope and change in a world that desperately needs it.
Joey (lead-singer/guitar) has been a musician all his life and has fronted numerous bands, including Canadian bands; Platinum Blonde and Trixie Goes Hollywood. His years of experience are obvious in the talent, passion and professionalism he brings to his songwriting and performance abilities.
Karen met Joey at a gig one night. She was a bright-eyed teenager who instantly knew that Joey was the one. She followed him from gig to gig until she finally caught his attention. Joey knew Karen was the one as well and the two were married a few years later and eventually had their beautiful baby girl, Samantha.
Joey and Karen had always dreamt of one day living on the tropical island of Dominican Republic. The two of them had been there on vacation while in their twenties, exploring the island on rusty, rented motorcycles, and having the absolute time of their lives.
With a mix of excitement and trepidation, Karen and Joey made the decision to live out their dream. Selling nearly everything they owned, they moved with their young daughter to the Dominican Republic and settled in a small town that had become a well-known kitesurfing destination, which was and still is the Ciotti's favorite sport!
This life-changing move had a profound effect on the whole family. "It really expanded our worldview and the way we saw life. In addition to the immense beauty of the island and the incredibly friendly people, we couldn't turn a blind eye to the poverty, social injustice and environmental degradation that we witnessed.” These new insights ignited Joey's creative inspiration and his songwriting flourished.
Samantha, expectedly caught the music bug, and started an all girl rock band at the age of eight. Her band “Crush” would regularly open up for Joey’s band on the island.
Then Samantha started playing bass and writing songs in her pre-teens and would often jam with Joey. They began writing songs together and co-wrote Still Eighteen’s debut EP, “Bullets to Dust”, and most of Still Eighteen’s new unreleased music!
In the meantime, Karen’s many years of exposure to the music world throughout Joey’s music career, and now it being her daughter's passion, was the catalyst for Karen becoming a serious drummer.
Still Eighteen was born!
The band is busy writing and recording and they are excited to release their new music soon!
“We hope you enjoy the music – ROCK ON!”
“Music has been my dream since I was 4 years old, and I have been following the ups and downs of it ever since. But now music has a new significance for me… I remember seeing Mick Jagger on TV in his studio, singing with his daughter and I thought, I want to do that. I want to be in a band with my daughter. Samantha was only a small child at the time but I held onto the vision, and here I am in Still Eighteen with my precious daughter and my amazing wife too!”
“When I was younger, I never really fit in with kids my age. I went to an International school for the first seven years of living in the Dominican Republic, and I was bullied a lot. Then at thirteen I had to wear a back brace to school every day for my scoliosis, and the bullying got to the point that I decided to switch to online schooling. This proved to be a blessing in disguise, as it gave me the time to write music and hone my craft. My dream is for Still Eighteen’s music to make a positive impact and that our band will inspire people to pursue their own dreams, no matter their age.”
“In my previous business career, I had the opportunity to develop relationships with thousands of successful professionals, and it was so surprising to me how many of them weren’t truly happy, even though they had already achieved so much. This motivated me to try and live the most meaningful, fulfilling, and adventurous life possible. To have the opportunity to be in this band with my best friends in the world; Joey and Samantha, is a dream.”
Still Eighteen would like to honor the “We stand together #WithRefugees” movement by offering their debut EP, "Bullets to Dust" for free download until the end of June 2018. The lead song on the EP, "Bullets & Dust" was inspired by the plight of refugees.
World Refugee Day on Wednesday June 20th is an expression of solidarity with the over 65 million people who have been uprooted from their homes by war or persecution. The time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees. To do this, the UN Refugee Agency launched the #WithRefugeespetition in June 2016 to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.
The UN Secretary-General reminds us that “the root problems are war and hatred, not people who flee...” It is the band’s hope that this thought-provoking 4-song EP will inspire us all to ask questions of ourselves and humanity and take action to overcome the barriers that have prevented lasting peace on our planet.
Still Eighteen thanks AMS ITALIA for their press release regarding the band's upcoming performances in Italy!
Still Eighteen is excited to perform in Rome, Italy for the first time at the very hip and cool, Yellow Bar! Details
Still Eighteen is off to Italy to perform again at the beautiful Hard Rock Cafe in the historic city of Florence, Italy!
Still Eighteen is interviewed on Lax 102.1 FM Santo Domingo!
Still Eighteen is featured in the Dominican Republic's English language newspaper, Dominican Today!
Still Eighteen is interviewed by Indie Hoy; one of Latin America's premier music blogs!
Still Eighteen releases their new music video for their song Bullets & Dust from their debut EP, Bullets to Dust!
Still Eighteen's music video for their song Bullets & Dust is premiered on Canadian Beats!
Still Eighteen rockin' it out at Hard Rock Hotel!
Still Eighteen performs in the historic city of Florence, Italy at the beautiful Hard Rock Cafe!
Still Eighteen's Karen and Samantha are interviewed on Italian radio station "Lady Radio" 102.1 in Florence, Italy for the band's show at Hard Rock Cafe, Florence!
Still Eighteen's debut EP Bullets to Dust now being played on Italian radio station Radio Mugello 99fm!
Still Eighteen performed their lead single "Bullets & Dust" from their debut EP "Bullets to Dust" live for the first time at Hard Rock Hotel!
Still Eighteen performs in Santo Domingo, D.R. at the bar for real rock lovers, Caciba!
Still Eighteen is interviewed on radio X 102.1 FM!
Still Eighteen's songs Bullets & Dust and Pretty Thing from their debut EP Bullets to Dust are now being played on radio stations Escape 88.9, La Rocka FM 97.1 and X 102.1 FM, CFBX, and The Next Big Thing Radio Show!
Still Eighteen performs in beautiful Samana Bay, Dominican Republic -- the breeding ground of the Humpback Whale to perform at Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo!
Still Eighteen is featured in 7th place on Emerging Indie Band's list of top bands for 2017!
Still Eighteen's songs, "Bullets & Dust", "Pretty Thing" and "The World Keep's Turning" from their debut EP "Bullets to Dust" has now been added to the rotation on Hot Wax Radio!
Still Eighteen's lead single "Bullets & Dust" is being played at 94.9 The Rock!
Still Eighteen's debut EP "Bullets to Dust" is added to the rotation at Wolf Internet Radio!
Still Eighteen's debut EP "Bullets to Dust" is featured on UK's music blog, The 'Spill for their "Sounds on Sunday" segment!
Still Eighteen is "Readers' Choice" for "Band of the Month" for their debut EP,
"Bullets to Dust" on UK's Emerging Indie Bands Blog!
Still Eighteen's song "Pretty Thing" from their debut EP, "Bullets to Dust" is on Hype Machine!
Still Eighteen's debut EP, "Bullets to Dust" is included in Pause & Play's list of new releases! Entertainment Weekly named Pause & Play one of “the 100 greatest Web sites”!
Still Eighteen is featured as an Up 'N' Coming band in Pete's Rock News and Views!
Still Eighteen's debut EP, "Bullets to Dust" is reviewed by Emerging Indie Bands Blog:
"The Dominican Republic based Canadian originating protest-rock trio Still Eighteen are set to release their début EP Bullets To Dust on the 9th of December...
Still Eighteen are able to fulminate against a system of geo-political rectitude whilst becoming neither belligerent nor pleading as the bluesy-rock guitar echoes across the room to accompaniment of punctuated drum skins whilst punctilious bass lays with burnished vocal as the music spirals around the room and delivers sounds of incredulity that the world has become one of tribal in-fighting promulgated by those with no vested interest other than for their own amusement and betterment on the skeletons of those they abuse.
From the four track release the opener – and my pick of the EP – also the title – Bullets To Dust."