With their debut LP Moonfire, Sydney’s five piece Boy & Bear won an astonishing five awards at 2011’s ARIA awards, including the coveted group and best album prizes for their acclaimed debut –Album Of The Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Album, Breakthrough Single and Best Adult Contemporary Album.
On October 29, the band will release their sophomore effort and Nettwerk debut Harlequin Dream. Conceived and ‘birthed’ in their hometown of Sydney, their bold and brave new album was recorded at the legendary Alberts Studio and mixed by Phil Ek (Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, The Shins, Sea Wolf, The Walkmen, Father John Misty).
The Pack A.D. is all things snarl, piss, vinegar, venom and vitriol – and expect nothing less when they head to the studios with famed Detroit producer Jim Diamond (Electric Six, The White Stripes, The Mooney Suzuki) for their forthcoming Nettwerk debut (Winter 2014).
Comprised of drummer Maya Miller and belligerent guitarist/vocalist Becky Black, The Pack A.D. is an epically fierce explosion of punk, psych- and garage rock. The revered duo formed in 2006 and established themselves as an integral part of Canada’s soundscape with the releases of Tintype (2007), Funeral Mixtape (2008) and We Kill Computers (2010). For their last output, Unpersons (2011), they teamed up with Diamond, earning a 2013 Juno nomination in the category of “Breakthrough Group Of The Year.”
With their self-titled debut EP and follow-up EP Modern Tongues, Ghost Beach has set the Internet ablaze with consistent number ones on Hype Machine. Formed in 2012, the duo of Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn have perfected a blend of retro and futuristic soaring synth pop that can best be described as Tropical Grit Pop. With upbeat anthems and a preference for '80s synth, the band left their mark at this 2013’s SXSW Music & Arts Festival, performing at several showcases - Pandora’s Discover Den, Neon Gold and All Things Go + Indie Shuffle - alongside artists like The 1975, Robert DeLong, The Neighbourhood and Youngblood Hawke.
In song, Lily Kershaw is an old soul, but in person, she's a kinetic 22 year-old. She's ebullient and lively, quick with a joke and an infectious smile. Raised adjacent to the Hollywood machine, Kershaw offers an antidote to the long-mythologized Los Angeles glitz; she's authentic, and honest, self-effacing and, above all, she is herself. She feels the weight of the world, but through song, she wears it as an emblem of who she is. Like the day-glow dreams of Los Angeles noir, she reveals the darkness that coexists with sunshine.
The Los Angeles-based, indie outfit Run River North (formerly known as Monsters Calling Home) has joined the Nettwerk family. In 2011, the six-piece released an “accidental” demo, a last-minute promotional piece to sell on tour. With only the unplanned demo, Run River North has seen extraordinary buzz, including a booking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! In 2012, the band recorded and filmed a music video for “Fight To Keep” in their Hondas. Unable to afford a studio space at the time, the sextet switched off playing instruments inside the cramped interiors of their Honda Fit, Accord and CRV. Once uploaded, the video experiment ran an upward viral course to the Honda offices. Under the pretense of thanking the band, Honda invited them to perform in front 600 of their executives.
Innovative, provocative, groundbreaking and fearless – the world’s only artist to record with both Guyanese rapper Saukrates and indie rock band Broken Social Scene – k-os released the Joyful Rebellion in 2004, featuring standout tracks “Crabbuckit,” “Man I Used to Be” and “B-Boy Stance.” Almost a decade later, k-os is twice platinum, toured with Drake, recorded with The Chemical Brothers, won a Source award, won multiple JUNO and Much Music Video Awards (with a staggering combined 34 nominations!) and was a 2005 Grammy nominee.
Who is Dispatch? Answer: One of the biggest independent rock bands in history.
“We’ve been called the biggest band nobody’s ever heard of,” says Brad Corrigan, one of Dispatch’s three singers and multi-instrumentalists. "People either know everything about us or they know nothing. There never seems to be any middle ground."
Members Corrigan, Chad Stokes and Pete Francis met at Middlebury College in Vermont in the early ‘90s. By 1996, they released their debut album, an acoustic-driven folk-pop affair called Silent Steeples, on their own Bomber Records label, followed by 1998’s reggae-flavored Bang Bang.
Chad Stokes of State Radio & Dispatch embarks on his first solo outing under the moniker Chadwick Stokes. The solo project, titled Simmerkane II is inspired by Stoke’s train jumping adventures across the US, a metaphoric diary of the sights and sounds discovered on his travels. Produced by John Dragonetti (The Submarines), Simmerkane II features collaborations with friends and heroes – Carly Simon, Blake Hazard (The Submarines), Matt Embree (RX Bandits), The White Buffalo (aka Jake Smith) and aforementioned Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.
Chosen as one of NPR Music’s "10 Artists You Should've Known in 2012," Brooklyn-based Savoir Adore combines melodic indie pop with dramatic narratives, Savoir Adore is “musically and lyrically brave” (NME).
Formed in 2007, the fantasy pop-duo of Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro has become a fixture of Brooklyn’s indie scene. Following the release of The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and the Girl with Animals in Her Throat and 2009’s In The Wooded Forest, the New York music press embraced the fantastic self-released Our Nature. In 2013, Nettwerk will re-release the album with new, previously unreleased tracks.
With their debut EP Woodland and follow-up EP Young North, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites melds earthy instrumentals to create a perfect backdrop for the band’s harmonies. The standout tracks from Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 5 million combined YouTube views. 5 track EP Young North was co-produced by ARIA Award winning Producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, Josh Pyke, Silverchair) and the band at Melbourne’s Sing-Sing Studio and was mixed at Sydney’s Albert’s Studio.