Jennie Matthias' boundless energy was first given room for expression with The Belle Stars, as they benchmarked the music business with their all girl group in the cornucopic pop scene of the early '80s. Following the release of three original singles Hiawatha, Slick Trick and Another Latin Love Song they finally scored their first Top 40 UK chart hit with ’Iko Iko’ in 1982, a cover version of the 60’s classic by The Dixie Cups. The Belle Stars version proved to have further longevity by becoming a Top 20 hit in the US in 1988 and a chart success worldwide following it’s appearance in the Oscar winning US movie ’Rain Man’ featuring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. The Belle Stars released a further 7 singles after Iko Iko, scoring their biggest hit with their signature tune ‘Sign of The Times’ which reached No. 2 in the UK charts and was a Top 10 hit in Europe.
Hey Ocean is to many the quintessential West Coast band. With three Vancouverites at its core (Ashleigh Ball, David Beckingham, & David Vertesi) it’s true that their roots, their name, and many of their lyrics hark back to the pacific shores they call home. However, over the last 6 years they have earned a reputation as much more than just ambassadors of the Pacific Northwest.
Truly independent for over half a decade, Hey Ocean is also a representative of the new generation of DIY artists. They have been hands on every step of the way, releasing through their own label, Pop Machine and touring tirelessly from coast to coast. Their captivating and energetic live show has not only earned them the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base, but also the reputation for being one of Canada’s best young bands.
Raffi is a Canadian-Armenian singer-songwriter. He is well-loved by the children of the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s for his popular children's songs.
Some of Raffi's best-known children's songs are Bananaphone, Baby Beluga, Down by the Bay, Shake My Sillies Out, and Schmenge Polka.
Most of Raffi's children's albums include small, simple, folk instrumentations, prominently featuring Raffi's vocal and guitar work. Early works included contributions from Toronto-area folk musicians, including Ken Whiteley and Bruce Cockburn. Raffi also incorporated many world music sounds into his records.
His CDs, books and videos have sold over 15 million copies in Canada and the US. A generation saw him perform Down by the Bay and his signature song, Baby Beluga. “Beluga grads” often tell him that they are now raising their own children with his music.
Sherry St. Germain is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and songwriter from Vancouver, Canada. She has been featured on some of Hipjoint’s most popular works including Crank It Up, Goin Off and Let’s Go which has been featured in several TV/Film spots including Fantastic Mr. Fox, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance Canada to name a few. Sherry has worked with several writers and producers locally and in 2009, she co-produced her debut record Kick Out the Lights with Ben Kaplan.
In his four decades of service in the post-punk culture wars, PETER MURPHY has confounded fans, critics, even himself. As the mainman of the acclaimed outfit Bauhaus, he helped usher in ground breaking opaque moods and atmospheres into the post-punk landscape. When the band broke up for the first time in 1983, the singer set off on a solo career that found him challenging his audiences in numerous ways. When the music press tried to tag him as “the new David Bowie,” he’d close his shows with a vamping of the Thin White Duke’s disco classic “Stay,” only to switch into a cover of Bauhaus’ funky punch-up “Kick In The Eye,” followed by a cover of Pere Ubu’s “Final Solution,” which ended with a burly roadie physically picking up the singer and putting him in an airplane spin.
Joshua is a modern folk musician, an amalgam of influence in the classically romantic tradition of Damien Rice, Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine, and Sufjan Stevens. Like the said ballyhooed folksters before him, Joshua is inspired to write largely as a result of the people and relationships surrounding him, while also subjecting his songs to his own vulnerabilities, doubts, and conflicts. He integrates these revelations with his agenda of lyrical candidness, creating an expressive and open artform.
With all of Joshua's ability and potential, what really sets him apart is his faultless ability in the live venue. Josh will silence the crowd with his soft, and consistently pitch perfect vocal control while unintentionally making you fall in love with him for being a 'good guy'. Considering the idiosyncratic confluence of ability he boasts, it is fair to say that Joshua spins a web of charm that makes him inimitably great.
Islet are a Cardiff experimental rock band. Their debut 'mini album', Celebrate This Place, was released on June 14th 2010 to positive reviews, and second mini album Wimmy was released 6 months later, through both Turnstile and Shape Records (co-run by Mark from the band). Much was made in the press of the band's success despite a lack of online presence, however Islet now have an official band website (isletislet.com). Since forming, Islet have featured in the NME, toured both solo and with Los Campesinos!, played Swn Festival 09 & 10, Eurosonic Festival, were part of Huw Stephens' 'Happy Huw Year' Tour, in their early gigs as a 3 peice Islet supported Teeth Mountain and Lovvers. Islet comprises of members (or past members) of The Victorian English Gentlemens Club, Attack + Defend, Fredrick Stanley Star, and Them Squirrels - Mark, Emma, John, and Alex. They share instrument duties.
On March 7th 2011 LIFE IN THE BIG CITY RECORDS released the debut album by PINT SHOT RIOT entitled SPELL IT OUT. This is made up of twelve songs depicting life and love in the current times. The album has been produced by Peter Miles (The King Blues) and recorded at Peter’s residential studio in Holne Bridge, Ashburton, Devon, England over two sessions. The CD version comes with a live DVD filmed at one of the bands 1,000 capacity sellout hometown shows at the Kasbah Club, Coventry, England. There is also a 24 page booklet with all the lyrics and good quality pictures.
WITH THEIR HOOK-HEAVY INDIE ROCK SPARKING AWAY. THEY BRING A REFRESHING VITALITY AND RIGOUR TO GUITAR ROCK BY ADDING DASHES OF CHAOS, CATCHINESS AND SEMI-METAL MAYHEM. THIS DEBUT IS A BELTER. MARK BEAUMONT @ CLASSIC ROCK