Maybeshewill – We Called For An Ambulance But A Fire Engine Came
Maybeshewill are an instrumental band from Leicester, UK. Maybeshewill’s music is characterised by the use of electronic elements alongside more traditional ‘rock’ instrumentation. The band’s music is also littered with references to film and popular culture. They released their first record Japanese Spy Transcript on the band’s own label, Robot Needs Home Records in 2006 with Tanya Byrne on bass guitar and Lawrie Malen on drums. The 4 track EP was well received by press and attracted the attention of Nottingham’s Field Records who released “The Paris Hilton Sex Tape” as part of a split 7” single with Ann Arbor later that year. In August 2006 a re-mastered version “Japanese Spy Transcript” was released in Japan on theXTAL label which was set up specifically for the release by The Media Factory Group.
A three track double A-Side CDR single, ‘Seraphim & Cherubim / Heartflusters’ was released by the band on 21st September 2007 on Robot Needs Home Records, which featured two songs from the forthcoming album as the title tracks, as well as a remix of Japanese Spy Transcript-era track “The Paris Hilton Sex Tape” by Robin Southby under his Turboshinboy alias. This release was intended as a teaser for the album.The band have described their sound as “instrumental rock with electronics”, while Drowned In Sound described them as sounding “like Mogwai would if the latter had ever found love in an arthouse cinema. And then were beaten around the head with a keyboard”.
Los Hermanos – Condicional
Los Hermanos is a Brazilian band from the state of Rio de Janeiro, which mixes up indie rock with mpb and samba elements. The band members are Marcelo Camelo, Rodrigo Amarante (both guitars, lyrics and vocals), Bruno Medina (keyboard) and Rodrigo Barba (drums).
They recorded two demos that eventually found their way into the hands of Paulo André, the producer of the Abril Pro Rock festival, in Recife. The band was then invited to perform on one of the biggest alternative music festivals in Brazil, the Superdemo. Their self-titled album, released in 1999, became a huge seller on the back of the hit single Anna Julia. Two less financially successful albums, Bloco do Eu Sozinho (2001) and Ventura (2003), followed, changing the punk-rock that highlighted their debut effort to a softer, more laid-back style. Although those two albums did not sell as much as the first one, they consolidated the band as a cult; mainly because of their so-called clever lyrics and mixture of brazilian rhytmhs with rock.
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The Killers – Read my mind
The Killers are a rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2002 and made up of Brandon Flowers (vocals, keyboards), Dave Keuning (guitar, backing vocals), Mark Stoermer (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion). Their first two albums to date have sold in excess of 12 million copies worldwide combined. They got their name from the video for “Crystal”, by the British band New Order. Initially, The Killers played at large clubs in Las Vegas. With the band’s line-up stable and their repertoire of songs expanding, the band began to attract attention from talent bookers, local agents, major label, scouts — and a UK representative for Warner Bros. Though the Warner Bros representative passed on the band, he took the demo back with him, showing it to a friend who worked at UK (London-based) indie label Lizard King Records (now Marrakesh Records). The Killers then signed in the summer of 2002 to a British label. They released their debut album “Hot Fuss” on June 2004 in the United Kingdom and US (on Island Records). Their first single was “Somebody Told Me”. The band also had chart success with their singles “Mr. Brightside,” which reached the Top 10 in the UK when released, and “All These Things That I’ve Done”. The band started recording their second album, “Sam’s Town” on February 15, 2006, at The Palms Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. It was released on October 2006. Lead singer, Brandon Flowers said that Sam’s Town is “one of the best albums of the past 20 years”.
The Killers’ fourth album “Day and Age” was released on 25th November 2008 (24th November for the UK). The album’s first single “Human” was debuted on 22nd September and on the 30th September, the single was made available on iTunes, with many radio DJ’s suggesting it was the best single by The Killers yet.
Brandi Carlile – The Story
Brandi Carlile is an American singer and songwriter. Carlile’s music has been categorized in several genres, including pop, rock, alternative country, andfolk.
Columbia Records signed Carlile in late 2004 on the strength of songs she’d been recording periodically at home. Released in 2005, Brandi Carlile showcased those early songs along with several newly recorded tracks. Along with the Hanseroth brothers, forming the core of her band today, Brandi spent the better part of two years on the road honing the songs that would later become part of her album “The Story”.
Her second album, The Story, was released in April 2007. It was produced by T Bone Burnett and includes a collaboration with the Indigo Girls on “Cannonball.” The album was recorded in an eleven-day-long session with Carlile , the twins (Tim and Phil Hanseroth) and drummer Matt Chamberlain to capture the raw intensity of Carlile’s live performances. The crack in Carlile’s vocals during the title track, “The Story”, came out by accident and was a direct result of the way the album was recorded. Carlile herself describes the vocals as “technically wrong but emotionally right.”
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Dashboard Confessional – Hands Down
Dashboard Confessional was started in 2000, by lead singer Chris Carrabba in Boca Raton, Florida, as a side project from his band Further Seems Forever.
After Carrabba released his solo EP, Drowning, Dashboard Confessional released their debut full-length The Swiss Army Romance in 2000, followed by The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most (2001), MTV Unplugged V2.0 (2002), A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (2003), Dusk and Summer (June 27th, 2006), and The Shade of Poison Trees (released October 2, 2007).
Dashboard Confessional won the MTV2 award at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2002 for their song Screaming Infidelities and have appeared on motion picture soundtracks for Shrek 2 (As Lovers Go), Spider-Man 2 (Vindicated) and Made of Honor (Stolen).
The current line-up consists of Chris Carrabba (vocals, guitar), John Lefler (guitar), Scott Shoenbeck (bass) and Mike Marsh (drums). As of 2008, they have released three EPs and five full-length albums. Their most recent single from The Shade of Poison Trees is “Thick As Thieves”.
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65daysofstatic – Install A Beak In The Heart That Clucks Time In Arabic
To describe 65daysofstatic is not an easy task. Indeed, most who have tried can merely hint at the depths these guys reach with their wide-open sounds, melding seamless guitar shapes with ferocious drum ‘n bass styled beats, live drums and c-c-c-computer g-g-g-g-glitch. A soundtrack to a new dimension, where rock, dance and electronica are equals. A refreshing glimpse into the future at a time when the music industry has arguably been far too obsessed with all things retro.
To describe a 65daysofstatic live show is an even harder task. Viciously euphoric, frenetic, overwhelming, bordering on chaos and really, really loud. It’s what the band thrive on and how they win armies of new admirers every time they go out on the road.
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Rejects United – Lust Ode
And love for Rock’ n’ roll, are some of the few things that fuelled up 4 friends to unite and create a no bullshit, straight forward, old school rock band.
Combining powerful hard-rock riffs, heart-felt lyrics, and catchy choruses that stick to your ears like candy, Rejects United are influenced by the good old Rock (Guns’ n’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Danko Jones) Punk/Hardcore/Emo (My chemical romance, Everytime I Die, Dashboard Confessional) and even Metal( Pantera, Metallica, Atreyu). Every member of the band has already some years of experience in the music scene: João Campos (vocalist, rhythm guitar) played in Infatuation J., Same Old Suspects, Vitor Calado (bassist) came from Black Nepal, Micky Eight and Buckle Up, Paulo Spinola the lead guitarist played in Buckle Up and Same Old Suspects, and last but not least the drummer Rodrigo Alves plays in Tara Perdida and has played in the bands Starvan, Summer of Damien, and Micky Eight.
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