Joanna Gruesome consist of Alanna on vocals, Owen on guitar, Max on bass, George on guitar and Dave on drums. They all met in an anger-management counseling group. During the course they were told that writing, making music, dancing or painting could relieve tension and help reduce feelings of anger. One initiative involved a project where they were assigned a group to compose and perform a song in front of other members. Initially they found each other infuriating but gradually acknowledged their musical chemistry and decided to continue with the band outside the therapy group. Edgy and intense – it's rumored they never rehearse – they pound and pout through violently melodic two-minute songs about satanic rites and psychotic episodes. Real-life rituals and Ouija board sessions they encountered, in a Brighton hotel called Hell House that was frequented by occultists, inspired their debut album, Weird Sister.
Welsh singer-songwriter H.Hawkline is the catchiest thing to emerge from Lundy island since the 2007 Norovirus outbreak. Currently recording his third album, his latest release ‘The Black Domino Box’ EP finds Mr Hawkline in a state of flux. Where as his previous albums A Cup Of Salt and The Strange Uses Of Ox Gall, released on Cardiff's most vital label; Shape, were exercises in Sandy Bull powered finger picking and field recordings, with only a pinch of songwriting, Hawkline has undergone a Dylanesque electrical epiphany, becoming a jangling guitar hero of 1983 to 1996 vintage in the process, simultaneously fully embracing the song. This change is as dramatic as his move to the mainland, (when the island was quarantined) where, after moving to Cardiff, Hawkline makes a living playing shows, presenting an experimental late night radio show, painting and decorating, purveying the graphic arts and providing voiceovers for dubious after hours products.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, progressive singer/songwriter Yoav was interested in music from a young age. An avid songwriter by his teens, Yoav dropped out of college and spent a year in London shopping a demo of his songs around, to little label interest. Then, a call from his cousin, who had passed the demo along to a producer in the United States, brought Yoav to New York City, where he began playing local gigs. Around the same time, Yoav became increasingly influenced by electronic music and the club/dance culture that surrounded it. Looking to infuse his more traditional singer/songwriter compositions with this electronic vibe, Yoav discovered a more rhythmic, percussive way of playing the guitar and began writing music this way. Yoav's music features his own vocals and accompaniment by an acoustic guitar, which he uses to create electronica-style beats with his hands.
Giovanni produces, writes and records his own music. Known as a style virtuoso, he’s had the New York Times compare his vision to the late, great, Alexander McQueen.
In 2006, the Harlem-based, native New Yorker burst onto the performance art scene with his neo-vaudevillian troupe, The Harlem James Gang. Giovanni debuted his singing, dancing and magic creation at NYC hotspot, The Box. Their success headlining the Box lead to touring with John Legend, performing private shows for Madonna, and inspiring top fashion designers with their unbridled, one-of-a-kind presentation.
Today, Giovanni continues to prove that his desires and capabilities as a singer/songwriter are limitless. His new solo project is a window into the obstacles he has overcome as a mixed race, son of a prostitute. The complexity of his upbringing is represented by the vast sonic palette which ranges from 50’s surf rock, gut bucket soul, to the origins of hip hop.
Over the past five years, indie-folk trio Good Old War has captivated countless audiences with their acoustic-driven, sing-along-inspiring live performances. The Philadelphia-based band harnesses the high-spirited simplicity that makes their shows so unforgettable. Like Only Way To Be Alone (Good Old War’s 2008 debut) and their 2010 self-titled sophomore effort, Come Back as Rain (2012) showcases the delicately textured melodies and multipart harmonies that have become the band’s signature. Once again revealing their penchant for infectious folk-pop, Good Old War this time sharpens their sound by infusing Come Back as Rain with the same joyful passion they've ceaselessly brought to the stage.
Madi Diaz’s captivating, high-energy songs manage to conjure all the apprehensions of youth and heartbreak into a guileless, giddy sort of strength. Madi’s new music takes on grungy, pulsating bass lines that open up to shimmering, expansive chords, punchy drum beats, and unfettered vocal swagger. We could be speeding down a wide open highway, running in the sand along the LA shoreline, or hovering near the jukebox in a dark bar, but no matter where her music takes us, we want to dance.
Madi’s previous album, "We Threw Our Hearts In The Fire," was funded through the help of her fans on Pledge Music, reaching 126% of her initial fundraising goal! Recorded in Nashville, the album was mixed by Grammy winner Vance Powel (Jack White, Jars of Clay) and co-produced by Madi and her writing partner Kyle Ryan.
In matters of love, should you rely on your heart or your head? This is the question Christina Perri posed as she began writing her second album, a collection of cathartic songs that seek to reconcile how we make decisions in love and life. The singer’s first album, lovestrong., grappled with the aftermath of a breakup, signaling Perri as an honest, genuine artist ready to share her emotional journey with her fans. That disc, released in 2011, was bolstered by the success of Perri’s single “Jar of Hearts” and led the musician into nine tours over 27 months.
Andy Caldwell started his DJ career at the age of 18 and completed his first release back in 1994 with label mate Gabriel Rene. They soon formed a strong partnership with San Francisco based band Soulstice, and later Caldwell became a solo artist. Originally a student of piano and brass instruments, he is versatile in several sub-genres of music, both electronic and organic. Incorporating the organic feel and sounds of jazz, classical, and soul, his unique production is always big on lush melody, complex chord progressions, clever bass lines, and intricate drum programming. With a consistency that’s hard to match, the accomplished California electronic music impresario produces dance floor classics that emanate undeniable, invigorating energy. Caldwell’s intoxicating DJ sets have won over fans everywhere from London and Berlin to Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
The Melbourne-based, nine-piece neo soul/indie pop outfit are the brainchild of band leader Lance Ferguson, who initially drew inspiration from the instrumental raw funk of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, but the band’s sound and style is in a constant state of evolution, keeping fans and critics alike on their toes and unable to pigeonhole.